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Guillermo Heredia Headshot

Heredia went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI doubles and two runs scored in Saturday's 13-3 Cactus League victory over the Padres.

The 26-year-old, vying for the fourth outfield job this spring, made an excellent first impression in his bid for a roster spot. Heredia did his damage despite ceding the start to fellow Cuban defector Leonys Martin and hitting out of the nine-hole. Mostly serving as a late-inning defensive replacement during a 45-game cup of coffee in Seattle last season, Heredia posted a .250/.349/.315 line over 82 at-bats. His glove and arm already stand out, but Heredia may be ready to blossom at the plate as well this spring a href="http://m.mariners.mlb.com/news/article/217140392/mariners-heredia-finding-footing-with-team/">following an Arizona Fall League stint in which he focused on shortening his swing. "I'm really excited what I see offensively," manager Scott Servais said. "Not just because he got three hits yesterday. We've seen it in batting practice out here. I like the adjustment he's made. He's flattened out his swing path a little bit. His swing is shorter right now that it was last year.
4:17 pm (EST)
Tuukka Rask Headshot

Rask allowed three goals on 36 shots in a 6-3 victory over the Stars on Sunday.

After taking an early lead, Boston allowed Dallas to tie the score at two, but the Bruins reclaimed the lead with the next three goals. Rask stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced at even strength. The victory improves Rask to 5-2-0 since the All-Star break, but that record is misleading, as he also owns a .884 save percentage and 3.06 GAA during that stretch. Overall, he is now 29-14-4 with a .912 save percentage.
4:14 pm (EST)
Roy Hibbert Headshot

Hibbert will be active and available to play on Sunday versus the Grizzlies, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

Hibbert was dealt from the Bucks to the Nuggets just prior to the trade deadline, but was held out Friday, as the team opted to give him some extra time to get settled in. However, Hibbert is fully expected to be available Sunday and should operate as the Nuggets third option at center. With Nikola Jokic and Mason Plumlee ahead of him on the depth chart, Hibbert will likely play just a minor role off the bench in Denver.
4:12 pm (EST)
Kole Calhoun Headshot

Calhoun (abdomen) will make his Cactus League debut Monday, according to the Orange County Register.

Calhoun underwent offseason surgery to repair a bilateral core muscle injury and the plan was for him to be ready by spring training. It appears that he has met that timetable and will make his debut -- with several other everyday players -- on Monday. Calhoun is one of the more dependable mid-tier outfielders in fantasy, seeing at least 672 plate appearances over the past two seasons while providing some pop and run production.
4:12 pm (EST)
Andrew Bogut Headshot

Bogut (personal) is expected to join the Cavaliers once he secures a buyout from the 76ers, Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio reports.

Bogut was traded to the 76ers on Thursday as part of the deal that sent Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks, but it's not expected that he'll ever see the floor in a Philadelphia uniform. He has yet to report to the team since the trade after 76ers coach Brett Brown said Friday that the big man would be away for at least a week to tend to a personal matter, but that won't preclude the team from getting started in negotiating a buyout. Assuming Bogut goes unclaimed off waivers once the buyout is official, he'll likely draw interest from a number of clubs, but the Cavaliers are believed to be the top playoff-contending team interested in bringing him aboard. Bogut would slot in as the backup to starting center Tristan Thompson, bringing some desperately needed rim-protecting skills to a Cavs roster.
4:12 pm (EST)
Reggie Jackson Headshot

Jackson is dealing with neck spasms and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Celtics, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.

This is the first we've heard of Jackson's injury, but the fact that he's not being ruled out right away likely means it's not an extremely serious issue. He'll continue to receive treatment and then test it out during pregame warmups, so we may not get a final word until just before tip-off. If Jackson were to sit out, Ish Smith would likely be promoted to the top unit and would be expected to take on a significant workload.
4:08 pm (EST)
Clayton Kershaw Headshot

Kershaw said that his back was "all good" after making his one-inning appearance against the White Sox on Saturday, the Orange County Register reports.

Kershaw has insisted that his back is healthy heading into this season, so much so that he was very dismissive when reporters asked him about it after Saturday's game. The three-time Cy Young winner was limited to 21 starts last season due to back issues, but it sounds like the injury is his rear-view mirror. Owners can rest easy knowing that the top pitcher in fantasy is completely healthy heading into the season.
4:02 pm (EST)
Sergei Bobrovsky Headshot

Bobrovsky was confirmed as the starter for Sunday's game against the Rangers in NYC.

The Russian has been one of the best tenders in the league this season, with a 2.21 GAA and .925 save percentage on the year. Sunday's matchup with the Rangers will be an unstoppable force against an immovable object, as Bob faces off against a Rangers team that averages 3.34 goals per game at home.
4:02 pm (EST)
Pedro Baez Headshot

Baez (thumb) is nursing a bruised thumb that he sustained during live batting practice last week, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

The good news is the x-rays came back negative for Baez, but the thumb injury will keep the setup man from throwing unrestricted for a little while. He missed a bullpen session on Friday and was able to throw at about half-speed on Sunday. With the extended camp, the Dodgers will likely ease him back slowly, as the 28-year-old will again play an important role in their bullpen in 2017.
4:01 pm (EST)
Dan Vogelbach Headshot

Vogelbach went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in Saturday's 13-3 Cactus League victory over the Padres.

The 24-year-old is vying to platoon with lefty masher Danny Valencia at first base this season, and got his spring off to a strong start with Saturday's effort. Vogelbach packs plenty of power on his 6-foot, 250-pound frame, and worked all offseason to sharpen his defensive skills in anticipation of his expected role in 2017.
4:00 pm (EST)
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