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    • Yandy Diaz CLE 3B
      Indians' Yandy Diaz: Clear of groin injury
      9h ago

      Diaz (groin) is currently without restriction following the right groin strain suffered in November, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

      Diaz sustained the injury playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for Leones del Caracas, but has since undergone successful rehab in time for spring training. The 25-year-old slashed .263/.352/.327 in 179 plate appearances for the Indians in last season, with most of his at-bats coming as a third baseman. Diaz is likely to serve a similar role for Cleveland in 2018, and his potential role should become clearer with spring training now underway.

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    • Mike Minor TEX SP
      Rangers' Mike Minor: Still being groomed as starter
      11h ago

      The Rangers are still planning on utilizing Minor as a starting pitcher this season even after supplementing their rotation depth with the February additions of Bartolo Colon and Jesse Chavez, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

      Along with bringing aboard Colon and Chavez as non-roster invitees, the Rangers signed a pair of veteran starters in Doug Fister and Matt Moore (knee) earlier this offseason on major-league deals and will give hard-throwing reliever Matt Bush a shot at winning a spot in a new-look rotation. Like Bush, Minor plied his trade in the bullpen last season, but the 30-year-old lefty has significant experience working out the rotation, as he racked up 110 starts with the Braves from 2010 to 2014 before shoulder issues prompted a move to relief. Of all the offseason rotation imports, the Rangers have the most money invested in Minor, which could afford him a long leash in a starting role even if he loses some velocity and effectiveness while working more innings than he did a season ago.

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    • Roberto Osuna TOR RP
      Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna: Aiming to regain velocity
      11h ago

      Osuna added upper-body muscle during the offseason and has been working on staying more upright and balanced in his delivery during spring training in an attempt to regain the velocity he lost in 2017, John Lott of The Athletic Toronto reports.

      Compared to his first two years in the big leagues, Osuna saw his velocity drop on each of his three primary pitches last season, including a decline in his fastball from 96.6 miles per hour in 2016 to 95.0 in 2017. Despite that minor dip, Osuna turned in the best season of his career based off his peripherals, with his 1.74 FIP and 29.7 K-BB% representing significant improvements from what were already strong marks the previous two seasons. The fact that the 23-year-old Osuna is already mindful of exploring ways to maintain velocity this early in his career offers encouragement that he'll have some longevity as one of the game's top closers, but even if he fails to regain any ticks in his pitches 2018, he's already shown his arsenal is good enough as is to net elite numbers.

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    • Jurickson Profar TEX LF
      Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Expected to crack Opening Day roster
      11h ago

      Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said prior to spring training that Profar isn't being shopped and is expected to be included on the team's Opening Day roster, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

      Once considered the Rangers' second baseman of the future, Profar has since ceded that distinction to Rougned Odor after shoulder injuries derailed the former top prospect's development. Profar, who turned 25 years old Tuesday, would likely have an easier path to everyday at-bats if he were dealt elsewhere, but he looks poised to open the season in a utility role for Texas, assuming the team's projected regulars stay healthy in the spring. Even if injuries open up an opportunity for Profar down the line, he may not make for a particularly attractive pickup in mixed leagues due to the diminished power and stolen-base production he's displayed with the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock the past two seasons. Profar will at least have a better shot at sticking around in the majors on a full-time basis this season, given that he has no minor-league options remaining.

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    • Bruce Maxwell OAK C
      Athletics' Bruce Maxwell: Avoids concussion Friday
      12h ago

      Maxwell (head) is not dealing with a concussion, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

      Maxwell was removed from Friday's contest prematurely after getting hit in the head by a backswing, but it seems like he avoided the worst-case scenario in this instance. Given this report, he'll likely be able to return to game action relatively soon.

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    • Jordan Montgomery NYY SP
      Yankees' Jordan Montgomery: Likely to open in rotation
      12h ago

      Montgomery is the prohibitive favorite to land the fifth starter job according to Erik Boland of Newsday.

      The 25-year-old held his own over a full season in the big leagues, producing a 3.88 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 29 starts. This has him in line to be the Yankees' fifth starter, but his standing could change if the Yankees add another starting pitcher (as general manage Brian Cashman hopes to do). Nonetheless, Montgomery's job seems to be relatively secure as long as he continues to exhibit good control throughout spring training.

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    • Martellus Bennett NE TE
      Patriots' Martellus Bennett: Hopes to play in 2018
      8h ago

      Bennett (shoulder) wants to return to the football field for the 2018 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Bennett indicated plans to retire before being waived by the Packers in November, and subsequently claimed by the Patriots. The 30-year-old appeared in only two games for New England before landing on injured reserve, and is due a two million dollar roster bonus March 14, which makes him a potential cap casualty.

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    • Tyrell Adams OAK LB
      Colts' Tyrell Adams: Signs with Colts
      13h ago

      Adams signed a contract with Indianapolis on Friday, Colts' public relations assistant Christian Edwards reports.

      Adams has been around the NFL since 2015 but has only played in 12 games over his three year career, amassing 21 tackles in those tilts. He started the season on the Raiders before being released in October. He'll look to catch on as a depth linebacker and special teams player while with the Colts in 2018.

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    • David Harris NE LB
      David Harris: Announces retirement from NFL
      14h ago

      Harris announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

      Prior to his surprising release last summer, Harris was a consistent force in the middle of the Jets' defense for years after the team traded up to select the Michigan product in the second round of the 2007 draft. He ultimately racked up the second-most tackles in Jets history (1,087) during his 10 seasons with Gang Green and goes down as one of the team's all-time great defenders despite being perennially underrated by the media. Factoring in his one-year stint in New England, Harris will finish his career with 1,109 tackles, 36.5 sacks, six interceptions and 11 forced fumbles over 164 career games.

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    • Cameron Jordan NO DE
      Saints' Cameron Jordan: Undergoes foot surgery
      15h ago

      Jordan recently underwent minor surgery on his left foot, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

      Jordan, who currently requires a protective boot and scooter to move around, reportedly underwent a voluntary procedure that had more to do with "pain tolerance" than anything else. The fact that he played in the Pro Bowl prior to undergoing surgery suggests the situation truly is minor in nature. The 2017 All-Pro defensive end is expected to be recovered within 4-6 weeks and should therefore be healthy in time for the Saints' offseason program this spring.

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    • Marcus Peters KC CB
      Chiefs' Marcus Peters: Traded to Rams
      17h ago

      The Chiefs agreed to trade Peters to the Rams on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      The deal won't officially go through until March 14, while the Chiefs are expected to receive a package of draft picks in return. It's a surprising move for a Kansas City team that could've kept Peters around for two more years on his current rookie deal, especially when considering the 2015 first-rounder has seven more interceptions than any other player in the league since 2015, including the playoffs. By comparison, only Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed had more interceptions (22) in his first three seasons than Peters' 21. The newly signed David Amerson and newly acquired Kyle Fuller will likely take over as the Chiefs' top cornerbacks in advance of the 2018 season, though it's possible Kansas City could add another talent to the mix.

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    • Emmanuel Sanders DEN WR
      Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders: Nearing full recovery
      17h ago

      Sanders (ankle) has resumed running and is nearing a full recovery, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "It's going well, my ankle is recovering," Sanders said. "Right now, I feel like I'm 95 percent."

      Sanders sustained a "major" sprained ankle and tibia contusion in Week 5 against the Giants and his recovery has been complicated by swelling, a limited range of motion and diminished strength, according to the doctor in charge of his rehabilitation. However, barring any setbacks, it sounds like he could be recovered in time for OTAs in late April or early May.

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    • Jae Crowder UTA PF
      Jazz's Jae Crowder: Contributes 11 points off the bench
      3h ago

      Crowder posted 11 points (5-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and a blocked shot in 27 minutes during Friday's 100-81 loss to the Trail Blazers.

      The Jazz committed 19 turnovers on the night and while Crowder accounted for four of them, he did what he could to bolster the defense in a losing effort. The Jazz are employing Crowder often and he's been a consistently sneaky low-cost pick in DFS formats since joining the Jazz, and although he's mostly known for his defensive prowess, he's showed up with some decent offensive output to match his rebounding.

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    • Rudy Gobert UTA C
      Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Flirts with double-double in loss
      4h ago

      Gobert posted 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocked shots in 34 minutes during Friday's 100-81 loss to the Jazz.

      Considering the blowout loss, Gobert actually posted a decent fantasy total thanks to four blocked shots and a couple of steals. He was generally outplayed by Jusuf Nurkic under the basket in this matchup, though. If the backcourt suffers like it did on Friday Gobert's scoring inevitably goes down if he can't convert any assists for them, and they were in short supply, with the team dropping only 15 dimes on the night.

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    • Donovan Mitchell UTA SG
      Jazz's Donovan Mitchell: Leads anemic starting lineup with 21 points
      4h ago

      Mitchell produced 21 points (8-20 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 36 minutes during Friday's 100-81 loss to the Trail Blazers.

      Mitchell was the lone bright spot in what was a dreadful return to action for the Jazz, who tried to stay competitive but lost their way early in the second half. The Blazers dominated them at every position and despite a good shooting night for Mitchell from beyond the arc, he was limited to a single assist and three rebounds. While the Jazz might just be shaking off the rust, they'll continue to depend on Mitchell to lead them in their playoff push.

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    • Jusuf Nurkic POR C
      Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Posts solid stat line in Friday's win
      4h ago

      Nurkic posted 15 points (7-15 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots in 26 minutes during Friday's 100-81 win over the Jazz.

      Nurkic definitely needed a week off to heal his body as he was battling numerous injuries going into the break. It looks like the rest paid off, as he came back with a nice contribution in several categories, posting a super efficient +28 plus/minus on the night. Nurkic has the goods to be one of the Western Conference's best big men if he can stay consistent and convert more scoring plays under the basket.

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    • Al-Farouq Aminu POR PF
      Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu: Leads team in rebounding with eight boards in win
      4h ago

      Aminu recorded 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-2 3Pt), eight rebounds and one steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 100-81 win over the Jazz.

      Aminu remains his steady and reliable self as Portland's starter at the four spot. He shows up on the fantasy radar as a solid rebounding source, averaging 7.4 rebounds over 46 games this season. This makes him a far better roto league option than anything else, but in situations where Jusuf Nurkic or Mo Harkless go cold, he can sometimes be a flier in DFS formats.

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    • Rudy Gay SA SF
      Spurs' Rudy Gay: Plays 19 minutes in return
      4h ago

      Gay had just five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes during Friday's 122-119 loss to the Nuggets.

      Gay made his return after 15 games on the sidelines with a heel injury. He was on a minutes restriction in this one and showed some clear signs of rust. He appeared to have no setbacks during or after the game and should be considered probable for Sunday's matchup with Cleveland. He is not really worth owning in anything other than the deepest of leagues, given his injury history and the Spurs knack of bringing players along slowly.

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    • David Perron LV LW
      Golden Knights' David Perron: Ties career-best with two points
      4h ago

      Perron scored a goal and an assist in a 6-3 victory over the Canucks on Friday.

      The two-point night gives Perron 57 points this season, which is tied for the most in his career. He'll have 21 games to pass it, but he's also shooting for a much bigger goal -- average more than a point per game. Perron has accumulated his 57 points in 55 contests. A majority of his points have been assists, but with 15 goals, the winger still has a shot at a 20-goal season too.

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    • Alexandar Georgiev NYR G
      Rangers' Alexandar Georgiev: Falls to Wild
      4h ago

      Georgiev allowed four goals on 37 shots in a 4-1 loss to Minnesota on Friday.

      The 22-year-old was beaten by the visitors in rather symmetrical fashion, as Eric Staal's back-to-back goals were bookended by a pair of tallies by Mikael Granlund -- who opened the scoring in the first period before providing the cherry on top 9:22 into the third. With Ondrej Pavelec (knee) expected out another 10 days or more, as well as the Rangers currently holding the title of bottom feeder in the Metropolitan Division, it wouldn't be surprising if head coach Alain Vignault gives Georgiev another couple looks while he's up with the big club.

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    • Reilly Smith LV RW
      Golden Knights' Reilly Smith: Continues hot streak
      4h ago

      Smith registered three assists in a 6-3 victory over the Canucks on Friday.

      The winger is on quite a tear. He has recorded multiple points in three of his last four games and at least a single point in nine of the past 10 contests. During that stretch, Smith has six goals and 17 points. Smith already has a career-high 56 points this season, and he's just five goals shy of a career-best in that category too.

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    • William Karlsson LV C
      Golden Knights' William Karlsson: Records three-point night
      4h ago

      Karlsson scored a pair of goals and added an assist in a 6-3 victory over the Canucks on Friday.

      We are getting to the point where Karlsson's number are just silly. In 183 games prior to this season, he had 18 goals and 50 points. Over 61 games in 2017-18, Karlsson has posted 33 scores and 55 points. The analytics say the 25-year-old cannot continue to record his league-leading 24.8 shooting percentage, but not only has he maintained it over the last 10 games, it's gone up. Owners should simply ride out this career year.

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    • Jan Rutta CHI D
      Blackhawks' Jan Rutta: Posts two points versus Sharks
      4h ago

      Rutta scored a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup during a 3-1 victory over the Sharks on Friday.

      He's far from a household name, but owners had to have been pleased Rutta returned from his undisclosed injury Friday. He's scored six goals and 19 points in 42 games, which isn't bad for a 27-year-old rookie. Rutta should continue to see a lot of playing time down the stretch with the Blackhawks potentially unloading even more at the trade deadline next week.

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    • Jacob Markstrom VAN G
      Canucks' Jacob Markstrom: Plays well in relief
      4h ago

      Markstrom stopped all eight shots in relief of Anders Nilsson during a 6-3 loss to the Golden Knights on Friday.

      The Canucks simply can't find a goaltender to bail out their poor defense. Markstrom played well after entering at the start of the third period, but when handed opportunities to start lately, he hasn't been so good, allowing four goals in three of his past six games. Markstrom didn't get saddled with the loss in this one, but he has 20 defeats in regulation and could finish this season with his lowest save percentage since 2014-15.

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