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Craig Breslow TOR RP
Craig Breslow: Will re-sign with Toronto44m ago
Breslow, who was released by the Blue Jays on Saturday, will re-sign a minor-league deal with the team, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Breslow's release earlier in the day was a procedural move. It's unclear what the 37-year-old left-hander still has in the tank. His last good season was 2013, when he was key bullpen piece that helped carry the Red Sox to the World Series.
Ivan Nova PIT SP
Pirates' Ivan Nova: Ready to rock & roll1h ago
Nova made his final spring tuneup Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk in three innings against Tampa Bay. He struck out three batters.
The righty, who will serve as Pittsburgh's Opening Day starter in Detroit on Thursday, pitched through knee pain for much of the season's second half last summer. He lost 15 pounds in the offseason to help improve his health. While Nova isn't a frontline option, he represents a decent streaming option at PNC Park, where he went 8-2 with a 2.80 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 74 innings last year.
Bryce Brentz PIT LF
Pirates' Bryce Brentz: Won't making Opening Day roster1h ago
The Pirates placed Brent on waivers Saturday, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Pittsburgh would like to add him to its Triple-A Indianapolis roster, but there's a chance another organization first claims him. Brentz batted .250 with one homer and three RBI in 40 at-bats during spring training and was outplayed by Jose Osuna. He led the International League with 31 homers in 2017.
Madison Bumgarner SF SP
Giants' Madison Bumgarner: Undergoes successful surgery, could miss two months2h ago
Bumgarner underwent successful surgery Saturday to repair his fractured fifth metacarpal, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Bumgarner, who suffered the injury after being hit by a line drive during Friday's Cactus League game against the Royals, had three pins inserted into his hand to stabilize his finger. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, manager Bruce Bochy said he hopes to have the southpaw back in early June, which would line him up to miss the first two months of the season. A more concrete timetable should emerge as he continues to progress in his recovery. In the meantime, with Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) expected to open the season on the disabled list and Johnny Cueto off schedule, Ty Blach now appears to be the favorite to start for the Giants on Opening Day.
Ty Blach SF SP
Giants' Ty Blach: Favorite for Opening Day start3h ago
Blach is the frontrunner to start for the Giants on Opening Day against the Dodgers, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
With Madison Bumgarner (hand) and Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) unavailable due to injuries and Johnny Cueto off schedule, it looks like Blach could toe the rubber for the Giants' season-opener. The 27-year-old southpaw posted a 4.78 ERA and 4.0 K/9 across 163.2 innings last season (24 starts, 10 relief appearances), so while he may start for the Giants on Opening Day, there are better fantasy options out there.
Carson Fulmer CHW SP
White Sox's Carson Fulmer: Sharp in final tuneup3h ago
Fulmer allowed one run, walked two and struck out seven over 5.1 innings in a minor-league game Saturday.
Fulmer admitted some of the pressure was off him Saturday after he was named the fifth starter earlier this week. He didn't earn the job based on his spring results, but the rebuilding White Sox are in a position to let the young right-hander have a run in the rotation.
Shamar Stephen MIN NT
Seahawks' Shamar Stephen: Signs with Seahawks7h ago
Stephen agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Sharmar had surgery after suffering a meniscus injury in the Vikings' playoff run, but is expected to be healthy by OTAs. He spent his first four seasons in Minnesota, but will not look to earn a role on the Seahawks' defensive line.
Reggie Nelson OAK DB
Reggie Nelson: Re-signs with Raiders13h ago
Nelson re-signed with the Raiders on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Nelson was likely brought back in order to help teach defensive coordinator Paul Guenther's system. The 34-year-old has had stints with the Jaguars and Bengals in his 11 year career, and will now be entering his third season with the Raiders. He figures to provide depth in the secondary to go along with his mentoring role.
Justin Bethel ARI DB
Justin Bethel: Joins Falcons13h ago
Bethel agreed to a deal with the Falcons on Saturday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Bethel recently visited with the Falcons, rendering this move relatively unsurprising. He logged 14 starts at cornerback for the Cardinals in his first six seasons, compiling four interceptions, but his main contributions were through special teams. Thus, the veteran corner figures to help provide depth in the secondary with the Falcons, while also playing an ace role on special teams.
Marcus Cooper CHI DB
Bears' Marcus Cooper: Rejoining Chicago23h ago
Cooper signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Friday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Cooper signed a three-year, $16 million deal last year and was released by the Bears in mid-March after playing a minimal defensive role in 2017. The 28-year-old is likely to serve as a depth corner for Chicago in 2018 with the return of Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara.
Martellus Bennett NE TE
Martellus Bennett: Announces retirement1d ago
Bennett announced his retirement via his personal Twitter account on Friday.
Bennett made comments hinting at his retirement during the 2017 season and had been mulling the decision over the past couple of months. In nine games last season with the Packers and Patriots, the tight end recorded 286 yards on 30 catches. He bounced between the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, Patriots and Packers over the course of his 10-year career, totaling 4,573 yards and 30 touchdowns on 433 receptions.
Jared Veldheer ARI T
Broncos' Jared Veldheer: Traded to Broncos1d ago
Veldheer was traded from the Cardinals to the Broncos in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round draft pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Veldheer has been in Arizona for the duration of his eight-year career, starting in every game he's played since 2011. Now with Denver, Veldheer will likely man the right tackle position opposite Garett Bolles.
Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Double-doubles in disappointing loss2h ago
Towns tallied 15 points (3-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 23 minutes during Saturday's 120-108 loss to Philadelphia.
Joel Embiid got the better of Towns once again, as the 76ers cruised to a comfortable victory over the Timberwolves. The first unit for the Wolves was completely outplayed resulting in reduced minutes. The team comes up against the Grizzlies on Monday and Towns will likely see a return to his normal production in that one.
Tyus Jones MIN PG
Timberwolves' Tyus Jones: Nice thievery Saturday2h ago
Jones totaled 11 points (4-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six assists, three rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes during Saturday's 120-108 loss to the 76ers.
Jones provided some nice play off the bench Saturday, outplaying Jeff Teague on his way to his best performance in some time. The starters were limited, giving the second unit a chance to show what they can do. Jones flashed his upside once again, although, it will likely count for nothing in the next game. He is always worth keeping an eye on but the team's rotations do not allow for him to get consistent playing time.
Marcus Georges-Hunt MIN SG
Timberwolves' Marcus Georges-Hunt: Scores 11 points in 14 minutes2h ago
Marcus Georges-Hunt finished with 11 points (3-5 FG, 5-5 FT), two rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes during Saturday's 120-108 loss to Philadelphia.
Georges-Hunt has basically been out of the rotation for some time now but was able to see some garbage time minutes in this one. He has shown small glimpses of what he can do this season but given the rotations of the Wolves players, he is unlikely to do this again anytime soon. He still belongs on the waivers in all formats.
Gorgui Dieng MIN C
Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng: Double-doubles in loss2h ago
Dieng had 15 points (6-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes during Saturday's 120-108 loss to the 76ers.
Dieng, along with the other bench players, saw some additional playing time Saturday. The first unit was blown out resulting in the second unit playing basically the entire fourth quarter. Dieng has shown previously what he can do when he is given a decent amount of playing time so this production comes as no surprise. Owners would need to see this again before running to grab him off the waivers.
Robert Covington PHI SF
76ers' Robert Covington: Fills the box score in victory2h ago
Covington produced 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-9 3Pt), six rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks in 27 minutes during Saturday's 120-108 victory over Minnesota.
Covington hit another three triples Saturday, as well as racking up a combined six defensive stats. The minutes were down a little as the game was well in control, but he still did a bit of everything for his owners. The team hosts the Denver Nuggets on Monday in what is a must-win game for the visitors. Covington could return to his normal workload in what should be a fast-paced game.
Joel Embiid PHI C
76ers' Joel Embiid: Blocks three shots Saturday2h ago
Embiid compiled 19 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT), six rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 23 minutes during Saturday's 120-108 victory over the Timberwolves.
This game was well in hand for the 76ers, resulting in limited playing time for Embiid. Despite this, he still had a nice all-around game, certainly getting the better of the matchup with Karl-Anthony Towns. While the low minutes might be disappointing for owners, it does mean that he has played no more than 24 minutes in each of his last three outings. This could reduce the chance of a rest game for him in the future.
David Rittich CGY G
Flames' David Rittich: Faces waves of rubber in loss1h ago
Rittich allowed five goals on 33 shots in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Sharks.
It was a tough day. Rittich got almost no support from his teammates and the Sharks sent wave after wave of shooters at him. His record slips to 8-6-3 with the loss.
Jake Allen STL G
Blues' Jake Allen: Turns aside 33 shots in Saturday's win1h ago
Allen stopped 33 shots in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
He snapped Columbus' win streak at 10 games while extending his personal win streak to five, and Allen has allowed a single goal in the last three of those victories while posting a .921 save percentage during his streak. The Blues remain in a dogfight for a playoff spot, and Allen will need to stay sharp over the final weeks if St. Louis is going to extend their season.
Michael Stone CGY D
Flames' Michael Stone: Rare offensive moment1h ago
Stone scored the Flames' only goal Saturday in a 5-1 loss to San Jose.
Gone are the days of offence from this talented rearguard. Stone has just seven points (three goals, four assists) on the season. His value -- if there is any -- is in leagues where hits and blocked shots mean something. Stone has 111 and 139, respectively.
Semyon Varlamov COL G
Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: Wins fifth game in last seven1h ago
Varlamov stopped 39 shots in a 2-1 shootout win over Vegas on Saturday afternoon.
Varlamov has gone 5-2 in his last seven starts. In the five wins, he has allowed just a single goal in each. In the two losses, he has allowed eight goals and in one game, he was pulled mid-way through the second period. Varlamov is excellent when he's in a zone like he was Saturday, but does cough up a few hairballs now and then.
Carl Soderberg COL C
Avalanche's Carl Soderberg: Matches career high in goals1h ago
Soderberg scored a goal in Saturday's 2-1 shootout win over the Golden Knights.
Soderberg missed two games due to illness, but looked none the worse for wear Saturday. His overall contributions are far off his career mark of 51 points (2015-16), but the goal matched his best total of 16 (2013-14). Soderberg has eight points, including five goals, in his last 10 games, so he's providing owners with a late-season offensive burst.
Austin Watson NSH RW
Predators' Austin Watson: Remains in locker room1h ago
Watson did not come out to the bench for the third period versus the Wild on Saturday, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Watson has been performing well of late, as he notched five goals, two assists and 16 shots in his previous 12 outings. The Michigan native has become a penalty-kill specialist -- he is averaging 2:15 of ice time shorthanded this season -- with three of those five goals coming with a teammate in the box. Mike Fisher was given the night off Saturday and will likely return to the lineup for Sunday's clash with Winnipeg if Watson is unable to play.