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    • Tyler Chatwood CHC SP
      Cubs' Tyler Chatwood: Start moved up to Sunday
      13m ago

      Chatwood will start Sunday's game at home against the Giants.

      He had been lined up for a two step next week, but with Yu Darvish (triceps tendonitis) landing on the disabled list, the Cubs opted to move Chatwood up a day. The home start against San Francisco is favorable enough, but his owners were likely banking on streaming him for his two-start week, and those plans will need to be nixed.

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    • Yu Darvish CHC SP
      Cubs' Yu Darvish: To DL with triceps tendonitis
      18m ago

      Darvish was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with right triceps tendonitis, retroactive to May 23.

      He was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Giants, but instead Tyler Chatwood will be moved up to start that game. Darvish had actually rebounded nicely from a rough start to the season, giving up two runs with 12 strikeouts over his last 10 innings (two starts), but his ERA on the season still sits at an unsightly 4.95 with a 1.42 WHIP. Mike Montgomery, Duane Underwood and Alec Mills seem to be the leading candidates to slot into the rotation while Darvish is sidelined.

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    • Yasiel Puig LAD RF
      Dodgers' Yasiel Puig: Out of Saturday's lineup
      35m ago

      Puig is out of Saturday's lineup against the Padres.

      The Dodgers will go with Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger and Matt Kemp from left to right in the outfield against righty Jordan Lyles. Puig is hitting .275/.370/.675 with five home runs, one steal and 10 strikeouts in 40 at-bats since May 9.

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    • Denard Span SEA LF
      Mariners' Denard Span: Out of Saturday's lineup
      44m ago

      Span is out of Saturday's lineup against the Twins, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

      He was dealt from Tampa Bay to Seattle on Friday, but will start this game on the bench, despite the Mariners facing righty Jake Odorizzi. Guillermo Heredia is starting in center field and Ben Gamel gets the start in left. It is unclear how often Span will play for his new club going forward.

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    • Johnny Cueto SF SP
      Giants' Johnny Cueto: Ready to resume throwing
      1h ago

      Cueto (elbow) will begin a throwing program Monday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

      After a shutdown period, Cueto is now ready to take the initial steps on what will be a long road back to a big-league mound. He will start with flat-ground throwing before progressing to bullpen sessions, then live sessions and ultimately a minor-league rehab assignment. He was diagnosed with a right elbow sprain earlier this month and was moved to the 60-day DL, making him ineligible to return until late June at the earliest.

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    • Sean Newcomb ATL SP
      Braves' Sean Newcomb: Three-inning start in Boston
      1h ago

      Newcomb gave up three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four over three innings Saturday in Boston. He did not factor in the decision.

      The electric lefty just didn't have it in his first career start in Fenway Park, needing 88 pitches (48 strikes) to get through three frames. Prior to this outing, Newcomb's shortest start of the year was a 4.1-inning April 2 loss to the Nationals. He had given up just one run over 25 innings in his previous four starts, so this rough showing only upped his ERA to 2.75. His next start will likely come Thursday at home against the Nationals. The Braves have taken every opportunity to give him an extra day or two of rest in between outings when possible, but considering they have a doubleheader Monday against the Mets, that seems unlikely to happen this time around.

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    • Landon Collins NYG DB
      Giants' Landon Collins: Expects to return for minicamp
      22h ago

      Collins (forearm) hopes to participate in mandatory minicamp starting June 12, SportsNet New York reports.

      Collins has undergone two surgeries since breaking his forearm in late December. The 2015 second-round pick has been a starter since Week 1 of his rookie campaign, accruing three straight seasons with 100-plus tackles. Collins has also broken up 28 passes and posted eight interceptions in that span. Once he's back to full health, the 25-year-old should be a stellar IDP option once again.

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    • Dont'a Hightower NE MLB
      Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Works into OTAs
      23h ago

      Hightower (pectoral) was a limited participant in OTAs on Thursday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

      Having been sidelined since late October, Hightower appears on pace to be ready for training camp -- his initial goal. Before the 2017 campaign, Hightower had five straight seasons with 60-plus tackles. For those looking to utilize Hightower in IDP settings, it's important to note he hasn't played more than 13 games in a season since 2013.

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    • Shaquill Griffin SEA CB
      Seahawks' Shaquill Griffin: Works in at LCB
      1d ago

      Griffin was shifted to left cornerback during OTAs, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

      This is the spot once manned by four-time Pro Bowler Richard Sherman, who signed with the 49ers in March. It's unclear if this move is because Byron Maxwell isn't attending OTAs, or if this will be Griffin's permanent role. If the latter is true, it'll be interesting to see how Griffin adjusts to the new position after racking up 59 tackles and 15 pass breakups in his rookie campaign. Regardless, Griffin should see an uptick in responsibility with the departure of Sherman.

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    • Reuben Foster SF OLB
      49ers' Reuben Foster: Misdemeanor charges also dropped
      1d ago

      Foster's misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana was dismissed Friday after the linebacker successfully completed a diversion course, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.

      Separate from the felony domestic violence charges that were dropped Wednesday, Foster was previously in legal trouble for a Jan. 12 event in which the linebacker was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor for possession of marijuana. Despite those chargers being dropped, Foster could still be subject to the NFL's substance-abuse policy in 2018.

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    • Mike Matthews 2005 C
      Dolphins' Mike Matthews: Signs with Miami
      1d ago

      Matthews signed a contract with the Dolphins on Friday.

      Matthews spent the entire 2017 season on the Steelers' injured reserve list due to a torn patella tendon. Presumably recovered, the center will now look to compete for the starting center job vacated by Mike Pouncey, who the Dolphins let walk in free agency this offseason.

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    • James Conner PIT RB
      Steelers' James Conner: Looks healthy at OTAs
      1d ago

      Conner (knee) has been practicing at OTAs, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports.

      A third-round pick last year, Conner was limited to 32 carries for 144 yards while rarely seeing the field behind Le'Veon Bell, with Conner's season coming to an end Week 15 when he suffered an MCL injury. Seemingly back at full strength, Conner figures to be in the mix for first-team reps throughout OTAs and June minicamp, as Bell isn't expected to join the team until the end of the preseason unless he signs a contract extension. The second-year back is competing with Jaylen Samuels, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Stevan Ridley and a couple undrafted rookies.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Remains questionable
      3h ago

      Iguodala (knee) remains questionable for Saturday's Game 6 against the Rockets, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

      No new information is available following shootaround, so it looks like the veteran will be a game-time call. He's missed the past two tilts while nursing a knee bruise.

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    • Patrick McCaw GS SG
      Warriors' Patrick McCaw: Officially questionable Saturday
      3h ago

      McCaw (back) is questionable for Saturday's Game 6 against the Rockets.

      It was reported earlier in the day that McCaw is expected to be available, but the official word from the Warriors is more conservative. Even if he does end up dressing for the contest, there's no guarantee he would take the floor for a significant amount of time, especially if Andre Iguodala (knee) is able to play.

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    • Jayson Tatum BOS SF
      Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Likely to be available for Game 7
      3h ago

      Tatum (head) will continue to be evaluated for a concussion before Game 7, but coach Brad Stevens noted that there is "nothing...to be concerned about," Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

      Tatum hit heads with Kevin Love during Friday's Game 6 loss, but Love got the worse end of things, as he's been ruled out for Sunday's Game 7. Tatum, on the other hand, appears to be probable for the contest. He's averaging 16.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in the series while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from beyond the arc.

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    • Patrick McCaw GS SG
      Warriors' Patrick McCaw: Expected to be activated
      4h ago

      McCaw (back) is expected to be available for Saturday's Game 6 against the Rockets, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      McCaw has been in street clothes since injuring his back on March 31 as a result of a scary fall. He put in solid run for Golden State during the regular season, seeing 16.9 minutes per game and averaging 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 combined steal/block. With Andre Iguodala's (knee) status still in question, it's possible coach Steve Kerr finds a spot to utilize McCaw during Game 6.

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    • Kevin Love CLE PF
      Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Will not play in Game 7
      5h ago

      Love (concussion) is out for Sunday's Game 7 against Boston, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.

      Love was placed in concussion protocol early Saturday afternoon, with team doctors quickly shutting down any hope that he would be available for Game 7. Love played in Friday's Game 6 victory for just five minutes before hitting heads with Jayson Tatum, forcing him out of the contest. As a result, LeBron James ended up playing all but two minutes of the contest, dropping 46 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a block. Off the bench, Jeff Green saw 31 minutes, posting 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Larry Nance played 22 minutes, registering 10 points, seven rebounds, two steals and an assist. If Cleveland can pull out a victory Sunday, Love's next chance to take the floor would arrive Thursday, during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

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    • Kevin Love CLE PF
      Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Enters concussion protocol
      5h ago

      Love (head) is in concussion protocol and is traveling with the Cavs. He has not been ruled out for Sunday's Game 7 in Boston, but his status is in doubt, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

      Love was not immediately placed into protocol Saturday morning, but his symptoms may have changed as the day went on. With just one day to recover, the odds don't appear to be in Love's favor to take the floor for a crucial Game 7. If he's ruled out of the contest, Jeff Green (31 minutes in Game 6) and Larry Nance (22 minutes) would likely be the main beneficiaries. LeBron James played 46 minutes.

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    • Malcolm Subban LV G
      Golden Knights' Malcolm Subban: Omitted from latest practice
      4h ago

      Subban (undisclosed) missed practice Saturday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

      Maxime Lagace was slotted behind Marc-Andre Fleury in this latest session, two days before the Golden Knights are to play host to the Capitals for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The expansion club based in Vegas will certainly hope that it won't have to rely on Subban or Lagace in the Cup finals -- that's not a knock on either tender, but it would mean that something went awry with Flower, who's won 12 of 15 games in these playoffs to complement an immaculate .947 save percentage. Subban, on the other hand, hasn't even seen game action since April 7.

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    • William Carrier LV LW
      Golden Knights' William Carrier: Sports non-contact jersey at practice
      5h ago

      Carrier (undisclosed) was on the ice for practice Saturday wearing a non-contact jersey, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

      Carrier hasn't played since the Western Conference semifinals against the Sharks and his non-contact jersey puts him on a path to absence for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. He still has a couple of days before the contest, so there's a chance he could go should he shed the jersey Sunday, but there's nothing at this point suggesting that will be the case. Even when healthy, the 23-year-old doesn't provide much from a fantasy standpoint, notching just three points over 37 games during the regular season. He does, however, provide a physical presence, levying 52 hits during the nine playoff games he's appeared in.

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    • Devante Smith-Pelly WAS RW
      Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly: Ready for Stanley Cup Finals
      5h ago

      Smith-Pelly (neck) said he'll play Monday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Golden Knights, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

      Smith-Pelly's evidently none the worse for wear after taking a shot to the back of his neck in the first period of Wednesday's Game 7 triumph over the Lightning. While it's conceivable that the bottom-six winger could've returned for that game, he didn't because the Capitals had a three-goal cushion when he departed. Smith-Pelley has accrued four goals and an assist over 19 games in these playoffs.

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    • Braden Holtby WAS G
      Capitals' Braden Holtby: Getting set for Game 1 against Vegas
      8h ago

      Holtby was in the starter's net during Saturday's practice, Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington reports. The celebrated backstop is preparing for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Golden Knights in Vegas on Monday.

      This comes as no surprise, as Holtby has been rock solid for the Capitals after spelling Phillip Grubauer in the first round against Columbus. The 28-year-old sports a 2.04 GAA and .924 save percentage behind a 12-6-0 record in the postseason and will look to continue that trend against the upstart Golden Knights.

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    • Devante Smith-Pelly WAS RW
      Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly: Spotted at practice Saturday
      8h ago

      Smith-Pelley (undisclosed) returned to practice Saturday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

      This information was disclosed at the onset of the practice session, so it'll be interesting to see how Smith-Pelley holds up. The Capitals will take on the Golden Knights for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday.

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    • Connor Hellebuyck WPG G
      Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Winnipeg slated to keep him for long haul
      19h ago

      Hellebuyck is expected to earn a long-term contract from the Jets, Sportsnet reports.

      No surprise here. Hellebuyck is a finalist for the 2018 Vezina Trophy following a breakout campaign comprised of a 44-11-9 record, 2.36 GAA and .924 save percentage from the regular season. The American netminder guided the Jets all the way to the conference finals, though he ran into trouble against a Golden Knights club playing out a fairytale narrative in its inaugural campaign. Hellebuyck inked a one-year, $2.25 million contract to stay in Winnipeg last summer, but it's safe to say he'll command a serious pay raise upon agreeing to his next deal.

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