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Islanders' John Tavares: Breaks goal drought
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tavares scored the game-winner in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Devils.

The former first-round pick went the past eight games without scoring a goal until Sunday. Still, that goal gives Tavares five points in the past five games. In addition, no offensive players on the Islanders see more ice time than Tavares, averaging 20:15 minutes per game. Heading into the thick of the playoff hunt, the 26-year-old will have the chance to be a valuable fantasy weapon.

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Rays' Alex Cobb: Solid in batting practice session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cobb threw live batting practice Monday and was happy with the session, Bill Chastain of reports. "There weren't too many hitters, I had a lot of injured guys in my group who were kind of just tracking," Cobb said. "I had Brad Miller, who was swinging, and he swung often, thankfully [which allowed Cobb to see how a hitter reacted to his pitches]. But it was good."

The 29-year-old righty struggled and in five starts at the big league level last season after missing the entirety of the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. Cobb was 1-2 with a mammoth 8.59 ERA and 1.77 WHIP over 22 innings in five starts at the tail end of the season, and enters spring training looking to solidify a spot in the Rays starting rotation. Considering his difficult stretch in 2016, Cobb is looking forward to getting a fresh start this spring and getting some live game action in. "You go from flat-ground work in mid-January, progress up to the bullpens, and live BP. The games. Just another step in that direction. I was happy to get that under my belt."

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Cubs' Brett Anderson: Feels healthy early in camp
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Anderson feels that he is fully recovered from a bulging disk in his lower back that cost him most of the 2016 season, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The back injury limited Anderson to just four games last season, and he acknowledged that another serious back injury could end his career. For the moment, Anderson is healthy and competing with Mike Montgomery for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. The talent has always been there for Anderson, but he's only reached 100 innings once in the last six seasons due to a variety of injuries.

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Rays' Matt Duffy: Could take first BP on Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy (heel), who is being brought along slowly after September surgery, tracked pitches Monday and may participate in his first batting practice session Tuesday, Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times reports.

Manager Kevin Cash has already declared that he may hold Duffy out of early spring training games, and the recovering shortstop is also being brought along slowly in workouts. Batting practice would represent another notable step in Duffy's progress towards being fully prepared for the rigors of manning shortstop on an everyday basis in the coming season.

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Rays' Evan Longoria: Misses workouts Monday
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Longoria (illness) missed Monday's workout, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Longoria, who'd attended a season-ticket holder event in Tampa on Sunday, communicated to manager Kevin Cash that he had been ill throughout the night with a fever. All details point to the third baseman being back in action in the near future, although it's possible his absence could extend into Tuesday.

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