Jeurys Familia NYM RP
Mets' Jeurys Familia: Can't finish job Friday29m ago
Jeurys Familia gave up three hits and recorded only one out before being replaced by Josh Edgin in the ninth inning of Friday's 7-5 win over the Nationals.
He allowed three straight singles to begin the frame before striking out Trea Turner and getting lifted so the left-handed Edgin could face Bryce Harper. Familia is still looking for his first save of 2017, but at least he got credit for his first hold of the season Friday. If the 27-year-old's struggles continue Addison Reed might work his way back into the closer mix, but for the moment Familia's spot seems secure.
Jacob deGrom NYM SP
Mets' Jacob deGrom: Whiffs 12 to pick up first win Friday34m ago
DeGrom (1-1) gave up three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out 12 over seven innings in Friday's 7-5 win over the Nationals.
It was Jacob deGrom 's third straight game with double-digit strikeouts, giving him an NL-leading 44 through 31.2 innings, but Friday marked the first time the New York Mets had provided him with enough run support to get a win as well. The right-hander should be able to keep things rolling in his next start Wednesday in Atlanta.
Matthew Boyd DET SP
Tigers' Matt Boyd: Quality start wasted Friday44m ago
Matthew Boyd (2-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings but came away with a no-decision in Friday's 7-3 loss to the White Sox.
It was the left-hander's longest outing of the season so far. Boyd pounded the strike zone, throwing 70 of 97 pitches for strikes, but still walked multiple batters for the fifth time in five starts, and his 19:13 K:BB through 25.2 innings is far from impressive. His next start will come Wednesday at home against Cleveland.
Tim Anderson CHW SS
White Sox's Tim Anderson: Cranks second homer Friday1h ago
Anderson, Tim went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.
His two-run shot in the ninth inning off rookie reliever Joe Jimenez was Anderson's second homer of the season. The young shortstop also struck out twice, however, leaving him with a 2:20 BB:K through 20 games, and his .224/.250/.329 slash line may not improve much until he learns to control the strike zone better.
Victor Arano PHI RP
Phillies' Victor Arano: Likely sidelined another month1h ago
Joe Jordan, the Philadelphia Phillies ' director of player development, said the team hopes to have Victor Arano (elbow) back in action in June, Jay Floyd of the Shore Sports Network reports.
Arano is working his way back from a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is expected to head to Double-A Reading when healthy.
Avisail Garcia CHW RF
White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Launches fifth homer Friday1h ago
Avisail Garcia went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.
The second-inning solo shot was Garcia's fifth homer of the season and second in as many games. The 25-year-old continues to have a monster April and is now slashing .388/.430/.638 through 21 games.
Jason Smith WAS PF
Wizards' Jason Smith: Quiet in return from injury9h ago
Jason Smith (calf) was on the court for 11 minutes in Friday's Game 6 against the Hawks, pulling down a pair of boards but missing his lone field goal attempt in the 115-99 road win.
While Smith didn't change the scoreboard at all, the Washington Wizards used him with 7:33 left in the first quarter as the result of Marcin Gortat picking up two early fouls. Washington's a bit thin up front with Ian Mahinmi still trying to make his way back from a calf injury of his own, but he and Smith will have more time to fully work past their respective ailments since the Wizards have advanced to the second round.
Jimmy Butler CHI SF
Bulls' Jimmy Butler: Scores 23 in loss Friday9h ago
Jimmy Butler collected 23 points (9-17 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds and three steals across 31 minutes in Friday's 105-83 loss to the Celtics in Game 6.
Butler was dealing with knee soreness coming into Game 6, but it didn't seem to affect him too much as he had to pick up the slack for the rest of his struggling team. Robin Lopez was the only other player on the team to score double-digit points, and after leading 2-0, the Chicago Bulls are sent packing with four straight losses to the one-seeded Celtics and their phenomenal defense. Butler wasn't great shooting in this series, but compared to the rest of the team, he was easily the best player on the court for them, which speaks to their early playoff exit.
Gerald Green BOS SF
Celtics' Gerald Green: Tallies 16 points Friday9h ago
Gerald Green recorded 16 points (6-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 27 minutes in Friday's 105-83 victory over the Bulls in Game 6.
Green played the most minutes of any game in the series on Friday and turned it into a respectable outing from the floor. After playing just six minutes Game 1 and not at all in Game 2, Green got more chances with the team's back against the wall down 2-0, and he contributed in a positive way. He should see minutes more closely resembling the last four games in the next series against the Wizards, especially with the fatigue the guards will accrue as the series goes on.
Dwyane Wade CHI SG
Bulls' Dwyane Wade: Goes ice-cold in Game 6 defeat9h ago
Dwyane Wade tallied two points (1-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists and one steal across 19 minutes in Friday's 105-83 loss to the Celtics in Game 6.
After leading the team with 25 points in the Game 5 loss, Wade disappeared in the final defeat of the season. He was abysmal shooting the ball and didn't contribute in any other way, including his leadership and ability to rally a team. The Chicago Bulls are sent home after being up 2-0 in the series, which is disappointing for fans and the team alike. It'll be interesting to see how Wade responds in the offseason and next year after exiting on such a low note.
Avery Bradley BOS SG
Celtics' Avery Bradley: Registers team-high 23 points9h ago
Avery Bradley scored 23 points (9-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding five rebounds and three assists across 31 minutes in Friday's 105-83 victory over the Bulls in Game 6.
Boston rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the series in six games, largely due to Bradley's performances over the past two games. After averaging 12.3 points in the first four games, Bradley averaged 23.5 points in the final two games while shooting over 67 percent from the floor. If the Boston Celtics can get that efficiency from Bradley on a consistent basis in the next round, Isaiah Thomas will have help going up against John Wall and Bradley Beal in a guard-heavy second-round playoff matchup.
Paul Millsap ATL PF
Hawks' Paul Millsap: Scores team-high 31 in loss Friday10h ago
Paul Millsap recorded 31 points (13-23 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block across 46 minutes in Friday's 115-99 loss to the Wizards in Game 6.
Millsap did not leave these playoffs quietly as he stuffed the stat sheet in a loss that proved to be season-ending. He outperformed his season averages in this series, nearly averaging a double-double with 25 points per contest as the top option on offense for the team had to carry a lot of the weight with no one else really helping to the cause. He did have six turnovers and shot 20 percent from three, which will have him a little frustrated, but he has nothing to be upset about in the way he performed in the 2017 playoffs.
Ryan Getzlaf ANA C
Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf: Finishes without a goal despite 11 shot attempts6h ago
Ryan Getzlaf continued his strong play with five shots and 11 shot attempts in Game 2 on Friday, but it still wasn't enough, as he didn't score and the Anaheim Ducks lost to the Oilers, 2-1. Edmonton leads the second round series 2-0.
The Ducks captain was obviously involved, as he also posted five hits to lead the team in an incredible 26:47 but he failed to score a point in the one-goal defeat. Getzlaf has four goals and seven points in six playoff games this spring, so he's been one of Anaheim's best players, but the Ducks still need more if they are to climb back into this matchup.
Patrick Maroon EDM LW
Oilers' Patrick Maroon: Beats former team again6h ago
Patrick Maroon recorded a power-play goal and four shots in a 2-1 victory against the Ducks on Friday. The Edmonton Oilers lead the series 2-0.
The 29-year-old came back to haunt his former team once again. In Game 1, he posted two third-period assists, and then during Game 2, he tallied the game-winning goal on the man advantage. Maroon has three points and five shots in the first two games of the series, but he began heating up at the end of the first round. He now has four points in the last four playoff contests.
Andrej Sekera EDM D
Oilers' Andrej Sekera: Finds twine versus Ducks6h ago
Andrej Sekera scored his first playoff goal in Game 2 of the second round versus the Ducks on Friday. The Edmonton Oilers won 2-1 and now own a commanding 2-0 series lead.
After a slow start to the postseason, Sekera has points in three of his last four games. During that stretch, he is averaging more than 2.0 shots on goal per game. In the regular season, Sekera posted 1.6 shots per contest. He is also leading the Oilers in ice time and is second in blocked shots on the team this postseason.
John Gibson ANA G
Ducks' John Gibson: Makes 21 saves in defeat7h ago
John Gibson allowed two goals on 23 shots in a 2-1 loss during Game 2 of the second round versus the Oilers on Friday. Edmonton leads the series 2-0.
The Pittsburgh native was a little bit better in this one, but it still wasn't enough. Anaheim recorded 16 shots in the third but couldn't find the equalizer. Gibson also allowed yet another power-play goal, which is the ninth one the Anaheim Ducks have yielded this postseason. If Gibson and the Ducks don't get things figured out quickly, it could be a very short second-round series.
Cam Talbot EDM G
Oilers' Cam Talbot: Posts 39 saves in Game 2 victory7h ago
Cam Talbot made 39 saves on 40 shots in a 2-1 victory against the Ducks in Game 2 of the second round Friday. The Edmonton Oilers own a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.
The 29-year-old was fantastic in making at least 11 saves in each period. In the first stanza, the Ducks outshot the Oilers 12-3, but led 1-0 at the end of the period in large part because of Talbot. Of course, he was fortunate on a couple occasions as well -- the Ducks beat Talbot a couple of times but hit the post. Regardless, the Edmonton goaltender is quietly putting together a very strong postseason. Through eight games, he is 6-2 with a .934 save percentage and two shutouts. Talbot also has the Oilers halfway through the second round.
Vladimir Tarasenko STL RW
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Scores game-winner in Game 27h ago
Vladimir Tarasenko tallied two goals, including one on the power play and the game-winner, and six shots in a 3-2 victory during Game 2 of the second round versus the Predators on Friday.
The 25-year-old has been relatively quiet this postseason, recording a goal and three points in the first six games, but maybe this will be his breakout performance. This is his first multi-point game of this playoffs. Last postseason, Tarasenko had two multi-goal games and four multi-point contests.
Zach Cunningham HOU LB
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Can play both inside and outside31m ago
Zach Cunningham is seen as a versatile linebacker that can play both inside and outside, according to Houston head coach Bill O'Brien, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Versatility is key for us. Zach was a very productive tackler at Vanderbilt," said O'Brien.
Cunningham sees himself as an inside linebacker but he'll need to get bigger to man that spot in the NFL. O'Brien feels he can play on special teams immediately and serve as depth at inside linebacker where he can be groomed by veteran Brian Cushing for an eventual starting job alongside Bernardrick McKinney. Athleticism is Cunningham's greatest asset. He covers ground, is adept at pursuing, and could probably step in right away as a third-down backer.
Texans' D'Onta Foreman: Possible No. 2 back1h ago
Foreman is seen as someone who can spell starter Lamar Miller, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Miller lugged the ball a career-high 268 times in 2016, a workload that took its toll on Houston's lead running back. Cognizant of that, head coach Bill O'Brien plans to monitor his workload and incorporate a second back more often. Thus, the Houston Texans selected Foreman out the University of Texas in the third round (89th overall) to be part of the backup running back mix. He's a big back who was a productive inside runner for the Longhorns and is seen as a first and second down back. His selection is not a good sign for either Alfred Blue or Kenny Hilliard.
Buccaneers' Kendell Beckwith: Headed to Tampa6h ago
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Beckwith in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 107th overall.
Beckwith (6-foot-2, 243 pounds) is a three-year starter who was unable to work out before the draft due to a torn ACL suffered in November. He'll be hard-pressed for defensive snaps with Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander locked in as Tampa's top two linebackers.
Seahawks' Amara Darboh: Picked by Seattle7h ago
The Seattle Seahawks selected Darboh in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 106th overall.
Darboh (6-foot-2, 214 pounds) is a well-built and athletic receiver who generally showed a competent skill set in college, but probably didn't show enough on the field to profile as more than a WR2 type in the NFL. With a 4.45-second 40 and 124-inch broad jump, Darboh has the tools to be a fantasy factor at some point, and there might be more opportunity than assumed in Seattle. Tyler Lockett is returning from a compound leg fracture, and Jermaine Kearse has never shown much as a receiver.
Steelers' James Conner: Stays in Pittsburgh7h ago
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Conner in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 105th overall.
The Pittsburgh product never had to leave town, and the Steelers get a fine off-the-bench power runner behind starter Le'Veon Bell. It's possible that they could even groom Conner (6-foot-1, 233 pounds) for some fullback looks to get both players on the field at once. Conner overcome Hodgkins lymphoma and a torn MCL from 2015 to return to the field in 2016, and he came back with a leaner build and improved pass-catching skills. Conner doesn't look like a standout talent and won't have much opportunity to produce behind Bell, but he's probably talented enough to produce if Bell should miss any time. Conner finished his Pittsburgh career with 3,733 yards (5.6 YPC) and 52 touchdowns in 39 career games.
49ers' C.J. Beathard: Surprise third-round pick for 49ers7h ago
The San Francisco 49ers selected Beathard in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 104th overall.
There's a good chance that this winds up one of the strangest picks of this draft. Beathard (6-foot-2, 219 pounds) has some arm and some athleticism to him, and he's certainly tough for playing hurt much of the last two years, but the production all but rules him out as a viable starting quarterback prospect. He completed just 56.5 percent of his passes and averaged just 6.4 yards per attempt in 2016. It's hard to imagine a good argument for drafting Beathard over the likes of Jerod Evans, Nathan Peterman or Joshua Dobbs.