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    • Nick Tepesch TOR SP
      Blue Jays' Nick Tepesch: Short outing Saturday
      36m ago

      Nick Tepesch struck out three and didn't factor into the decision after giving up two runs on five hits and three walks over 3.2 innings Saturday against the Cubs.

      Tepesch struggled Saturday -- throwing just 67 pitches and registering his shortest outing as a Blue Jay -- after tossing a quality start and earning his first win of the season last week. He now owns an unimpressive 5.17 ERA and 9:9 K:BB through four big-league starts, and he may be in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation with Joe Biagini nearing a promotion. Even if he is given another start, which would likely come Friday against the Twins, he isn't a viable fantasy option.

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    • Wade Davis CHC RP
      Cubs' Wade Davis: Notches 26th save Saturday
      1h ago

      Wade Davis pitched a clean ninth inning against the Blue Jays on Saturday to earn his 26th save of the season.

      Davis shut down the Blue Jays in order for a second straight game, and he appears to be back on track after a shaky stretch to start the month (three earned runs and 5:5 K:BB through first 3.2 innings). He's now a perfect 26-for-26 in save opportunities this season and owns a shiny 2.32 ERA and 57:22 K:BB through 42.2 innings.

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    • Jose Quintana CHC SP
      Cubs' Jose Quintana: Fans eight in win
      1h ago

      Jose Quintana (8-10) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over six innings to earn the win over the Blue Jays on Saturday. He struck out eight batters.

      The southpaw grabbed his second straight win and fourth as a Cub, and he now boasts a 3.73 ERA and 46:13 K:BB in seven starts (41 innings) since the crosstown trade. While he hasn't been phenomenal, Quintana has been consistent for his new club, tossing five quality starts and allowing three or fewer runs in six of his seven starts. He'll look to keep things rolling in a favorable matchup against the Phillies on Friday.

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    • Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Walking without limp
      2h ago

      Cody Bellinger (ankle) said he was "fine" and was walking without a limp after Saturday's game, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

      The rookie phenom rolled his ankle on a soft spot in the dirt on the warning track and was later diagnosed with a mild sprain. X-rays were deemed unnecessary. The Los Angeles Dodgers can afford to be cautious with Bellinger, but it doesn't sound like he's in danger of landing on the DL.

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    • Tom Koehler MIA SP
      Blue Jays' Tom Koehler: Traded to Toronto
      2h ago

      The Marlins traded Tom Koehler to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday in exchange for minor-league pitcher Osman Gutierrez, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

      Koehler struggled to a 7.92 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 12 starts for the Marlins this season, but he's fared quite well at Triple-A, and the Blue Jays were in desperate need of starting pitching depth. An immediate promotion may not be in the cards, but Koehler should get the call when rosters expand in September, possibly to unseat Nick Tepesch or Chris Rowley at the back end of the rotation.

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    • Johnny Cueto SF SP
      Giants' Johnny Cueto: All set for rehab start
      2h ago

      Johnny Cueto (forearm) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

      The plan calls for Cueto to build up to 50-60 pitches Monday in his first of two rehab appearances. Cueto suffered a flexor strain in late July while rehabbing from a blister issue. He'd been pitching with a blister for a while and had developed three blisters on his throwing hand by the time he finally landed on the DL, which in part explains Cueto's uncharacteristic struggles throughout the first half.

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    • Tavon Austin LAR WR
      Rams' Tavon Austin: Not expected to play Saturday
      1h ago

      Tavon Austin (hamstring) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Raiders, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

      On the mend from an injured hamstring, Austin didn't practice this week and his absence Saturday comes as no surprise. Cooper Kupp will likely start in the slot in his steed.

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    • Michael Bowie NYG T
      Giants' Michael Bowie: Charged with domestic violence
      1h ago

      Michael Bowie has been charged with misdemeanor domestic assault and battery, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports.

      Bowie will likely face discipline from both the team and the league.

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    • Dean Lowry GB DE
      Packers' Dean Lowry: Suffers knee injury
      1h ago

      Dean Lowry (knee) left Saturday's preseason game against Washington with a knee injury.

      Lowry improved his pass-rushing ability this offseason and is slated to be a starter on the defensive line. It's unclear how severe this injury is, but expect the Green Bay Packers to exercise caution going forward.

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    • Quincy Wilson IND CB
      Colts' Quincy Wilson: Leaves game with knee ailment
      1h ago

      Quincy Wilson (knee) will not return to Saturday's preseason game in Dallas, Jason Spells of WTHR reports.

      The 2017 second-round pick has had his name in the mix as a starting cornerback in Indy. Wilson has been playing a depth role in the preseason, though. The severity of this injury is unknown, and a quick recovery is crucial for his chances to jump Rashaan Melvin in the depth chart.

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    • Aaron Burbridge SF WR
      49ers' Aaron Burbridge: Unlikely to play Saturday
      2h ago

      Aaron Burbridge (hamstring) is not expected to suit up for Saturday's preseason game against Denver, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

      Burbridge has sat out of practice in the past week, so this isn't a surprise. This injury will continue to hinder Burbridge's long-shot chances of making the Week 1 roster.

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    • Rob Gronkowski NE TE
      Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Suits up Saturday
      2h ago

      Rob Gronkowski will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

      Gronkowski hasn't participated in the preseason since 2012, so this is a sign the behemoth tight end has truly returned to full health. He probably won't see more than a drive to two, though, before making way for Dwayne Allen, James O'Shaughnessy and Jacob Hollister.

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    • Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL F
      Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Won't participate in EuroBasket
      8h ago

      Giannis Antetokounmpo , due to persistent knee soreness, has chosen not to participate in EuroBasket this season, Eric Nehm of ESPN Milwaukee reports.

      Antetokounmpo missed a five-day chunk of EuroBasket practice earlier in August due to knee soreness, with the issue failing to subside. The star also cited exercises the Milwaukee Bucks ' staff had him perform in China being too painful to complete, ultimately forcing him to withdraw from his national team to ensure his health for the NBA season. It remains to be seen if this issue will carry over into training camp.

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    • Jeff Withey UTA C
      Mavericks' Jeff Withey: Agrees to one-year deal with Mavericks
      1d ago

      Jeff Withey has come to terms with the Dallas Mavericks on a one-year contract, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      Withey spent last season as a member of the Jazz, who renounced his rights in mid-July. He was a deep reserve, posting just 2.9 points and 2.4 boards across 8.5 minutes per contest. While he'll likely play a similar role with the Mavericks, as his skill hasn't warranted him being deployed for more than 12.9 minutes per game in his career, he could see extended run here and there depending on the health of the Dallas centers. Regardless, he should probably be avoided in every fantasy format considering his projected workload and production.

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    • K.J. McDaniels BKN G
      Raptors' K.J. McDaniels: Agrees to deal with Raptors
      2d ago

      K.J. McDaniels has agreed to terms with the Toronto Raptors on a one-year, partially guaranteed contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      McDaniels was somewhat of a forgotten commodity this summer as many teams' free agency dollars dried up, but he'll head to Toronto on what's in all likelihood a minimum deal. The former Clemson standout spent time with both Houston and Brooklyn last season, appearing in 49 total games and averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds. The 24-year-old has shown flashes of promise as an athletic defender, but he struggles as a shooter and may face an uphill battle toward having his contract fully guaranteed by the Raptors.

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    • Brandon Bass LAC F
      Brandon Bass: Heads to China
      2d ago

      Brandon Bass signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Liaoning Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, international writer David Pick reports.

      A 12-year NBA veteran, Bass has bounced around a bit of late, playing for three different teams in as many seasons. He spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Clippers, averaging 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds across 11.1 minutes, which was his smallest workload overall since the 2009-10 season. After failing to receive much interest on the free agent market, Bass will head overseas to resume his playing career. He could attempt to latch on with an NBA team following the international season, though it's unclear how many suitors he'd have.

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    • Guerschon Yabusele BOS F
      Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele: Fully recovered from ankle surgery
      2d ago

      Guerschon Yabusele has fully recovered from ankle surgery and will take part in Monday's informal practices, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.

      This is great news for the Boston Celtics ' 2016 first-round pick, as foot problems prevented him from participating in this year's summer league, and he'll now get to spend some extended time with the team through training camp. Boston, however, is loaded in the frontcourt, and Yabusele will likely struggle to find quality minutes in his debut season with the team, so some extended time in the G League could be on the horizon for the rookie.

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    • Georges Niang NBADRAFT SF
      Warriors' Georges Niang: Inks deal with Golden State
      4d ago

      Georges Niang signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Niang, a 2016 second-round pick who played sparingly with the Pacers as a rookie before being waived in July, will receive the chance to compete for a roster spot with the reigning NBA champs. More realistically though, the Warriors likely plan to stash Niang with their G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, as the 24-year-old has only a small chance of beating out the likes of Omri Casspi, Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney for one of the final available spots at forward.

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    • Marian Gaborik LA RW
      Kings' Marian Gaborik: Needs to regain strength for full recovery
      8h ago

      Marian Gaborik (undisclosed) is still expected to miss the start of training camp, though he is making progress, Jon Rosen of LA Los Angeles Kings Insider reports.

      The oft-injured scoring vet reportedly had a procedure done this offseason that involved repairing a tendon and ligament, but even though he avoided surgery and is said to be doing well, Kings GM Rob Blake added in a State of the Franchise address that Gaborik "still has some difficulty with some of the lifts and the strength." A mid-80s point packer in his heyday with the Rangers, it's difficult to recommend the Czech in anything but the deepest fantasy formats since he's played a combined 110 games over the last two seasons.

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    • Anthony Mantha DET RW
      Red Wings' Anthony Mantha: Bigger role on tap
      8h ago

      Anthony Mantha is in line for an increased role with the Detroit Red Wings in 2017-18, the Detroit Free Press reports.

      The towering net-front scoring winger dropped jaws as a rookie, dialing up 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) despite averaging a mere 15:54 of ice time over 60 games. Additionally, among the men donning the Winged Wheel, Mantha's plus-10 rating was inferior only to captain Henrik Zetterberg and his plus-15 clip. As suggested in this latest report, the 22-year-old is part of the reason why the team isn't looking to bring back Thomas Vanek, and he could see regular power-play minutes in the coming season if one of Justin Abdelkader or Riley Sheahan get injured.

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    • Luke Opilka STL G
      Blues' Luke Opilka: Undergoes second hip surgery
      10h ago

      Luke Opilka , a goalie prospect, underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, and he's expected to be out until December, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      According to Rutherford, this is the St. Louis native's second hip surgery in just over a year. The Notes had sung his praises upon making him a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, but these ailments, coupled with underwhelming peripherals (3.08 GAA, .897 save percentage) over 75 regular-games with the OHL's Kitchner Rangers, have dimmed his long-term fantasy outlook.

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    • Nate Schmidt LV D
      Golden Knights' Nate Schmidt: Dealing with ankle injury
      10h ago

      Nate Schmidt sustained an ankle injury that prevented him from attending a street hockey clinic in Montana on Friday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

      While the expansion Vegas Golden Knights would have little reason to press one of their more established players into a promotional event, it's discouraging that he's dealing with an injury in the first place. He'll reportedly be reevaluated in "a week or so," but this doesn't bode well for Schmidt's fantasy prospects after he took the nascent franchise to arbitration with his award set at two years and $4.45 million. Last year, he compiled 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) over 60 games with the Capitals.

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    • Jori Lehtera PHI C
      Flyers' Jori Lehtera: Looking forward to fresh start
      11h ago

      Jori Lehtera , who was traded from the Blues to the Philadelphia Flyers on June 23, has been skating and working out at his former team's practice facility with eagerness for the upcoming season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      The Finn spent his first three seasons in St. Louis, having surged out of the gate with a rookie year that included 14 goals, 30 assists, and a plus-21 rating. However, his production slipped quite a bit in the two subsequent years -- all the way down to 22 points and a minus-6 rating over 64 contests in 2016-17. Perhaps a change of scenery will invigorate Lehtera, but don't be surprised if it takes him awhile to settle in. After all, he's projected to start out in a bottom-six role for a Flyers offense that was inferior to the Blues during his tenure with the Notes.

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    • Jordan Eberle NYI RW
      Islanders' Jordan Eberle: Set for top-line duty
      11h ago

      Jordan Eberle is projected to be on the top line with John Tavares and Anders Lee in the upcoming season, NHL.com reports.

      Formerly with the Oilers, the skilled right winger was traded to the New York Islanders in June in a straight up deal for Ryan Strome. Last season, Eberle played all 82 games for the first time in his seven-year career and proceeded to register 20 goals and 31 assists -- including 14 man-advantage points. This year, he'll assuredly see more ice time than the 16:46 average in his previous go-around with the Oil, and being the right flanker to Tavares -- who's amassed 537 points in 587 regular-season contests -- definitely has its advantages.

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