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    • Pablo Sandoval SF 3B
      Giants' Pablo Sandoval: Serves as DH Tuesday
      12m ago

      Sandoval started and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 11-2 loss to Houston.

      Sandoval has been limited to a backup role in his first full season back with San Francisco, but he was afforded a start as the team's designated hitter on the road against an AL squad. The 31-year-old figures to serve the same role Wednesday against Justin Verlander, who he notably took deep twice in game one of the 2012 World Series.

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    • Reyes Moronta SF RP
      Giants' Reyes Moronta: Gives up run in loss
      16m ago

      Moronta gave up a run on two hits while striking out two over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to Houston on Tuesday.

      It was a rare rough outing for the rookie this season, as evidenced by his 1.66 ERA and 10.0 K/9 over 21.2 innings. Moronta's lack of control (5.8 BB/9) is the main reason his 3.52 FIP is nearly two runs higher than his ERA. The hard-throwing righty will continue to serve as one of manager Bruce Bochy's more-reliable middle relievers.

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    • Jose Pirela SD LF
      Padres' Jose Pirela: Tallies two hits Tuesday
      24m ago

      Pirela batted third and went 2-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Nationals.

      Pirela has yet to hit his first home run of the season after belting 10 during his breakout campaign in 2017. He has, however, picked things up at the plate since taking over as the club's everyday second baseman, batting .308 (16-for-52) while hitting in the heart of the order over his last 14 contests. The 28-year-old will have to continue trending upwards to fend off the Padres' promising second-base prospect Luis Urias.

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    • Cory Spangenberg SD LF
      Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Starts at third Tuesday
      29m ago

      Spangenberg started and went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's loss to Washington.

      Spangenberg got the nod at the hot corner in place of Christian Villanueva. The 27-year-old has struggled since returning to the majors May 12 (3-for-19), but he does have a homer and two steals over that span. Spangenberg will serve as a utility man following the demotion of backup infielder Carlos Asuaje on Tuesday.

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    • Noe Ramirez LAA RP
      Angels' Noe Ramirez: Tosses two clean innings
      38m ago

      Ramirez fired a pair of scoreless innings while striking out three in a 5-3 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.

      It was the 29-year-old's finest outing this month after he surrendered runs in three of his previous six outings. Ramirez is posting a career-best 12.0 K/9 while serving a long-relief role for the Halos this year (nine of his 24 appearances have gone longer than one inning).

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    • Zack Cozart LAA 3B
      Angels' Zack Cozart: Moved back down in order
      43m ago

      Cozart batted seventh and went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's loss to Toronto.

      Cozart had taken over for the struggling Ian Kinsler as the club's leadoff hitter over the last couple of weeks, but he was moved back down in the order over the last two contests. Neither infielder has had much success at the plate of late, so this may simply be manager Mike Scioscia shaking things up for an Angels club that has struggled to put up big offensive numbers recently.

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    • Melvin Ingram LAC OLB
      Chargers' Melvin Ingram: Absent from OTAs
      6h ago

      Ingram didn't show up for OTAs on Tuesday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

      Instead, Ingram stayed in Florida to get ready for training camp that will start in late July. These are voluntary workouts, so Ingram's merely missing out on an opportunity to gel with new teammates. Ingram has racked up 29 sacks in the last three seasons and will start opposite Joey Bosa on a dangerous defensive front.

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    • Matt Godin HOU DE
      Matthew Godin: Waived off PUP list
      6h ago

      Godin (knee) was waived from the Texans' Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday.

      Godin landed on the PUP list after clearing waivers earlier in May. The second-year pro didn't play a snap in his rookie season and will look for a depth role once healthy.

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    • Arie Kouandjio WAS G
      Arie Kouandjio: Hits waivers with injury tag
      7h ago

      Kouandjio (quadriceps) was waived/injured by the Redskins on Tuesday.

      Kouandjio was set to miss the entire 2018 season with torn quadriceps. He's expected to clear waivers and revert to Washington's injured reserve, where he can seek an injury settlement.

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    • Donald Penn OAK T
      Raiders' Donald Penn: Easing into OTAs
      7h ago

      Penn (foot) was a limited participant in OTAs on Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

      Penn walked through team drills Tuesday while David Sharpe and rookie Kolton Miller filled in with the first unit at full speed. It's good that Penn is getting some work, and he should be nearing full participation.

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    • Jared Veldheer DEN T
      Broncos' Jared Veldheer: Not working out Tuesday
      7h ago

      Veldheer (ankle) didn't participate in OTAs on Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.

      The Broncos will need to further wait to see how their March trade acquisition fares. Veldheer is projected to start at right tackle once he's healthy.

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    • Joel Heath HOU DE
      Texans' Joel Heath: Sits out beginning of OTAs
      7h ago

      Heath (undisclosed) didn't participate in OTAs on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      It's not sure what's bothering Heath, as he was healthy for the final seven games of 2017. Heath has worked as a depth lineman for the last two years, but he is slated to start opposite J.J. Watt on the Texans' defensive front in 2018.

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    • Klay Thompson GS SG
      Warriors' Klay Thompson: Strains knee, expects to play in Game 5
      6h ago

      Thompson, who suffered a strained left knee during Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, expects to be ready to go for Game 5 on Thursday, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports.

      Thompson suffered the injury in the second quarter of Game 4, which sent him for a short stint in the locker room before returning to the contest minutes later. While it doesn't appear to be anything overly serious, the knee injury did seem to hamper Thompson's effectiveness Tuesday, as he shot just 4-for-13 from the field and 2-for-5 from deep for 10 points across 39 minutes. As of now, Thompson should be a full-go for Game 5 on Thursday, though it will be worth it to check on his status in the coming few days to make sure there's no added swelling.

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    • Kevon Looney GS SF
      Warriors' Kevon Looney: Slated to start Game 4
      10h ago

      Looney will pick up the start in place of the injured Andre Iguodala (knee) for Game 4 against the Rockets on Tuesday, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

      Iguodala suffered a knee-to-knee collision in Game 3 on Sunday and after testing it out during pregame warmups, decided the discomfort was too much to play through. As a result, Looney will get the call to jump into the top unit, joining Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the frontcourt. Since the start of the playoffs, Looney has averaged 20.2 minutes across 13 games, but could push for 30-plus now that he's entered the starting five.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Officially out for Game 4
      11h ago

      Iguodala (knee) has officially been ruled out for Game 4 against the Rockets on Tuesday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

      Despite being upgraded from doubtful to questionable earlier in the day, Iguodala will now be held out of Tuesday's contest after testing the knee out during pregame activities. When asked about the injury, Coach Steve Kerr said, if "[Iguodala] was close, he'd play. He's injured. We'll see what happens in a couple days." That suggests that Iguodala may not be ready in time for Game 5 on Thursday either, so it will continue to be a situation to monitor over the coming few days. All that said, Kevin Looney appears likely to benefit the most and could draw the start, while Nick Young is also a candidate to see added minutes on the wing.

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    • Shane Larkin BOS PG
      Celtics' Shane Larkin: Doubtful for Game 5
      15h ago

      Larkin (shoulder) is doubtful for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Cavaliers, but still has a chance of returning at some point during the series.

      Larkin remains without an official timetable for a return, but is relatively close to getting back to game action. He last suited up for Game 4 against the Sixers -- the game in which he hurt his shoulder. Assuming he doesn't see the floor Wednesday, his next chance to play comes Friday.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Upgraded to questionable
      16h ago

      Iguodala (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Rockets.

      The Warriors initially listed Iguodala as doubtful after a knee-to-knee collision in Game 3, but he's apparently made some progress in the last 24 hours. The veteran was held out of practice Monday, though a precautionary X-ray cleared him of any structural damage. Iguodala will likely remain questionable in the hours leading up to tip-off, and he'll be reevaluated following pregame warmups.

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    • Aron Baynes BOS C
      Celtics' Aron Baynes: Scores 8 off bench in ECF Game 4 loss
      21h ago

      Baynes provided eight points (2-3 FG, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds and one block across 16 minutes in Monday's 111-102 ECF Game 4 loss in Cleveland.

      Coach Brad Stevens has opted to start Marcus Morris over Baynes, which worked well for the first two games in Boston. Cleveland countered by starting Tristan Thompson, giving the Cavs a big advantage on the boards, leading to two Cleveland wins. With the series tied at 2-2, Stevens might decide to "go big" and return Baynes to the starting lineup for Game 5. Baynes is averaging 21 minutes per game during the ECF. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston.

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    • Evander Kane SJ LW
      Sharks' Evander Kane: Secures long-term deal
      11h ago

      Kane (shoulder) inked a seven-year contract extension with the Sharks worth roughly $49 million, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.

      This deal is on pace with market value, but it is a large monetary sum for a player that has averaged less than 40 points per season during his nine-year career, even if that's more reflective of his inability to stay healthy than anything else. The 2009 first-round pick spent his first eight seasons with rebuilding franchises that lacked playmakers, and his first taste of the postseason came this campaign. San Jose appeared to be the right fit. Kane managed 13 goals and six assists in 26 games with the Sharks, including the playoffs. The physical winger felt comfortable firing oodles of shots on net as well, ripping the puck 115 times to finish his Sharks stint with an 11.3 shot percentage -- the best of his career. Signing Kane to an extension means the Sharks will send the Sabres a 2019 first-round pick, and it may make it more difficult to pen another deal for veteran center Joe Thornton.

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    • Jay Beagle WAS C
      Capitals' Jay Beagle: Garners assist as Caps tie series
      15h ago

      Beagle generated a secondary assist against the Lightning on Monday in a 3-0 win to take Game 6 of the conference finals.

      The fourth-line center worked with Chandler Stephenson in setting the table for Devante Smith-Pelly's goal in the third period. We doubt that there's been a whole lot of fantasy owners depending on Beagle in playoff pools, but he's an efficient offensive producer who has been known to strike for the occasional goal or assist.

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    • Patrick Sieloff OTT D
      Senators' Patrick Sieloff: Inks two-year extension
      17h ago

      Sieloff signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Senators on Tuesday.

      Sieloff competed mainly in the ECHL last season, compiling 11 points -- three goals and eight assists -- over 47 games. The 24-year-old blueliner made one appearance with the Senators in 2017-18 and managed to notch a goal, but he also recorded a minus-2 rating in the contest. He will likely begin 2018-19 in the minors as well, but he could surface in the NHL at some point in the campaign should the need arise.

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    • Jack Roslovic WPG C
      Jets' Jack Roslovic: Gets taste of NHL
      17h ago

      Roslovic spent his first significant chunk of time with the Jets this season, as he played in 41 total contests including the playoffs.

      Although Roslovic frequently bounced in and out of the lineup, the fact that coach Paul Maurice felt comfortable putting him on the ice in the postseason shows the level of confidence the club has in the youngster. The winger put up solid numbers given his limited action (11:50 of ice time per outing), as he tallied five goals, 12 helpers and a plus-9 rating. What the organization decides to do regarding restricted free agents Adam Lowry, Joel Armia and Brandon Tanev will factor heavily into what role the 21-year-old Roslovic fills next season. The only certainty for the Columbus native heading into 2018-19 is that he will be given a chance to earn his way onto the 23-man roster during training camp.

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    • Bryan Little WPG C
      Jets' Bryan Little: Picks up assist
      17h ago

      Little notched a helper in Sunday's 2-1 defeat to the Golden Knights.

      Little's helper may have ended an eight-game pointless streak, but he still finished the season on a 12-game goal drought. The lack of production from the Jets' third line was a significant factor to their inability to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. The 30-year-old's productivity during the regular season was far superior, as he cracked the 40-point mark for the fifth consecutive season and eighth time overall. If Paul Stastny doesn't re-sign with Winnipeg, Little is a near lock to rejoin the second line alongside Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers, which will provide increased opportunities to rack up points during the 2018-19 campaign.

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    • Mathieu Perreault WPG LW
      Jets' Mathieu Perreault: No-show for Western Conference finals
      19h ago

      Perreault was missing from the scoresheet for all of the Western Conference finals.

      Considering Perreault registered just one point in his eight games back from an upper-body injury, one has to wonder if he was truly at 100 percent. The center spent much of the season in a third-line role, but that didn't stop coach Paul Maurice from utilizing him on the power play, where he notched six goals and eight helpers while averaging 2:15 of ice time. Fantasy owners should expect the Quebec native to handle similar responsibilities during the upcoming season, which bodes well for his chances of reaching the 40-point threshold in 2018-19 -- a mark he came just one point shy of this year.

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