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Texans scoop up veteran WR Nate Washington
Nate Washington | HOU
(April 1, 2015 4:00 PM EDT)
Texans signed WR Nate Washington, formerly of the Titans.
Washington, 32 in August, posted a 40-647-2 line for the Titans last season, operating as the No. 2/3 receiver. The Texans' depth chart is unsettled behind unquestioned No. 1 wideout DeAndre Hopkins, with Cecil Shorts the early favorite for No. 2 duties, but it's a position Houston will likely address in the draft. If he makes the team, Washington should fill a situational deep threat role.
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Broncos acquire C Gino Gradkowski from Ravens
Gino Gradkowski | DEN
(April 1, 2015 3:07 PM EDT)
Broncos acquired C Gino Gradkowski and a 2016 fifth-round pick from the Ravens in exchange for a 2016 fourth-round pick.
Gradkowski, the 98th pick in the 2012 draft, started all 16 games for the Ravens in 2013 but was PFF's worst center. He played just 10 snaps last season after losing his job to Jeremy Zuttah. Ex-Ravens OC Gary Kubiak -- now Denver's head coach -- must have liked what he saw from Gradkowski in practice. He's the leader in the clubhouse to take over as the Broncos' starting center.
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Rondon scratched Wed. due to sore shoulder
Bruce Rondon | DET
(April 1, 2015 4:19 PM EDT)
Bruce Rondon was scratched from a scheduled appearance Wednesday due to shoulder soreness.
It's obviously a bad time for the 24-year-old flame-thrower to be developing an arm injury. Rondon may now be in danger of missing the start of the regular season. "If he can’t pitch, obviously it’s a lot tougher to be on the team," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday. "From that sense, it’s a big concern."
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Warren officially named Yankees' No. 5 SP
Adam Warren | NYY
(April 1, 2015 4:16 PM EDT)
Adam Warren has officially been named the Yankees' fifth starter.
Warren won the job this spring by posting a 2.70 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 11/1 K/BB ratio across 16 2/3 Grapefruit League innings. The 27-year-old right-hander owns a 3.47 ERA and 8.0 K/9 in 158 career major league frames and should have early value in AL-only fantasy formats.
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Shabazz Napier (hernia) out for regular season
Shabazz Napier | MIA
(April 1, 2015 4:26 PM EDT)
Shabazz Napier had successful surgery for a sports hernia and will miss the rest of the regular season.
There's a chance of Napier making it back in the postseason with the Heat currently sitting the seven spot for the Eastern Conference standings. Napier was already leapfrogged by Tyler Johnson and doesn't get consistent minutes anyway. He'll look to improve next season.
Alex Len (broken nose) out for one week
Alex Len | PHO
(April 1, 2015 3:57 PM EDT)
Alex Len (nose) will miss one week after suffering a broken nose on Monday.
Just when he was getting it going, Len gets hurt again. He can be dropped in just about all leagues considering he's going to miss almost half of the Suns' remaining games. With Len out, Brandan Wright is now back to being a must-own player in all leagues. Expect to see some Markieff Morris at the five while Earl Barron could play some as well.
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Rangers get Martin St. Louis back vs. Wild
Martin St. Louis | NYR
(April 1, 2015 3:32 PM EDT)
Martin St. Louis will return to the lineup on Thursday night.
Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that St. Louis would play after missing eight games with a sprained MCL. St. Louis had three points in seven matches during the month of March before he was injured. Get him back in your lineup if you normally would.
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Johnny Gaudreau earns Rookie of the Month
Johnny Gaudreau | CAL
(April 1, 2015 2:38 PM EDT)
Johnny Gaudreau has been named the NHL's rookie of the month for March.
He led all first-year players with 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 15 games. Gaudreau is the leading scorer among rookies with 60 points in 76 games thanks in large part to a successful showing in March.


Tim Clark (elbow) withdraws from the Masters
Tim Clark | PGA
(April 1, 2015 1:42 PM EDT)
Tim Clark will not compete in next week's Masters due to ongoing problems with his left elbow.
While disappointing, it's not a surprise. Clark has been out since grinding through a T30 at the Sony Open in Hawaii over two-and-a-half months ago. He committed to the Humana Challenge but withdrew before the opening round. The two-time PGA TOUR winner has played in every edition of the season's first major since 2003. He's currently 59th in the Official World Golf Ranking, but not yet eligible for any of the three remaining majors.
Report: Cabrera's son driver in fatal crash
Ángel Cabrera | PGA
(April 1, 2015 10:55 AM EDT)
Federico Cabrera, son of two-time major champion Ángel, was seriously injured when the car he was driving drove off a bridge, killing his passenger.
It occurred in Río Ceballos in Cabrera's native Argentina. Federico lost control of the vehicle (a Camaro) on a short bridge over a river. His airbag deployed. Luis Duarte, who was also in the car, died. The guard rails on the bridge were allegedly torn off during a flood in February. Ángel is scheduled to compete in this week's Shell Houston Open. He's booked to go off the first tee at the Golf Club of Houston at 1:10 p.m. ET in Thursday's opening round, but it would be surprising if he remains committed to play.


Regan Smith is super-sub
Regan Smith | 707
(April 1, 2015 10:38 AM EDT)
Regan Smith has been a super substitute in the early part of the 2015 season. Driving in relief for Kurt Busch he finished 16th at Daytona, 17th at Atlanta, and 16th at Vegas. Last week, he was pressed into service again for Kyle Larson and finished 16th at Martinsville.
The 2015 season is being marked by the need for substitute drivers with Kurt Busch’s suspension, Kyle Busch’s injury, and Brian Vickers’ medical condition. One does not know when Smith might return to the cockpit, but if he does it will be extremely valuable for fantasy owners to be aware of his record.
Michael McDowell in top 2/3rds
Michael McDowell | 95
(April 1, 2015 10:28 AM EDT)
Michael McDowell has made only three attempts in the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Ford, but he has been a surprisingly good value most weeks. His average finish of 29th puts him ahead of one third of the teams competing.
McDowell’s best finish was a 27th at Atlanta and his worst was a 31st at Daytona. That narrow range of results makes him predictable, which is one of the best traits a driver can have in fantasy games.