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Marcin Gortat ties career-high with 31 points to go with 16 boards, two assists, a steal, and a block to help the Wizards ward off elimination with their Game 5 victory.

Gortat was playing on a different level on Tuesday night, posting a monster double-double to give the Wizards a fighting chance to remain in contention. Although it is unlikely he will be able to shoot 86.7 percent from the field in back-to-back games, this is the type of effort that could carry over only his teammates and give the Wizards the momentum they need to make it to the next round. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Phil Coke placed on release waivers. Will become a free agent on Thursday afternoon, and already has interest from six teams.

Coke appeared in 16 games for the Cubs this year and has a 6.30 ERA this season. However, he's been the victim of a .406 BABIP and 64.1 percent strand rate, so luck certainly was not on his side. He should catch on somewhere, but his fantasy value will remain nil. Analysis: Brett Talley

Seahawks just announced they have signed draft picks Frank Clark and Tyler Lockett to their rookie contracts.

Lockett was the Seahawks third round pick out of Kansas St. where he excelled in the return game as well as the passing attack. Clark was the Seahawks second round pick out of Michigan where he will look to bolster the Seahawks defensive line.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Update: Cavaliers GM David Griffin said that Kyrie Irving is not on a hard minutes limit, but the instruction is to play him in shorter bursts.

With a 3-0 lead over the Hawks, there's absolutely no reason for the Cavs to push Kyrie in Game 4. They're going to need all hands on deck and at full strength if they're going to knock off Golden State (probably). Analysis: Brett Talley

Cory Luebke, who recently started throwing live batting practice in Arizona, will move to simulated game there Tuesday.

Luebke hasn't pitched since 2012 after undergoing two season ending elbow surgeries. The Padres will hope that despite the elbow surgeries he can regain the form that saw him strikeout 195 batters over 188.1 career innings. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

In first rehab start for Buffalo Tuesday night, Dioner Navarro doubled in three at bats, caught seven innings and picked a runner off first.

This is a great first start for Navarro but he's a man without a role given the Blue Jays needing to carry Josh Thole to catch Dickey and Russell Martin securing the everyday catcher's role. Navarro was seeing time at DH but with Bautista unable to play the field due to a shoulder injury it seems unlikely they would sit Bautista in favor of Navarro. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Giants second-year cornerback Bennett Jackson is spending the offseason transitioning to safety.

Bennett was a sixth round pick last season but saw injuries derail his rookie season. Given the Giants struggles in their secondary it would make sense they would work with Jackson on transitioning to safety as it will allow him to offer more depth in the secondary. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jonathan Lucroy (toe) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Brevard County on Wednesday.

The Brewers are expected to activate Lucroy from the DL on Monday which will give him a handful of rehab games for the remaining of the week. Lucroy appeared in just 12 games this season before getting injury, hitting .133 with three runs and one RBI. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Mike Mitchell had surgery in the offseason to repair a groin injury.

Mitchell played through his groin injury during the season but admitted it limited his ability. With the offseason surgery he will look to enter camp healthier and improve his production from 2014 at safety.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

DeSean Jackson did not participate Tuesday in OTAs, but will join the team next week.

A veteran like Jackson does not need OTA's to be ready for the start of camp but he should be ready to go when mini camp gets underway. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Update: Dylan Bundy will have an MRI on his shoulder Wednesday.

Bundy was scratched from his expected start on Tuesday due to shoulder soreness but the Orioles are hopeful that the MRI will show nothing more than tendonitis. Either way Bundy will be shut down until further notice. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Browns signed free agent LB Mike Reilly.

Reilly is signed as an undrafted free-agent out of William & Mary. He will look to compete during camp for a role on special teams while adding depth at the linebacking core. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Cliff Avril will not attend OTAs this week due to a family issue.

A veteran of Avril's status likely does not need OTA's to be ready for mandatory minicamp. Avril is coming off a solid season where he totaled 23 tackles, five sacks and one forced fumble for the NFC Champion Seahawks. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Chris Denorfia (hamstring) remains sidelined but is getting closer to returning to action.

Denorfia was off to a hot start with the Cubs, hitting .429 over the first 12 games of the season before getting injured. It's unknown if he will return to a starting or platoon role once healthy enough to do so. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Patriots signed LB Dane Fletcher to a one-year deal.

Fletcher was a popular player among fans during his first stint with the Patriots and will provide solid depth at the linebacking position as well as being a key contributor on special teams. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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