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DFS NBA Position Coach: February 26
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Calvin Pickard Headshot

Pickard was scratched from Saturday's start against the Sabres.

The reason for his scratch from the start remains unclear, but it's possible he's involved in some trade talks and it was to protect him from suffering an injury. Pickard's next chance to return to the cage comes Tuesday against the Flyers, but if he were to get dealt, Jeremy Smith would likely take over in the crease with another recall on tap.
2:15 pm (EST)
Pablo Sandoval Headshot

Sandoval attempted to bunt his way on base during Saturday's game against the Twins in an effort to beat an infield shift.

Sandoval was thrown out at first base, but he made it close play with his hustle down the line and earned a robust round of applause from the partisan fans at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers (Fla.). Beating infield shifts has been a point of emphasis during training camp and Sandoval took the initiative when an opportunity presented itself. The Red Sox don't want hi bunting to beat a shift every time he sees one, but the attempt was viewed positively by manager John Farrell.
2:10 pm (EST)
Jesus Sucre Headshot

Sucre went 2-for-2 with a single and an eighth-inning solo homer in Saturday's 7-2 Grapefruit League loss to a Pirates split squad.

The 28-year-old backstop, who arrived in Tampa via a Feb. 8 trade, came on as a pinch hitter and delivered a single before capping off his day with a solo homer off reliever Brett McKinney. Sucre is in competition with Curt Casali and Luke Maile this spring for a roster spot, as Wilson Ramos (knee) isn't expected to be available until May at the earliest.
2:10 pm (EST)
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Suns, Eric Nehm of ESPN Milwaukee reports.

Middleton will replace Michael Beasley in the starting lineup as he returns to a bench role, while the rest of the usual starters will remain in place. On Friday Middleton put up nine points and three rebounds in 24 minutes against the Jazz.
2:03 pm (EST)
David Carpenter Headshot

Carpenter fired a clean inning and recorded a strikeout in Saturday's 7-2 Grapefruit League loss to a Pirates split squad.

The veteran righty, who signed a minor league contract on Jan. 30, last pitched in the majors in 2015. He's a considerable long shot to serve as anything other than organizational depth this coming season, but did acquit himself well in his one inning Saturday.
2:00 pm (EST)
Tyler Ennis Headshot

Ennis will be active and available to play in Sunday's game against the Spurs, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

After being traded from the Rockets to the Lakers just prior to the trade deadline, Ennis was held out of Friday's contest against the Thunder, as the Lakers wanted to give him some additional time to get settled in with his new team. Now that he's had a few days to get comfortable, Ennis will be available to play Sunday, but he's only the Lakers third option at point guard behind D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, so he'll likely struggle to find significant minutes.
1:59 pm (EST)
Dalton Pompey Headshot

Pompey (illness) was not a part of the spring game Sunday as he is battling an illness.

This likely isn't a big deal at all, as it was also reported that "he should be in game action very soon." When he returns, he'll continue to vie for a spot on the big league roster, although it seems more likely he'll start at Triple-A and work for a call-up.
1:56 pm (EST)
Mike Smith Headshot

Smith (illness) won't play Sunday against Buffalo.

Smith missed Friday's game due to illness as well, so it seems like this is more than just your average bug. Louis Domingue will get the start in his absence. His next chance to return will come Tuesday.
1:49 pm (EST)
Xander Bogaerts Headshot

Bogaerts has set a goal to steal at least 20 bases during the 2017 season, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Bogaerts stole a career-high 13 bags last season, but feels Boston's offensive plan will need to be different without David Ortiz in the lineup. Whereas last season he would remain put when getting on base in front of Ortiz, he feels the offense may need to a bit more creative in 2017. Adding a stolen-base element to his burgeoning offensive repertoire will certainly enhance the shortstop's value.
1:45 pm (EST)
Matt Nieto Headshot

Nieto had a pair of assists in Saturday's win over Buffalo.

They were the first points in 11 games for Nieto, who has netted four goals in 22 games since arriving in Colorado. The 24-year-old has the opportunity to produce more given the fact he's skating in the top-six alongside some caliber players, but it just hasn't come together. The 24-year-old has never surpassed 10 goals in his career, so don't expect much down the stretch given Colorado's position in the standings.
1:44 pm (EST)
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