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Jackie Bradley BOS CF
Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr.: Swats first dinger1h ago
Bradley went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Monday's 12-2 win over the Blue Jays.
Bradley's opposite-field shot in the sixth inning was his first home run of the season. That's a stretch of 39 games and 150 plate appearances without going deep. Manager Alex Cora continues to defend his center fielder, telling reporters that he's putting good swings on balls, but Bradley is slashing just .146/.243/.200.
Hunter Pence TEX DH
Rangers' Hunter Pence: Homers in win1h ago
Pence went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Monday's 10-9 win over the Mariners.
It seemed like Monday would be a good spot for the left-handed hitting Willie Calhoun. Seattle was throwing right-hander Mike League, but Pence got the call based on his success against Leake (16-for-42, .381). At some point, Texas manager Chris Woodward may want to focus more on Calhoun's development in the majors than getting at-bats for the 36-year-old Pence, regardless of the empirical evidence.
Rougned Odor TEX 2B
Rangers' Rougned Odor: Shows signs of life1h ago
Odor went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Monday's 10-9 win over the Mariners.
Odor's power bat is showing signs of life after a miserable first six weeks of the season. To be fair, he spent some of that time on the injured list in April. Since whispers of a minor-league demotion circulated, Odor is 8-for-29 (.276) with four home runs, 11 RBI and seven runs scored over the last seven games. He's still hitting a mere .169 and has spent just six days with a batting average above .200.
Tyler White HOU DH
Astros' Tyler White: Unloads first HR2h ago
White went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's 3-0 win over the White Sox.
White launched his first home run in 30 games. That's shocking for a player who hit 26 bombs in 136 games between Triple-A and MLB in 2018. His .649 OPS is one reason why he hasn't been give consistent at-bats. White has been in the starting lineup the last three games due to injuries. If Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) returns Tuesday as expected, White may move back to the bench.
Aledmys Diaz HOU 2B
Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Could return Tuesday2h ago
Diaz (hamstring) could return to the lineup Tuesday, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Diaz participated in pregame drills, the results of which will shed more light on his availability Tuesday. Manager AJ Hinch said Diaz will be back Tuesday "if all goes well." With Jose Altuve (hamstring) nearing a rehab assignment, Diaz could have another four or five games as the starting second baseman, depending on when Altuve's rehab stint starts.
Daniel Palka CHW RF
White Sox's Daniel Palka: On fire at Charlotte2h ago
Palka was named the International League Player of the Week for the period of May 13-20, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He went 9-for-20 with three home runs in six games for Triple-A Charlotte.
Palka is destroying International League pitching during the month of May, slashing .364/.493/.818 with eight homers and 16 RBI over 15 games. He bears no resemblance to the man who went 1-for-35 with 15 strikeouts in Chicago before being demoted.
Malcolm Jenkins PHI SS
Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins: Skipping OTAs22m ago
Jenkins' absence from OTAs may be related to his desire for a new contract, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Jenkins has two seasons remaining on a four-year, $35 million extension, with base salaries of $8.1 million in 2019 and $7.6 million in 2020. His deal put him near the top of the market for safeties at the time of signing, but the 2019 offseason reset the market with Tyrann Mathieu, Landon Collins and Earl Thomas each getting at least $13.75 million per year and $26.8 million guaranteed, per overthecap.com. While is age likely will keep him out of that price range, the 31-year-old Jenkins hasn't shown any sign of slowing down, coming off a 2018 campaign with 97 tackles (79 solo), eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and an interception in 16 games. He's played 98.4 percent of defensive snaps since joining the Eagles in 2014, displaying the versatility to play slot cornerback or even dime/nickel linebacker when needed. His absence won't be considered a holdout unless it extends to mandatory minicamp in mid-June.
Jerry Hughes BUF DE
Bills' Jerry Hughes: Signs two-year extension37m ago
Hughes is signing a two-year extension that includes $19.5 million guaranteed, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The deal is worth up to $23 million and keeps Hughes under contract with Buffalo through 2021. The 30-year-old defensive end hasn't topped seven sacks since 2014, but he has a seven-year streak playing all 16 games while piling up 32 or more tackles and 10 or more quarterback hits. Hughes is locked in as a starter under coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
Case Keenum WAS QB
Redskins' Case Keenum: Takes first snap at OTAs44m ago
Keenum took the first snap Monday during team drills, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.
Keenum was followed by first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, while Colt McCoy (leg) remains sidelined but is expected to be ready for the beginning of training camp. JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington observed a noticeable difference between Keenum and Haskins during Monday's practice, with the rookie holding a large edge in terms of both size and arm strength, while the veteran has a quicker release and better mobility. Both quarterbacks are learning new play-calling terminology from coach Jay Gruden, who has been clear about his intention to stage a three-way QB competition. Regardless, Finlay believes Haskins' ascension to the starting job "is a matter of when, not if."
Zay Jones BUF WR
Bills' Zay Jones: Bulking up7h ago
Jones has added eight to 10 pounds of lean muscle mass to his upper body this offseason, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "I have been focusing on how I can maximize my frame and my body to be the best I can this year," said the third-year wideout. "I think it'll help in many aspects. My blocking, my play strength, endurance, stamina, prevention of injury. Nothing is guaranteed. Getting bigger and stronger doesn't guarantee anything, but it can only help you and give you a greater opportunity to be successful."
While we try not to pay too much attention to "bigger, stronger and in the best shape of my life" stories that are quite easy to find this time of year, Jones did struggle with lingering injuries entering last season and was far better in the season's second half compared to the first eight games. Also, he's struggled with being able to outmuscle defensive backs for the ball, so the added weight can only help. With the Bills beefing up their receiving corps this offseason -- namely John Brown and Cole Beasley -- there's been talk Jones' roster spot could be in jeopardy, though he did lead the team in receptions and receiving yards last season and seems to be getting the pro game down, not to mention he already has one season in the books with Josh Allen. Jones seems a lot closer to the No. 2 receiving spot than being a cut, though he'll probably have to fight off Robert Foster for looks in the offense, as Brown and Beasley seem set at two of the top three spots.
Martrell Spaight KC LB
Martrell Spaight: Hangs up the cleats11h ago
Spaight was placed on the reserve/retired list Monday, Charles Goldman of USA Today reports.
Spaight's career comes to an end after four seasons in the league with the Redskins, Dolphins, Jaguars and Chiefs. The linebacker dealt with concussion issues throughout his time in Washington. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs in early January.
Cory Littleton LAR ILB
Rams' Cory Littleton: Signs tender11h ago
Littleton signed his one-year tender Monday, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports.
Littleton put together his best campaign in 2018, recording a career-high 125 tackles, and was rewarded with a special teams selection to the Pro Bowl. With Mark Barron now out of the fold in LA, Littleton should head into training camp as a starting inside linebacker.
Damian Jones GS C
Warriors' Damian Jones: Will come off bench in Game 412h ago
Jones will come off the bench in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Jordan Bell is drawing the start in Jones' place. Jones has seen just seven minutes total over the first three games of the series, meaning he will likely continue to be a non-factor Monday.
Jordan Bell GS PF
Warriors' Jordan Bell: Drawing start Monday12h ago
Bell will start in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Bell's move into the starting five comes at the expense of Damian Jones, who will come off the bench. In the past two games, Bell has contributed off the bench, playing 14 and 15 minutes respectively. It's unclear if this is just a one-time start, or if he will remain going forward, but he could see an increased role in his time with the starters.
Alfonzo McKinnie GS SF
Warriors' Alfonzo McKinnie: Will start Monday13h ago
McKinnie will draw the start in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, ChrisChris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
With Andre Iguodala out with a strained left calf, McKinnie will draw the spot-start. McKinnie saw his postseason high with 21 minutes in Game 3, collecting five points and nine rebounds. Expect McKinnie to see a similar, if not larger, role Monday, and should continue to see a larger role if Iguodala is forced to miss any more time.
Andre Iguodala GS SG
Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Ruled out Monday14h ago
Iguodala (calf) has been ruled out of Monday's Game 4 against Portland, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Iguodala came into Monday listed as questionable with left calf tightness. His absence will leave a hole in the starting five, with Alfonzo McKinnie possibly replacing him after seeing an increased role in Game 3. It's unclear if Iguodala will be forced to miss any more time going forward, however the Warriors could have over a week off before Game 1 of the finals if they are able to finish off the sweep. More information on Iguodala's status should come out following Monday's game.
Andre Iguodala GS SG
Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Remains questionable for Game 416h ago
Iguodala (calf) is still listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4 against Portland, Mark Medina of the Mercury News reports.
Iguodala is still battling tightness in his left calf, and the Warriors will wait until after he goes through a pregame workout to issue an update. The veteran's workload has increased since entering the starting lineup to begin the Warriors' second-round series, and he'd played at least 31 minutes in seven of his last eight games prior to Saturday's Game 3, when he suffered the injury and was limited to just 18 minutes. With Iguodala hampered, Alfonzo McKinnie was the primary beneficiary, finishing with five points and nine boards in 21 minutes off the bench.
Dwight Powell DAL PF
Mavericks' Dwight Powell: Set to opt out16h ago
Powell will decline his $10.2 million player option with the Mavericks to become an unrestricted free agent, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Powell is leaving a decent amount of money on the table, but the 27-year-old is expected to draw plenty of interest on the open market, and he's likely angling to secure a longer-term contract. The Stanford product has appeared in at least 77 games for the Mavs in each of the last three seasons, and he made 22 starts while averaging 21.6 minutes per game during the 2018-19 campaign. Powell posted a career-best 10.6 points per game to go with 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 combined steals/blocks.
Brayden Schenn STL LW
Blues' Brayden Schenn: Collects assist16h ago
Schenn dished out an assist with five shots on goal and two hits during Sunday's Game 5 win over San Jose.
After notching 54 points in 72 regular-season contests, Schenn has just six points in 18 games during this postseason run. Still, the 27-year-old has averaged two shots and three hits per game during that same span.
Oskar Sundqvist STL C
Blues' Oskar Sundqvist: Lights lamp in Game 516h ago
Sundqvist tallied a goal with four shots and four hits in Sunday's Game 5 win over the Sharks.
It was his second goal of the series and fourth of the postseason. He's made his presence known a bit more than he did during the last series against the Stars where he notched just one assist in seven contests.
David Perron STL RW
Blues' David Perron: Tallies assist16h ago
Perron notched an assist and two hits in Sunday's Game 5 victory over the Sharks.
Perron is up to five points this series and 11 points in 18 postseason contests. The 30-year-old forward has been one of the team's best contributors during the playoffs, including chipping in four points on the power play. He'll try to keep rolling and help lead St. Louis to the finals after Game 6 on Tuesday.
Brian Pinho WAS C
Capitals' Brian Pinho: Inks one-year deal19h ago
Pinho signed a one-year, two-way contract extension on Monday.
Pinho tallied four goals and 12 points in 73 games in his inaugural season with AHL Hershey during the 2018-19 season. The 24-year-old will have a chance to earn a roster spot with the Capitals in 2019-20 should there be significant turnover on the big league roster over the summer, but he's likely to continue honing his skills in the minors for the foreseeable future.
Vince Dunn STL D
Blues' Vince Dunn: Unavailable Tuesday20h ago
Dunn (upper body) will not be in the lineup against San Jose for Tuesday's Game 6 tilt, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
At this point, fantasy owners would be justified in wondering if Dunn will return at all during the postseason. Coach Craig Berube continues to classify the blueliner as day-to-day, but the fact that the youngster has yet to resume skating doesn't bode well for a short-term absence. Until Dunn is given the all-clear, Robert Bortuzzo and Carl Gunnarsson figure to continue to make up the third pairing.
Shane Gersich WAS C
Capitals' Shane Gersich: Re-ups with team21h ago
Gersich penned a one-year, two-way contract with Washington on Monday.
After making his NHL debut last season, Gersich failed to crack the Caps' lineup this year, instead spending the entire 2019-20 campaign in the minors. With AHL Hershey, the 22-year-old garnered eight goals, 16 helpers and 57 PIM before adding another three points in nine postseason contests. Washington has several players set to his free agency this summer, including Devante Smith-Pelly, Brett Connolly and Carl Hagelin, which could open up a roster spot or two during training camp. Whether Gersich can earn his place on the 23-man roster for Opening Night remains to be seen.