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Vince Velasquez PHI SP
Phillies' Vince Velasquez: Yields two runs in relief3h ago
Velasquez allowed two runs on two hits and one walk in one inning pitched during Thursday's loss to the Orioles.
Velasquez was considered an option to start Friday's game against the Mets but that nod appears to be going to Spencer Howard after Velasquez entered Thursday's game in the eighth inning. The right-hander was able to strike out the lone batter he faced in the sixth inning, but he gave up a two-run double to Jose Iglesias in the seventh. It's unclear how the Phillies plan on using Velasquez in the coming days, although he remains a candidate to start one of the games during the doubleheader against the Blue Jays on Aug. 20.
J.T. Realmuto PHI C
Phillies' J.T. Realmuto: Cranks two more homers3h ago
Realmuto went 2-for-4 with two two-run home runs in Thursday's 11-4 loss to the Orioles.
Realmuto gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead with his homer off Thomas Eshelman in the fourth inning and later added another two-run shot off David Hess in the eighth. The stud backstop now has seven home runs and 17 RBI in just 48 at-bats. The catcher is slashing .292/.358/.729 heading into the weekend series against the Mets.
Jake Arrieta PHI SP
Phillies' Jake Arrieta: Struggles in loss to O's3h ago
Arrieta (1-2) took the loss against the Orioles on Thursday, allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out four.
Arrieta was coming off a strong performance in a win against the Braves, but the right-hander was unable to build off the performance Thursday. He was able to cruise through the first four innings without allowing any damage, but he fell apart in the fifth. Three singles, a walk and a three-run double by Anthony Santander ultimately ended the 34-year-old's day and led to his second loss of the season. Arrieta will look to bounce back when he takes the ball next week in Boston.
Jose Iglesias BAL SS
Orioles' Jose Iglesias: Logs two hits as DH3h ago
Iglesias went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Phillies.
With Iglesias dealing with a quadriceps issue earlier in the week, the shortstop got to rest his legs a bit and serve as the designated hitter in Thursday's win. He did well in the unfamiliar role, belting a two-run double off Vince Velasquez in the seventh inning. Iglesias will likely return to shortstop when Baltimore opens its series with the Nationals on Friday.
Rio Ruiz BAL 3B
Orioles' Rio Ruiz: Goes yard in second straight3h ago
Ruiz went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 11-4 win over the Phillies.
Ruiz's ninth-inning homer off Connor Brogdon marked the third baseman's second long ball in as many days. Ruiz now has five homers on the campaign and will carry a line of .271/.333/.604 into the weekend series against the Nationals.
Chris Taylor LAD SS
Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Enjoys three-hit performance3h ago
Taylor went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored in a win over San Diego on Thursday.
Taylor didn't hit any of the Dodgers' six long balls in the rout, but he led the team with three hits on the night, coming around to score after each base knock. The 29-year-old has gone 6-for-11 over his last three games.
David Steinmetz HOU T
David Steinmetz: Waived by Texans5h ago
Steinmetz was waived by the Texans on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.
Steinmetz suffered a broken ankle last season during training camp and spent the entire 2019 season on injured reserve. Now healthy, he'll look to sign on with another team in time for the regular season.
Bryce Sterk MIA TE
Bryce Sterk: Waived by Dolphins5h ago
Sterk was waived by the Dolphins on Thursday, Travis Wingfield of the team's official site reports.
Sterk signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent earlier this year. He played as a defensive end at Montana State, recording 126 tackles (81 solo), 23.5 sacks, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery in 28 starts. However, Miami had him slated as tight end before he was let go.
Steven Parker MIA DB
Steven Parker: Waived by Dolphins5h ago
Parker was waived by the Dolphins on Thursday, Travis Wingfield of the team's official site reports.
Parker made four starts and played in 14 games last season for Miami, recording 20 tackles (15 solo), three defended passes and two interceptions. The 2018 undrafted free agent will now look to sign on with another squad ahead of the start of the regular season.
Renell Wren CIN DT
Bengals' Renell Wren: Actived from NFI list6h ago
Wren was activated from the active/non-football injury list Thursday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Although the injury was undisclosed, Wren will now be able to join his teammates as they begin to ramp up training camp practices. The 2019 fourth-round selection will compete for a depth role on the defensive line, which got even more competitive earlier this week with the signing of veteran Mike Daniels.
Wyatt Ray 2005 EDGE
Titans' Wyatt Ray: Joins the Titans6h ago
Ray signed a contract with the Titans on Thursday.
After joining the league as an undrafted free agent in 2019, Ray spent time on the Texans', Bills' and Jets' practice squads. The defensive end recorded 17 career sacks in his tenure at Boston College, including nine sacks through 12 games in 2018.
DeMarquis Gates MIN LB
DeMarquis Gates: Waived by Vikings6h ago
Gates was waived by the Vikings on Thursday.
Gates was waived in order to make room for Oli Udoh's activation from the reserve/COVID-19 list. The linebacker has bounced between different football leagues over the past couple years, including the AAF and XFL, but he'll look to sign on with another NFL club in the coming weeks.
Jonas Valanciunas MEM C
Grizzlies' Jonas Valanciunas: Puts up first career triple-double2m ago
Valanciunas amassed 26 points(11-17 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 19 rebounds, 12 assists and one block in 33 minutes during Thursday's 119-106 victory over the Bucks.
The Grizzlies advanced to the first-ever play-in game, accounting for an understrength Bucks outfit. Valanciunas was incredible for the Grizzlies, recording the first triple-double of his career. Ja Morant joined him with a triple-double, making this the first time in franchise history that two players have achieved the feat in a single game. The Grizzlies will face the Trail Blazers in the play-in tournament, needing to win the first two games to advance to the playoffs.
Caris LeVert BKN SG
Nets' Caris LeVert: Scores team-high 37 points5m ago
LeVert produced 37 points (16-29 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine assists, six rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot across 32 minutes in Thursday's 134-133 loss to the Trail Blazers.
The Nets could have easily tanked this game or, at the very least, rested LeVert due to his thigh injury, but coach Jacque Vaughn wanted to make sure his team was running on all cylinders before tackling the Raptors in the first round. The result was an instant classic and one of the most exciting games in Orlando. LeVert figures to be the cornerstone of Brooklyn's offensive scheme against the Raptors as long as his body holds up. Despite working through injuries, he's averaged 25 points, 6.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds in bubble play.
Gary Trent Jr. POR SG
Trail Blazers' Gary Trent: Pours in 16 off bench22m ago
Trent produced 16 points (6-13 FG, 4-10 3Pt), two steals, a rebound, an assist and a blocked shot across 36 minutes in Thursday's 134-133 win over the Nets.
Although it took a little while for the Duke product to find his niche, Trent spent most of his second season as a utility player who could offer a different look in the Blazers' rotation. With Jusuf Nurkic, Hassan Whiteside and Alex Collins now available to alleviate pressure in the frontcourt, Trent's role expanded significantly in Orlando. In the bubble, Trent is seeing 34 minutes per game and averaging 16.9 points.
Jusuf Nurkic POR C
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Records double-double in thriller1h ago
Nurkic totaled 22 points (11-17 FG, 0-1 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and a steal across 32 minutes in Thursday's 134-133 win over the Nets.
Nurkic's potential impact in the bubble was unclear after missing several months with a broken leg, be crushed expectations in the bubble. He's averaged 17.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and four assists in Orlando.
CJ McCollum POR SG
Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum: Clutch with 25 in victory1h ago
McCollum posted 25 points (9-21 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot across 43 minutes in Thursday's 134-133 win over the Nets.
The fact that McCollum played 43 minutes with fractured vertebrae in his back is a testament to his grit and determination. It wasn't his best performance, but he made his minutes count in the fourth quarter. After a hot first frame, he disappeared for two quarters but charged back to make some key plays down the stretch. There will be no time for the guard to heal, so the Trail Blazers hope his condition doesn't deteriorate.
Damian Lillard POR PG
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Brilliant in playoff-clinching win1h ago
Lillard compiled 42 points (13-22 FG, 8-14 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 12 assists, three rebounds and two steals across 43 minutes in Thursday's 134-133 victory over the Nets.
There was a sense that Portland could pull this one out when Lillard hurled up a shot from the halfcourt logo and drained it. Moments later, he made a steal at almost the exact same spot that turned the tide. The Nets knew they needed to keep him clamped down but even when double-teamed, he would either dish one of his 12 assists to an open shooter, or somehow manage to find a shot himself. The win sets up a classic matchup between rookie and veteran, as Ja Morant and Dame will clash in the play-in game.
Johnny Gaudreau CGY LW
Flames' Johnny Gaudreau: Adds power-play assist3h ago
Gaudreau picked up a power-play assist and four shots on goal in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Stars in Game 2.
Gaudreau had the secondary helper on Sam Bennett's third-period tally. With two goals, two helpers and 14 shots in six games, Gaudreau has produced decently in the playoffs. If Matthew Tkachuk (undisclosed) misses time, the 27-year-old Gaudreau will need to have a bigger impact on the scoresheet to keep the Flames afloat.
Elias Lindholm CGY RW
Flames' Elias Lindholm: Sets up late equalizer3h ago
Lindholm notched a power-play assist and doled out six hits in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Stars in Game 2.
Lindholm's shot on a late Flames power play was tipped in by Sam Bennett to tie the game at four. The 25-year-old Lindholm now has four points, eight shots, 19 hits and a plus-2 rating through six postseason outings.
T.J. Brodie CGY D
Flames' T.J. Brodie: Produces assist3h ago
Brodie posted an assist, two hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Stars in Game 2.
Brodie set up Dillon Dube for the opening goal 19 seconds into the first period. The helper snapped a four-game point drought for Brodie, who now has two helpers, two shots, 12 blocks and a plus-1 rating in six outings during the playoffs.
Mark Giordano CGY D
Flames' Mark Giordano: Garners assist3h ago
Giordano recorded an assist and four PIM in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Stars in Game 2.
Giordano had the secondary helper on Dillon Dube's opening tally 19 seconds into the game. Later in the game, Giordano took a couple of minor penalties. The Stars' Corey Perry scored on a power play in the second period, but things evened out when Tobias Rieder struck shorthanded during Giordano's other penalty in the third. Through six postseason games, Giordano has two helpers, 16 blocked shots, 14 shots on goal and eight PIM.
Derek Forbort CGY D
Flames' Derek Forbort: Finds twine in Game 23h ago
Forbort scored a goal in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Stars in Game 2.
The Stars failed to clear their zone and Forbort was there to float an unassisted goal past Ben Bishop. The tally is Forbort's first as a Flame -- he added his first point with the team, an assist, in Game 1. Despite the recent surge, the 28-year-old is typically used in a defensive role and shouldn't be counted on for offense.
Tobias Rieder CGY RW
Flames' Tobias Rieder: Pots another shorty3h ago
Rieder scored a shorthanded goal on three shots in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Stars in Game 2.
A back-pass to John Klingberg was too hot for the Stars' blueliner to handle, and Rieder was off to the races for his second shorty of the postseason. The German winger has added an assist, seven shots on net and six hits in six playoff contests.