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    • Nicholas Castellanos DET RF
      Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos: Homers in three-hit day
      5m ago

      Castellanos went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a double Sunday in the Tigers' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays in 10 innings.

      Castellanos' walkoff home run -- his 10th of the season -- snapped a six-game losing streak for the 30-65 Tigers, who still sit in the American League Central basement. Given his team's status as a non-contender as the July 31 trade deadline approaches, Castellanos is a prime candidate to get dealt if there proves to be an active market for his services. With a .319/.356/.565 slash line in July, Castellanos is doing his best lately to boost his value to potential suitors.

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    • Carl Edwards CHC RP
      Cubs' Carl Edwards Jr.: Bound for minors
      10m ago

      The Cubs optioned Edwards to Triple-A Iowa on Monday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.

      After missing more than a month with a back injury, Edwards rejoined the Cubs over the weekend and made his first appearance with the big club since June 9 in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Padres. The right-hander was unable to get the job done in relief, retiring only one of the four batters he faced in the 17-pitch appearance. The Cubs haven't announced a replacement for Edwards on the active roster, but reliever Rowan Wick is expected to be recalled from Iowa in a corresponding move.

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    • Matt Shoemaker TOR SP
      Blue Jays' Matt Shoemaker: Expects to resume throwing soon
      14m ago

      Shoemaker (knee) anticipates that he'll be ready to resume a throwing program in the coming weeks and believes he'll be free of any restrictions for most of the offseason, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

      Shoemaker was ruled out for the season shortly after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during his fifth start of the season April 20. Now three months into the rehab process for a surgery that typically carries a 6-to-9-month recovery timeline, Shoemaker has been working out in his native Michigan around five or six times per week and is pleased with the progress he's made thus far. Regardless of whether he's cleared for mound work in the near future, Shoemaker plans to return to Toronto before season's end for a checkup, at which time he'll receive a regimen for his rehab heading into the winter. The Blue Jays could have interest in re-signing Shoemaker -- an impending free agent -- after he dazzled in his five outings before suffering the season-ending injury. The right-hander posted a 1.57 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.

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    • Felipe Vazquez PIT RP
      Pirates' Felipe Vazquez: Holds Phillies scoreless Sunday
      44m ago

      Vazquez gave up one hit in one scoreless inning of a non-save situation against Philadelphia on Sunday. He struck out one batter.

      He's thrown 35 pitches and two innings in the team's last two games, putting his availability into question for Monday. Most likely he'll be available in a limited capacity, with a 15-20 pitch cap. Vazquez has allowed only two earned runs and 24:5 K:BB in 16.1 innings since June 6. He's registered only one win and two saves since June 23, however, as the slumping Pirates haven't offered a plethora of saves opportunities.

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    • Richard Rodriguez PIT RP
      Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Pitching well since May
      1h ago

      Rodriguez struck out one batter in a scoreless inning against Philadelphia on Sunday.

      After a poor start to 2019, Rodriguez has become one of the team's few reliable relief options. The righty has compiled scoreless outings in 20 of his last 21 appearances. Since the beginning of June, Rodriguez has registered a 0.42 ERA and 17:8 K:BB in 21.1 innings. It's unlikely the Pirates would turn to the 29-year-old as their closer in a post-Felipe Vazquez scenario, but the possibility exists, especially if Kyle Crick and Keone Kela (shoulder) struggle.

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    • Jung Ho Kang PIT 3B
      Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Gets rare start Sunday
      1h ago

      Kang started at shortstop and went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts before being removed for a pinch hitter Sunday.

      He's slashing .282/.300/.667 with four homers and eight RBI in his last eight starts dating back to June 27, but a 0:13 BB:K sell-out approach limits his playing time. An improved Colin Moran at third base and Kevin Newman at short also hurt Kang. Both alternatives are under club control for 2020 while Kang is not. Despite a strong spring training performance, coming back to the majors after nearly two seasons away has proven to be a challenge for the 32-year-old.

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    • Jarran Reed SEA DT
      Seahawks' Jarran Reed: Six-game suspension
      3m ago

      Reed will be suspended six games for a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Per the report, the punishment stems from an incident from early 2017, in which Reed was not charged or arrested. The defensive lineman appealed his suspension, but that was denied Friday morning, which sets the stage for him to miss the first six games of the regular season.

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    • Dontrelle Inman NE WR
      Patriots' Dontrelle Inman: Looks to build momentum in camp
      13m ago

      Inman did not distinguish himself during the Patriots' offseason program, Nick Underhill of The Athletic reports.

      That said, Inman helped out the Colts down the stretch last season, so there's still a chance the 30-year-year-old can gain some momentum once training camp opens up. To that end, Inman is one of the Patriots' pass-catchers who figures to benefit from the fact that Julian Edelman is expected to miss a few weeks due to a thumb injury.

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    • Trey Flowers DET DE
      Lions' Trey Flowers: Lands on preseason PUP list
      25m ago

      The Lions have placed Flowers (shoulder) on their preseason PUP list, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

      Flowers underwent shoulder surgery this past offseason, but that did not deter the Lions from inking the pass rusher to a lucrative contract in free agency. For now, we'll operate under the assumption that the team is simply playing it safe with the key newcomer and that Flowers' regular-season status is in no peril.

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    • Julio Jones ATL WR
      Falcons' Julio Jones: Managing foot issue
      1h ago

      Coach Dan Quinn relayed Monday that Jones is still rehabbing his foot injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      On the plus side, the star wideout was spotted on the practice field as the Falcons opened training camp Monday. Though Jones, who is currently hoping to sign a contract extension with the team, is understandably being eased into things, at this stage there is nothing to suggest that his current foot issue is a major concern. The 30-year-old is no stranger to the team's in-season injury report but hasn't missed a regular-season game since 2016.

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    • Albert Wilson MIA WR
      Dolphins' Albert Wilson: Avoids PUP list
      1h ago

      WIlson (hip) avoided the PUP list to open training camp, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

      The Dolphins named Dwayne Allen (undisclosed), Cordrea Tankersley (undisclosed) and Mike Hull (knee) as their PUP list entrants, so with Wilson's name omitted we can reason that he'll participate throughout the opening of Dolphins training camp. This isn't to say he's completely out of the woods from his season-ending hip injury from last year -- there's a chance that he practices in a limited capacity for some time -- but it's still great news for the standout slot receiver. It's anyone's guess how the Miami passing game fares in 2019, just as it's tough to tell who might stand out between Wilson, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, but there's a real chance that Wilson finishes 2019 as the team's top fantasy receiver, especially in PPR scoring. All three wideouts have their own promising indicators, however, and Wilson's hip recovery warrants further observation despite clearing this initial hurdle.

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    • N'Keal Harry NE WR
      Patriots' N'Keal Harry: Opportunity knocks
      1h ago

      With Julian Edelman (thumb) slated to miss some time, Harry will likely will see "plenty" of first-team action once training camp opens, Zack Cox of NESN.comreports.

      Edelman's injury is not a long-term issue -- his recovery timetable is roughly three weeks -- but his absence from the early stages of training camp (the team's first practice is Thursday) will free up reps for Harry, as well Phillip Dorsett, Maurice Harris, Dontrelle Inman and Braxton Berrios. Meanwhile, veteran free agent addition Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) is on the PUP list. Given that he was a first-round draft pick this past April, Harry is a roster lock, but how extensively he's used right away as a rookie will hinge on his grasp of the Patriots' playbook, as well as his chemistry with QB Tom Brady. Though the report notes that Harry displayed some growing pains in minicamp, the big-bodied wideout out of Arizona State has a chance to be productive in the New England offense, thanks to his top-shelf body control and ability in contested-catch situations. With the team's receiving corps now minus Chris Hogan and (for now) Josh Gordon, Edelman's injury opens the door for Harry and his fellow newcomers to gain valuable practice reps in Josh McDaniels' offense.

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    • Bonzie Colson MIL PF
      Bonzie Colson: Waived by Milwaukee
      19h ago

      Colson was waived by the Bucks on Sunday, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.

      Colson played at a high level during summer league, averaging 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and one assist over five contests. However, he'll head to the waiver wire following Sunday's roster move.

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    • Kenny Wooten NBADRAFT PF
      Knicks' Kenny Wooten: Signs deal with Knicks
      2d ago

      Wooten has agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Knicks, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.

      Wooten will hope to impress the Knicks coaching staff enough during training camp to earn a spot on the regular roster. Undrafted out of Oregon this summer, Wooten appeared in three summer league games for New York. In 35 total minutes, he racked up five points, eight rebounds, eight blocks and one assist. Even if he doesn't land a roster spot, it's possible Wooten will see time for the Westchester Knicks of the G League.

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    • Jordan McLaughlin MIN PG
      Timberwolves' Jordan McLaughlin: Inks deal with Wolves
      2d ago

      McLaughlin agreed to a two-way contract with the Timberwolves on Saturday.

      McLaughlin, undrafted out of USC in 2018, appeared in 39 games with the G League's Long Island Nets last season. He averaged 15.0 points, 4.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals. Joining the Wolves for 2019 summer league, McLaughlin posted 9.9 points, 5.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds in seven games. Per the nature of two-way deals, McLaughlin will spend the majority of the 2019-20 campaign in the G League with the Iowa Wolves.

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    • Oshae Brissett NBADRAFT PF
      Raptors' Oshae Brissett: Signs deal with Raptors
      2d ago

      Brissett signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Raptors on Saturday, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.

      Toronto will bring Brissett in for training camp with a chance to make the team. Even if he can't make the standard roster, there's a strong chance he'll remain in the Raptors organization with the G League.

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    • Kyle Korver PHO SG
      Bucks' Kyle Korver: Inks deal with Bucks
      2d ago

      Korver agreed to a one-year contract with the Bucks on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Korver had narrowed his choices down to Milwaukee and Philadelphia, but his past relationship with coach Mike Budenholzer likely gave the Bucks and edge. The veteran sharp-shooter will not likely see heavy minutes, but his experience could make him valuable in clutch situations when the team needs a spark off the bench. He hit 2.0 triples per game on 38.4 percent from beyond the arc last season.

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    • B.J. Johnson SAC SF
      Kings' B.J. Johnson: Waived by Kings
      3d ago

      Johnson was waived by the Kings on Friday.

      Undrafted out of La Salle in 2018, Johnson played just 49 total minutes in the NBA last season between Atlanta and Sacramento. He spent most of his time in the G League, where he averaged 15.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists in 29.8 minutes. Johnson also appeared in six summer league games for the Kings in 2019, though wasn't a significant contributor. Ultimately, the organization has opted to explore other options with the roster spot.

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    • Chase Balisy OTT C
      Chase Balisy: Signs with DEL club
      1h ago

      Balisy put pen to paper on a one-year contract with Straubing (DEL) on Sunday.

      Balisy couldn't break into the Senators' lineup last season, instead playing in 76 games for AHL Belleville, in which he tallied seven goals and 15 helpers. The Western Michigan University product was taken in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft following a four-year collegiate career. At this point, the 27-year-old will likely see his NHL career come to an end having logged eight games for the Panthers in which he failed to register a point.

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    • Zach Aston-Reese PIT LW
      Penguins' Zach Aston-Reese: Inks two-year deal
      1h ago

      Aston-Reese agreed to terms on a two-year, $2 million contract with Pittsburgh on Monday.

      Aston-Reese did have his arbitration hearing with the league Monday, but it appears that after that meeting, the two-sides were able to reach an agreement. The natural center's deal is one-way in nature, which all but ensures he won't have to spend any time in the minors. Heading into the 2019-20 campaign, the Staten Island native will need to beat out Dominik Simon for a spot in the lineup Opening Night versus Buffalo on Oct. 3.

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    • Eric Fehr MIN C
      Eric Fehr: Continuing career in Europe
      1h ago

      Fehr penned a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette (Switzerland) on Saturday.

      Fehr's only other appearance overseas came during the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign, in which he played for HPK in Finland. Over the course of his 14-year NHL career, the veteran notched 113 goals, 108 assists and 1109 shots in 652 games for Washington, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Winnipeg, San Jose and Minnesota. With the move, the 33-year-old has likely played in his last NHL contest.

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    • Mitch Callahan EDM RW
      Mitch Callahan: Headed overseas
      1h ago

      Callahan secured a one-year contract with DEL club Augsburger on Friday.

      Callahan -- who was selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Red Wings -- spent the past eight seasons playing primarily in the AHL. The winger did log five NHL contests for the Red Wings, the last of which came during the 2016-17 campaign. With AHL Bakersfield last season, the 27-year-old notched 15 goals and 19 helpers in 61 appearances. While a return is not impossible, this likely marks the end of Callahan's NHL playing days.

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    • Ian McCoshen FLA D
      Panthers' Ian McCoshen: Lands one-year deal
      1h ago

      McCoshen inked a one-year, two-way contract with Florida on Monday.

      McCoshen saw action in just 19 games for the Panthers last season, in which he recorded one goal, one assist and 15 shots while averaging a meager 13:19 of ice time. In the minors, the 23-year-old notched nine assists and 49 PIM in 38 contests. Without a guaranteed spot on the 23-man roster, McCoshen won't offer much in terms of fantasy value this season, though his limited offensive upside likely makes him a low-end option anyway.

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    • Michal Neuvirth PHI G
      Maple Leafs' Michal Neuvirth: Secures PTO
      2h ago

      Neuvirth (lower body) will join Toronto on a professional tryout for training camp, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.

      Neuvirth dealt with a lower-body issue for much of the 2018-19 campaign, which is likely why the team is hesitant to sign him out right. The club does have both Michael Hutchinson and Garret Sparks as backup options for Frederik Andersen, but Neuvirth would provide a more veteran presence.

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