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    • Marco Gonzales SEA SP
      Mariners' Marco Gonzales: Set to start Cactus League opener
      7h ago

      Gonzales is scheduled to start Thursday against the A's, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

      Weather permitting -- it's supposed to rain in Arizona on Thursday -- the southpaw is slated to pitch two innings during Thursday's Cactus League opener before giving way to Justus Sheffield. Gonzales, who posted a 4.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 145:32 K:BB across 29 starts (166.2 innings) last season, is a candidate to take the ball for the Mariners on Opening Day following the offseason departure of James Paxton.

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    • Roberto Gomez PIT RP
      Roberto Gomez: Deal with Pirates voided
      8h ago

      The Pirates have voided Gomez's minor-league contract due to concerns related to his physical, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      Gomez was set to attend Pittsburgh's major-league camp, but will now be tasked with finding a new home before the 2019 campaign. The 29-year-old will likely need to prove his health before latching on elsewhere. Gomez made five appearances for the Giants in 2018, allowing eight runs on 20 hits and a walk across 9.1 innings.

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    • Franklin Perez DET SP
      Tigers' Franklin Perez: Battling stomach pain
      8h ago

      Perez has been out since Sunday with acute stomach pain, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

      The exact nature of the injury is unclear, but the issue doesn't seem to be muscle-related. The team ran tests Tuesday to determine the cause of the pain.

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    • Wilmer Difo WAS SS
      Nationals' Wilmer Difo: Pegged for bench role
      8h ago

      Difo is expected to open the 2019 season as a reserve for the Nationals, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

      Difo had also been ticketed for a bench job last spring before a slew of injuries opened up 104 starts -- 84 at second base, 16 at third and four at shortstop -- and 456 plate appearances for him. With the Nationals acquiring an everyday second baseman this winter in Brian Dozier and returning utility man Howie Kendrick (Achilles) to full health, Difo should be headed for a significant role reduction this season barring another onslaught of injuries.

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    • Jon Gray COL SP
      Rockies' Jon Gray: Beefs up for 2019
      9h ago

      Gray said Monday that he reported to camp at 235 pounds after dedicating himself to heavy lifting in the offseason in addition to "eating anything and everything," Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

      Gray tipped the scales at as few as 209 pounds at one point last season, so his weight increase is fairly significant. While adding that kind of mass could been seen as a negative development for most players, it may be beneficial for the 6-foot-4 Gray, who boasts the frame to carry the extra pounds. Rather than any change in his physique, Gray's ability to bounce back from a rough 2018 campaign may hinge on his ability to gain more mental focus in tight spots. Opposing batters slashed .306/.379/.506 against Gray when at least one runner was on base last season, saddling him with a subpar 67.9 percent strand rate. The Rockies are tentatively penciling Gray in as their No. 4 starter behind Kyle Freeland, German Marquez and Tyler Anderson.

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    • Cory Spangenberg MIL 2B
      Brewers' Cory Spangenberg: Role remains undetermined
      9h ago

      Spangenberg is no longer projected to share time at second base in 2019, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

      Spangenberg was originally expected to split time at the keystone with Hernan Perez in 2019, but the addition of Mike Moustakas leaves the soon-to-be 28-year-old without a clear role heading into camp. Manager Craig Counsell said the Brewers plan on giving Spangenberg a look around the diamond in spring training before determining how he'll factor into the team's plans. He does have an option remaining, so Spangenberg could open the season in the minors if he fails to carve out a role for himself this spring.

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    • Kevin Pierre-Louis NYJ LB
      Kevin Pierre-Louis: Jets decline 2019 option
      4h ago

      The Jets declined Pierre-Louis' (shoulder) $2.875 million option for 2019, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

      Pierre-Louis landed on injured reserve prior to the season finale as he was set to miss his seventh consecutive game. The 27-year-old had only seven total tackles in nine games with New York as he mostly served in a special teams role.

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    • Ronald Leary DEN G
      Broncos' Ron Leary: Set to remain in Denver
      5h ago

      Leary (Achilles) should remain with the Broncos in 2019 as $5.35 million of his $8.15 million salary is guaranteed against injury, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

      Leary would need to pass a physical by March 17 in order to void the injury guarantee, which is entirely improbable after suffering a torn Achilles' tendon in October. The Broncos could still part ways with the veteran guard, but the injury guarantee minimizes the potential cap savings the move would bring under non-injury circumstances. Leary's availability for the start of the season remains up in the air as he continues his recovery.

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    • Justin Senior SEA T
      Chiefs' Justin Senior: Heads to Kansas City
      6h ago

      Senior signed a contract with the Chiefs on Tuesday, Blair Kerkoff of The Kansas City Star reports.

      Senior did not play professional football last season after the Seahawks waived him off injured reserve in December 2017. The 24-year-old was drafted during the sixth round by Seattle in 2017 and has yet to make his NFL debut.

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    • Hayden Hurst BAL TE
      Ravens' Hayden Hurst: Gets screw removed from foot
      9h ago

      Hurst revealed Monday that he's finally back at full strength after having a screw removed from his foot, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

      The No. 25 overall draft pick had the screw placed in his foot in late August to help stabilize a stress fracture, leading to four consecutive absences to kick off his career. The 25-year-old finished the season with 13 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown in 12 games, while fellow rookie tight end Mark Andrews -- a third-round selection -- caught 34 passes for 552 yards and three scores. Andrews is the superior fantasy asset heading into 2019, but the Ravens should have plenty of snaps for both players if they allow Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams to walk in free agency. The team likely plans to expand Hurst's role even if Boyle or Williams sticks around.

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    • Terrence Brooks NYJ DB
      Terrence Brooks: Headed for free agency
      9h ago

      The Jets declined to pick up the option on Brooks' contract, allowing to become a free agent at the beginning of the 2019 league year, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

      Selected by Baltimore in the third round of the 2014 draft, Brooks never lived up to expectations on defense but did emerge as a key special teamer the past two seasons in New York. He should land on his feet in a similar role, potentially even rejoining the Jets at a lower price.

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    • Michael Ola NO T
      Saints' Michael Ola: Re-signs with Saints
      10h ago

      Ola (ankle) re-signed with the Saints on a one-year contract Tuesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

      The swing tackle ultimately found his way to injured reserve in December after suffering a high-ankle sprain; however, he appears fully recovered from the injury. Ola is expected to provide some depth along the offensive line in his second season with the Saints.

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    • Dwight Howard WAS C
      Wizards' Dwight Howard: Starting on-court work Wednesday
      1h ago

      Howard (back) will resume on-court work Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Howard hasn't played since undergoing back surgery Nov. 30, and he's approaching the latter portion of his 2-3 month timetable for a return. Previously rehabbing in Atlanta, Howard coming back to Washington D.C. for on-court work represents a significant step in his recovery, and it's possible we see the center back in uniform by the end of the month. In the nine games he's appeared in this season, Howard posted 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds across 25.6 minutes per game. If he maintains those numbers, it will be the first time in his career that he hasn't averaged a double-double.

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    • Clint Capela HOU C
      Rockets' Clint Capela: Expected to play Thursday
      5h ago

      Capela (thumb) returned to practice Tuesday and is expected to take the court Thursday against the Lakers, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

      Barring a setback, Capela is set to return Thursday following a 15-game absence as a result of ligament damage in his right thumb. He'll presumably return to the starting five and play his full complement of minutes, which could spell the end of Kenneth Faried's fantasy relevance in many formats. Capela is having a career year, averaging 17.6 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 assists on 62.6 percent shooting across 34.2 minutes.

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    • Spencer Dinwiddie BKN PG
      Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie: No firm timetable
      8h ago

      Dinwiddie (thumb) is without a firm return timetable, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.

      Dinwiddie underwent surgery roughly three weeks ago to repair ligament damage in his thumb, and while he's returned to on-court work, the Nets are yet to put a timetable on his return. Coach Kenny Atkinson was asked Tuesday if he believes Dinwiddie will be back before next month's 17-day road trip, which begins March 13, and he was non-committal, though he noted that Dinwiddie has been staying in shape and working with his off hand. Lewis subsequently clarified that Dinwiddie could return before mid-March, but Atkinson's comments certainly imply that Dinwiddie will likely miss at least a few more weeks.

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    • Caris LeVert BKN SG
      Nets' Caris LeVert: Will be evaluated Tuesday
      10h ago

      Coach Kenny Atkinson said the team will evaluate LeVert on Tuesday afternoon, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.

      The hope is that LeVert isn't dealing with any residual effects of the ankle injury that cost him nearly three months, but given that he played in only three games before the break, the Nets will be extra cautious with the prized young guard. LeVert made his return on Feb. 8 against Chicago, playing 15 minutes and finishing with 11 points, four assists and five steals. He followed up with 23 minutes in a loss to Toronto three days later before returning to the starting lineup and seeing 30 minutes in the Nets' final game before the break. In that win over Cleveland, LeVert had 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

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    • Corey Brewer SAC SF
      Kings' Corey Brewer: Re-ups with Kings
      1d ago

      Brewer signed a 10-day contract with the Kings on Monday.

      Brewer didn't appear in a game during his first 10-day stint with the Kings, so he doesn't figure to play a large role in his second go-around. Once his upcoming 10-day contract expires, Sacramento will need to either sign Brewer for the remainder of the season or cut him loose.

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    • Chandler Parsons MEM SF
      Grizzlies' Chandler Parsons: May not rejoin rotation right away
      1d ago

      Parsons (not injury related) is expected to report to the Grizzlies this week when the team reconvenes after the All-Star break, but isn't certain to capture a rotation spot in the team's first few games of the second half, Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic reports. "I think it'll be good that we're coming out of the break and we'll have a few days to practice just to get [Parsons] on the court, get him back with the group, see where he is," coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "It's been a while since he's played as well. So it'll be good to have him on the floor, get up and down a little bit, see where he is physically and mentally and then we'll go from there."

      Parsons hasn't suited up in a game for the Grizzlies since Oct. 24, but he was medically cleared to play just under two months later after making a full recovery from his recurring knee soreness. Shortly after gaining clearance, the Grizzlies announced that Parsons would remain away from the team indefinitely, but after Memphis wasn't able to find a taker for him prior to the Feb. 7 trade deadline, he'll now return to the fold. Due to his long layoff from competitive action, Parsons will probably require a few practices before Bickerstaff is comfortable turning to him for minutes. The oft-injured forward doesn't look to be a part of the Grizzlies' future plans, so even if he re-enters the rotation at some point, it's unlikely he'll be handed significant playing time.

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    • Andreas Johnsson TOR LW
      Maple Leafs' Andreas Johnsson: Two PIM in loss
      5m ago

      Johnsson (leg) recorded 15:27 TOI and two PIM during Tuesday's loss to the Blues.

      He missed the previous game due to a leg injury but was able to slot back onto the third line in this outing. He's having a breakout season with 31 points -- five on the power play -- in 52 games despite averaging just 12:46 TOI. That's not too shabby for a 2013 seventh-round pick.

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    • Alexander Steen STL RW
      Blues' Alexander Steen: Dishes out helper
      9m ago

      Steen set up a goal in Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs.

      Steen cut off a breakout pass and quickly fed Tyler Bozak with a backhand pass, and Bozak dished it to Schwartz backdoor to open the scoring. The veteran winger missed the previous two games due to the birth of his daughter, but he now has an assist in each of the last four contests.

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    • Max Domi MON C
      Canadiens' Max Domi: Reaches milestone in win
      14m ago

      Domi scored his 20th goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Columbus.

      Domi beat Sergei Bobrovsky with a backhand up high for his 20th goal of 2018-19. It's the 23-year-old's first 20-goal season. The goal also gives Domi 52 points on the year, tying his career high set back in 2015-16 (Domi's rookie campaign in Arizona). The Canadiens' top-line center also received a fighting major in Tuesday's win, dropping the gloves with Nick Foligno after Columbus' captain caused Mike Reilly to go head first into the boards behind Montreal's net.

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    • Auston Matthews TOR C
      Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews: Pots goal Tuesday
      14m ago

      Matthews scored a goal during Tuesday's loss to the Blues.

      Matthews redirected Nikita Zaitsev's pass into the net with his foot to notch his 28th goal of the season. Despite missing 14 contests, Matthews remains on pace to match his career high of 40 goals, which he posted through 82 games during his rookie campaign.

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    • Adam Larsson EDM D
      Oilers' Adam Larsson: Registers rare goal
      16m ago

      Larsson scored in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday.

      Not known for his scoring, this was Larsson's third goal of the season. He also has 13 assists, giving him just 16 points, but that also means Larsson only needs four more points for the second 20-point campaign of his career. Where he's really hurting owners, though, is his minus-15 rating. Larsson posted a plus-46 rating during the three seasons prior to 2018-19.

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    • Tyler Bozak STL C
      Blues' Tyler Bozak: Bags two apples
      18m ago

      Bozak dished out two helpers in Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs.

      Since the Blues moved Bozak up to the second line, they've won 11 straight games. After getting used to his new line, Bozak has benefited greatly from the move as well with six points over the last six games. As long as the Blues keep rolling, he'll likely keep working with this unit and could be a value add in daily fantasy settings.

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