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R.A. Dickey Headshot

Dickey allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk over two innings, striking out two, in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

The 42-year-old is coming off his worst season since developing his knuckleball and becoming a full-time starter, posting a 4.46 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 2016, but the move back to the NL East should help temper those ratios. The Braves aren't counting on Dickey for anything more than a regular turn in the rotation, but with a young and improving lineup supporting him, he could still have real value in deeper NL-only formats.
11:46 am (EST)
Lance Lynn Headshot

Lynn, making his return to the mound after missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, gave up one earned run on four hits and one walk in Monday's 5-4 Grapefruit League win over the Nationals.

Lynn surrendered an RBI single to Derek Norris in the second for his one run and impressively fired 28 of his 35 pitches for strikes. He threw plenty of fastballs -- his bread-and-butter pitch -- during his stint on the mound, but will selectively reincorporate his slider, curveball and changeup now that his elbow has regained the necessary stability and strength. "I'm going to do whatever I have to do to get people out," Lynn said. "If that involves throwing all fastballs, I will. If I have to mix it up, I will. But I've had some pretty good success with the fastball, so I'm going to keep [throwing it]."
11:45 am (EST)
Kevin Klein Headshot

Klein (back) may start skating Wednesday, effectively ruling him out against Washington on Tuesday.

With the news the Dan Girardi (ankle) will be out of the lineup, the Rangers will want to get Klein back as soon as possible. The 32-year-old has already missed three straight games with this ailment and will now miss a fourth. On the year, the blueliner has managed just three goals and 11 helpers, slightly behind his pace from the 2015-16 campaign. Until Klein is given the all clear, Steve Kampfer has been recalled from AHL Hartford and will likely slot into New York's third pairing.
11:44 am (EST)
Linus Ullmark Headshot

Ullmark will be a game-time decision Tuesday night versus the Predators.

Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 indicated in a separate report that Ullmark will make his season debut Tuesday, only for the bench boss to declare that everyone on the team will be a game-time call for this next contest. With the trade deadline one day away, it's not unusual to see fickleness on the part of Sabres brass, especially with this team on the outside looking in in terms of a potential playoff berth. Starting goalie Robin Lehner reportedly has overcome his concussion, which further complicates this situation. It'll be dangerous to lock in fantasy lineups hours ahead of puck drop, so check back closer to warmups to see whether Ullmark will actually be in goal.
11:42 am (EST)
Adonis Garcia Headshot

Garcia went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

He's all but locked into the starting third base spot on Opening Day for the Braves, and while Garcia won't occupy a prime spot in the batting order, he could still top last year's career-best 65 RBI given the improving lineup around him. He'll need to keep producing in 2017 to fend off Rio Ruiz for the job at the hot corner, however.
11:41 am (EST)
Freddie Freeman Headshot

Freeman went 2-for-3 with three RBI in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

He's 5-for-7 to begin spring training, and Freeman seems intent on repeating bettering his career-best numbers from 2016, during which he slugged 34 home runs with a .969 OPS. With an improving lineup around him, the 27-year-old should at least be able to record his second career 100-RBI season.
11:38 am (EST)
Robin Lehner Headshot

Lehner went through the concussion protocol and is no longer feeling the effects from a hit suffered against Colorado on Saturday, Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 reports.

Head coach Dan Bylsma wouldn't reveal his lineup or starting goalie for Tuesday's game against Nashville after practice, and Linus Ullmark is still with the big club. Lehner has struggled in his past two starts, allowing nine goals to the two worst teams in the league. Given that the Sabres are out of the playoff race, they may elect to sit Lehner on Tuesday to give him a little more rest and see what Ullmark or backup Anders Nilsson can do.
11:37 am (EST)
Dan Girardi Headshot

Girardi will be sidelined for at least the next 10 days with an ankle injury.

Girardi is certainly not a prolific scorer -- a mere 12 points this season -- but his absence as a defensive lynchpin for the Rangers will certainly impact the team. The veteran's absence will no doubt be felt on the penalty kill where he is averaging 2:15 of ice time per game. With Kevin Klein (back) also out Tuesday against the Capitals, New York will call up Steve Kampfer from the minors.
11:37 am (EST)
Michal Rozsival Headshot

Rozsival signed a one-year extension worth $650,000, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports.

After signing the veteran defenseman, the Blackhawks now meet the roster requirements for this summer's upcoming expansion draft. Since initially joining Chicago in 2012-13, Rozsival has served predominantly as a depth defenseman and has played in only 16 games this season. With a cap hit of less than $950,00, Rozsival can be waived without a salary cap penalty. That said, because the contract carries a favorable cap hit for the team, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Rozsival is kept around for another full season.
11:36 am (EST)
Michael Wacha Headshot

Wacha gave up one unearned run on four hits and one walk over two innings in Monday's 7-2 Grapefruit League win over the Red Sox.

Wacha had an eventful pair of frames on the mound, working his way around an error in the first and leadoff walk in the second. The right-hander was able to throw all four of his pitches effectively and keep the ball down in the strike zone. His one run came after he surrendered back-to-back singles in the first to Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland following a Pau DeJong throwing error on a ball hit by Mookie Betts. Wacha was even better in the second, striking out Sandy Leon on three pitches and getting Dustin Pedroia to pop up to right field by catching him out ahead of his changeup. "I felt good today. Throwing a lot of strikes. Keeping the ball down in the zone," Wacha said after his outing and before trucking back to Jupiter, Fla. "There were good things, for sure. Early on, in my bullpens and in live BPs and stuff, I have made it a point to pitch down in the zone. That is one of the key things I wanted to establish today."
11:36 am (EST)
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