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Garrett Whitlock BOS SP
Red Sox's Garrett Whitlock: Misses out on victory2m ago
Whitlock didn't factor in the decision during Friday's 12-8 loss to the Orioles after giving up two runs on five hits over six innings. He had four strikeouts and one walk.
The 25-year-old served up a two-run homer to Anthony Santander during the fourth inning but otherwise kept Baltimore off the board, and he exited with Boston holding an 8-2 lead. However, the Red Sox bullpen completely imploded, preventing Whitlock from earning his first win since April 12. The right-hander continues to pitch well as a member of the starting rotation and has a 3.49 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 44:11 K:BB across 38.2 innings this season.
Yennier Cano MIN RP
Twins' Yennier Cano: Returns to minors15m ago
Cano was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul after Friday's game against the Royals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Cano allowed two runs on two hits with a strikeout and a walk over two-thirds of an inning during Friday's victory, and he'll now head back to St. Paul. The 28-year-old surrendered 11 earned runs across 7.1 innings for the Twins after being promoted May 11.
Chase Silseth LAA SP
Angels' Chase Silseth: Coughs up two runs18m ago
Silseth yielded two runs on six hits and two walks over 4.1 innings in Friday's loss to the Angels. He failed to record a strikeout and did not factor in the decision.
For the second straight start, Silseth was bounced during the fifth inning. He gave up a run in each of the second and fifth frames during Friday's loss. The 22-year-old rookie has walked exactly two batters in each of his three MLB starts and he now owns a 10:6 K:BB through 14.2 innings. Silseth is expected to take the mound in Philadelphia next week.
Alek Manoah TOR SP
Blue Jays' Alek Manoah: Fans nine in no decision19m ago
Manoah allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits across six innings in Friday's win over the Angels. He struck out nine and did not factor in the decision.
The two earned runs against Manoah came in the form of solo homers by Jared Walsh and Tyler Wade in the third and fifth innings, respectively. It was the first time he's allowed multiple home runs in one start since June 19 of last season. The 24-year-old has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any of his nine starts in 2022. Manoah has registered a 1.77 ERA with an impressive 52:9 K:BB through 56 frames. He's projected to face the White Sox at home next week.
Jordan Romano TOR RP
Blue Jays' Jordan Romano: Records 15th save20m ago
Romano struck out the side and earned a save over the Angels on Friday.
Romano was his usual dominant self Friday, fanning all three batters he faced on just 12 pitches. He's now converted 15 of 17 save chances on the year with a 24:5 K:BB through 18.2 innings. The 29-year-old has given up one unearned run over his last five appearances while lowering his season ERA to 2.41.
Dennis Santana TEX RP
Rangers' Dennis Santana: Earns first save23m ago
Santana struck out one batter in a perfect inning and notched a save over Oakland on Friday.
Santana was given his first save opportunity of the year Friday and finished off the 8-5 with no issue, tossing 10 of 11 pitches for strikes. He lowered his season ERA to 1.93 with one save and six holds through 14 innings. Santana has gone five straight appearances without allowing an earned run.
Eric Murray HOU SS
Texans' Eric Murray: Had shoulder surgery4h ago
Murray underwent shoulder surgery during the offseason, Aaron Wilson of SportsTalk 790 AM reports.
The surgery slipped through the news cracks during the offseason but came to light this week when Murray did not practice as Houston began its OTAs. "We don't have many guys that are out completely. Jonathan Greenard and a few of our other players, Eric Murray, you see some of the guys had offseason surgeries and you probably won't see them until training camp, but everybody's right on schedule being able to do something," head coach Lovie Smith said. Murray is expected to be ready for training camp and is set to resume his role as a starting safety.
David Njoku CLE TE
Browns' David Njoku: Agrees to four-year extension9h ago
The Browns and Njoku agreed on a four-year, $56.75 million contract extension Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Browns franchise tagged Njoku earlier in the offseason, but the tight end will now get a massive new extension. Per Rapoport, he'll get $28 million guaranteed and will earn $14.19 million per year, making Njoku the fifth highest-paid tight end in the NFL. The 2017 first-round pick posted 475 yards and four touchdowns last season -- his highest marks since his sophomore campaign.
Rachaad White TB RB
Buccaneers' Rachaad White: Could make sizable rookie impact12h ago
White's versatile skill set could allow him to enjoy a sizable role during his rookie season, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He's a good talent, that's why we drafted him," Bucs coach Todd Bowles said. "Leonard is our starter, obviously. We look for White to compete with Vaughn and Gio and we'll see from there. ... He has good size. He has good feet and good speed. But he's capable of spelling Leonard, he's capable of catching a ball."
The investment of a third-round pick in White already speaks to the belief the Buccaneers have in his ability, and both the Arizona State product's college body of work and Bowles' comments indicate there could be plenty of opportunity for him behind lead back Leonard Fournette. With Ronald Jones now in Kansas City and Giovani Bernard primarily suited for a pass-catching/third-down role, White's primary competition for any complementary early-down reps appears to be Ke'Shawn Vaughn, who's yet to establish himself after being taken in the third round in his own right in 2020. White's pass-catching chops also could be a significant factor in earning snaps, with running backs coach Todd McNair noting the rookie's range and catch radius are particularly impressive.
Cyril Grayson TB WR
Buccaneers' Cyril Grayson: Healthy and ready to compete13h ago
Grayson, who finished the Buccaneers' postseason run in January nursing a hamstring injury, is healthy and could make a push for playing time in the latter portion of the wideout depth chart, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The well-traveled speedster made a splash Weeks 16 and 17 last season with 81 receiving yards in both games, including a key 50-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter of a narrow win over the Jets in the latter contest. Grayson has impressed offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich with his progress and gradually successful transition from college track star to wide receiver. "I think he's truly confident now," said Leftwich. "I think he truly believes that he can get it done, and it's fun for me to see the confidence that he shows up in practice with every day. It's like a whole different guy from three years ago."
Tom Brady TB QB
Buccaneers' Tom Brady: Finally past MCL issue13h ago
Brady noted Wednesday that he feels his left knee is finally back to full health after the MCL surgery he underwent in June 2021, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Brady originally suffered an MCL tear in the knee back in 2019 while still with the Patriots, but he never addressed the issue that following offseason due to his belief the injury would heal on its own. That led to the future Hall of Famer playing his 2020 debut, Super Bowl-winning campaign with the Buccaneers while managing the injury, and the knee reportedly still didn't feel all the way back to full strength throughout last season after the surgery. Consequently, Brady notes this offseason has been the first time he's felt unrestricted with respect to his leg in three years, which has allowed him to engage in sprint work for his mobility and other similar workouts that weren't possible before.
Jalen Tolbert DAL WR
Cowboys' Jalen Tolbert: Nursing hamstring issue15h ago
Tolbert is dealing with a hamstring injury at OTAs, Nick Eatman & Layten Praytor of the Cowboys' official site report.
Tolbert joins Michael Gallup (torn ACL) and James Washington (foot) on the sideline during the early portion of OTAs. The rookie third-round pick should have ample opportunities for practice reps once back on the field, but Dallas may also hesitate to rush him back from a hamstring strain. For now, the likes of Noah Brown, Simi Fehoko and T.J. Vasher will benefit from added work behind No. 1 wideout CeeDee Lamb.
Robert Williams III BOS C
Celtics' Robert Williams: Good to go6h ago
Williams (knee) will be available for Friday's Game 6 against the Heat, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports.
Williams has been dealing with left knee soreness all series, but has played through it in the team's last two contests. He has averaged 10.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks across 23.5 minutes in four games during the Eastern Conference Finals.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Gets green light6h ago
Smart (ankle) is good to go for Friday's Game 6 against the Heat, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports.
Smart also played through his ankle injury in Game 5 and ultimately saw just 24 minutes. His playing time Friday will presumably depend on how his ankle responds. If he ultimately sees any type of setback, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard would be the likely candidates to benefit.
Tyler Herro MIA PG
Heat's Tyler Herro: Officially out6h ago
Herro (groin) has officially been ruled out for Friday's Game 6 versus the Celtics, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports.
While Herro has reportedly made progress in his recovery, he will ultimately be held out Friday. The absence will mark his third straight game missed. As a result, Duncan Robinson and Victor Oladipo figure to again be the prime beneficiaries in terms of minutes.
Tyler Herro MIA PG
Heat's Tyler Herro: Expected to be out Friday6h ago
Herro (groin) is expected to be out for Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Herro will presumably miss a third straight game -- a tough blow for the Heat while down 3-2 on the road. In his absence, coach Erik Spoelstra will likely continue to give extra minutes to Duncan Robinson and Victor Oladipo.
Gary Payton II GS PG
Warriors' Gary Payton: Expected to return in Finals12h ago
Payton (elbow) is expected to return during the NBA Finals and could be ready for Game 1, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Payton suffered a broken elbow during a nasty fall during Game 3 of the Round 2 series against the Grizzlies. Even if he isn't quite ready for Game 1 of the Finals, the Warriors appear confident that he'll return at some point. During Payton's six playoff appearances, he's averaged 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.8 combined steals-plus-blocks in 18.0 minutes, and the athletic guard was a huge part of Golden State's defensive attack. His return could mean fewer minutes for Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody.
P.J. Tucker MIA PF
Heat's P.J. Tucker: Officially available Friday13h ago
Tucker (knee) is available for Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
As expected, Tucker will play after being listed as questionable yet again. In the series, he's averaging 6.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 28.8 minutes.
Connor Mackey CGY D
Flames' Connor Mackey: Bounced to minors31m ago
Mackey was demoted to AHL Stockton on Friday, per CBS Sports.
Mackey didn't suit up with the Flames during the postseason after skating in just three regular-season games with the team. He'll head back to AHL Stockton for the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Juuso Valimaki CGY D
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Back to bus league33m ago
Valimaki was sent to AHL Stockton on Friday, per CBS Sports.
Valimaki didn't get into Calgary's lineup during its postseason run. He's set to meet back up with AHL Stockton for the Calder Cup Playoffs. The 23-year-old played just nine games with the Flames this season after dressing in 49 contests during the 2020-21 campaign.
Niko Mikkola STL D
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Grabs helper in loss2h ago
Mikkola notched an assist and two blocked shots in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche in Game 6.
Mikkola's first and only point of the playoffs was the secondary helper on a Justin Faulk tally in the first period. In 12 playoff outings, Mikkola added 36 hits, 21 blocked shots and eight PIM as a physical presence. He was likely playing above his level a bit -- the absence of Torey Krug (lower body) required Mikkola to see more of a top-four role than expected. The 26-year-old had 13 points, 109 hits, 81 blocked shots and 55 PIM in 54 regular-season outings. He's an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent this summer, and likely one the Blues will want back on a team-friendly deal to serve in a third-pairing capacity.
Robert Thomas STL C
Blues' Robert Thomas: Collects assist Friday2h ago
Thomas posted an assist and two PIM in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche in Game 6.
Thomas' offense came alive late in the second round with two goals and an assist in his last two games, but it wasn't enough to save the Blues' season. He set up a Justin Faulk tally in the first period Friday. Thomas had six points, 20 shots on net, 14 hits, 10 PIM and a minus-6 rating in 12 postseason contests, showing some flashes of offense with room to grow on defense. The 22-year-old was excellent with 20 goals, 57 assists and a plus-17 rating in 72 regular-season outings, so he should be a fairly popular mid-to-late round pick in next season's fantasy drafts.