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Brandon Maurer SD RP
Padres' Brandon Maurer: Notches 14th save Friday43m ago
Brandon Maurer struck out a batter and threw a scoreless ninth to record his 14th save Friday against the Tigers.
Maurer has now converted nine consecutive save opportunities and has walked just two batters over his last 12 appearances. He is now 14-of-16 on save conversions for the season, and his 29:6 K:BB over 29.1 innings is nothing to sneeze at.
Luis Perdomo SD SP
Padres' Luis Perdomo: Earns second win against Tigers1h ago
Luis Perdomo (2-4) walked five but gave up just two hits and struck out six over six shutout innings in a win Friday against the Tigers.
Perdomo is on a roll, with three quality starts in a row dating back to June 12 against Cincinnati. Six strikeouts matches his best total since May 26 against the Nationals, and he needed them to keep his five walks, a season high, from biting him. Still, last year's Rule 5 draft pick is starting to find his form, as he has his ERA down to 4.56.
Dwight Smith TOR LF
Blue Jays' Dwight Smith: Bangs out three hits Friday1h ago
Smith, Dwight went 3-for-5 with a double in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Royals.
It's the first multi-hit performance in Smith's brief big-league career. The 24-year-old is now hitting ,400 (10-for-25) in limited duty but has also struck out eight times, so things could head south in a hurry for the rookie if the Jays' injury-wracked outfield forces Smith into a regular starting role.
Michael Fulmer DET SP
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Takes loss in quality start against Padres1h ago
Fulmer, Michael (6-6) allowed just one run on two hits and four walks while striking out eight over seven innings but still took the loss Friday against the Padres.
This marks two straight consecutive starts for Fulmer, a good bounce back after he allowed five runs in consecutive starts May 27 and June 2, both against the White Sox. Eight strikeouts marks Fulmer's best since he struck out nine over eight innings on May 5 against the Athletics. Even though it was a loss, Fulmer showed electric stuff, a good sign that he's back on the rise.
Jose Bautista TOR RF
Blue Jays' Jose Bautista: Three hits Friday1h ago
Jose Bautista went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Royals.
He took his new leadoff duties seriously, beating the shift twice with hard-hit balls into right field. Bautista's had a rough June in general, coming into the game batting .145 (10-for-69) with just two homers and three RBI, but a focus on hitting the other way and getting on base seems to be helping him shake off the slump as he has five hits in his last two games.
J.A. Happ TOR SP
Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Quality start gets wasted Friday1h ago
J.A. Happ allowed one run on four hits while striking out five over 6.1 innings Friday but had to settle for a no-decision in a 5-4 loss to the Royals.
With Robert Osuna (illness) not available to pitch, the Jays bullpen blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning, denying Happ his third win of the season despite delivering his third straight quality start. The veteran lefty will take a 3.83 ERA into his next outing Thursday at home against the Orioles.
Shea McClellin NE OLB
Patriots' Shea McClellin: Playing time may take a hit5h ago
Shea McClellin could see his playing time take a hit this season due to the addition of David Harris, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.
McClellin played 34.5 percent of the defensive snaps last season, and tallied 41 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery in the process. The Jets surprisingly cut Harris in an economic-based move, but he figures to get plenty of snaps for the New England Patriots . It remains to be seen how his presence will cut into McClellin's snaps, but he will presumably see less time on the field.
Bronson Kaufusi BAL DE
Ravens' Bronson Kaufusi: Ready to return5h ago
Bronson Kaufusi (ankle) is eager to make his NFL debut after being sidelined for his rookie season.
Kaufusi is reportedly back to full health after breaking his ankle prior to the 2016 season. The third-round pick is expected to compete for a starting job on the Baltimore Ravens ' defense. He figures to compete with Brent Urban and rookie Chris Wormley for a starting defensive end role. Even if he does not get the starting nod, the BYU product will presumably see playing time in a rotational role regardless. Barring any setbacks, he should enter training camp healthy and hungry.
Darren Waller BAL TE
Ravens' Darren Waller: Back on field5h ago
Darren Waller (undisclosed) was a participant at the Baltimore Ravens ' minicamp after sitting out voluntary workouts, Luke Jones of wnst.net reports.
Waller was one of three tight ends on the team dealing with an injury, but it does not appear to have been a serious issue. His participation in minicamp seems to indicate he will be healthy entering training camp. He figures to compete to make the final roster and provide depth at tight end.
Seth DeValve CLE TE
Browns' Seth DeValve: Expected to break out in 20177h ago
The Cleveland Browns expect a breakout season for Seth DeValve in 2017, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon-Journal reports. "Most of his development in the offseason was that [DeValve] put on a little weight, he is noticeably stronger, he is faster and he is healthier," tight ends coach Greg Seamon said. "His ability to run routes, catch the ball, leave his feet, catch the ball away from his body and he has a big catch radius, I think those things are showing up out here. I'm pleased with what he has done developing as a blocker from a technical and footwork standpoint. The proof will be obvious when we put the pads on, but he is ahead of where he was a year ago. I see Seth as a guy who is important to us."
DeValve, the Browns' 2016 fourth-rounder, caught 10 passes for 127 yards and two spikes in limited snaps last season. Although he's beginning to prove himself as a receiver, the fact of the matter is that Cleveland selected Miami tight end David Njoku in the first round of this year's draft to serve as the team's primary receiving threat from the tight end position while Randall Telfer, the likely No. 2 on the depth chart, stands apart as the best blocker. That leaves DeValve as nothing more than No. 3. It usually all comes down to opportunity, and that simply might not be there for DeValve to significantly improve upon his 2016 numbers.
Sharrif Floyd MIN DT
Vikings' Sharrif Floyd: Expected to begin 2017 on PUP list7h ago
Sharrif Floyd (knee) is expected to start the 2017 season on the physically unable to perform list, Matt Vensel of The Star Tribune reports.
Floyd -- who's making slow and steady progress in his recovery from nerve damage suffered during September knee surgery -- missed out on the entirety of the Minnesota Vikings ' offseason program and seemingly has little to no chance of making it back for any point of training camp or preseason. Although him landing on the PUP list is currently the expectation, he could ultimately land on injured reserve if Minnesota management isn't optimistic about his progress after the season's first six weeks.
Elie Bouka ARI DB
Cardinals' Elie Bouka: Healthy again9h ago
Elie Bouka (hamstring) is healthy after spending the 2016 season on injured reserve, Adam Green of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Bouka originally landed on IR after suffering a hamstring injury in training camp last season. Finally healthy, he'll likely need to carve out a role on special teams to make the team ahead of Week 1.
Lavoy Allen IND PF
Pacers' Lavoy Allen: Has option declined8h ago
Lavoy Allen is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the Indiana Pacers informed him they will not exercise his $4 million contract option, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.
Allen signed a three-year deal with Indiana back in 2015 and has gone on to average just 4.3 points and 4.6 rebounds since then. This past season, he saw his minutes slip to a career-low 14.3 per game. After his option was declined, the 28-year-old will hit the open market when free agency begins July 1st.
Chris Paul LAC PG
Clippers' Chris Paul: Intends to opt out of contract9h ago
Chris Paul intends to opt out of his contract on June 29th, which would make him an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reports.
Paul will forgo the final year of his current deal with the Los Angeles Clippers , which is worth over $24 million, to hit the open market when free agency starts July 1st. While Paul is waiting for the final day possible to officially declare his intention, star forward Blake Griffin opted out of his final year on Friday. As a result, Los Angeles' two best players will be free to field offers from around this league next month, leaving the franchise with a humungous offseason ahead. At 32 years old, Paul averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 three-pointers while shooting 41.1 percent from deep in 61 appearances this season.
Blake Griffin LAC PF
Clippers' Blake Griffin: Opts out of contract9h ago
Blake Griffin (toe) has opted out of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.
Griffin was scheduled to earn over $21 million during the upcoming season, but, as expected, he'll forgo that salary in search of a new long-term deal this offseason. While Griffin opting out doesn't come as a surprise, it does drive home the reality that he could leave Los Angeles this summer. At 28 years old, Griffin has averaged just over 21 points each of the last three seasons, while posting around eight rebounds and five assists per game the past two. Although he's ended back-to-back campaigns injured, Griffin still figures to be one of the five most-coveted free agents this offseason, giving the Los Angeles Clippers stiff competition to retain their star forward.
Arron Afflalo SAC SG
Arron Afflalo: Released by Kings10h ago
Arron Afflalo was released by the Kings on Friday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Afflalo's release comes ahead of Friday's deadline for a contract guarantee. After signing a two-year, $25 million deal with the Kings last summer, Afflalo went on to average just 8.4 points and 2.0 rebounds despite shooting 41.1 percent from three this past season, leaving Sacramento in search of cheaper alternatives. At 31 years old, the veteran will now hit the free agent market going into his eleventh season.
Chris Walker HOU PF
Bulls' Chris Walker: Inks contract with Bulls10h ago
Chris Walker agreed to a free-agent contract with the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Michael Scotto of The Associated Press reports.
Walker, once a highly prized recruit, has played for the G League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers since going undrafted in 2015. This past season, he averaged nearly six points and four rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. While that production is nothing to write home about, the bouncy forward will hope to impress the Bulls during summer league.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope DET SG
Pistons' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Suspended two games11h ago
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been suspended for the first two games of the 2017-18 regular season, Keith Langlois of Detroit Pistons .com reports.
Caldwell-Pope's suspension comes after he pled guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after being arrested on suspicion of DUI in March. A restricted free agent this offseason, Caldwell-Pope is expected to garner significant interest around the league, but the Pistons ultimately reserve the right to match any offer he receives. Despite the lottery selection of fellow sharpshooter Luke Kennard on Thursday, it's anticipated that Detroit will exercise its right to keep KCP, even though he'll now be forced to sit out the first couple games next season. Just 24 years old, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 three-pointers on 35 percent shooting from deep last season.
Oskar Sundqvist STL C
Blues' Oskar Sundqvist: Off to Pittsburgh in trade5h ago
Oskar Sundqvist was traded to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night, Frank Seravalli of TSN reports.
The Blues certainly had far more interest in moving up to pick #31 in the first round than they did in acquiring Sundqvist. The 23-year-old came over from Sweden two seasons ago as a quality prospect but he has struggled to make an impact at the NHL level. Sundqvist will be nothing more than a depth option for the Blues next year.
Ryan Reaves PIT RW
Penguins' Ryan Reaves: Traded to Penguins5h ago
Ryan Reaves has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins , Frank Seravalli of TSN reports.
The Penguins wanted to add some toughness to their club and that is exactly what Reaves brings to the table. The hulking winger posted 13 points and 104 penalty minutes for the Blues last season. Reaves offers virtually nothing offensively and he is only a fantasy option in leagues that highly value penalty minutes.
Jori Lehtera STL C
Flyers' Jori Lehtera: Traded to Flyers Friday5h ago
Jori Lehtera was shipped to Philadelphia in a Friday trade, Frank Seravalli of TSN reports.
Lehtera was left protected by the Blues in the expansion draft and he now finds himself on a new team. The 29-year-old's production has been heading in the wrong direction over the past three seasons. The Finnish forward posted a career-low 22 points in 64 games this past season for St. Louis. Things will probably get a bit better in Philadelphia, but he won't be worthy of a roster spot in most fantasy leagues. Lethera is signed for one more season at a cap hit of $4.7 million.
Brayden Schenn STL C
Blues' Brayden Schenn: Shipped to St. Louis on Friday6h ago
Brayden Schenn has been traded to the St. Louis Blues , Frank Seravalli of TSN reports.
A very interesting deal that seemingly came out of nowhere. Schenn is coming off another solid season for the Flyers in which he posted 25 goals and 55 points in 79 games. While his minus-13 rating isn't anything to write home about, that was more the result of the Flyers being a poor hockey club than anything else. Expect the 25-year-old to occupy a top-six position for his new club and post similar numbers to what we have seen in Philadelphia over the past several seasons.
Jordan Schroeder MIN C
Blue Jackets' Jordan Schroeder: Dealt to Columbus13h ago
Jordan Schroeder was traded to Columbus on Friday in exchange for Dante Salituro.
Schroeder possesses the pedigree (first-round pick in 2009) of a player that could be productive at the NHL level, but he's yet to put it together. The Columbus Blue Jackets hope another change of scenery will finally unlock his potential after his stay in Minnesota soured last season. He finished 2016-17 with just 13 points (six goals, seven assists) over 37 contests and averaged just 9:47 of ice time.
Kris Russell EDM D
Oilers' Kris Russell: Finalizes four-year deal13h ago
Kris Russell agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Edmonton on Friday worth an average annual value of $4 million. John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.
Russell apparently met with the Golden Knights but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement. Instead, the 30-year-old will return to the Edmonton Oilers for another four years. Injuries short-changed the blueliner's 2016-17 campaign as he logged just 68 outings in which he tallied 13 points. In each of his previous two seasons, Russell has been unable to stay healthy, which has kept him below the 20-point threshold -- a possible red flag for fantasy owners.