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Evan Longoria SF 3B
Giants' Evan Longoria: Belts homer in win4h ago
Longoria went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, an additional run scored and a walk in a 6-1 win against the Diamondbacks on Monday.
Longoria has been eased into action since returning from the injured list Aug. 8 -- Monday's start was only his third in seven games over that stretch. His insertion into the lineup paid dividends, as he slugged a two-run shot off ex-teammate Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning. Longoria now his 10 homers in 2022, a mark he's reached in every one of his big-league campaigns aside from the shortened 2020 season.
Christian Walker ARI 1B
Diamondbacks' Christian Walker: Reaches four times in loss5h ago
Walker went 1-for-1 with a solo home run and three walks Monday in a loss to the Giants.
Arizona had trouble producing offense in the contest, but that was no fault of Walker's. The first baseman drew three free passes and hit a massive 461-foot solo shot during his one plate appearance that didn't result in a walk. Walker has been fantastic through 14 games in August, slashing .360/.431/.760 with five homers, 16 RBI and a 6:6 BB:K. He's tied for sixth in the majors with 28 long balls on the campaign.
Madison Bumgarner ARI SP
Diamondbacks' Madison Bumgarner: Shelled by former club5h ago
Bumgarner (6-12) took the loss against San Francisco on Monday, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six batters over 5.2 innings.
Bumgarner will forever be a part of Giants lore due to his epic postseason performances and three World Series rings with the club, but his former team took no mercy on him Monday. The southpaw was knocked around for four extra-base hits (three doubles and a homer) and gave up his most earned runs of the campaign. Bumgarner has taken the loss in three of his past four outings, posting a 7.33 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and 16:8 K:BB over 23.1 innings over that stretch.
Alex Cobb SF SP
Giants' Alex Cobb: Snaps winless streak Monday5h ago
Cobb (4-6) earned the win over Arizona on Monday, allowing one run on five hits and three walks while striking out five batters over six innings.
Cobb breezed through five scoreless innings without giving up an extra-base hit. He was tagged for a solo homer by Christian Walker in the sixth but finished the frame without allowing any additional damage. Cobb began the campaign with three wins over his first six starts but then went 12 straight appearances without a victory before getting off the schneid Monday. Despite the difficulties moving into the win column, Cobb has been pretty effective since returning from a stint on the injured list June 19, posting a 2.92 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 58:19 K:BB over 61.2 innings.
Luis Rengifo LAA 2B
Angels' Luis Rengifo: Continues power surge5h ago
Rengifo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Mariners on Monday.
Rengifo provided an early spark for the Angels, slugging a game-tying solo shot off Luis Castillo in the first inning. The long ball was his third in his past seven games after failing to go deep in 28 straight contests from July 5 to Aug. 7. Rengifo is slashing .315/.341/.500 with six homers, 13 doubles, 23 RBI and four stolen bases over his past 45 games.
Jesse Winker SEA LF
Mariners' Jesse Winker: Goes deep in win5h ago
Winker went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, an additional run and an additional RBI in Monday's 6-2 victory versus the Angels.
Winker took Shohei Ohtani deep in the first inning, and he added a run-scoring groundout in the ninth. The veteran outfielder finished with his first multi-hit game since Aug. 1. He's hitting .258 so far this month, but he has a .439 OBP thanks to a 24.4 percent walk rate. Winker has also gone deep three times in 10 August contests.
Kaylon Geiger Sr. TB WR
Buccaneers' Kaylon Geiger: Four catches in preseason opener7h ago
Geiger brought in all four targets for 52 yards and returned one punt for no gain in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday night.
The undrafted Texas Tech product put some good work on tape during the exhibition opener, checking in second or tied for second in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the night. Andrew Crane of the Tampa Bay Times notes head coach Todd Bowles made specific mention of the rookie's performance, which included 26- and 19-yard catches, noting "Geiger turned it on" when running through which young wideouts made a strong impression during the contest. Despite the encouraging showing, however, Geiger still faces long odds to snag a spot in a deep receiver room, but he could certainly be a candidate for the practice squad with another pair of strong performances this preseason.
Deven Thompkins TB WR
Buccaneers' Deven Thompkins: Pair of grabs in preseason opener8h ago
Thompkins brought in two of three targets for 11 yards, returned one kickoff for 17 yards and ran back one punt for five yards in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday night.
The rookie put together a solid body of work overall in the preseason opener, and Greg Auman of The Athletic currently projects Thompkins to make the team as a No. 7 receiver due to his ability to contribute on special teams. Thompkins was also a prolific performer as a receiver during his one full season at Utah State, finishing with a school-record 102 receptions and 1,704 yards -- along with 10 touchdowns -- as a senior across 14 games in 2021.
JJ Howland TB TE
Buccaneers' J.J. Howland: Impressive in preseason opener8h ago
Howland brought in three of four targets for 42 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday night.
The undrafted rookie put together a noteworthy line in his first taste of NFL action, with the highlight a 29-yard grab that qualified as the Buccaneers' longest reception of the night. The Yale product admittedly is fighting an uphill battle for a roster spot with Kyle Rudolph, Cameron Brate and Cade Otton seemingly locked into the top three slots at tight end, and that potentially being the maximum number of players the team keeps at the position. For the moment, Greg Auman of The Athletic projects Howland will be a candidate for the practice squad if he continues to impress in the final two exhibitions.
Jose Borregales TB K
Buccaneers' Jose Borregales: Boinks game-winning FG attempt8h ago
Borregales drilled a 55-yard field goal, hit the right upright on a 49-yard would-be game-winning attempt and connected on all three extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday night.
Borregales' miss obviously couldn't have been more in the spotlight and sullied what had otherwise been a highly impressive night. Greg Auman of The Athletic reports that Borregales' 55-yard make was five yards longer than any regular-season Buccaneers field goal since 2019, and the nearly perfect effort mirrored a lot of the rookie's training camp practice performances. However, Borregales conceded after the game the snap on the missed would-be game-winning attempt was perfect and put the blame on himself, noting those were precisely the type of kicks he needed to consistently execute. The battle between Borregales and incumbent Ryan Succop will continue in practice during the week, and it remains to be seen if the latter will get all the attempts in Saturday's road matchup versus the Titans.
Jerreth Sterns TB WR
Buccaneers' Jerreth Sterns: Impresses in preseason opener8h ago
Sterns secured all four targets for 51 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday night.
Sterns had a prolific college career at Western Kentucky that included a pair of 100-catch seasons, and he'd been building some momentum in training camp practices heading into Saturday night. Sterns didn't disappoint once the lights went on, highlighting his solid night with a 19-yard touchdown grab midway through the third quarter. While the Buccaneers' top five wideout spots are likely etched in stone when factoring in the projected inclusion of Tyler Johnson on the final 53-man roster, Greg Auman of The Athletic predicts Sterns could be a candidate for a likely No. 7 receiver spot if he can produce similarly in the Buccaneers' final two preseason games.
Chase Claypool PIT WR
Steelers' Chase Claypool: Practices Monday9h ago
Claypool (shoulder) participated in Monday's practice, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Claypool has dealt with a shoulder injury over the first few weeks of camp, but the team doesn't believe that it's a significant issue. The 24-year-old didn't play during the Steelers' preseason opener against the Seahawks on Saturday, and it's not clear whether he was limited at practice Monday. However, it seems unlikely that this injury will impact his availability to begin the regular season.
Juhann Begarin BOS G
Juhann Begarin: Returning to France for 2022-2320h 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.
Jamal Murray DEN PG
Nuggets' Jamal Murray: Aiming for preseason opener21h ago
Murray (knee) said Monday that he's planning to make his return to game action during the Nuggets' first preseason contest Oct. 7, Roy Ward of The Age reports.
Speaking at the opening of an NBA Store in Australia, Murray told local reporters that he continues to progress in his recovery and anticipates being on the floor when Denver kicks off its preseason schedule in Chicago against the Bulls. A torn ACL suffered in April of 2021 wiped out Murray's entire 2021-22 campaign, and it's been a long road back for the dynamic guard out of Kentucky. Initially, it appeared as though Murray may be able to return toward the end of last season, but he struggled to gain full confidence in the knee and ultimately did not rejoin the Nuggets before they were eliminated by the Warriors in Round 1 of the playoffs. Now roughly 16 months removed from the injury, Murray will still need to prove that he's back to his old self, so he'll likely come at a slight discount in early fantasy drafts.
Jake LaRavia MEM F
Grizzlies' Jake LaRavia: Should compete for starting job2d ago
LaRavia is expected to compete for a starting role ahead of the 2022-23 season, Joe Mullinax of Locked On Grizzlies reports.
LaRavia was a first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft after performing well at Wake Forest last year, and a starting role should be available in the Grizzlies' frontcourt since Jaren Jackson (foot) is expected to miss several months following a procedure that he underwent in late June. LaRavia is best known for his offensive impact, as he shot 36.4 percent from beyond the arc over his three collegiate seasons and averaged 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 34.1 games with the Demon Deacons last year. The 20-year-old had a lackluster performance in the Summer League last month but should be firmly in the competition for a starting role early in the year.
Tim Hardaway Jr. DAL SG
Mavericks' Tim Hardaway: Likely to come off bench this year2d ago
Hardaway (foot) is expected to come off the bench for the Mavericks to begin the 2022-23 season, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports.
Hardaway began last season as a starter for Dallas but took on a bench role in December and January prior to sustaining a fractured foot that forced him to miss the second half of the year. The 30-year-old's role remained relatively steady after he shifted to the bench, so he should still have a chance to carve out a fantasy role if he ultimately plays a depth role early this season. Hardaway has been mentioned in some trade discussions during the offseason, but the Mavericks have also indicated that they're excited to get him back following his lengthy absence to close out last season. He's progressed in his recovery from his foot injury during the offseason, but it's not yet clear when he'll ultimately be deemed fully healthy.
Christian Wood HOU C
Mavericks' Christian Wood: Expected to come off bench2d ago
Wood is expected to come off the bench to begin the 2022-23 season, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports.
Wood was traded from the Rockets to the Mavericks in mid-June after starting in 67 of his 68 appearances with Houston last year. He had a well-rounded season for the Rockets with 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.8 minutes per game but will likely need to carve out a role off the bench early in his time with his new team.
McKinley Wright IV MIN PG
Mavericks' McKinley Wright: Signs training camp deal2d ago
Wright signed a training camp deal with the Mavericks on Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Wright posted 8.4 points, 5.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals across five Summer League appearances with the Suns. He played in five games for Minnesota last year, but he never cracked the regular rotation. In Dallas, he'll look to compete for a two-way contract during training camp.
Laurent Brossoit LV G
Golden Knights' Laurent Brossoit: Progressing after surgery15h ago
Brossoit (undisclosed) is "ahead of schedule" but likely won't be ready for Opening Night, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
With Robin Lehner (hip) out for the 2022-23 season, Brossoit and Logan Thompson are expected to handle the goaltending duties for Vegas. Brossoit underwent surgery this offseason and, while the progress has been good, it sounds like he could begin the year on injured reserve. The 29-year-old posted a 2.90 GAA and an .895 save percentage through a career-high 24 appearances last season. An extended absence for Brossoit or a hot start by Thompson could shape how the team utilizes the tandem once both are available.
Jackson Cates PHI C
Flyers' Jackson Cates: Inks two-way deal2d ago
Cates (undisclosed) signed a one-year, two-way deal with Philadelphia on Sunday, per CapFriendly.
Cates scored one goal in 11 appearances with the Flyers last season and added 10 points in 37 games with AHL Lehigh Valley. The 24-year-old forward should see a similar depth role during the 2022-23 campaign.
Nolan Patrick LV C
Golden Knights' Nolan Patrick: Likely opening year on LTIR2d ago
Patrick (upper body) is likely to begin the 2022-23 season on long-term injured reserve, Sam Carchidi of Philly Hockey Now reports.
Patrick sustained this latest upper-body injury in late March, and as of July, he'd made no substantial progress in his recovery. The 23-year-old center has dealt with traumatic head injuries for much of his professional career, and it's expected he'll be forced to miss at least the first month of the upcoming season -- and likely much more.
Jake Leschyshyn LV C
Golden Knights' Jake Leschyshyn: Inks three-year deal3d ago
Leschyshyn signed a three-year contract with the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Leschyshyn established himself as an NHLer last season when injuries ravaged the Golden Knights' forward corps. While he managed just six points in 41 games in his age-22 season, he'll have a little job security with a three-year deal. The forward's contract is one-way in all three years, so it seems like he'll have a realistic chance to make the Opening Night roster this season, albeit in a bottom-six role.
Paul Cotter LV C
Golden Knights' Paul Cotter: Receives three-year extension3d ago
Cotter signed a three-year contract extension with the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Cotter's deal is two-way in 2023-24 and one-way for the two seasons after that. As such, he shouldn't be expected to take on a regular role with the Golden Knights for another couple of years, though he'll be at the top of the list for call-ups when injuries stretch the team's forward depth. The 22-year-old had two goals and 17 hits in seven games last year.
Nikolai Knyzhov SJ D
Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Out six months3d ago
Knyzhov underwent surgery Aug. 10 for a torn Achilles that he recently suffered during off-ice activity. The recovery timeline is approximately six months.
Knyzhov last played in an NHL contest back in 2020-21, putting up 10 points in 56 games. He'll need to wait at least until February to return to game action, and it's unclear if he'll be in line for action with the big club or down with the AHL affiliate.