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Martin Perez BOS SP
Red Sox's Martin Perez: Pitches well in no-decision1m ago
Perez allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out six in a no-decision against the Tigers.
Perez pitched well on a cold, damp night in Boston before tiring in the sixth inning when he allowed three hits and was removed following JaCoby Jones' two-run single. He's yet to pitch six innings in any of his six starts, but this was the second consecutive outing in which he was one out shy. The left-hander will bring a 4.40 ERA into his next scheduled start Monday in Baltimore.
Andy Ibanez TEX 2B
Rangers' Andy Ibanez: Fills in at DH15m ago
Ibanez started at designated hitter and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Twins.
The 28-year-old, Cuban-born Ibanez had his contract selected this week and made his MLB debut Tuesday, when he delivered a pinch-hit single. The Rangers have always liked his ability to hit, according to Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News, but his defense has been a hindrance to regular playing time at the major-league level. Manager Chris Woodward believes he's put in the work to improve as a fielder. With Brock Holt (hamstring) sidelined, Ibanez will get an opportunity to play third base.
John King TEX RP
Rangers' John King: Picks up third win26m ago
King (3-1) allowed two hits and struck out three over 2.2 scoreless innings to earn the win over Minnesota on Wednesday.
With Hyeon-Jong Yang making his first MLB start and not completely stretched out, the Rangers knew there would be a need for one of their relievers to tote a multi-inning load. King was that man Wednesday, coming in during the fourth inning to get out of a bases-loaded jam. He then authored two more frames for his third multi-inning outing in his last four appearances. He's been one of Texas' best relievers, posting a 1.13 ERA over 16 innings -- not bad for a guy that never pitched above High-A prior to 2020. The left-hander credits a move to the third base side of the rubber and a new meditation process for his early-season success, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
Jose Altuve HOU 2B
Astros' Jose Altuve: Snaps hitless run44m ago
Altuve went 1-for-4 with a single in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Yankees.
Altuve's leadoff single in the first inning snapped a hitless streak of 10 at-bats, but the second baseman had been scuffling prior to that stretch. He has just two hits over his last 29 at-bats, which has dropped his season average to .247.
Aledmys Diaz HOU 2B
Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Gets call in RF1h ago
Diaz started in right field and went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Yankees.
Diaz replaced the slumping Kyle Tucker, but manager Dusty Baker affirmed this was a temporary assignment for Diaz, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. "This is temporary. This is today," the manager said. "Might not even be the whole game. Kyle was hitting the ball great and then the last few games he's been struggling." Sure enough, Tucker replaced Diaz later in the game.
Billy Hamilton CHW LF
White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Starts in CF1h ago
Hamilton started in center field and went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 8-0 loss to the Reds.
This was the White Sox's second game without Luis Robert (hip), and Hamilton was the second guy to replace him in center field. Leury Garcia started there Tuesday. Chicago was already without Eloy Jimenez (pectoral), and right fielder Adam Eaton (knee, hamstring) was unavailable Wednesday. Pending Eaton's status, there may be at-bats for both Hamilton and Garcia. Hamilton is batting .136/.208/.136 over 13 games.
John Daka LAR DE
Rams' John Daka: Lands with Los Angeles11h ago
The Rams claimed Daka off waivers Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Daka was cut from his reserve/future deal with the Jets on Monday, but he was able to find a new home elsewhere. The James Madison product has yet to take an NFL snap in his career.
Damion Square CLE DE
Browns' Damion Square: Signs with Cleveland11h ago
Square agreed to terms on a contract with the Browns on Tuesday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
Square spent last season with the Chargers, where he recorded 20 tackles (nine solo) and a sack across all 16 games in 2020. The Alabama product has suited up in 16 games each of the past four seasons, as he'll look to earn a depth role with Cleveland heading into 2021.
Deon Yelder KC TE
Football Team's Deon Yelder: Finds new home11h ago
Yelder agreed to terms on a contract with Washington on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Yelder failed to receive a tender from the Chiefs this offseason, so he'll find a new home as an unrestricted free agent. Yelder played 14 games with Kansas City last season, hauling in seven of 11 targets for 36 yards over that span. The Western Kentucky product will look to earn a reserve role with Washington this offseason.
Kerryon Johnson DET RB
Kerryon Johnson: Time in Detroit comes to an end11h ago
The Lions are waiving Johnson on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Johnson never lived up to his status as a 2018 second-round pick, having been limited to 10 games as a rookie due to injuries, then averaging below 4.0 yards per carry in 2019 and 2020. With the Lions having signed Jamaal Williams to back up D'Andre Swift, and bringing in rookies Jermar Jefferson, Rakeem Boyd and Dedrick Mills to compete for reserve roles, the writing has been on the wall regarding Johnson's tenure. Still just staring down his age-24 season, Johnson could end up being claimed on waivers by a team in need of backfield depth, such as the Falcons, Jets or Dolphins.
Landon Collins WAS SS
Football Team's Landon Collins: Already running again12h ago
Collins (Achilles) posted a video of himself running after having undergone surgery late October, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Collins is roughly six months removed from his Achilles' surgery, and it appears that his recovery is progressing on track. The 27-year-old is heading into the third season of his six-year, $84 million contract with Washington, and he remains on track for a starting role in the team's secondary once back to full health. Prior to going down to injury last season, Collins was on track for a third straight campaign with 100-plus stops.
Blaine Gabbert TB QB
Buccaneers' Blaine Gabbert: Back as Brady's backup13h ago
Gabbert re-signed with the Buccaneers on a one-year, $2.5 million contract Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
The Buccaneers continue their efforts to maintain an unchanging roster, bringing back Gabbert for another season as the No. 2 option behind Tom Brady. The 31-year-old's only action last season came in a Week 16 thrashing of the Lions, in the second half of which Brady went to the bench. Unless things take an unexpected turn for the defending Super Bowl champs during the 2021 campaign, Gabbert will once again be primed to only see limited action.
Immanuel Quickley NY SG
Knicks' Immanuel Quickley: Pours in 18 points from bench2h ago
Quickley tallied 18 points (4-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 7-9 FT), three rebounds and a steal across 24 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 loss to the Nuggets.
Nailing down an accurate sketch of New York's guard usage is traditionally difficult, but despite some hiccups, Quickley's played a key role off the bench over the past eight games. He's averaged 13.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.6 rebounds over that span.
Derrick Rose NY PG
Knicks' Derrick Rose: Drops 14 in sixth-man role2h ago
Rose registered 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds across 27 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 loss to the Nuggets.
On a night where the Knicks mustered only 38 percent from the floor, Rose came through with one of the more accurate shooting performances on the team. Rose's veteran presence will serve the team well as they head to their first playoff appearance since 2012.
Reggie Bullock NY SF
Knicks' Reggie Bullock: Plagued with slow start2h ago
Bullock posted 14 points (4-9 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two assists and a steal across 24 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 loss to the Nuggets.
The Knicks' ugly first quarter put them behind the 8-ball, but he actually managed to deliver his standard scoring performance by the game's end. Bullock hasn't reached 20 or more points since early April, and his secondary categories don't register much. These deficiencies hinder his appeal as a fantasy option.
Julius Randle NY PF
Knicks' Julius Randle: Slow start restricts output2h ago
Randle totaled 14 points (5-15 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and a blocked shot across 30 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 loss to the Nuggets.
The best adjective to describe the Knicks in Wednesday's loss was 'unprepared,' as they were utterly destroyed in the first quarter. When your top player can't get things going, it spells trouble for the rest of the team, and Randle found minimal traction in the loss. He suffered through one of his worst scoring performances of the season, and things won't get any easier for the big man later in the week. He will face the Suns on Friday and the Clippers on Sunday.
Facundo Campazzo DEN PG
Nuggets' Facundo Campazzo: Superb all-around contribution2h ago
Campazzo posted 16 points (5-12 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, five steals, four assists and two blocked shots across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Knicks.
Campazzo's steady improvement is very apparent as the Nuggets head into the playoffs. His past five games have shown contribution in every category, and he's averaged 13 points, 5.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals over that span. His steal and assist numbers alone will salvage his moderate shot volume on most evenings.
Michael Porter Jr. DEN SF
Nuggets' Michael Porter: Goes for 17 points in win2h ago
Porter posted 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt), six rebounds and three assists across 25 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Knicks.
Porter's numbers continue to cool off, but his regression on Wednesday was simply due to lack of use. His services weren't required down the stretch, and he only logged 25 minutes on the court. While the Nuggets will continue to make a push for seeding, they won't do it at the expense of tiring their best players Both Porter and Nikola Jokic could see their minutes cut in the coming week.
Joel Hanley DAL D
Stars' Joel Hanley: Manages helper5h ago
Hanley posted an assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Lightning.
The 29-year-old Hanley has produced only seven assists, 25 shots on net and 38 hits through 32 contests this season. The Ontario native will likely remain limited to third-pairing minutes when he gets into the lineup.
Roope Hintz DAL LW
Stars' Roope Hintz: Assists in back-to-back games5h ago
Hintz notched an assist, two shots on goal and a pair of blocked shots in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Lightning.
Hintz has helpers in his last two games, successfully bouncing back from a five-game point drought before that. The Finn is up to 40 points in as many games this year, and he's added 90 shots, a plus-9 rating and 50 hits in a top-six role.
Jason Robertson DAL LW
Stars' Jason Robertson: Sends helper Wednesday5h ago
Robertson posted an assist and two shots on goal in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Lightning.
Robertson had the secondary helper on a Tyler Seguin goal in the first period. Through his last 16 games, Robertson has racked up eight goals and 11 helpers. The rookie winger has 43 points (16 tallies, 27 assists), a plus-14 rating and 119 shots on net in 48 outings overall.
Joe Pavelski DAL C
Stars' Joe Pavelski: Generates helper in loss5h ago
Pavelski managed an assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Lightning.
Pavelski set up a Tyler Seguin goal in the first period. The 36-year-old Pavelski has 46 points (22 tallies, 24 helpers), 129 shots, 63 hits and a plus-19 rating in a resurgent campaign.
Andrej Sekera DAL D
Stars' Andrej Sekera: Pots third-period goal5h ago
Sekera scored a goal, doled out four hits and blocked two shots in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Lightning.
Sekera's third-period tally briefly gave the Stars hope for a comeback, but the Lightning scored the last three goals of the game. The 34-year-old defenseman is up to five points, 57 blocked shots, 43 hits and 29 shots on net through 43 contests. He'll likely close the year in a bottom-pairing role that has yet to see him generate much offense.
Tyler Seguin DAL C
Stars' Tyler Seguin: Scores again Wednesday5h ago
Seguin scored a goal on two shots and added four hits in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Lightning.
Seguin continues to show what could have been had he not missed almost all of the season recovering from hip surgery. The 29-year-old center has two goals in as many games this year, but it's almost too late for him to be the hero to save the Stars' playoff hopes.