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Hannahan non-tendered by Indians

Hannahan non-tendered by Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians did not tender Jack Hannahan a contract. Third base now belongs to Lonnie Chisenhall.

Hannahan, who played with a nagging back much of last season, is now eligible for free agency. Also, pitchers Rafael Perez and Chris Seddon were non-tendered after being designated for assignment earlier this week.

Hannahan made the Indians as a non-roster invitee in 2011 and started the past two seasons at third. He batted .244 with four homers and 29 RBIs in 105 games last season, a drop in his offensive production from 2011. He went on the disabled list in May with a calf strain and sore lower back.

The 32-year-old provided exceptional defense during his two seasons, but Chisenhall is viewed as the team's future at third.

After starting the season at Triple-A Columbus, Chisenhall batted .268 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 43 games. He broke his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch in June and was thought to be done for the year. But he came back and played in September, giving the Indians a chance to see him before they had to make a tough decision on the well-respected Hannahan.

The Indians tendered contracts to outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, closer Chris Perez, pitcher Justin Masterson, infielder Mike Aviles, catcher Lou Marson and relievers Tony Sipp and Joe Smith before Friday's midnight deadline.

Also, right-hander Corey Kluber, who is expected to compete for a starting job at spring training, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. The Indians said Kluber's knee locked up on him while he was playing with his young daughter at home in Jacksonville, Fla.

Kluber went 2-5 with a 5.14 ERA in 12 starts last season.

Earlier, the Indians and right-hander Blake Wood agreed to a $560,000, one-year contract - a raise of $58,000 - and avoided salary arbitration. Wood was claimed off waivers from Kansas City on Nov. 2. The 27-year-old had elbow ligament-replacement surgery in May and missed the entire season.

Cleveland has not gone to arbitration since 1991.

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Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

With their 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, the Capitals' playoff future is starting to come into focus. Washington has only one game remaining and can finish in either third or fourth in the round robin standings. That limits the number of possible playoff opponents for the Caps when the games really start to matter.

First, before talking about who the Caps may play, it is important to remember why. Under the NHL's regular format, a normal year would see teams advance in a bracket, meaning each team knows going in they will be playing the winner of a specific matchup if they advance. This year, the NHL is going back to its old format of re-seeding after each round. This makes determining matchups a bit harder to figure out.

Here's what we know. The Caps are going to finish in the bottom half of the round robin meaning they will play one of the highest two seeded teams coming out of the qualifying round. The Carolina Hurricanes swept their qualifying round series against the New York Rangers. As the No. 6 seed coming in, Carolina is going to be one of the top two qualifying round teams.

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Washington's final seed will be determined by Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins. A win in regulation, overtime or a shootout will mean the Caps are No. 3, while a loss in any fashion will bump them down to No. 4.

The simplest scenario for Washington is that If the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to win their series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Caps are guaranteed to play either Pittsburgh or Carolina as the No. 5 and 6 seeds, respectively. It gets a little trickier if the Penguins lose. If that happens, the Hurricanes become the top qualifying team and will play No. 4. The top team behind them then becomes No. 6 which, as of now, could be the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs or the Columbus Blue Jackets.

So a rematch with the Hurricanes is a definite possibility for the Caps, as is a matchup with the rival Penguins.

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Pelicans' star rookie Zion Williamson out vs. Wizards

Pelicans' star rookie Zion Williamson out vs. Wizards

The Wizards will have to wait until next year to face Zion Williamson for the first time.

The Pelicans' star rookie will sit out on Friday night as the Wizards face New Orleans at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. Williamson is resting on the second night of a back-to-back. The Pelicans played the Kings on Thursday night.

The Wizards also missed Williamson last July in the Summer League after he suffered a knee injury in his first game in Las Vegas. They also had one of their games this season against the Pelicans cancelled due to the NBA's long hiatus because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Someday, the Wizards will see Williamson and when they do, it will be interesting to watch him match up with Rui Hachimura, who was in the same draft class and plays the same position. Williamson was the No. 1 overall pick and Hachimura was picked ninth.

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For now, the Wizards will battle a Pelicans team headlined by Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball.

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