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    • Emilio Pagan SEA RP
      Mariners' Emilio Pagan: Recalled from Triple-A
      1h ago

      Emilio Pagan was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

      This will be Pagan's second stint with the big club this season, as he appeared in two games for the Seattle Mariners earlier in the season (allowing five runs through 2.2 innings). Despite his big-league struggles, Pagan does own a 3.24 ERA and 21:7 K:BB through 16.2 innings at Triple-A this season. Pagan replaced Chris Heston on the roster, though his stint could prove to be short with the Mariners in need of another spot starter over the weekend.

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    • Mike Zunino SEA C
      Mariners' Mike Zunino: Recalled from Triple-A
      1h ago

      Mike Zunino was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

      While Zunino slashed an impressive .293/.356/.707 with five homers and a 5:4 K:BB in 12 games with Tacoma after being demoted, this isn't necessarily anything new for the backstop. The 26-year-old owns a combined .267/.345/.524 triple slash across four seasons at Triple-A (153 games) spanning back to 2013, though he has yet to post a batting average above .215 at the major-league level (five seasons, 374 games). He still offers some serious pop as a catcher, but that won't figure to matter if he can't make consistent contact with the ball (he owns a career 32.7 percent strikeout rate in the majors). Still, given the Seattle Mariners other options at catcher, Zunino should be in line for the majority of starts behind the dish.

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    • Jose Iglesias DET SS
      Tigers' Jose Iglesias: Sits out Monday
      2h ago

      Jose Iglesias is not in the lineup Monday against the Astros, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

      Iglesias, who is slashing just .200/.226/.308, will head to the bench after starting the last five games for the Detroit Tigers . Dixon Machado will draw the start at shortstop in his stead, batting ninth.

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    • Anibal Sanchez DET RP
      Tigers' Anibal Sanchez: Heads back to minors
      2h ago

      Anibal Sanchez accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo on Monday.

      Sanchez has been dreadful out of the Detroit Tigers ' bullpen this season, giving up 21 runs in as many innings of work. He'll head back to the minors to work out the kinks in his pitching, although his lengthy major-league experience could land him back in the big leagues fairly soon if he can figure things out against the decreased competition. Warwick Saupold was recalled to take his spot on the roster.

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    • James McCann DET C
      Tigers' James McCann: Heads to bench Monday
      2h ago

      James McCann is not in the lineup Monday against the Astros, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

      Despite collecting hits in the past two games, McCann will head to the bench as the Detroit Tigers continue to ride the hot-hitting Alex Avila, who will draw the start behind the dish, batting second.

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    • Warwick Saupold DET RP
      Tigers' Warwick Saupold: Heads to majors
      2h ago

      Warwick Saupold was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Monday.

      The Australian right-hander has been solid as a starter in the minors, posting a 2.90 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in seven starts with the Mud Hens. He'll claim the spot of recently demoted pitcher Anibal Sanchez, although it's unlikely that Saupold will fill anything larger than a middle-relief role.

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    • Alex Mack ATL C
      Falcons' Alex Mack: Recovered from postseason leg injury
      1h ago

      Alex Mack has recovered from the broken fibula he sustained in the Atlanta Falcons ' 2016 postseason run, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Mack suffered a hairline fracture in his left fibula during the NFC championship game against the Packers, although the injury ultimately wasn't enough to keep him from taking part in the Super Bowl. Fortunately, he recovered in time for the start of the start of the Falcons' OTAs, which begin on May 30.

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    • D.J. Humphries ARI T
      Cardinals' D.J. Humphries: Transitioning to left tackle
      2h ago

      D.J. Humphries (concussion) will transition to left tackle in 2017, Vince Marotta of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

      Humphries, who missed the final two games of the 2016 season with a concussion, reported to the Cardinals' first day of OTAs on Monday and wasn't reported to be under any limitations. In regard to his position change, Arizona is simply flip-flopping its 2015 first-round pick with veteran Jared Veldheer, who manned the left tackle role last season, in order to begin grooming the team's left tackle of the future sooner rather than later.

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    • Devin Smith NYJ WR
      Devin Smith: Waived by Jets
      2h ago

      Devin Smith (knee) was waived with an injury designation by the Jets on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

      Smith underwent surgery on a torn ACL in April and was ruled out for all of the 2017 season. It's possible that the team moves him to injured reserve if he clears waivers.

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    • Shaq Lawson BUF DE
      Bills' Shaq Lawson: Ready to hit ground running
      3h ago

      Shaq Lawson , who missed six games as a rookie due to shoulder surgery and then underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this offseason, has been participating fully in OTAs, Buffalo Buffalo Bills .com reports. Said Lawson, "It feels great to be in everything: OTAs, off-season workouts. I feel like last year I was just, it feels like it was going by slow because I was hurt and trying to determine when I'm getting back on the field."

      Not only does he have his health back -- even when Lawson played last season, he was limited -- but the 2016 first-rounder should enjoy the new 4-3 defense that he's far more familiar with compared to Rex Ryan's 3-4. Lawson will start at end across from Jerry Hughes and might not come off the field that much considering there's not much experience behind those two quality pass rushers. The Bills might have a nasty D-Line if everyone stays healthy this season, as Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams form a pretty lethal interior pair.

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    • Trevor Siemian DEN QB
      Broncos' Trevor Siemian: Fighting to maintain starting role
      5h ago

      Trevor Siemian is competing with Paxton Lynch for the starting quarterback position, Mike Klis of KUSA 9News reports.

      Siemian won the starting job in Denver in 2016, beating out first-round rookie Lynch. Entering 2017, both Siemian and Lynch need to learn the new offense being implemented by offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. After starting 14 games last season, Siemian is the favorite to win the job again, though he'll need another strong outing in OTAs and training camp to solidify that position.

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    • Paxton Lynch DEN QB
      Broncos' Paxton Lynch: Competing for starting role
      5h ago

      Paxton Lynch is competing with Trevor Siemian for the starting QB position, Mike Klis of KUSA 9News reports.

      Lynch was drafted in the first round of the 2016 draft but lost out to Siemian for the starting role last year. Head coach Vance Joseph has stated that the competition won't begin until training camp, but it's anticipated that OTAs could play a role in the final decision. Both Lynch and Siemian will have to learn new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's system, and the player who ends up starting could be the one who learns it the fastest this spring.

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    • Amir Johnson BOS SF
      Celtics' Amir Johnson: Will have MRI performed on shoulder
      5h ago

      Amir Johnson was held out of Monday's practice and is expected to have an MRI performed on his right shoulder, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.

      Johnson moved back into the starting lineup for Game 3 on Sunday, but eventually hurt his shoulder, which limited him to a total of nine minutes. The Boston Celtics are going to have Johnson go in for an MRI to make sure he's not dealing with something more serious and that should give us a better indication for how long it could keep him on the sidelines. For now, consider Johnson questionable going into Game 4 on Tuesday, with another update likely coming following his MRI.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Will play in Game 4
      6h ago

      Andre Iguodala (knee) will play in Monday's Game 4 against the Spurs, Anthony Slater of the Bay Area News Group reports.

      This comes as no surprise given that Iguodala was listed as probable following Sunday's practice, and the swingman is expected to be a full go for Monday's contest. Iguodala will once again serve as a key reserve as the Golden State Warriors look to close out the series against the Spurs Monday night, and he'll likely return to playing his regular dose of around 25-plus minutes.

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    • Paul Millsap ATL PF
      Hawks' Paul Millsap: Opts out of contract
      7h ago

      Milsap opted out of his $21.4 million contract for next season Monday and will become an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      As expected, Milsap is opting out of his current contract and will likely be seeking out a max deal. Milsap said back in early May that he wanted to remain with the Atlanta Hawks , and Atlanta has the ability to offer the All-Star a max contract that pays around $205 million over five years. At 32 years old, it's a lot of money to invest in him, but given that Milsap will be the top power forward on the market this offseason, the Hawks will likely have no choice but to pay him that max deal if they wish to retain their star veteran.

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    • Kelly Olynyk BOS C
      Celtics' Kelly Olynyk: Big in Game 3 win
      11h ago

      Kelly Olynyk banged out 15 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, and two assists from 23 minutes in Sunday's 111-108 Game 3 win in Cleveland.

      The Clynyk was a big part of the second half rotations that helped Boston eliminate a 21-point third quarter deficit. With Isaiah Thomas out, coach Brad Stevens probably prefers Olynyk's offensive skill set relative to Amir Johnson's gritty defense. Johnson also suffered a shoulder strain during Game 3. Look for Olynyk to again play 20-plus minutes during Tuesday night's Game 4 in Cleveland.

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    • Jonas Jerebko BOS SF
      Celtics' Jonas Jerebko: Escapes bench in Game 3 win
      11h ago

      Jonas Jerebko efficiently delivered 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist and one block from 13 minutes in Sunday's 111-108 Game 3 win in Cleveland.

      After four straight DNP's, the Swedish Bird has now played in Boston's last two playoff games. He was clutch in the Game 3 win, hitting all his shots, including a quick go-head jumper with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth. The absence of Isaiah Thomas forces coach Brad Stevens to look to his bench for added scoring. Jerebko and his Boston Celtics teammates will look to even the series Tuesday night in Cleveland.

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    • Al Horford BOS C
      Celtics' Al Horford: Steady in Game 3 Win
      11h ago

      Al Horford supplied 16 points (7-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt), six assists, two rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes in Sunday's 111-108 Game 3 win in Cleveland.

      Horford stat line should have included one extra trey, as he drained a key triple late in the fourth, but the refs incorrectly called it a two. This marks the second game of the playoffs where Big Al gathered only two boards, but his dimes, low turnovers (1) and solid defense made up for the lack of rebounds. Boston hopes to even the series on Tuesday night at Cleveland. Sunday's win guarantees the series will return to Boston for at least one more game.

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    • Derick Brassard OTT C
      Senators' Derick Brassard: Good to go for Game 6
      3h ago

      Derick Brassard , who sat out the third period of Sunday's game to rest an undisclosed ailment, will play in Tuesday's Game 6 against the Penguins, Sportsnet reports.

      It would take a lot for any player to sit out a game of this stature, so it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that he's already ruled in for the contest. He had little need to take his shifts in Sunday's blowout loss, but will look to get back on track as the Ottawa Senators attempt to stave off elimination in Game 6. He's tallied just three points in the team's last 11 playoff games, but was pivotal in the team's first-round matchup with Boston, notching eight points in six games. Brassard possesses the ability to make a large impact in playoff pools and may need to if the Senators are to advance.

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    • Cody Ceci OTT D
      Senators' Cody Ceci: Will play in Game 6
      3h ago

      Coach Guy Boucher indicated after Monday's practice session that Cody Ceci will play in Tuesday's Game 6 against the Penguins, Sportsnet reports.

      Ceci didn't appear in the third period of Game 5 due to an undisclosed issue and didn't practice Monday, but it appears he's no worse for the wear. Considering the contest was a blowout, it shouldn't be a surprise that Ceci rested his ailment. Unless something drastically changes over the next day, the blueliner should take his normal spot in the pairings as the Ottawa Senators attempt to force a Game 7.

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    • Craig Smith NSH C
      Predators' Craig Smith: Could return Monday
      4h ago

      Craig Smith (undisclosed) was a full participant at Monday's game-day practice and could be available against Anaheim, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.

      Even if Smith is unable to give it a go for Game 6, practicing in full should be taken as a good sign that he is nearing a return and could bee in action sooner rather than later. The Preds have been ravaged by injuries during the playoffs -- including Mike Fisher (undisclosed), Ryan Johansen (thigh) and Kevin Fiala (leg) -- so getting back the 27-year-old Smith would be a real shot in the arm for Nashville regardless of whether that happens Monday or in a potential Game 7.

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    • Mike Fisher NSH C
      Predators' Mike Fisher: Not ready to return
      4h ago

      Mike Fisher (undisclosed) will not suit up for Monday's meeting with the Ducks, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.

      With Fisher still sidelined, the Preds are suddenly very thin down the middle of their lineup having previously lost Ryan Johansen (thigh) for the rest of the postseason. Despite averaging just under 17 minutes per game, Fisher is scoreless in his 14 playoff appearances. While Nashville hasn't needed the 36-year-old in the offensive zone thus far, it could be a different story if the team hopes to lift Lord Stanley's Cup.

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    • Logan Shaw ANA RW
      Ducks' Logan Shaw: Won't return for Game 6
      4h ago

      Logan Shaw (lower body) will miss Monday's matchup with the Predators, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.

      Monday will mark Shaw's eighth consecutive missed game due to this lingering lower-body ailment. Even once healthy, the winger may not be able to knock Nicolas Kerdiles out of the game-day lineup. Prior to getting hurt, Shaw was averaging a mere 9:31 of ice time during the postseason and can probably be left off most fantasy lineups even if he does return to action.

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    • Chad Ruhwedel PIT D
      Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Skates Monday
      5h ago

      Chad Ruhwedel (concussion) skated on his own Monday, but remains day-to-day heading into Tuesday's Game 6 clash against Ottawa, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

      Ruhwedel did not stay out for the team's optional skate Monday morning, but getting back on the ice is step in the right direction for his return. Even if the blueliner is given the all-clear for Game 6, there is no guarantee he would slot back into the lineup considering his replacement, Mark Streit, has assists in each of his last two appearances.

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