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Omar Infante went 3-for-5 with two RBI, one stolen base and one run scored in the Royals 4-2 victory over the A's.

The Royals touched up Athletics starter Scott Kazmir for 10 hits and four earned runs in six innings of work. Infante was at the center of the hit explosion, driving in two and scoring once. Infante is having a down year at the plate overall, slashing .265/.306/.366 with five home runs. He'll look to get things back and finish the last one-third of the season on a high note. ANALYST:

Ben McLemore is receiving trade interest the from Cleveland Cavaliers.

McLemore would be a cheap option if the Cavs are able to land him. He would provide some back-court depth that they could use as well. Other than Iman Shumpert, they have no real threats on the wing when J.R. Smith and LeBron James need a breather. McLemore's playing time would take a severe hit, but he would be far away from the black hole that is the Sacramento Kings. Analysis: James Grande

Lions have signed LB Jerry Franklin.

After not appearing in a single game in the 2015 season, Franklin has been signed by the Lions. He'll likely report to the practice squad, because at 28, no team is looking for an LB that's been nothing more than a backup his whole career to come in and suddenly help their team to the Super Bowl. Franklin's appeared in 20 career games and has made 12 tackles. Hoo-rah.  Analysis: James Grande

White Sox are showing interest in free-agent Ian Desmond.

With Alexei Ramirez signing in San Diego, the White Sox are left with Tyler Saladino at short-stop. Saladino is a career .225 hitter so adding Desmond isn't a bad idea. Even though Desmond had the worst average of his career in 2015, he still managed to hit 19 homers and drive in 62 runs. That's the fourth consecutive season he's reached those numbers. Desmond would provide some pop to the Sox order, but they would have to deal with his less than stellar defense. Analysis: James Grande

Panthers sign punter Swayze Waters.

First and foremost, what a name. It's an all-timer, if we're being honest. Anyways, Waters was the 2014 special teams player of the year in the CFL. He was the teams punter but also kicked field-goals, connecting on 47-of-52 attempts. Waters was injured with a hip ailment for most of 2015. What a way to reward an injured punter with a hip injury! "Hey, come punt in the NFL!" Analysis: James Grande

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has torn the labrum in his right shoulder again. He will require surgery and is out indefinitely.

Kidd-Gilchrist was only able to play in seven games this season a shoulder injury in Wednesday nights game against the Pacers will likely end his season. This will now be two straight seasons MKG was lost due to injury. Charlotte's patience has to be running thin. If he's out for the duration of the season, Jeremy Lamb and P.J. Hairston benefit the most. They'll take on a bigger role, Lamb being the stronger candidate. Analysis: James Grande

Hassan Whiteside has been suspended one game for elbowing Boban Marjanovic.

Whiteside, who's been quite the headcase since making a name for himself last year, strikes again. He's in a contract year, so this is not a good look for him. His minutes have seemingly shrunk with each passing month and he's even been coming off of the bench over the last five games. Whiteside needs to get his head on straight and stop focusing on what he 2k rating is, and more on being the best player, and person, he can be. Analysis: James Grande

Padres plan to use Wil Myers at first base full-time in 2016.

The number four overall prospect heading into the 2013 season according to Baseball America has yet to stay healthy in any of his three professional seasons. He did, however, win rookie of the year in 2013 with the Rays and he did so in just 88 games. Last season, Myers was expected to try and play CF for the Padres but that came to a halt because of injury. This year, he'll attempt to tackle 1B, where he's played 24 professional games. Analysis: James Grande

Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo is "likely" to be cut this offseason.

After coming out of college, Mayo was a dominant linebacker for five seasons. He was hard hitting, always around the ball, and had over 100 tackles in four out of the five seasons. But the injury bug struck, and he hasn't been the same player since. He did play in all 16 games this season, but as the team's fourth linebacker. He still made 47 tackles, but isn't nearly the same player as he was earlier in his career. Analysis: James Grande

Dodgers are talking to numerous teams about the availability of IF/OF Alex Guerrero.

The Dodgers have a plethora of outfielders and corner infielders, so there isn't enough at-bats to go around. Guerrero, just like much of last season, seems to be the the odd one out. With that said, Guerrero showed that he has some serious pop in his bat. He hit 11 homers in 219 AB last season. It also helps that he can play multiple positions. There will be more use for him then someone who's glued to one spot. He has a better chance of getting more playing time elsewhere. Analysis: James Grande

Justin Tuck will sign a one-day contract with Giants before retiring.

It only makes sense for Tuck to retire with the team he helped win two Super Bowls. No to mention he had 60.5 sacks with the team. Good for sixth in New York Giants history. After spending the last two seasons in Oakland, Tuck decided to hang up his cleats. He's had a prolific career and will likely find himself in the Giants Hall of Fame sooner rather than later. Analysis: James Grande

Suns assigned Jordan McRae to the D-League.

In the midst of his second 10-day contract with the team, McRae was sent back to the D-League, but not to stay. He was sent down so he could participate in the D-League all-star game. He'll likely rejoin the team after the game is complete. The Suns have had terrible luck all season long and have a scroll's worth of injuries. That helps McRae and if he can perform well in the last few days of his contract, could find himself with a deal for the remainder of the season. Analysis: James Grande

Panthers have voided the contract of Jerricho Cotchery.

Just days after an awful showing at the Super Bowl, Cotchery has been released of his duties and is now a free agent. Cotchery had a number of critical drops during the biggest game of his life. With Kelvin Benjamin set to return next year, the Panthers don't need Cotchery for the future. Cotchery will be 34 by the time next season begins, so his career might be over. Analysis: James Grande

Houston has started contacting teams about trading Dwight Howard.

With the Rockets no longer the same Western Conference challengers as they were last season, they are clearly thinking of the future. Dwight has played some exceptional basketball and could be the perfect fit to a team in need of a center who's getting it done on both ends of the floor. Dwight is expected to opt-out of his contract and test free agency this offseason, so the Rockets are going to try very hard to get some young talent or some draft picks in return. Analysis: James Grande

Toney Douglas is expected to start for the Pelicans on Thursday.

With Bryce Dejean-Jones no longer under contract, Douglas will join Norris Cole in the Pelicans starting back-court. The Pelicans have been decimated with injuries, so Douglas has gotten a chance in a backup role in recent weeks. He's played 16 minutes per game over his last five outings, so expect that number to be increased now that's he's entered the starting lineup. Even though he's starting, he's still not worthy of any fantasy attention. Analysis: James Grande

NFL reportedly upholds Vontaze Burfict's three-game suspension after the appeal.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone who actually watched the Bengals-Steelers wild card game. Burfict lost control and opted to go head-hunting as his team was looking at yet another playoff loss and should have actually been ejected from the game. Some may not think the punishment fits the crime, but at least the NFL is taking a proper stand against this type of on-field behavior. Analysis: Howard Bender

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