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Randy Dobnak MIN RP
Twins' Randy Dobnak: Hurls five innings in no-decision1m ago
Dobnak didn't factor into the decision Saturday against the Rangers after tossing five innings of two-run ball, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out one.
Dobnak was coming off several subpar performances but delivered a strong outing here, as he ended just three outs away from posting a quality start while tossing 48 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The right-hander, who started for the injured Michael Pineda (forearm) has a long way to go before claiming a steady rotation spot, but this was a step in the right direction for sure.
Nelson Cruz MIN DH
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Blasts two-run homer3m ago
Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's loss against the Twins.
Cruz delivered his 15th homer of the season in the fourth inning off Kolby Allard, but that would be all the offense the Rangers would muster in this game. The veteran slugger continues to provide value at the plate with his power, but he's also hitting .299 with an impressive .931 OPS. He's also hit safely in six straight games and in 13 of the Rangers' last 14 contests, which translates to an impressive .388 average across the month of June.
Rougned Odor NYY 2B
Yankees' Rougned Odor: Not starting Sunday5m ago
Odor is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics.
The 27-year-old has a .587 OPS and 30.4 percent strikeout rate through 13 games in June, and he's on the bench Sunday with left-hander Sean Manaea starting for Oakland. Odor's regular role at second base versus right-handed starters could be coming to an end with Luke Voit (oblique) expected to return from the injured list Tuesday, which will likely push DJ LeMahieu back to the keystone after spending most of his time at first base during Voit's absence.
Marcus Semien TOR 2B
Blue Jays' Marcus Semien: Launches two homers5m ago
Semien went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI, three runs scored and a walk in Saturday's win over the Orioles.
Semien has five homers this month and all of them have come over his last eight games, a span in which he's also racked up 10 RBI, 10 runs scored and a 5:8 BB:K. This also was his first multi-homer game of the season.
Vladimir Guerrero TOR 1B
Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero: Socks three-run shot9m ago
Guerrero went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, two additional RBI and an additional run scored in Saturday's win over the Orioles.
Guerrero keeps mashing and already has seven homers on the month, though he's been supplying value outside of the power department since he's also hit safely in all but one of his last 10 games. The slugger is hitting .381 with a 1.252 OPS in 17 games this month.
Mitch Moreland OAK DH
Athletics' Mitch Moreland: On bench against southpaw13m ago
Moreland is out of the lineup Sunday versus the Yankees.
The veteran slugger will head to the bench for the series finale with lefty Jordan Montgomery starting for the Yankees. Moreland is struggling so far in June with a .621 OPS and 31.4 percent strikeout rate in 12 games. Sean Murphy will serve as the designated hitter while Aramis Garcia works behind the plate.
Trai Turner LAC OG
Trai Turner: Looking to make return20h ago
Turner wrapped up a visit with the Steelers on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Turner suffered a chest injury late last season and was let go by the Chargers in March, but his visit with the Steelers signals that he's likely back to full health ahead of training camp. The Steelers' interest in the 28-year-old comes after David DeCastro didn't participate in minicamp. Turner has played 13-plus games in five of his last six seasons.
Marcus Cannon HOU OT
Texans' Marcus Cannon: Undergoes minor surgery20h ago
Cannon recently underwent minor knee surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The surgery appears to be precautionary and is unlikely to affect Cannon's participation in training camp. The 33-year-old opted out of the 2020-21 campaign with the Patriots, but the 6-foot-6 offensive lineman has been a reliable player for most of his career, playing 12-plus games in seven of his nine seasons.
Natrez Patrick DEN ILB
Natrez Patrick: Let go by Denver21h ago
Patrick (leg) was waived by the Broncos on Thursday.
Patrick's spot on Denver's roster was already in jeopardy, but he was carted off the field Tuesday and will now be let go. The specifics of his injury still aren't clear, but he'll have to search for a new team ahead of training camp. The 23-year-old has mostly played special teams during his two-year career and has recorded five tackles (four solo).
Jordan Willis SF DE
49ers' Jordan Willis: Suspended six games21h ago
Willis received a six-game suspension Thursday for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
In seven games with the 49ers last year, Willis tallied 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 183 snaps. The 26-year-old will still be able to participate in all offseason and preseason activities, but he'll miss the first six regular-season games.
DeVante Bausby LV CB
Raiders' De'Vante Bausby: Joins Las Vegas21h ago
Bausby signed a contract with the Raiders on Thursday.
Bausby played in a career-high 10 games with the Broncos last year, registering 20 tackles and five pass deflections. The 28-year-old joins a Raiders secondary that allowed 4,212 yards through the air last year, which ranked 26th in the NFL.
Pier-Olivier Lestage SEA OG
Seahawks' Pier-Olivier Lestage: Undergoes surgery21h ago
Lestage recently underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
Lestage suffered the injury prior to signing a contract with the Seahawks after the draft, and he participated in the team's recent three-day mandatory minicamp. The injury doesn't appear to be too serious, but it's not yet clear whether the injury will impact his availability for the start of training camp.
Spencer Dinwiddie BKN PG
Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie: Plans to decline player option29m ago
Dinwiddie plans to decline the $12.3 million player option on his 2021-22 contract and become an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Dinwiddie, who has been sidelined since late December due to an ACL tear, has a Monday deadline to make an official decision on the option. The 28-year-old guard could look for a roster spot elsewhere after appearing in just three games for Brooklyn during the 2020-21 season. Dinwiddie is expected to be close to full strength for the start of the 2021-22 season.
James Harden BKN SG
Nets' James Harden: Scores inefficient 22 points9h ago
Harden had 22 points (5-17 FG, 2-12 3Pt, 10-10 FT), nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block in Saturday's Game 7 overtime loss to Milwaukee.
Both Harden and Kevin Durant played the full 53 minutes for the Nets, who forced overtime with a Durant jumper but were only able to score two points in the extra period. While Harden's hamstring held up, he still looked like a diminished version of his former-MVP self, often settling for heavily contested threes and hitting just two of his 12 attempts from downtown. He was effective from the free-throw line, however, and Harden narrowly missed what would have been his second triple-double of the postseason. With Harden hampered and Kyrie Irving (ankle) missing the last three games of the series, the Nets' season ended on a sour note, but Brooklyn figures to open next season as the odds-on favorite to emerge from the Eastern Conference, provided the star trio -- which was rarely healthy at the same time this season -- can stay on the floor.
Kevin Durant BKN PF
Nets' Kevin Durant: Goes for 48 but Nets fall short9h ago
Durant finished Saturday's Game 7 loss to Milwaukee with 48 points (17-36 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 10-11 FT), nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block.
While the Nets came up short in overtime, it was another masterful performance for Durant, who carried Brooklyn for much of the series with Kyrie Irving (ankle) injured and James Harden (hamstring) limited. For the second time in three games, Durant went the full distance, playing all 53 minutes and leading the way offensively for a Nets team that got all 111 of its points from the starting five. Late in regulation, Durant drilled a long, pull-up two-pointer with his foot on the line to tie the game and force overtime. But Brooklyn was only able to muster two points in the extra period, with a Durant three-pointer falling well short with less than one second remaining. Nonetheless, it was a monster series for Durant, who topped 30 points five times and tallied 49, 32 and 48 points, respectively, over the final three games. More than anything, Durant officially reasserted himself as the the NBA's most lethal scorer after missing all of last season while recovering from the torn ACL and dealing with a series of minor injuries throughout the 2020-21 regular season. Looking ahead to 2021-22, Durant will once again be among the league's elite fantasy players, while the Nets -- with Harden and Irving back healthy -- will likely be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.
Khris Middleton MIL SF
Bucks' Khris Middleton: Scores 23 with well-rounded line10h ago
Middleton finished Saturday's Game 7 agains the Nets with 23 points (9-26 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals.
While Middleton's shots weren't falling for much of the night, he hit some key jumpers down the stretch and was able to contribute in other areas to help the Bucks close out a hard-fought series. Middleton's 52 minutes established a new season high, and he matched the season-high five steals he racked up in Milwaukee's Game 6 victory. Whether it's the Sixers or the Hawks who await the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals, Middleton will continue to be a major focal point for Milwaukee, which will have three full days off before the next series begins Wednesday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL PF
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Goes for 40, Bucks advance to ECF10h ago
Antetokounmpo finished Saturday's Game 7 win over the Nets with 40 points (15-24 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 8-14 FT), 13 rebounds, five assists and one block.
In a game that was close throughout, the Bucks were able to outlast the Nets in overtime, with Antetokounmpo playing 50 of a possible 53 minutes. The two-time MVP overcame some early struggles at the line to finish a respectable 8-of-14 while hitting 13-of-18 two-point-field-goal attempts. It was Antetokounmpo's highest-scoring game of the playoffs and his sixth 40-point effort of the season. For the series, he reached the 30 point plateau six times in seven games. The Bucks will now have three days off before the Eastern Conference Finals begin Wednesday night.
Chris Paul PHO PG
Suns' Chris Paul: Officially out for Game 114h ago
Paul (COVID-19) will not play in Sunday's Game 1 against the Clippers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The veteran point guard tested positive for COVID-19, and he'll be forced to sit out the start of the Western Conference Finals. There haven't been any updates regarding his condition. In Paul's stead, Cameron Payne, Jevon Carter and Torrey Craig are candidates to see increased usage.
Semyon Varlamov NYI G
Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Turns in winning effort in Game 411h ago
Varlamov kicked out 28 of 30 shots in a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday in Game 4.
Varlamov held the Lighting off the board through two periods before Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson both struck in the first seven minutes of the third. Varlamov secured the victory with a major assist from defenseman Ryan Pulock, who made a goal-line stop on Tampa Bay's Ryan McDonagh just before the final buzzer with Varlamov caught well out of position. The netminder improved to 6-5 in the playoffs and maintained his .923 save percentage.
Adam Pelech NYI D
Islanders' Adam Pelech: Hands out pair of apples12h ago
Pelech produced two assists and four blocks in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Lighting in Game 4.
Pelech drew the secondary assist on goals by Mathew Barzal and Matt Martin in the latter stages of the second period, helping the Islanders build a 3-0 lead. It was Pelech's first multi-point performance of the playoffs and snapped his four-game point drought.
Matt Martin NYI LW
Islanders' Matt Martin: Collects first goal of playoffs12h ago
Martin scored a goal on his only shot and added a trio of assists in a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 4 on Saturday.
Martin located a rebound in front and backhanded the puck past Tampa Bay netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy, spotting the Islanders a 3-0 lead with 2:03 let in the second period. The goal, Martin's first of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, ended up being the game-winner for the Islanders. The physical winger has now reached the scoresheet in each of the last two contests after going without a point in his first 15 games of the playoffs.
Cal Clutterbuck NYI RW
Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck: Draws two assists12h ago
Clutterbuck registered a pair of assists and a team-leading six shots on goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 4. He also had three hits and two PIM.
The veteran winger turned in an inspired all-around effort, setting up goals by Mathew Barzal and Matt Martin in the second period while producing his best shots-on-goal total of the entire 2020-21 season. Clutterbuck has had a nice playoff in his typical bottom-six role, providing seven points and a plus-6 rating in 16 games.
Mathew Barzal NYI C
Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Pots third goal of series12h ago
Barzal scored a goal on his lone shot in Saturday's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 4.
Barzal slammed a rebound into a wide-open net to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead with 6:14 left in the second period. It was Barzal's third goal of the series and his sixth tally in the last eight games. The 24-year-old has hit his offensive stride after having produced just three assists in his first seven playoff tilts.
Josh Bailey NYI LW
Islanders' Josh Bailey: Opens scoring Saturday12h ago
Bailey scored a goal on his only shot and added a pair of hits in Saturday's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 4.
Bailey took a slick cross-ice pass from Brock Nelson and powered a wrist shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy from the right circle, opening the scoring 5:30 into the second period. The goal was Bailey's sixth of the postseason but his first in the last five games. The longtime Islander has produced 13 points through 16 playoff contests.