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DFS NHL PLAYBOOK: MARCH 23
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Marcus Stroman Headshot

Stroman threw six shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three during Team USA's Wednesday victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game.

Only 44 of his 73 pitches resulted in a strike, but to log that many innings on that crisp a count proved efficient, and that approach makes his current and future fantasy owners smile. Stroman's strikeout rate doesn't befit that of a fantasy ace, and the right-hander comes in a notch below that tier. Still, even after the added WBC stretch, the control- and groundball-happy right-hander should chew up close to 200 innings and could enjoy a bump in whiffs now that he's another year removed from a torn ACL.
10:10 am (EST)
Derrick Rose Headshot

Rose suffered a sore right foot in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz, but X-rays came back negative, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports.

Rose was able to return after picking up the injury in the third quarter, finishing the night with 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-3 FT), six assists and one rebound in 32 minutes. While it looks like his injury is only a minor concern, the non-contending Knicks could opt to hold him out of the second half of the back-to-back set Thursday against the Trail Blazers. Expect the Knicks to make an official call on Rose's status in the hours leading up to the 10:00 p.m. ET tip time, but if he ends up sitting out, Ron Baker and Chasson Randle would likely cover most of the minutes at point guard.
10:06 am (EST)
Kyle Korver Headshot

Korver (foot) provided nine points (3-9 FG, 3-8 3Pt), one rebound and one assist across 19 minutes in a 126-113 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Korver didn't display his usual accuracy from three-point range in his return from a seven-game absence, but he should have a chance to regain a few more minutes in contests once he becomes further removed from the foot injury. Fortunately for Korver, J.R. Smith (three points on 1-of-7 shooting) was fairly unimpressive in his move to the starting five, so it appears the playing time at shooting guard could still be very much up for grabs.
9:55 am (EST)
Angel Pagan Headshot

Pagan went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic championship game loss to Team USA. He hit .303 (8-for-31) in seven games for Puerto Rico.

Pagan remains a free agent but showed he's worthy of a big league job in the WBC and also showed he's healthy. Pagan was close to signing with Baltimore earlier this spring before failing a physical, Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reports. Atlanta was reportedly interested in signing Pagan before the WBC started, so it may not be long until he signs with a MLB team.
9:55 am (EST)
Josh Archibald Headshot

Archibald was recalled from AHL WIlkes/Barre-Scranton on Thursday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Archibald has been up with the Pens in an earlier stint this season, scoring two goals across three games played. The 24-year-old will once again provide Pittsburgh with forward depth -- a position where injuries have started to rack up since Archibald was sent down on March 16.
9:53 am (EST)
Shane Greene Headshot

Greene said his struggles this spring are a result of working on his mechanics, not lingering finger numbness he's been dealing with, MLB.com reports.

Blood circulation issues led to surgery two years ago for Greene, and the fingers on his right hand will still occasionally go cold or numb. However, he said he's gotten used to the feeling, and his struggles this spring are more due to mechanics. "I think what was happening was, for me, when I tell myself to stay back, I slow my arm down," Greene said. "All spring training I've been trying to get my arm to catch up. I finally stopped thinking about it, and it caught up, and everything felt great." The righty gave up seven runs on 11 hits over his first four innings this spring, but he's pitched five straight scoreless innings since.
9:53 am (EST)
Mike Dunleavy Headshot

Dunleavy (ankle) contributed nine points (3-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal across 15 minutes in a 104-100 loss to the Wizards on Wednesday.

It was Dunleavy's first appearance since Feb. 24, as a case of right ankle synovitis has sidelined him for nearly a month. Dunleavy should be able to provide the Hawks with a three-point shooting presence off the bench when called upon, but he could be at risk of losing his rotation spot when Kent Bazemore (knee) returns to action.
9:50 am (EST)
Brad Boxberger Headshot

Boxberger (back) is scheduled to take a week off throwing before building back up, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

It was announced Monday that Boxberger would unlikely be ready prior to Opening Day, as he continues do deal with a strained lat muscle that has plagued him since early-March. The penciled-in set-up man won't be ready for the opener, but still aims to return to the Rays at some point in April. Until then, the Rays will have to mix and match with the likes of Xavier Cedeno, Erasmo Ramirez and Danny Farquhar in the seventh and eighth innings.
9:48 am (EST)
Andrew Ladd Headshot

Ladd scored on a third-period power play Wednesday, and the goal held up as the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers.

It's been a tough first year in New York for Ladd, but at least he's now reached 20 goals for the sixth time in his career. Of course, he also has only eight assists and a minus-12 rating, so his fantasy owners haven't exactly been enjoying the ride. Ladd is only 30 years old, but he's got a lot of mileage, so it's far from clear that he'll ever return to his old 50-to-60-point level.
9:48 am (EST)
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