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Ryon Healy OAK DH
Athletics' Ryon Healy: Smacks two-run single Sunday2h ago
Ryon Healy went 1-for-3 with a two-run single and a walk in Sunday's 9-5 loss to the Yankees.
Healy opened the scoring on the day by roping a hit to left in the second that plated Khris Davis and Yonder Alonso. The slugging infielder has hit safely in 13 of the last 14 games and has now matched his April RBI total (10), with six of those runs having been driven in over the last five contests.
Lance McCullers HOU SP
Astros' Lance McCullers: Reaches sixth win Sunday3h ago
Lance McCullers (6-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits (one homer) while walking two and striking out eight over six innings in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Orioles.
McCullers settled down nicely after allowing all three of his runs in his first two innings. The impressive right-hander snapped his streak of 22 scoreless innings by giving up a two-run dinger to Jonathan Schoop in the first inning, but McCullers was able to win his fourth straight in the end. The 23-year-old allowed five runs twice in April but hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his six May starts and posted four straight scoreless outings before this one. There aren't many hurlers throwing better than McCullers this season, and with his 10.1 K/9, he's one of the higher-ceiling starters around.
Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B
Astros' Yulieski Gurriel: Knocks in two runs in Sunday's victory3h ago
Yuli Gurriel went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Orioles.
Gurriel has seen his average drop from .329 to .263 in the month of May, but the Cuban has shown flashes of intrigue with four long balls and 17 RBI in 170 plate appearances. He has room to grow with just a 2.4 percent walk rate, but the fact that he's striking out under 15 percent of the time is good news for the 32-year-old. Gurriel is more of a part-time player on a crowded Houston roster, so he's really only useful right now for bench depth in deeper formats.
Marwin Gonzalez HOU LF
Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Continues to hit3h ago
Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Sunday's 8-4 win over Baltimore.
Gonzalez has now reached base safely in 21 straight games and has an American League-best .381 average in May to raise his impressive line to .299/.394/.632. The super-utility man also leads Houston with 30 RBI and is tied with George Springer with 11 long balls. Those are impressive numbers considering how potent Houston's lineup is with the best record in baseball. Gonzalez should continue to see playing time somewhere for the Houston Astros if he keeps up this pace.
George Springer HOU CF
Astros' George Springer: Homers in back-to-back games3h ago
George Springer went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Orioles.
The long ball was Springer's 11th on the season and second in as many games to help raise his slash line up to .243/.322/.464 on the year. After a rough stretch in mid-May, the young outfielder has recorded two hits apiece in each of his last three games and could be starting a new hot streak. The fact that Springer is well on his way to his first 30-homer season is great, but his fantasy owners must be worried about his zero steals in two attempts.
Alec Asher BAL RP
Orioles' Alec Asher: Blasted in third start3h ago
Ashler (1-3) allowed six runs on six hits (one home run) while walking one and striking out one over just two innings in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Astros.
It wasn't a good first start as he takes Ubaldo Jimenez's rotation spot. Alec Asher had allowed four runs combined in his previous two starts this year, and his ERA rose to 3.77 in the 54-pitch effort. The right-hander may not be long for the rotation himself with just 23 strikeouts in 31 innings so far this season. Because he's been pitching in relief, Asher provides little upside with his inability to go deep into games, too.
Nate Orchard CLE OLB
Browns' Nate Orchard: Active in OTAs4h 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.
Derrick Kindred CLE SS
Browns' Derrick Kindred: Participating in OTAs4h ago
Derrick Kindred (ankle) has been an active participant in OTAs, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon-Journal reports.
Kindred broke his ankle in Week 13 last season and ultimately ended the season on injured reserve. His participation in OTAs suggests he's since been cleared by team doctors to return to football activities.
Michael Oher CAR T
Panthers' Michael Oher: Not a lock for minicamp5h ago
Michael Oher (concussion) is not a lock to be ready in time for June's mandatory minicamp, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Oher has been under the league's concussion protocol for eight months and, despite being an active participant in offseason workouts earlier in the spring, has not been present at OTAs. However, there haven't been any signs he's legitimately considering ending his career.
Jimmy Smith BAL CB
Ravens' Jimmy Smith: Back in action5h ago
Jimmy Smith (ankle) is healthy after ending the 2016 season on injured reserve, Garrett Downing of the Baltimore Ravens ' official site reports.
Smith suffered a high-ankle sprain late in December and ultimately missed the final three games of the 2016 season. Fortunately he's been an active participant in OTAs this month and appears to be good to go moving forward.
Kelvin Beachum NYJ T
Jets' Kelvin Beachum: Experiencing soreness in knee6h ago
Kelvin Beachum (knee) isn't participating in OTAs due to residual soreness in his surgically-repaired knee, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
Beachum -- who underwent surgery back in 2015 -- didn't miss a single game in 2016 but was a fixture on the injury report during the second half of the season. Considering he was recently cleared to run full speed, it shouldn't be long until he's able to join his teammates on the field.
Armonty Bryant DET DE
Lions' Armonty Bryant: Sits out OTAs6h ago
Armonty Bryant (undisclosed) is sitting out OTAs, Carlos Monarrez of The Detroit Free Press reports.
Before re-signing with the Detroit Lions in March, Bryant finished the 2016 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, and it appears it may still be affecting him. However, a timetable for his recovery isn't clear at present.
David Lee SA C
Spurs' David Lee: Won't undergo surgery2d 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 finale3d 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 loss3d 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 loss3d 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 53d 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.
Avery Bradley BOS SG
Celtics' Avery Bradley: Leads team with 23 points in Game 5 loss3d ago
Avery Bradley registered 23 points (10-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Bradley once again took up the mantle of the go-to option on offense for Boston in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (hip), scoring over 20 points for the third time in the series. His 50 percent success rate from the field equaled his series-best tally from Game 1, and he drained multiple threes for the third time during the five-game set as well. Primarily due to Thomas' absence, Bradley finished the conference finals with an average of 19 shot attempts per contest, a definitive uptick from the first two rounds of the playoffs and the regular season. He'll head into the 2017-18 campaign coming off the best statistical season of seven-year career, having averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.4 minutes.
Mike Fisher NSH C
Predators' Mike Fisher: Ready to rock for Game 110h ago
Mike Fisher (undisclosed) has been cleared to play Monday night's Game 1 against the Penguins, the Tennessean reports.
When speaking to the media about his injury Sunday, the captain heavily implied in his rhetoric that he was ready to go and would not miss Monday's contest. Coach Peter Laviolette backed the sentiment up by saying that all players on the trip would be available. Fisher and teammate Craig Smith (undisclosed) are both in Pittsburgh, so it would be a serious surprise at this point if either of them is ruled out due to injury.
Craig Smith NSH C
Predators' Craig Smith: Should play Monday15h ago
Craig Smith (undisclosed) should return in Game 1 against Pittsburgh on Monday, Arpon Basu of NHL.com reports.
According to head coach Peter Laviolette, all players will be available for the Stanley Cup Finals, which includes Smith and injured teammate Mike Fisher (undisclosed). Smith only notched 29 points in 78 regular-season games, so don't look toward him for much fantasy production.
Jake Guentzel PIT C
Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Heading for healthy scratch?15h ago
Jake Guentzel rotated on the fourth line during Sunday's practice, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
After potting an NHL-leading nine goals through the first 11 games of the playoffs, the rookie's gone ice cold. Guentzel hasn't scored in eight games, chipping in with only three assists. Whether he's hitting a wall or nursing an undisclosed injury, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Pens bench Guentzel on Monday, especially with Patric Hornqvist (upper body) nearing a return.
Patric Hornqvist PIT RW
Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Game-time decision for Game 116h ago
Patric Hornqvist (upper body) will be a game-time decision against Nashville on Monday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
The winger has been out since Game 2 against Ottawa, and while the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to win the series despite the absence, they could really use his assistance for some additional depth up front. Hornqvist has produced in his 13 postseason games this year, providing seven points (four goals, three assists) and tallying 30 shots on goal.
T.J. Oshie WAS RW
Capitals' T.J. Oshie: Close to re-singing with Caps1d ago
T.J. Oshie is close to a deal that will have him return to Washington, J.J. Regan of CSN Mid Atlantic reports.
According to the report, John Shannon of Sportsnet was the first to report that a deal between the Caps and Oshie was "all but done." Oshie is coming off a career year, surpassing the 30-goal threshold for the first time in his career. His 33 goals were tied for the team high with Alex Ovechkin.
Tobias Rieder ARI C
Coyotes' Tobias Rieder: Out 8-12 weeks following ankle surgery2d ago
Tobias Rieder underwent ankle surgery for an injury that he sustained during the IIHF World Championship and has a recovery timeline of 8-to-12 weeks, Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reports.
Rieder only managed to play in three of eight games for Germany in the international tournament, adding a single goal over that span. Even if it takes him the full three months to get back to 100 percent, the forward should be healthy before the start of the regular season. His 2016-17 campaign included 16 goals, 18 assists and a minus-8 rating, which actually represents the best single-season rating of his NHL career that is three years old.