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Teoscar Hernandez TOR RF
Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez: Smacks 13th homer3h ago
Hernandez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.
The homer was his fifth of June and 13th of the season. Hernandez sat out Friday after back-to-back three-strikeout games, and the Blue Jays' outfield is even more crowded now with Steve Pearce returning, but it's hard to imagine Hernandez will be the odd man out very often given the success he's had since getting the call.
Mike Leake SEA SP
Mariners' Mike Leake: Shuts down Red Sox for eighth win3h ago
Leake (8-4) allowed just three hits and two walks over eight scoreless innings in a win over the Red Sox on Saturday. He struck out five.
Leake was making his second consecutive start against Boston, and he enjoyed much more success this time around (five earned runs over six in his last outing). That recent hiccup aside, the 30-year-old has been on a great run -- he's shaved nearly two full runs off his ERA since May 15, allowing a total of 12 earned runs in his last seven turns (49.2 innings). He will look to keep it going next week in Baltimore.
Adalberto Mejia MIN SP
Twins' Adalberto Mejia: Likely candidate for Twins rotation3h ago
Mejia appears to be the most likely candidate to replace Fernando Romero in the Twins rotation, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Mejia has a 2.91 ERA and 9.6 K/9 at Triple-A Rochester.
Mejia is likely to be called up and start June 30 when the Twins next need a fifth starter. Mejia has a 1.38 ERA in four June starts.
Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Takes second loss3h ago
Rodriguez (9-2) was charged with five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out two over four innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.
This was a rare stumble for Rodriguez following a streak of six consecutive appearances in which he earned a win. Afterward, he told the Boston Globe that he battled a lack of command, most notably with his cutter and changeup. He has struggled with efficiency this year but Rodriguez is missing bats at a good clip and the team context is certainly favorable. Next up: Rodriguez heads to the Bronx for the second this season.
Brett Anderson OAK SP
Athletics' Brett Anderson: Impressive in first rehab3h ago
Anderson (shoulder) started and fired four scoreless frames in Triple-A Nashville's loss to Round Rock on Saturday, issuing two walks and recording a strikeout.
The veteran's first rehab start was an overall success, as he was able to work up to 58 pitches without any setbacks. The length of Anderson's stint on the mound implies that he may not need many more rehab appearances before activation, although how his shoulder feels in the 24-48 hours following Saturday's workload also figures to be a determining factor.
Ervin Santana MIN SP
Twins' Ervin Santana: Still lacking velocity in throwing sessons3h ago
Santana (finger) failed to touch 90 mph in a 45-pitch live batting practice session on Friday and will need increased velocity before going out on a minor league rehab assignment, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I can't say I'm surprised. I think he's been so worried about feel of the ball and the grip here for a long time," said manager Paul Molitor. "Hopefully we're just about over that hurdle. That might free him up mentally to go ahead and not have any inhibition about letting it go."
Santana will thrown batting practice again Monday. It looks like his expected return date is now being pushed back until after the All-Star break or longer. Santana continues to work back from a procedure on his right middle finger in February. He worked his way back to a few rehab outings in May, but was shut down due to discomfort in his surgically-repaired finger. He's recently started throwing again off the mound.
Tavon Wilson DET DB
Lions' Tavon Wilson: Limited in spring practices2d ago
Wilson (shoulder) did not participate in the team portions of mandatory minicamp, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.
Wilson's 2017 campaign was cut short by a shoulder injury that planted him on injured reserve for the season's final six games. While there's been no indication that the veteran will remain limited when training camp rolls around in late July, it wouldn't be a complete surprise if he's prevented from taking part in select drills, either. Should he continue to miss time, Quandre Diggs will likely fill in on the first-team defense, though Miles Killebrew could also see some snaps in Wilson's stead as well.
Jace Billingsley DET WR
Lions' Jace Billingsley: Receives first-team snaps in spring workouts2d ago
Billingsley received snaps with the first-team offense during spring workouts, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Billingsley has been on and off the Lions roster the past two years, only seeing action in two regular-season games. However, with Golden Tate (rest) and TJ Jones (shoulder) getting time off, the Eastern Oregon product had a chance to shine with the first-team offense this offseason, and he didn't disappoint. While the 5-foot-9 receiver has been limited to the slot -- and his lack of versatility suggests he still faces an uphill battle to earn a roster spot -- Billingsley likely will be in the mix for the No. 5 receiver job. Should he beat the odds, Billingsley is someone to keep on the watch list in the event that Tate is forced to miss any games.
Ezekiel Ansah DET DE
Lions' Ezekiel Ansah: Preparing for versatile role2d ago
Ansah (knee) spent time practicing with the linebackers during spring workouts, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
By all indications, it seems that head coach Matt Patricia has plans to use Ansah in a variety of ways this upcoming season -- which comes as no surprise given the ex-Patriots defensive coordinator's track record of emphasizing versatility. However, Ansah has been extremely limited in practices open to the media this spring, so we won't get much of a feel for his exact role until training camp starts up in late July.
Marvin Jones DET WR
Lions' Marvin Jones: Looking for repeat season2d ago
Jones led the league with 467 receiving yards and 25.9 yards per catch on contested targets last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jones isn't the best at sprinting past defenders or jumping over them, but his impressive route running and ability to stay focused in traffic have allowed for above-average efficiency dating back to his time in Cincinnati. With the help of impressive accuracy from Matthew Stafford on deep throws, Jones posted elite marks for yards per catch (18.0) and yards per target (10.2) last season. The continued development of Kenny Golladay could take a few deep looks away from Jones, but there should be plenty of opportunities for both wideouts -- plus slot man Golden Tate -- in an offense that replaced TEs Eric Ebron (Colts) and Darren Fells (Browns) with career role players Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo. While the Lions also made a major commitment to their running game, they'll likely direct a huge portion of targets to their top three wideouts, which should help protect Jones against a shift in run:pass ratio. That being said, he'll have a tough time avoiding at least a minor dip from last year's career-best marks for YPC and YPT.
Menelik Watson DEN T
Broncos' Menelik Watson: On roster bubble2d ago
Watson is on the roster bubble in Denver, Jeff Legwold of ESPN reports.
The Broncos signed Watson last offseason with the intention he could be the solution at right tackle, but Watson missed nine games due to injuries before ending the season on injured reserve with a torn tendon in his foot. While it's convenient to thus profile him as a potential roster cut, Denver would only save about $350,000 by releasing him this summer, per OTC, so Watson is likely to stick around for at least one more season in Denver. Seemingly recovered from said foot injury, Watson was moved to offensive guard in spring workouts and will compete for a starting role with third-year offensive lineman Connor McGovern.
Keenan Allen LAC WR
Chargers' Keenan Allen: Should be busy without Henry2d ago
Allen could spend more time playing the slot in three-wide formations with TE Hunter Henry (knee) out for the season, ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams reports.
Allen is the rare wideout who seems equally comfortable outside or in the slot, rotating between positions with ease. Not that there was ever much question about his volume, but Henry's absence should erase any potentials fears about Allen significantly dropping off from last year's mark of 9.9 targets per game. The 26-year-old may have reinforced his reputation as a possession receiver with only six TDs on 102 catches, but he actually led all WRs in both red-zone targets (24) and inside-the-10 targets (15). Given that Allen, Henry and Antonio Gates accounted for 75.5 percent of the Chargers' targets inside the 10-yard line last season, Allen figures to have plenty of scoring opportunities in 2018. It remains to be seen if he'll take advantage, after failing to capitalize on those chances last year. There is some chance the team re-signs Gates, and 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams (6-foot-4, 220) is also an obvious candidate to handle some of the red-zone looks that would've gone to Henry.
Cedi Osman CLE SF
Cavaliers' Cedi Osman: Will play in summer league10h ago
Osman will join the Cavaliers' summer league team, Ashish Mathur of AmicoHoops.net reports.
Osman, a second-round pick in 2015, made his NBA debut last season for Cleveland. He appeared in 61 games, averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds across 11.0 minutes while hitting 36.8 percent of his threes. Osman also drew 12 starts, posting 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 23.4 minutes during those contests.
Carmelo Anthony OKC SF
Thunder's Carmelo Anthony: Opts into player option15h ago
Anthony has exercised his $27.9 million player option, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
Anthony set career lows in points (16.2), field-goal percentage (40.4), free-throw percentage (76.7) and assists (1.3) last season -- his first year with the Thunder. With that being the case, it was unlikely he would garner a bigger contract in free agency. That said, if Paul George ends up declining his player option and leaving the team, Anthony could see a more featured role in the Oklahoma City offense.
Danny Green SA SF
Spurs' Danny Green: To accept player option1d ago
Green will accept his $10 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Green just turned 31 years old and is coming off another down year shooting the ball from distance, which may be driving his decision to accept his player option rather than test the open market. From the 2011-12 season through the 2014-15 season, he made 42.3 percent of his shots from three. Over the past three campaigns, that number has dropped drastically to 35.7 percent.
Jordan Bell GS C
Warriors' Jordan Bell: Expected to play in summer league1d ago
Bell is expected to play on the Warriors' summer league team, Anthony Slater of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
Bell had a strong rookie campaign for the Warriors, averaging 4.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 block in 14.2 minutes. He even drew 13 starts, posting 7.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and just under two blocks per game in those outings.
Wilson Chandler DEN SF
Nuggets' Wilson Chandler: Exercises player option1d ago
Chandler exercised his $12.8 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.
This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Chandler was unlikely to garner a bigger contract in free agency. The 31-year-old is coming off one of the most uneventful seasons of his career. He averaged just 10.0 points (44.5 percent shooting from the field and 35.8 percent from three), 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31.6 minutes.
Chris Boucher GS PF
Chris Boucher: Waived by Golden State2d ago
Boucher was released by the Warriors on Friday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
Boucher, an undrafted rookie last season, played just one minute for Golden State. He spent most of the year in the G-League, averaging 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 22.2 minutes.
Philipp Grubauer COL G
Avalanche's Philipp Grubauer: Inks three-year contract with Avs12h ago
Grubauer signed a three-year contract Saturday worth approximately $10 million, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Stuck behind Braden Holtby on the Capitals' depth chart, Grubauer was dealt to the Avalanche on Friday along with Brooks Orpik for the 47th pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. With no stalwart ahead of him on the Colorado depth chart, Grubauer -- who seized the starting job away from Holtby for a chunk of the 2017-18 campaign -- should join the Avalanche in a good position to earn the primary role for the club next season. His last five seasons in the nation's capital have been impressive, though last year's showing may have been his most impactful for the eventual Stanley Cup champions.
Micheal Ferland CAR LW
Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland: Heads to Carolina in trade14h ago
Ferland was traded to the Hurricanes on Saturday, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca.
Ferland is joined in Carolina by Dougie Hamilton and prospect Adam Fox, while Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm head out to Calgary. Ferland broke out in a big way in 2017-18, delivering 21 goals and 41 points in 77 games. He's a versatile winger with a decent two-way game. Ferland is destined for the Canes' top six, at least for a few seasons.
Noah Hanifin CGY D
Flames' Noah Hanifin: Traded to Calgary15h ago
Hanifin was traded to Calgary on Saturday as part of a big draft day trade, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca. Right winger Elias Lindholm will also head west with Hanifin while for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox get sent to Carolina.
The fifth overall pick from 2015 packs his bags has been held in high regard for a long time, but has not taken a big jump in development in his three seasons in the NHL. Surrounded by a strong cast in Calgary, Hanifin's offensive game should take off.
Dougie Hamilton CAR D
Hurricanes' Dougie Hamilton: Traded to Hurricanes15h ago
Hamilton was traded to the Hurricanes from the Flames on Saturday along with Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox, in exchange for Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound stud heads east to take the Canes to a new level, though it is important to note that his game suffered immediately following his trade from Boston to Calgary. He's more mature now, so hopefully this cerebral defender has the tools needed to make this a seamless transition. Hamilton has delivered four consecutive 40-plus point seasons and hit 50 points in 2016-17.
Elias Lindholm CGY C
Flames' Elias Lindholm: Traded to Flames15h ago
Lindholm was traded to the Flames on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft on Saturday, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca.
Lindholm and Noah Hanifin head west, while Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and defense project Adam Fox head to Carolina. Lindholm can play both right wing and center, so he'll be in the Flames' top six.
Brooks Orpik COL D
Avalanche's Brooks Orpik: Waived for buyout purposes15h ago
Orpik was placed on waivers Saturday for the purpose of a contract buyout by the Avalanche, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
The Capitals traded Orpik to the Avalanche -- along with goalie Philipp Grubauer -- in exchange for the 47th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (Kody Clark from OHL Ottawa) on Friday, but the veteran defenseman was never expected to be retained by Colorado. Instead, it gave the Western Conference club leverage in acquiring Grubauer, while the Capitals saved cap space to potentially pave the way for the Stanley Cup champions to re-sign John Carlson. It wouldn't be surprising if Orpik clears waivers and heads right back to Washington under more favorable terms for GM Brian MacLellan.