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    Reyes Set to Come Off DL Saturday

    Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is set to be activated from the disabled list Saturday.

    Reyes strained his left hamstring during his first at bat of the season and hasn't played since.

    During the past couple of days, Reyes has been on a rehab assignment in Florida, playing two games with Class A Advanced Dunedin.

    Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons says the 2011 NL batting title winner will play in the team's game versus the Indians Saturday.

    "He's going to be good to go," Gibbons said. "He's coming, he's ready to go and he'll be in there."

    The 30-year-old Reyes missed 66 games last season due to a sprained left ankle. During the 93 games he did play, Reyes hit .296 with 58 runs scored, 10 home runs, 37 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and a .353 on-base percentage.

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    Ike Davis Traded to Pirates

    Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Mets traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday in exchange for reliever Zach Thornton and a player to be named later.

    The 27-year-old Davis was a first round pick of the Mets in the 2008 Amateur Draft. He started off his career with the Mets strong, hitting .264 with a .351 on-base percentage, 19 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2010. But an ankle injury ruined his 2011 season and Davis hasn't been the same since.

    "I really had a blast in New York," Davis said. "I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it's just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people, getting traded. Now (I'll) go help my team in Pittsburgh."

    Thornton, 25, has never played in a major league game. Before the trade, he was pitching for the Pirates' Triple-A team in Indianapolis.

    Thornton has thrown 7.1 innings this season compiling a 2-0 record with a 1.23 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and eight strikeouts. The Mets will send him to their Triple-A club in Las Vegas.

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    ESPN: Texans Exercise Contract Option on J.J. Watt

    Scott Halleran/Getty Images(HOUSTON) --  The Texans have officially exercised the fifth-year option in defensive end J.J. Watt's contract for the 2015 season, according to ESPN.

    Teams have until May 3 to make a decision on whether to exercise the fifth-year option, which is guaranteed for injury only until the final day of the 2014 league year.  The Texans didn't hesitate to pick up Watt's option before the deadline passes.

    For players drafted in the top 10, the value of the fifth-year option is equal to the transition tag for their position during this offseason.  The two sides are likely to work out a long-term contract somewhere down the line.

    Watt was drafted by the Texans with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft.  Over his first three NFL seasons, the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year has 36.5 sacks.

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    Cardinals Place RHP Joe Kelly on DL

    Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  The St. Louis Cardinals have placed right-hander Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

    Kelly was injured while trying to beat out a bunt attempt in the fourth inning of the Cardinals' 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

    In a corresponding move, the team optioned righty reliever Keith Butler Triple-A Memphis and recalled rookie right-handers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon.  Both could make their MLB debuts during this weekend's series against the Washington Nationals.

    In three starts for the Cardinals this season, Kelly is 1-1 with a 0.59 ERA.  He came into spring training unsure of what his role would be this season, but he eventually beat out Carlos Martinez for the team's fifth starter spot.

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    Clippers' Blake Griffin Advocates Medical Marijuana in the NBA

    NBA via Los Angeles Clippers(NEW YORK) -- He may not be the first one to do it, but Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin may be the biggest NBA star to endorse the use of medical marijuana in the NBA.

    Griffen feels marijuana should be legalized not only in the NBA, but in all professional sports.

    "It doesn't really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects," Griffen told Rolling Stone Magazine. "So I would vote yes. I just think it makes sense."

    The advocacy for the legalization of marijuana for professional athletes has grown louder in recent months. Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders recently came out and supported the use of marijuana for athletes just after it was announced that he would be suspended five games by the NBA for using the drug.

    Going further, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has also came out and said that the NFL should look into medicinal marijuana.

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    Bulls Confident in Derrick Rose's Return

    NBA via Chicago Bulls(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bulls may be gearing up for a playoff run, but the team is also eagerly awaiting the return of point guard Derrick Rose for next season.

    Back in November, Rose had surgery to fix a meniscus tear in his right knee, and was ruled out for the rest of the season.

    Still, General Manger Gar Forman reiterated that not only Rose will return, he will return at full strength, and return to the player fans were accustomed to seeing.

    Rose played in just 10 games this season and missed all of the previous season with a torn ACL he suffered in the opening round of the playoffs. Rose has missed 152 out of the past 162 games.

    When healthy, Rose is one of the best players in the NBA. The 25-year-old Rose won the NBA's MVP Award during the 2010-2011 season. For his career, Rose has averaged 20.8 points and 6.8 assists per game.

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    Mark Cuban Thinks New Bucks Owners Got a Great Deal

    Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Reality Rocks(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Even though the Milwaukee Bucks were the worst team in the NBA during the 2013-2014 season, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks the new owners of the team got a real bargain.

    Recently, longtime Bucks owner Herb Kohl recently agreed to sell the team to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for $550 million.

    "I think they got off cheap," Cuban said. "I think that was a bargain. I think it's worth a lot more than that. I think someone got a bargain. You can't look backwards. You've got to look forward. You don't value teams based off what happened in the past."

    Back in January, Forbes valued the franchise at $405 million, which was the lowest among the 30 NBA teams.

    Cuban also went on to suggest that the true value of an NBA franchise is around $1 billion.

    Back in 2000, Cuban purchased the Mavericks for $285 million. They were recently valued now at $765 million, eighth-highest among NBA teams.

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    Padres Pitcher Josh Johnson Will Visit Dr. James Andrews

    Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- San Diego Padres starting pitcher Josh Johnson will have his right elbow evaluated by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews next week.

    Johnson, 30, signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Padres in November. but has been on the disabled list since March 21 with a right forearm strain.

    Visiting Dr. Andrews is nothing new for Johnson. Last October, Andrews removed bone spurs from Johnson's right elbow, and in 2007 he performed Tommy John surgery on the 6-foot-7 right-hander's same elbow.

    Johnson, a two-time All-Star, has pitched in nine big league seasons, eight with the Marlins and one with the Blue Jays. During that time Johnson pitched 998 innings, compiling a 58-45 record to go along with a 3.32 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 915 strikeouts.

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    Rangers Score Three in the Third to Take 1-0 Series Lead Over Flyers

    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Brad Richards, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin all scored in the third period to lift the New York Rangers past the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series Thursday night.

    The game was tied at one apiece with 12:25 left in the third period when Flyers center Jason Akeson was called for a four-minute double minor for high-sticking. The Rangers capitalized with Richards and Stepan scoring 47 seconds apart.

    Philadelphia actually took an early 1-0 lead when Andrew Macdonald's slap shot found the back of the Rangers' net at the 7:28 mark of the first period. But just minutes later New York answered back when Mats Zuccarello backhanded his own rebound past Flyers' goalie Ray Emery.

    Emery, who was filling in for the injured Steve Mason, made 32 saves in the loss. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 14 of the 15 shots he saw in the win.

    The Flyers still haven't won a game at Madison Square Garden since March 6, 2011.

    Game 2 is Sunday in New York. The puck is scheduled to drop at noon.

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    Kentucky's James Young Declares for NBA Draft

    Jamie Squire/Getty Images)(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Kentucky freshman James Young announced Thursday he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

    "My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I'll always treasure, but I feel that I'm ready to take the next step to the NBA," Young said. "I've learned more this year, on and off the court, about life from Coach Cal and the staff and appreciate all of their guidance and support. I can't say enough about my teammates; the journey helped us build a bond that we will always share for the rest of our lives."

    The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season for a Wildcats team that advanced to the national championship game. According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, many NBA executives believe Young is a first-round pick.

    ''From Day 1, the NBA people who came to our practices in the preseason raved about him,'' Kentucky head coach John Calipari said in a statement. ''He's done everything we've asked of him all season, investing himself in his brothers for the betterment of the team, and I think we all saw the end result in the tournament and Final Four.

    "Whatever team drafts James is not only getting a superb athlete, they are getting the ultimate teammate.''

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