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  • Brandon Kintzler MIN RP
    Twins' Brandon Kintzler: Remains perfect in saves column
    34m ago

    Brandon Kintzler walked one and struck out one in his inning of work for his fifth save in five tries to help beat the Rangers 3-2 on Monday.

    Kintzler is off to a fine start to the 2017 season, and he has yet to allow a run as the Minnesota Twins ' ninth-inning man. The 32-year-old right-hander lacks typical closer stuff, though, so he's more of a low-end fantasy fireman, and he could face competition for the role later in the year if he struggles. For now, though, he's making his case for a longer leash.

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  • Phil Hughes MIN SP
    Twins' Phil Hughes: Wins third game of season
    38m ago

    Phil Hughes (3-1) allowed two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two over six innings in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Rangers.

    Left for dead in a lot of fantasy leagues due to recent injuries and two bad seasons, Hughes is on the rise in deeper leagues due to his 3-1 start for Minnesota. The right-hander was shaky in his previous two starts, though, surrendering four earned runs in each outing. His clean outing Monday drops his ERA to 4.71. The 30-year-old features excellent control (just four walks in four starts), but his lack of strikeouts make him a low-upside streaming option in deep mixed and AL-only leagues.

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  • Brian Dozier MIN 2B
    Twins' Brian Dozier: Drives in all three runs Monday
    44m ago

    Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with a bases-clearing double in Monday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.

    The two-hit performance helped Dozier double his RBI total (six) on the season. He's gotten off to a slow start in the RBI and home run department, but Dozier's raw power at the keystone makes him one of the top fantasy second basemen. He won't hit for a high average, but expect the home runs to start flowing eventually.

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  • Ryan Braun MIL LF
    Brewers' Ryan Braun: Leaves with sore foot Monday
    1h ago

    Ryan Braun left Monday's game against the Reds in the sixth inning with a sore foot, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

    Braun fouled multiple pitches off his foot earlier in the game, which led it to tighten up as the night progressed. With the Milwaukee Brewers up big, manager Craig Counsell decided to finish the game with Jesus Aguilar at first base and Eric Thames in left field. Had the game been closer than 10-4, Braun may have stayed in the game, but in a blowout, the club decided to play it safe with their star slugger. Consider him day-to-day, but there's no indication this injury will cause Braun to miss any sort of significant time.

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  • Craig Stammen SD RP
    Padres' Craig Stammen: Rocky start to season
    2h ago

    Craig Stammen has given up eight runs over eight innings to start the 2017 season.

    Stammen's kryptonite so far has been the long ball, evidenced by his three home runs allowed so far. Forearm issues kept Stammen out of baseball all of last year and nearly the entirety of 2015. The San Diego Padres have lost every game the 33-year-old has appeared in, and all signs point toward the notion that he will continue to occupy a middle-relief role for the team.

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  • Carlos Rodon CHW SP
    White Sox's Carlos Rodon: Plays catch Monday
    2h ago

    Carlos Rodon (biceps) played catch Monday afternoon while Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper looked on, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

    Rodon, who's in town for a routine check up with the team's medical staff, looked fine playing catch according to Cooper but the neither he nor manager Rick Renteria offered any more details.

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  • Malcolm Brogdon MIL SG
    Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon: Scores 19 points in Monday's Game 5 loss
    1h ago

    Malcolm Brogdon had 19 points (7-11 FG, 5-7 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 33 minutes during Monday's 118-93 loss to the Raptors in Game 5.

    Brogdon drained a career high five treys and was extremely effective on offense, posting a playoff career high in scoring. Having made just six-of-28 from the field over the last three games, Brogdon's performance was one of the lone bright spots for the Milwaukee Bucks on a night when they were blown out. Expect the rookie to receive ample minutes once again in Thursday's Game 6.

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  • John Wall WAS PG
    Wizards' John Wall: Struggles with shot en route to double-double
    1h ago

    John Wall scored 22 points (7-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-8 FT) to go along with 10 assists, five rebounds and two steals across 41 minutes of action during Monday's 111-101 loss to the Hawks.

    Though his shot didn't fall consistently and he wound up with a series low in scoring, Wall was effective as a playmaker and recorded his first double-double since Game 1. It was a solid performance from the 26-year-old, but he will need to maintain a higher level as a scorer if his team is to pull out a series that seems destined to go to the wire. With that said, he is still averaging 28.8 points (on 51 percent FG, 58 percent 3Pt) to go along with 10 assists per game through the first four, and should be expected to come out hot in Game 5 at home.

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL SF
    Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Scores 30 points in Game 5 loss
    1h ago

    Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 30 points (12-19 FG, 6-9 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, three steals, and three blocks in 41 minutes during Monday's 118-93 loss to the Raptors in Game 5.

    Antetokounmpo finished with playoff career highs in scoring and steals, but it wasn't enough to help the Milwaukee Bucks steal the win. He has exceeded 40 minutes in three of the last four games in the series, and Antetokounmpo should be expected to see lots of time once again when Milwaukee tries to stay alive in Thursday's Game 6.

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  • Bradley Beal WAS SG
    Wizards' Bradley Beal: Leads all scorers in Game 4 loss
    1h ago

    Bradley Beal scored 32 points (11-23 FG, 5-14 3Pt, 5-5 3Pt) to go along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals across 39 minutes during Monday's 111-101 loss to the Hawks.

    Beal led all players in both points and shot attempts in this one, draining five treys after failing to knock down a single attempt from beyond the arc in Game 3. He has shot just 42 percent from the floor and 27 percent from three during the series, but his whopping 22.8 field goal tries per game have still led to an average of 24.3 points per game over the first four. Beal's efficacy on the offensive end will be crucial to his team as they go blow for blow with Atlanta and he will look to put on a similar performance on home court the next time out.

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  • Patrick McCaw GS PG
    Warriors' Patrick McCaw: Heads back to bench for Game 4
    2h ago

    Patrick McCaw will move to the bench for Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

    With Kevin Durant (calf) making his return to the court after missing Game 2 and 3, McCaw will slide back into a reserve role where he'll likely spend the majority of Game 4 on the bench. In fact, when Durant was healthy for Game 1, McCaw only saw one minute of action.

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  • Meyers Leonard POR PF
    Trail Blazers' Meyers Leonard: Starts in Game 4 vs. Warriors
    2h ago

    Meyers Leonard will start at center for Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.

    After not even touching the floor in Game 3, Leonard will get the starting nod with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) ruled out once again like he had been for Game 1 and 2. Even though Nurkic is out and Leonard is getting the start, Leonard has only averaged 10 minutes per game in the series thus far, and it's possible he'll be limited to around that same number Monday.

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  • Marian Gaborik LA RW
    Kings' Marian Gaborik: Won't be ready for training camp
    7h ago

    Marian Gaborik underwent a procedure that will hold him out through at least part of training camp, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    The veteran winger hasn't supplied much production in either of his last two seasons for the Los Angeles Kings , collecting just 21 points over 56 games in this season. His 2017-18 campaign won't start on a good note, but general manager Rob Blake indicated Monday that the team isn't considering buying Gaborik's contract out. He reportedly played hurt during 2016-17 and will be given an opportunity to get back on track next season. Considering his contract lasts for another four seasons, the Kings certainly hope he can turn things around despite turning 35 years of age in February.

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  • Joonas Korpisalo CLB G
    Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo: Headed to World Championships
    7h ago

    Joonas Korpisalo will don the Finnish colors at the IIHF World Championships in May, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

    Put frankly, Korpisalo didn't play well in 2016-17. While serving as the primary backup to Sergei Bobrovsky this season, he posted just a 2.88 GAA and a .905 save percentage while appearing in 14 different contests. At just 22 years of age, the youngster has some time to get it together, but the club has another goaltender (Anton Forsberg) in the pipeline that could also challenge him for a roster spot. Bobrovsky remains under contract for another two seasons, so the best Korpisalo can hope for is a backup role again in 2017-18. For now, he'll look to get in some competitive action on the international level during the offseason.

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  • Markus Nutivaara CLB D
    Blue Jackets' Markus Nutivaara: Will have hip surgery
    8h ago

    Markus Nutivaara will undergo hip surgery on Tuesday, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

    Nutivaara is facing a four-month recovery, which should have him ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. The 22-year-old will want to get back as quickly as possible given he will be competing for a spot on the 23-man roster with the likes of Ryan Murray, Scott Harrington and Gabriel Carlsson. As a rookie, Nutivaara recorded two goals and five helpers in 66 outings while averaging a mere 13:13 of ice time. Unless the blueliner can secure a more consistent role, fantasy owners may want to consider other options.

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  • Patrick Marleau SJ C
    Sharks' Patrick Marleau: Dealing with broken thumb
    8h ago

    Patrick Marleau was powering through a broken thumb at the end of the year, Kevin Kurz of NBC Sports California reports.

    Marleau still managed to register a goal in each of the San Jose Sharks ' final three contests despite the broken digit, which almost certainly affected his ability to shoot the puck. The winger posted his lowest point total (46) in an 82-game season since 2001-02 (44). What the injury and the slight drop in production mean for the veteran's long-term future remains to be seen, but he will have an important decision to make as he will become a free agent on July 1 unless he re-signs with San Jose before then.

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  • Tomas Hertl SJ C
    Sharks' Tomas Hertl: Played with broken foot
    9h ago

    Tomas Hertl was dealing with a broken foot at the end of the season, Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group reports.

    Despite the injury, Hertl played over two minutes of extra ice time per game in the playoffs above his 17:13 average during the regular season. The 2016-17 campaign will likely be looked upon with disappointment from the 23-year-old, as he was only able to suit up in 49 contests, which resulted in a significant drop in production -- just 22 points compared to 46 in 2015-16. The team did not indicate that this ailment would affect the winger's status for next year, so look for him to be back to 100 percent for training camp.

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  • Joe Thornton SJ C
    Sharks' Joe Thornton: Undergoing surgery Monday
    9h ago

    Joe Thornton will have surgery Monday to repair a torn ACL and MCL suffered during the playoffs, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

    The fact that Thornton was able to skate at all considering the extent of the damage to his knee is remarkable, but garnering a pair of helpers is all the more impressive. The veteran will now shift his focus to the 2017-18 campaign, although it is unclear if he will be ready in time for training camp. Another concern, of course, is whether the 37-year-old will want to continue playing -- assuming the San Jose Sharks offer him a new contract.

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  • Derel Walker TB WR
    Buccaneers' Derel Walker: Receives strong endorsement from Mike Evans
    1h ago

    Derel Walker , an offseason acquisition from the CFL, has received high praise from fellow receiver Mike Evans for his work since arriving in Tampa, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He can go up and get the ball. He's sneaky athletic. He's sneaky fast. His 40 time doesn't show how fast he is. He plays fast, strong hands and he's one of the hardest workers I've ever been around."

    Walker and Evans were college teammates at Texas A & M, with the former going undrafted in 2014 and failing to stick with the Titans after spending training camp and the preseason with the club as an undrafted free agent. The 25-year-old eventually headed north of the border, where he proceeded to rack up 198 receptions for 2,699 yards and 16 touchdowns over 30 games across the 2015-16 seasons. Walker certainly has a chance to stick on a Bucs receiving corps that badly needs an infusion of speed, and the early endorsement from the team's No. 1 wideout -- as well as his impressive work in OTAs thus far -- both help his cause.

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  • Seahawks' Luke Joeckel: Expected to be ready for Week 1
    3h ago

    General manager John Schneider said Joeckel's (knee) availability for the start of the season is not in doubt, John Boyle of the Seattle Seahawks ' official site reports.

    Joeckel is on the mend from surgery to repair the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee, a procedure that involves a complicated recovery and is expected to prevent Joeckel from participating in the Seahawks' entire offseason program. However, he is expected to be eased back into the swing of things during the onset of training camp and should only see his activity level increase from then on.

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  • Gabe Holmes OAK TE
    Raiders' Gabe Holmes: Returns to full health
    3h ago

    Gabe Holmes (ankle) has returned to full health, CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair reports.

    Holmes missed the entire 2016 season after suffering a severe high-ankle sprain in training camp. Although he's now recovered from the injury, Holmes looks set to enter the 2017 campaign buried on the depth chart under Jared Cook, Clive Walford and Lee Smith.

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  • Dolphins' Mike Pouncey: Spotted on crutches
    5h ago

    Pouncey (hip) had a stem cell procedure "within the past few weeks" and will require crutches to move about for the time being, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

    Pouncey remains in rehabilitation from a season-ending hip injury but isn't expected to need crutches much longer. Thankfully he hasn't experienced any kind of setback in his recovery and shouldn't require any additional surgery. While Miami management will likely treat Pouncey with extreme caution throughout the remainder of the offseason -- and could potentially hold him out for the majority of the preseason as well -- the three-time, All-Pro center remains on track to play in the Miami Dolphins ' regular-season opener against the Buccaneers, according to Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald.

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  • Albert Wilson KC WR
    Chiefs' Albert Wilson: Signs Chiefs tender
    7h ago

    Albert Wilson has signed his restricted free-agent tender to remain with the Kansas City Chiefs , ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

    Wilson returns to Kansas City after topping the 30-catch mark each of the last two seasons. Through his first three years, the 24-year-old boasts 990 receiving yards, which on average accurately reflects his status as the team's fourth receiver and fifth option in the passing game, where tight end Travis Kelce leads the way.

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  • Mark Ingram NO RB
    Saints' Mark Ingram: Expected to keep starting job
    8h ago

    Mark Ingram would figure to retain his starting running back position even if the New Orleans Saints sign Adrian Peterson (knee), Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune reports.

    Ingram rushed for a career-high 1,043 yards while averaging 5.1 yards per carry and scoring 10 total touchdowns last season. That came despite him getting only about four more carries per game than backup Tim Hightower, who has since joined the 49ers in free agency. Coming off another knee injury, it's likely that Peterson would fill the spot vacated by Hightower's absence. After beginning his career with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles around, Ingram is no stranger to splitting New Orleans' backfield workload, so the potential addition of Peterson shouldn't alarm fantasy owners all that much.

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