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Jose Alvarado TB RP
Rays' Jose Alvarado: To continue getting save chances2h ago
Alvarado, who was charged with a loss against the Indians on Friday after allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks over an inning, will continue to see his usual amount of save opportunities, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Alvarado essentially shares the closer role with right-hander Diego Castillo, who matches Alvarado's fives saves while checking in with a lower ERA (2.39) and WHIP (1.03). Alvarado sports 3.15 and 1.35 figures in those categories and is now 0-4 on the season while also sporting one blown save. However, manager Kevin Cash made it a point to state he "has no concerns whatsoever" about the southpaw, whose bloated 5.4 BB/9 has been a culprit in his occasional struggles.
Blake Treinen OAK RP
Athletics' Blake Treinen: Notches 10th save3h ago
Treinen recorded his 10th save of the season Saturday, giving up two runs on three hits in an inning of relief in a 6-5 win over the Mariners.
The right-hander wasn't sharp and served up a solo homer to Domingo Santana and an RBI double to J.P. Crawford, but Treinen was still able to escape without blowing his third save of the year. It's the third time in his last six appearances he's been scored upon, driving his ERA up to 3.20 -- a far cry from the 0.78 mark he posted in his breakout 2018 -- and he's already allowed more home runs (three) in 25.1 innings this season than he did in 80.1 frames last year.
Mike Fiers OAK SP
Athletics' Mike Fiers: Records fourth win3h ago
Fiers (4-3) picked up the win Saturday, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings while striking out three in a 6-5 victory over the Mariners.
The right-hander did get tagged for two solo homers, but Fiers otherwise limited the damage en route to his fifth quality start of the season. He'll take a 5.00 ERA and 44:19 K:BB through 63 innings into his next outing Friday, at home against the Astros.
Carlos Correa HOU SS
Astros' Carlos Correa: Walks off Red Sox3h ago
Correa went 3-for-4 with one run scored, one RBI and a walk in Saturday's 4-3 walkoff win over Boston.
Correa came to the plate in the ninth inning with nobody out and the bases juiced and drove in the game-winning run against a five-man infield. The 24-year-old was 5-for-27 over his last eight games entering the contest, but he had no issues Saturday and collected his fifth three-hit game of the year.
Ronald Guzman TEX 1B
Rangers' Ronald Guzman: Sparks ninth-inning rally4h ago
Guzman went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Angels.
Guzman tied the game with his double that scored Danny Santana before he came around on a Rougned Odor single to give the Rangers a lead. The Angels would ultimately win with a pair of runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Guzman is hitting .203 with four homers, 12 RBI and nine runs in 24 games this season.
Shawn Kelley TEX RP
Rangers' Shawn Kelley: Charged with blown save, loss4h ago
Kelley (3-1) allowed two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Angels.
Kelley had converted saves three times in the last four days, but was unable to protect a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth. It's the second blown save of the season for Kelley, who now has a 2.55 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 17.2 innings and 18 appearances. Kelley's heavy workload this week may lead to save chances for Jose Leclerc or Chris Martin in the near future.
Adam Jones DEN DB
Adam Jones: Hanging up cleats1d ago
Jones officially retired from the NFL on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Jones' most recent NFL action came in the form of seven games with the Broncos, where he logged nine tackles and an interception before being let go after Week 11. "Pacman" will -- of course -- be most remembered for his time with the Bengals. Jones started in 68 of 100 games and racked up 366 total tackles, 12 interceptions and 64 pass breakups. The 14-year-pro's career will likely also remind fans of his problems off the field, including the most recent incident where Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, intimidation and resisting arrest at a casino in Indiana in late February.
Matt Ryan ATL QB
Falcons' Matt Ryan: Another prolific year under Koetter?1d ago
Ryan said he's excited to work with Dirk Koetter as his offensive coordinator again, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I learned so much from him the first time around (2012-14), and he's picked up a few different things along the way too," Ryan said Thursday. "We've come up with some really good stuff."
When Koetter served as the Falcons' offensive coordinator between 2012 and 2014, Ryan completed 67.4 percent of his attempts for 4,643 passing yards per season -- notably better numbers than Ryan's 64.4 percent completion rate and 4,099 passing yards per season across his other eight pro campaigns. With Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary drafted in the first round, as well as the additions of veteran guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown via free agency, the offensive line should be much sturdier than it was a year ago when it allowed Ryan to absorb a career-high 108 QB hits. Add in a selection of skill-position players that includes three former Pro Bowlers (Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and Austin Hooper) as well an emerging star in Calvin Ridley, and it's easy to envision Ryan remaining a top-flight fantasy quarterback in 2019.
Lyndon Johnson JAC DE
Jaguars' Lyndon Johnson: Sporting walking boot2d ago
Johnson was wearing a protective walking boot for the start of OTAs after undergoing offseason foot surgery, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Johnson joined the Jaguars for the final three games of the season and recorded two tackles, but it's unclear when he actually sustained the injury. There's no official timeline for when the 25-year-old is expected to return to action.
David Rivers TB CB
David Rivers: Let go by Bucs2d ago
Rivers was waived by the Buccaneers on Friday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Rivers was promoted from the practice squad for the final two games of the season, but he did not record a tackle while exclusively playing special teams. The 24-year-old was let go to make room for the signing of Ndamukong Suh.
Quinnen Williams NYJ DT
Jets' Quinnen Williams: Calf issue downplayed2d ago
Williams, who's been experiencing calf tightness, won't undergo an MRI because the injury is believed to be minor, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Williams didn't participate at practice Thursday due to the issue, but there never seemed to be much concern over the injury. The team is likely to remain cautious with the third overall pick of last month's draft.
Dede Westbrook JAC WR
Jaguars' Dede Westbrook: Dealing with undisclosed injury2d ago
Westbrook is working out inside Friday at OTAs due to an undisclosed injury, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Westbrook fully participated at Wednesday's practice after being absent the first day of OTAs, so this appears to be a new injury for the 25-year-old. The specifics and severity of the issue are not currently clear.
Patrick McCaw TOR SG
Raptors' Patrick McCaw: Active for Game 69h ago
McCaw (personal) is active for Saturday's Game 6 against the Bucks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Murphy previously indicated that McCaw had rejoined the team but was still listed as out for Saturday, though that no longer appears to be the case. Regardless, McCaw is unlikely to play a significant role as he hasn't seen game action since May 9 and averaged only 5.1 minutes in the playoffs before missing time due to the personal matter.
Patrick McCaw TOR SG
Raptors' Patrick McCaw: Not playing Saturday10h ago
McCaw (personal) is listed as out for Saturday's Game 6 matchup with Milwaukee, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
McCaw has rejoined the team but will not be available to play as the Raptors have a chance to clinch a berth to the NBA Finals. The 23-year-old hasn't seen game action since May 9 and it's unclear if or when the team expects him to retake the court.
Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL PF
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Scores 24 points in losing effort2d ago
Antetokounmpo compiled 24 points (9-18 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-9 FT), six rebounds, six assists, and one block in 39 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 loss to Toronto.
Antetokounmpo came away with 24 points Thursday, rounding out what was really just a mediocre night for the superstar. The numbers were decent enough but he was unable to carry the team to victory and was once again outplayed by Kawhi Leonard who finished with a game-high 35 points for the Raptors. It has not been the best week for Antetokounmpo and the Bucks are now just one game away from being eliminated. He will need to shoulder a lot during Game 6 on Saturday if the Bucks are to overcome what will be a vicious Raptors home crowd and force a deciding Game 7.
Eric Bledsoe MIL PG
Bucks' Eric Bledsoe: Improved performance in tough loss2d ago
Bledsoe totaled 20 points (6-14 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, and two assists in 34 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 loss to Toronto.
Bledsoe rebounded from his disappointing effort in Game 4, finishing with 20 points in 34 minutes Thursday. Despite five players ending with double-digits, the Bucks were unable to produce the victory for their home fans and must now head North for what is a must-win game Saturday. Bledsoe has certainly not been at his best over the past few games but the coaching staff will be hoping for a vintage type performance once again as they attempt to force a series decider in Milwaukee on Monday.
Malcolm Brogdon MIL PG
Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon: Fantastic in starting role2d ago
Brogdon tallied 18 points (8-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt), 11 rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 34 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 loss to Toronto.
Brogdon moved into the starting lineup Thursday, replacing Nikola Mirotic who has been struggling of late. Brogdon was arguably the best player for the Bucks, ending with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the Bucks lost their third straight game, now only one loss away from elimination. Game 6 will be in Toronto on Saturday and Brogdon will almost certainly remain in the starting lineup for that one.
Nikola Mirotic MIL PF
Bucks' Nikola Mirotic: Fails to score in Game 5 loss2d ago
Mirotic missed all four of his field-goal attempts, adding just two rebounds in nine minutes during Thursday's 105-99 loss to the Raptors.
Mirotic moved back to the bench Thursday, playing just nine minutes in the Game 5 loss. He has struggled mightily throughout this series and the trend continued here with arguably his worst performance of the season. Given his lack of production, there is a chance he falls out of the rotation completely. The Bucks need to turn things around after losing three straight games or risk what can only be described as a disappointing end to what has been a fantastic season.
Vince Dunn STL D
Blues' Vince Dunn: Traveling for Game 113h ago
Dunn (upper body) will make the trip to Boston for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins on Monday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Dunn has been sidelined since taking a puck to the face in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against San Jose, but he was spotted on the ice with his teammates Saturday wearing a full face mask, which suggests he may be able to gut it out and suit up Monday with some extra hardware. Another update on the 22-year-old blueliner's status should be released following Sunday's practice.
David Krejci BOS C
Bruins' David Krejci: Should practice Sunday16h ago
According to coach Bruce Cassidy, Krejci (illness) is expected to return to practice Sunday.
Krejci missed practice Saturday after sitting out Thursday's intrasquad scrimmage due to an illness, but it doesn't sound like he's currently in any danger of missing Monday's Game 1 against St. Louis. Another update on the veteran pivot's status should surface following Sunday's on-ice session.
Brett Kulak MON D
Canadiens' Brett Kulak: Inks three-year deal with Montreal18h ago
Kulak signed a three-year, $5.55 million contract with the Canadiens on Saturday.
Kulak was rock solid as a middle-pairing defenseman for Montreal this season, notching six goals and 18 points while posting a plus-12 rating in 57 games. The 25-year-old should continue to be a dependable bottom-four option for the duration of his deal with the Canadiens, but he lacks the offensive upside necessary to be considered a desirable asset in most fantasy formats.
Laurent Brossoit WPG G
Jets' Laurent Brossoit: Re-signs on one-year deal18h ago
Brossoit agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.225 million contract with the Jets on Saturday.
Brossoit appeared in 21 games as Connor Hellebuyck's backup this season, compiling a 13-6-2 record while posting a 2.52 GAA and .925 save percentage. The 26-year-old will return as Hellebuyck's backup in 2019-20, and should once again make 20-to-25 starts.
Pavel Francouz COL G
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Secures one-year deal2d ago
Francouz agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Colorado on Friday. The deal is one-way in nature, per Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic, which means the netminder can't be easily moved between leagues.
In order to send Francouz down to the minors next season, the organization would have to designate him for waivers and risk losing him for nothing. This should probably be considered the final nail in the coffin for Semyon Varlamov's stint in the Mile High City, as the team prepares to head into the 2019-20 campaign with Francouz backing up Philipp Grubauer.
Filip Pyrochta NSH D
Filip Pyrochta: Let go by Preds2d ago
Pyrochta was placed on unconditional waivers Friday by Nashville in order to terminate his contract, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Pyrochta's first season playing in North America didn't exactly go to plan, as he appeared in just 30 AHL contests in which he notched zero goals, four assists and a minus-9 rating. The blueliner didn't fare much better with ECHL Atlanta, where he posted nine points in 21 outings. The 22-year-old will almost certainly return to his native Czech Republic if he wants to continue his professional career.