Closer controversy in Toronto? 

September, 1, 2014
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When Aaron Sanchez recorded a six-out save for Toronto on Saturday, it raised questions about whether Casey Janssen is still the Blue Jays closer. Who will take the ball in the ninth for the Jays over the final month of the regular season?
Rumors that the New England Patriots might trade backup QB Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans were standard fare here on Rumor Central from the minute that former Pats OC Bill O'Brien took over as the Texans head coach. The two sides finally pulled off the swap on Sunday.

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Reduced role for Hahn down the stretch? 

September, 1, 2014
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Young right-hander Jesse Hahn (7-3, 3.00 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) has been one of the bright spot in an otherwise forgettable season for the San Diego Padres, but don't be surprised if you see less of him in September.

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Rizzo returning on Monday? 

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Anthony Rizzo's lower back tightness kept him out of Chicago's four-game series against St. Louis, and now the question is whether the Cubs slugging first baseman will return on Monday for the series-opener against Milwaukee.

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What can we expect from Wheaton? 

September, 1, 2014
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Second-year WR Markus Wheaton had a yawner of a preseason, as he caught only five passes for 67 yards and a score. It's an innocuous stat line that has garnered him very little buzz in Fantasyland. To wit, in ESPN leagues, Wheaton currently is averaging out as the No. 53 wideout coming off of draft boards -- 143rd overall.

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When Ellsbury returns to the lineup 

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Jacoby Ellsbury appeared in Sunday's New York Yankees game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, but a sprained ankle has kept him out of the starting lineup since Friday.

When can the Yankees expect to pencil Ellsbury back into the top spot in the batting order? Here's the latest on that.

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Carlos Gomez to miss time? 

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Milwaukee begins the month of September tied with St. Louis atop the National League Central division with an important series in Chicago against the Cubs. But the Brewers also enter the month with some questions surrounding the health of key center fielder Carlos Gomez.

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How hot is Jeff Fisher's seat? 

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Jeff Fisher had an incredible 17-year run as head coach of the Tennessee Titans franchise, dating back to their days as the Houston Oilers. He had the complete devotion of owner Bud Adams, which gave him longevity, despite stretches when the team struggled.

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Rajon Rondo, agent refute trade request 

September, 1, 2014
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Comments from ESPNBoston.com's Jackie McMullen regarding Rajon Rondo and his trade request were swiftly refuted by the agency that represents the point guard.

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The Tennessee Titans had Travis Coons and Maikon Bonani battling for their starting kicker job during the preseason. Coons was the initial winner, as they released Bonani when they dropped down to 53 players. However, neither was very convincing in exhibition action, so it was expected that they would comb free agency for a veteran upgrade.

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Grizz: Franklin out; Hancock in 

September, 1, 2014
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The Memphis Grizzlies made a roster move on Sunday and later in the day they agreed to terms with the a free agent, according to a report.

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Future in doubt for Chargers G Clary? 

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In recent weeks, the San Diego Chargers have been coy about the status of guard Jeromey Clary, who had been slow to recover from offseason shoulder and hip surgeries. He remained on the PUP list throughout training camp and the preseason and was added to the reserve PUP list for the regular season last week.

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LA Clippers next two moves 

September, 1, 2014
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The Los Angeles Clippers increased their room under the 2014-15 hard cap on Friday when the released swingman Carlos Delfino and center Miroslav Raduljica a few days after they were acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks. The Clippers, down to 11 players under contract, used the "stretch" provision to improve their flexibility to sign free agents and they reportedly are close to two deals.

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How will Browns split carries? 

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Those of us who held on to Ben Tate for years in keeper leagues, while he battled injuries as a backup to Arian Foster with the Houston Texans, thought we would get paid off once he scampered off to the Cleveland Browns as an unrestricted free agent this year. But then the Browns went and drafted Terrance West in the third round. Since he rattled off 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns last year for Division I-AA Towson University, he looked like a legitimate threat to a workhorse role for Tate.

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How Jason Terry trade helps Kings 

September, 1, 2014
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The Sacramento Kings have a hard cap for the 2014-15 season after they used all of the Non Taxpayer mid-level exception to sign Darren Collison and Eric Moreland. The Kings currently have 14 players under contract and are just $256,792 under the hard cap, which was a motivation when they agreed Sunday to move Jason Terry and two future second round picks to the Houston Rockets for Alonzo Gee and possibly Scotty Hopson or Josh Powell.

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