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  • Brandon Guyer CLE LF
    Indians' Brandon Guyer: Will bat third in Sunday's lineup
    36m ago

    Brandon Guyer will start in left field and bat third in the order Sunday against the White Sox.

    Guyer will be a direct replacement in the lineup for Michael Brantley, who will be rewarded with a day off after homering and driving in two runs Saturday. It's likely that Guyer's excellent career mark against left-handed pitching will make him a mainstay in the Tribe lineup whenever a southpaw is starting for the opposition, and given his favorable spot in the No. 3 spot Sunday against White Sox hurler Derek Holland, Guyer could be a nice value play in DFS contests.

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  • Eduardo Nunez SF 3B
    Giants' Eduardo Nunez: Batting leadoff Sunday
    37m ago

    Eduardo Nunez is playing third base and batting leadoff during Sunday's game against the Rockies, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

    Nunez has been hitting out of the six-hole for most of the season, but with Denard Span (shoulder) out of the lineup Sunday and Gorkys Hernandez struggling at the plate (3-for-34), manager Bruce Bochy has decided to give the speedy Nunez a shot at the top of the order. He may relinquish that spot when Span returns from injury, but it'll provide him a nice run-scoring fantasy boost as the San Francisco Giants ' table setter in the meantime.

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  • Greg Garcia STL 3B
    Cardinals' Greg Garcia: Pair of doubles out of leadoff spot Saturday
    39m ago

    Greg Garcia went 2-for-5 with two doubles in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Brewers.

    Garcia got the starting nod at shortstop and parlayed the opportunity into his second two-hit game of the season. The 27-year-old only saw action as a pinch-hitter over the first week-plus of the season after a hot spring, but has collected seven hits, including three doubles, over six subsequent starts. He projects to continue seeing action at both second base and shortstop on a fairly regular basis.

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  • Michael Brantley CLE LF
    Indians' Michael Brantley: Held out of lineup Sunday
    40m ago

    Michael Brantley is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox.

    Brantley has started seven of the last eight games, and with the White Sox bringing left-hander Derek Holland to the hill Sunday, manager Terry Francona decided it was an opportune time to give the veteran outfielder a day off. Brandon Guyer will fill in for Brantley in left field and bat third in the order.

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  • Jason Kipnis CLE 2B
    Indians' Jason Kipnis: Out of lineup Sunday
    44m ago

    Jason Kipnis is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox.

    It looks as though manager Terry Francona is just giving Kipnis a precautionary rest after the 30-year-old returned from the disabled list Friday and started the first two games of the series. Kipnis only went 1-for-7 with a walk in those contests, but with no indication that his shoulder presented any problems, it shouldn't be long before he's back to providing his usual blend of pop and speed in the top third of the lineup. Michael Martinez will replace Kipnis at second base Sunday.

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  • Hunter Pence SF RF
    Giants' Hunter Pence: Returns to lineup Sunday
    44m ago

    Hunter Pence (knee) is playing right field and batting third during Sunday's game against the Rockies, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

    Pence sat out Saturday's game after tweaking his knee during Friday's contest. The San Francisco Giants offense is off to a bit of a slow start, so Pence's quick return to the lineup is a welcomed sight.

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  • Diamond Stone LAC C
    Clippers' Diamond Stone: Out for Game 4 Sunday
    41m 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
    4h 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
    4h 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
    4h 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
    11h 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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  • Stephen Curry GS PG
    Warriors' Stephen Curry: Records game-high 34 points in win
    11h ago

    Stephen Curry totaled 34 points (10-25 FG, 5-14 3Pt, 9-10 FT), eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block across 39 minutes during a 119-113 win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

    Curry eclipsed the 30-point mark for the first time this postseason and the eight assists also marked his highest total of the series so far. He shot below 50 percent for the third straight game, but got hot for 14 points in the fourth quarter to help the team seal the victory. Curry is shooting just 40.3 percent to start the postseason, but expect that percentage to rise soon.

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  • Chris Kunitz PIT LW
    Penguins' Chris Kunitz: Practices in non-contact uniform
    1h 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
    1h 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
    1h 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
    2h 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
    2h 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
    2h 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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  • Isaiah Crowell CLE RB
    Browns' Isaiah Crowell: Hasn't signed tender or reported to offseason program
    3h 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
    23h 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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  • Tre Jackson
    Tre' Jackson: Waived by Rams after failing physical
    2d ago

    Tre Jackson (knee) was waived by the Rams with a failed physical designation Friday, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

    The Rams claimed Jackson on Tuesday after the 2014 fourth-rounder was waived by the Patriots the day before. Unfortunately, Jackson's knee continues to be a significant issue and he likely won't draw any further interest in free agency until he shows his injury concerns are no longer a problem.

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