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Jacob May Headshot

May, who had two hits as the leadoff hitter Tuesday, will not bat leadoff immediately for the White Sox, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

May has emerged as Chicago's starting center fielder after the team traded Peter Bourjos to the Rays on Monday. Renteria does not want to put the pressure of leading off on the rookie May, who has a career .273 batting average and .332 on-base percentage in the minors. May spent 14 spring games as the team's leadoff hitter and another seven in the nine-hole. If he's not hitting leadoff, it's not hard to figure out that Renteria plans to have May hit last in the order to start the season.
9:18 am (EST)
Vance Worley Headshot

The Nationals released Worley on Wednesday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

Worley, a non-roster invitee, was in the hunt for a long-relief role with the Nationals, but it looks like Jeremy Guthrie, who remains in camp, will assume that role if Washington elects to keep a long man. The 29-year-old Worley hurt his chances by coughing up nine runs on 16 hits in 15 innings during Grapefruit League play, while also turning in a 6:6 K:BB ratio. He could draw interest from other organizations as a swingman, but he'll likely have to settle for a minor-league contract wherever he lands.
9:17 am (EST)
Jose Quintana Headshot

Quintana tossed three-plus innings Tuesday against a Milwaukee minor league team, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. He allowed two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three over 48 pitches. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation," said Quintana. "I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

All across Arizona and Florida, team aces were getting in a final tune up Tuesday and it was no different for Quintana, who will start Opening Day next Monday against the Tigers. The left-hander has managed to compartmentalize the incessant trade rumors swirling him and pitched well during spring training and the World Baseball Classic. There's no reason to think the rumor will impact him once the regular season starts.
8:58 am (EST)
Tyler Saladino Headshot

Saladino could return to action Wednesday after receiving treatment for his bruised left wrist Tuesday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. "He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," manager Rick Renteria said.

Saladino didn't play Tuesday and it may be that the White Sox give him another day. Prior to the injury, Saladino had appeared to be the likely starter at second base. If the injury lingers, Yolmer Sanchez or Leury Garcia will benefit.
8:51 am (EST)
Tyler Ennis Headshot

Ennis supplied 11 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one assist and one steal across 27 minutes in a 119-108 loss to the Wizards on Tuesday.

Coach Luke Walton's decision to phase Nick Young out of the rotation has worked to the benefit of Ennis, who has seen more than 25 minutes in the last two contests while hitting double figures in scoring on both occasions. Since backcourt starters Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell are more integral parts of the rebuilding Lakers' future and aren't at risk of getting shut down, Ennis doesn't figure to absorb much more court time than he's currently receiving, but a 25-minute role could make him appealing roster filler in deeper leagues over the final two weeks of the season.
8:39 am (EST)
Dallas Keuchel Headshot

Keuchel allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over 4.2 innings in Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Brian McTaggart of the Astros' official site reports.

Compared to Keuchel's other spring outings, Tuesday's was a bit of a slog for the left-hander. He needed 90 pitches had a few stressful innings. And that can be a good thing -- working with runners on and putting the body through a little stress. Despite Tuesday's results, Keuchel has had a good spring and the shoulder is much better than it was in 2016. He'll be taking the ball Opening Day in Houston against Seattle on April 3rd.
8:37 am (EST)
Larry Nance Headshot

Nance collected four points (2-6 FG), 11 rebounds, two blocks and one assist across 24 minutes in a 119-108 loss to the Wizards on Tuesday.

Coach Luke Walton's decision to shut down Luol Deng after the All-Star break and gradually phase Nick Young out of the rotation has worked to the benefit of Nance, who has picked up 20-plus minutes in all but three of the Lakers' 16 games in March. While Nance's scoring contributions remain volatile from game to game, he's been a regular fixture on the glass, having now pulled down at least seven boards in three consecutive contests. With Walton eager to give his youngsters plenty of run over the final two weeks of the season, Nance have some usefulness for owners in deeper leagues during the fantasy playoffs.
8:36 am (EST)
Julius Randle Headshot

Randle provided six points (2-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, five assists and one block across 32 minutes in a 119-108 loss to the Wizards on Tuesday.

It appeared that Randle might have had a breakthrough after turning in a 23-point, 12-rebound double-double in last Friday's win over the Timberwolves, but he's since reverted to his inconsistent ways. He's scored a combined 10 points (on 4-of-14 shooting) and grabbed 15 rebounds over the last two contests, despite receiving favorable matchups against up-tempo attacks in the Trail Blazers and Wizards. The third-year big man still offers tantalizing upside in DFS contests, but his boom-or-bust nature makes him a more viable play in tournaments rather than cash games.
8:32 am (EST)
Otto Porter Headshot

Porter tallied 16 points (7-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one assist across 30 minutes in a 119-108 win over the Lakers on Tuesday.

Porter remains a key cog in the Wizards attack, but his performances have been a little more muted over the past month, perhaps as a byproduct of trade deadline pickup Bojan Bogdanovic providing some more relief to the team's starting wings. He's averaging 12.1 points (on 49.4% shooting from the field), 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.4 steals in 30.9 minutes per game in March, numbers that should still make him a staple in lineups for season-long leagues. However, since he's popped for 20 points in a game just once on the month, his ceiling as a DFS play looks to be somewhat limited.
8:29 am (EST)
Kelly Oubre Headshot

Oubre produced 14 points (5-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal across 26 minutes in a 119-108 win over the Lakers on Tuesday.

Over the first half of March, it seemed Oubre was on his way out of the rotation after seeing single-digit minutes or no playing time at all in five of the first nine games of the month, but he's since picked up his play. He's seen double-digit minutes in the subsequent seven contests and has scored in double figures in the last two of those games, both of which were competitive wins. Oubre looks like he'll be one of the Wizards' top options off the bench as they look to improve their playoff positioning over the final eight games.
8:25 am (EST)
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