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Jake Junis KC SP
Royals' Jakob Junis: Set for Game 1 start7m ago
Junis is lined up to start Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader with the Tigers.
Michael Fulmer is scheduled to start the matinee for Detroit, while Jason Hammel and Daniel Norris are on track to start the nightcap. Junis was touched up for four runs on seven hits -- including three homers -- over 4.2 innings despite recording a season-high seven strikeouts in his last start against the Angels on Saturday.
Miguel Gonzalez CHW SP
White Sox's Miguel Gonzalez: Job not yet in jeopardy27m ago
Manager Rick Renteria said it's too soon to ask if Gonzalez is pitching for his job when he is expected to take the mound Monday against Seattle, Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Despite Gonzalez's 12.41 ERA over 12.1 innings, Renteria has a point. After all, it's just three games into the season, but the 33-year-old was expected to be a glue guy in a rotation packed with young starters. The right-hander is coming off a start, in which the Athletics ran him off after three innings and eight runs, that he termed as "a tough one to swallow." The most likely replacement for Gonzalez if Renteria does make a change is Hector Santiago, a 30-year-old veteran with major league experience as a starter.
Eloy Jimenez CHW RF
White Sox's Eloy Jimenez: Plays first game42m ago
Jimenez (pectoral) went 0-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored Thursday for Double-A Birmingham.
Jimenez, the White Sox's top-ranked prospect per RotoWire, had been dealing with a strained left pectoral muscle. He'd been at extended spring training until getting his regular season started Thursday with the Barons. He's expected to reach Triple-A Charlotte at some point with a promotion to the big leagues much later this season a real possibility.
Delino DeShields TEX LF
Rangers' Delino DeShields Jr.: Begins rehab assignment1h ago
DeShields (hand) went 1-for-3 and played five innings in the field for Double-A Frisco on Thursday.
DeShields, who suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand in the second game of the season, was participating in the first game of a rehabilitation assignment. He kept telling reporters that he would beat the original prognosis of four-to-six weeks, and he's poised to come back in a little over three. The Rangers want him to play another game Friday, perhaps a full game, before they evaluate him Saturday for a possible return to Arlington. Texas has missed his speed and ability to get on base. The Rangers are 26th in MLB with a .298 on-base percentage.
Alex Bregman HOU 3B
Astros' Alex Bregman: Returns to lineup Thursday2h ago
Bregman went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Thursday's 9-2 win over the Mariners.
Manager A.J. Hinch is trying to rock Bregman out of slump that has him hitting .160 (4-for-25) since he posted a four-hit game April 11. After Hinch gave Bregman a day off Wednesday, the manager had him back in the lineup and dropped him to the five-hole.
Jake Marisnick HOU CF
Astros' Jake Marisnick: Contact issues continue2h ago
Marisnick went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Thursday's 9-2 win over the Mariners.
Marisnick has gone hitless in his last 20 at-bats, striking out an eye-popping 14 times during that run of futility. After hitting a pair of home runs in the first three games of the season, it's been a pretty deep slide for Marisnick, who's hitting .122 with a 53.9 K%. He may have fallen in love with the new flyball swing that led to a career-high 16 home runs in 2017, but it's resulted in contact issues this year. He has four hits and 24 strikeouts over the last 44 at-bats since hitting those two homers the first week of the season.
Julio Jones ATL WR
Falcons' Julio Jones: Not participating in start of voluntary workouts12h ago
Jones is not partaking in the first week of Atlanta's voluntary offseason program while he attends the grand opening of his car dealership in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Jones missed the entirety of the team's 2017 offseason program due to foot surgery, so head coach Dan Quinn's announcement in March indicating that Jones would participate in this year's workouts was news well-received by every tier of the Falcons' organization. Quinn reported that there is no cause for concern regarding Jones being absent in the early going. "It's not mandatory," Quinn said this week from the team facility, "but we knew (he wasn't) going to be here." Jones' prompt return to workouts is expected, as he aims to continue building rapport with Matt Ryan and the rest of the receiving corps.
Nick Williams MIA DT
Bears' Nick Williams: Signs with Bears14h ago
Williams signed a contract with the Bears on Thursday.
Williams last played in 2016, recording eight tackles while playing in 10 games combined with the Dolphins and Chiefs. If he makes the Bears' roster in 2018 it will likely be as a depth lineman and special teams player.
Marlon Brown DEN WR
Bears' Marlon Brown: Signs with Chicago14h ago
Brown signed a contract with the Bears on Thursday, Patrick Finley of The Chicago Sun Times reports.
Brown didn't play in 2017 after being waived by Denver before the start of the regular season. He last saw regular season action while with the Ravens in 2015, recording 112 yards on 14 catches in 10 games. He'll be looking to get a spot near the bottom of the Bears' receiver depth chart in 2018.
Jessamen Dunker NYG T
Jessamen Dunker: Waived by Giants14h ago
Dunker (foot) was waived by the Giants on Thursday, Michael Eisen of the Giants' official site reports.
Dunker spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve due to a foot injury. It's unclear what the specifics of his injury were or if it will impact him going forward. He'll look to get healthy and catch on with another team in 2018.
Dwight Freeney DET DE
Dwight Freeney: Retiring a Colt14h ago
Freeney is officially retiring from the NFL and will do so as a Colt, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Freeney played with the Colts from 2002 to 2012, recording 107.5 sacks in his 11 years with the team. In all, Freeney recorded 332 tackles, including 125.5 sacks in his 16 year NFL career. He spent the last five seasons bouncing between the Chargers, Cardinals, Falcons, Seahawks, and finally the Lions.
Kyle Anderson SA SF
Spurs' Kyle Anderson: Remains in bench role for Game 3 loss24m ago
Anderson contributed six points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 17 minutes during San Antonio's 110-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Anderson came off the bench for the second consecutive game and produced his best stat line of the series. The fourth-year forward had scored a single point over 21 minutes in the first two contests against the Warriors, so Thursday's production represented a breakout effort in comparison. Given his relatively limited minutes and modest numbers thus far, Anderson's DFS prospects aren't very bright heading into Sunday's Game 4.
Danny Green SA SF
Spurs' Danny Green: Solid production in Game 3 loss28m ago
Green totaled nine points (4-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt), four rebounds and one block across 20 minutes during San Antonio's 110-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Green bounced back from a scoreless effort over 25 minutes in Game 2 with a series-high point total. The 30-year-old doubled his previous high-water marks of five shot attempts and two rebounds as well, but he still serves as a fourth scoring option at best behind LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay and Patty Mills. Consequently, he projects exclusively as a deep DFS tournament play for Sunday's Game 4.
Dejounte Murray SA PG
Spurs' Dejounte Murray: Ups production in Game 3 defeat33m ago
Murray went for nine points (3-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, two rebounds and one steal across 16 minutes during San Antonio's 110-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Murray's contributions were improved over those of Game 2, yet he still saw well under 20 minutes for the second consecutive contest. The second-year guard was efficient relative to playing time, but with the cap on his playing time over the first three games of the series, it's difficult to trust him as anything more than a deep DFS tournament play heading into Sunday's Game 4.
Rudy Gay SA SF
Spurs' Rudy Gay: Posts 11 points in Game 3 loss37m ago
Gay accounted for 11 points (4-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal across 31 minutes during San Antonio's 110-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Gay was solid once again in a complementary role on the starting five, generating his third straight double-digit scoring effort to open the series. The veteran did see his shooting percentage dip under 40.0 percent for the first time against the Warriors, but his contributions elsewhere were typically formidable. Heading into Sunday's Game 4 with solid averages of 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals in the first three games versus Golden State, Gay will look to help the Spurs stave off elimination.
Tony Parker SA PG
Spurs' Tony Parker: Surges with bench-high scoring total in Game 341m ago
Parker poured in 16 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT) and added two assists, one rebound and one steal across 17 minutes during San Antonio's 110-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
After a moribund first two games of the series in which he managed just two points apiece, Parker came alive in impressive fashion Thursday. His 12 shot attempts were easily a series high and his most since putting up the same amount on March 15. Parker also hit the 50.0 percent mark from the field for the first time in the three games against the Warriors, leading to a second-unit-high scoring total. He'll look to replicate his strong performance when the Spurs try to salvage the series in Sunday's Game 4.
Patty Mills SA PG
Spurs' Patty Mills: Sharp in Game 3 loss45m ago
Mills netted 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-7 3Pt) and added two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 33 minutes during San Antonio's 110-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
That's two consecutive sharp shooting efforts for Mills, who drained a series-best 46.2 percent of his 13 attempts Thursday. The nine-year veteran has served as a solid complement to LaMarcus Aldridge on the starting five over the last pair of contests, and he'll look to generate a third straight double-digit point tally when the Spurs try to stave off elimination in Sunday's Game 4.
Boone Jenner CLB LW
Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner: Scores first goal of series Thursday5h ago
Jenner scored a goal in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Capitals in Game 4.
His first goal of the series came just over six minutes into the third period, giving the Jackets a brief flash of hope after they fell behind 3-0 on Thursday. Jenner found the scoresheet just twice in his final nine regular-season games, so it's little surprise that he's been able to muster only two points so far in the postseason. The 24-year-old is skating on the second power-play unit for Columbus, but his fantasy ceiling is still limited for the duration of the team's playoff run.
Sergei Bobrovsky CLB G
Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky: Makes 29 saves in Game 4 loss6h ago
Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 32 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Capitals in Game 4.
He's now allowed at least three goals in each game this series, posting a 2.73 GAA and .921 save percentage as the Jackets let a 2-0 series lead slip through their fingers on home ice. Bobrovsky will need to be sharper if the team is going to steal another win in Washington on Saturday.
Tom Wilson WAS RW
Capitals' Tom Wilson: Two-point effort in Game 4 win6h ago
Wilson scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 4.
He fired a team-leading seven shots on net and dished three hits with a plus-3 rating while also picking up a minor penalty for the fourth straight game. Wilson's two goals and three points through four games are solid, but it's his physical play that's helped the Caps even the series after falling behind 0-2. Expect him to continue asserting himself Saturday back in the Washington for Game 5.
Alex Ovechkin WAS LW
Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Two points in Thursday's win6h ago
Ovechkin scored a goal and added a power-play assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 4.
That's now three straight multi-point efforts for Ovechkin, who has three goals and six points through four games so far. With the Caps suddenly in the driver's seat again as the series shifts back to Washington for Game 5 on Saturday, expect the 32-year-old to stay hot.
Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS C
Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Three-point performance in Game 4 win6h ago
Kuznetsov scored a goal and two assists in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 4.
The Caps' top line did most of the damage in this one, with Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson combining for three goals and seven points. The 25-year-old was held off the scoresheet in each of the two prior contests, but he still has three goals and five points in the series heading into Game 5 on Saturday back in Washington.
Braden Holtby WAS G
Capitals' Braden Holtby: Turns aside 23 shots in Game 4 win6h ago
Holtby made 23 saves in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 4.
After watching from the bench through most of the first two games in the series, Holtby's re-insertion into the lineup has lit a fire under the Caps, and he's led them to two straight wins to even things up against Columbus. He'll carry a .940 save percentage into Game 5 back in Washington on Saturday.