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Andrew Heaney LAA SP
Angels' Andrew Heaney: Gives up seven earned to Giants9m ago
Heaney (0-1) was rocked for seven earned runs on six hits over 4.1 innings, striking out six and walking two, taking the loss in the Angels' 8-1 defeat to the Giants on Friday.
Heaney was coming off a strong start in his first outing of the year against the Royals that saw him strike out seven and give up three earned runs in five innings, but he couldn't follow it up with a similar effort against the Giants, who torched him for a six-run fifth inning. He'll look to get right the ship in his next start against a tough Yankees lineup next Friday.
Brad Hand SD RP
Padres' Brad Hand: Picks up first win of season18m ago
Hand (1-2) got the win against the Diamondbacks on Friday, allowing one walk, no hits and bagging four strikeouts over 1.1 innings in San Diego's 4-1 victory.
Hand had converted six straight save opportunities coming into this game and he added his first win of the season for good measure against Arizona in relief of a dominant outing from Tyson Ross. Hand got a loss and a blown save in his first appearance of the season, but he hasn't given up an earned run since and he now has a 1.59 ERA in 11.1 innings.
Ben Zobrist CHC 2B
Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Heading to disabled list20m ago
Zobrist (back) indicated after Friday's win over the Rockies he'll go on the disabled list, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic Chicago reports.
Zobrist hasn't appeared in a game since last Saturday, so he would already be about halfway through the minimum 10 days on the DL. The 36-year-old indicated it's still a minor injury situation, but is opting to express additional caution due to the recent weather conditions.
Tyson Ross SD SP
Padres' Tyson Ross: Almost no-hits Diamondbacks24m ago
Ross flirted with a no-hitter but eventually settled for a no-decision in San Diego's 4-1 win over Arizona on Friday, giving up just one hit and one earned run over 7.2 innings, striking out 10 and walking three.
Ross was dealing against the Diamondbacks and he took a no-hitter all the way into the eighth inning before it was broken up by a Christian Walker double and he was removed after 127 pitches. While it was a hard-luck no-decision, it was nonetheless a stellar outing from Ross, who has been dominant over his last two starts and now boasts a sparkling 2.81 ERA and 1.01 over 25.2 innings. It's still too early to declare him fully resurrected and back to his form of 2014-15 when he averaged a 3.03 ERA, but if Ross continues his strong start into the season, he would certainly re-enter the conversation as a pitcher who moves the fantasy needle.
Matt Koch ARI RP
Diamondbacks' Matt Koch: Gets no-decision in first start of season33m ago
Koch didn't factor into the decision against the Padres on Friday, giving up just two hits and one earned run, striking out four and walking two as Arizona eventually fell to San Diego 4-1.
With Taijuan Walker lost for the season due to an elbow injury, Koch got a crack at filling the spot in Arizona's rotation and while he pitched well in his first MLB start since 2016, he was out-dueled by counterpart Tyson Ross, who flirted with a no-hitter. It was a solid effort, but it will be hard to get a gauge on what type of fantasy value Koch could have at the big-league level until there's a larger sample size.
Trevor Bauer CLE SP
Indians' Trevor Bauer: Takes loss in solid performance34m ago
Bauer (1-2) took the loss against the Orioles on Friday, giving up three earned runs on five hits and three walks over seven innings as Baltimore beat Cleveland 3-1.
Bauer did illustrate some control issues -- three walks and a hit by pitch -- but the Indians lack of offense proved to be the real issue Friday. The 27-year-old has had a great start to the 2018 season, carrying a 2.67 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 27 strikeouts through his first four starts (27 innings), and figures to next take the mound Wednesday against the Cubs.
Anthony Chickillo PIT OLB
Steelers' Anthony Chickillo: Signs RFA tender4h ago
Chickillo signed a restricted free agent tender with the Steelers on Friday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
The best deal available was with Pittsburgh, the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2015. Chickillo spent the last two seasons in a reserve role, but he compiled 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 31 games. With T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree still in the lineup, Chickillo will likely work in the same role in 2018.
Riley Dixon DEN P
Giants' Riley Dixon: Heads to Giants5h ago
Dixon was traded from the Broncos to the Giants for a 2019 conditional seventh-round pick, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
When former Raiders' punter Marquette King signed with the Broncos, it was almost certain Dixon would be traded. Dixon accrued 162 punts over his first two seasons and averaged 45.7 yards per punt with 51 landing inside the 20.
Reggie Porter CLE CB
Reggie Porter: Fails physical, hits waivers5h ago
Porter (Achilles) failed a physical and was waived Friday.
After going undrafted in the 2017, Porter dressed for Cleveland in three games but didn't record a tackle. He ended the season on injured reserve with an Achilles injury, and that could still be holding him back.
Corey White CLE DB
Corey White: Shown door in Cleveland5h ago
White was released by the Browns on Friday.
White didn't play a snap in the 2017 season, but he latched on with the Browns on Jan. 18. The 27-year-old last played in Buffalo in 2016 and recorded 30 tackles (22 solo) and two interceptions.
John Simon IND OLB
Colts' John Simon: Will put hand in dirt5h ago
Simon (shoulder) will be moved from linebacker to defensive end in 2018, Greg Rakestraw of 1070 The Fan reports.
Simon ended the season on injured reserve, and he's working towards his new role now that he's healthy. The sixth-year pro had 43 tackles (28 solo) and one interception as a linebacker in 2017. Standing at 6-foot-1, Simon is shorter than traditional defensive ends, so it'll be interesting to see how he adjusts when the Colts shift from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme.
Earl Thomas SEA FS
Seahawks' Earl Thomas: Not expected to hold out5h ago
Per general manager John Schneider, Thomas will not hold out in 2018 even if he doesn't have a new contract, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Thomas had 88 tackles, seven pass breakups and two picks in 2017, and the Seahawks' secondary is already shaky since they released CB Richard Sherman. However, contract talks between Thomas and the Seahawks halted in early March, and it's still unclear if negotiations will fire back up. Just because Thomas won't hold out doesn't mean he'll be on the team in 2018, since he could still be traded if a deal isn't made.
Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL PF
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Solid line despite foul trouble7m ago
Antetokounmpo registered 19 points (8-13 FG, 3-4 3Pt), six assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks across 27 minutes during Milwaukee's 116-92 win over the Celtics in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Antetokounmpo racked up five fouls and therefore sat out most of the fourth quarter, but that was a luxury the Bucks could afford with a large second-half lead. The Greek Freak still paced the team in scoring and assists on the night, and he's now shot at least 52.4 percent in each of the first three games of the series. He'll look to keep up his stellar play when the Bucks attempt to even the series at 2-2 in Sunday's Game 4.
Jayson Tatum BOS SF
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Contributes 14 points in Game 3 loss11m ago
Tatum supplied 14 points (5-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-5 FT), five rebounds and one block across 27 minutes during Boston's 116-92 loss to the Bucks in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Following a forgettable 2-for-9 effort in Game 2 that generated just four points, Tatum bounced back his second double-digit scoring effort of the season. Tatum's scoring total was second on the starting five behind Al Horford and third overall on the team for the night. He'll look to play another pivotal role when the Celtics try to bounce back in Sunday's Game 4.
Al Horford BOS C
Celtics' Al Horford: Team-high scoring total in Game 3 loss19m ago
Horford totaled 16 points (7-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds and one assist across 24 minutes during Boston's 116-92 loss to the Bucks in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Horford was one of the few bright spots for the Celtics in a forgettable team performance overall. The floor-spacing big man paced the team in shot attempts, shooting percentage (53.8) and points, and he's scored no fewer than 16 points in any of the first three games of the series. Given his efforts thus far, the 31-year-old's contributions figure to remain pivotal Boston's chances of bouncing back in Sunday's Game 4.
Pascal Siakam TOR PF
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Receives stitches in lip2h ago
Siakam received three stitches in his lower lip following Friday's loss to the Wizards, Eric Koreen of The Athletic Toronto reports.
Siakam came out of Friday's contest with five points (2-3 FG, 1/1 3PT), four rebounds, and a block across 16 minutes to go along with a busted lower lip. The issue does not appear to be serious heading into Sunday's Game 4, but expect an update on his status once the team provides more information.
George Hill SAC PG
Cavaliers' George Hill: Goes for 13 points Friday3h ago
Hill registered 13 points (4-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), one rebound and one assist across 23 minutes during a 92-90 loss to the Pacers on Friday.
Hill had his best game of the series in the loss as he was one of three players on the team to score in double figures. It was still a fairly average effort from him, as he only received 23 minutes and contributed minimal supporting stats. Hill hasn't been much of a factor so far in the series.
Kevin Love CLE PF
Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Has best game of series in Game 3 loss3h ago
Love tallied 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 38 minutes during a 92-90 loss to the Pacers on Friday.
Love had his most effective game of the series in the loss as he shot the ball well after struggling across the first two games. On the down side, the six rebounds did mark a below-average effort and the four turnovers marked his highest total of the series so far. Love is hot from downtown to start the series, at 8-of-17 across the first three outings.
Sean Couturier PHI C
Flyers' Sean Couturier: Comes up huge in return1h ago
Couturier (lower body) potted the game-winning goal Friday, as the Flyers avoided being eliminated by the Penguins in Game 5.
Couturier missed Game 4, but the newly minted Selke Trophy finalist toughed it out and played the role of hero in a game that the Flyers absolutely had to win. His goal was a beauty, too, as he lifted the puck from just inside the blue line and sent it directly between Conor Sheary and Brian Dumoulin and past netminder Matt Murray. Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.
Derek Ryan CAR C
Hurricanes' Derek Ryan: Falls just shy of 40-point mark4h ago
Ryan finished the season with a career-best 38 points in 80 games.
Now with just two NHL seasons under his belt at the ripe old age of 31, Ryan is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July. However, even with new owner Tom Dundon expected to clean house this offseason, Ryan represents good value as a bottom-six forward and could very well be back in a Canes uniform next season. He will likely never be a big scorer at this stage of his career, but 40 points is not out of the question, especially for a guy who sees second-line power-play duty. In terms of fantasy, he makes for a solid pick in deeper drafts.
Samuel Girard COL D
Avalanche's Samuel Girard: Gearing up Friday4h ago
Girard (upper body) will play Game 5 against the Predators on Friday.
The 19-year-old blueliner hasn't played since Game 1 when he logged 22:07 of ice time and fired four shots on goal. Girard will look to help his squad stay alive in this elimination matchup against the team that drafted him 47th overall in 2016.
Yannick Weber NSH D
Predators' Yannick Weber: Sitting out Game 54h ago
Weber (upper body) won't play Game 5 against the Avalanche on Friday, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Weber has been a full participant in practices, but he's still not getting the nod. The Preds may want the 29-year-old to absorb some more contact before entering a physical playoff series, and he may get some extra rest if they can finish off the Avs on Friday.
Pekka Rinne NSH G
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Pegged to start Game 54h ago
Rinne will be the home starter for Game 5 against the Avalanche on Friday, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Rinne looked shaky in Games 2 and 3, allowing eight goals on 45 shots for a .822 save percentage. The 35-year-old came back like the veteran he is and stopped 31 of 33 shots in Game 4 for the win. To make the matchup more favorable, Andrew Hammond will patrol Colorado's crease; he has only played in seven NHL games over the past two seasons.
Scott Darling CAR G
Hurricanes' Scott Darling: Starter's role not confirmed for next season4h ago
Darling had the worst season of his career in 2017-18, finishing with a 24-21-7 record, 3.18 GAA and .888 save percentage.
Darling was expected to take over for the aging Cam Ward as the Canes starter after signing a four-year, $16.6 million contract in May of last year. However, despite three very good seasons with the Blackhawks (albeit mostly in a secondary role), Darling was clearly not ready to inherit the role of No. 1 netminder, and he spent most of the season as Ward's backup. Looking ahead, Darling's role with the team next season remains uncertain, but with three years left on his contract, he likely isn't going anywhere. The Canes could decide to give him a second shot at the starter's role, or bring in some new blood. Either way, Darling represents a risky selection from a fantasy standpoint.