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  • Dillon Maples CHC RP
    Cubs' Dillon Maples: Keeps racking up strikeouts
    12m ago

    Maples struck out four batters Wednesday against the Brewers and now has 11 through six innings this season.

    Maples also has six walks across those six innings of work, and free passes have always been a concern with the righty. The Cubs seem to like using him for multiple innings, as he's pitched exactly two innings on three occasions, and he's done well to allow just a single earned run. However, Maples is unlikely to take on a more prominent bullpen role if he keeps struggling with walks.

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  • Shelby Miller CHC SP
    Cubs' Shelby Miller: Knocked around in 2021 debut
    17m ago

    Miller allowed four earned runs on two hits and three walks without recording an out in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.

    After having his contract selected by the Cubs earlier in the day, this certainly wasn't the season debut Miller was hoping for. Adbert Alzolay was optioned to the team's alternate site to make room, but he should return over the weekend, which could bump Miller from the roster once again.

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  • Jack Mayfield LAA 3B
    Angels' Jack Mayfield: Sent to alternate site
    42m ago

    Mayfield was optioned to the alternate training site Wednesday.

    Luis Rengifo is expected to take his place on the roster Friday after Thursday's off day. Mayfield went hitless in his three at-bats while on the MLB roster.

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  • Travis Shaw MIL 3B
    Brewers' Travis Shaw: Launches homer against Cubs
    1h ago

    Shaw went 2-for-5 with a home run, an additional RBI and an additional run scored in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

    Shaw scored Jackie Bradley on an RBI single in the first and later launched his third homer of the season in the third inning off Jake Arrieta. The third baseman has hit safely in five of his last six games, tallying two homers, six RBI, four runs scored and two extra-base hits in that stretch.

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  • Corbin Burnes MIL SP
    Brewers' Corbin Burnes: Fans 10 in win over Cubs
    1h ago

    Burnes (1-1) tossed six scoreless innings in Wednesday's win over the Cubs. He gave up two hits while fanning 10.

    Burnes allowed a double in the second inning and a single in the third, but he settled down afterwards and retired 10 batters in a row before exiting the contest. The 10 punchouts also represented a season-high mark for the 26-year-old, and he has looked dominant through his first three starts posting a 0.49 ERA and a 30:0 K:BB through 18.1 innings in 2021.

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  • Tyler Rogers SF RP
    Giants' Tyler Rogers: Piling up holds
    1h ago

    Rogers pitched a scoreless eighth inning with one walk to earn a hold in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Reds.

    Rogers is flourishing as setup man to closer Jake McGee. The 30-year-old Rogers collected his fourth hold in the last five days, so he could see his workload managed in the near future. He's pitched to a 1.13 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 7:3 K:BB and six holds across eight innings overall. The sidearm pitcher won't blow batters away with velocity, but he's been effective nonetheless.

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  • Sheldon Day CLE DT
    Browns' Sheldon Day: Links with Cleveland
    3h ago

    Day agreed to a contract with the Browns on Wednesday, Jeff Risdon of USA Today reports.

    Day ended the 2020 campaign on Cleveland's practice squad after having earlier appeared in four games for Indianapolis. He'll spend the offseason competing for a depth role along the interior defensive line.

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  • Steve McLendon TB NT
    Buccaneers' Steve McLendon: Re-ups with Bucs
    5h ago

    Tampa Bay re-signed McLendon to a one-year contract Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    McLendon first joined Tampa Bay in a mid-season trade with the Jets in 2020, and he provided the team with valuable depth along the defensive line throughout the path to Super Bowl LV. That said, the 35-year-old veteran is essentially off the fantasy radar in IDP formats at this point in his career.

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  • Ryan Lewis NYG CB
    Ryan Lewis: Hits waivers
    5h ago

    The Giants waived Lewis (hamstring) on Wednesday.

    Lewis logged five appearances in 2020, recording 13 tackles (11 solo) and a pass breakup before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury. If teams around the league still have concerns about Lewis' current health, he could go unclaimed on waivers.

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  • Stephen Carlson CLE TE
    Browns' Stephen Carlson: Sticking with Cleveland
    5h ago

    Carlson signed his exclusive-rights contract tender with the Browns on Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

    Carlson returns to a crowded tight-end room, one which currently features Austin Hooper, Harrison Bryant and David Njoku above him on him on the depth chart. Over his past two seasons in Cleveland, Carlson totaled six receptions for 62 yards and one score in 25 appearances.

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  • Vince Williams PIT ILB
    Steelers' Vince Williams: Back in Pittsburgh
    5h ago

    The Steelers re-signed Williams on Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

    Williams will return to Pittsburgh for a ninth consecutive season. He started in all 14 of his appearances with the team in 2020, racking up 70 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries. Assuming Williams enters the 2021 campaign as a starter once again, he'll have limited IDP utility.

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  • Joshua Dobbs PIT QB
    Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Stays with Steelers
    7h ago

    Dobbs signed a one-year deal with the Steelers on Wednesday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The 2017 fourth-round pick returns to Pittsburgh to fill a depth role behind veteran starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He'll be competing with Dwayne Haskins and Mason Rudolph for the top backup job heading into 2021.

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  • Damian Jones SAC C
    Kings' Damian Jones: Starting for Holmes
    12m ago

    Jones will start Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.

    The 25-year-old signed a 10-day contract with the Kings last week and made his debut with the team Monday, and he'll quickly join the starting five with Richaun Holmes (hamstring) sidelined. Holmes is set to miss at least the next three games, so a strong showing could earn Jones a longer look from Sacramento.

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  • Taj Gibson NY C
    Knicks' Taj Gibson: Starting for Noel
    17m ago

    Gibson will start in Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.

    With Nerlens Noel (ankle) ruled out shortly before tip, Gibson will make just his second start of the season Wednesday. The 35-year-old is averaging 4.9 points and 5.2 rebounds across 20.3 minutes per game this season.

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  • Richaun Holmes SAC C
    Kings' Richaun Holmes: Out at least three games
    20m ago

    Holmes was diagnosed with a strained right hamstring after undergoing an MRI on Wednesday and won't play in Sacramento's next three games, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    The 27-year-old was ruled out for Wednesday's matchup with the Wizards, and he also won't travel with the team for upcoming road trip against the Suns and Mavericks. Holmes could retake the court Tuesday versus Minnesota if he isn't forced to miss any additional time. Damian Jones, Hassan Whiteside and Chimezie Metu should be in the mix at center for the Kings in the meantime.

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  • Nerlens Noel NY C
    Knicks' Nerlens Noel: Late scratch Wednesday
    21m ago

    Noel has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans due to a sore right ankle.

    Noel wasn't on the injury report ahead of the game, but he won't play. As such, Taj Gibson and Norvel Pelle could see increased run at center for the Knicks. It's unclear whether Noel will be ready for Friday's game in Dallas.

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  • Jimmy Butler MIA SF
    Heat's Jimmy Butler: Good to go Wednesday
    29m ago

    Butler (ankle) is available for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

    There was some doubt as to whether Butler would play on the second night of a back-to-back, but it appears he'll be available for his usual minutes Wednesday. The 31-year-old is averaging 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 2.1 steals in 33.8 minutes per game this season.

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  • Wayne Ellington DET SG
    Pistons' Wayne Ellington: Shifts back to bench
    43m ago

    Ellington will come off the bench Wednesday against the Clippers, Tomer Azarly of reports.

    The 33-year-old made his first start since March 29 on Sunday but will return to the bench after putting up 15 points (5-7 3Pt) four assists and two rebounds. Ellington hasn't made a basket from inside the arc in his past four games, so his fantasy value remains limited.

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  • Quinton Byfield LA C
    Kings' Quinton Byfield: Back in action
    36m ago

    Byfield (lower body) produced an assist in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to AHL San Diego.

    Byfield wasn't expected to miss much time with a minor lower-body injury, and ultimately was only out for a couple of games. The second overall pick from 2020 should continue to play a big role with AHL Ontario this season. He could challenge for a roster spot with the Kings when training camp for the 2021-22 season gets underway. He has 19 points in 26 games in the minors this year.

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  • Dan Renouf COL D
    Avalanche's Dan Renouf: Returns to active roster
    1h ago

    The Avalanche added Renouf to the active roster ahead of Wednesday's game against the Blues, per CBS Sports.

    Although the 26-year-old has played in 16 games this season, he won't suit up in Wednesday's contest. Over his 16 apperences, Renouf has supplied three assists across 10:14 of average ice time. He'll look to return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Kings.

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  • Dryden Hunt ARI LW
    Coyotes' Dryden Hunt: Helpers in consecutive games
    1h ago

    Hunt notched an assist, two hits and two shots on goal in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.

    Hunt has picked up a goal and two assists in his last four games. That productive run has made him a bottom-six fixture recently. He's picked up six points, 24 shots, 54 hits and a minus-4 rating in 15 contests. Hunt will need to stay productive to stay in the lineup over the likes of Lane Pederson and Michael Chaput.

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  • Givani Smith DET RW
    Red Wings' Givani Smith: Jettisoned to minors
    1h ago

    Smith was assigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

    Smith is on a nine-game pointless streak at the top level. The Red Wings acquired Richard Panik and Jakub Vrana for Anthony Mantha at the trade deadline, and the extra forward has pushed Smith out of the rotation. The 23-year-old will continue his development in the minors.

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  • Johan Larsson ARI LW
    Coyotes' Johan Larsson: Posts assist Wednesday
    1h ago

    Larsson notched an assist in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.

    The helper on Phil Kessel's third-period tally was Larsson's seventh point in the last eight games. The Swede has three goals and four assists in that span. He's lifted his season point total to 13 with the recent hot streak. The 28-year-old center has added 42 shots on net, 57 hits and 22 PIM in 42 contests overall.

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  • Conor Timmins COL D
    Avalanche's Conor Timmins: Moves to taxi squad
    1h ago

    Timmins was promoted to the active roster for Wednesday's game against the Blues, per CBS.

    Timmins will suit up Wednesday for the first time since March 6. The 2017 second-round pick has yet to post a point through 19 NHL appearances.

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