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    • Yairo Munoz STL 3B
      Cardinals' Yairo Munoz: Likely to go on paternity leave
      25m ago

      The Cardinals are expected to place Munoz on the paternity list Monday, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.

      Munoz is set to head to the Dominican Republic to visit with his newborn and could remain away from the Cardinals for the maximum three days. St. Louis is expected to replace Munoz on the active roster with first baseman Rangel Ravelo, whose contract will be selected from Triple-A Memphis ahead of Monday's series opener with the Marlins.

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    • Marco Hernandez BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Marco Hernandez: Sends game into extras
      2h ago

      Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 8-6 extra-inning win over Baltimore.

      Hernandez's solo shot in the ninth inning of Mychal Givens sent this game into extra innings. It was his first homer in a major league game since May 30, 2016. He's been sharing Boston's unsettled second base spot with Brock Holt and has four extra-base hits along with four RBI in 24 at-bats.

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    • Steve Pearce BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Steve Pearce: Begins rehab assignment
      2h ago

      Pearce (back) played back-to-back games for short-season Lowell over the weekend, going 1-for-6 with a double.

      Pearce played all nine innings as the designated hitter Saturday followed by five innings in the field at first base Sunday. Boston is thin at first base due to injuries, so Pearce would be a welcome addition, although he's struggled to start the season. Pearce is slashing .180/.245/.258 with one home runs and nine RBI in 29 games.

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    • Willie Calhoun TEX LF
      Rangers' Willie Calhoun: Could be activated Monday
      2h ago

      Calhoun (quadriceps) could rejoin the Rangers on Monday after Hunter Pence suffered a groin injury in Sunday's game, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

      Pence's injury did not look good, so the Rangers are bracing for the possibility of a stint on the IL. In that event, it clears a spot for Calhoun, who spent the last four days on rehab with Triple-A Nashville. Pence's injury along Nomar Mazara, who is scheduled for an MRI on Monday after being pulled from Saturday's game with soreness in his hamstring, should give Calhoun an opportunity for consistent at-bats in the near term.

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    • Hunter Pence TEX DH
      Rangers' Hunter Pence: MRI coming Monday
      3h ago

      Pence will undergo an MRI on his injured right groin Monday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

      Pence was removed from Sunday's game with an injury that did not good, per manager Chris Woodward. "I saw what you saw," Woodward said. "I am not a doctor, but when it looks like he got shot, it's never a good sign. Hunter is kind of a freak, so maybe he'll be better than I anticipated. When you see a guy pull up like that, it's typically never a good sign. I don't think it's great, but we'll see the severity of it [Monday]." With the possibility Pence going on the injured list, the Rangers can opt to active Willie Calhoun (quadriceps), who just played four games while on rehab for Triple-A Nashville.

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    • Delino DeShields TEX CF
      Rangers' Delino DeShields Jr.: Bats leadoff Sunday
      3h ago

      DeShields served as the leadoff hitter and went 1-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

      Batting leadoff was a one-time event, per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Rangers manager Chris Woodward acknowledged it was a sentimental Father's Day gesture for DeShields, who played in front of his father, Delino DeShield Sr., the Reds' first-base coach. "I thought it was important," Woodward said., "Absolutely. I'm not afraid to admit that. ... Plus, I like Delino leading off -- it's not that I don't like Delino leading off. It's a special day, being on the same field as your dad. Be a pretty cool moment." Expect Shin-Soo Choo to resume as the leadoff hitter Monday against the Indians.

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    • Ian Thomas CAR TE
      Panthers' Ian Thomas: Still not practicing
      19m ago

      Thomas (leg) was limited to rehab work during mandatory minicamp, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

      Thomas rode a stationary bike on the sideline while watching his teammates practice. There hasn't been any suggestion of a serious injury, with coach Ron Rivera saying he's hopeful the second-year pro will be ready for training camp. Thomas averaged four catches for 37 yards on six targets in six starts last season, typically handling a three-down role when Greg Olsen wasn't available. The 34-year-old is healthy and now has clearance for all football activities, but his recent history of foot injuries hints that Thomas may be needed this season.

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    • Jarvis Landry CLE WR
      Browns' Jarvis Landry: Plays softball despite injury
      28m ago

      Landry (undisclosed) played in the charity softball game he hosted Saturday, Nick Shook of the Browns' official website reports.

      Landry presumably would've been a spectator at the event if his undisclosed injury were anything serious. Despite missing most of OTAs and all of mandatory minicamp, he should be ready for the start of training camp in late July. The 26-year-old struggled in a more downfield-focused role last season, catching just 54.4 percent of his targets for 6.6 YPT while posting an average depth of target (10.9) far above anything from his Miami days. The addition of Odell Beckham Jr. should allow Landry to return his focus to the tasks he's actually good at -- catching short passes and gaining yards after the catch. The downside, of course, is that Landry will have a tough time matching last year's team-high total of 149 targets.

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    • Ryan Switzer PIT WR
      Steelers' Ryan Switzer: Shines during OTAs
      39m ago

      Switzer was impressive during spring practices while competing with Eli Rogers for slot work, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

      The competition between Rogers and Switzer could lead to a role with regular targets if the Steelers primarily use JuJu Smith-Schuster outside. That calculation likely depends on a number of factors, including the team's confidence in Donte Moncrief, James Washington and/or Diontae Johnson -- a trio competing for snaps outside. In any case, Switzer has a good shot to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, with his ability to return punts and kickoffs potentially creating a role even if he ultimately loses out to Rogers.

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    • Donte Moncrief PIT WR
      Steelers' Donte Moncrief: Favorite for No. 2 job
      45m ago

      Moncrief has an early lead for the No. 2 wide receiver spot, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

      The Steelers should have open competition behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, with some of their decisions based on how often they want to use their best receiver in the slot. Regardless, there will be at least one outside job open for the taking, and Moncrief reportedly has an early lead over James Washington and Diontae Johnson. Kaboly already is calling it a "slam dunk" that Moncrief is the No. 2 receiver, but we prefer a more cautious approach with training camp and preseason still to come. That said, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to agree with the optimistic outlook, naming Moncrief as the player that stood out most during OTAs, per Hunter Homistek of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

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    • Maurice Harris NE WR
      Patriots' Maurice Harris: Making case for roster spot
      1h ago

      Harris looked good throughout OTAs and minicamp, Jeff Howe and Nick Underhill of The Athletic report.

      Howe and Underhill both put Harris on their way-too-early projection for the 53-man roster, while Dontrelle Inman is left off and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) is projected for the PUP list. The contracts hint at a slightly different picture, with Inman receiving $300,000 guaranteed and Harris getting just $90,000. The Patriots have a host of wide receivers competing for one or two spots behind Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett and special teamer Matthew Slater. An impressive spring won't mean much if Harris fails to sustain his momentum into training camp and preseason.

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    • Jason Verrett SF DB
      49ers' Jason Verrett: On track to return for camp
      12h ago

      Verrett (Achilles) said Friday that he is on track to be ready for the start of training camp, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

      Verrett has been rehabbing from a torn Achilles he suffered nearly a year ago, but he had nothing but positive things to say regarding that process. At this rate, it looks like Verrett, who signed a one-year deal with the 49ers this offseason despite the injury, will be healthy and ready for the start of the regular season.

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    • Julius Randle NO C
      Pelicans' Julius Randle: Will test open market
      14h ago

      Randle is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July after declining his $9 million player option for the 2019-20 season Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Randle put up career-high numbers last season, putting up 21.4 points, 8.7 boards and 3.1 assists over 73 games. He'll be free to sign with the team of his choice after becoming an unrestricted free agent.

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    • Brandon Ingram LAL SF
      Pelicans' Brandon Ingram: Traded to New Orleans
      2d ago

      The Lakers traded Ingram (shoulder) to the Pelicans on Saturday as part of a package of players and picks in a deal that sent Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Along with Ingram, the Lakers dealt away Josh Hart (knee), Lonzo Ball, the fourth overall pick in next week's draft and two additional future draft picks. Ingram, who averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 52 games last year, is expected to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 campaign after requiring season-ending thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right arm in mid-March. While New Orleans could augment its roster in a significant way in the next few months, Ingram should be in line to serve as one of the Pelicans' primary scoring options.

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    • Lonzo Ball LAL PG
      Pelicans' Lonzo Ball: Traded to Pelicans
      2d ago

      Ball (ankle) -- along with Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft -- has been traded to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      After spending his first two seasons in Los Angeles, Ball has been dealt to the Pelicans along with most of his young teammates. Though Ball's first two years have been underwhelming, a change of scenery could prove beneficial. Assuming the ankle injury that sidelined him for a large portion of 2018-19 proves to be a non-issue, Ball is the favorite to open the upcoming season as New Orleans' starting point guard, with Jrue Holiday occupying the other backcourt spot for the top unit.

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    • Josh Hart LAL SG
      Pelicans' Josh Hart: Dealt to Pelicans
      2d ago

      The Pelicans acquired Hart (knee) from the Lakers on Saturday as part of a package of picks and players in exchange for Anthony Davis, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Hart, who's recovering from season-ending knee surgery, was dealt along with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, the fourth overall pick in next week's 2019 NBA Draft and two future draft picks in exchange for All-Star center Anthony Davis. The Villanova product has been a steady contributor over his first two seasons in the NBA and averaged 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 threes in 25.6 minutes per game in 2018-19. The Pelicans' roster remains in flux in the wake of the franchise-altering trade, but Hart should have a decent shot at claiming a regular spot in the team's wing rotation regardless of what New Orleans' personnel looks like following the draft and free agency.

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    • Anthony Davis NO PF
      Pelicans' Anthony Davis: Dealt to Lakers
      2d ago

      Davis was traded to the Lakers on Saturday in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart (knee), and three first-round picks - including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      In a blockbuster deal that's been in the making since February's trade deadline, Davis will head to Los Angeles and pair up with LeBron James. Though the Lakers gave up most of its depth to get the deal done, having Davis and LeBron James on the same team should attract plenty of free agent talent. Through the first 41 games of the 2018-19 campaign, Davis averaged 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.7 steals across 37.1 minutes.

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    • Jimmy Butler PHI SG
      76ers' Jimmy Butler: To test free agency
      3d ago

      Butler is expected to decline his player option for 2019-20 and test free agency, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. According to Haynes, the 76ers remain determined to retain Butler.

      Last season, the four-time All-Star averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals while helping lead the 76ers to a down-to-the-wire Game 7 against the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Butler is one of the best two-way players in the league, and he'll be highly sought-after by a variety of teams. The Sixers have the advantage from a financial standpoint -- able to offer Butler the most total money -- but that may not be all that matters to the 29-year-old.

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    • Anthony Duclair OTT LW
      Senators' Anthony Duclair: Re-ups with club
      10m ago

      Duclair inked a one-year, $1.65 million contract extension with Ottawa on Monday.

      Duclair is already playing for his fifth NHL team in his five-year career, but appears to have found a home with the Senators. In 21 appearances for the club, the winger notched eight goals, six helpers and 40 shots while averaging 13:41 of ice time. If the 23-year-old can put together a strong training camp, he figures to cement himself in the top-six this upcoming season, as well as being a factor on the power play.

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    • Erik Karlsson SJ D
      Sharks' Erik Karlsson: Nearing extension with team
      14m ago

      Karlsson (groin) is reportedly closing in on a contract extension with San Jose, per Bob McKenzie of TSN.

      Karlsson was hampered by injuries at the end of the regular season and into the playoffs, which limited his productivity. The veteran blueliner will likely command a contract similar to the eight-year, $88 million deal signed by Los Angeles' Drew Doughty in July of 2018. Assuming Karlsson can get back to 100 percent, he should be capable of getting back over the 60-point mark and could even push for 70.

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    • Michael Bournival TB LW
      Michael Bournival: Announces retirement
      41m ago

      Bournival will hang up his skates and end his professional career.

      Bournival played in just five games last season between the AHL and NHL as a result of an undisclosed injury. The center saw action in 113 NHL games for Montreal and Tampa Bay, in which he tallied 12 goals, 10 assists and 1231 PIM. The 27-year-old played over 200 games in the AHL as well, but it appears injuries have brought his career to an early conclusion.

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    • Carl Hagelin WAS LW
      Capitals' Carl Hagelin: Inks extension with Washington
      18h ago

      Hagelin signed a four-year, $11 million contract extension with the Capitals on Sunday.

      Hagelin was traded twice last season, first from the Penguins to the Kings and then from the Kings to the Capitals. He scored just 20 points on the year but three goals and 11 points came in 20 games with Washington. The 30-year-old winger should be locked into a bottom-six role with penalty killing duties next season.

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    • Dominik Kahun PIT RW
      Penguins' Dominik Kahun: Headed to Pittsburgh
      2d ago

      Kahun was acquired by the Penguins from the Blackhawks on Saturday in exchange for defenseman Olli Maatta. The Penguins also received a 2019 fifth-round pick.

      Kahun had 13 goals and 24 assists and averaged 14:09 of ice time for the Blackhawks this season. The 23-year-old joined Chicago on an entry-level contract in April 2018 and played all 82 games.

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    • Olli Maatta CHI D
      Blackhawks' Olli Maatta: Traded to Chicago
      2d ago

      Maatta was acquired by the Blackhawks from the Penguins on Saturday in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun and a 2019 fifth-round pick.

      Maatta missed some time due to a shoulder injury this season and had one goal and 13 assists in 60 games with the Penguins. The 24-year-old averaged 18:35 of ice time and was third on the team with 116 blocked shots.

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