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    • Eduardo Escobar ARI 3B
      Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar: Records three hits
      8m ago

      Escobar went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI-singles in a 12-4 victory against the Pirates on Monday.

      The 30-year-old was approaching the Mendoza Line in the middle of April, but over the last nine games, he is hitting .313 with two home runs and six RBI. That's raised his overall season average to .247. Escobar is about where he needs to be with three home runs this month as well. He smashed three or four bombs in each month last year on his way to 23 homers. With three home runs in 85 at-bats, Escobar is on track for his third straight 20-homer season. In addition to three bombs, he has 12 RBI and 10 runs in 23 games.

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    • Elvis Andrus TEX SS
      Rangers' Elvis Andrus: Exits with bruised hand
      12m ago

      Andrus was pulled from Monday night's game against the Athletics due to a bruised right hand.

      Texas can breathe a sigh of relief, as Andrus appears to have avoided a significant injury despite taking a 94 mph fastball off his throwing hand. He'll likely avoid a trip to the injured list given the nature of the issue.

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    • Zack Godley ARI SP
      Diamondbacks' Zack Godley: Struggles with control
      15m ago

      Godley allowed four runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts across four innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Monday.

      The Diamondbacks got their starter off the hook, scoring 11 runs in the seventh and eighth, but Godley didn't pitch all that well. While he did take a step in the right direction with keeping the ball in the park Monday, his four walks were a season high, and he now has 14 walks versus 22 strikeouts in five outings. He is also 1-1 with a 6.67 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 27 innings. His next scheduled start is Saturday at home against the Cubs.

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    • Mike Zunino TB C
      Rays' Mike Zunino: Homers in return to action
      15m ago

      Zunino went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run home run in Monday's 6-3 win over the Royals.

      Back in the lineup after a three-game stint on the paternity list, Zunino celebrated the birth of his first child by ripping his first homer of the year 425 feet to center field in the seventh inning. The catcher's .208/.250/.396 slash line is right in line with last year's performance, but now that he's gone yard for the Rays once, more power should quickly follow.

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    • Elvis Andrus TEX SS
      Rangers' Elvis Andrus: Pulled after HBP
      19m ago

      Andrus was lifted from Monday's game against Oakland after being struck by a pitch on his right forearm, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

      Andrus managed to remain in the contest for a few innings after being struck by a pitch, although he was pinch hit for in the seventh inning in a key situation. He'll be considered day-to-day until more information on his injury is released by the Rangers.

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    • Joe Musgrove PIT SP
      Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Settles for no-decision
      19m ago

      Musgrove allowed three runs on five hits, struck out five and walked two across six innings in a no-decision during a 12-4 loss against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

      Believe it or not, Musgrove was in line for the win even after his two stranded runners scored following his departure, but the Pirates bullpen blew yet another lead -- this one in dramatic fashion, giving up nine runs in the sixth and seventh. And that doesn't count the two inherited runners they led cross the plate as well. Musgrove has put together an excellent start to the season, but he is just 1-1 through four starts. He also has a 1.59 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, .180 batting average against and 26 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. His next start will be against the Dodgers on the road Saturday.

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    • Grady Jarrett ATL DT
      Falcons' Grady Jarrett: Signs franchise tag
      1h ago

      Jarrett agreed to sign his $15.2 million franchise tag tender Monday, Matthew Tabeek of the Falcons' official site reports.

      Jarrett's consent to the franchise tag all but guarantees he'll remain in Atlanta for 2019, but the Falcons' brass appear intent on extending a lucrative multi-year contract to the emerging defensive star before the July 15 deadline. This objective is evidenced by general manager Thomas Dimitroff saying back in March, "Our aim is for (Jarrett) to be an integral part of our plan for many years to come and this allows us to extend our negotiating window." A versatile contributor with 23 tackles for loss and 29 quarterback hits over the past two seasons, Jarrett currently ranks as the NFL's fifth-best interior defensive lineman, per Pro Football Focus. His continued success will be essential to helping Atlanta improve upon a 25th-place finish in rush defense during 2018.

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    • Robbie Gould SF K
      49ers' Robbie Gould: Remains anticipated starter
      5h ago

      General manager John Lynch said Monday that Gould "will be a part of [the 49ers] this coming year," Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

      Though Gould has yet to sign his franchise tag and is skipping voluntary workouts, it appears that the 49ers have no real concerns about the 36-year-old starting in 2019. Through his first two seasons in San Francisco, Gould boasts a 96 percent conversion rate on field-goal attempts and a 93.2 percent conversion rate on PATs. Gould and the 49ers still have time to come to terms on a multi-year deal this offseason.

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    • Da'Norris Searcy CAR SS
      Panthers' Da'Norris Searcy: Recovery remains on track
      6h ago

      Searcy (concussion) will play during the 2019 season, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      Searcy played only two games in 2018 as his season was derailed by concussions, but is on track to get healthy and return for 2019. The 30-year-old projects to play a key role in Carolina's secondary, but is not locked in to start at safety with Eric Reid having signed a three-year deal with the Panthers earlier this offseason.

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    • Kevon Seymour CAR CB
      Panthers' Kevon Seymour: Receives medical clearance
      6h ago

      The Panthers announced Monday that Seymour (shoulder) was cleared for their offseason training program, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      Seymour spent last season on injured reserve due to undergoing double-labrum repair surgery, but appears on track for Week 1 of the 2019 season. The 25-year-old projects to play a reserve role in Carolina's secondary.

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    • Mike Purcell KC DT
      Broncos' Mike Purcell: Signs on with Denver
      8h ago

      Purcell signed a contract with the Broncos on Monday.

      The 28-year-old nose tackle has 42 career games under his belt, but has not appeared on an active roster since 2016. Purcell projects to serve as a reserve option behind Shelby Harris and faces a tough path to the 53-man roster.

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    • Cameron Brate TB TE
      Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Aiming for training camp
      8h ago

      Brate (hip) likely will miss OTAs and June minicamp, but he expects to be cleared for the start of training camp, Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report reports.

      In addition to providing a timeline for his return from January surgery, Brate revealed that he played the entire 2018 season -- all 16 games -- with a torn labrum in his hip. He suffered massive drop-offs for catches (30), receiving yards (289) and efficiency (5.9 yards per target), but he remained useful in the red zone with six scores on 12 chances. Brate's 20 touchdowns over the past three seasons are tied for second among tight ends, with Jameis Winston consistently throwing to his 245-pound target near the goal line. Now entering the second season of a five-year, $40.8 million contract with no guaranteed money beyond 2019, the 27-year-old expects to have a sizable role under new coach Bruce Arians, though O.J. Howard is locked in as Tampa's No. 1 tight end. Even if his rehab comes off without a hitch, Brate will have a tough time matching his target volume from 2016-17 (5.1 per game). His $7 million base salary for 2019 became fully guaranteed March 17, so the Bucs would need to trade him to realize any cap savings.

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    • Reggie Jackson DET PG
      Pistons' Reggie Jackson: Scores 26 in loss
      1h ago

      Jackson produced 26 points (9-20 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and a steal in 31 minutes during Monday's loss to Milwaukee.

      Despite Jackson having one of his best performances of the season, the Pistons fell to the Bucks in a 4-0 sweep. Jackson was one of few bright spots during the playoffs, averaging 17.7 points, 7.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds over four playoff outings. The veteran guard finished the season with averages of 15.4 points, 4.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 threes in 27.9 minutes per game. He was able to bump up his scoring average slightly over the past two years, but deferred some playmaking to Blake Griffin on the way to his worst season in terms of assists since 2013.

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    • Blake Griffin DET PF
      Pistons' Blake Griffin: Scores 22 points in loss
      2h ago

      Griffin finished with 22 points (8-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists and five rebounds in 27 minutes Monday against the Bucks.

      Griffin was unable to prevent the Pistons from being swept despite a solid 22-point, six-assist performance Monday. The star forward wrapped up his second year in Detroit with averages of 24.5 points -- a career-best, 7.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.5 threes while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, 36.2 percent from three and 75.3 percent from the line in 35.0 minutes.

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    • Sterling Brown MIL SG
      Bucks' Sterling Brown: All around line in win
      2h ago

      Brown provided nine points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 13 rebounds, six assists and a steal in 27 minutes during Monday's win over Detroit.

      Brown had a fantastic all-around game, nearing a double-double and dishing out a team-high six dimes. The second-year guard has done a sterling job filling in for usual starter Malcolm Brogdon, who's out at least until the beginning of the second round. It's unclear when exactly Brogdon will make his return, but when he does, Brown will likely see his role diminished some.

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    • Khris Middleton MIL SF
      Bucks' Khris Middleton: Provides 18 points in win
      2h ago

      Middleton amassed 18 points (5-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), four rebounds and an assist across 30 minutes Monday against Detroit.

      Although his stat-line was relatively muted compared to the first three Round 1 games, Middleton finished as the second-highest scorer for the Bucks, notching double-digits for a fourth-straight game. Given the fact that the Bucks easily dealt with the Pistons, it's likely that Middleton will see more than his 29.5 minutes playoff average during the second-round series in which the opponent will presumably be able to put up more of a fight.

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    • Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL PF
      Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Scores 41 to clinch series
      2h ago

      Antetokounmpo recorded 41 points (12-23 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 15-20 FT), nine rebounds, four blocks, three assists and a steal in 31 minutes during Monday's win over the Pistons.

      Antetokounmpo provided his usual trademark cross-category statline in Monday's series clinching win over Detroit. Antetokounmpo made up for narrowly missing a fourth-straight double-double with a incredibly efficient 41 point scoring outburst -- his highest so far during the playoffs. His production levels will likely rise in Round 2 as Antetokounmpo averaged just 28.0 minutes in the four games against Detroit.

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    • Luke Kennard DET SG
      Pistons' Luke Kennard: Will come off bench Monday
      5h ago

      Kennard will come off the bench in Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.

      After starting Games 2 and 3, Kennard will return to coming off the bench with Bruce Brown moving back into the starting five. Coach Dwane Casey is making the move to provide the second unit with a little more firepower, as Kennard has been one of the few bright spots for the Pistons this series. Through the first three games, he's averaging 16.3 points and 5.0 rebounds over 33.3 minutes per game.

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    • Austin Watson NSH RW
      Predators' Austin Watson: Hit machine tickles twine
      8m ago

      Watson scored a goal on four shots and dished out 14 hits in Monday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Stars in Monday's Game 6.

      Watson was a physical force of nature, scoring the opening goal and then running rampant with the lofty hit totals. Watson produced 16 points and 109 hits in 37 regular-season appearances, and has added a goal and a helper along with (32) hits in six postseason outings. A 14-hit game has only happened five times in the regular season since 2005-06, although the record for hits in a playoff game belongs to Brenden Morrow, who tossed 19 checks on May 4, 2008.

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    • Pekka Rinne NSH G
      Predators' Pekka Rinne: Strong in season-ending loss
      21m ago

      Rinne stopped 49 of 51 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Stars in Monday's Game 6.

      Rinne had his ups and downs in the series, allowing 17 goals over six games in the series, including nine goals over Games 4 and 5. This was arguably his best performance of the playoffs, but it wasn't enough to save the Predators' season, as they lost the series 4-2.

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    • Radek Faksa DAL C
      Stars' Radek Faksa: Dishes helper
      29m ago

      Faksa supplied an assist, four hits and two shots in Monday's 2-1 overtime win against the Predators in Game 6.

      Faksa entered the contest without a point in his last seven appearances dating back to the regular season. The third-line center managed 30 points in 81 regular-season games, but he's struggled to make an impact on the scoresheet in the postseason. He had five points in 13 outings in his only other playoff experience in 2016.

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    • Blake Comeau DAL RW
      Stars' Blake Comeau: Scores rare goal
      31m ago

      Comeau scored a goal on five shots and added four hits and four PIM in Monday's 2-1 overtime win against the Predators in Game 6.

      Comeau had only seven goals and 18 points in 77 regular-season games, his lowest output since he had 16 points in 2013-14, but he picked a fine time to score his first goal of this postseason run. The goal ultimately forced overtime where defenseman John Klingberg scored to seal the 4-2 series win for the Stars. It's his fourth career postseason tally in 23 contests.

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    • Tyler Seguin DAL C
      Stars' Tyler Seguin: Garners apple
      35m ago

      Seguin provided an assist, seven shots and two hits in Monday's 2-1 win over the Predators in Game 6.

      Seguin's assist started a sequence that ended with defenseman John Klingberg's overtime tally to send the Stars to the second round with a 4-2 series win. Seguin played a large part in that with two goals and four apples during a five-game point streak that began with a helper in Game 2. Seguin also pumped 31 shots on goal -- and that's with him being held without a shot in Game 4 and limited to only one shot in Game 1.

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    • Alexander Radulov DAL RW
      Stars' Alexander Radulov: Sets up overtime winner
      40m ago

      Radulov dished an assist and fired five shots on goal in Monday's 2-1 overtime win against the Predators in Game 6.

      Radulov provided a smooth cross-ice pass to John Klingberg, who corralled it and sent it flying by Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. Radulov accumulated four goals and two helpers as the Stars took a 4-2 series win over the Predators. Radulov also added 30 shots on goal in the six-game series.

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