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Chase Utley LAD 2B
Dodgers' Chase Utley: Smacks second homer of season Saturday26m ago
Chase Utley went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Friday's 4-0 win over the Cubs.
Utley's second homer of the season opened the scoring for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third, and came on the heels of his solo shot on Thursday against the Cardinals. The veteran infielder has been much better in May after a dreadful April, as he's now slashing .278/.365/.500 with two homers and nine RBI over 60 plate appearances during the month after hitting just .122 with one RBI in April
Jonathan Lucroy TEX C
Rangers' Jonathan Lucroy: Out of Saturday's lineup28m ago
Jonathan Lucroy is out of Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays, MLB.com reports.
He started the previous seven games, notching four doubles and a home run over that stretch. Robinson Chirinos will start at catcher and hit cleanup.
Chase Headley NYY 3B
Yankees' Chase Headley: Out of Saturday's lineup31m ago
Chase Headley is out of the lineup Saturday against the A's, MLB.com reports.
After getting off to a hot start to the season, by his standards, Headley has hit .105 with zero walks and 21 strikeouts over his last 57 at-bats. Ronald Torreyes will start at third base and hit ninth. Top prospect Gleyber Torres could be summoned in June or July to take over the everyday duties at the hot corner.
Javier Baez CHC 2B
Cubs' Javier Baez: Notches one of two team hits Friday31m ago
Javier Baez went 1-for-3 in Friday's 4-0 loss to the Dodgers.
Despite a drop to eighth in the order, Baez managed to notch one of the Chicago Cubs ' only two hits on the night against Alex Wood and a pair of relievers. The 24-year-old has broken out in May after a slow start to the season, slashing .311/.325/.595 with six homers and 17 RBI.
Matt Joyce OAK RF
Athletics' Matt Joyce: Out of Saturday's lineup35m ago
Matt Joyce is out of Saturday's lineup against the Yankees, MLB.com reports.
With lefty CC Sabathia on the hill for New York, the A's will go with an all right-handed lineup. Mark Canha will start in right field and hit second.
Matt Cain SF SP
Giants' Matt Cain: Tough-luck loser Friday37m ago
Matt Cain (3-3) gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk over seven innings in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Braves. He struck out three.
The veteran right-hander had the misfortune of going up against an uncharacteristically brilliant Jaime Garcia, who helped ensure that Cain received no run support on the night. Cain was impressive in his own right, throwing 64 of 92 pitches for strikes in what was a performance reminiscent of his younger days. The 32-year-old has actually put together some strong starts this season, but they've been interspersed with a pair of rocky outings where he's given up nine and seven earned runs, respectively. Friday marked his fourth quality start of the season, and seventh where he's given up two earned runs or less. He'll look to get above .500 when he takes on a tough Nationals lineup at home next Wednesday.
Rasul Douglas PHI CB
Eagles' Rasul Douglas: Starting at corner in nickel package14h ago
Rasul Douglas , the Philadelphia Eagles ' third-round selection, was on the field for the team's nickel formation in the first week of OTAs, Dave Zangaro of CSN Philly reports.
Returning starter Jalen Mills and offseason acquisition Patrick Robinson started in the base package, with Mills moving inside in the nickel and Douglas replacing him outside. The rookie apparently acquitted himself well, and if he continues to do so could easily move into the starting lineup should Robinson continue his injury-prone ways or underwhelm as he has up to now. Douglas could also face competition from Ron Brooks (quad) and 2017 second-round pick Sidney Jones (Achilles) once they recover from their injuries, however.
Vinny Curry PHI DE
Eagles' Vinny Curry: Starting at end in OTAs15h ago
Vinny Curry got first-team reps at right defensive end this week in practice, Jeff McLane of philly.com reports.
The six-year veteran is also lining up on the inside on passing downs. Given that he has experienced greater success against interior linemen in his career so far, and also recently revealed that he battled a knee injury last season, according to Andrew Kulp of CSN Philly, it seems fair to expect a rebound from the 28-year-old in 2017. While he mostly disappointed with only 2.5 sacks last year after signing a $47 million dollar deal the previous offseason, he did set a career high with 26 tackles. He will have to produce better numbers in order to fend off No. 14 overall pick Derek Barnett and free-agent addition Chris Long, however.
Matt Asiata MIN RB
Lions' Matt Asiata: Signs with Lions16h ago
Matt Asiata agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions on Friday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Asiata, who spent the previous five seasons with the Vikings, will remain in the NFC North as a member of the Lions. The 29-year-old's best season in Minnesota came in 2014, when he tallied 882 total yards to go along with nine touchdowns. With Adrian Peterson sidelined much of 2016, Asiata managed a respectable 402 yards on 121 carries and six touchdowns. He will enter a crowded backfield in Detroit, so it remains to be seen if he will make the final roster. The team is likely looking for a bigger back to pair with the elusiveness of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick to help control the time of possession.
Nelson Agholor PHI WR
Eagles' Nelson Agholor: Embracing new competition20h ago
Nelson Agholor has shown improvement this spring thanks to the added competition at his position, ESPN's Tim McManus reports
Agholor's struggles through his first two NFL seasons have been well documented, as the 2015 first-rounder has managed just 59 receptions for 648 yards and three scores since entering the league. However, with wideouts Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Mack Hollins and others joining the Philadelphia Eagles as a part of an offseason overhaul at the position, Agholor has seemingly entered fight-or-flight mode to maintain a key role within the team's offense. While the USC product has received praise from coach Doug Pederson for sharpening his focus, Agholor will have to carry his improvement over to training camp to fend off the increased competition he suddenly faces.
Ryan Tannehill MIA QB
Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill: Back to 100 percent1d ago
Ryan Tannehill finished the Miami Dolphins ' first week of organized team activities by stating he's fully healthy again, Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel reports. "I'm back in 100 percent," Tannehill said. "I feel totally normal. There are no more checkpoints I have to hit at this point. Everything looks good. Just go play."
Tannehill missed Miami's last four games after suffering ACL and MCL sprains late last season. Given that he avoided more serious damage, the quarterback was fortunately able to avoid surgery. In doing so, his recovery timetable was shortened significantly, as coach Adam Gase revealed in March that Tannehill was already free of restrictions. Although he's expected to sport a knee brace as a precautionary measure, that seems to be the only evidence that remains from Tannehill's injury scare.
Myles Jack JAC OLB
Jaguars' Myles Jack: Switching roles with Posluszny1d ago
Myles Jack and veteran Paul Posluszny are switching positions, with the 2016 second-round selection taking over as a three-down middle linebacker and serving as defensive play caller, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a bit of a logjam, with Jack and Posluszny joined by standout weakside 'backer Telvin Smith, who has been a consistent three-down force since entering the league in 2014. As expected, the team will shift Posluszny to the strong side and take him off the field on most passing downs, even though he had 265 tackles in 30 games (8.8 per game) over the past two seasons. The Jags hope Jack will provide a major upgrade in pass coverage, but even if he doesn't quite meet expectations, last year's No. 36 overall draft pick finds himself in a role that's highly conducive to IDP production. It is possible Jack could lose the job if he struggles for a prolonged period, as the 32-year-old Posluszny has served as Jacksonville's every-down middle linebacker and defensive play caller since 2011, with his veteran leadership helping to compensate for declining range.
David Lee SA C
Spurs' David Lee: Won't undergo surgery18h ago
David Lee (knee) will not have surgery on his sprained patellar tendon and is expected to be fully healthy in six weeks, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
With a six-week timetable, Lee should be able to resume basketball activities by early-to-mid July. That gives him plenty of time to get in shape prior to training camp.
Al Horford BOS C
Celtics' Al Horford: Turns in eight points in series finale1d ago
Al Horford tallied eight points (4-8 FG), three rebounds and one assist over 27 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The veteran big man turned in his lowest point total of the series and scored in single digits for the first time since Game 2 of the first-round series versus the Bulls. The reduced output was essentially explained by the fact that Horford played just 27 minutes equaling his low-water mark in playing time during the postseason. The 30-year-old had an up-and-down first season in Boston and finished with averages of 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.3 blocks over 68 games. Notably, he shot a career-low 47.3 percent, while his scoring average was his lowest since his rookie 2007-08 campaign.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Modest showing in Game 5 loss1d ago
Marcus Smart managed six points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal over 25 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
After a breakout Game 3 performance in which he poured in 27 points, Smart hit the skids in Games 4 and 5, shooting just 3-for-16 while averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals. His lackluster efforts helped doom a Boston Celtics squad in desperate need of offense after Isaiah Thomas' exit from the series with a hip injury. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Smart's defensive prowess was a definite plus this season, and he also averaged career highs in points (10.6), assists, (4.6) and steals (1.6) while draining a career-best 81.2 percent of his free-throw attempts.
Jae Crowder BOS SF
Celtics' Jae Crowder: Contributes 11 points in Game 5 loss1d ago
Jae Crowder (groin) posted 11 points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Crowder's groin injury didn't seem to be overly serious, as he was able to play a starter's amount of minutes before heading to the bench once the game was clearly out of reach. The 26-year-old managed four double-digit scoring efforts during the series, shooting 46.4 percent overall. He averaged a solid 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals during the regular season and figures to once again be a key component of next season's roster.
Gerald Green BOS SF
Celtics' Gerald Green: Leads bench with 14 points in Game 51d ago
Gerald Green provided 14 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two steals and one block over 21 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
With the lopsided second-half score, Green saw a series-high amount of minutes and parlayed them into his highest scoring total since Game 6 of the first-round series against the Bulls. The veteran was effective from long range throughout the postseason, draining 50 and 56.3 percent of his shots, respectively, in the conference semifinals and finals, and tallying four double-digit scoring efforts overall across just 14.8 minutes per game. The 31-year-old was reasonably effective this season in his return to Boston after a 10-year absence, but he now enters free agency with no clear indication of where he could end up next season.
Avery Bradley BOS SG
Celtics' Avery Bradley: Leads team with 23 points in Game 5 loss1d ago
Avery Bradley registered 23 points (10-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Bradley once again took up the mantle of the go-to option on offense for Boston in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (hip), scoring over 20 points for the third time in the series. His 50 percent success rate from the field equaled his series-best tally from Game 1, and he drained multiple threes for the third time during the five-game set as well. Primarily due to Thomas' absence, Bradley finished the conference finals with an average of 19 shot attempts per contest, a definitive uptick from the first two rounds of the playoffs and the regular season. He'll head into the 2017-18 campaign coming off the best statistical season of seven-year career, having averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.4 minutes.
Tomas Nosek DET C
Red Wings' Tomas Nosek: Frontrunner for NHL job25m ago
Tomas Nosek stands the best chance among Detroit Red Wings prospects of making the team next season, opines Ansar Khan of MLive.com.
Not only is Nosek is on the verge of becoming an NHL regular by virtue of his solid play -- he capped off the 2016-17 campaign with AHL Grand Rapids after turning in 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 51 games -- but the undrafted pivot is no longer exempt from waivers, and that's a key consideration for GM Ken Holland as he sorts through similarly talented prospects in Tyler Bertuzzi and Evgeny Svechnikov. Still, even if Nosek secures a job at hockey's highest level, it may take awhile for him to flourish; he's scored one goal for his lone point in 17 career games with Detroit.
Alexander Edler VAN D
Canucks' Alexander Edler: GM wants blueliner to stay put1h ago
Alexander Edler will not be actively shopped by the Cancuks as the team looks to rebuild, theScore reports.
GM Jim Benning reportedly wants to retain the likes of Edler and Chris Tanev to avoid putting too much pressure on younger players that should emerge in the coming years. Edler has been in the league for a decade, with the Swede tacking on at least 20 points in each season -- save for his abbreviated rookie campaign. However, the Vancouver Canucks have been rather suspect defensively, and it's culminated in a minus-28 rating for Edler over the past two years. The Red Wings -- for one -- could really use the ice hog as a top-pairing power-play defenseman, but Benning apparently has other ideas. Expect a relatively low fantasy ceiling so long as Edler remains in Vancouver.
Justin Schultz PIT D
Penguins' Justin Schultz: Battled rib injury in most recent playoff game2h ago
Justin Schultz played through broken ribs during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.
You wouldn't know that Schultz was dealing with any kind of issue simply by looking at the box score, as the skilled rearguard managed a power-play goal, an assist, three hits and a plus-2 rating over 24:16 of ice time on the way to a series clincher over the Senators. Expect Schultz to continue playing through the malady, knowing that he'll have until Monday to rest before the Pittsburgh Penguins play host to the Predators for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Chris Tanev VAN D
Canucks' Chris Tanev: High asking price, likely to stay in Vancouver12h ago
Chris Tanev will not be traded by the Vancouver Canucks despite rumors of the contrary, theScore reports.
Canucks GM Jim Benning originally told The Province that he'll listen to offers for Tanev, but apparently it would take a lot to get him. "Unless it would make sense for our future, I'm not trading Chris," Benning said. "He means so much to our team." Tanev is held in high regard by the big boss -- he's a smart player and adept at moving the puck -- but he generally lacks offensive upside and that figures to keep his ownership low in most fantasy leagues. Since entering the league in 2010-11, he's failed to post more than 20 points in a single campaign.
Dmitry Orlov WAS D
Capitals' Dmitry Orlov: Reportedly flirting with return to KHL12h ago
Dmitry Orlov is said to be discussing a possible contract with CSKA Moscow of the KHL, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports, citing Igor Eronko of Russia's Sport-Express.
It was a breakout campaign for Orlov in 2016-17, as he manufactured a career-high 33 points to complement a shiny rating at plus-30. While the rearguard saw his playing time jump by three and a half minutes compared to the prior campaign, the Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk shortly ahead of the trade deadline and that created volatility with Orlov's minutes when coach Barry Trotz tinkered with his pairings. If you hold keeper shares in the 25-year-old, wait for more substantiated reports before worrying about the rumored departure to the KHL, though it's worth noting that his hockey career began in that league back in 2007-08, when he was with Novokuznetsk Metallurg.
Toby Enstrom WPG D
Jets' Toby Enstrom: May be asked to drop no-trade clause13h ago
The Winnipeg Jets could ask Toby Enstrom (knee) to waive his no-move clause, the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Unless the defenseman ditches the no-move designation, Winnipeg will be on the hook for the $5.75 million that remains in the final year of his contract next season. While there's no question that Enstrom is a talented player, his fantasy appeal has dropped precipitously. He notched 30-plus points in his first five seasons, but has lost a step over the years and this campaign was particularly rough on the veteran since he sustained a brutal concussion in March and then underwent season-ending knee surgery with 15 games left. We're still waiting to learn more about how his recovery from knee surgery is going, though you're bound to find him on the clearance rack as damaged goods until then.