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Vladimir Guerrero TOR 3B
Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: Clubs fifth homer36m ago
Guerrero went 2-for-6 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-5 extra-innings loss to the Red Sox.
His fourth-inning blast off Rick Porcello -- a 424-foot rocket to center field -- got the Jays on the board. Guerrero is living up to the hype, slashing an eye-popping .368/.442/.789 over his last 10 games with all five of his big-league homers and 10 RBI.
Charlie Tilson CHW RF
White Sox's Charlie Tilson: Hits grand slam in win40m ago
Tilson went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in a 9-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday.
Tilson blasted a fastball from Josh James to right center field to deliver four RBI that gave the White Sox all the runs they would need. The home run was the first of his MLB career and a rare occurrence, considering the 26-year-old only hit one home run in AAA this season and none in 2018. He is hitting .304/.339/.393 with a home run in 59 plate appearances this season.
Aaron Sanchez TOR SP
Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez: Looks fine in quality start41m ago
Sanchez didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 6-5 extra-innings loss to the Red Sox, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks over six innings while striking out five.
The blister issue that cut short his previous trip to the mound wasn't in evidence in this one, as Sanchez threw 61 of 91 pitches for strikes in his third quality start of the season. He'll take a 3.79 ERA and 55:31 K:BB through 57 innings into his next outing Monday in Tampa Bay.
Michael Chavis BOS 2B
Red Sox's Michael Chavis: Plays hero in 13th45m ago
Chavis went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Blue Jays.
The rookie's 10th homer of the season was a big one, as he tattooed a Jimmy Cordero cutter 424 feet to straightaway center field in the top of the 13th inning to finally put away a Toronto squad that had come back to tied the score in the ninth and 12th. Chavis is slashing .283/.382/.585 through his first 28 big-league games, and he's been one of the most surprising first-year performers so far in what's shaping up to be the Year of the Rookie Slugger.
Mookie Betts BOS RF
Red Sox's Mookie Betts: Smashes eighth homer1h ago
Betts went 1-for-3 with three walks, a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Blue Jays.
Toronto was smart to pitch around him earlier in the game, as Betts crushed a Joe Biagini fastball to straightaway center field in the 12th inning when he finally got something to hit. The outfielder is slashing .290/.405/.486 through 48 games with eight homers, four steals, 24 RBI and 42 runs.
Rick Porcello BOS SP
Red Sox's Rick Porcello: Solid effort in no-decision1h ago
Porcello didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Blue Jays, allowing one run on three hits over six innings while striking out four.
A Vlad Guerrero Jr. homer in the fourth inning was the only blemish on the right-hander's ledger, but he missed his chance at his fourth win of the year when Marcus Walden blew the save in the ninth. Porcello will carry a 4.45 ERA and 47:19 K:BB through 56.2 innings into his next start Monday, at home against Cleveland.
Isaiah Searight TB TE
Isaiah Searight: Reaches injury settlement16m ago
Searight (hamstring) agreed to an injury settlement with the Buccaneers and is now a free agent, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Searight was waived/injured by Tampa Bay with the hamstring injury earlier in May, and reverted to injured reserve after going unclaimed on waivers. The severity of the hamstring injury remains unclear, but Searight is now free to sign elsewhere thanks to the injury settlement.
Landry Jones OAK QB
Landry Jones: Cut loose by Oakland6h ago
Jones was released by the Raiders on Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Jones was cut to make room for tight end Erik Swoope, who was signed by the team Tuesday. The 2013 fourth-round pick had a lengthy run as the backup quarterback in Pittsburgh, making five starts in five years before he was unseated by Joshua Dobbs and Mason Rudolph during the 2018 preseason. Derek Carr, Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman remain on the quarterback depth chart for the Raiders.
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Cowboys' Cameron Fleming: Not practicing Wednesday6h ago
Fleming was unable to practice during OTAs on Wednesday due to a bruised shin, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
It's unclear when Fleming picked up the injury, but it's apparently serious enough to keep him out of OTAs. The 26-year-old suited up in nine games for the Cowboys last season, starting just three games. With Fleming out, Connor Williams filled in as the first-team left tackle.
Tra Carson GB RB
Packers' Tra Carson: Not ready for OTAs6h ago
Carson (ribs) is present, but not practicing during OTAs, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Carson was placed on injured reserve in Week 13 due to a rib injury, and it's unclear the specifics. The fact that he's able to show up is a positive sign, but he's clearly not fit to start offseason training. It's unclear whether Carson will be ready for when training camp opens in July.
Hercules Mata'afa MIN DE
Vikings' Hercules Mata'afa: Back healthy for OTAs7h ago
Mata'afa has fully recovered from a torn ACL he suffered in OTAs last season, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports.
The Washington State product had his rookie season cut short due to the ACL injury, but is finally back to full health. The Vikings toyed with the thought of the undersized Mata'afa (listed 6-2, 254 pounds) playing linebacker before his injury, but he's back to playing defensive tackle this season where he's more comfortable. A healthy Mata'afa could see time on the defensive line in 2019.
Derek Newton NO T
Derek Newton: Waived by Saints7h ago
Newton was released by the Saints on Wednesday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Newton played in just one game for the Saints in 2018 and has the versatility to play both right guard and tackle. The veteran has started 68 of 83 games that he's suited up for in his career and is now free to sign with any team.
Kyle Lowry TOR PG
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Still playing through pain in hand8h ago
Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Wednesday that Lowry is still playing through pain in his right hand, Raptors radio play-by-play man Eric Smith reports.
This isn't exactly breaking news, as Lowry has battled the after-effects of a dislocated right thumb for much of the postseason. It hasn't seemed impact him in this current series against Milwaukee, however, as Lowry holds averages of 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 48 percent from three through four games.
OG Anunoby TOR SF
Raptors' OG Anunoby: No timetable for return9h ago
Head coach Nick Nurse said Wednesday that Anunoby (abdomen) is without a timetable for a return, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.
It always seemed like a long-shot that Anunoby would be healthy enough to return during the Eastern Conference Finals, but the fact that the swingman still is not taking part in contact portions of practices suggests that he is still a ways away. At this point, it would be surprising if Anunoby was active at any point during what is left of this postseason.
Eric Bledsoe MIL PG
Bucks' Eric Bledsoe: Struggling in East Finals10h ago
Bledsoe posted five points (2-7 FG, 1-2 FT, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes Tuesday in the Bucks' 120-102 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Bledsoe played fewer minutes than backup point guard George Hill, who has outperformed the former throughout the series. Through the first four matchups with Toronto, Bledsoe has reached double figures in scoring just once while shooting 24.4 percent from the field and 2-for-17 (10.5 percent) from three-point range.
Fred VanVleet TOR PG
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Shines off bench10h ago
VanVleet posted 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-3 3Pt), six assists, one steal and one rebound in 25 minutes off the bench Tuesday in the Raptors' 120-102 win over the Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Toronto bench came alive as the Raptors evened the series, with VanVleet one of three reserves to reach double digits in points. It ended a prolonged dry spell for VanVleet, who had failed to score more than nine points in any of his past 14 appearances, during which he shot an abysmal 21.7 percent from the field.
D.J. Wilson MIL PF
Bucks' D.J. Wilson: Appears in garbage time10h ago
Wilson (ankle) logged four minutes off the bench Tuesday in the Bucks' 120-102 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He finished with zero points, one rebound and one block.
Listed as questionable heading into the day with the ankle injury that sidelined him from for Games 1 and 3, Wilson's entry into the contest late in the fourth quarter implies that he's reasonably healthy. The fact that Wilson's usage came in garbage time signals that he likely won't be a part of coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation in Game 5 on Thursday.
Nikola Mirotic MIL PF
Bucks' Nikola Mirotic: Limited production in loss1d ago
Mirotic totaled 11 points (4-10 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two assists, one rebound and one steal over 25 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Mirotic finished with another pedestrian performance in Tuesday's loss, scoring just 11 points and doing little else other than scoring. In 12 games prior to Tuesday, he averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, making only 1.7 threes and shooting 38.8 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from three. His shooting slump and limited production have rendered him virtually unusable in daily contests.
Olivier Rodrigue EDM G
Oilers' Olivier Rodrigue: Secures entry-level deal9h ago
Rodrigue agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton on Wednesday.
Rodrigue -- who was selected by the club with the 62nd overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft -- went 35-9-1 with a .902 save percentage in 48 appearances with QMJHL Drummondville this season. The 18-year-old netminder figures to spend at least another year in juniors before getting a shot with AHL Bakersfield, though the organization's lack of goalie depth could force it to fast track the youngster's development.
Jordan Binnington STL G
Blues' Jordan Binnington: Set for Game 1 start9h ago
Binnington is slated to be between the pipes for Monday's Game 1 road clash with Boston, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
With the Blues in last place in league on Jan. 3 with just 34 points, the club made the decision to promote Binnington from the minors a few days later (Jan. 5). The netminder never looked back as he went 24-5-1 with five shutouts and a 1.89 GAA in 32 appearances to help the club make the playoffs. In the postseason, the 25-year-old is sporting a slightly higher 2.36 GAA, but has his club playing for Lord Stanley's chalice.
Tuukka Rask BOS G
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: In goal for first game of Finals10h ago
Rask will get the start in goal for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Blues at home Monday, NHL.com's Matt Kalman reports.
Rask was sensational during the Eastern Conference finals, helping his team eliminate the upstart Hurricanes quickly and efficiently by picking up four consecutive victories while posting an exceptional 1.25 GAA and .956 save percentage. It will have been 10 days since Rask's last start when the puck drops for Game 1 against St. Louis, but the Finnish netminder isn't worried about the time off affecting his play, and fantasy owners taking part in playoff pools shouldn't be, either. If the Bruins are able to win their seventh Cup in franchise history this year, Rask will be a shoo-in for the Conn Smythe.
Peter Holland CHI C
Peter Holland: Headed for KHL10h ago
Holland agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) on Wednesday.
Drafted by the Ducks with the 15th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, Holland saw action in just 29 games with the club before being traded to the Maple Leafs in 2013-14. The center peaked in Toronto, as he notched 25 goals and 38 helpers in four seasons with the Leafs. The 28-year-old's career would also include stints with the Coyotes and Rangers. Last season, Holland once again found himself switching organizations, as he was acquired from New York by the Blackhawks, but was never able to earn a call-up to Chicago. With his move overseas, it's probably the last time Holland will suit up in North America and figures to bring his NHL career to a close with 36 goals and 49 assists in 266 appearances.
Anthony Mantha DET RW
Red Wings' Anthony Mantha: Handed one-game suspension by IIHF12h ago
Mantha has been suspended by the IIHF for one game for a high hit he delivered on Colin White during Tuesday's 3-0 win over the United States at the World Championship tournament, La Presse Canadienne reports.
Mantha has been one of Team Canada's best players during the World Championship, racking up seven goals and 12 points in seven contests, so his absence will undoubtedly be felt during Thursday's quarterfinal matchup with Switzerland. If Canada is able to prevail over the Swiss, Mantha will be eligible to return to the lineup for a semifinal game against Russia or the United States on Saturday.
Dylan Larkin DET C
Red Wings' Dylan Larkin: In doubt against Russia12h ago
Larkin (groin) is doubtful to suit up for Team USA in Thursday's 2019 IIHF World Championship quarterfinal clash with Russia. Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters, "I don't have that final word yet, but it doesn't look like he will be available (Thursday), Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.
Larkin's absence will certainly hurt the Americans' chances of getting past a stacked Russian squad that includes Nikita Kucherov, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. Of biggest concern of fantasy owners will be the 22-year-old Larkin's long-term health, which doesn't seem to be in question at this point. The dynamic center should be ready to go for training camp in the fall and figures to challenge for the 80-point mark.