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Joe Panik SF 2B
Giants' Joe Panik: Walkoff single in ninth7m ago
Panik went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and two RBI in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Atlanta.
The second baseman was a pest at the top of the order, but he really stung Atlanta when he walked it off in the ninth inning with a two-run single. Panik is enjoying a strong month of May, slashing .328/.444/.466 through 16 games with a homer, a steal, eight RBI and 10 runs.
Shaun Anderson SF SP
Giants' Shaun Anderson: Solid in no-decision10m ago
Anderson didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Atlanta, giving up two runs on eight hits over five innings while striking out three.
The 24-year-old threw 50 of 79 pitches for strikes in another respectable effort, but Anderson was headed for his first big-league loss before the Giants rallied in the bottom of the ninth. Assuming he remains in the rotation, the rookie will next take the mound Sunday, at home against the Diamondbacks.
Ronald Acuna ATL LF
Braves' Ronald Acuna: On base three times in loss15m ago
Acuna went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Giants.
The 21-year-old continues to rake in May, slashing .324/.383/.568 through 19 games on the month with five homers, three steals, 12 RBI and 15 runs. Acuna seems very comfortable in the leadoff spot for Atlanta, and his fantasy value is only accentuated by the increase in plate appearances and opportunities to run.
Luke Jackson ATL RP
Braves' Luke Jackson: Falls apart in ninth19m ago
Jackson (2-1) took the loss Tuesday, giving up three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning to blow his fourth save of the season as Atlanta fell 4-3 to the Giants.
Entering the game in the bottom of the ninth, Jackson allowed four singles and a steady parade of baserunners to take second base afterwards on two stolen bases and a fielder's indifference call before the floodgates really opened. The right-hander has blown back-to-back save chances and three of his last seven, which could force Atlanta to consider other closing options.
Julio Teheran ATL SP
Braves' Julio Teheran: No-decision in San Francisco31m ago
Teheran didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Giants, allowing one run on three hits and three walks over 5,2 inning while striking out six.
The right-hander got the hook one out shy of a quality start after throwing 94 pitches (57 strikes), then had to watch his fourth win of the year slip away when Luke Jackson blew the save in the ninth. Teheran will take 3.67 ERA and 62:29 K:BB through 61.1 innings into his next outing Sunday in St. Louis.
Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: More work needed on rehab2h ago
Boston manager Alex Cora said Pedroia (knee) still has work to do on his rehab assignment, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
"I see the at-bats, there's still some stuff that he has to work mechanically," Cora said. "Actually I talked to him yesterday about it, he got some videos, some feedback today and he looked at it, and he was, 'OK, I'm doing that,' so hopefully he can make the adjustments throughout the process, throughout the at-bats and he can get better and better." Pedroia made his second start in the field for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, and it doesn't sound like he'll be back up with the major-league club this week, per Cora's comments. The Red Sox are in a position where they can take their time with Pedroia as Michael Chavis has been a capable fill-in starter at second base.
DaeSean Hamilton DEN WR
Broncos' DaeSean Hamilton: Recovered from knee injury8m ago
Hamilton played through a knee injury late last season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Hamilton returned healthy for the Broncos' offseason program, seemingly destined for a key role after the team did little to upgrade its wideout group this spring. The 2018 fourth-round pick frequently operated from the slot as a rookie, handling a much larger role after Emmanuel Sanders suffered a torn Achilles in early December. Hamilton averaged 70 snaps, 9.5 targets and 6.3 catches over the final four weeks, yet he landed between 40 and 49 receiving yards in each game while almost strictly catching short passes (albeit with two touchdowns). He did produce 16.2 yards per catch and nine touchdowns his senior season at Penn State, so there's potential for more of a downfield impact. Hamilton's 2019 role will partially depend on the health of Sanders, who also saw frequent slot work last season. Courtland Sutton appears locked in for one starting job outside, with Tim Patrick also a candidate for snaps. The quarterback situation doesn't appear any better than it was last season, featuring 34-year-old Joe Flacco and rookie second-round pick Drew Lock.
Jonnu Smith TEN TE
Titans' Jonnu Smith: Still not practicing1h ago
Smith (knee) didn't practice Tuesday at the start of OTAs, Erik Bacharach of The Nashville Tennessean reports.
Smith was placed on injured reserve after suffering an MCL sprain Week 14 last season. He may be dealing with an injury more severe than what was initially reported, as the typical recovery timeline for an MCL sprain would've seen him return to health before the start of the Titans' offseason program. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) went through individual drills Tuesday and said afterward that he's back to about 85 percent strength. Smith likely will have to settle for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart once he's healthy.
Delanie Walker TEN TE
Titans' Delanie Walker: Resumes individual drills2h ago
Walker (ankle) went through individual drills Tuesday, Erik Bacharach of The Nashville Tennessean reports. "I feel like I'm in the 85 percent range," Walker said. "Today I felt fast getting out of my breaks, and I was catching the ball well. Always a good sign."
Coming back from the ankle fracture and dislocation he suffered in last season's opener, Walker is now able to make cuts and even jogged through a few snaps during team drills Tuesday. He mentioned dropping a few pounds during the offseason, hoping it would reduce the pressure on his surgically repaired ankle. The veteran tight end will turn 35 in August and is under contract with the Titans through 2020. Walker had 800 or more receiving yards in four consecutive seasons prior to last year's devastating injury.
Amara Darboh SEA WR
Seahawks' Amara Darboh: Returns healthy2h ago
Coach Pete Carroll said Darboh (hip) is back at practice and looks good, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
The 2017 third-round pick caught just eight passes in 16 games his rookie season, then spent his entire sophomore campaign on injured reserve with a hip injury. The Seahawks actually waived him at the end of the preseason, but he reverted back to their roster after the Patriots claimed him and he failed a physical examination. Darboh needs to establish special-teams value to secure a roster spot, after the Seahawks selected D.K. Metcalf (second round), Gary Jennings (fourth) and John Ursua (seventh) in the 2019 draft.
Julio Jones ATL WR
Falcons' Julio Jones: Absent for start of OTAs9h ago
Jones was not present for the Falcons' first OTA session Monday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Jones assured earlier this offseason that he will be present for mandatory minicamp in June, but chose to abstain from voluntary workouts Monday while awaiting a contract extension from the team. General manager Thomas Dimitroff has been persistent that there is no cause for alarm, stating that both sides "are having really good conversations," and "there's no time frame on (the extension). But, the sooner (it can get done) the better." Jones has been dominant in amassing 1,400 receiving yards for five consecutive seasons, and stands to become the highest-paid player at his position so long as negotiations stay on the track that they are on. The six-time Pro Bowler currently plays under a deal that's worth $14.25 million in annual salary (11th at the position), but he's looking for a multi-year contract offering somewhere in the neighborhood of what the recently signed Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown are making at $17-to-$18 million per year.
Jason Croom BUF TE
Bills' Jason Croom: Important summer ahead12h ago
Croom's teammate Tyler Kroft broke his foot during Monday's OTA session and will be sidelined for 3-to-4 months following surgery.
Croom actually entered the offseason as the Bills' top tight end, though you could also say he was the only tight end under contract. Then the Bills beefed up their corps by signing Kroft and Lee Smith in free agency, while drafting Dawson Knox in the third round. That may have bumped Croom -- who finished 2018 with a 22/259/1 line -- all the way to fourth, though with Kroft's injury being a significant one he'll have extra chances to stake his claim toward meaningful playing time, or at the very least a roster spot.
Nikola Mirotic MIL PF
Bucks' Nikola Mirotic: Limited production in loss10h ago
Mirotic totaled 11 points (4-10 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two assists, one rebound and one steal over 25 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Mirotic finished with another pedestrian performance in Tuesday's loss, scoring just 11 points and doing little else other than scoring. In 12 games prior to Tuesday, he averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, making only 1.7 threes and shooting 38.8 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from three. His shooting slump and limited production have rendered him virtually unusable in daily contests.
Kyle Lowry TOR PG
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Drops 25 on Bucks in win10h ago
Lowry totaled 25 points (6-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 10-10 FT), six assists and five rebounds across 34 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Bucks on Tuesday.
After scoring 30 in Game 1, Lowry scored just 26 points combined in Games 2 and 3, before his 25-point performance in Game 4. He has a track record of up-and-down performances in the playoffs, so forecasting his stat lines on a nightly basis will be a bit unpredictable.
Norman Powell TOR SF
Raptors' Norman Powell: Scores 18 in win10h ago
Powell totaled 18 points (6-18 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, three assists and a steal across 32 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Bucks on Tuesday.
Powell finished with 18 points, hitting four triples in Tuesday's win. He was extremely aggressive, jacking up 18 shots and 13 threes, both easily his most attempts in the playoffs. Powell has been very involved in the offense as of late, averaging 17 points in 29 minutes in the Raptors' last three games. Expect the usage to continue with his recent productivity.
Kawhi Leonard TOR SF
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Unusually low scoring total in win11h ago
Leonard totaled 19 points (6-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds, four steals, two blocks and an assist across 34 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Bucks on Tuesday.
Leonard put up an unusually low 19 points after scoring at least 20 points in 12 straight games and at least 30 in his last four. He played a career-high 52 minutes in Sunday's Game 3 win, and clearly showed signs of fatigue in Game 4. With the series evened up at two games apiece, Leonard will have just a couple days' rest ahead of a big Game 5 on Thursday.
Khris Middleton MIL SF
Bucks' Khris Middleton: Explodes for 30 points11h ago
Middleton totaled 30 points (11-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists and six rebounds over 36 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Middleton led the Bucks in scoring with 30 points on a very efficient shooting night, nailing four three-pointers along the way. His scoring explosion was unexpected, considering he totaled 32 points combined in his last three games. With most of the Bucks struggling except for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton stepped up and made a big impact, despite the loss.
Malcolm Brogdon MIL PG
Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon: Poor showing in loss11h ago
Brogdon totaled four points (2-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds and three assists over 28 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Brogdon came up small with just four points on a very cold shooting night. His final stat line was dismal, especially considering his recent streak of productive outings. In four prior games leading up to Game 4, Brogdon averaged 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He's put up quality stat lines in 26.5 minutes per game, so he's likely to bounce back in Thursday's Game 5 in Milwaukee.
Joonas Donskoi SJ RW
Sharks' Joonas Donskoi: Provides assist10h ago
Donskoi notched a helper and two shots in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
Donskoi was held off the scoresheet in his previous five games, but managed the helper on Dylan Gambrell's first NHL tally, which cut the score to 2-1 at the time. Donskoi had only three points in 12 playoff games, as he battled injuries throughout the postseason run and likely wasn't 100 percent this spring after posting a career high 37 points in 80 regular-season games.
Dylan Gambrell SJ C
Sharks' Dylan Gambrell: Bittersweet first NHL goal10h ago
Gambrell scored his first NHL goal, but it was the Sharks' only tally in a season-ending 5-1 loss to the Blues in Tuesday's Game 6.
The second round pick from 2016 had gone without a goal in his previous 12 NHL games, but slotted into the lineup after injuries to Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski in Game 5. Gambrell produced 20 goals and 45 points with AHL San Jose in 51 regular-season games, as well as a goal and three helpers in four AHL playoff games with the Barracuda.
Martin Jones SJ G
Sharks' Martin Jones: Cracks under pressure in Game 610h ago
Jones yielded four goals on 18 shots in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blues in Game 6.
Jones allowed 11 goals on 80 shots over the final three games of the series, while the Sharks were able to score only twice in that span. Jones ends the playoffs with a 3.01 GAA and an .898 save percentage in 20 postseason outings.
Robert Thomas STL RW
Blues' Robert Thomas: Manages assist in series finale10h ago
Thomas posted a power-play assist in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
Thomas had been held without a point in the first five games of the series. The emergence of the Blues' fourth line as a depth-scoring threat has led to Thomas' ice time dropping from 15:32 in Game 1 to just 9:20 in Game 6. The rookie forward has a goal and five helpers in 19 postseason games.
Oskar Sundqvist STL C
Blues' Oskar Sundqvist: Ends series with helper10h ago
Sundqvist notched an assist and six hits in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Sundqvist posted two goals and a helper with 24 hits and 12 shots on goal in the series. Through 19 playoff games, the Swedish center has eight points, 60 hits and 38 shots on goal as a potential budget option for DFS players during the Stanley Cup Finals.
Colton Parayko STL D
Blues' Colton Parayko: Gathers helper10h ago
Parayko generated a power-play assist in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Parayko collected four assists, 13 shots on goal, nine hits and 11 blocked shots over the six-game series. His 11 points in 19 playoff games are already a personal best for the 26-year-old defender in a single postseason run.