Jose Altuve HOU 2B
Astros' Jose Altuve: Responsible for offense in Saturday's loss1h ago
Jose Altuve went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Athletics.
Altuve's eighth-inning homer, his third of the season, made the game interesting but the Houston Astros didn't have the comeback bats working Saturday. After sitting out a couple of games due to a shoulder injury, Altuve is back to full strength, hitting third in Houston's order.
Joe Musgrove HOU SP
Astros' Joe Musgrove: Never better in 2017 despite loss1h ago
Musgrove, Joe (1-2) allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out six over 6.1 innings in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Oakland.
This was Musgrove's best outing of the season as it appears some adjustments to his mechanics are working out for him. In his previous start against Tampa Bay, the right-hander threw five no-hit innings after the Rays touched him for four first-inning runs. Despite the 4.88 ERA over five starts, Musgrove is trending well, having allowed just one run on five hits over his previous 11.1 innings. His next scheduled start is Thursday at home against Texas.
Hector Neris PHI RP
Phillies' Hector Neris: Blows save in spectacular fashion2h ago
Hector Neris imploded Saturday, allowing three straight solo home runs to the Dodgers to blow a save opportunity.
Two of the three home runs Neris allowed came on fastballs, a pitch that is not his strength. He established himself as an elite reliever last season thanks to his nasty splitter. Manager Pete Mackanin told Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia that he intends to talk to Neris about his pitch selection. The Dominican reliever is likely still the top choice to close in Philly despite his struggles Saturday.
Howie Kendrick PHI LF
Phillies' Howie Kendrick: Working out at first base3h ago
Howie Kendrick (oblique) has worked out at first base during batting practice the past two days, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
The Philadelphia Phillies could be looking for a way to keep Aaron Altherr in the lineup when Kendrick returns from the disabled list. Tommy Joseph has been struggling at first base and Kendrick could start eating into his playing time. Kendrick, who has played 89 games at first base in his career, will likely be sidelined for another week or so before returning from the disabled list.
Aaron Nola PHI SP
Phillies' Aaron Nola: Suffers setback3h ago
Aaron Nola felt some soreness in his back after throwing a bullpen session Friday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Manager Pete Mackanin said Nola will be reevaluated this week to determine when he will throw his next bullpen session. Nick Pivetta will likely stay in the Philadelphia Phillies ' rotation until Nola is ready to come off the disabled list.
Luis Garcia PHI RP
Phillies' Luis Garcia: Optioned to Triple-A3h ago
Luis Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after Saturday's game, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Garcia has pitched in five games this season and has yet to allow a run. He will be back the next time the Philadelphia Phillies need a reliever.
Alec Burks UTA SG
Jazz's Alec Burks: Out for Game 711h ago
Alec Burks (knee) will remain sidelined for Sunday's Game 7 against the Clippers.
Burks, who's missed the entirety of the postseason thus far, will be sidelined for the final game of the Utah Jazz 's series against the Clippers. Though he doesn't play a major role on the team, the Jazz are likely hoping that the 24-year-old can recover before their potential second-round series, as he averaged 6.7 points across 15.5 minutes per game during the regular season.
Rudy Gobert UTA C
Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Probable for Game 712h ago
Rudy Gobert , who exited Friday's Game 6 loss to the Clippers during the fourth quarter with a mild left ankle sprain, is being considered probable for Sunday's Game 7, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
Gobert's designation as probable is likely just an exercise in caution, as it was reported earlier Saturday morning that he would be good to go for Sunday's Game 7 with no workload restriction after his X-rays came back negative. More word on his availability should come following the team's Sunday morning shootaround, though he should be expected to take part in the contest barring an unforeseen setback.
Ian Mahinmi WAS C
Wizards' Ian Mahinmi: Out for Sunday's Game 115h ago
Ian Mahinmi (calf) will be sidelined for Sunday's Game 1 against the Celtics.
Mahinmi, who has reportedly been improving in his individual workouts, will still remain off the floor for the Washington Wizards during Game 1 of their series against the Celtics. Mahinmi missed all of the Wizards' first-round matchup against the Hawks and remains without a real timetable for a return. His status will likely be updated sometime after Sunday's contest.
Dante Cunningham NO SF
Pelicans' Dante Cunningham: Set to decline player option21h ago
Dante Cunningham said Saturday that he intends to decline his player option for the 2017-18 season, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.
The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Westbrook was set to make just over $3.1 million next season. The 30-year-old, who appeared in 66 games for New Orleans, will likely seek a longer-term deal as a free agent, and chances are he'll draw considerable interest after shooting nearly 40 percent from three in 2016-17.
Fred VanVleet TOR PG
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Back from D-League22h ago
Fred VanVleet was recalled from the D-League on Saturday.
With the D-League season concluded, VanVleet will return to the Toronto Raptors in advance of Monday's Game 1 against the Cavs. Expect the rookie out of Wichita State to simply provide depth at point guard.
Pascal Siakam TOR PF
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Recalled from D-League22h ago
Pascal Siakam was recalled from the D-League on Saturday.
Siakam helped the Toronto Raptors 905 take home the D-League championship earlier in the week, and he'll now rejoin the Raptors in advance of Monday's Game 1 against Cleveland. The rookie started at power forward for most of the first half of the season, but he all but fell out of the rotation after Toronto acquired P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka at the trade deadline.
Phil Kessel PIT RW
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Scores twice, adds helper in Game 2 win9h ago
Phil Kessel scored two goals (one on the power play) and added an assist during Saturday's Game 2 win over Washington.
After posting 22 points in 24 playoff games last year, Kessel has four goals and seven assists through seven postseason contests this spring. He's also turned in four multi-point showings. Saturday's outing also improved his career numbers to 27 goals and 54 points over 53 playoff games. Those are elite numbers, and considering the bad rep that has followed Kessel in the past, they shouldn't go unnoticed.
Jake Guentzel PIT C
Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Notches third multi-point showing of postseason9h ago
Jake Guentzel scored two goals and added and assist during Saturday's Game 2 win over Washington.
The rookie has been an offensive machine during the playoffs with seven goals and 10 points through seven games. Guentzel's hot stretch actually dates back to the regular season, as he's posted 17 goals and 31 points over his past 25 games. Guentzel appears to be locked in with Sidney Crosby at five-on-five, and while his salary is rising across the daily industry, his production warrants nightly consideration.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Notches two assists in Game 2 win9h ago
Sidney Crosby collected two second-period assists during Saturday's Game 2 win over Washington.
No. 87 has four goals and 11 points during his active six-game point streak, and he helped Pittsburgh grab a two-goal lead in Game 2. The Pittsburgh Penguins never looked back, and not to look too far ahead, but Crosby is building a strong case for his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy.
Derek Stepan NYR C
Rangers' Derek Stepan: Scores second goal of postseason10h ago
Derek Stepan scored a goal in Saturday's 6-5 double-overtime loss to the Senators in Game 2. He also fired six shots on net.
Unfortunately, the veteran center also skated to a plus-2. While the snipe and amount of rubber he threw at Sens netminder Craig Anderson are great from a fantasy standpoint, the fact that Stepan went just 8-for-25 (32 percent) in the faceoff dot suggests he'll need to be better when the series shifts to Madison Square Garden for Game 3 on Tuesday -- especially if the Blueshirts hope to climb out of a 2-0 deficit.
Marc Methot OTT D
Senators' Marc Methot: Finds twine in Game 2 victory10h ago
Marc Methot scored the team's second goal in a 6-5 double-overtime victory over the Rangers in Game 2 on Saturday. He also dished out five hits and blocked three shots.
The veteran rearguard hadn't lit the lamp since way back in the 2015-16 season, so his goal-scoring contribution was certainly appreciated by the Sens in their comeback victory. Methot wasn't able to hit the scoresheet in the five games against Boston in Round 1, but he now has points in back-to-back games against the Rangers and has amassed 33 hits and 12 blocked shots in seven postseason contests. With that in mind, the 31-year-old might be worth taking a peek at in daily formats given his production in the peripheral categories.
Braden Holtby WAS G
Capitals' Braden Holtby: Removed from Saturday's game11h ago
Braden Holtby was replaced by Philipp Grubauer to start the third period Saturday.
Holtby allowed three goals on just 14 shots before getting yanked. That makes six goals allowed on just 32 shots over the first two games of Washington's playoff series against Pittsburgh.
Devin Smith NYJ WR
Jets' Devin Smith: Ruled out for season36m ago
Devin Smith has been ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery on a torn ACL suffered earlier this month, ESPN.com reports.
Smith missed most of last season because of a serious knee injury, and he was only able to appear in nine games during his rookie year because of a rib issue. His absence is certainly a blow to a New York Jets receiving corps that lost Brandon Marshall in the offseason, though they drafted two wideouts in this year's draft to start filling the void.
Texans' Deante' Gray: Signed as UDFA by Houston2h ago
Gray signed with Houston as an undrafted free agent, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Gray is a local product who played at Texas Christian University. He caught only 10 passes during his senior season, a year in which he came back from a knee injury that cost him all of 2015.
Carlos Watkins HOU DT
Texans' Carlos Watkins: Has opportunity with Wilfork retirement2h ago
Carlos Watkins could be part of the rotation at nose tackle where snaps will be available following the expected retirement of Vince Wilfork, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Watkins, selected in the fourth round (142nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, played both nose tackle and defensive tackle at Clemson where his quickness produced eye-popping sack totals from the interior defensive line. With the Houston Texans , he'll be needed as a run stopper. And to do that, he'll need to get stronger.
Texans' Julie'n Davenport: Fills need at right tackle2h ago
Davenport could compete for playing time immediately at right tackle after starter Derek Newton tore both patellar tendons last year, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Davenport was selected in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Bucknell. The Patriot League is an unlikely source of NFL talent -- you have to go back to the 1960s to find the last Bison selected by an NFL team -- and Davenport will have to overcome a collegiate competition level that won't have him prepared for NFL rushers. He has all the physical traits to play tackle and there's opportunity for him in 2017 as Newton is not expected to play this season, but he's raw on technique.
Treston Decoud HOU CB
Texans' Treston Decoud: Likely special teamer as rookie2h ago
Treston Decoud could play safety due to his size and willingness to hit and is expected be a core special-teams contributor during his rookie season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Houston Texans took a hit in the secondary in the offseason, losing safety Quintin Demps and cornerback A.J. Bouye to free agency. They could use a combo guy to back up at both positions. Decoud's physical nature and length make him an interesting candidate but needs to improve technique at cornerback.
Texans' Kyle Fuller: Will play center, guard3h ago
Fuller will compete for backup jobs at center and guard according to Houston head coach Bill O'Brien, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fuller, who was drafted in the seventh round by the Houston Texans , is a local kid from Wylie (Tex.) who played four years at Baylor, starting his final 39 games at center. The Texans already have Nick Martin and Greg Mancz, so Fuller will diversify his skills set to guard.