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Joey Gallo TEX 3B
Rangers' Joey Gallo: Stays in left field11m ago
Gallo started in left field and went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Athletics.
There was some speculation that Gallo may move to third base to replace the injured Adrian Beltre (hamstring), but manager Jeff Banister kept him left field while Isiah Kiner-Falefa moved from second base to third base. This was Gallo's fifth multi-hit effort over 26 games played. By comparison, he had a total of 18 multi-hit games in 145 games last year. That portends a better batting average in 2018 than the .209 he posted in 2017. His overall batting average (.229) is still lacking, but Gallo is hitting .282 (11-for-39) over the last 12 games with four homers and seven RBI.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX SS
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Starts at third base Wednesday24m ago
Kiner-Falefa started at third base in place of the injured Adrian Beltre (hamstring) and went 1-for-3 with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Athletics.
Kiner-Falefa's been a nice boon to a Rangers' offense that ranks 22nd in batting average and 24th in runs per game. He doesn't offer much in the way of power, but has hit safely in seven of the last eight games to raise his average to .277. Manager Jeff Banister has moved him up in the order as a result of proficiency with a bat. With second baseman Rougned Odor (hamstring) on the verge of coming back -- possibly next week -- Kiner-Falefa's window of at-bats will continue as the third baseman for as long as Beltre is sidelined.
John Brebbia STL RP
Cardinals' John Brebbia: Picks up three-run save4h ago
Brebbia cleaned up the final three innings in an eight-run blowout to pick up his first save Wednesday against the Mets.
Brebbia was called up to replace Adam Wainwright as the club sorts out its rotation in the wake of his elbow injury. He fired strikes and cleaned up admirably, as he racked up four strikeouts behind an impressive seven swinging strikes in 45 pitches. Unfortunately, his reward may be a quick return to the minor leagues, as the Cardinals may require fresh arms in their bullpen.
Michael Wacha STL SP
Cardinals' Michael Wacha: Earns fourth win in a row over Mets4h ago
Wacha (4-1) allowed one run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts over six innings to pick up the win Wednesday against the Mets.
Wacha picked up his first win with his best start of the season against one of the National League's better lineups. His eight strikeouts, earned with 17 swinging strikes, mark a season best. Wacha's fastball was dancing Wednesday night, as he located it for a strike 75 percent of the time but still drew eight whiffs with it on 43 offerings -- an 18.6 percent rate typically reserved for breaking pitches. After a slow start with uncharacteristically poor control, Wacha is enjoying a 3.62 ERA and has walked just two batters in his past two starts.
Joey Votto CIN 1B
Reds' Joey Votto: Launches second homer Wednesday4h ago
Votto 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Braves.
After a slow start to the season, Votto's now gone yard in back-to-back games while driving in at least one run in four straight and reaching base in 10 straight. His .256/.363/.337 slash line is still well below his usual standards, but now that he seems to be getting into a groove at the plate, his numbers should rise quickly.
Brandon Finnegan CIN SP
Reds' Brandon Finnegan: Takes no-decision against Braves on Wednesday4h ago
Finnegan didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Braves, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk over five innings while striking out four.
The left-hander threw 52 of 77 pitches for strikes, but while his control was good his command within the zone wasn't as sharp, as he gave up a number of hard-hit balls that fortunately found their way into the gloves of Reds defenders. Finnegan will take an 8.03 ERA into his next start Monday at home against the Brewers.
C.J. Anderson DEN RB
C.J. Anderson: Generating interest in free agency9h ago
Anderson has drawn interest from eight teams in free agency, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
While it isn't clear which teams have reached out to Anderson, there aren't many landing spots leaguewide that have a clear opening at running back, so it's not certain he'll return to a lead role like he's had in Denver the past few seasons. Furthermore, the 2018 class of running backs is regarded as one of the deepest in recent memory, so there's a chance the market for Anderson's services could diminish in some regard by the end of this weekend's draft. Cut by the Broncos last month, Anderson rushed 245 times for 1,007 yards and three scores in 16 games during the 2017 season.
Vic Beasley ATL OLB
Falcons' Vic Beasley: Under contract with Atlanta through 20199h ago
The Falcons announced Wednesday that they have exercised their fifth-year option on 2016 NFL sack-leader Vic Beasley, meaning the promising pass rusher is set to make $14.2 million in the final year of his deal, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Beasley has been anticipating this move for two months, as general manager Thomas Dimitroff stated the Falcons' plan to utilize the fifth-year option on his contract in late February. The 25-year-old will return to defensive end this season, a position where he established career-highs in tackles, forced fumbles and sacks two years ago as an undeniable force for the NFC-Champion Atlanta defense.
Chris Maragos PHI DB
Eagles' Chris Maragos: Uncertain for Week 19h ago
Maragos (knee) may not be ready for the start of the regular season, Peter Jackel of The Journal Times reports. "I'm coming up on five months [into rehabilitation] and I've still got another four to seven months to go," said Maragos. "But it's going real well and I think I'm on the shorter end, for sure. My goal is to get ready for the start of the season."
Maragos, who originally injured his right knee Oct. 12 against the Panthers, is recovering from a torn PCL. Barring an unexpectedly quick return, it sounds like he could be a candidate to open the 2018 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which would prevent him from playing in the first six games.
Janoris Jenkins NYG CB
Giants' Janoris Jenkins: Participating in spring workouts10h ago
Jenkins (ankle) has shown consistent ability to mirror his receivers during spring workouts, John Schmeelk reports.
Jenkins is already established as one of the best cornerbacks in the league, so his ability to dominate in offseason practices isn't surprising. However, it's significant in the fact that Jenkins is bouncing back from ankle surgery, as his mere participation in drills suggests the 2016 All-Pro CB has since received clearance from the Giants medical staff. As long as he remains healthy through the end of the summer, Jenkins is poised to enter the 2018 campaign as the team's undisputed top cover man. In the nine games he played during the 2017 season, Jenkins racked up 31 tackles, nine pass breakups, three interceptions and one forced fumble.
Keeon Johnson NYG WR
Giants' Keeon Johnson: Catching passes during spring workouts10h ago
Johnson (foot) turned heads at spring workouts by making a leaping grab on a pass from quarterback Davis Webb, John Schmeelk of the Giants' official site reports.
Johnson also impressed in training camp last year, but he broke his foot before the start of the regular season and consequently spent the 2017 campaign on injured reserve. However, the receiver's ability to run routes suggests his foot is now healthy. While it's possible the Giants bring in even more wideouts this offseason, Johnson is currently set to compete for a depth role behind the top trio of Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis.
Nick Easton MIN G
Vikings' Nick Easton: Participating in spring workouts11h ago
Easton (ankle) is participating in spring workouts, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Easton fractured his right ankle in late-December but didn't require a lengthy recovery process. His participation in spring workouts implies he's received medical clearance from the Vikings medical staff. Though he's currently set to play the 2018 season on a one-year contract, Easton and the Vikings reportedly have mutual interest in a long-term deal.
Jamal Crawford MIN SG
Timberwolves' Jamal Crawford: Nice shooting game in loss Wednesday4h ago
Crawford produced 20 points (8-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to Houston.
Crawford had himself a nice game to finish what has been somewhat of an underwhelming season for the veteran. He was able to score the basketball when given the opportunity but given the obscure rotations of the Wolves, his time on the floor was inconsistent at best. His role next season remains unclear and if he does return there is no reason to believe he can ever be more than a scoring streamer in deeper leagues.
Jeff Teague MIN PG
Timberwolves' Jeff Teague: Scores 17 points in Game Five loss4h ago
Teague tallied 17 points (6-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven assists and four rebounds in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to the Rockets.
Teague played 36 minutes after dislocating his finger in the previous game and appeared untroubled by the injury. The series proved to be an accurate reflection of Teague's season with a range of both good and bad performances. He did not have the impact a lot of people would have hoped for in his first season with the Timberwolves but he remained solid in a number of areas and hopefully, he will be able to build on his efforts next season as the Wolves try to go even deeper into post-season action.
Andrew Wiggins MIN SF
Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins: Finishes season with a poor showing4h ago
Wiggins totaled 14 points (5-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-6 FT), and four rebounds in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to Houston.
Wiggins finished off his season by emphasizing a number of his deficiencies. He has been one of the more disappointing players from a fantasy perspective across the season, making no real progress with his already sub-par defensive abilities. He even said himself that it wasn't the best season and he is going to have to do some work in the off-season if he hopes to increase his value in both reality and fantasy.
Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Finishes season with another double-double4h ago
Towns had 23 points (9-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to the Rockets.
Towns did all he could Wednesday but it was not enough as the Wolves fell out of the playoffs after a 122-104 loss to the Rockets. Towns struggled across the first couple of games but worked things out down the stretch and it is all a learning experience for the third-year superstar. The Wolves will need to have a look at their team-build over the off-season but no matter the outcome, Towns is going to remain the focal point for the foreseeable future.
Chris Paul HOU PG
Rockets' Chris Paul: Muted in victory Wednesday4h ago
Paul had 12 points (6-16 FG, 0-8 3Pt), nine assists and five rebounds in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 victory over Minnesota.
Paul could not find his rhythm Wednesday, especially from beyond the arc where he failed to connect on any of his eight triple tries. The fact the Rockets still managed a comfortable victory with Paul contributing very little bodes well for them as they make their way into the second-round where they will face the winner of the Thunder and Jazz series.
Trevor Ariza HOU SG
Rockets' Trevor Ariza: Solid game with 16 points Wednesday4h ago
Ariza tallied 16 points (5-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 victory over the Timberwolves.
Ariza capped off a steady first-round series with arguably his best game. He connected on four triples and despite the fact he didn't record any defensive stats he was active on both ends of the floor. He is not going to receive the fanfare of some of his teammates but he is going to be crucial to the Rockets advancing out of the next round and continuing their push for the NBA Finals.
David Pastrnak BOS RW
Bruins' David Pastrnak: Tallies two points7h ago
Pastrnak scored a goal and had a helper in a 7-4 Game 7 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
Everybody will remember Pastrnak's six-point explosion in Game 2 of this series. He ended up finishing with a whopping 13 points against the Maple Leafs. Now the 21-year-old prepares for a second-round matchup with the Lightning.
Kevan Miller BOS D
Bruins' Kevan Miller: Notches two assists7h ago
Miller tallied two helpers and three shots on net in a 7-4 win over the Maple Leafs in Wednesday's Game 7.
Normally, it's Torey Krug who provides the points from Boston's blue line. This time, though, it was Miller who chipped in. Don't expect a repeat performance, though. The 30year-old only had 16 points and 64 shots on net during the regular season.
Brad Marchand BOS LW
Bruins' Brad Marchand: Tallies two points7h ago
Marchand scored a goal on four shots and had an assist in a 7-4 Game 7 victory over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
It's not surprising to see Marchand be part of this scoring outburst for the Bruins. After, all, he had 24 goals and 51 assists in only 68 games this season. He opened this series with six points in two games before only having one in his next four. The 29-year-old picked a great time to regain that earlier form.
David Krejci BOS C
Bruins' David Krejci: Notches three helpers7h ago
Krejci had three assists in a 7-4 win over the Maple Leafs in Wednesday's Game 7.
This was a fine outing for Krejci, who had eight points in this series. During the regular season, he managed 17 goals and 27 assists in 64 games, including 13 power-play points. Now the Czech center has to get ready for a matchup with the Lightning who will likely be tougher defensively than the Maple Leafs were.
Jake DeBrusk BOS LW
Bruins' Jake DeBrusk: Tallies two goals7h ago
DeBrusk scored two goals, including the game winner, in a 7-4 win over the Maple Leafs in Wednesday's Game 7.
DeBrusk was consistent through this series, as he notched a point in six of the seven games. However, this was his first multi-point game of the series, and it came at a great time. The rookie started 70.0 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone this season, which is certainly helpful when it comes to racking up fantasy points.
Patrice Bergeron BOS C
Bruins' Patrice Bergeron: Tallies three points7h ago
Bergeron scored a goal and had two assists in a 7-4 Game 7 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
After notching five points in the first two games of this series, Bergeron had been held scoreless for three games, and also missed a contest. He got back on the score sheet at the perfect time for the Bruins, including notching his first goal of the series. Now he's fully healthy and heading for a matchup with the Lightning.