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Joc Pederson LAD LF
Dodgers' Joc Pederson: Homers in Game 115m ago
Pederson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
Pederson led off -- as he usually does when penciled in the lineup -- and delivered his ninth home run of the season, eight of which have come during a torrid stretch in June. The 26-year-old's current hot streak has raised his slash line to .277/.351/.560 through 188 plate appearances. Pederson doesn't have an everyday role at the moment -- starting just 10 of the Dodgers' last 20 games -- but his strong play in those starts makes him a valuable power commodity, at least until his bat cools down.
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Reds' Sal Romano: Seven scoreless in win over Tigers36m ago
Romano (4-7) tossed seven scoreless innings Tuesday to earn a win against the Tigers, striking out six while allowing four hits and four strikeouts.
Romano was in the strike zone at an impressive 69 percent clip, inducing 17 swinging strikes while recording eight groundball outs. He walked multiple batters for the first time in four starts, but he still allowed just three men to reach second base on the evening. Romano underwent a nightmarish stretch from mid-May into the beginning of June, but he 's since allowed just one earned run across 15 strong innings in his last two starts. He'll look to continue his recent success Sunday against the Cubs.
Mike Montgomery CHC RP
Cubs' Mike Montgomery: Strikes out five in no-decision43m ago
Montgomery tossed six one-run innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Dodgers, allowing five hits and four walks with five strikeouts.
Montgomery struggled to throw strikes at times and set a season high in walks, but he worked around trouble to great effect. Unfortunately, he received no run support during his time on the mound and was unable to earn his third victory. Montgomery has been outstanding since entering the starting rotation, allowing just four earned runs across 29.2 total innings in his last five starts. He'll look to continue his recent success Monday against this same Dodgers team.
Rich Hill LAD SP
Dodgers' Rich Hill: Six scoreless innings in return1h ago
Hill (finger) tossed six scoreless innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Cubs, allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Hill made his first start in a month after battling finger issues, but he was no worse for the wear in this one. The left-hander threw 72 percent of his pitches for strikes, racking up four one-two-three innings as he delivered his first scoreless start since Apr. 1. Hill supposedly tweaked some mechanics during his most recent stint on the DL, and although the sample size is tiny, the results were excellent in a tough matchup. His next start is scheduled for Monday at home against the Cubs once again.
Elvis Andrus TEX SS
Rangers' Elvis Andrus: Gets first hit since return1h ago
Andrus went 1-for-5 in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Royals.
Andrus has appeared in both games since being activated off the disabled list, going 1-for-8 with two walks and a run scored. He missed 59 games with an elbow injury and didn't hit well during his rehabilitation stint (1-for-24), so you may have to be patient while he gets his timing down.
Mike Clevinger CLE SP
Indians' Mike Clevinger: Strikes out 10 in win over White Sox1h ago
Clevinger (6-2) tossed seven one-run innings to earn the win Tuesday against the White Sox, striking out 10 while allowing five hits and two walks.
Clevinger's stuff was electric in this one as he threw 68 percent of his pitches for strikes, including first-pitch strikes to 22 of 31 batters faced. He was touched up for a run in the first inning but quickly rounded into form and cruised into the eighth inning before an elevated pitch count led to his removal. That's back-to-back outstanding efforts from Clevinger against the White Sox in which he's struck out 21 while walking three over 14.2 total innings. He'll face another favorable matchup this weekend against the Tigers.
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Broncos' Ron Leary: Stays off practice field8h ago
Leary was kept out of offseason practices with knee soreness, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Head coach Vance Joseph expects Leary to be ready for training camp, but that doesn't mean he'll be full-go right out of the gates. Leary has 58 career starts under his belt, and that experience will be valued on the Broncos' offensive front this season. For now, however, Max Garcia will work in the left guard position.
Jakeem Grant MIA WR
Dolphins' Jakeem Grant: May see uptick in usage9h ago
Grant appears to be in line for the fifth wideout spot in 2018, Andy Cohen of the Dolphins' official site reports.
Grant hauled in 13 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. However, 10 of those receptions -- totaling 188 yards -- came in the finals four games of the season. His late season success could translate into heightened 2018 role, and he's expected to retain the return duties he manned last season as well. Still, it likely won't be enough to hoist Grant into the weekly fantasy realm, especially without a secure quarterback situation.
Isaiah Ford MIA WR
Dolphins' Isaiah Ford: Hops off injury sheet9h ago
Ford (knee) is healthy and will battle for a depth position during training camp, Andy Cohen of the Dolphins' official site reports.
Ford racked up back-to-back, 1000-plus yard seasons in college before entering the NFL in 2017, but knee surgery derailed his entire rookie campaign. Head coach Adam Gase pointed out the improvements Ford has made while preparing for the 2018 season. Therefore, with a sixth wideout position up for grabs in Miami, the Virginia Tech product will be given every opportunity to take it.
Jason Myers SEA K
Seahawks' Jason Myers: Uphill kicker battle9h ago
Myers kicked field goals with the backup units throughout minicamp, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
It was clear that snagging a starting gig wouldn't be easy for Myers after the Seahawks pegged a $600,000 signing bonus onto veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski's one-year deal. That sum of cash rivals Myers entire contract -- $705,000 for one season. Therefore, Myers has so much more to prove than Janikowski, and this battle looks to drag out through preseason.
Tyler Matakevich PIT OLB
Steelers' Tyler Matakevich: Favored for starting ILB job9h ago
Matakevich (shoulder) is healthy and now the frontrunner to be starting ILB for the Steelers after OTAs, ESPN.com reports.
The Steelers signed Jon Bostic, who had 97 tackles (57 solo) for the Colts last season, but it's Matakevich who stole the show during offseason workouts. Matakevich played with an edge while showing off his football instincts, and that combination makes him the likely replacement for Ryan Shazier (spine). The 2016 seventh-round pick has never played more than 60 defensive snaps in a season, however, so a solid preseason will be needed to solidify his role.
Malik Hooker IND DB
Colts' Malik Hooker: Progressing through rehab10h ago
Hooker (knee) was limited in offseason workouts but the Colts feel good about his progress, Andrew Walker of Colts.com reports.
Hooker played just seven games in his rookie season for the Colts and produced 22 tackles (16 solo), four pass breakups and three picks. The Ohio State product is expected to lock in the one of two starting safety spots along with Matthias Farley, while Clayton Geathers plays a rotational role. Still, Hooker's usage will be dependant on his health, and nothing is certain coming off late-October ACL and MCL tears.
DeMarcus Cousins NO C
Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins: Resumes running on treadmill17h ago
Cousins (Achilles) posted a video Friday on his personal Twitter account featuring him running in a pool and on a treadmill.
The video offers some encouragement that Cousins is progressing in his recovery from surgery to address a torn left Achilles' tendon, but until he's back on the court, it will be difficult to gauge how the injury might impact his 2018-19 outlook. Additionally, Cousins is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July, which further muddies the 27-year-old's future. Cousins may have difficultly securing a max deal given the sketchy track records of players returning from Achilles injuries.
Marreese Speights ORL PF
Marreese Speights: Headed to China18h ago
Speights agreed to a contract Monday with the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, freelance reporter David Pick reports.
Since Speights signed a one-year deal with Orlando last summer, he won't officially become a free agent until July, when his contract with the CBA club should become official. After struggling to find playing time and seeing his efficiency decline with a rebuilding Magic club in 2017-18, Speights was unlikely to garner much more than another one-year contract with minimal guaranteed money from NBA teams. His deal with Guangzhou likely contains more favorable terms, and should afford him the opportunity to potentially return to the NBA once the CBA season concludes at some point between February and May, depending on if or how deep Guangzhou advances in the playoffs.
Donovan Mitchell UTA SG
Jazz's Donovan Mitchell: Cleared for basketball activity19h ago
Mitchell (foot) has been cleared to resume basketball activity, per his official Twitter account.
Mitchell was forced out of Game 5 of the Conference Semifinals against the Rockets due to a foot injury, with X-rays coming back negative. In late May, he was seen sporting a walking boot, but has apparently made significant progress since then. He'll now look to improve on his unexpectedly successful rookie campaign, where he averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 33.4 minutes. Mitchell continued to play at a high level throughout the postseason, posting 24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals across 37.5 minutes per contest.
Cheick Diallo NO PF
Pelicans' Cheick Diallo: Will join Summer League roster2d ago
Diallo will be on the Pelicans' Vegas Summer League roster, Scott Kushner of The Advocate reports.
Diallo played in a career-high 52 games in his second NBA season with the Pelicans, but averaged just 11.2 minutes when on the court. As a result, the New Orleans coaching staff wants to get their big man some extra reps and will have him participate in Summer League once again with the hopes of aiding his development. Diallo would be in line for a bigger role if DeMarcus Cousins were to sign elsewhere in free agency, so any additional work should only help his quest for more minutes.
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Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Not participating in Summer League2d ago
Tatum won't participate in the Vegas Summer League, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.
Tatum played in 99 games when including postseason contests as a rookie and likely needs some time to wind down and rest his body. The 20-year-old has already established himself as a key contributor and a building block for the future, so with little to prove, the Celtics won't risk his health in the Summer League. The Celtics are likely going to have to make some adjustments to their forward rotation with Gordon Hayward (leg) coming back prior to the upcoming campaign, which will be something to monitor once training camp and the preseason arrives to see how it impacts Tatum's role.
Rudy Gay SA SF
Spurs' Rudy Gay: Declines player option2d ago
Gay has declined his player option for the 2018-19 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.
Gay had previously been on the fence regarding whether or not to pick up his $8.8 million option, but it appears he's elected to decline it and could be looking to latch on with another contender or find a longer-termed deal. The 31-year-old played a career-low 21.6 minutes per game in his first year with San Antonio and despite the potential for a change of scenery, it seems unlikely the veteran forward would command a much larger role if he signs on with another contender. Injury concerns will be a factor for a player who's seen action in just 87 games over the last two seasons, but Gay still demonstrated an ability to be a consistent scorer off the bench for the Spurs when healthy and should field plenty of interest elsewhere in the league.
Martin Frk DET RW
Red Wings' Martin Frk: Looks destined for free agency9h ago
Frk isn't expected to receive a qualifying offer from the Red Wings, which would make him an unrestricted free agent July 1, MLive.com reports.
The deadline for the Red Wings to offer a one-year, $715,000 offer to retain their right to match any contract Frik is offered is Monday. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said the club hasn't made a decision yet. Frk compiled 11 goals, 25 points -- nine on the power play -- and 77 hits while averaging just 10:17 of ice time through 68 games. The timing of this report is intruiging as well, as the Red Wings may be signaling to other teams that they'll hear trade offers for Frk at the 2018 NHL Draft that starts Friday.
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Canucks' Chris Tanev: Put up for sale12h ago
Tanev is on the trade block in Vancouver, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet.ca reports.
It's no surprise the Canucks wish to move Tanev's contract, which will pay him $4.45 million for each of the next two seasons. Tanev hasn't lived up to the expectations those numbers dictate, as he hasn't posted over 20 points in any of the first three seasons of this contract. The Canucks are $22.2 million below the salary cap, but the departure of Tanev's contract would allow them to make multiple offers to high-end players to replace the Sedin twins by complementing young studs Brock Boeser and Bo Harvat
Artemi Panarin CLB LW
Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin: Shuts down contract talks14h ago
Panarin (knee) told the Blue Jackets he isn't ready to talk about a contract extension at this time, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
Panarin has one year remaining on a two-year contract worth $12 million, and it appears he'll look to obtain his full market value next summer as an unrestricted free agent for the first time of his career. The 26-year-old posted at least 74 points in each of his first three seasons, so his next deal will be top dollar. Predictably, the Blue Jackets don't want to let Panarin walk after the 2018-19 season without a return, so they will test the trade market, which could keep the spotlight on him during the 2018 NHL Draft.
Brock Boeser VAN RW
Canucks' Brock Boeser: Plans to start playing soon14h ago
Boeser (wrist/back) said his rehab is on schedule and he will play in Minnesota's summer league in July, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Boeser was on track for training camp already, but seeing that he'll be skating at full speed even sooner is a major plus in his rehab. The Minnesota native racked up 29 goals and 55 points through 62 games and was the favorite to win the Calder Trophy -- awarded to the league's top rookie -- before being shut down due to a back injury. Fans should be eager to see what the 21-year-old can accomplish in a full NHL season.
Reid Boucher VAN C
Canucks' Reid Boucher: Signs one-year extension15h ago
Boucher signed a one-year, two-way contract to remain in Vancouver on Tuesday.
The Canucks have decided to bring back the leading scorer of AHL Utica, who tallied 46 points (25 goals, 21 assists) in 45 games this past season. In 2018, Boucher was reassigned to the AHL affiliate after breaking his hand on a blocked shot with three games remaining in the season. Throughout his 20 games with Vancouver, Boucher had three goals and two assists-- including a power-play goal and a power-play assist. The departure of the Sedin twins leaves a void on the team's power play, and an opportunity for the 24-year-old two compete for a role in the offense. Unfortunately, Boucher was also minus-12 in those 20 games, and his defensive play will need to improve in order to see an expanded role.
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Oilers' Matt Benning: Secures two-year contract extension18h ago
Benning agreed to terms with the Oilers on a two-year contract extension Tuesday.
Benning is not a flashy defenseman, but Edmonton ranked 27th in goals allowed at 2.8 per game last season, and Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli knew he could ill-afford to lose a guy like Benning, who is physical and plays a sound two-way game. Last season, the Alberta native put up six goals, 15 assists, 149 hits and 82 blocked shots over 73 contests.