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    • Brock Holt BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Brock Holt: Leaves with hamstring injury Thursday
      24m ago

      Holt left Thursday's game against the Blue Jays with a left hamstring injury, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.

      Tzu-Wei Lin has come in to replace Holt after he tweaked his hamstring running the bases on a double. Holt had been on a tear heading into Thursday, slashing .410/.425/.615 with six extra-base hits in his last 10 games. He's already expected to move back to a bench role with Xander Bogaerts' return Friday, but it remains to be seen whether Holt's injury will keep him sidelined beyond that.

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    • Eric Thames MIL 1B
      Brewers' Eric Thames: Headed for second opinion, surgery likely
      1h ago

      Thames will head to Phoenix to receive a second opinion on his injured thumb, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

      Thames landed on the disabled list Wednesday with a torn UCL in his left thumb. While surgery seems likely at this point, the Brewers want to gather multiple opinions before determining the first baseman's next step. Thames could go under the knife as soon as Friday, after which there should be a clearer idea regarding his recovery timetable.

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    • Wilmer Font OAK RP
      Athletics' Wilmer Font: Added to active roster
      2h ago

      Font was added to Athletics' 25-man roster Thursday.

      Font will join the A's for the first time since being acquired in a trade with the Dodgers earlier in the week. The 27-year-old compiled an unsightly 11.32 ERA and 1.84 WHIP across 10.1 innings with the Dodgers before being designated for assignment and subsequently traded to Oakland. He should work in middle relief during his time with the big club.

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    • Chris Bassitt OAK SP
      Athletics' Chris Bassitt: Shuttled back to minors
      2h ago

      Bassitt was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.

      Bassitt will head back to the minors after a brief stint with the big club during which he didn't see any game action. The 29-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery back in 2016. He'll continue to serve as organizational pitching depth with the Sounds.

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    • Kendall Graveman OAK SP
      Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Sent to minors
      2h ago

      Graveman was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.

      Graveman has struggled through six starts this season, compiling an 8.89 ERA and 1.84 WHIP across 28.1 innings, but this is still a bit surprising. The 27-year-old has proven he can be a serviceable big-league starter over the previous three seasons, posting a 4.11 ERA across 71 starts, so he'll likely be afforded an opportunity to rejoin the rotation once he smooths out some kinks in the minors. In the meantime, Wilmer Font was added to the roster in his place. Graveman's replacement in the rotation has yet to be announced.

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    • Kyle Gibson MIN SP
      Twins' Kyle Gibson: Whiffs 10 in no-decision
      2h ago

      Gibson allowed just one hit and three walks across six scoreless innings Thursday against the Yankees. He struck out 10 batter, but didn't factor into the decision.

      Gibson shut down a difficult Yankees lineup in what was easily his best outing of the season. His 10 strikeouts were a career-high, and the 30-year-old now owns an impressive 10.0 K/9 to go with his 3.33 ERA through his first five starts. Gibson certainly deserved to win the contest after exiting with a three-run lead prior to the seventh inning, but the Twins' bullpen coughed up four runs over the final three frames of the game to help the Yankees prevail, forcing the veteran to settle for a no-decision. He'll look to keep things rolling in his next start, which will come against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

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    • Darius Latham OAK DT
      Darius Latham: Waived by Oakland
      3h ago

      Latham was waived by the Raiders on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

      Latham was waived just hours before the beginning of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 2016 undrafted free agent played 17 games for Oakland in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, but managed to log only 24 combined tackles. The 23-year-old was previously waived by the Raiders in December of 2017, and apparently did not impress enough on the practice squad to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Latham will hope to find a depth role elsewhere in the league.

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    • Greg Olsen CAR TE
      Panthers' Greg Olsen: Gets two-year extension
      9h ago

      Olsen and the Panthers agreed Thursday on a two-year extension, a source informed Adam Schefter of ESPN. The new deal is worth $8.55 million annually and could escalate to $20.1 million in total value.

      Olsen was already under contract for 2018 at a $6.5 million base salary, so the extension will keep him in the fold through the 2020 season and provide plenty of incentive for the 33-year-old to delay his broadcasting career. Though his 2017 season was disrupted by a Jones fracture of his right foot, Olsen looked to be back at full strength in the Panthers' playoff loss to the Saints in the wild-card round, catching eight of 12 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in the contest. With Olsen confirming earlier this month that he has no intention of retiring and has endured no setbacks with his foot heading into the Panthers' offseason program, it appears Carolina was comfortable making him one of the NFL's top-paid tight ends. With three 1,000-yard seasons prior to the injury-abbreviated campaign, Olsen has certainly proven worthy of the large financial commitment.

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    • Paul Perkins NYG RB
      Giants' Paul Perkins: Surgery for pectoral injury
      9h ago

      Perkins suffered a torn pectoral muscle prior to the Giants' offseason program that required surgery, a source informed Dan Duggan of The Athletic New York.

      The extent of Perkins' setback isn't known and a timetable for his return hasn't been established, but it was speculated that the running back had sustained an upper-body injury after he was spotted at minicamp Tuesday with his left arm in a sling. Even if Perkins makes a full recovery in time for training camp, it's more likely that he will be battling for a roster spot rather than a starting role. Perkins opened the past season as the Giants' No. 1 back, but averaged just 2.2 yards on 41 carries before losing snaps to Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman and finishing the campaign primarily as a special-teams player. Darkwa remains a free agent, but the Giants have added veteran Jonathan Stewart to their backfield stable and could tab another runner with one of their early round selections in this week's draft.

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    • Odell Beckham NYG WR
      Giants' Odell Beckham: On field for minicamp session
      10h ago

      Beckham (ankle) was spotted on the field catching passes and taking part in non-contact individual drills during the Giants' minicamp practice Thursday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

      Beckham's presence on the field this week along with new head coach Pat Shurmur's declaration Wednesday that the wideout won't be traded prior to the season suggests that any discord between the 25-year-old and the organization has been put aside, at least for the time being. While Beckham surely still prefers to receive a long-term contract extension prior to the season rather than playing under the final year of his rookie deal in 2018, it doesn't look like he has any plans to entertain a holdout. Instead, Beckham's main focus will be proving to the new coaching staff and front office that he's approaching full health after a broken left ankle ended his season last October. Beckham may not absorb full contact at any point during the Giants' offseason program, but it's not expected that he'll face many limitations, if any, by the time training camp arrives.

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    • Charles Sims TB RB
      Buccaneers' Charles Sims: Returns to Buccaneers
      11h ago

      Sims signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay on Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

      Sims played in all 16 games for the Bucs last season, collecting more receptions (35) than carries (21). He'll likely remain limited to passing downs, though the 27-year-old did begin to see work on special teams in the back half of last year. Sims will have to compete with Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers for offensive snaps, and likely will face additional competition after the upcoming draft.

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    • Reuben Foster SF OLB
      49ers' Reuben Foster: Accuser recants domestic violence claims
      12h ago

      Foster's former girlfriend -- who pressed charges against him for domestic violence in February -- said through her attorney Wednesday that she fabricated reports of an assault in an effort to "trash his career" after the linebacker reportedly tried to break off their relationship, Kurtis Alexander of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

      This is quite the development as Foster's April 30 plea deadline approaches. The Santa Clara County prosecutors involved with the case have yet to announce whether they will proceed with the charges filed against Foster. The 49ers have insisted that they want to let the legal process play out before rendering a decision on Foster's future with the organization. General manager John Lynch did clearly state that the team would cut Foster if the allegations regarding his assault proved to be true, so the accuser's statements Wednesday could dramatically change how this story unfolds.

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    • Tyler Zeller MIL C
      Bucks' Tyler Zeller: Coming off bench for Game 6
      19m ago

      Zeller is coming off the bench for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics.

      Thon Maker, who had two impressive performances during the Bucks' two previous home games in the series, will draw the start. Despite starting, Zeller had only been averaging 13.3 minutes per game, so his role may not change too much despite the switch.

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    • Thon Maker MIL C
      Bucks' Thon Maker: Starting for Game 6
      21m ago

      Maker will draw the start at center over Tyler Zeller for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics.

      This decision isn't too surprising, as Maker has outplayed Zeller since usual starter John Henson went down with a back injury. Over the past three games, Maker has averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks across 26.0 minutes.

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    • John Henson MIL C
      Bucks' John Henson: Won't play in Game 6
      2h ago

      Henson (back) is out for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.

      As expected, Henson will miss a fourth straight game while recovering from a sore back. Tyler Zeller is likely to draw another start, though Thon Maker has been the main beneficiary at the position over the past three games. Jabari Parker has also seen an uptick in workload, averaging 16.7 points across 29.0 minutes while Henson has been on the shelf.

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    • Stephen Curry GS PG
      Warriors' Stephen Curry: Upgraded to questionable for Game 1
      3h ago

      Curry (knee) went through a full practice Thursday and has been upgraded to questionable for Game 1 of the semifinals against the Pelicans on Saturday, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

      Warriors' GM Bob Myers recently indicated Curry had a chance of being cleared for Game 1 and his full participation in Thursday's practice adds even more fuel to the fire. If the knee responds well to the added workload, there's a chance he's ultimately able to play, though the Warriors are certainly going to take as cautions of an approach as possible with their superstar. For now, consider Curry questionable and another update should be provided after Friday's practice or Saturday's shootaround.

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    • Otto Porter WAS SF
      Wizards' Otto Porter: Status uncertain for Game 6
      4h ago

      Porter is dealing with a bone bruise in his left leg and is questionable for Game 6 against the Raptors on Friday, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

      Porter has reportedly been nursing the injury for the entire series, which is likely why he's appeared to struggle a bit of late. With the Wizards on the brink of elimination, it seems likely that Porter will ultimately give it a go Friday, though coach Scott Brooks wouldn't commit to it. "Anything's possible, but we hope for the best," Brooks said regarding Porter's availability Friday. "I know he's banged up. That's all I know as of right now." Look for another update to be provided following Friday's morning shootaround.

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    • Stephen Curry GS PG
      Warriors' Stephen Curry: Return for Game 1 'conceivable'
      5h ago

      Warriors' general manager Bob Myers said "it's conceivable" that Curry (knee) is in uniform for Game 1 of the semifinals against the Pelicans on Saturday, Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "He's gonna try and practice ... if he can get in tomorrow's practice and Friday and doesn't have any setbacks and feels physically ready, then there's a chance he can go.

      This appears to be a very optimistic stance from the Warriors' GM and it wouldn't be surprising if Curry ultimately missed another game or two when all is said and done. However, it's certainly a situation to monitor at this point and additional updates should be provided following practice Thursday and/or Friday. His availability Saturday will ultimately depend on how the knee responds to the increase activity.

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    • Nick Cousins ARI C
      Coyotes' Nick Cousins: Carves out bigger role in 2017-18
      12m ago

      Cousins scored a career-high seven goals and 19 points in 71 regular season games.

      His 71 games played and 12:52 of average ice time per game were also career bests, as Cousins took a big step forward this season. The 5-foot-11 forward couldn't carve out a big role with the Flyers in his first three season, but he may have found a home in Arizona. His fantasy value is still relatively low, but he might be worth a look in deep leagues next season.

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    • Radek Faksa DAL C
      Stars' Radek Faksa: Posts career high in goals
      14m ago

      Faksa set a career high in goals (17) while tying his career high in points (33) in 2017-18.

      The 24-year-old pivot is still growing as a scorer, but he's already a fantastic two-way player, as evidenced by the impressive plus-21 rating he posted this season. Faksa may never develop into a 50-point scorer, but he should continue to produce enough offense to remain a solid bench option in most season-long fantasy formats.

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    • Esa Lindell DAL D
      Stars' Esa Lindell: Shows improvement in sophomore campaign
      27m ago

      Lindell set career highs in goals (seven) and assists (20) while averaging 22:05 of ice time in 80 contests this season.

      Lindell does it all for Dallas, skating on the team's top pairing while also logging significant minutes as a member of the Stars' second power-play unit and penalty-killing team. The 23-year-old blueliner should only continue to improve with age, so fantasy owners can expect to him to have his best season yet in 2018-19.

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    • Jason Chimera ANA RW
      Ducks' Jason Chimera: Headed for free agency
      34m ago

      Chimera, who totaled three goals and 13 points in 74 games this campaign, will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

      Chimera had a quiet campaign in 2017-18 after posting a respectable 20 goals and 33 points a season ago, so it remains to be seen if any NHL club will express interest in signing the 38-year-old winger to a short-term deal this offseason. If he's unable to land a short-term contract with a contender, it wouldn't be surprising to see Chimera hang up his skates after a successful NHL career which has spanned 18 seasons.

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    • Matt Martin TOR LW
      Maple Leafs' Matt Martin: Role diminished in second half
      34m ago

      Martin was held out of the entire seven-game playoff series against Boston and played in just three of his team's final 33 regular season games.

      The bottom-six bruiser was one of the odd men out with Toronto adding Patrick Marleau last offseason and Tomas Plekanec before the trade deadline. The 28-year-old managed just three goals and 12 points in 50 contests. Martin also managed just 50 penalty minutes, the fewest in his career. His fantasy value is pretty much nonexistent moving forward.

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    • Connor Carrick TOR D
      Maple Leafs' Connor Carrick: Struggles to find playing time
      44m ago

      Carrick couldn't crack the lineup in any of his team's seven postseason contests, finishing the year with four goals and 12 points in 47 regular season games.

      Carrick was a healthy scratch for a good chunk of the season and simply couldn't carve out regular playing time. Still, his four goals and 12 points were both career highs for the 24-year-old blueliner. At this point he doesn't have much fantasy value until he gets a secured spot in a lineup.

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