Nearly a week after the Indiana Pacers offered talented but controversial guard Lance Stephenson a five-year, $44 million contract, the two sides remain far apart on a new deal.
Stephenson obviously wants the sun, the moon and the stars from the Pacers after leading them in both rebounds and assists last season and really just taking his game to the next level overall. However, his on-court antics, especially throughout the playoffs, are what he is most-remembered for right now and that could be a sticking point for the Pacers with regard to going with more dollars. The two sides should continue to negotiate, but it might take the involvement of a third team to really kick the discussions into high gear. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Denard Span (back) is not in the Nationals lineup on Tuesday.
Span left Monday's game with back spasms and they are causing him to miss Tuesday's game as well. Span should not be out for more than a game or two which will be a relief to Nats fans as they deal with injuries all over the diamond this season. Michael Taylor will play center and lead off for the Nationals in the second game of the Reds series. Analysis: Matt Selz
Marlins recall INF Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A New Orleans.
He will take the roster spot forfeited by Marcell Ozuna after he was demote on Sunday. Valdespin has not appeared in the majors this season while putting up solid numbers at Triple-A. In 60 games he's hitting .287/.342/.378 with one homer, and six thefts. Not sure how much playing time he will receive but he could have slight fantasy relevance if playing time is available. Analysis: Matt Selz
Marlon Byrd is not in the Reds lineup on Tuesday.
Tuesday's off day is just a day of rest for the veteran slugger. Byrd has been on a hot streak since coming off the DL June 19th and is currently in the midst of an 11-game hit streak. Skip Schumaker will draw the start against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals. Analysis: Matt Selz