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  • Matt Purke CHW RP
    White Sox's Matt Purke: Reassigned to minor league camp
    42m ago

    Purke, Matt was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday.

    He failed to make the big league club out of camp, and will open the year providing organizational bullpen depth at Triple-A Charlotte. Purke has really struggled with his control against upper-level hitting, and does not figure to earn a high-leverage role anytime soon.

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  • Cory Luebke CHW RP
    White Sox's Cory Luebke: Reassigned to minor league camp
    45m ago

    Cory Luebke was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday.

    He was in big league camp on a minor league deal with an invite, but did not make the cut, and will head to Triple-A Charlotte for the start of the season. Luebke has not been able to get his big league career back off the ground in recent seasons, and has logged just 8.2 MLB innings since 2012.

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  • Zack Wheeler NYM SP
    Mets' Zack Wheeler: Stymies Marlins for five innings Monday
    1h ago

    Zack Wheeler allowed two hits and two walks while striking out three over five shutout innings during Monday's split-squad game against the Marlins.

    His timing was impeccable, as Wheeler's strong performance came while Seth Lugo was struggling to keep the ball in the park against the Nats in the New York Mets ' other game Monday. Wheeler hasn't thrown a regular season pitch since 2014, but the 26-year-old seems finally ready to return to the rotation after some setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery in early 2015.

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  • Kevin Gausman BAL SP
    Orioles' Kevin Gausman: Expands arsenal of offspeed pitches
    1h ago

    Kevin Gausman has worked to separate his slider and curveball so that he can throw both this season, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.

    The right-hander used a curveball as his primary offspeed pitch in 2015, but it unintentionally morphed into more of a slider last year. When Gausman takes the mound on Opening Day, he'll have both pitches in his repertoire after spending the winter refining the delivery of each weapon. "This offseason, I started messing with throwing a slider and getting back to the way I threw it in college and being really aggressive with it," Gausman said. "So I've been working on that, and I think the curveball is going to be a good pitch." Coming off a career campaign in which he posted a 3.61 ERA while managing an 8.72 K/9, the 26-year-old has widely been considered a breakout candidate during the 2017 draft season. With an expanded arsenal at his disposal, Gausman appears ready to fulfill the high expectations.

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  • Tommy Field MIN SS
    Twins' Tommy Field: Reassigned to minor league camp
    1h ago

    Tommy Field was reassigned to minor league camp on Tuesday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

    This was expected, as the Minnesota Twins continue to make roster cuts, and Field had no obvious avenue to a role on the big league roster. He will serve as organizational depth at Triple-A, where he has spent most of the past five seasons.

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  • Max Scherzer WAS SP
    Nationals' Max Scherzer: Fans seven Mets in five shutout frames Monday
    1h ago

    Max Scherzer gave up two hits and three walks while striking out seven in five shutout innings during Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.

    Three of those K's came against a horribly overmatched Tim Tebow, but Scherzer still looked to be nearly in regular season form against a lineup that included five Mets regulars. He'll get one more exhibition game to boost his pitch count before making his first start April 6 in a home game against the Marlins.

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  • Lucas Nogueira TOR C
    Raptors' Lucas Nogueira: Falls out of rotation
    44m ago

    Lucas Nogueira finished with one rebound in just three minutes during Monday's 131-112 victory over the Magic.

    Nogueira has taken a back seat in the Toronto Raptors ' big man rotation since the arrivals of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker just before the trade deadline. He's played in just four of the team's past 14 outings, averaging 4.5 minutes per game when he does see the floor. He should probably be let go in nearly every fantasy format, as there doesn't seem to be an indication that coach Dwane Casey will start to integrate him back into the rotation any time soon.

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  • Jonas Valanciunas TOR C
    Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: One rebound shy of double-double Monday
    1h ago

    Jonas Valanciunas contributed 17 points (7-9 FG, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds and one block across 27 minutes during Monday's 131-112 victory over the Magic

    Valanciunas benefited from Monday's fast-paced affair, putting together his best scoring output since March 8 against the Pelicans by knocking down an efficient seven of his nine attempts from the field and performing respectably from the charity stripe. He broke the three-game slump he had been on, where he averaged just 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while hitting 47.1 percent of his field-goal attempts. The big man will look to build on Monday's performance when the Toronto Raptors face off against the Hornets on Wednesday.

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  • Ty Lawson SAC PG
    Kings' Ty Lawson: Back in action on Monday
    7h ago

    Ty Lawson (knee) returned to the lineup Monday against the Grizzlies and he finished with 10 points (2-3 FG, 6-10 FT) over 19 minutes.

    Lawson missed Sunday's outing against the Rockets with a sore right knee, but he didn't show any ill effects of the injury in this performance. He dropped 20 points in 24 minutes in Friday's appearance against the Warriors, but you should expect production somewhere in between that outing and Monday's performance.

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  • Darren Collison SAC PG
    Kings' Darren Collison: Knocks down game-winning FTs Monday
    7h ago

    Darren Collison finished with 23 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven assists and four rebounds over 37 minutes in Monday's 91-90 win against the Grizzlies.

    Collison hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to make the difference. After a couple of tough offensive outings last week he has bounced back to average 21.0 points and 5.5 assists over his past two outings while knocking down 16 of his 24 field-goal attempts.

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  • Garrett Temple SAC SG
    Kings' Garrett Temple: Struggles with shot in starting role
    8h ago

    Garrett Temple posted six points (2-10 FG, 2-8 3Pt) with four rebounds, three assists, a blocked shot and a steal across 34 minutes in Monday's 91-90 win against the Grizzlies.

    Temple was plugged into the starting lineup at small forward with Arron Afflalo away from the team for personal reasons and Tyreke Evans getting a breather. The veteran didn't make the most of the opportunity and is a risky fantasy play down the stretch.

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  • Skal Labissiere SAC PF
    Kings' Skal Labissiere: Limited to nine minutes in Monday's win
    8h ago

    Skal Labissiere finished with just three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 FT) and two rebounds over nine minutes in Monday's 91-90 win against the Grizzlies.

    Labissiere racked up three personal fouls in nine minutes and seemed to be in head coach Dave Joerger's doghouse since he didn't play at all in the second half. The rookie has just two buckets on his nine attempts, averaging 2.5 points in the past two games. He looks like he has hit the rookie wall in the past four games, averaging just 5.8 points.

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  • Ben Street DET RW
    Red Wings' Ben Street: Brought up to NHL
    1h ago

    Ben Street was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids under emergency conditions Tuesday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

    The 30-year-old perpetually crushes AHL competition, but he's only appeared in 20 NHL games. Luke Glendening is dealing with a lower-body injury, so Street will be on hand with the Detroit Red Wings about to play their third game in as many days Tuesday night.

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  • Oliver Bjorkstrand CLB RW
    Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand: Won't play Tuesday
    1h ago

    Oliver Bjorkstrand (undisclosed) won't return to the lineup Tuesday, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

    It's looking increasing likely that the young winger has a concussion, although with the playoffs looming the Columbus Blue Jackets aren't offering any specifics on the nature or severity of Bjorkstrand's injury. If he can participate in practice Wednesday he could play Thursday, but given how little information the team is divulging there's little reason to expect him back that quickly.

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  • Alex Nedeljkovic CAR G
    Hurricanes' Alex Nedeljkovic: Called up Tuesday
    1h ago

    Alex Nedeljkovic was recalled from the minors Tuesday.

    The 21-year-old backstop heads to the parent club on the heels of Eddie Lack sustaining an injury upon colliding with Andreas Athanasiou on the final play of Monday's overtime loss to the Red Wings. Nedeljkovic has played in three different organizational levels this season, but none more than AHL Charlotte, recording an 8-14-0 record, 3.40 GAA and .881 save percentage. With numbers like that, it's clear that the American-born backstop needs more polish on his game.

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  • Zach Werenski CLB D
    Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski: Dropped from top PP unit
    1h ago

    Zach Werenski was replaced by Seth Jones on the Columbus Blue Jackets ' top power play unit during Monday's practice, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

    The Jackets haven't scored a goal with the man advantage since March 13, although they've only had nine power plays during that stretch, so coach John Tortorella is shaking things up a bit. Werenski, who has only one assist over his last four games, should still see action with the team's second power play unit, so this move may not have a big impact on his fantasy value even if it sticks.

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  • Scott Darling CHI G
    Blackhawks' Scott Darling: Struggles against Bolts
    3h ago

    Scott Darling saved just 25 of 30 shots during Monday's overtime loss to Tampa Bay.

    With a .780 save percentage through his past three appearances, Darling's been shaky. However, Monday was his only start during that span, and he had won six straight games with a .951 save percentage and 1.51 GAA prior to the recent funk. Darling is a strong bet to bounce back in his next outing, but Chicago doesn't have another back-to-back set this season, so he might not receive the chance. It isn't out of the question to move on from Darling in all settings.

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  • Nick Schmaltz CHI C
    Blackhawks' Nick Schmaltz: Collects two more helpers against Lightning
    3h ago

    Nick Schmaltz recorded two assists during Monday's overtime loss to Tampa Bay.

    Schmaltz is up to six helpers through his past five outings and has three goals, 19 points and a plus-12 rating through his last 20 games. It's been an impressive run for the rookie, and there is no reason to expect the offensive to dry up with Schmaltz locked into a scoring role. He's worth a roster spot in the majority of seasonal leagues, but you'll want to remember that he's a low-volume shooter that isn't going to pad the goals column.

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  • Adrian Peterson MIN RB
    Adrian Peterson: Might be an option for Detroit
    1h ago

    Lions general manager Bob Quinn said he thinks Adrian Peterson (knee) still has something to offer, but he declined to say if the team is interested in signing the veteran running back, MLive.com's Kyle Meinke reports.

    Detroit has been mentioned as a possible destination, though not necessarily the best fit for what Peterson wants. With both Ameer Abdullah (foot) and Theo Riddick (shoulder) expected to be healthy before training camp, the Lions probably won't consider signing Peterson unless his contract demands soften considerably. The 32-year-old running back reportedly hopes to make upwards of $8 million in the first year of a contract, which would price him well out of Detroit's range. He's also unlikely to get that kind of money from another team, but he might get a better shot to be a crucial part of the offense. Peterson likely would be a complementary piece in Detroit, serving as an early-down runner in a pass-oriented attack. Other possible destinations include Oakland and Green Bay.

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  • Clive Walford OAK TE
    Raiders' Clive Walford: Wasn't same player in 2016
    1h ago

    Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie suggested Clive Walford never fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered in an ATV accident last offseason, Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    A 2015 third-round selection, Walford didn't develop as expected in his second professional season, catching only 33 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns (on 52 targets) in 15 games. The stat line closely mimicked his rookie-year production as he continued to split work with Mychal Rivera in a passing game that was highly reliant on its wideouts. Rivera departed for Jacksonville in free agency, but the Raiders seemingly made an upgrade with the signing of Jared Cook, who likely will enter training camp as the favorite to serve as the team's No. 1 tight end. Walford could still push for the job if he regains his explosiveness and impresses during the offseason program.

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  • Jay Cutler CHI QB
    Jay Cutler: Won't necessarily play in 2017
    1h ago

    Jay Cutler (shoulder) may decide not to play in 2017, WGN's Adam Hoge reports.

    There are only a few franchises still in the market for starting quarterbacks and most of those teams probably prefer to go in a younger direction. Cutler was scheduled to visit with the Jets before they signed Josh McCown, who was brought in to compete with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. The Texans could be a fit if they don't acquire Tony Romo, but it was previously reported that Houston isn't interested in Cutler. With his 34th birthday coming up in April, the veteran signal-caller may ultimately decide to retire or take a year off. His shoulder likely will be healthy enough for him to pass a physical in the coming months, but his desire to play may be contingent upon having a clear path to a starting job.

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  • Tom Brady NE QB
    Patriots' Tom Brady: Says he could play six or seven more years
    2h ago

    Tom Brady told New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft that he might play six or seven more years, NFL Network's James Palmer reports.

    Still playing at an elite level as he approaches his 40th birthday (in August), Brady seems to have plenty of gas left in the tank, though six or seven more years might be a stretch. At some point he might decide there is nothing left to accomplish, as he's the only quarterback with five Super Bowl victories in NFL history, and he also owns a slew of regular-season records. Brady should have fun this upcoming season, with WR Brandin Cooks providing an element of downfield speed that the offense hasn't had in years.

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  • Colin Kaepernick SF QB
    Colin Kaepernick: Still hoping to find chance to compete
    2h ago

    Colin Kaepernick still hopes to find an opportunity to compete for a starting job, ESPN.com reports.

    Kaepernick seemingly understands he'll have to settle for a salary well below the $14.5 million he walked away from in San Francisco, but he does still hope to get paid like a low-end starter of high-end backup -- which may be wishful thinking at this point. There really isn't an obvious fit, but Cleveland, Houston and Denver could all be options, depending on what happens with Tony Romo and the upcoming NFL Draft. It won't be surprising if Kaepernick remains unsigned into May or June.

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  • Dewey McDonald SEA LB
    Seahawks' Dewey McDonald: Re-signs with Seahawks
    14h ago

    Dewey McDonald , an exclusive-rights free agent, signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Lindsey Wisniewski of USA Today reports.

    The Seahawks acquired McDonald from the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round pick last September. Primarily operating in a special teams role, McDonald went on to tally eight tackles and one deflected pass across 14 games. He'll be back in the mix to compete for a depth role at linebacker this summer.

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