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Daniel Robertson TB 2B
Rays' Daniel Robertson: Raps out three hits Saturday1m ago
Robertson went 3-for-4 with a double and a run in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.
Robertson busted out with his first multi-hit game since May 17, and his two-bagger was his first extra-base hit over the last six games. The 24-year-old spiked his season average 16 points to .278 with his performance, but his monthly figure remains an uninspiring .217 over 75 plate appearances.
JT Riddle MIA SS
Marlins' JT Riddle: Makes second straight start2m ago
Riddle will start at shortstop and bat seventh Sunday against the Nationals, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
For the second straight day, Miguel Rojas will shift over to third base to open up shortstop for Riddle, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his season debut Saturday after being recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. Unless the Marlins decide to move Brian Anderson from right field back to the hot corner, there should be room for both Riddle and Rojas on the left side of the infield for the foreseeable future after everyday third baseman Martin Prado (hamstring) landed on the disabled list. The prospect of regular at-bats puts Riddle on the radar in NL-only formats, but his fantasy upside is limited after he only managed a .250 average to go with three home runs and no steals across 247 plate appearances for the big club a season ago.
Derek Dietrich MIA LF
Marlins' Derek Dietrich: Leading off again Sunday5m ago
Dietrich will start in left field and man the leadoff spot Sunday against the Nationals, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Dietrich will handle table-setting duties for the third time in four games and likely for the foreseeable future -- at least against right-handed pitching -- after Martin Prado (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday. With a 3.3 percent walk rate, .307 on-base percentage and one stolen base on the season, Dietrich doesn't possess the skill set most teams value in leadoff men, but his place atop the order should nonetheless boost his run-scoring opportunities.
Dixon Machado DET 2B
Tigers' Dixon Machado: Reenters lineup Sunday13m ago
Machado will start at second base and bat ninth Sunday against the White Sox, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Machado, who has produced a weak .541 OPS across 173 plate appearances this season, was on the bench for the first two games of the series while he worked on some mechanical adjustments with his swing under the watchful eye of the Detroit coaching staff. The 26-year-old acknowledged that those adjustments are still a work in progress, so it would likely be unwise to anticipate a major leap forward in his performance in his return to the lineup. If Machado doesn't turn things around quickly, however, he could surrender his everyday role at the keystone to Niko Goodrum or may even get optioned to Triple-A Toledo.
Joe Mauer MIN 1B
Twins' Joe Mauer: Takes batting practice15m ago
Mauer was able to take batting practice Friday at Target Field for the first time since injuring his neck on May 18, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Mauer was placed on the DL with a cervical strain and concussion-like symptoms. He had some problems with light sensitivity and balance, which are a worry considering his previous concussion issues ended his time playing catcher. It sounds like there's a chance he could be activated from the DL when the Twins return from their current road trip on Thursday, but Mauer will likely need to show continued improvement without any concussion-like symptoms. It's also possible he could go on a short rehab assignment.
Yoenis Cespedes NYM LF
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Roughly week away from rehab assignment16m ago
Cespedes (hip) could begin a minor-league rehab assignment near the end of the week, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Manager Mickey Callaway reported Sunday that Cespedes is a few days behind teammate Todd Frazier (hamstring) in his recovery timeline and that Frazier is expected to go out on a rehab assignment in the next few days. With that information, it sounds like Cespedes may begin his assignment by the end of the week and could potentially rejoin the Mets during the late-first or early-second week of June if everything goes according to plan.
Whitney Mercilus HOU LB
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Full-go at OTAs14h ago
Mercilus was a full participant at organized team activities this week after rehabbing from a torn pectoral muscle, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.
Mercilus, who was limited to just five games in 2017, will help solidify the Texans' pass rush. The lack of quarterback pressure due to the absences of Mercilus and J.J. Watt (back) contributed to a porous pass defense, which ranked 21st in the NFL.
Landon Collins NYG DB
Giants' Landon Collins: Expects to return for minicamp2d ago
Collins (forearm) hopes to participate in mandatory minicamp starting June 12, SportsNet New York reports.
Collins has undergone two surgeries since breaking his forearm in late December. The 2015 second-round pick has been a starter since Week 1 of his rookie campaign, accruing three straight seasons with 100-plus tackles. Collins has also broken up 28 passes and posted eight interceptions in that span. Once he's back to full health, the 25-year-old should be a stellar IDP option once again.
Dont'a Hightower NE MLB
Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Works into OTAs2d ago
Hightower (pectoral) was a limited participant in OTAs on Thursday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Having been sidelined since late October, Hightower appears on pace to be ready for training camp -- his initial goal. Before the 2017 campaign, Hightower had five straight seasons with 60-plus tackles. For those looking to utilize Hightower in IDP settings, it's important to note he hasn't played more than 13 games in a season since 2013.
Shaquill Griffin SEA CB
Seahawks' Shaquill Griffin: Works in at LCB2d ago
Griffin was shifted to left cornerback during OTAs, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
This is the spot once manned by four-time Pro Bowler Richard Sherman, who signed with the 49ers in March. It's unclear if this move is because Byron Maxwell isn't attending OTAs, or if this will be Griffin's permanent role. If the latter is true, it'll be interesting to see how Griffin adjusts to the new position after racking up 59 tackles and 15 pass breakups in his rookie campaign. Regardless, Griffin should see an uptick in responsibility with the departure of Sherman.
Reuben Foster SF OLB
49ers' Reuben Foster: Misdemeanor charges also dropped2d ago
Foster's misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana was dismissed Friday after the linebacker successfully completed a diversion course, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Separate from the felony domestic violence charges that were dropped Wednesday, Foster was previously in legal trouble for a Jan. 12 event in which the linebacker was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor for possession of marijuana. Despite those chargers being dropped, Foster could still be subject to the NFL's substance-abuse policy in 2018.
Mike Matthews 2005 C
Dolphins' Mike Matthews: Signs with Miami2d ago
Matthews signed a contract with the Dolphins on Friday.
Matthews spent the entire 2017 season on the Steelers' injured reserve list due to a torn patella tendon. Presumably recovered, the center will now look to compete for the starting center job vacated by Mike Pouncey, who the Dolphins let walk in free agency this offseason.
Jeff Green CLE PF
Cavaliers' Jeff Green: Will start Game 73h ago
Green will enter the starting five for Game 7 against the Celtics on Sunday, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Usual starter Kevin Love suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Game 6 and has yet to pass through the league's protocol, which means he'll sit out Sunday's contest. As a result, Green will jump into the starting lineup in the frontcourt alongside LeBron James and Tristan Thompson. Green saw 31 minutes of action the last time out with Love heading to the locker room early and a similar workload can be expected in Game 7. He finished that outing with 14 points (4-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Gerald Green HOU SG
Rockets' Gerald Green: Scores 11 points in extended role Saturday6h ago
Green tallied 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt), and one block in 26 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 loss to the Warriors.
Green saw some additional run with Chris Paul (hamstring) on the sidelines and was able to shoot the ball well in his time on the floor. While the points are nice, Green offers very little to the team on the defensive end or as a facilitator. Paul is questionable for Monday's Game Seven and Green could be forced into extended minutes once again. Hopefully, for the Rockets, he can channel his inner superstar and produce a little more across the board.
Clint Capela HOU C
Rockets' Clint Capela: Disastrous effort in Game Six loss6h ago
Capela had just two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 loss to Golden State.
Capela was rendered obsolete by the Warriors defense, in particular, Draymond Green. After two excellent playoff series against the Timberwolves and Jazz, Capela has been far less impactful against the small-ball lineups of the Warriors. The series now heads back to Houston for Game Seven and Capela is going to have to find a way to get more involved, especially on the offensive end, if the Rockets are to go any further this season.
Eric Gordon HOU SG
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Gets hot early in starting role6h ago
Gordon finished with 19 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-4 FT), and two rebounds in 33 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 loss to the Warriors.
Gordon moved into the starting lineup Saturday with Chris Paul (hamstring) watching from the bench and hit his first four shots of the game as the Rockets rushed out to an early 17 point lead. Unfortunately, that is where it ended for the Rockets as they were destroyed in the second half. Gordon offers very little outside of scoring and if Paul is forced out of Game Seven, Gordon is going to have to find other ways to contribute if they are to advance to the Finals.
James Harden HOU SG
Rockets' James Harden: Finds some rhythm in Game Six loss6h ago
Harden had 32 points (10-24 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 8-9 FT), nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 40 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 loss to Golden State.
Harden managed to find some shooting rhythm Saturday but it was nowhere near enough as the Rockets were blown out by the Warriors in Game Six on their Western Conference Finals. With Chris Paul (hamstring) on the sidelines, Harden was forced into more of a ball-handling role and thus recorded a post-season high nine turnovers. After a blistering start, the Rockets were held to just 25 points for the entire second half and will need to make some drastic improvements if they are to advance to their first NBA Finals in over 20 years.
Jordan Bell GS C
Warriors' Jordan Bell: Fills a role in Game Six victory6h ago
Bell totaled three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one block in 21 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 victory over the Rockets.
Bell came off the bench Saturday providing a nice spark and seeing more court time that starter Kevon Looney. Bell has not been much of a factor in the series but was able to have an impact with his energy and athleticism. The Warriors have needed some additional efforts from their role players with Andre Iguodala (knee) on the sidelines and Bell was the go-to-guy in this game. Game Seven will be in Houston on Monday and Bell will need to be ready to go if called upon.
Anton Stralman TB D
Lightning's Anton Stralman: Offensive game in decline15h ago
Stralman delivered five points (one goal, four assists) during the Lightning's playoff run.
Stralman has become a ballast for partner Victor Hedman's Norris-worthy play, so his offensive game has declined. He averaged 20 points in each of the last two seasons, which was a steep decline from his previous mid-to-high 30s production. Stralman's value on the ice will continue to be high, but his fantasy value will be restricted to the deepest of formats.
Andrej Sustr TB D
Lightning's Andrej Sustr: Struggles to find fit15h ago
Sustr did not dress for the Lightning during the playoffs.
He had been a healthy scratch leading up to the postseason and played just 44 games in the regular season. Sustr is 27 and may still potentially find a bottom-pair role in the NHL. But like many big defenders, the 6-foot-7 Sustr will find it progressively difficult to keep up in an increasingly fast NHL.
Slater Koekkoek TB D
Lightning's Slater Koekkoek: Watches entire playoff run from media box15h ago
Koekkoek was a healthy scratch throughout the Lightning's postseason run.
Koekkoek was a healthy scratch much of the time leading up to the playoffs and managed just eight points (four goals, four assists) in 35 games overall. He once had great promise as a puck-moving defender, but Koekkoek has not found his footing in Tampa. It remains to be seen if he will be part of the team's future.
Chris Kunitz TB LW
Lightning's Chris Kunitz: Becomes free agent this summer15h ago
Kunitz, who delivered one assist in 17 playoff games, will become a free agent July 1.
Kunitz turns 38 in September and will be looking for one last contract; it just might not be with the Lightning. The Bolts will likely shuffle the deck and go cheaper and younger. Kunitz delivered 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 82 regular-season games while toiling in the bottom six. He may still have value in a limited role on the ice, but his fantasy value disappeared long ago.
Malcolm Subban LV G
Golden Knights' Malcolm Subban: Omitted from latest practice22h ago
Subban (undisclosed) missed practice Saturday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Maxime Lagace was slotted behind Marc-Andre Fleury in this latest session, two days before the Golden Knights are to play host to the Capitals for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The expansion club based in Vegas will certainly hope that it won't have to rely on Subban or Lagace in the Cup finals -- that's not a knock on either tender, but it would mean that something went awry with Flower, who's won 12 of 15 games in these playoffs to complement an immaculate .947 save percentage. Subban, on the other hand, hasn't even seen game action since April 7.
William Carrier LV LW
Golden Knights' William Carrier: Sports non-contact jersey at practice23h ago
Carrier (undisclosed) was on the ice for practice Saturday wearing a non-contact jersey, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Carrier hasn't played since the Western Conference semifinals against the Sharks and his non-contact jersey puts him on a path to absence for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. He still has a couple of days before the contest, so there's a chance he could go should he shed the jersey Sunday, but there's nothing at this point suggesting that will be the case. Even when healthy, the 23-year-old doesn't provide much from a fantasy standpoint, notching just three points over 37 games during the regular season. He does, however, provide a physical presence, levying 52 hits during the nine playoff games he's appeared in.