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The Phillies have taked to the Orioles about a potential Jonathan Papelbon trade but would have to eat a significant portion of Papelbon's salary in order to complete a deal, MASNsports.com reports. The Orioles are still looking for a closing option after a deal with Grant Balfour fell through Friday, while the Phillies have reportedly been willing to package Papelbon with outfielder Domonic Brown in a deal.

Sean Nolin will start for the Athletics on Sunday.

Nolin was battling a groin injury and was forced to sit out a couple of weeks down in Triple-A. The A's have decided to call him up and join the team Sunday to make the spot start. He will likely finish the year in the big leagues.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Chase Utley batting cleanup Friday for first time since July 27, 2013.

The Dodgers are putting faith in Utley and batting him fourth on Friday. Since joining the Dodgers, Utley is hitting .227 with one home run and 3 RBI.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Andre Ethier is not in the Dodgers lineup on Friday.

Ethier is day-to-day with a swollen knee and will be held out of the lineup Friday for the Dodgers. With Puig having a down year, Ethier has gotten time in the outfield playing in 113 games hitting .293 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI. Carl Crawford or Scott Van Slyke will get the start in his place tonight.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Wil Myers has returned to the Padres lineup on Friday.

Myers has faced an injury plagued 2015 season but has returned to the lineup for the Padres on Friday. With this season a wash fantasy wise for Myers, he hopes to stay healthy and produce the last month of the season. In 35 games to this point, Myers is hitting .277 with five home runs and 19 RBI.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Karlos Williams says he expects to play Week 1.

With the uncertainty surrounding the injury to McCoy, Williams may be the next man up to start for the Bills come Week 1. With or without a healthy McCoy, Williams will still see the field starting the year.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Angels 2B Johnny Giavotella has been suffering from fourth nerve palsy.

Giavotella has been out since late August with the nerve condition and the Angels are unsure if he will be able to return this year. He was putting together a fine season for LA after getting the chance to get some playing time. He was hitting .265 with three home runs and 40 RBI before going out with the illness.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Bills released Jonathan Meeks.

Meeks who was drafted in 2013 for the Bills was being thrown around in trade talks but the Bills were unable to find any suitors so they opted to release the Safety.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Dante Rosario has been released by the Bears.

Rosario did not play a big role in the preseason for the Bears and in turn has been released. He played in all 16 games for the Bears last season but only accumulated 116 yards. He will likely get some looks from other teams but is not a shoe in to be playing come the regular season.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Kyle Brindza has won the Buccaneers kicking job.

Brindza has impressed this preseason for the Bucs and has won the starting job over last year's kicker Patrick Murray. Murray missed two field goals last game and that was likely the final straw for him.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Bears S Anthony Jefferson scheduled to have surgery to repair his arm injury on Tuesday.

Rookie Safety Jefferson fractured his arm in yesterday's game and will need surgery to repair it. It is still unclear how long he will miss due to the injury but will start the year on the IR.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Free agent guard Kendall Marshall finalizing multi-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Marshall is finalizing a deal with the 76ers and will bring them some depth at the PG this upcoming season. Last year playing for the Bucks he averaged 4.2 points in 28 games. If he can find his game when playing for the Lakers two years back he will be an asset for this 76ers team.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Nelson Cruz (quad) is not in the Mariners lineup on Friday.

Nelson Cruz exited the game on Wednesday with a quad strain and is likely he is out of the lineup tonight due to this injury. Cruz is batting .310 with 39 home runs and 82 RBI. Keep an eye on the injury as it could affect his status in the upcoming games for the Mariners.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Tyler Cravy's (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Friday. He is expected to rejoin the team Monday

Cravy has been on the disabled list since mid-August and should be able to return to the team on Monday. In five starts for the Brewers this year Cravy has not been effective at all going 0-5 with a 6.67 ERA. The struggles may have been related to the elbow issue he was fighting before going on the DL.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

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