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Stack The Deck: April 29
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Fred VanVleet Headshot

VanVleet was recalled from the D-League on Saturday.

With the D-League season concluded, VanVleet will return to the Raptors in advance of Monday's Game 1 against the Cavs. Expect the rookie out of Wichita State to simply provide depth at point guard.
11:28 am (EST)
Michael Taylor Headshot

Manager Dusty Baker confirmed Saturday that Taylor, who is hitting second against the Mets, will be the everyday center fielder while Adam Eaton (knee, ankle) is sidelined, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.

The Nationals are awaiting MRI results for Eaton, and Baker was emphatic that neither Trea Turner or Bryce Harper would get starts in center field while Eaton is out. Taylor has had several shots at establishing himself as an everyday player in the majors, and has yet to make good on those opportunities. Still, he has an intriguing power/speed combination that could make him useful in NL-only and deep mixed leagues in the short term. It is unclear how long Eaton will be out, but a DL stint seems likely.
11:28 am (EST)
Christian Vázquez Headshot

Vazquez went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's 5-4 win over the Cubs.

Vazquez has caught all four of Pomeranz's starts and all three of Eduardo Rodriguez's starts this season and could be in line for more work. Sandy Leon, the team's primary catcher, has slumped with just two hits over his last 35 plate appearances while Vazquez has hit safely in seven of his eight starts.
11:27 am (EST)
Pascal Siakam Headshot

Siakam was recalled from the D-League on Saturday.

Siakam helped the Raptors 905 take home the D-League championship earlier in the week, and he'll now rejoin the Raptors in advance of Monday's Game 1 against Cleveland. The rookie started at power forward for most of the first half of the season, but he all but fell out of the rotation after Toronto acquired P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka at the trade deadline.
11:27 am (EST)
Bruno Caboclo Headshot

Caboclo has been recalled from the D-League.

With the Raptors 905 taking home the D-League championship earlier in the week, Caboclo will return to the Raptors as they begin Round 2 of the postseason Monday in Cleveland. Caboclo, who is still considered a developmental prospect, likely won't make an impact for Toronto against the Cavs.
11:25 am (EST)
Christian Yelich Headshot

Yelich went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Friday's loss to the Pirates.

He now has four multi-hit performances in his last seven games, giving him a .379/.406/.517 slash line over that stretch. After hitting .300 and .298 in the last two seasons, Yelich is right back at it in 2017, hitting .303 (27-for-89) through his first 21 games.
11:25 am (EST)
Scott Darling Headshot

Following the goalie's trade from the Blackhawks on Friday, Darling's agent will have preliminary contract discussions with Hurricanes GM Ron Francis next week, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "Obviously we'd like to get something done sooner rather than later," Francis said.

With the Hurricanes missing the playoffs for the eighth straight year, Francis indicated that his focus this offseason will be improving the goaltending, and evidently it starts with reeling in Darling. The 28-year-old spent his first three seasons in Chicago, steadily increasing his workload over that time. He posted a 39-17-9 record, 2.37 GAA, .923 save percentage, and four shutouts as the understudy to Corey Crawford. Netminder Cam Ward has been with the Hurricanes for 12 years, but he's banking an unsustainable $6.3 million per season and could finally be on his way out as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018. Of course, Carolina also has Eddie Lack as an option between the pipes, but his contract will expire at the same time as Ward's, and the former Canuck has done very little to inspire confidence in team brass -- all of this bodes well for Darling and his fantasy prospects.
11:25 am (EST)
Matt Wieters Headshot

Wieters is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

Despite knocking his second homer of the season Friday, Wieters will head to the bench in favor of Jose Lobaton. The 30-year-old has collected five hits over his last three games to bring his average to .279 for the season.
11:23 am (EST)
Adam Conley Headshot

Conley (1-2) coughed up nine runs on five hits and three walks over just 1.2 innings while striking out two in Friday's loss to the Pirates.

The ninth run charged to Conley's ledger reached base on a HBP, as Pittsburgh sent 14 batters to the plate in a disastrous eight-run second inning. Conley came into Friday having allowed only six runs in four starts, but this brutal outing more than doubled his ERA to 6.86. He'll try to shake it off in his next start Wednesday on the road against the Rays.
11:22 am (EST)
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