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Patrick McCaw Headshot

McCaw will move to the bench for Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

With Kevin Durant (calf) making his return to the court after missing Game 2 and 3, McCaw will slide back into a reserve role where he'll likely spend the majority of Game 4 on the bench. In fact, when Durant was healthy for Game 1, McCaw only saw one minute of action.
10:40 pm (EST)
Meyers Leonard Headshot

Leonard will start at center for Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.

After not even touching the floor in Game 3, Leonard will get the starting nod with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) ruled out once again like he had been for Game 1 and 2. Even though Nurkic is out and Leonard is getting the start, Leonard has only averaged 10 minutes per game in the series thus far, and it's possible he'll be limited to around that same number Monday.
10:31 pm (EST)
Craig Stammen Headshot

Stammen has given up eight runs over eight innings to start the 2017 season.

Stammen's kryptonite so far has been the long ball, evidenced by his three home runs allowed so far. Forearm issues kept Stammen out of baseball all of last year and nearly the entirety of 2015. The Padres have lost every game the 33-year-old has appeared in, and all signs point toward the notion that he will continue to occupy a middle-relief role for the team.
10:01 pm (EST)
Carlos Rodon Headshot

Rodon (biceps) played catch Monday afternoon while White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper looked on, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

Rodon, who's in town for a routine check up with the team's medical staff, looked fine playing catch according to Cooper but the neither he nor manager Rick Renteria offered any more details.
9:55 pm (EST)
Matt Belisle Headshot

Belisle has surrendered just two runs over 7.1 innings to begin the season.

Belisle broke spring training as one of the primary setup men in the Twins' bullpen. He has maintained his grip of that role, recording eight strikeouts and four walks. The 36-year-old should continue to appear in high-leverage situations, so long as the Twins keep games competitive. In 40 games with Washington last season, Belisle posted a 1.76 ERA over 40 innings of relief.
9:48 pm (EST)
Michael Tonkin Headshot

Tonkin has given up six runs, three of them earned, over seven innings to kick off the 2017 season.

Tonkin has not pitched in any significant situation yet this season, entering in the middle innings or on mop-up duty. He has struck out nine and walked five, while allowing seven hits. In 2016, the 27-year-old surrendered 80 hits over 71.2 innings on his way to a 5.02 ERA.
9:39 pm (EST)
Taylor Rogers Headshot

Rogers has pitched five innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen to start 2017.

Rogers has typically entered during the late stages of games so far, and has three holds under his belt. Additionally, the left-hander also sees more action against lefty hitters. In 2016, the 26-year-old registered a 3.96 ERA over 61.1 innings with 64 strikeouts.
9:30 pm (EST)
Craig Breslow Headshot

Breslow has given up two runs over 5.1 innings of work to begin 2017.

Breslow has seen his workload pick up recently and has his ERA sitting at 3.38 with four strikeouts and two walks. The 36-year-old pitched just 14 innings in the majors last season, allowing seven earned runs.
9:20 pm (EST)
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