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Giancarlo Stanton MIA RF
Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: Ropes RBI single Monday27m ago
Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-2 with an RBI single and a walk in Monday's 4-1 win over the Phillies.
The slugging outfielder's third-inning hit brought home Dee Gordon with the Miami Marlins ' second run of the night. He's now hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, banging out five multi-hit efforts over that span. Stanton also has eight RBI in his last eight contests and has driven in an impressive 19 runs overall in May.
Dee Gordon MIA 2B
Marlins' Dee Gordon: Ropes RBI double Monday34m ago
Dee Gordon went 1-for-4 with a RBI double in Monday's 4-1 win over the Phillies.
Gordon's third-inning two-bagger brought home JT Riddle with the first run of the night and served as the speedy infielder's third double in his last seven contests. The 29-year-old has hit safely in eight consecutive starts while also swiping 11 bags overall in May.
Derek Dietrich MIA 3B
Marlins' Derek Dietrich: Blasts two-run homer Monday40m ago
Derek Dietrich went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Monday's 4-1 win over the Phillies.
Dietrich took Jeremy Hellickson deep with a 362-foot laser to right in the sixth, plating J.T. Realmuto with the Miami Marlins ' final runs of the night. It was only the veteran infielder's second round tripper of the season, with the first having come on May 12 against the Braves. Dietrich has seen a sharp drop in his overall production as compared to last season's solid .279/.374/.425 line, as he's currently slashing just .229/.324/.361. However, he's actually improved his contact rate to a career-best 80 percent, so a resurgence is certainly possible if he continues to put wood on the ball at an above-average clip.
Aaron Altherr PHI LF
Phillies' Aaron Altherr: Drives in team's only run Monday1h ago
Aaron Altherr went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Marlins. He was also caught stealing on his only attempt.
Altherr drove home starter Jeremy Hellickson in the sixth with a single to left, the Philadelphia Phillies ' only run of the night. After a strong April, the emerging outfielder has been even better in May, smacking 14 extra-base hits (eight doubles, six home runs) and racking up 21 RBI. He's also hit safely in four straight and has now reached base in eight consecutive contests overall.
AJ Ramos MIA RP
Marlins' A.J. Ramos: Notches sixth save Monday1h ago
AJ Ramos notched his sixth save in Monday's 4-1 win over the Phillies, firing a scoreless ninth inning in which he allowed a walk and struck out the side.
The veteran closer issued an inning-opening walk to Aaron Altherr before setting down Tommy Joseph, Michael Saunders and Cameron Rupp on swinging strikes. Ramos undoubtedly makes matters interesting at times, but he's now posted three consecutive scoreless outings and has been successful in all six of his save opportunities. The 30-year-old had had some control issues (12 walks), but he's also racked up 22 strikeouts over 17.1 innings.
Mike Trout LAA CF
Angels' Mike Trout: Will undergo surgery on left thumb1h ago
Mike Trout will undergo surgery Wednesday on the torn UCL in his left thumb and will miss 6-8 weeks.
Trout was placed on the 10-day disabled list with the thumb injury on Monday. There was still some slight hope that he would be able to avoid surgery and miss just a couple of weeks, but the outfielder and club have elected to take the safe route and undergo the procedure. The 6-8 week timeline suggested would place Trout's return around the All-Star break at the earliest, and perhaps around early August at the latest.
Nolan Carroll DAL DB
Cowboys' Nolan Carroll: Arrested Monday morning3h ago
Nolan Carroll was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, Claire Z. Cardona of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Carroll, who signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, could be subject to league discipline due to this transgression.
Troy Niklas ARI TE
Cardinals' Troy Niklas: Deemed healthy5h ago
Troy Niklas (wrist) was recently deemed healthy during OTAs, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
A second-round pick of the 2014 draft, Niklas' career has been derailed by a deluge of injuries. In advance of the event, a sports hernia was discovered at the Combine that required surgery. Then, in just his third spring practice with the Cardinals, he broke a finger in his left hand. After suffering through two severe ankle sprains in the first half of his rookie season, Niklas was mercifully placed on IR, ending his campaign. As a sophomore, he avoided the injury bug, yet he managed just four receptions for 33 yards and two touchdowns across 16 games. To wrap up his professional injury history, Niklas injured his left wrist in Week 3 last season, and a season-ending procedure was promptly ordered up. As he goes through his third full offseason program, he has already been termed one of the Cardinals' starting tight ends (also, Jermaine Gresham) by head coach Bruce Arians, per Kyle Odegard of the team's official site. Whether the role allows Niklas to tap into his potential remains to be seen, but Gresham is the proven commodity among the tight ends, who must perform ably as both pass catchers and blockers in Arians' offense. As a result, Niklas will be hard-pressed to produce consistently as the fifth or sixth option, at best, within the passing attack.
Joel Heath HOU DE
Texans' Joel Heath: Returns to full health6h ago
Joel Heath (knee) is 100 percent healthy, WCPO's Mike Dyer reports.
Heath went down in the Houston Texans ' divisional-round loss to the Patriots last January. While it still isn't certain what specific type of knee injury he was dealing with, the second-year Michigan State product did not require surgery and has been participating in the outset of OTAs.
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Jaguars' Dante Fowler Jr.: Aiming for breakout season11h ago
Dante Fowler is looking to have a breakout season in 2017 now that he is fully healthy, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports. "The  ACL injury is out my head, mentally. It's hard to believe it's been two years," Fowler said. "The coolest thing about it is the progress I see while we're doing the conditioning work. I'm seeing how strong I'm getting and the explosiveness coming from my knee. It's a really cool thing."
Fowler missed his entire rookie season due to a torn ACL but returned to the field in 2016, recording four sacks and 32 tackles in 16 games. He now heads into training camp completely healthy for the first time in his career with sharpened burst and agility. As long as he can stay healthy, Fowler, who is just 22 years old, could take his production to greater heights in 2017.
Jeff Allen HOU G
Texans' Jeff Allen: Hoping to bounce back after injury-plagued 201612h ago
Jeff Allen is looking to return to form this season after a disappointing 2016 campaign, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Allen took a step back in his first season at Houston due to lingering injuries and a position change. However, after undergoing offseason ankle surgery, the 27-year-old is aiming for a bounce-back year. In addition to noting that his ankle feels better, Allen has spent the offseason changing his diet, which has helped him lose over 20 pounds. The veteran is very optimistic that he'll be able to bolster the Houston Texans ' ground game in 2017.
Nate Orchard CLE OLB
Browns' Nate Orchard: Active in OTAs1d ago
Nate Orchard (ankle) has been an active participant in OTAs, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon-Journal reports.
Orchard finished the 2016 season on injured reserve after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 3. His participation in OTAs this month implies he's since received medical clearance to return to action.
Tony Parker SA PG
Spurs' Tony Parker: Targeting return in January5h ago
Tony Parker (quad) confirmed he's targeting a return in January, Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express-News reports.
Parker underwent surgery at the beginning of May to address a ruptured left quadriceps and was originally given an estimated timetable for a return of around eight months. This latest update from Parker himself confirms that original belief, as January would mark eight months since his surgery. That will keep Parker sidelined for at least the first few months of the season and with Patty Mills' future with the San Antonio Spurs unknown as he heads into free agency, Dejounte Murray could find himself in a much larger role to start the 2017-18 campaign. Of course, the Spurs will explore their own options in free agency as well, which could mean some additional bodies are brought on board in the backcourt. Look for Parker's status to be updated over the summer and into training camp, which should give us a better idea if he'll hit his desired return date at the start of January.
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Spurs' David Lee: Won't undergo surgery3d 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 finale4d 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 loss4d 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 loss4d 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 54d 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.
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Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Records two first-period helpers1h ago
Sidney Crosby collected two first-period assists -- one on the power play -- during Monday's Game 1 win over Nashville.
Crosby is up to seven goals and 22 points through 19 playoff games, and he's making a case for his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy. The Pittsburgh captain also registered three of the Pittsburgh Penguins ' mere 11 shots in the game. No. 87 will need to continue frequenting the scoresheet if he's going to hoist the Stanley Cup for a third time.
Chris Kunitz PIT LW
Penguins' Chris Kunitz: Registers two assists in Game 1 win1h ago
Chris Kunitz recorded two assists over 15:47 of ice time during Monday's Game 1 win over Nashville.
This was the second consecutive multi-point game for Kunitz, as he scored twice and added an assist during Pittsburgh's Game 7 win over Ottawa to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. He missed all of Round 1 against Columbus, and recorded just two assists over his first 13 postseason contests, but the veteran has made a huge impact the past two games for the defending champions.
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Penguins' Nick Bonino: Scores twice in Game 1 win1h ago
Nick Bonino scored two goals -- including the game-sealing, empty-net tally -- during Monday's Game 1 win over Nashville.
Bonino had just two goals and three assists through 19 postseason games entering Monday, so this was a big game for the center. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin ahead of him on the depth chart, Bonino isn't often in a position to make a huge offensive impact. If he's able to continue providing secondary scoring, it will be a huge boon for the Pittsburgh Penguins .
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Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Scores winner in Game 11h ago
Jake Guentzel scored the winning goal -- Pittsburgh's fourth -- in Monday's Game 1 victory over Nashville.
Pittsburgh allowed Nashville to score three unanswered goals and recover from a 3-0 deficit, so not only was it a huge goal for Guentzel, the Pittsburgh Penguins needed it badly. After scoring nine goals through the first 10 games of the playoffs, Guentzel went without a tally over the next eight games entering Monday. His speed, quick-release wrist shot and offensive acumen have been on display since breaking into the league in November, and he showcased all three again with Monday's goal. Guentzel's fantasy arrow is pointing straight up.
Jake Guentzel PIT C
Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Takes part in pre-game skate4h ago
Jake Guentzel skated on a fourth line with Matt Cullen and Patric Hornqvist during pregame warmups prior to Game 1 against Nashville on Monday, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Guentzel's goal-scoring well has gone dry -- he hasn't scored in eight games -- but his style of play sets up better against the Predators than the Senators. As a result, it looks like he'll remain active, at least for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Fellow forward Carl Hagelin didn't skate in pregame warmups, which is an indication he won't play Monday.
Carl Hagelin PIT LW
Penguins' Carl Hagelin: Likely out for Game 14h ago
Carl Hagelin didn't take part in Monday's pregame line rushes and is likely to sit out Game 1, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
With Patric Hornqvist (upper body) returning to action, it appears Hagelin has become the odd man out, at least for the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Hornqvist, along with Matt Cullen and Jake Guentzel, comprised the team's fourth line in warmups.