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Mat Latos Headshot

Latos will start the first game of the Blue Jays' doubleheader with the Cardinals on Thursday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

The 29-year-old was initially set to pitch Wednesday, but his start will be pushed back a day to accommodate the change. Latos will likely face off against Carlos Martinez in the afternoon, with Casey Lawrence still taking the mound for his regularly-scheduled start in the nightcap.
1:31 pm (EST)
Nail Yakupov Headshot

Yakupov (undisclosed) will not suit up for Game 1 against the Predators on Wednesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

Given that Yakupov played in just 40 contests this season, there is no guarantee he will slot into the lineup even when he is cleared to return. The former first-round pick will be a free agent on July 1 and may very well have played his last game with the Blues.
1:31 pm (EST)
Ryan Madson Headshot

Madson (0-2) gave up the game-winning run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday's 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Angels.

The veteran reliever fired nine of his 11 pitches for strikes but couldn't quite escape the 11th inning unscathed, surrendering a game-winning single to Kole Calhoun with two out. Madson had only given up one other run through the eight appearances he'd made prior to Tuesday, so he continues to be one of manager Bob Melvin's most trusted late-inning options and has already compiled a pair of holds and one save.
1:29 pm (EST)
Christopher Narveson Headshot

Narveson was placed on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder Wednesday.

There's no timetable as to Narveson's return, but it's certainly concerning as to his potential for a call-up this season. The 35-year-old has posted a 4.15 ERA and 1.21 WHIP for Triple-A Columbus this season, exiting his last start after allowing six earned runs over just 3.2 innings.
1:26 pm (EST)
Tom Pyatt Headshot

Pyatt's (upper body) status for Thursday's clash with New York will be determined prior to puck drop, Brent Wallace of TSN reports.

Pyatt's availability has fluctuated throughout the week from expected to questionable so fantasy owners will want to check back during warmups Thursday. Considering the winger has just two points in his last 14 outings and 23 on the year, you probably shouldn't expect a significant offensive burst if he is cleared to play.
1:25 pm (EST)
Jaff Decker Headshot

Decker went 1-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Angels.

The 27-year-old has now reached safely in seven of the nine games he's played this season, and he's done it on multiple occasions within four of those contests. Decker is projected for a string of starts in place of Rajai Davis (hamstring), meaning he'll have a chance to build on the solid .280/.419/.400 line he's compiled over his first 33 plate appearances.
1:22 pm (EST)
Cory Spangenberg Headshot

Spangenberg batted second and started at third base Tuesday, going 1-for-5 in a loss to the Diamondbacks. He moved to left field once a right-hander entered the game.

The utility man was called up Tuesday, immediately relieving the struggling Ryan Schimpf at third base. Manager Andy Green said that he wants to play Spangenberg on a pretty consistent basis, but he added that he wants Schimpf to remain in the mix as well. Tuesday's usage is roughly what we can expect for the 26-year-old going forward, starting at third against lefties and seeing time in left field against righties. Spangenberg batted .348 with a homer and three steals in 17 games with Triple-A El Paso, which falls in line with his strengths: batting average and speed on the basepaths.
1:16 pm (EST)
Mark Borowiecki Headshot

Borowiecki (lower body) will not return to the lineup for Game 1 against the Rangers on Thursday.

Borowiecki missed the final four games of the Sens' opening-round series against the Bruins and will now miss a fifth outing in a row. The blueliner is known more for his physical play than scoring ability -- 364 hits on the year and just three points -- which means fantasy owners can probably look for other options for their lineups.
1:14 pm (EST)
Josh Phegley Headshot

Phegley smacked a pinch-hit solo home run to account for Oakland's only run in Tuesday's 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Angels.

The reserve backstop picked a fine time for his first long ball of the season, snapping a scoreless tie in the 10th inning. While the Angels went on to tie and eventually win the game in the 11th, the homer extended a modest offensive surge for Phegley, who's now hit safely in three of his last four games and compiled three RBI over that span.
1:13 pm (EST)
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton (illness) is probable for Thursday's Game 6 against the Raptors after not practicing Wednesday while back home recovering, Stephen Watson of WISN 12 News reports.

While battling an illness, which was determined to be just a sore throat, during Monday's Game 5, Middleton provided eight points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, five steals and three rebounds across 36 minutes. Though the illness seems fairly minor, the Bucks likely don't want to take a chance of him making things worse by exerting himself too much during practice, and have ultimately opted to let him stay home to rest and recover. He should be considered probable for Thursday's tilt, with more information on his status likely coming after the team's morning shootaround. Though, with the Bucks facing elimination, there seems to be little reason for Middleton to sit out unless he faces a severe, unexpected setback.
1:09 pm (EST)
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