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Mitchell Marner Headshot

Marner was added to Canada's roster for the IIHF World Championships, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.

Marner became available after the Maple Leafs fell to the Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 19-year-old's last international experience came during the 2015-16 campaign when he recorded six points in five games during the World Junior Championships. Marner enjoyed a solid rookie campaign in which he managed 19 goals and 42 assists with a respectable 176 shots on goal, and it appears that the sky is the limit for he and the rest of this young Maple Leafs team going forward.
3:57 pm (EST)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Headshot

Vlasic will join Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.

Vlasic not only saw a dip in production -- 28 points this season compared to 39 in 2015-16 -- but saw nearly two minutes less of ice time versus last year. The 30-year-old registered three helpers -- two of which came on the power play -- during the playoffs, yet couldn't help his team avoid a first-round exit.
3:55 pm (EST)
Joey Rickard Headshot

Rickard is playing left field and batting leadoff Friday against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

Rickard will draw the start in his first game after being activated from the disabled list earlier Friday. He'll take over in left field for Hyun Soo Kim as the Yankees send southpaw CC Sabathia to the mound.
3:55 pm (EST)
Chad Johnson Headshot

Johnson will take part in the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.

Johnson will likely be eager to get onto the ice considering the Flames used him for just two periods during their brief Stanley Cup playoffs appearance. On the year, the netminder posted an 18-15-1 recording -- including a trio of shutouts -- along with a .910 save percentage. Once he is done representing his country, the 30-year-old will probably turn his focus to next season as he looks for a new contract -- which may or may not be with Calgary.
3:51 pm (EST)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia Headshot

Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Friday, John Lott of the Athletic reports.

The Blue Jays finally ran out of patience with Saltalamacchia, who has struggled mightily at the plate this season. After a disappointing 2016 in which he hit for a .171 batting average, the veteran catcher is slashing .040/.077/.040 in his 26 plate appearances so far in 2017.
3:49 pm (EST)
Luke Maile Headshot

Maile was promoted to the Blue Jays' big-league roster on Friday, John Lott of the Athletic reports.

Maile will take the place of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was designated for assignment on Friday. So far with Triple-A Buffalo this season, the 26-year-old catcher has slashed .195/.214/.195 in 42 plate appearances. He'll likely provide mostly defensive value as backup catcher for the Blue Jays this season.
3:46 pm (EST)
Nail Yakupov Headshot

Yakupov (undisclosed) will not be available for Game 2 against the Predators on Friday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

Yakupov will miss his 12th straight contest with this ailment and has yet to join his teammates for practice. The Blues have provided very little information on the former first-round pick, which isn't surprising considering he was used infrequently since being brought in via trade. Even once cleared, the pending free agent may keep watching from the press box.
3:44 pm (EST)
Nelson Cruz Headshot

Cruz was scratched from Friday's contest against the Indians with a leg cramp, Shannon Drayer of MyNorthwest.com reports.

Not much else is known given the vague diagnosis, so expect another update once the Mariners release more on Cruz's status. Taylor Motter replaced him in the lineup for the game.
3:44 pm (EST)
Didi Gregorius Headshot

Gregorius is starting at shortstop and batting sixth Friday against the Orioles.

Gregorius will slot right back into the starting lineup after being activated from the disabled list earlier Friday. He'll continue to serve as the Yankees' everyday shortstop moving forward.
3:38 pm (EST)
James McCann Headshot

McCann is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the White Sox.

It appears to be a normal day off for McCann, as Alex Avila will instead get the start. The 26-year-old catcher has gotten off to a hot-and-cold start as a hitter this season. While he has hit for a disappointing .173 batting average, he has also slugged five home runs.
3:37 pm (EST)
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