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Jake Petricka TOR RP
Blue Jays' Jake Petricka: Makes season debut with Triple-A club8m ago
Petricka (elbow) was activated from the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Buffalo and tossed a scoreless inning Saturday in the club's 5-2 loss to Norfolk.
After inking a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays in February, Petricka never had the opportunity to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster while he continued to recover from an October elbow procedure. After remaining at extended spring training to begin the season, Petricka seems to have demonstrated that he's fully healthy and should see regular work out of the Buffalo bullpen. Petricka has five seasons of MLB experience on his resume, so if he quickly proves effective during his subsequent outings at Buffalo, a promotion to the big club could be in store.
Clay Buchholz KC SP
Royals' Clay Buchholz: Moves to Triple-A12m ago
Buchholz was promoted to Triple-A Omaha and started for the affiliate Sunday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Though Buchholz doesn't currently have a spot on the Royals' 40-man roster, the Sunday start may have been a de facto audition for when the big club requires a sixth starter later this week. Buchholz formed a battery with a rehabbing Salvador Perez (knee), potentially setting the stage for the two to work in tandem for one half of a doubleheader April 28 against the White Sox. Buchholz has had a rough go of things at the major-league level the past two seasons and was limited to just 7.1 innings in 2017 before suffering a torn forearm flexor tendon, but he looks to be healthy after inking a minor-league deal with the Royals in March. The right-hander shined in his first start for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on April 17, covering four scoreless innings and allowing one hit and two walks while striking out five.
Kris Bryant CHC 3B
Cubs' Kris Bryant: HBP in head Sunday17m ago
Bryant exited Sunday's game against the Rockies early after being hit by a pitch in the head.
Bryant was struck by a German Marquez pitch on his helmet and was visibly shaken up afterwards. He was attended to by the team trainer and manager Joe Maddon before ultimately being helped to the dugout. We'll await word from the Cubs on the specifics of his condition. The team is off Monday before traveling to Cleveland on Tuesday.
Chris Owings ARI RF
Diamondbacks' Chris Owings: Picks up second straight start24m ago
Owings will start in right field and bat fifth Sunday against the Padres.
Owings sat out the series opener Friday after exiting early a night earlier against the Padres following his collision with teammate A.J. Pollock. The utility man escaped with only a contusion on his head, so the Diamondbacks cleared Owings to start in Saturday's 6-2 win. Owings went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and was caught stealing in the contest, with his activity on the basepaths in particular suggesting that his injury wasn't anything worrisome.
Mac Williamson SF RF
Giants' Mac Williamson: In lineup again Sunday24m ago
Williamson is in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
This marks the third consecutive day that Williamson has been in the Giants' starting lineup, making it appear that he'll likely see regular playing time until Hunter Pence (thumb) returns to full health. Over the previous two games, Williamson has combined to go 2-for-8 with a home run.
Franchy Cordero SD CF
Padres' Franchy Cordero: Not in Sunday's lineup28m ago
Cordero is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
With Manuel Margot off the disabled list and the left-handed Patrick Corbin headed to the hill for Arizona, Cordero will get the day off. Cordero may be at risk of seeing less time in the Padres' lineup, as both Margot and Wil Myers returned form stints on the DL over the last few days.
Amari Cooper OAK WR
Raiders' Amari Cooper: Has fifth-year option picked up3h ago
The Raiders picked up Cooper's fifth-year option Sunday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
It's no surprise that the Raiders will bring back their top receiver for another season, even if he struggled in 2017. Cooper posted back-to-back, 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL career, but he only accrued 48 catches for 680 yards in 2017. The arrival of Jordy Nelson will keep some focus off Cooper and hopefully allow him to reach the 1,000-yard mark again.
Byron Jones DAL FS
Cowboys' Byron Jones: Retained for fifth year4h ago
The Cowboys picked up Jones' fifth-year option Sunday, Drew Davison of The Dallas Star-Telegram reports.
This fifth-year option will keep Jones signed through the 2019 season. Jones hasn't missed a game in his first three seasons, and he has had back-to-back, 80-tackle seasons as a safety for the Cowboys. However, the 25-year-old will shift back to cornerback this season and is expected to be a starter.
Jacoby Brissett IND QB
Colts' Jacoby Brissett: Likely staying in Indy4h ago
The Colts turned down a pair of trade offers for Brissett, with general manager Chris Ballard hinting that he wants to retain the 24-year-old quarterback, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports. "He's committed, he's a great teammate, he's got juice, he holds people accountable, he holds himself accountable. I love Jacoby," Ballard said. "Jacoby Brissett is going to play in this league a long time. If I learned anything last year, it was the value of a backup quarterback who can get it done, and I think Jacoby can do that."
Brissett took a league-high 52 sacks and only won four of 15 starts last season, but his numbers were otherwise respectable for a second-year quarterback stuck in an undermanned offense. He completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 6.6 yards per attempt, with 17 total touchdowns (four rushing) and only 10 turnovers (seven INTs). A 2016 third-round pick, Brissett has two years remaining on his rookie contract at less than $1 million per season. The Colts expect Andrew Luck (shoulder) to be healthy for training camp, but they'd still need to be blown away to consider trading Brissett. The team likely would revise its stance next offseason if Luck were to make it through the 2018 campaign without any major injuries or setbacks.
Rob Gronkowski NE TE
Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Skipping optional workouts4h ago
Gronkowski said he doesn't plan to attend the optional portion of the Patriots' offseason program, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Gronkowski doesn't seem bothered by missing out on a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract, noting that he's currently busy working on his dirt-biking skills. He still hasn't confirmed that he'll play football in 2018, but a report from late March suggested retirement was unlikely. The 28-year-old tight end can skip team activities without incurring any fines until mandatory minicamp June 5-7. Given that he typically showed up for optional workouts in past seasons, Gronkowski's absence this year hints at some level of frustration with his contract and/or Bill Belichick.
Willie Snead NO WR
Saints' Willie Snead: Likely headed to Baltimore1d ago
The Saints are not expected to match the two-year offer sheet Snead signed with the Ravens, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Snead, a restricted free agent, signed a two-year offer sheet with the Ravens worth up to $10.4 million. The Saints recently signed Cameron Meredith away from the Bears and re-signed Brandon Coleman, so they have less of a need at wide receiver. The 25-year-old will presumably fill a need for the Ravens in the slot, while Michael Crabtree and John Brown are expected to be the primary perimeter receivers. An undrafted free agent in 2014, Snead compiled 141 receptions for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns across 30 games between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, but never really got reintegrated in the offense after starting last season with a DUI suspension and a hamstring injury. Barring a major surprise, Snead is set to head to Baltimore for the 2018 season.
Anthony Chickillo PIT OLB
Steelers' Anthony Chickillo: Signs RFA tender2d ago
Chickillo signed a restricted free agent tender with the Steelers on Friday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
The best deal available was with Pittsburgh, the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2015. Chickillo spent the last two seasons in a reserve role, compiling 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 31 games. With T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree still in the lineup, Chickillo will likely work in the same role in 2018.
Kevin Durant GS SF
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Confirmed playing Sunday1h ago
Durant (ankle) will play as expected during Sunday's Game 4 against the Spurs, Paul Garcia of TheSportsDaily.com reports.
Durant's status wasn't really in question, though an official confirmation hadn't been provided. Through the first three games of the series, he's averaged 27.3 points, 7.7 boards and 6.3 assists on over 50 percent shooting.
Shaun Livingston GS PG
Warriors' Shaun Livingston: Confirmed available Sunday3h ago
Livingston (ankle) will play during Sunday's Game 4 against the Spurs.
As expected, the ankle that Livingston rolled won't prevent him from taking part in Game 4. Over the first three games of the series, he's averaged 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 19.3 minutes.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Meeting with doctor Tuesday4h ago
Smart (thumb) is meeting with a doctor in New York on Tuesday in hopes to be cleared for a possible Game 6, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.
Up to this point, Smart has been cleared for everything except full-contact work. If he gets the nod from the doctor, he could make his return during Game 6, assuming the series goes that far.
John Henson MIL C
Bucks' John Henson: Out again for Game 44h ago
Henson (back) is out for Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
As expected, Henson will miss a second straight game while nursing back soreness. As a result, Tyler Zeller will likely draw the start again. However, it was Thon Maker who pulled through during Game 3, having arguably the best outing of his career.
Tristan Thompson CLE C
Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Expected to play during Game 44h ago
Thompson, according to coach Tyronn Lue, is expected to see the floor during Sunday's Game 4 against the Pacers, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
It was implied that Thompson would likely see the floor during Game 3, though that ultimately did not end up being the case. However, with the Cavs now down 2-1, a sense of urgency seems to have crept in.
Fred VanVleet TOR PG
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Listed as doubtful for Game 45h ago
VanVleet (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 against Washington, Blake Murphy of The Athletic Toronto reports.
VanVleet's shoulder continues to give him significant pain, as he's only been able to play three minutes in the series thus far. An update on his status for Game 4 is likely to arrive following Sunday's morning shootaround. Assuming he's ruled out once more, Delon Wright should see extra run as he has been.
Evgeni Malkin PIT C
Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Out for Game 61h ago
Malkin (leg) won't play Game 6 against the Flyers on Sunday.
Malkin suffered this injury in the second period of Game 5 when Philadelphia forward Jori Lehtera awkwardly fell on his leg, but Malkin finished the game anyway. The Penguins hope this injury isn't serious, but it's tough to be optimistic about the nature of this issue with so much on the line Sunday. Malkin was lights out for the Penguins in the regular season, and he's compiled three goals and two assists in the playoffs so far. His next chance to play will be a possible Game 7 on Tuesday or in the conference semifinals.
Patric Hornqvist PIT RW
Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Takes part in warmups1h ago
Hornqvist (upper body) is on ice for warmups and is expected to play Game 6 against the Flyers, Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Hornqvist missed Games 4 and 5, but scored a point in each of the first three games of the series. His return will be highly important for the Penguins, especially during the power play. The 31-year-old Swede scored 29 goals and 49 points -- including 22 points on the man advantage -- in 70 regular season contests.
Matt Murray PIT G
Penguins' Matt Murray: In goal for Game 61h ago
Murray will start Game 6 against the Flyers on Sunday, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
When Murray plays poorly, the Penguins suffer. In their first loss of the series, he allowed four goals on 19 shots, and in the second loss, he yielded three goals on 24 shots. The 23-year-old backstop only allowed one goal on 77 shots in the other three games. However, Murray has a 9-1 record and .939 save percentage in playoff games following a loss, so expect him to bounce back and give the Penguins a solid chance of clinching the series Sunday.
Ivan Provorov PHI D
Flyers' Ivan Provorov: Suiting up Sunday1h ago
Provorov (shoulder) is set to play in Game 6 against Pittsburgh on Sunday, John Boruk of NBC Philadelphia reports.
One of the Flyers' best defensemen, Provorov has yet to miss an NHL game in his two-year career. The 21-year-old Russian had 17 goals and 41 points in the regular season and has two assists in the first round series against the Penguins. He also leads all Philadelphia skaters averaging 25:44 of ice time per game. His presence is a big plus for his team as they are facing elimination.
Reid Boucher VAN C
Reid Boucher: Heads for waivers2h ago
Boucher (hand) was waived by the Canucks on Sunday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Boucher is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, so if any team claims him, it will only be claiming his rights. The 24-year-old played 20 games for Vancouver this season and accrued three goals and five points while averaging 11:23 of ice time. Boucher is still recovering from a broken hand he suffered in early April, but if he clears waivers he will be assigned to AHL Utica where he can compete for the Calder Cup when healthy.
Ryan Hartman NSH RW
Predators' Ryan Hartman: Suspension served2h ago
Hartman is expected to return from his one-game suspension for Game 6 against the Avalanche on Sunday, NHL.com reports.
The illegal hit to the head of Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg kept Hartman out of Game 5. Hartman had one goal and six PIM in the first four games of the series, and he will look to help the Preds finish off the Avalanche on the road. Expect him to slot into a bottom-six role with Scott Hartnell being scratched.