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Red Sox's Steve Selsky: Optioned to Triple-A1h ago
Steve Selsky was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
With Chase d'Arnaud being claimed Thursday, the Boston Red Sox had to make a 25-man roster move to clear a spot. Selsky had appeared in just three games since April 16 and hadn't made a start since April 9 even with Boston's rash of infield injuries. He'll head down to Pawtucket, where he figures to see much more regular playing time.
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Red Sox's Brock Holt: Starting rehab assignment Friday2h ago
Brock Holt (vertigo) is set to begin his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
His vertigo has kept him on the shelf since April 21, but Holt is ready to get back into game action. The Boston Red Sox organization will start him out slow, playing him at DH to start his rehab assignment before deploying him in the field. Once Holt logs some innings in the field, the Red Sox figure to activate him shortly thereafter. His return will help a Boston infield that has been ravaged by injury early in the season.
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Astros' Chris Devenski: Touched for game-winning homer3h ago
Chris Devenski (1-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season when he allowed two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out five over 2.1 innings in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Indians.
Devenski was as dominant as ever, but showed he's human after all as he tired toward the end of his 44-pitch outing. He worked around an error to get into a third inning of work, but walked nine-hole hitter Yan Gomes before watching Francisco Lindor take him deep -- 456-feet deep -- for a two-run homer run that ended Devenski's night. Having thrown 51 pitches over the last two days, Devenski is probably unavailable until Sunday.
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Padres' Alex Dickerson: Progresses to cardio and light lifting3h ago
Alex Dickerson (back) has been participating in cardio and light lifting and is expected to resume baseball activities within a week, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Dickerson, who was diagnosed with a protruding disc in his back in mid-March and eventually moved to the 60-day DL on April 7 after starting the season on the 10-day DL, is showing progress with his recovery. Assuming he doesn't experience a setback during his workouts, the left-fielder is expected to resume baseball activities within a week. Jabari Blash will likely continue filling in for Dickerson as long as Travis Jankowski (foot), who's currently on the 10-day DL, remains sidelined.
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Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: Tosses gem in win Thursday3h ago
Masahiro Tanaka (3-1) pitched a complete game shutout Friday, allowing just three hits with three strikeouts and no walks in a win over the Red Sox.
Tanaka was extremely economical in this one, as he needed just 97 pitches (72 strikes) to go the distance and outduel Boston ace Chris Sale. His ERA is still inflated at 4.20 after a rocky first few outings, but the 28-year-old has turned it around with a pair of gems his last two times out and has yielded just one run in his last 16 innings. He'll look to keep the hot streak going next time out in a home date against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
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Astros' Mike Fiers: Can't get out of fifth inning3h ago
Mike Fiers allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two over 4.1 innings in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Cleveland.
Fiers was only at 74 pitches before getting lifted, but No. 5 starters with ERAs over five don't get a long leash. Both runs he allowed came on solo homers, giving him three consecutive games having allowed multiple homers. He's permitted an MLB-leading eight homers in just 19.1 innings. Fiers' next start is Tuesday at home against Texas.
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Bucks' Khris Middleton: Well-rounded game Thursday2h ago
Khris Middleton (illness) contributed 19 points (6-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-7 FT), five assists, four rebounds and two steals across 42 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 loss to the Raptors.
Battling an illness, Middleton managed to be the Milwaukee Bucks ' second-leading scorer behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, who dropped 34 points. Though Middleton played well during Game 6's loss, he ultimately struggled to find his footing throughout the series, shooting just 38.5 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from behind the arc coming into Thursday. That being said, Middleton had a productive 29-game regular season after returning from a torn hamstring, producing 14.7 points across 30.7 minutes per game while knocking down a career-high 43.3 percent of his shots from distance.
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Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Drops game-high 34 points Thursday2h ago
Giannis Antetokounmpo provided 34 points (13-23 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-13 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks across 47 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 loss to the Raptors.
Antetokounmpo played all but one minute during Thursday's game, dominating on both sides of the ball on route to a new career high in playoff points in a game. Though he played with intensity and dominance, the Milwaukee Bucks ultimately couldn't get the victory as the Greek Freak struggled with his free-throws down the stretch. That being said, only two other players scored in double figures for Milwaukee -- Khris Middleton with 19 and Matthew Dellavedova with 12. Antetokounmpo's struggles from the charity stripe in Game 6 aside, he ultimately had not only a coming out party this series, but for the whole season. He finished the 2016-17 campaign averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals while shooting 52.1 percent from the field across 35.6 minutes per game -- certainly worthy of Most Improved Player consideration.
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Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Cleans glass Thursday vs. Bucks2h ago
Serge Ibaka finished with seven points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds and two blocks across 31 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 victory over the Bucks.
Though Ibaka struggled to find good looks and knock them down, he was the game's leading rebounder with 11 boards -- his best performance on the glass since Game 1, where he ripped down 14 rebounds. Ibaka also feasted on Milwaukee's lack of perimeter shooting throughout the series, averaging 2.4 blocks coming into Thursday's contest, where he swatted two shots. Depending on how coach Dwane Casey addresses the starting lineup during the Toronto Raptors ' next series against the Cavaliers, he could be faced up against a tough offensive opponent in Kevin Love. Though, if coach Casey opts to keep rolling with Ibaka at center, he could be matched up against Tristan Thompson. Regardless, Ibaka will be forced to protect the glass, as both players are top-tier rebounding presences. Game 1 tips off Monday.
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Raptors' DeMar DeRozan: Impressive two-way performance Thursday2h ago
DeMar DeRozan contributed 32 points (12-24 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 8-9 FT), five steals, four rebounds and three assists across 40 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 victory over the Bucks.
DeRozan carried the scoring workload for the Toronto Raptors , as no other player on the squad contributed more than 13 points on route to eliminating the Bucks from the playoffs. In addition to his offensive showing, DeRozan also contributed a season-high five steals, helping hold down the fort on defense. Though the swingman shot just 42.2 percent from the field in the series coming into Thursday's contest, he was being checked by the lengthy defensive presences of Tony Snell, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo. As the Raptors move on to face the Cavaliers in the next round, it seems unlikely that DeRozan will have to deal with as many mismatches as he did against the Bucks, possibly allowing him to have a more efficient campaign against the defending NBA Champions.
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Nuggets' Jamal Murray: Undergoes successful surgery Thursday6h ago
Jamal Murray (sports hernia) underwent successful surgery Thursday.
After playing through most of the 2016-17 season with a sports hernia, Murray underwent successful surgery to correct the issue. He should have a full offseason ahead of him to rest and recover in order to get back into form for his sophomore season. Murray averaged 9.9 points and 2.1 assists across 21.5 minutes per game this season and could be a candidate to take over the Denver Nuggets ' starting point guard role next year with Emmanuel Mudiay showing little improvement.
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Rockets' Troy Williams: Assigned to D-League8h ago
Troy Williams was assigned Thursday to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
The Vipers are currently fighting for a D-League championship, with Thursday marking the final game of the series. Williams will head down looking to help secure the trophy, but should be recalled shortly after to rejoin the Houston Rockets for their own playoff run. That said, Williams didn't play a minute in the final four games of the Rockets' first-round matchup with the Thunder and is nothing more than emergency depth off the bench.
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Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Scores in losing effort1h ago
Alex Ovechkin potted his fourth goal of the playoffs in Thursday's 3-2 Game 1 loss to the Penguins.
Ovechkin ended Marc-Andre Fleury's shutout bid with 1:43 to play in the second period after Sidney Crosby had also reached the four-goal mark by potting two earlier in the frame. The pair find themselves among a group of seven players tied for second in goals behind Jake Guentzel's five. Ovie had been held off the scoresheet in each of his last two appearances, and is still looking for his first assist of the postseason.
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Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Two assists in series opener1h ago
Patric Hornqvist dished out two helpers in Thursday's 3-2 Game 1 win over the Capitals.
Horqnvist's helpers both came courtesy of Sidney Crosby just 52 seconds apart in the second period. His plus-2 rating in this one gives the Swedish power forward a plus-4 mark through six playoff contests to go along with two goals and three assists.
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Capitals' Braden Holtby: Just 18 saves in Game 1 defeat2h ago
Braden Holtby stopped 18 shots in Thursday's 3-2 Game 1 loss to the Penguins.
Less than five minutes after his team finally dug out of the hole created by a pair of early second-period Sidney Crosby goals, Holtby surrendered the third-period winner to Nick Bonino. Holtby's .857 save percentage tied for his worst mark of the postseason while lowering his total through seven games to .919. There's nothing wrong with a .919 save percentage, but that number pales in comparison to the 27-year-old's .935 career postseason mark.
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Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Scores twice in Game 1 win2h ago
Sidney Crosby scored twice in Thursday's series opener against the Capitals.
Crosby's two goals were instrumental in this 3-2 road win. Both came at even strength in the first 1:04 of the second period, as this battle of top-five regular season power-play units surprisingly produced zero goals on special teams. Crosby now has four goals and five assists over the past five games after being held off the scoresheet in his 2017 postseason debut.
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Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury: Steals Game 1 at Verizon Center2h ago
Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves in Thursday's 3-2 Game 1 win over Washington.
Fleury outplayed Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby, who allowed one more goal despite facing 14 fewer shots. He was just 4-7-5 with a 3.58 GAA in 18 road appearances during the regular season, but has stepped things up with wins in two of his first three playoff road starts. While it's still tough to trust him in what figures to be a high-scoring series against the Presidents' Trophy winning Capitals, Fleury proved more than capable of holding his own here.
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Rangers' Ryan McDonagh: Power-play goal in Game 1 loss2h ago
Ryan McDonagh scored a power-play goal in Thursday's 2-1 Game 1 loss to the Senators.
McDonagh's first goal of the playoffs put the New York Rangers up 1-0 in the second period, but Ottawa was able to come back with a pair of unanswered tallies to take the series opener. New York's captain also blocked a game-high five shots while leading his team with 28:21 of ice time. After a pedestrian opening series, this performance served as a reminder of McDonagh's tremendous two-way capability.
Saints' Ryan Ramczyk: Last pick of first round1h ago
The New Orleans Saints selected Ramczyk in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 32nd overall.
With the pick taken in exchange for Brandin Cooks, the Saints get the player who was widely considered the top tackle in the draft at one point, but one who may have fallen a bit due to a hip injury that needed surgical repair. Ramczyk doesn't have the look of a dominant lineman, but he should be reliable.
49ers' Reuben Foster: Falls to 49ers at 311h ago
The San Francisco 49ers selected Foster (shoulder) in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 31st overall.
The 49ers traded up from the second round to secure Foster, who as recently as a month ago was regarded as a top-10 pick. An overly diluted drug test sample at the Combine earned him a red flag there, and a shoulder injury that required shoulder surgery may have also played a role in his fall. If he's healthy, Foster figures to earn a three-down role right away in the 49ers defense lacking linebacker talent aside from Navorro Bowman. An immediate IDP impact in such a scenario would be at least plausible.
Steelers' T.J. Watt: Headed to Pittsburgh2h ago
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Watt in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 30th overall.
He's not his brother J.J., but the younger Watt obviously carries very good athletic pedigree in his own right, even if it's at another position. That the Steelers picked him would seem to indicate they view him as an outside linebacker in their 3-4. He posted 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in a dominant Wisconsin defense last year, and he cemented his status as a first-round pick by testing well with a 4.69-second 40, 37-inch vertical, 128-inch broad jump, and elite agility drills at the Combine.
Browns' David Njoku: Picked 29th by the Browns2h ago
The Cleveland Browns selected Njoku in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 29th overall.
After taking Myles Garrett at No. 1 and Jabrill Peppers at No. 25, the Browns land Njoku (6-foot-4, 246 pounds) with a third first-round pick -- one they obtained by moving up from the 33rd overall pick. Njoku is a former high-jumping standout with springs in his shoes and a big catch radius, giving him the ideal profile of a red-zone threat at the very least. But with 4.64 speed and good agility, he also profiles as a playmaker between the 20s. He might need a year or two to acclimate to the NFL given that he won't turn 21 until July, but the raw materials are here for an eventual fantasy standout.
Cowboys' Taco Charlton: Picked 28th by Dallas2h ago
The Dallas Cowboys selected Charlton in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 28th overall.
Charlton (6-foot-6, 277 pounds) was the leading pass rusher on a dominant Michigan defense, posting 10 sacks in 11 games in 2016. In the NFL, however, he profiles more as an edge-setting, strong-side end -- the kind of player who maybe sprinkles in a couple seasons with double-digit sacks, but mostly offers a steady, anchor-like presence rather than an edge-bending threat.
Bills' Tre'Davious White: Selected 27th by Bills2h ago
The Buffalo Bills selected White in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 27th overall.
White (5-foot-11, 192 pounds) isn't overly big and didn't test especially well at the Combine (4.47-second 40, 32-inch vertical, 119-inch broad jump, 6.9-second three-cone), but his film grades better, and he was the most effective corner on a very tough LSU pass defense. Corner was a position of significant need for the Bills after losing Stephon Gilmore to the Patriots.