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Angels' Huston Street: On for spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Street (knee) is making his 2017 Cactus League debut Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

Coming off a 6.45 ERA during (surprise) an injury-shortened 2016, Street is battling for the closer role with Cam Bedrosian (groin) and Andrew Bailey, among others. His body of work and name recognition may land him the job initially, but it's wise for fantasy players to remain skeptical, especially considering his health issues and the talent Bedrosian boasts when healthy.

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Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Scores team-high 22 points Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lillard tallied 22 points (7-20 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 4-7 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and three steals over 30 minutes in Sunday's 97-81 win over the Lakers.

Lillard actually had a substantially poor night shooting-wise, but he managed to still provide solid fantasy production thanks to strong production across the rest of the stat sheet. Lillard's 35 percent success rate from the field was his lowest since March 9 and broke a six-game streak of at least 50 percent shooting. However, despite the overall struggles, the fifth-year pro's performance from long range didn't suffer and Lillard now has a 10-game streak of multiple made three-pointers.

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Red Sox's Chris Sale: Works in and out of trouble Sunday
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Sale allowed six hits and a walk while striking out six over five innings in Sunday's game against the Twins, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.

Sale declared himself ready to go following his 91-pitch outing. He allowed baserunners in four of his five innings but avoided damage with the help of his defense -- a runner cut down at home, a runner picked off and a runner caught stealing. He'll have a shorter outing Friday, weather permitting, when the Red Sox face the Nationals in an exhibition game in Washington D.C., before taking the ball in the second game of the regular season next week. Over 21 spring innings, Sale has struck out 26 and walked just two. He's ready.

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Red Sox's Josh Rutledge: Plays first base
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rutledge was used as a first baseman for the first time this spring over the weekend, Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe reports.

There are two things to take away from Rutledge playing first base. First, it's a sign that Hanley Ramirez's shoulder woes continue to prevent him from playing the field, and it grows increasingly unlikely he'll play first base before the Grapefruit League ends Wednesday. Secondly, Rutledge is looking like he'll stick on the roster as Pablo Sandoval's backup at third base. He can serve as the right-handed complement to Sandoval while possibly playing the same role to Mitch Moreland at first base.

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Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Still no first base
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ramirez is still not ready to play first base, Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe reports.

With three games remaining in the Grapefruit League, it appears unlikely we'll be seeing Ramirez play the field, although he can swing a bat without a pain and is hitting .300 with three homers in 50 at-bats. Manager John Farrell would like to deploy Ramirez at first base this season -- as a right-handed complement to Mitch Moreland -- but those plans are on hold. Farrell used the right-handed hitting Josh Rutledge at first base for the first time this spring over the weekend, a sign that the manager is planning a contingency for not having Ramirez available.

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