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  • Manny Machado SD 3B
    Padres' Manny Machado: Produces lone Padres run in loss
    15m ago

    Machado went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Nationals on Thursday.

    San Diego managed only three hits in the contest, with Machado's fourth-inning solo blast accounting for the team's only run. The All-Star third baseman had his string of eight straight multi-hit contests snapped in the loss, but he did extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Machado was named the NL Player of the Week last week as a result of slashing .429/.448/.821 with two homers and 10 RBI over six contests.

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  • Ildemaro Vargas WAS 3B
    Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Goes deep Thursday
    21m ago

    Vargas went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's 3-1 win against the Padres.

    Vargas produced the first run of the game with a solo shot off Yu Darvish in the third inning. The long ball was his first since May 20, though he's spent considerable time in the minors since that date. Vargas has never flashed much power in the minors, and he's swatted a modest 10 homers across 428 career at-bats as a big-leaguer.

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  • Yu Darvish SD SP
    Padres' Yu Darvish: Stung by tough-luck loss
    25m ago

    Darvish (10-7) took the loss against Washington on Thursday, pitching 8.1 innings and allowing three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out six batters.

    Darvish was fantastic through eight frames, yielding only one run (on a third-inning Ildemaro Vargas homer). Darvish kept his pitch count low enough to remain in the contest for the ninth inning, but he was pulled after allowing a single to two of the first three batters he faced. Josh Hader entered from the bullpen and issued a hit-by-pitch, a walk and a sacrifice fly, allowing both inherited runners to score. Darvish thus picked up his third straight loss, though he has pitched relatively well during that stretch with a 3.98 ERA and 20:1 K:BB over 20.1 innings.

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  • Kyle Finnegan WAS RP
    Nationals' Kyle Finnegan: Records shaky save
    34m ago

    Finnegan registered a save against the Padres on Thursday, walking two batters and notching one strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning.

    Finnegan threw only seven of 19 pitches for strikes and walked two of the first three batters he faced, but he was able to escape with the save after inducing a game-ending double play. Carl Edwards Jr., who has picked up a pair of saves recently, looked better in the contest (he tossed a perfect frame and notched the win), but Finnegan is probably still the favorite for closing opportunities for now. He's gone 5-for-6 in save chances since the All-Star break.

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  • Anibal Sanchez WAS SP
    Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Allows only one hit in no-decision
    40m ago

    Sanchez pitched five innings against San Diego on Thursday, allowing one run on one hit and two walks. He struck out four batters and did not factor in the decision.

    Sanchez registered easily his best start of the season, surrendering just one hit -- a fourth-inning Manny Machado solo homer. The right-hander still doesn't have a start this season in which he hasn't surrendered a long ball or given up fewer than two walks, but Sanchez didn't let those mistakes destroy him in this outing. It's been a rough campaign for the veteran -- he's still sporting an ugly 6.43 ERA -- but he's at least been able to chew up some innings, going five or more frames in six of his seven appearances. Sanchez's performance Thursday isn't likely to turn his season around (or lead to any fantasy appeal), but it ranks as a bright spot in what has been an otherwise forgettable 16th big-league campaign.

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  • Luis Garcia HOU SP
    Astros' Luis Garcia: Mediocre in win
    1h ago

    Garcia (10-8) allowed three earned runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out four across five innings to earn the win Thursday against the White Sox.

    Garcia was gifted 10 runs of support from the Astros offense to earn his 10th win of the season. However, he was only mediocre and has now allowed three or more runs in five consecutive starts -- good for a 5.46 ERA in that span. The outing also inflated Garcia's ERA to 4.09 on the campaign, though he still has an impressive 127:39 K:BB across 123.1 frames.

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  • Velus Jones Jr. CHI WR
    Bears' Velus Jones: Sees time with starters
    2h ago

    Jones (undisclosed) caught one of two targets for four yards while returning two punts for 47 yards and one kickoff for 31 yards in Thursday's 27-11 preseason win over Seattle.

    Jones made his NFL debut after sitting out Chicago's preseason opener. The rookie third-round pick out of Tennessee saw limited usage on offense; he played on the first series with starting quarterback Justin Fields but wasn't targeted until backup Trevor Siemian entered the game. Jones was also involved on special teams and fumbled the opening kickoff, though it was thankfully recovered by a teammate.

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  • Khalil Herbert CHI RB
    Bears' Khalil Herbert: Plays with starters Thursday
    2h ago

    Herbert rushed once for seven yards and caught both of his targets for two yards in Thursday's 27-11 preseason win over the Seahawks.

    Herbert got the start with David Montgomery getting the night off, but the second-year running back only played one possession himself before being removed along with fellow skill position starters Justin Fields, Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet. While Montgomery remains the favorite for most of the regular season playing time in Chicago's backfield, Herbert's usage Thursday suggests he has solidified himself as Chicago's No. 2 running back heading into the team's Aug. 27 preseason finale in Cleveland.

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  • Cole Kmet CHI TE
    Bears' Cole Kmet: Two catches in return
    3h ago

    Kmet (undisclosed) caught two of three targets for 31 yards in Thursday's 27-11 preseason win over Seattle.

    Kmet suited up for the game's opening series after sitting out Chicago's preseason opener. The 23-year-old tight end picked up 12 yards on the game's first play from scrimmage and added a 19-yard reception later on the drive. Both of Kmet's catches came from starting quarterback Justin Fields, as all three of Fields, Kmet and Darnell Mooney were on the field together for the opening drive before taking the remainder of the night off. Kmet and the Bears have one more preseason game left on the schedule, Aug. 27 in Cleveland.

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  • Damien Lewis SEA OG
    Seahawks' Damien Lewis: X-rays negative
    3h ago

    Lewis suffered a lateral sprain to his right ankle in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears, but X-rays came back negative, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Lewis was carted off the field with an air cast so this was relatively positive news. No timeline was provided for Lewis' potential return, but he should still have the chance to serve a substantial role along Seattle's offensive line during the 2022 season.

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  • Darnell Mooney CHI WR
    Bears' Darnell Mooney: Plays one drive Thursday
    3h ago

    Mooney caught one of two targets for six yards in Thursday's 27-11 preseason win over Seattle.

    Both of Mooney's targets came from starting quarterback Justin Fields, as they both played the first drive and got the remainder of the night off. Chicago's No. 1 wide receiver will likely be used sparingly once again in the Bears' Aug. 27 preseason finale in Cleveland.

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  • Geno Smith SEA QB
    Seahawks' Geno Smith: Dealing with knee bruise
    3h ago

    Smith suffered a knee bruise in Thursday's preseason matchup against the Bears, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

    Smith got banged up on a scramble in the first quarter and was spotted with a bag of ice on his knees afterward. However, coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Smith could have returned to action if necessary, but with Drew Lock (illness) also sidelined there was no need for the Seahawks to risk further loss to their quarterback depth chart. Prior to leaving the exhibition contest, Smith completed 10 of 18 passes for 112 yards.

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  • Jeremy Sochan SA F
    Spurs' Jeremy Sochan: Resumes on-court activities
    1d ago

    Sochan (hamstring) has been participating in daily workouts since the end of Summer League, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

    Sochan wasn't able to play in Summer League due to a combination of COVID-19 and a hamstring issue, but per Orsborn's report, the No. 9 pick in the 2022 Draft said his "body is feeling great" and he's "excited to be on the court finally." Sochan chose to remain in San Antonio before the start of camp instead of competing for Poland at EuroBasket, so his health shouldn't be an issue.

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  • LeBron James LAL SF
    Lakers' LeBron James: Secures two-year extension
    2d ago

    James agreed Wednesday with the Lakers on a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    James' extension will keep him in Los Angeles through at least the 2024-25 campaign, when he's set to turn 40 years old. He's coming off his best scoring campaign since his second year in the league, as he averaged 30.3 points per game in 2021-22 while chipping in 8.2 boards, 6.2 assists, 2.9 three-pointers, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks. He missed the Lakers' final five games of the regular season due to a left ankle injury, but he didn't require surgery during the spring or summer and should report to training camp at full strength.

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  • Carlik Jones NBADRAFT PG
    Bulls' Carlik Jones: Snares camp deal with Bulls
    2d ago

    Jones inked a training camp contract with the Bulls on Tuesday, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports.

    Jones spent most of last season in the G League, where he amassed 20.9 points, 6.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game over 43 contests between the regular season and the playoffs. He'll now compete for the Bulls' available two-way contract, which could turn into two depending on what the front office decides in the wake of Justin Lewis suffering a torn ACL over the weekend.

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  • Justin Lewis CHI F
    Bulls' Justin Lewis: Suffers ACL injury
    2d ago

    Lewis suffered an ACL injury over the weekend and will undergo surgery in the coming weeks, which will sideline him indefinitely.

    Lewis inked a two-way contract with the Bulls after going undrafted this summer. The 6-foot-7 forward out of Marquette was expected to spend the majority of the season in the G League, so his absence shouldn't impact the NBA roster.

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  • Jalen Harris NBADRAFT SF
    Jalen Harris: Reinstated by NBA
    3d ago

    Harris was granted reinstatement by the NBA on Tuesday, Aaron Rose of SI.com reports.

    Harris was given a one-year ban following a positive test for a prohibited substance as of July 1 of 2021. He sat out last year as a result but is now eligible to rejoin the league ranks given that he's served that suspension. Toronto still holds Harris' rights and may look to sign him following his rookie campaign in 2019-20, when he amassed 7.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists over 13.2 minutes per game.

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  • Juhann Begarin BOS G
    Juhann Begarin: Returning to France for 2022-23
    4d ago

    Begarin will continue his development in the French LNB Pro A league this season, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

    Begarin had a strong showing in the five Summer League games he appeared in, averaging 18.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals per contest. However, the 20-year-old has elected to remain in Paris for the upcoming season to continue to work on his game in France's top league before considering a move to the NBA. Begarin will likely revisit the possibility of moving to the NBA ahead of the 2023-24 season.

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  • Tucker Poolman VAN D
    Canucks' Tucker Poolman: Resumes skating
    7h ago

    Poolman (head) has resumed skating but his status for the start of the 2022-23 season remains unclear, Ben Kuzma of The Vancouver Province reports.

    Poolman will continue to take things slowly so as not to suffer a setback. He's training in a limited capacity, but it remains unclear if he'll be available for the start of the season.

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  • Carey Price MON G
    Canadiens' Carey Price: Status for 2022-23 in doubt
    9h ago

    Price (knee) has not responded well to treatment and is unlikely to be available to start the 2022-23 season, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    It's expected Price will officially be placed on long-term injured reserve before the season starts. It's also possible Price is unable to play at all in 2022-23, so the Canadiens will likely be leaning more heavily on Jake Allen and Sam Montembeault for the upcoming campaign. Price has four years left on a deal that carries a $10.5 million cap hit, and the future of his playing career is murky at best.

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  • Sean Monahan CGY C
    Canadiens' Sean Monahan: Shipped to Montreal
    13h ago

    The Canadiens acquired Monahan (hip) in a trade with the Flames on Thursday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Monahan has played his entire nine-year NHL career in Calgary, the organization that drafted him sixth overall back in the 2013 NHL Draft. Despite ending last season on long-term injured reserve following hip surgery, Monahan still managed to record 23 points in 65 games, though his eight goals were highest lowest total in his career. While Nick Suzuki appears to have cemented himself as the No. 1 center, Monahan could be in line to replace Christian Dvorak on the second line where he should be capable of getting back over the 30-point threshold for the first time since 2019-20.

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  • Ridly Greig OTT C
    Senators' Ridly Greig: Suffers injury at WJC
    1d ago

    Greig (upper body) sustained an injury in Team Canada's game versus Switzerland at the World Junior Championship on Wednesday, per TSN.

    The exact nature of his injury wasn't reported, but it appeared Greig was favoring his shoulder. Team Canada didn't provide an update after the game, so he should be considered day-to-day ahead of the rest of the tournament. If the injury is significant, Greig could be in doubt for the Senators' training camp.

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  • Shane Bowers COL C
    Avalanche's Shane Bowers: Inks one-year deal
    1d ago

    Bowers signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Avalanche on Wednesday.

    Bowers has experienced diminishing returns in the AHL, logging only nine points in 37 contests with the Colorado Eagles last year. He has 45 points in 117 career AHL games. The first-round pick from 2017 could compete for a bottom-six role in training camp, but it's likely he again spends much of the upcoming season in the minors unless he can rediscover his offense.

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  • Jack Johnson CHI D
    Blackhawks' Jack Johnson: Signs with Chicago
    2d ago

    Johnson signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Blackhawks on Tuesday, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Johnson, 35, is coming off of a year that saw him go from a professional tryout to playing a key depth role for the Stanley Cup-winning Avalanche. The veteran defenseman had nine points in 74 regular-season games while adding 91 hits and 68 blocked shots. With the Blackhawks, he'll still see mainly bottom-four minutes for a rebuilding team, so there's not likely to be much fantasy value from his play.

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