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    • Mike Napoli TEX 1B
      Rangers' Mike Napoli: Goes yard again Saturday
      1h ago

      Mike Napoli went 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

      Napoli has matched his hit total from his first 10 games of August (5) in his last four, with three of those hits leaving the yard. He's driven in 10 runs this week -- Napoli may have felt Ronald Guzman breathing down his neck at Triple-A Round Rock. The 35-year-old Napoli will be a free agent again after this season.

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    • Martin Perez TEX SP
      Rangers' Martin Perez: Withstands shaky first inning to earn win
      1h ago

      Martin Perez (8-10) gave up six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings in a win over the White Sox on Saturday.

      Perez stumbled out of the blocks, giving up five runs in the first, but he eventually settled in and the Texas bats were able to get all of those runs back and more against Derek Holland. The 26-year-old allowed just one run on two hits over his final five frames and snapped a streak of seven straight starts with at least one homer allowed. He lines up for a road start against the Angels his next time out.

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    • Derek Holland CHW SP
      White Sox's Derek Holland: Bounced after just 2.2 innings Saturday
      1h ago

      Derek Holland (6-13) gave up seven runs on six hits and four walks while striking out one over 2.2 innings in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

      Simply put, Holland has no business starting for a major-league team the way he's pitching right now. The lefty had a 2.37 ERA through the first two months of the season, but he posted ERAs over 9.00 in June and July, and he's now given up 14 runs over 4.2 innings in his last two starts.

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    • Rougned Odor TEX 2B
      Rangers' Rougned Odor: Smacks two homers in blowout win
      1h ago

      Rougned Odor went 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in Saturday's 17-7 win over the White Sox.

      He sent Derek Holland to the showers with his three-run shot in the third, and Odor touched up Dylan Covey for a solo shot the following inning. The 23-year-old now has five multi-homer games this season and three since the All-Star break, putting him on pace to clear 30 for the second straight season. Odor has also added a few steals recently after going 37 games without a stolen base.

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    • Jesus Aguilar MIL 1B
      Brewers' Jesus Aguilar: Hits go-ahead home run
      1h ago

      Jesus Aguilar hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer to give the Milwaukee Brewers the lead in the ninth inning Saturday.

      The home run off Rockies closer Greg Holland broke a 3-3 tie. It was his third home run of August and 12th of the season. He hasn't played much lately, but Aguilar figures to be in the lineup Sunday with a lefty in Kyle Freeland due up for Colorado.

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    • Greg Holland COL RP
      Rockies' Greg Holland: Takes fourth loss
      1h ago

      Greg Holland (2-4) gave up three runs on two hits -- including a home run -- and a walk in two-thirds of an inning against the Brewers on Saturday. He struck out one and was stuck with his fourth loss of the season.

      Called upon to work the ninth in a tie game, Holland plunked the second batter he faced (Keon Broxton) before serving up a homer to Jesus Aguilar. Holland then walked Eric Thames, who promptly stole second and scored on a Neil Walker single. He has been a mess lately (nine earned runs in his last five appearances), but Holland was excellent in the first half, and there has been no hint of a possible closer change in Colorado.

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    • Vance McDonald SF TE
      49ers' Vance McDonald: Catches two but drops one
      4m ago

      Vance McDonald caught two of three targets for 14 yards in Saturday's preseason game against Denver.

      Praised by general manager John Lynch earlier in the week, McDonald started Saturday's game and was busy early on, drawing three consecutive targets during the opening drive, though one was erased by a penalty. He did drop one of those passes, and rookie tight end George Kittle also got some run with the first-team offense, then later had a 29-yard touchdown with the second unit. McDonald is still the favorite to start Week 1, but the rookie at least figures to push him for snaps and targets, if not the top sot on the depth chart.

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    • Terrelle Pryor WAS WR
      Redskins' Terrelle Pryor: Brings in one reception Saturday
      6m ago

      Terrelle Pryor hauled in one of two targets for 11 yards in Saturday's 21-17 preseason loss to the Packers.

      Pryor and the rest of the first-team offense endured their fair share of struggles over the first four possessions, resulting in limited production for several players. Quarterback Kirk Cousins ultimately focused more on the likes of Chris Thompson, Vernon Davis, Jamison Crowder and Ryan Grant, who all saw at least double the targets of Pryor. However, none of the reports emanating from training camp suggest that there is any concern regarding Pryor successfully integrating into the Washington Redskins offense. He should have another extended opportunity to build his rapport with Cousins a week from Sunday against the Bengals.

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    • JoJo Natson IND WR
      Colts' JoJo Natson: Another strong preseason game
      6m ago

      JoJo Natson had three receptions for 60 yards, one rushing attempt for seven yards and returned both punts and kickoffs in Saturday's preseason loss at Dallas.

      Natson made a strong impression for a second consecutive preseason game. He could win a return job and a reserve receiver role. The undrafted free agent from Akron is small (5-foot-7, 160) but has elite speed.

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    • Carlos Hyde SF RB
      49ers' Carlos Hyde: Works as clear top dog
      10m ago

      Carlos Hyde had eight carries for 26 yards in Saturday's preseason game against Denver.

      The threat to Hyde's starting gig seems to have been overblown, as he took each of his eight carries before the Niners gave one to another running back. That one went to Tim Hightower, who coughed the ball up for San Francisco's third turnover in a span of 10 snaps. Rookie fourth-round pick Joe Williams had only one carry for one yard, after taking seven totes for 60 yards in the preseason opener. Some combination of Hightower and Williams still figures to be involved, but Hyde will enter Week 1 as the lead runner so long as he stays healthy.

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    • C.J. Anderson DEN RB
      Broncos' C.J. Anderson: Stays busy in SF
      15m ago

      C.J. Anderson had seven carries for 24 yards and a touchdown and caught all three of his targets for 13 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers.

      With Paxton Lynch starting and rarely looking downfield, Anderson was the clear centerpiece of the Denver offense while playing the first four drives of the game. The 26-year-old back caught a seven-yard pass on a 3rd-and-6 on the opening drive, and then got three straight carries from the one-yard line on the next series, converting the last of those for a touchdown. With Jamaal Charles (knee) and Devontae Booker (wrist) unavailable, De'Angelo Henderson operated as the No. 2 back and gained 50 yards on eight touches. Anderson is locked in as the starter, but Denver figures to use some combination of Charles, Booker and Henderson to even out the workload.

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    • Samaje Perine WAS RB
      Redskins' Samaje Perine: Takes it up a notch in second preseason game
      16m ago

      Samaje Perine carried eight times for 45 yards and secured his only target for 29 yards in Saturday's 21-17 preseason loss to the Packers.

      The rookie was significantly better than in last week's preseason opener, putting together impressive chunk plays through both the ground and air. Perine was directly involved in the first four plays of the Washington Redskins ' first possession of the second half, taking a short pass 29 yards on one of those touches. He rattled off a 14-yard run on a subsequent possession and appeared much more comfortable overall in what was his second NFL contest. With starter Rob Kelley once again struggling (nine carries, nine yards), Perine could potentially take another major step forward if he's able to produce a successful encore performance a week from Sunday versus the Bengals.

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    • Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL F
      Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Won't participate in EuroBasket
      12h ago

      Giannis Antetokounmpo , due to persistent knee soreness, has chosen not to participate in EuroBasket this season, Eric Nehm of ESPN Milwaukee reports.

      Antetokounmpo missed a five-day chunk of EuroBasket practice earlier in August due to knee soreness, with the issue failing to subside. The star also cited exercises the Milwaukee Bucks ' staff had him perform in China being too painful to complete, ultimately forcing him to withdraw from his national team to ensure his health for the NBA season. It remains to be seen if this issue will carry over into training camp.

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    • Jeff Withey UTA C
      Mavericks' Jeff Withey: Agrees to one-year deal with Mavericks
      1d ago

      Jeff Withey has come to terms with the Dallas Mavericks on a one-year contract, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      Withey spent last season as a member of the Jazz, who renounced his rights in mid-July. He was a deep reserve, posting just 2.9 points and 2.4 boards across 8.5 minutes per contest. While he'll likely play a similar role with the Mavericks, as his skill hasn't warranted him being deployed for more than 12.9 minutes per game in his career, he could see extended run here and there depending on the health of the Dallas centers. Regardless, he should probably be avoided in every fantasy format considering his projected workload and production.

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    • K.J. McDaniels BKN G
      Raptors' K.J. McDaniels: Agrees to deal with Raptors
      2d ago

      K.J. McDaniels has agreed to terms with the Toronto Raptors on a one-year, partially guaranteed contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      McDaniels was somewhat of a forgotten commodity this summer as many teams' free agency dollars dried up, but he'll head to Toronto on what's in all likelihood a minimum deal. The former Clemson standout spent time with both Houston and Brooklyn last season, appearing in 49 total games and averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds. The 24-year-old has shown flashes of promise as an athletic defender, but he struggles as a shooter and may face an uphill battle toward having his contract fully guaranteed by the Raptors.

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    • Brandon Bass LAC F
      Brandon Bass: Heads to China
      2d ago

      Brandon Bass signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Liaoning Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, international writer David Pick reports.

      A 12-year NBA veteran, Bass has bounced around a bit of late, playing for three different teams in as many seasons. He spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Clippers, averaging 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds across 11.1 minutes, which was his smallest workload overall since the 2009-10 season. After failing to receive much interest on the free agent market, Bass will head overseas to resume his playing career. He could attempt to latch on with an NBA team following the international season, though it's unclear how many suitors he'd have.

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    • Guerschon Yabusele BOS F
      Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele: Fully recovered from ankle surgery
      3d ago

      Guerschon Yabusele has fully recovered from ankle surgery and will take part in Monday's informal practices, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.

      This is great news for the Boston Celtics ' 2016 first-round pick, as foot problems prevented him from participating in this year's summer league, and he'll now get to spend some extended time with the team through training camp. Boston, however, is loaded in the frontcourt, and Yabusele will likely struggle to find quality minutes in his debut season with the team, so some extended time in the G League could be on the horizon for the rookie.

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    • Georges Niang NBADRAFT SF
      Warriors' Georges Niang: Inks deal with Golden State
      4d ago

      Georges Niang signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Niang, a 2016 second-round pick who played sparingly with the Pacers as a rookie before being waived in July, will receive the chance to compete for a roster spot with the reigning NBA champs. More realistically though, the Warriors likely plan to stash Niang with their G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, as the 24-year-old has only a small chance of beating out the likes of Omri Casspi, Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney for one of the final available spots at forward.

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    • Marian Gaborik LA RW
      Kings' Marian Gaborik: Needs to regain strength for full recovery
      11h ago

      Marian Gaborik (undisclosed) is still expected to miss the start of training camp, though he is making progress, Jon Rosen of LA Los Angeles Kings Insider reports.

      The oft-injured scoring vet reportedly had a procedure done this offseason that involved repairing a tendon and ligament, but even though he avoided surgery and is said to be doing well, Kings GM Rob Blake added in a State of the Franchise address that Gaborik "still has some difficulty with some of the lifts and the strength." A mid-80s point packer in his heyday with the Rangers, it's difficult to recommend the Czech in anything but the deepest fantasy formats since he's played a combined 110 games over the last two seasons.

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    • Anthony Mantha DET RW
      Red Wings' Anthony Mantha: Bigger role on tap
      12h ago

      Anthony Mantha is in line for an increased role with the Detroit Red Wings in 2017-18, the Detroit Free Press reports.

      The towering net-front scoring winger dropped jaws as a rookie, dialing up 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) despite averaging a mere 15:54 of ice time over 60 games. Additionally, among the men donning the Winged Wheel, Mantha's plus-10 rating was inferior only to captain Henrik Zetterberg and his plus-15 clip. As suggested in this latest report, the 22-year-old is part of the reason why the team isn't looking to bring back Thomas Vanek, and he could see regular power-play minutes in the coming season if one of Justin Abdelkader or Riley Sheahan get injured.

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    • Luke Opilka STL G
      Blues' Luke Opilka: Undergoes second hip surgery
      14h ago

      Luke Opilka , a goalie prospect, underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, and he's expected to be out until December, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      According to Rutherford, this is the St. Louis native's second hip surgery in just over a year. The Notes had sung his praises upon making him a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, but these ailments, coupled with underwhelming peripherals (3.08 GAA, .897 save percentage) over 75 regular-games with the OHL's Kitchner Rangers, have dimmed his long-term fantasy outlook.

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    • Nate Schmidt LV D
      Golden Knights' Nate Schmidt: Dealing with ankle injury
      14h ago

      Nate Schmidt sustained an ankle injury that prevented him from attending a street hockey clinic in Montana on Friday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

      While the expansion Vegas Golden Knights would have little reason to press one of their more established players into a promotional event, it's discouraging that he's dealing with an injury in the first place. He'll reportedly be reevaluated in "a week or so," but this doesn't bode well for Schmidt's fantasy prospects after he took the nascent franchise to arbitration with his award set at two years and $4.45 million. Last year, he compiled 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) over 60 games with the Capitals.

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    • Jori Lehtera PHI C
      Flyers' Jori Lehtera: Looking forward to fresh start
      15h ago

      Jori Lehtera , who was traded from the Blues to the Philadelphia Flyers on June 23, has been skating and working out at his former team's practice facility with eagerness for the upcoming season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      The Finn spent his first three seasons in St. Louis, having surged out of the gate with a rookie year that included 14 goals, 30 assists, and a plus-21 rating. However, his production slipped quite a bit in the two subsequent years -- all the way down to 22 points and a minus-6 rating over 64 contests in 2016-17. Perhaps a change of scenery will invigorate Lehtera, but don't be surprised if it takes him awhile to settle in. After all, he's projected to start out in a bottom-six role for a Flyers offense that was inferior to the Blues during his tenure with the Notes.

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    • Jordan Eberle NYI RW
      Islanders' Jordan Eberle: Set for top-line duty
      15h ago

      Jordan Eberle is projected to be on the top line with John Tavares and Anders Lee in the upcoming season, NHL.com reports.

      Formerly with the Oilers, the skilled right winger was traded to the New York Islanders in June in a straight up deal for Ryan Strome. Last season, Eberle played all 82 games for the first time in his seven-year career and proceeded to register 20 goals and 31 assists -- including 14 man-advantage points. This year, he'll assuredly see more ice time than the 16:46 average in his previous go-around with the Oil, and being the right flanker to Tavares -- who's amassed 537 points in 587 regular-season contests -- definitely has its advantages.

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