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Tim Locastro ARI CF
Diamondbacks' Tim Locastro: Raps two hitters4m ago
Locastro went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Marlins.
Locastro made his second start in seven games and snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a fifth-inning double. As injuries continue to pile up -- Asdrubal Cabrera (hamstring) joined the MASH unit Thursday -- Locastro could reclaim a regular role in center field, if Pavin Smith makes a home at first base with Cabrera and Christian Walker (oblique) sidelined.
Chris Devenski ARI RP
Diamondbacks' Chris Devenski: Lets game slip away15m ago
Devenski allowed two runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Marlins.
Devenski entered a high-leverage situation and ceded four consecutive hits. It was the fifth time in eight outings the reliever has allowed inherited runners or his own runners score. At one point, Devenski was in the mix for the unsettled closer job, but that no longer appears to be the case. The right-hander has an 8.59 ERA and 1.77 WHIP with a 54.5% strand rate.
Max Kepler MIN RF
Twins' Max Kepler: Slams third home run3h ago
Kepler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Twins' 4-2 loss Thursday to the White Sox.
Kepler hit his third home run this season in the eighth inning off Jose Ruiz. All three of his home runs came in his past six games. The 28-year-old is slashing just .200/.291/.378 with 13 RBI, 12 runs and five steals in 103 plate appearances. However, he is starting to show a little power to go along with his speed.
Jake Lamb CHW LF
White Sox's Jake Lamb: Cranks first homer Thursday3h ago
Lamb went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the White Sox' 4-2 win over the Twins on Thursday.
Lamb slammed his first homer of the season in the third inning off Michael Pineda. This was only his fourth hit of the season as well. The 30-year-old hasn't played much this year, but he will get more opportunities for the White Sox while they deal with multiple injuries. He is slashing .167/.355/.292 in 31 plate appearances.
Tim Anderson CHW SS
White Sox's Tim Anderson: Slams fifth home run3h ago
Anderson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the White Sox' 4-2 win over the Twins on Thursday.
Anderson hit a solo home run off Michael Pineda to lead off the game Thursday. The 28-year-old leads the White Sox in runs scored (22) and stolen bases (6). Anderson is an elite hitter who provides power and speed. He has three multi-hit games in a row and rides an eight-game hitting streak.
Liam Hendriks CHW RP
White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Notches seventh save4h ago
Hendriks pitched a perfect 1.2 innings while striking out two to earn the save in the win over the Twins on Thursday.
Hendriks picked up the five-out save, retiring every batter he faced Thursday. The 32-year-old has thrown six scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts in his last six appearances. He is 7-for-9 in save chances and carries a 2.93 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. The closer is tied for fifth in the American League in saves.
Cameron Fleming NYG OT
Broncos' Cameron Fleming: Another tackle to Denver11h ago
The Broncos signed Fleming to a one-year contract worth up to $3.67 million Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Fleming is the second right tackle to sign with Denver since right tackle Ja'Wuan James suffered an Achilles tear nine days ago, the other being Bobby Massie. It seems likely that Massie will start while Fleming plays a backup role. In any case, Fleming's arrival shores up depth at a key position for the Broncos.
Mike Boone DEN RB
Broncos' Mike Boone: Buried on post-draft depth chart11h ago
Boone appears set for a rotational depth role in Denver's backfield after the selection of Javonte Williams in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Boone initially seemed to be in the mix for the No. 2 role behind Melvin Gordon in Denver, at least after the team's decision to cut Phillip Lindsay, but Javonte Williams boasts the talent and draft capital to push for touches right away. On the bright side, coach Vic Fangio did say he hopes to make use of "[the Broncos'] three backs" -- Boone, Gordon and Williams -- and "get a nice flow and get a good understanding and philosophy of the system which we'll take from week to week to utilize all three of them." Even if such a rotation does come to fruition, Boone will no doubt be third in the pecking order. He'd likely need either Gordon or Williams to miss time in 2021 in order to be fantasy relevant.
Austin Walter NYJ RB
Jets' Austin Walter: Claimed by Jets14h ago
The Jets claimed Walter on Thursday.
Walter, who was waived by San Francisco earlier this week, rejoins coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur in New York. His familiarity with the scheme could increase Walter's chances of earning a depth role with the Jets.
Pete Guerriero NYJ RB
Pete Guerriero: Replaced in New York14h ago
The Jets waived Guerriero on Thursday.
The Jets' decision to waive Guerriero comes in tandem with the team claiming Austin Walter off waivers. Guerriero, who spent time on New York's practice squad last season, is still looking for a chance to make his NFL debut.
Eddy Pineiro CHI K
Colts' Eddy Pineiro: Lands in Indianapolis14h ago
Pineiro (groin) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Colts on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Pineiro spent the entire 2020 campaign on injured reserve, but had it not been for Cairo Santos' emergence in Chicago, it seems as though he could have been activated midseason. Although Pineiro is now healthy, it doesn't seem likely that he will have many opportunities to dethrone Rodrigo Blankenship as the Colts' top kicker this offseason.
Mike Hughes MIN CB
Chiefs' Mike Hughes: Dealt to Kansas CIty14h ago
The Vikings traded Hughes to the Chiefs on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Kansas City and Minnesota swapped late-round picks to facilitate trading Hughes, Schefter reports. A 2018 first-round pick, Hughes has missed 24 games since joining the NFL. He'll be something of a low-risk reclamation project for a Chiefs secondary in need of more quality depth.
Chris Paul PHO PG
Suns' Chris Paul: Leads team with 26 points9m ago
Paul recorded 26 points (11-14 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and seven assists across 32 minutes in Thursday's 118-117 win over the Trail Blazers.
Paul went without a rebound for only the second time this season but offset deficiencies in the secondary categories with an excellent shooting night. Paul's recent totals have suffered through some variance over the past couple of weeks, as Thursday's result was only his second time in 10 games where he's scored more than 20 points. His assist numbers have remained high, with an average of 7.2 assists over the same span.
Kyle Anderson MEM SF
Grizzlies' Kyle Anderson: Nearly notches double-double4h ago
Anderson totaled 14 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine assists, five rebounds and two blocked shots over 31 minutes in Thursday's 116-110 win over the Kings.
Anderson took only six shots in the contest but made the most of them with 14 points. He also tied his season high with nine dimes and chipped in five boards. Anderson continues to be a steady but unspectacular presence in Memphis' lineup, averaging 15.0 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds in the month of May.
Ja Morant MEM PG
Grizzlies' Ja Morant: Quietly effective in win4h ago
Morant tallied 12 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight assists and seven rebounds across 38 minutes Thursday in a 116-110 win over Sacramento.
The second-year point guard wasn't at his most explosive as a scorer, but he made a tangible impact on the game with contributions as both a distributor and rebounder. Morant has finished with exactly 12 points in three of his past four games and is averaging 8.5 assists and 6.0 boards over that span. He has improved his per-game production in almost all areas during his sophomore campaign.
Jonas Valanciunas MEM C
Grizzlies' Jonas Valanciunas: Posts big double-double in win4h ago
Valanciunas registered 24 points (8-10 FG, 8-8 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot over 33 minutes in Thursday's 116-110 victory over the Kings.
The center was questionable for the contest after missing the team's previous game due to a back issue, but he started and dominated both offensively and on the boards. Valanciunas finished with his fourth straight double-double and eighth in his past nine games. The big man is tied for third in the league in the category this season with 48 double-doubles overall.
Dillon Brooks MEM SF
Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks: Leads Memphis with 30 points4h ago
Brooks tallied 30 points (13-28 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocked shots across 37 minutes Thursday in a win over Sacramento.
Brooks was noticeably aggressive on offense in the win, finishing with a season-high 28 shot attempts. He fell two points shy of his highwater scoring mark on the campaign while chipping in on the boards and on the defensive end. Brooks is averaging a career-high 17.2 points this season, though he is shooting only 41.9 percent from the field.
Chimezie Metu SAC PF
Kings' Chimezie Metu: Scores 17 in start4h ago
Metu totaled 17 points (6-16 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists and a steal over 34 minutes in Thursday's loss to Memphis.
Metu filled in as the Kings' starting power forward in place of Marvin Bagley (leg) and finished with a career-high 17 points. He flashed a good stroke from deep, making a career-best four three-pointers on 10 attempts. Metu has reached double-digit scoring in each of his past four contests, averaging 12.8 points and 5.5 boards over that span.
Sean Walker LA D
Kings' Sean Walker: Deposits lone goal in loss6h ago
Walker scored a goal on two shots and added three blocked shots in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Avalanche.
Walker wrangled the puck from Andre Burakovsky and set out on a breakaway. The 26-year-old Walker scored, but the Kings' offense for the game ended there. The blueliner finished the season strong with three tallies and five assists in his last eight games. Overall, Walker posted 18 points, 92 shots on net, 72 blocked shots and a minus-13 rating in 47 contests.
Troy Grosenick LA G
Kings' Troy Grosenick: Unravels in second period6h ago
Grosenick allowed five goals on 43 shots in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Avalanche.
Grosenick looked like he might just spoil the Avalanche's bid for the Presidents' Trophy with a strong first period. The magic wore off in the second period, when the Avalanche struck for five unanswered goals. Grosenick allowed six goals on 77 shots across two appearances this season. The 31-year-old journeyman is set for free agency in the offseason.
Jayson Megna COL RW
Avalanche's Jayson Megna: Garners helper6h ago
Megna registered an assist and two shots on goal in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Kings.
Megna ended the regular season with assists in each of his last two games. That was all his offense in seven appearances, and he added 12 shots on net and 14 hits. Should Megna draw into any playoff games, he's unlikely to play above the fourth line.
Nazem Kadri COL C
Avalanche's Nazem Kadri: Slides helper in win6h ago
Kadri managed an assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Kings.
Kadri set up Joonas Donskoi's tally to give the Avalanche a 4-1 lead. The 30-year-old Kadri has picked up a goal and three helpers in his last seven games, showing a little more pop on the scoresheet ahead of the postseason. He's at 32 points, 170 shots on net, 36 hits and a minus-7 rating in 56 contests. Kadri should remain in a top-six role in the postseason, although he may have to focus more on defense against tougher opposition.
Devon Toews COL D
Avalanche's Devon Toews: Tacks on assist6h ago
Toews produced an assist, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Kings.
Toews set up Andre Burakovsky's second-period tally. The 27-year-old Toews finished the regular season with 31 points, a plus-29 rating, 121 shots on net, 87 blocked shots and 44 hits in 53 outings. He'll likely be counted on to play a similar two-way game in the postseason as the more defensive half of a pairing with Cale Makar.
Cale Makar COL D
Avalanche's Cale Makar: Nabs helper Thursday6h ago
Makar produced an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Kings.
Makar helped out on an Andre Burakovsky goal at 18:58 of the second period. The 22-year-old Makar is the only defenseman to play in at least 40 games and maintain a point-per-game pace this season. He picked up 44 points (eight goals, 36 helpers), 104 shots on net, a plus-17 rating and 36 blocked shots through 44 contests. Among blueliners, Makar is tied for fifth in points with the Capitals' John Carlson.