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  • Sonny Gray OAK SP
    Athletics' Sonny Gray: Shines in rehab outing, could join A's on Tuesday
    5h ago

    Sonny Gray (back) was dominant in his rehab outing Thursday and could rejoin Oakland's rotation as soon as Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He allowed two hits and no walks while striking out seven batters over 6.0 innings.

    Perhaps the most important takeaway from Thursday's outing was Gray sitting 94 with his fastball and locating it extremely well. His seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings back up that notion, as does the fact that he didn't register a walk. Gray is now lined up to start Tuesday in Minnesota, but Slusser notes that the team's off-day Monday affords the A's the luxury of waiting until Wednesday to activate him.

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  • Christian Bethancourt
    Padres' Christian Bethancourt: Will work as pitcher in minors
    6h ago

    Christian Bethancourt will focus on pitching while at Triple-A El Paso, Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reports.

    The San Diego Padres outrighted Bethancourt off the 40-man roster Tuesday after his struggles as both a reliever and as a hitter while with the big league club. According to Lin, Bethancourt will leave open the possibility of going back behind the plate down the line, but wants to train primarily as a pitcher for the time being. Bethancourt has strong velocity on his fastball, sitting at 94.1 miles per hour, but he'll need time to hone in on his command. He walked a whopping eight batters in just 3.2 innings while with the Padres, but it's clear that the organization is confident enough in his upside to where they believe he can develop as a pitcher down the line.

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  • Steve Selsky BOS RF
    Red Sox's Steve Selsky: Optioned to Triple-A
    6h 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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  • Brock Holt BOS LF
    Red Sox's Brock Holt: Starting rehab assignment Friday
    7h 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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  • Chris Devenski HOU RP
    Astros' Chris Devenski: Touched for game-winning homer
    8h 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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  • Alex Dickerson SD LF
    Padres' Alex Dickerson: Progresses to cardio and light lifting
    8h 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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  • Khris Middleton MIL SG
    Bucks' Khris Middleton: Well-rounded game Thursday
    7h 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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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL SF
    Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Drops game-high 34 points Thursday
    7h 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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  • Serge Ibaka TOR PF
    Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Cleans glass Thursday vs. Bucks
    7h 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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  • DeMar DeRozan TOR SG
    Raptors' DeMar DeRozan: Impressive two-way performance Thursday
    7h 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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  • Jamal Murray DEN SG
    Nuggets' Jamal Murray: Undergoes successful surgery Thursday
    11h 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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  • Troy Williams HOU SF
    Rockets' Troy Williams: Assigned to D-League
    13h 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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  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM C
    Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Snags first postseason point
    3h ago

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had an assist, two shots and a hit in Edmonton's Game 1 win over Anaheim on Wednesday.

    That assist is Nugent-Hopkins's first point of the postseason. Though he hasn't shown up on the scoresheet often, he's seeing plenty of ice time and is skating on the team's second power play unit. He's played well but has largely been deployed in a defensive role. He's been better than the stats show, but his upside is limited by his usage.

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  • Jordan Eberle EDM RW
    Oilers' Jordan Eberle: Continues to struggle in postseason
    3h ago

    Jordan Eberle had no points, no shots and a minus-1 rating in Wednesday's Game 1 win over Anaheim.

    Eberle has been a bad bet this postseason. He hasn't put up a point since the opening game and has only played more than 15 minutes once and that was an opening round overtime match.

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  • Matthew Benning EDM D
    Oilers' Matt Benning: Leads team in hits
    3h ago

    Matthew Benning , who has played six of Edmonton's seven playoff games, had a team-leading six hits in Wednesday's win over Anaheim.

    Unfortunately, those six hits were all he managed in the 14:30 of ice time he saw. That was the lowest mark among team defensemen. With just two assists and four shots in six games, there are many defensemen around the league seeing more opportunities to help your team.

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  • Drake Caggiula EDM C
    Oilers' Drake Caggiula: Returns to third line
    3h ago

    Drake Caggiula returned to the third line for Game 1 of Edmonton's second-round series against Anaheim. He had one shot and two penalty minutes in Wednesday's win.

    Caggiula has yet to produce a point this postseason. Moving back to the third line from Connor McDavid's top-line unit is a big downgrade for the rookie. He hasn't produced anything to help his value, but dropping to a line with Zack Kassian and Mark Letestu hurts his value as well.

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  • Oscar Klefbom EDM D
    Oilers' Oscar Klefbom: Makes big impact in Game 1
    3h ago

    Oscar Klefbom finished Wednesday's Game 1 win over Anaheim with an assist, three shots, a plus-2 rating and 21:45 of ice time.

    Klefbom is putting himself in a position to succeed. He's getting time on the team's top power-play unit and was on the ice for all five of Edmonton's goals in the win. He may be a blue-line option that provides surprising value in the second round of the playoffs.

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  • Connor McDavid EDM C
    Oilers' Connor McDavid: Contributing in unseen ways
    3h ago

    Connor McDavid tallied an assist and two shots in Game 1 against the Ducks on Wednesday.

    Despite tallying just one point, McDavid was on the ice for four of Edmonton's five goals in the win. He's making a difference. If he continues to play like he did in Game 1, he's going to start producing more points.

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  • Saints' Ryan Ramczyk: Last pick of first round
    6h 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.

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  • 49ers' Reuben Foster: Falls to 49ers at 31
    6h 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.

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  • Steelers' T.J. Watt: Headed to Pittsburgh
    7h 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.

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  • Browns' David Njoku: Picked 29th by the Browns
    7h 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.

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  • Cowboys' Taco Charlton: Picked 28th by Dallas
    7h 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.

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  • Bills' Tre'Davious White: Selected 27th by Bills
    7h 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.

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