Justin Masterson scratched from Sunday start versus the Mariners due to sore right knee

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From Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer comes word that Indians right-hander Justin Masterson has been scratched from his next scheduled start Sunday against the Mariners because of lingering soreness in his right knee.

Masterson lasted just four innings on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks — allowing five runs on four walks and seven hits — and the knee problem apparently had something to do with it. The Indians have yet to name a replacement starter, and may have to call somebody up from the minor leagues.

Masterson has posted a disappointing 5.03 ERA and 1.54 WHIP through 17 starts this season for the Tribe, walking 50 batters in 93 innings. He had a cool 3.45 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 193 innings last season.

The hope is that he will be able to return to Cleveland’s rotation by the middle of next week.

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Seth Davis on Cavs’ No. 1 Pick: “I Think They Should Take Jabari Parker, Can Score in Variety of Ways”

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Seth Davis of CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated and Campus Insiders joined Bull & Fox to talk about which player the Cavs should select at No. 1, comparing Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, which player has more upside, the biggest concern for Parker in his defense and Wiggins in his killer instinct and other prospects to keep an eye on in the draft as well.

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Grant Hill: ‘Cavs Should Pick Jabari Parker’

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“That’s tough,” the NBA-TV analyst said on The Damon Amendolara Show. “I feel bad for the kid and I know he hasn’t played a lot of basketball. He’s a young kid. I mean, I had my injuries – my ankle ordeal, if you will – and I was already six years into the NBA (and had) four years in college. So I had a good 10-year run where I was pretty healthy. I was able to at least deal with that and overcome it and come back and still be somewhat productive.

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PBT NBA Draft preview: Five sleepers to watch

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Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker? Marcus Smart or Dante Exum? How far does Andrew Wiggins fall?

We focus on the top of the draft and the likely future stars, but there are always a couple guys who get drafted farther down the board who become high quality players. The sleeper picks. You know, the guy that had fans saying, “who?” when he was picked, then three years later they blame the GM for missing such an obvious future star. For examples, Kawhi Leonard was drafted 15th in 2011, Ty Lawson slid to 18th in 2009, and back in 2008 Goran Dragic and DeAndre Jordan both fell to the second round.

Of course, if I could predict who are the sleepers in this draft are I’d have a job in the Spurs front office. Still, here’s my best shot with five sleepers to watch.

• Elfrid Payton, 6’4” point guard, Louisiana Lafayette. He’s…

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