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Zach Eflin PHI SP
Phillies' Zach Eflin: Allows eight runs Tuesday1h ago
Zach Eflin picked up his second loss of the season Tuesday after allowing eight runs on 10 hits in an 8-2 loss to the Rockies. He struck out four and walked two.
Eflin has allowed 15 runs over his last 10 innings which has ballooned his ERA to 5.54. The young righty doesn't have strikeout stuff, so he is going to have nights like Tuesday where he gets hit around if he isn't locating his pitches. He'll try to get back on track when he faces the Reds in his next start.
Jordy Mercer PIT SS
Pirates' Jordy Mercer: Shows health Tuesday2h ago
Jordy Mercer went 2-for-5 with a two-run single and a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to Atlanta.
His big hit to plate two in the ninth inning against Atlanta closer Jim Johnson ended up being overshadowed by the Braves' walkoff win in the bottom of the frame. Nonetheless, it was good to see Mercer display that the hand ailment he suffered Monday is no big deal. The veteran shortstop hasn't offered a ton of fantasy appeal thanks to his .219 batting average, but it's worth noting that his BABIP is just .241, so there's room for some degree of positive regression here.
Matt Adams ATL 1B
Braves' Matt Adams: Enjoying awakening in Atlanta2h ago
Matt Adams went 3-for-5 on Tuesday, homering en route to two RBI and two runs in a win over the Pirates.
That includes a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth, which was a nice touch. Adams is now 5-for-13 with a couple homers -- he also went yard Monday -- since joining the Atlanta Braves . A high strikeout rate hurt him in St. Louis, and it's hardly clear that he's overcome that in his new digs, but Adams has plenty of thump in his bat and the promise of a pretty regular starting role with Freddie Freeman (wrist) out for a lengthy span.
Tony Watson PIT RP
Pirates' Tony Watson: Blows save, takes loss in Atlanta2h ago
Tony Watson (2-1) gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while recording just two outs in the bottom of the ninth before the Braves walked off with a win against him Tuesday.
Watson's been running through a field of land mines of late, allowing runs in four of his last seven appearances. His WHIP is now up to 1.62, which is a highly troubling mark for a closer. No, Watson probably isn't on the verge of getting displaced from the ninth inning just yet, but it's now worth monitoring the work of Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio, both of whom have been quite effective in setup duty.
Jim Johnson ATL RP
Braves' Jim Johnson: Charged with third blown save2h ago
Jim Johnson gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while recording just two outs in the ninth inning against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, recording his third blown save in the process.
Johnson's 1.02 WHIP on the season still reflects a generally high level of effectiveness, but his 9-for-12 mark in saves isn't impressive. That said, he's now pitched on four of the last five days and six of the last eight, so there could have been some fatigue involved in this implosion. Johnson won't lose his job just yet, but impressively effective setup man Arodys Vizcaino (who picked up his ninth hold with a perfect eighth inning Tuesday) is waiting in the wings.
R.A. Dickey ATL SP
Braves' R.A. Dickey: Gives up 11 hits to Pirates2h ago
R.A. Dickey allowed three runs on 11 hits over six innings against the visiting Pirates on Tuesday. He struck out two, walked three and hit a batter.
This 15-baserunner outing incredibly qualifies as a quality start, robbing that designation of all meaning in the process. Dickey has been a pain to own in fantasy, as his strikeout rate has dropped to its lowest point since 2008 and his walk rate is at its highest point since 2009; despite that, he's outpitched his peripherals so far, but that's not going to last if he keeps packing the bases with runners.
Rob Gronkowski NE TE
Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Restructures contract11h ago
Rob Gronkowski (back) restructured his contract Tuesday, Edward Lewis of NFL.com reports.
The tight end's new deal is incentivized so he has the opportunity to earn as much as $10.75 million, compared to the $5.25 million for which he's on the books. Gronkowski's pay raise is tiered to three different levels based on his performance next year. He'll have to achieve certain statistical marks to get raises, including playing up 70 percent of time, recording 60 receptions or recording 800 receiving yards, among others. If he reaches the highest level and receives the $10.75 million, he will be the highest-paid tight end in the league. All this hinges on his health, which was an issue last season due to back problems. However, should he remain on the field this year, it appears he'll likely be earning quite the pretty penny.
Teddy Bridgewater MIN QB
Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: Throwing at OTAs12h ago
The Minnesota Vikings posted a video of Teddy Bridgewater (knee) taking snaps during Tuesday's OTA.
After posting a video of himself going through agility drills earlier this month, Bridgewater continues to make tremendous progress as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered last August. The team has yet to announce any sort of timetable for the former first-round selection, whose leg remains heavily braced during drills. However, the fact Bridgewater is back out on the field with his teammates less than a year later is a reassuring sign for all involved.
Pernell McPhee CHI OLB
Bears' Pernell McPhee: Active for Tuesday workout12h ago
Pernell McPhee (shoulder) was on the field for OTAs on Tuesday, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
McPhee is working his way back from surgery on his torn left labrum he underwent at the beginning of the offseason. The linebacker missed seven games last season due to knee and shoulder ailments but his presence on the field Tuesday is clearly a reassuring sign for the Chicago Bears defense. They are dealing with plenty of question marks at the position to start OTAs with both Danny Trevathan (knee) and Willie Young (knee) absent from the field.
Jeremy Zuttah SF C
49ers' Jeremy Zuttah: Aggravates leg injury13h ago
Jeremy Zuttah aggravated a leg injury during OTAs on Tuesday, Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Zuttah has been dealing with a soft-tissue injury that forced him to miss time during voluntary minicamp in April, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. The San Francisco 49ers will likely err on the side of caution when it comes to addressing their new offensive lineman's condition, making sure he's completely healthy for the beginning of the season. However, it will be something to keep an eye on throughout the summer as Zuttah aims to secure the starting center role.
David Quessenberry HOU T
Texans' David Quessenberry: Returns to practice13h ago
David Quessenberry (illness) returned to practice this week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Quessenberry rejoined his teammates after a three-year battle with cancer. While he's still not in game shape, for good reason, the offensive lineman has been making progress. "We're in unchartered territory. But I feel great and it will be very soon where I can play," Quessenberry noted. "Look for more updates to come as training camp nears.
Matt Paradis DEN C
Broncos' Matthew Paradis: Out until August13h ago
Matt Paradis will be out until August recovering from hip surgery, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports.
Paradis had two surgeries on his left hip following the 2016 season and is expected to miss the entirety of training camp while recovering. The 27-year-old center has proven more than durable as he has yet to miss a start for the Denver Broncos over the past two years. Look for more updates on his status as the preseason nears.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Hits rough patch after big Game 37h ago
Marcus Smart produced eight points (1-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six assists, one rebound and one steal across 40 minutes during a 112-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
After a red hot Game 3, Smart somewhat predictably cooled off in a big way in the Game 4 loss, as he made just one field goal attempt. He is clearly going to get a ton of minutes with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out, so he could rebound for another big performance in Game 5. But with him, it's hard to predict.
Avery Bradley BOS SG
Celtics' Avery Bradley: Posts team-high 19 points in Game 4 loss7h ago
Avery Bradley contributed 19 points (7-19 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 39 minutes during a 112-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
Bradley's 19 points marked a team high but he needed 19 field goal attempts to get there. It was his third straight game of the series in which he has shot below 40 percent from the field. Despite the poor field goal percentage, Bradley is getting his points, as he scored at least 19 points for the fifth time in the last seven outings.
LeBron James CLE SF
Cavaliers' LeBron James: Rebounds with 34 points in Game 4 victory7h ago
LeBron James recorded 34 points (15-27 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block across 38 minutes during a 112-99 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
James bounced back from a passive Game 3 performance with his 10th 30-point game of these playoffs. He was mostly unstoppable on the offensive end, as he shot better than 50 percent for the 11th time in 12 playoff games. On a bit of a sour note, however, after he had shot extremely well from beyond the arc in the first two round of the playoffs, James has taken a step back as he's gone 6-of-22 from three-point land in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Kyrie Irving CLE PG
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving: Scores game-high 42 points in Game 4 win7h ago
Kyrie Irving totaled 42 points (15-22 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), four assists and three rebounds across 41 minutes during a 112-99 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
Irving turned in his best offensive game of these playoffs as his 42 points marked a game high. He got his points in efficient fashion, which continued a recent trend. In his last three games, Irving has shot better than 60 percent from the field. The hot streak comes after he had shot below 50 percent in seven consecutive games. It look like he has really found his groove with the team now one win away from the Finals.
Amir Johnson BOS SF
Celtics' Amir Johnson: Available off bench for Game 410h ago
Updating a previous reports, Amir Johnson (shoulder) will be available off the bench for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports.
It sounds like Johnson will be available in an emergency situation, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was held out for the entire contest as originally expected while he deals with a AC joint sprain in his right shoulder. Kelly Olynyk has already been announced as a starter and should see an uptick in minutes, while Jonas Jerebko is also likely to see more playing time off the bench in the frontcourt.
Kelly Olynyk BOS C
Celtics' Kelly Olynyk: Will join starting five for Game 411h ago
Kelly Olynyk will enter the starting five for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.
Amir Johnson is expected to miss Tuesday's game with a shoulder injury, so coach Brad Stevens has opted to go with Olynyk as his replacement in the top unit. Olynyk has averaged just 15.7 minutes over the first three games of the series, but should push for a much bigger role during Game 4. Jonas Jerebko also figures to see an uptick in minutes in the frontcourt off the bench.
Evgeni Malkin PIT C
Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Scores seventh goal in Game 6 defeat6h ago
Evgeni Malkin opened the scoring in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 6 loss to the Senators.
Malkin was all over the ice in this one, launching a game-high seven shots, including the lone Pittsburgh shot in 46 tries to beat Anderson. Unfortunately for him and the Pittsburgh Penguins , Malkin's tally 4:51 into the second ended up being for naught when Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman both answered with goals of their own for the Senators. The Russian sniper should be a major force in Game 7 after racking up seven goals and 24 points through 18 playoff games.
Matt Murray PIT G
Penguins' Matt Murray: Drops Game 6 despite 28 saves6h ago
Matt Murray 's 28 saves weren't enough in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 6 loss to Ottawa.
Murray's performance was good enough to win on most nights given Pittsburgh's offensive success, but Craig Anderson was able to beat him with a tremendous 45-save effort. The 22-year-old netminder has allowed five goals in just under four games since replacing Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period of Game 3, and is favored to get the nod in Game 7 despite Fleury's shutout performance in the decider against Washington.
Bobby Ryan OTT RW
Senators' Bobby Ryan: Nets third power-play goal of playoffs6h ago
Bobby Ryan scored on the power play in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 6 win over the Penguins.
Things looked like they were getting away from Ottawa when Evgeni Malkin opened the scoring early in the second, but Ryan did well to provide the answer less than 10 minutes later. Three of Ryan's six goals this postseason have come on the power play, surpassing the two extra-man tallies he managed in 62 regular-season games. His six points through six games this series suggest the veteran winger should be a major factor in Game 7.
Mike Hoffman OTT LW
Senators' Mike Hoffman: Sends series to Game 7 with third-period winner6h ago
Mike Hoffman scored the winning goal in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 6 triumph over the Penguins.
Hoffman rocketed one from the top of the circle past the outstretched glove of Matt Murray to break a 1-1 tie 1:34 into the third period, then let goalie Craig Anderson and the Ottawa defense do the rest. The skilled winger also brought a physical element, leading the Ottawa Senators with five hits as they staved off elimination. Four of his 11 points this postseason have come in the past four games.
Craig Anderson OTT G
Senators' Craig Anderson: Steals Game 6 with 45 stops7h ago
Craig Anderson made 45 saves in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 6 win over the Penguins.
Pittsburgh carried play with a 46-30 shot advantage, including a 23-10 edge in the second period, but Anderson outplayed Matt Murray to send this series to a deciding Game 7. While his lone blemish came on an Evgeni Malkin tally 4:51 into the second, the veteran netminder also stopped six shot attempts apiece by Malkin and Sidney Crosby en route to his highest save total of these playoffs. He'll have to shine once again for Ottawa to upset the defending Stanley Cup champs on the road.
Colin White OTT C
Senators' Colin White: Making playoff debut in Game 610h ago
Colin White will make his NHL playoff debut during Tuesday night's Game 6 against the Penguins.
White has just 27:25 total ice time of experience in two career NHL games, but with the Ottawa Senators ' backs against the wall and nothing working for them in their Game 5 collapse, they must see something in the 20-year-old that they feel can help their chances Tuesday. White is slated to center the fourth line with Viktor Stalberg and Ryan Dzingel on his wings.