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    • Andrew Kittredge TB RP
      Rays' Andrew Kittredge: Returns to majors
      1h ago

      Andrew Kittredge was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday.

      A spot on the 25-man roster opened up Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Rays designated Trevor Plouffe for assignment, so they have decided to recall Kittredge to provide some additional depth in their bullpen. The 27-year-old allowed two earned runs over 3.1 innings of relief with the big-league club earlier this season.

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    • Jameson Taillon PIT SP
      Pirates' Jameson Taillon: Allows five runs in no-decision versus Dodgers
      1h ago

      Jameson Taillon allowed five runs on five hits and five walks across five innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Dogers. He recorded one strikeout.

      Taillon was his own worst enemy in this one, throwing just 54 percent of his pitches for strikes while setting a season high in free passes. He loaded the bases before allowing three runs in the second inning while the Dodgers scratched single runs across in the first and the fourth. Taillon delivered back-to-back quality starts earlier this month, but he has allowed nine earned runs over his last two outings and will carry a lackluster 4.85 ERA into Sunday's start against the Reds.

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    • Trevor Plouffe TB 3B
      Rays' Trevor Plouffe: Designated for assignment
      1h ago

      Trevor Plouffe was designated for assignment Tuesday.

      Plouffe receives the news of his designation for assignment after getting off to a 3-for-17 start at the plate during the month of August. The 31-year-old is hitting just .204 on the season and will likely report to Triple-A Durham if he passes through waivers unclaimed.

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    • Ubaldo Jimenez BAL SP
      Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez: Allows three home runs in loss to Atheltics
      1h ago

      Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9) allowed five runs on nine hits and tone walk across five innings while taking the loss in Tuesday's game against the Athletics. He struck out four.

      All of the runs on Jimenez's ledger came via the home run in this one. Jed Lowrie and Ryon Healy both went deep in the first inning before the latter added a two-run shot in the fifth. He seemed to have turned things around with a string of respectable starts into mid-August, but he's allowed 11 runs in 9.1 innings over his last two starts. Jimenez continues to display inconsistency and will take a disappointing 6.57 ERA into next Monday's start against the Mariners.

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    • Daniel Gossett OAK SP
      Athletics' Daniel Gossett: To start Wednesday against Orioles
      1h ago

      Daniel Gossett will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville and start Wednesday's game against the Orioles, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

      The Oakland Athletics will implement a six-man rotation for the time being and will promote Gossett to take the mound against the Orioles on Wednesday. The other starters will be afforded an extra day of rest as they will each see their scheduled starts bumped back. Gossett doesn't warrant much fantasy interest, as he compiled a 5.17 ERA in his 10 starts with the big-league club earlier this season.

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    • Paul Blackburn OAK SP
      Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Dealing with bruised wrist
      1h ago

      Paul Blackburn , who exited Tuesday's game early, was diagnosed with a bruised right wrist, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

      Blackburn was forced to exit Tuesday's game against the Orioles early after being struck on the right wrist by a comebacker in the fifth inning. Preliminary tests revealed no structural damage to the injured wrist, so it sounds like Blackburn may not require a trip to the DL. His availability for his upcoming start will depend on how quickly the bruise heals.

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    • Le'Veon Bell PIT RB
      Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Targeting Sept. 1 return
      1h ago

      Le'Veon Bell (groin) indicated on his Twitter account that he is planning to report to training camp September 1.

      Bell hasn't yet reported to training camp as he's sought a long-term contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers , but it appears as though his holdout is nearing an end. A return date next Friday would be the day after the Steelers' fourth and final preseason game, ensuring Bell doesn't see any exhibition snaps. Barring he and the Steelers have finally come to terms on a contract, Bell will have to sign his $12.12 million franchise tender.

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    • Adrian Clayborn ATL DE
      Falcons' Adrian Clayborn: Sees limited time Sunday
      2h ago

      Adrian Clayborn (biceps) saw five snaps in the Atlanta Falcons preseason loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

      Clayborn had surgery on his biceps after suffering a tear in January. He originally was expected to face a five-month recovery timetable, which has since lingered into training camp. After seeing limited work in practice, the veteran finally made his return to the field Sunday. Barring any setbacks, he seemingly is on track for full health entering Week 1 of the regular season and projects to be a rotational defensive end for the team.

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    • Ramon Humber BUF LB
      Bills' Ramon Humber: Oblique strain
      2h ago

      Ramon Humber has an oblique strain and was limited in Tuesday's practice, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.

      If Humber is still practicing, we doubt this is anything that will limit him for the rest of the preseason or for Week 1. The veteran is still slated to start on the outside, as he's a better option than second-year player Reggie Ragland right now. Ragland hasn't truly gotten up to speed yet after missing his entire rookie season with a knee injury.

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    • Jonathan Williams BUF RB
      Bills' Jonathan Williams: Minor knee injury
      2h ago

      Jonathan Williams suffered a knee injury in a previous practice and is listed as day-to-day, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.

      No one is making this sound like anything serious, so we'll see if Williams can return to action soon and suit up for the Buffalo Bills ' third preseason game.

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    • Ricardo Allen ATL FS
      Falcons' Ricardo Allen: Sees limited action Sunday
      3h ago

      Ricardo Allen (shoulder) started but saw limited snaps in Sunday's preseason loss to the Steelers.

      Allen injured his shoulder earlier in camp but was recovered enough to see the field with the first-team defense Sunday. He only played in six snaps, likely as a precaution to ensure his health for the regular season.

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    • Jack Crawford ATL DE
      Falcons' Jack Crawford: Back to full heatlh
      3h ago

      Jack Crawford (groin) returned to the field in the Atlanta Falcons ' exhibition loss to the Steelers on Sunday,

      Crawford inked a three-year, $10.3 million contract with the Falcons during the offseason. His start to camp has been slow due to a groin strain, but he was able to see 17 snaps in the loss. The 28-year-old is trying to solidify a role on the team's defensive line, so his return will be advantageous for his chances.

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    • Ante Zizic BOS F
      Cavaliers' Ante Zizic: Traded to Cleveland
      4h ago

      Ante Zizic was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday as part of a package that brings Kyrie Irving to Boston, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      The Celtics will send Zizic, Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas and the Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick to the Cavs in exchange for Irving. Zizic, who is yet to play an NBA minute, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 draft, and while he's a relative unknown, he's considered to have fairly high upside. The 20-year-old may not be a major factor right away for Cleveland, but at the very least he represents another young asset to build around should LeBron James leave after the 2017-18 season.

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    • Isaiah Thomas BOS G
      Cavaliers' Isaiah Thomas: Dealt to Cleveland
      4h ago

      Isaiah Thomas (hip), along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick, will be traded to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

      Despite averaging a career-high 28.9 points with the Celtics last season, many questioned whether or not Thomas could lead Boston to a title. It appears the Celtics themselves weren't quite so sure on that point and have now opted to acquire Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers , while sending Thomas to Cleveland in return. The move for Thomas will likely come with a bit of a role reduction offensively, with LeBron James commanding the ball at a much higher rate than Thomas' former teammates in Boston. That should mean a drop in his overall usage, though Thomas will still be locked into a starter's workload. That all being said, with just one-year left on his current deal and a potential rematch against his former team expected in the Eastern Conference Finals, Thomas will have all the incentive necessary to have yet another strong season. While he is coming off a hip injury, Thomas is fully expected to be good to go for the start of training camp.

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    • Jae Crowder BOS F
      Cavaliers' Jae Crowder: Dealt to Cavs
      4h ago

      Jae Crowder was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday as part of a deal that sends Kyrie Irving to Boston, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      In a blockbuster deal between the top two teams in the East, the Celtics will send Crowder, Ante Zizic, Isaiah Thomas and the Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick to the Cavs in exchange for Irving. It's unclear where, exactly, Crowder will slot in with the Cavs, who already have LeBron James and Kevin Love at the two forward spots, but whether he starts or comes off the bench, he'll undoubtedly play a key role for Cleveland, which was in need of an elite perimeter defender. Last season, Crowder averaged 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 39.8 percent from three.

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    • Kyrie Irving CLE G
      Celtics' Kyrie Irving: Traded to Boston
      5h ago

      Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

      After relationships soured between Irving and the Cleveland organization following the Cavaliers most recent attempt at a title defense, a deal sending Irving out of Cleveland was always expected prior to the upcoming campaign. However, sending him to an Eastern Conference rival in the Celtics was a bit of a surprise, though it was the best opportunity to get back enough value to make it a worthy trade. Irving will now team up with a newly configured big three of Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, which should provide Irving the opportunity to become even more of a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. Irving is coming off a career-year where he averaged 25.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.5 three-pointers across 35.1 minutes and he should be able to approach or potentially surpass those numbers as a member of the Celtics where his usage will have a chance to increase.

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    • Ben Simmons PHI F
      76ers' Ben Simmons: Cleared for full basketball activities
      6h ago

      Ben Simmons (foot) has been cleared for full basketball activities, Tom Moore of GateHouse Media reports.

      According to the report, Simmons has actually been cleared "for some time", so it sounds like he was already taking part in full basketball activities earlier in the summer. That means he should be a full go for training camp, though the Sixers could ultimately take a cautious approach and limit his workload a bit prior to the opener. While Simmons was originally expected to start at point guard during the upcoming campaign, the Sixers ended up drafting point guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft and then signed shooting guard J.J. Redick during free agency. That likely means Simmons will start the year at small forward, though he'll surely get some time as the lead guard at certain points this season. With how careful the Sixers were with Joel Embiid last year, it wouldn't be surprising if Simmons saw some restrictions on his playing time early on.

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    • Alex Poythress PHI F
      Pacers' Alex Poythress: Signs two-way deal with Pacers
      9h ago

      Alex Poythress signed a two-way contract Tuesday with the Indiana Pacers .

      Poythress got to see extended NBA action for the first time in his career at the tail-end of last season with the 76ers, where he averaged 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds over the course of six games. He spent majority of last season with the Pacers' G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, where he averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 46 games, so the organization has plenty of familiarity with the former Kentucky standout. Poythress will likely spend most of the 2017-18 season with the Mad Ants with some occasional call ups to the Pacers.

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    • Ryan Callahan TB RW
      Lightning's Ryan Callahan: Ready for training camp
      8h ago

      Ryan Callahan (hip) confirmed that he will not face any restrictions in training camp, NHL.com reports.

      Fantasy owners may be reluctant to put too much stock in a player who underwent two hip surgeries during the 2016-17 season, but the experienced winger has averaged 0.55 points per game over 11 years in the league -- split between the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning -- and at least should be considered a justly flier in leagues with deep rosters.

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    • Bobby Farnham MON RW
      Rangers' Bobby Farnham: Will try out with big club
      8h ago

      Bobby Farnham will attend New York Rangers ' camp on a professional tryout agreement, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports.

      Farnham logged 71 outings for AHL St. John's last season in which he tallied 11 goals, 17 helpers and 137 PIM. For his career, the winger has appeared in 67 NHL contests, but has just 10 points to show for -- no doubt the reason he has been unable to secure a permanent contract. If he does stick in the Big Apple, it will likely be in a 12th or 13th forward role and he could be watching from the press box on a semi-regular basis.

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    • Patrik Berglund STL C
      Blues' Patrik Berglund: Working toward return
      9h ago

      Patrik Berglund (shoulder) continues to rehab his surgically repaired shoulder, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      Berglund has now had surgery on both shoulders -- which should hopefully put this issue behind him when he is ready to suit up in December. The center -- who suffered the injury in a training accident -- figures to be a key contributor once he is given the all-clear. Whether fantasy owners want to risk stashing him away for that long will likely be determined by the quality of the rest of their roster.

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    • Joseph Blandisi NJ C
      Devils' Joe Blandisi: Potential for bigger role
      10h ago

      Joseph Blandisi is a candidate to step into a center role following news that veteran Travis Zajac (torn pectoral muscle) will miss 4-to-6 months of action, NJ.com reports.

      While Blandisi could be called upon for an increased role, the 23-year-old said, "I don't think there's going to be any replacing Trav," adding that it'll take a team effort to replace a guy who "plays a lot of minutes in all parts of the game." Regarding Blandisi's limitations, the third-year skater is unfamiliar with the penalty kill, so that figures to be a major hurdle as he looks to at least partially offset the loss of Zajac. Of course, the New Jersey Devils could turn to 19-year-old prospect Michael McLeod if necessary, making this a situation worth monitoring as training camp looms.

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    • Frederik Gauthier TOR C
      Maple Leafs' Frederik Gauthier: Returns to ice for informal session
      13h ago

      Frederik Gauthier (leg) participated in drills as part of an informal workout Monday, the Toronto Star reports.

      Toronto's first-round (21st overall) selection from the 2013 draft is still recovering from a gruesome leg injury that he sustained with the AHL's Marlies during last season's Calder Cup playoffs. A massive defense-first pivot at 6-foot-5 and 238 pounds, Gauthier reportedly was held out of a 3-on-3 session following his performing drills, as this marks the first time he's even skated since the ailment originally surfaced.

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    • Anton Rodin VAN RW
      Canucks' Anton Rodin: Likely to be eased into action
      13h ago

      Anton Rodin could watch regular-season games from the bench until his knee is 100 percent, the Vancouver Courier reports.

      The 26-year-old flanker is coming off knee surgery, but the Vancouver Canucks still have plans for Rodin in the upcoming season, as he inked a one-year, one-way extension June 30. Selected in the second round (53th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Swede compiled 112 points in 134 games for Brynas IF Gavle in his home country between 2013-16, though he's only appeared in three NHL contests to date. We're talking about a prolific scoring talent, albeit one who'll be difficult to trust in fantasy until he can prove that he's fully recovered from surgery and ready to play substantially at the highest level.

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