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  • Jorge Bonifacio KC RF
    Royals' Jorge Bonifacio: Batting third Sunday
    24m ago

    Jorge Bonifacio will play center field and bat third in the order Sunday against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Bonifacio has mostly played corner outfield in the minors the last couple of seasons, but he'll get the nod in center with Lorenzo Cain sitting out for rest purposes and the team lacking in other alternatives. More notable than Bonifacio's defensive assignment is his high placement in the order, however, which is a reflection of the Kansas City Royals ' struggles in producing runs this season. At this point, manager Ned Yost seems content to try out his younger options in more prominent spots in the lineup with the hope of injecting some life into the offense, so if Bonifacio is able to capitalize on the opportunity Sunday, he could bat in the heart of the order on a more regular basis.

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  • Zach Lee SD SP
    Padres' Zach Lee: Returns to minors
    29m ago

    Zach Lee was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Sunday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Lee was promoted to the majors in early April to fill Luis Perdomo's spot in the rotation after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list. With Perdomo making his return Sunday, Lee was optioned back to Triple-A. He's a candidate to return to the majors in the future if another injury occurs to one of the team's starters, as the 25-year-old held his own in a difficult matchup with the Rockies at Coors Field on April 12.

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  • Alex Gordon KC LF
    Royals' Alex Gordon: Dropped to sixth spot in order
    30m ago

    Alex Gordon will start in left field and bat sixth in the order Sunday against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

    With zero homers and a .253 on-base percentage over 75 plate appearances this season, Gordon hasn't been getting it done as the Kansas City Royals ' leadoff hitter, so manager Ned Yost will move the veteran down in the order and give veteran Whit Merrifield a spin atop the lineup. It's not out of the question for Gordon to eventually regain leadoff duties, but he'll likely first have to turn in a solid stretch of at-bats lower in the lineup before that happens. Given that Gordon's production had already been on the decline last season prior to his plodding start to 2017, it may not be wise to bet on a major bounce back from the 34-year-old.

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  • Kyle Seager SEA 3B
    Mariners' Kyle Seager: Scratched Sunday with sore hip
    36m ago

    Kyle Seager was scratched from the Seattle Mariners ' lineup Sunday against the Athletics due to a sore hip, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

    The Mariners held Seager out of the lineup for rest-related reasons Saturday, but he was still able to pinch hit in the contest, churning out an RBI triple. With Seager's hip bothering him following batting practice Sunday, the Mariners decided it was best to give the 29-year-old some extra time off. Seager will still be available as a pinch hitter Sunday and is expected back in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, but Mike Freeman will handle duties at the hot corner Sunday afternoon.

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  • Lorenzo Cain KC CF
    Royals' Lorenzo Cain: Gets day off Sunday
    42m ago

    Lorenzo Cain is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

    According to Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City, it's a pre-planned day off for Cain, as manager Ned Yost has recognized the importance of keeping the veteran outfielder well rested over the course of the long season. With Cain, who is the midst of a five-game hitting streak, out of the lineup, Jorge Bonifacio will bat third in the order and man center field.

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  • Whit Merrifield KC 2B
    Royals' Whit Merrifield: Will bat leadoff Sunday
    45m ago

    Whit Merrifield will start at second base and occupy the leadoff spot for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

    With Alex Gordon struggling to provide much of an impact at the top of the order, manager Ned Yost will give Merrifield a look in the leadoff spot, though it's unclear if the experiment will last more than one game. Even if Merrifield is moved down in the order in subsequent contests, he at least seems to have a steady hold on the everyday gig at second base with Raul Mondesi having been banished to Triple-A Omaha. Through five games since he was promoted to the big leagues, Merrifield has gone 5-for-15 with a homer, stolen base and two RBI.

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  • Rudy Gobert UTA C
    Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Upgraded to questionable for Game 4
    2h ago

    Rudy Gobert (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's Game 4 against the Clippers, Utah Jazz radio play-by-play announcer David Locke reports.

    Gobert came into Sunday with a doubtful designation, but must have seen some unexpected improvement overnight and has now been upgraded to questionable following the team's morning shootaround. Look for Gobert to test out the knee again during pregame warmups, meaning we should get final word on his availability shortly before tip off. If Gobert is ultimately cleared to play, there's a chance he sees some restrictions on his playing time in his first game back.

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  • Diamond Stone LAC C
    Clippers' Diamond Stone: Out for Game 4 Sunday
    2h ago

    Diamond Stone (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's Game 4 against the Jazz.

    Stone continues to work back from a bone bruise in his left knee and with the Los Angeles Clippers unlikely to use Stone as a part of their regular rotation during the playoffs, there's no real reason to bring the rookie big man back into the fold. He'll remain sidelined yet again Sunday and is unlikely to be available at any point during the first round of the playoffs. That said, look for his status to be updated again ahead of Tuesday's Game 5.

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  • Marc Gasol MEM C
    Grizzlies' Marc Gasol: Knocks down game-winning shot in Game 4
    5h ago

    Marc Gasol provided 16 points (5-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and one block across 46 minutes Saturday in a 110-108 overtime win over the Spurs in Game 4 of the series.

    Gasol didn't have a particularly noteworthy night from the field and committed seven turnovers, but he converted the most important bucket of the game, knocking down a floating jumper with less than one second remaining in overtime to help the Memphis Grizzlies even the series at 2-2. Mike Conley has been the clear alpha dog for the Grizzlies during the past three games, but Gasol has still been a decent contributor, chipping in 16.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 three-pointer per contest during that stretch.

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  • Mike Conley MEM PG
    Grizzlies' Mike Conley: Scores 35 points to help Memphis even series
    5h ago

    Mike Conley erupted for 35 points (13-23 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-7 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists and one steal across 42 minutes in Saturday's 110-108 overtime win over the Spurs in Game 4 of the series.

    Conley's performance may have been overshadowed by the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard -- who churned out 43 points, including the San Antonio's last 16 points of regulation -- but the point guard couldn't have picked a better time to turn in the best postseason performance of his career. After scoring just 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting in the series opener, Conley has been a nightmare for the Spurs in the last three contests, averaging 27.7 points and 8.0 dimes while shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from three-point range.

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  • Kawhi Leonard SA SF
    Spurs' Kawhi Leonard: Erupts for 43 points in Game 4 loss
    5h ago

    Kawhi Leonard registered 43 points (14-30 FG, 7-10 3Pt, 8-8 FT), eight rebounds, six steals and three assists across 44 minutes Saturday in a 110-108 overtime loss to the Grizzlies in Game 4 of the series.

    Leonard almost willed the San Antonio Spurs to a 3-1 series lead Saturday, scoring San Antonio's final 16 points of regulation to take the game to overtime and tying the game with 17 seconds remaining in the extra period on a clutch three-pointer. In addition to his offensive exploits, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year made things difficult for the Grizzlies wings with the six thefts, one short of his total from the previous seven games combined. The do-everything forward is now averaging 32.5 points (on 58% shooting), 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.5 three-pointers and 2.0 steals in 36.5 minutes per game during the series.

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  • Andre Iguodala GS SG
    Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Scores 16 points across 36 minutes
    13h ago

    Andre Iguodala recorded 16 points (5-12 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven rebounds and three assists across 36 minutes during a 119-113 win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

    Iguodala had a great Game 3, as he was given his highest minute total since Jan. 29 with Kevin Durant (calf) and Matt Barnes (foot) sidelined again. His 16 points off the bench marked the third-highest scoring total on the team in the win. Iguodala will have increased opportunities to score for as long as Durant and Barnes are sidelined.

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  • Chris Kunitz PIT LW
    Penguins' Chris Kunitz: Practices in non-contact uniform
    2h ago

    Chris Kunitz (lower body) took to the ice for the Pittsburgh Penguins ' practice Sunday sporting a non-contact uniform. He indicated after practice that he "felt alright. No issues." but he remains without a clear timeline for a return, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.

    Kunitz's injury has cost him all of April thus far, but he appears to be making some progress toward rejoining the lineup. He and the Penguins have some additional rest on tap leading into a second-round series against either the Capitals or Maple Leafs, but there's still no guarantee he will be ready for Game 1. The winger will need to graduate to full contact before talks of his return start heating up, so expect another update when Kunitz reaches that point in his recovery.

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  • Viktor Stalberg OTT LW
    Senators' Viktor Stalberg: Game-time decision Sunday
    2h ago

    Viktor Stalberg 's (undisclosed) status won't be decided until just before puck drop, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports.

    The winger has a pair of points in the last three games, both assists, and he's been a part of the Ottawa Senators ' 3-2 series lead. If he's not able to go, it will hinder Ottawa's chance of clinching the series in Game 6.

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  • Chad Ruhwedel PIT D
    Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Practiced Sunday
    2h ago

    Chad Ruhwedel (arm) practiced in a non-contact jersey Sunday.

    The blueliner still needs to progress enough to skate in a full-contact practice, but he took a step in the right direction. With a few days off before their second-round series, he'll have a bit of time to try to work his way back to a return.

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  • Karl Alzner WAS D
    Capitals' Karl Alzner: Out for Game 6
    3h ago

    Karl Alzner (upper body) has been ruled out for Sunday's Game 6 against the Maple Leafs.

    Alzner continues to sport a day-to-day tag and was present at the team's morning skate Sunday, but it's tough to determine exactly when he will rejoin the lineup. Given the team's advantage in the series, it's possible the club is giving the blueliner a precautionary rest for a potential Game 7 return or for Game 1 of the second round. Regardless, the Caps will likely roll with the same defensive pairings in Game 6.

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  • Eric Fehr TOR RW
    Maple Leafs' Eric Fehr: Expected to miss Game 6
    3h ago

    Eric Fehr (hand) isn't expected to rejoin the lineup for Game 6 against the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of NHl.com reports.

    The veteran winger has now been sidelined for nearly a month due to the issue, so his return can't be counted on until something suggests he's making progress to receive consideration. Toronto enters the contest down 3-2 in the series, so it would take a victory for Fehr to have a chance at retaking the ice in 2016-17. Regardless, he can't be counted on for consistent ice time or production even when healthy, limiting his fantasy upside in playoff pools even if the team was to advance.

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  • Nikita Soshnikov TOR RW
    Maple Leafs' Nikita Soshnikov: Projected out for Game 6
    3h ago

    Nikita Soshnikov (undisclosed) wasn't among the line rushes at morning skate Sunday and will likely miss Game 6 against the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

    Nothing appears to have changed for the young winger. He's sat out the past 16 contests for the Toronto Maple Leafs due to the undisclosed issue and doesn't appear to have a firm timeline for a return at this point. Toronto is expected to roll with the same lines and pairings in the contest it used in Game 5, making Soshnikov's next potential chance at returning in Game 7 should the Leafs win. If not, his season -- along with the Leafs' -- will have come to an end.

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  • Jimmy Garoppolo NE QB
    Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo: Likely still staying in New England
    37m ago

    While the Browns and/or Texans might make a late push to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo , it's still unlikely the New England Patriots will part ways with their backup quarterback this offseason, The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports.

    The Patriots clearly want a lot in return for Garoppolo, who is preparing for the final year of his rookie contract after thriving in his two starts last season. Cleveland has been the most frequently mentioned destination, but Houston might actually be a better fit, with the Texans boasting a playoff-caliber roster that doesn't have many weaknesses besides quarterback. Both teams are expected to select signal-callers in the early rounds of the draft, but one (or both) could make a late push for Garoppolo instead. The Browns have plenty of time to develop a young quarterback, whereas the Texans may be worried about wasting a talented roster because of poor play from Tom Savage and a rookie. While such a concern makes a lot of sense, it probably won't be enough to motivate Houston to meet the Patriots' lofty asking price.

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  • Isaiah Crowell CLE RB
    Browns' Isaiah Crowell: Hasn't signed tender or reported to offseason program
    5h ago

    The window for Isaiah Crowell to sign an offer sheet with another team expired Friday, yet he still hasn't signed his restricted free agent tender or reported for the Cleveland Browns ' offseason program, Jeff Schudel of The Morning Journal reports.

    Crowell likely is hoping for an extension or a trade, while the Browns probably prefer to wait on any action until they see if they're able to address their backfield during the draft. The team did give Crowell a second-round tender, which would pay him $2.81 million in 2017 while allowing him to hit unrestricted free agency in 2018. Coming off the best season of his career, the 24-year-old running back may be worried his value will plummet if he has to compete for work against both Duke Johnson and a draft pick. Crowell could probably fetch a middle-round selection in a trade, as he's yet to miss a game through three seasons and is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he set career-best marks for carries (198), rushing yards (952), yards per carry (4.8), receptions (40) and receiving yards (319).

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  • Jaye Howard KC DE
    Jaye Howard: Released by Chiefs
    1d ago

    Jaye Howard (hip) was released by the Chiefs on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

    Howard's 2016 campaign ended prematurely after being placed on IR in December due to a hip injury, but he had recently been progressing through rehab with expectations of being fully recovered for training camp. The defensive lineman will now look to catch on with another team after spending four seasons in Kansas City.

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  • Taylor Gabriel ATL WR
    Falcons' Taylor Gabriel: Signs contract tender with Falcons
    1d ago

    Taylor Gabriel signed his contract tender with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, Kelsey Conway of AtlantaFalcons.com reports.

    Gabriel reported to offseason workouts this past week without a solidified contract situation as a restricted free agent, while no other team offered to match his second-round tender worth $2.746 million in Atlanta. Having officially signed his tender with the Falcons, Gabriel will likely continue seeking a long-term deal given his good standing with the organization.

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  • Glen Coffee
    Glen Coffee: Attempting comeback
    1d ago

    Coffee received reinstatement from the league on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

    Coffee played the 2009 season for the 49ers before unexpectedly retiring to enter Army Ranger training. He tallied 226 yards on the ground and a touchdown to go along with 76 yards through the air on 11 receptions in 14 games with the team. This length of an absence is somewhat unprecedented, so it remains to be seen what type of interest teams will have in the Alabama product. He is still just 29 years old without a lot of wear-and-tear, so he figures to get a look from somewhere around the league.

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  • Jaylon Smith DAL OLB
    Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Return for OTAs a possibility
    2d ago

    Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones anticipates Jaylon Smith (knee) being ready for the start of organized team activities on May 23, Jon Machota of The Dallas News reports."He's doing great," Jones added. "He's making great improvements. We're certainly more fired up than ever that we picked him last year."

    Smith is making steady progress in his recovery from nerve damage in his left knee and even attended the Cowboys' voluntary workouts this month. While he isn't up to full speed yet -- and may not be until training camp or later -- it seems the Dallas front office is much more concerned over when, not if, its 2016 second-rounder will be fully cleared to resume all football-related activities. Barring any sort of setback, Smith is still expected to make a significant contribution on defense in 2017.

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