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Madison Bumgarner ARI SP
Diamondbacks' Madison Bumgarner: Season-high seven punchouts12m ago
Bumgarner pitched seven innings, surrendering four runs on five hits while striking out seven in Saturday's win over the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision.
Bumgarner gave up two solo homers in the bottom of the second and then two more runs in the next frame, but finished his outing with four consecutive scoreless innings. The four earned runs were a season-high for the left-hander but he also produced seven punchouts, which were his highest total of the year. It was the 32-year-old's longest outing of 2022 and he didn't walk a batter for the third time in nine starts. Bumgarner now owns a 2.76 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 28 strikeouts over 42.1 innings.
Josh Hader MIL RP
Brewers' Josh Hader: Records one-out save13m ago
Hader got the final out of Saturday's 5-1 win against the Nationals, earning the save.
Hader appeared to have the night off, but Hoby Milner put two runners on in a four-run game and the 28-year-old's services were deemed necessary. He induced a Matt Adams flyout to notch his 15th save, ranking second in the league, in his first appearance since May 16 after some time away from the team. Hader has delivered the save in all 15 of his appearances across 13.2 innings and is till yet to surrender a run.
Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
Brewers' Brandon Woodruff: Victorious in quality start23m ago
Woodruff (5-2) earned the win during Saturday's 5-1 victory over Washington, allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
Woodruff tossed a season-high 100 pitches with 70 finding the zone and stayed out of trouble beside a Lane Thomas solo home run in the third inning. The quality start is only the 29-year-old's second in eight turns though his 11.1 K/9 are nearly a full strikeout better than his career 10.3 mark. He's scheduled to pitch next midweek.
David Robertson CHC RP
Cubs' David Robertson: Charged with blown save32m ago
Robertson was charged with a blown save after pitching 1.1 innings, giving up one earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out one in Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Robertson was called on to replace Scott Effross in the top of the eighth inning with a runner on base and a 4-2 lead. He promptly gave up an RBI double to Jake McCarthy to bring it within one and then a game-tying single to Daulton Varsho before the inning's end. The 37-year-old returned for the ninth frame, giving up another hit and two walks before working his way out of the jam and producing a scoreless inning. The blown save was his first of the season -- he converted his first five opportunities before Saturday. Robertson now owns a 1.88 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with 20 strikeouts over 14.1 innings and remains the favorite for saves on the Cubs.
Jon Gray TEX SP
Rangers' Jon Gray: Defeated in quality start40m ago
Gray (1-2) took the loss during Saturday's 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Astros, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings.
Gray pitched well against a strong Houston lineup but let in runs in the first and fifth innings, with the two-run deficit proving too steep to overcome. The quality start marked the 30-year-old's longest outing so far this season, and first quality start in six turns, though he's now recorded four strikeouts or fewer in every start but one. Gray is scheduled to pitch again at Oakland next weekend.
Brad Keller KC SP
Royals' Brad Keller: Takes loss against Twins45m ago
Keller (1-4) allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over seven innings to take the loss to the Twins on Saturday. He struck out four.
Free passes came back to haunt Keller in the third and sixth innings. Even after this step backward, Keller still has a 3.20 ERA and 1.03 WHIP this season, an improvement driven in large part by a reduction in walk rate to this point. Keller lacks swing-and-miss dominance and the team context is a negative, but he keeps the ball on the ground and is firmly in the streaming territory for fantasy baseball.
Geno Smith SEA QB
Seahawks' Geno Smith: Early edge in QB competition7h ago
Given his experience and familiarity with the Seahawks offense, Smith has an early edge on Drew Lock in the team's ongoing quarterback competition, Gregg Bell of the Seattle News Tribune reports.
Offensive coordinator Shane Waldron acknowledged that there's "a long time to go" before a final call is made on the team's Week 1 starting QB, but unless the team makes a move for another signal caller, Russell Wilson's replacement will be either Smith or Lock. Per Waldron, "right now, Geno has done such a good job of carrying over (the offensive principles from 2021). He already had a head start over Drew right there." That said, Waldron noted that he likes Lock's "ability to make every throw on the field." Either way, this is a job battle that's way too early to call, and it seems likely that as long as they both remain healthy the duo will share first-team reps in practice this summer.
Kadarius Toney NYG WR
Giants' Kadarius Toney: Undergoes minor knee surgery12h ago
Toney underwent minor knee surgery earlier this offseason, but he is expected to be ready for training camp, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
The 2021 first-round pick hasn't been participating in OTAs for good reason. While the arthroscopic surgery appears to be insignificant, Toney is not expected to participate in any offseason OTAs altogether. Rookie second-round pick Wan'Dale Robinson will likely be the biggest beneficiary in Toney's absence, but expect the Florida product to be ready to play once training camp rolls around.
Brent Urban DAL DE
Ravens' Brent Urban: Signs with Ravens1d ago
Urban signed a one-year contract with the Ravens on Friday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Urban missed the second half of the 2021 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn triceps but will attempt to carve out a role in Baltimore during the offseason. He appeared in six games with the Cowboys last year and racked up three tackles and a pass defense.
Nick Foles CHI QB
Nick Foles: Could sign with Colts1d ago
The Colts are reportedly working on adding Foles to the team's quarterback mix, according to Zak Keefer of The Athletic.
While Keefer notes that a deal has yet to be agreed upon, there's a chance that Foles could be inked by next week. If so, he'd provide the Colts with an experienced veteran backup behind 37-year-old starter Matt Ryan. Foles is coming off a 2021 campaign in which he saw action in just one regular season game with the Bears, a spot start in Week 16.
Jimmy Moreland HOU CB
Jimmy Moreland: Waived by Houston1d ago
The Texans waived Moreland on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Moreland made seven appearances for the Texans last season, registering eight snaps on defense and 38 on special teams. The 2019 seventh-round pick was a starter his first two years in Washington, but a litany of issues derailed his only campaign in Houston. He'll look to latch onto another squad before the start of training camp.
Sutton Smith LV LB
Sutton Smith: Waived by Las Vegas1d ago
The Raiders waived Smith on Friday.
Smith made eight appearances for the Raiders last season, totaling 43 snaps on offense and 77 on special teams. However, the 2019 sixth-round pick failed to record an offensive touch. His release made room for the Raiders to sign FA wideout Jordan Veasy.
Jimmy Butler MIA SF
Heat's Jimmy Butler: Likely available for Game 48m ago
Butler's knee injury isn't expected to be serious, and there's a strong possibility he's available for Game 4, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Butler finished the first half of Game 3 with eight points (3-8 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes, but he didn't start the second half and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. Victor Oladipo started the second half in place of the All-Star forward and played well, but Butler's potential availability for Game 4 would be a huge boost for the Heat as they look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jayson Tatum BOS SF
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Returns to Game 330m ago
Tatum (shoulder) has returned to Saturday's Game 3 against the Heat, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Tatum appeared to suffer a shoulder injury after being stripped by Victor Oladipo late in the fourth quarter, but the All-Star forward quickly returned to the contest after a brief stint in the locker room.
Jayson Tatum BOS SF
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Headed to locker room34m ago
Tatum went to the locker room after appearing to suffer a right shoulder injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday's Game 3 against the Heat, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Tatum remained on the floor for an extended period after being stripped by Victor Oladipo late in the fourth quarter. After a chaotic sequence, trainers and medical staff helped Tatum to his feet before he was able to make his way to the locker room under his own power. Payton Pritchard replaced the All-Star forward, but the Celtics will likely need Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart to set up in Tatum's absence if they hope to finish their second-half comeback.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Returns to Game 3 after hard fall1h ago
Smart has returned to Saturday's Game 3 against the Heat after appearing to suffer an injury at the start of the second half.
Smart was sidelined for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals due to a foot injury, but he's been able to start each of the last two contests. However, he appeared to suffer a setback after a hard fall early in the second half of Game 3, but the point guard was able to return to the contest moments later. Regardless, it's likely something to monitor as the series and postseason progresses.
Victor Oladipo MIA SG
Heat's Victor Oladipo: Starts second half of Game 31h ago
Oladipo will start the second half of Saturday's Game 3 against the Celtics in place of Jimmy Butler, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the contest due to right knee inflammation, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Oladipo didn't play in the first half but draws the start in the second half with Miami's All-Star forward sidelined. Oladipo finished Game 2 with 13 points (2-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 9-10 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes and figures to garner an increased role in the second half of Game 3.
Jimmy Butler MIA SF
Heat's Jimmy Butler: Won't return to Game 32h ago
Butler has been ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's Game 3 against the Celtics due to right knee inflammation, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Butler finished the first half with eight points (3-8 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes, but he apparently aggravated the knee issue that caused him to miss a contest earlier in the playoffs. Victor Oladipo started the second half in place of the All-Star forward and figures to garner an increased role the rest of the way.
Valeri Nichushkin COL RW
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Sets up empty-netter2m ago
Nichushkin posted an assist in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Nichushkin set up Artturi Lehkonen on an empty-net goal with 58 seconds left in the game. With points in five of seven postseason games (three goals, two assists), Nichushkin has done pretty well in a top-six role. He's added 28 shots on net, 21 hits and a plus-2 rating as a physical presence with some scoring upside.
Cale Makar COL D
Avalanche's Cale Makar: Slings helper in win5m ago
Makar notched an assist, three blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Makar had been held off the scoresheet in the last two games before setting up a Nazem Kadri in the second period. The 23-year-old Makar has continued to play well in the playoffs, logging three goals and eight helpers through seven contests. The star defenseman has added 30 shots on net, 15 blocked shots and a plus-4 rating, and he may be asked to do even more with Samuel Girard (chest) out for the remainder of the playoffs.
Nathan MacKinnon COL C
Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Keeps streak going with helper7m ago
MacKinnon provided an assist, two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
It took some time, but MacKinnon extended his point streak to seven games with the primary helper on Gabriel Landeskog's third-period marker. That streak has spanned the playoffs, and MacKinnon has picked up five goals, four helpers, 42 shots on net and a plus-4 rating in postseason play. Five of those nine points have come with the man advantage.
Mikko Rantanen COL RW
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Dishes pair of helpers8m ago
Rantanen provided two assists and three shots on goal in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Rantanen helped out on tallies by Nazem Kadri and Gabriel Landeskog in the contest. The two-helper game gave Rantanen nine assists through seven playoff contests, though he hasn't scored a goal since April 16. The winger has added 15 shots, 22 hits and an even plus-minus rating in the postseason.
Logan O'Connor COL RW
Avalanche's Logan O'Connor: Enters lineup, scores goal11m ago
O'Connor scored a goal in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
O'Connor replaced Nico Sturm on the Avalanche's fourth line, and head coach Jared Bednar's move paid almost immediate dividends. The 25-year-old O'Connor tallied 10:57 into the first period, just seconds after the Avalanche finished killing a penalty. The forward had 24 points in a team-high 81 games during the regular season, though it's expected he'll only see a limited role while he's in the lineup. The goal Saturday was his first point to go with seven hits and a plus-3 rating through four playoff contests.
Gabriel Landeskog COL LW
Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Cashes in on blunder14m ago
Landeskog scored a goal on three shots, added three hits and went plus-2 in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Landeskog's goal won't count as an empty-netter even though Ville Husso was caught between the crease and the bench when it was scored. Fortunate or not, they all count the same, and Landeskog's up to five tallies in seven playoff games. The 29-year-old has added five helpers, 37 hits, 22 shots on net and a plus-4 rating in the postseason.