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Chris Paul doubled up with 22 points and 14 assists in the Game 7 victory over the Warriors Saturday.

Paul was able to bounce back from a nine point performance in Game 6, posting what was his third double-double of the opening round. He is now averaging 17.4 points, 9.0 assists, 4.7 rebound and 3.1 steals through the first seven games of the playoffs. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Miguel Castro will open the season in the majors.

Castro flew under the radar in the minors last season, but is making the rare jump from A-Ball to the majors. This is thanks to his (likely) temporary move to the bullpen for the Spring, which enabled his stuff to tick up a bit in shorter outings. He's likely next in line to receive saves should Brett Cecil fail, and the 20-year old is worth keeping an eye on.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Mark Hendrickson, who was in big league camp with the Orioles this spring, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Hendrickson, 40, made his major league debut in 2002, and has found success in the majors as a starter and later as a reliever, throwing 1169.0 innings in the majors.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Padres optioned Cory Mazzoni to Triple-A El Paso.

The 25-year old will start the year in the minors after throwing 52 innings to the tune of a 4.67 ERA in Triple-A last season. Mazzoni, a starter, is unlikely to see time in the majors this year other than as a long man due to the Padres' bullpen depth. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Update: Munenori Kawasaki has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

Kawasaki was sent to minor league camp, and other than being a very good defender he doesn't have a ton of big league value. That being said, he's likely to bounce between Triple-A and the MLB due to the Blue Jays' lack of infield depth.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Update: Coach Lionel Hollins says Thaddeus Young is starting on Tuesday with no restrictions.

Young missed two games with a knee strain, but appears to be totally healthy now and should see a full complement of minutes.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Twins released catcher Kyle Knudson and outfielder Mike Kvasnicka.

Knudson, 26, hit .215 in Double-A last season, while Kvasnicka, also 26, hit .257 with ten home runs in 110 games at the same level in 2014. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Royals released first baseman Mark Threlkeld.

The 24-year old hit .246 in Double-A last season with nine home runs in 85 games, and is likely just going to be first base depth with any club that he signs with.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

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