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Yoan Lopez ARI RP
Diamondbacks' Yoan Lopez: Picks up third hold45m ago
Lopez pitched a scoreless third of an inning to register his third hold in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Braves.
Lopez hasn't allowed a run in nine of his 10 appearances with a 1.23 ERA and 5:4 K:BB over 7.1 innings. The right-hander uses an upper-90s fastball and slider and has a minor-league history of lots of strikeouts and walks. With the Diamondbacks in a transitional year, Lopez could emerge with a greater role later this season, particularly he can harness the fastball. The 26-year-old was used as a closer in 2018 at Double-A Jackson.
Kole Calhoun LAA RF
Angels' Kole Calhoun: Homers against Mariners6h ago
Calhoun went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, two RBI and two walks in the Angels' 11-10 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.
The lefty reached base four times in this one, while also smacking his fourth homer of the season with a 414-foot solo blast off R.J. Alaniz as part of a seven-run seventh inning for the Angels. Calhoun remains below the Mendoza Line, hitting just .191 over 68 at-bats, but he's shown the tendency to be streaky in the past, so hopefully this is a sign he's set to get on track and start pumping up the low average.
Ryon Healy SEA 3B
Mariners' Ryon Healy: Mashes two homers6h ago
Healy went 2-for-5 with two home runs, five RBI and a walk to help the Mariners to an 11-10 victory over the Angels on Thursday.
Healy had been slumping after a hot start, but he clubbed a pair of long balls in this slugfest against the Angels, going yard in the second and sixth inning. He's a good bet to slug 20-plus homers again after doing so the last two years, although his low-walk, high-strikeout ways mean he doesn't figure to provide much as far as batting average or on-base percentage.
Omar Narvaez SEA C
Mariners' Omar Narvaez: Big game against Angels6h ago
Narvaez went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBI, three runs and two walks in the Mariners' 11-10 victory over the Angels on Thursday.
The backstop was all over the place in this contest, reaching base five times and launching a three-run bomb off Jake Jewell in the seventh inning for his fourth long ball of the season. The big day at the dish boosts the 27-year-old's slash line up to a solid .297/.348/.500 over 64 at-bats.
Roenis Elias SEA RP
Mariners' Roenis Elias: Bags third save6h ago
Elias picked up the save against the Angels on Thursday, working around one hit to fire a scoreless ninth inning and close out an 11-10 victory for the Mariners. He struck out one.
The left-hander got the call to protect the one-run lead and did so successfully, retiring the next three hitters he faced after Jonathan Lucroy reached base to start the inning. The Mariners seem to be using a committee situation at closer, so Elias might not see all the ninth-inning opportunities, but this was his third save, and his 2.84 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over his 12.1 innings suggest he's probably the best option talent-wise in a thin Mariners bullpen that got obliterated by the Angels on Thursday.
Felix Hernandez SEA SP
Mariners' Felix Hernandez: Settles for no-decision6h ago
Hernandez didn't factor into the decision against the Angels on Thursday, giving up four earned runs on nine hits over six innings, striking out three and walking one as the Mariners eventually prevailed 11-10.
Hernandez was staked to a 10-2 lead to put him in line for the win, but his bullpen suffered a catastrophic meltdown, coughing up the eight-run cushion and forcing the veteran to settle for the no-decision. Hernandez wound up missing a second straight quality start by one earned run and now carries a 4.91 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP to go along with a 13:2 K:BB through 18.1 innings on the season.
Tyeler Davison ATL DT
Falcons' Tyeler Davison: Garnering praise as run defender9h ago
Coach Dan Quinn emphasized Thursday that Davison will play a key role in helping Atlanta better defend the run in 2019, William McFadden of the Falcons' official sitereports. "We were really impressed, through free agency, about his ability to play the run," Quinn said. "We thought if we could add him into that mix of guys it would be really impactful for us."
Davison is set to fit into a key rotational role for the Falcons' defensive line in 2019, with an outside shot at earning starter reps if he is capable of outshining Jack Crawford and Deadrin Senat throughout training camp and the preseason. Crawford and Senat each posted higher performance grades than Davison last season -- they were the 52nd- and 55th-ranked defensive tackles according to Pro Football Focus, compared to Davison's No. 83 ranking. Despite not necessarily serving as a talent upgrade, Davison adds valuable veteran presence for a defense that finished 25th against the run in 2018.
Paul Richardson WAS WR
Redskins' Paul Richardson: Recovering from multiple fractures12h ago
Richardson clarified that his season-ending injury in 2018 included multiple fractures to the clavicle in his right shoulder, which required the insertion of a plate during surgery in early November, Jake Kring-Schreifels of the Redskins' official site reports.
Richardson initially picked up the injury in the early stages of training camp, and it grew worse as the campaign wore on, limiting him in practice, resulting in an absence Week 7 and eventually forcing him to IR and under the knife. Overall, his production fell short of the investment made in him by the Redskins last March -- five years, $40 million -- as he hauled in 20 of his 35 targets for 262 yards and two touchdowns in seven games. With a recovery timeline of 6-to-8 months, he may be able to join his teammates on the field during OTAs and mandatory minicamp in May and/or June. In the end, though, training camp is more realistic for an appearance. Whenever he's cleared, Richardson will be among newcomer Case Keenum's top options in the passing attack alongside Josh Doctson, Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson, Vernon Davis and Trey Quinn.
Von Miller DEN OLB
Broncos' Von Miller: Eyes 20-sack campaign13h ago
Miller's goals include 20 sacks in 2019 and, eventually, the all-time sack record, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports.
On one hand, what is Miller supposed to say, that he wants to take it easy this year? Perhaps the more interesting element of the story is head coach Vic Fangio's response -- saying that Miller can reach his goals if he does the little things right in preparation. That can be read as either tempering expectations or maybe even a shot at Miller or the former coaching staff. Either way, given his influence on the likes of Khalil Mack and Aldon Smith in his previous stops, it will be interesting to see how Fangio tries to get the most out of Miller and his counterpart Bradley Chubb in 2019.
Kareem Jackson DEN SS
Broncos' Kareem Jackson: Lines up at safety13h ago
Jackson lined up exclusively at safety during minicamp, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver reports.
If you listen to head coach Vic Fangio's full interview, there is some additional context here -- that safety is harder to learn than corner in his defense and so he wanted Jackson to get his initial reps there. Still, the fact that Jackson lined up exclusively at safety at camp signals, at the very least, that he won't be plugged in on the outside and left to fend off opponent's top vertical threat. Instead -- with Chris Harris, Jr. and Bryce Callahan similarly able to move inside and out -- it is more likely that Fangio will move the three around based on the opponent. Given his familiarity with playing safety in Houston, it might very well be the case that Jackson plays safety on a base down only to move all the way out wide on the next play if the opponent spreads it out. Look for Jackson to thus have the opportunity to tally more tackles than the typical corner while also not missing out on too many opportunities to play the ball in passing situations.
Josh Woodrum BAL QB
Redskins' Josh Woodrum: Signing with Washington15h ago
Woodrum signed a contract with the Redskins on Thursday.
Woodrum initially slots in as the clear No. 3 quarterback behind Case Keenum and Colt McCoy (leg) and the Redskins figure to only bring in more competition via the draft or undrafted free agent market as the offseason continues to unfold.
Patrick Beverley LAC PG
Clippers' Patrick Beverley: Minimal production in thumping loss2h ago
Beverley amassed just six points, one rebound, and one steal in 18 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 loss to the Warriors.
Beverley has very little impact Thursday, unable to repeat his performance from Monday. Kevin Durant exploded for 38 points with Beverley struggling to contain him despite the best efforts. Given the outcome, head coach Doc Rivers may look to switch things up Sunday with JaMychal Green potentially coming into the starting lineup to put more size in front of Durant.
Danilo Gallinari LAC SF
Clippers' Danilo Gallinari: Struggles from the field in loss2h ago
Gallinari produced just nine points (2-13 FG, 0-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, and three assists in 26 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 loss to Golden State.
Gallinari made just 2-of-13 from the field in Thursday's blowout loss, finding himself riding the pine down the stretch as the Clippers went with their reserved to close out the game. He had been much better than this coming into the game and will need to get things going once again if the Clippers hope to level the series at 2-2 Sunday.
Ivica Zubac LAC C
Clippers' Ivica Zubac: Double-doubles in loss Thursday2h ago
Zubac finished with 18 points (8-12 FG, 2-3 FT), 15 rebounds, one steal, and one block in 17 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 loss to the Warriors.
Zubac was basically the only bright spot for the Clippers on Thursday, ending the game with 18 points and 15 rebounds in just 17 minutes. The Clippers were unable to repeat their comeback victory from Game 2, falling behind early and never recovering. Zubac would typically not be this good but the blowout afforded him some additional playing time.
Andre Iguodala GS SG
Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Vintage performance in easy victory2h ago
Iguodala ended with 15 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and two blocks in 22 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 victory over the Clippers.
Iguodala was in fine form Thursday, bringing his A-game as the Warriors bounced back after an embarrassing loss in Game 2. This type of production is certainly not unexpected from the veteran who typically turns things on during the postseason.
Andrew Bogut GS C
Warriors' Andrew Bogut: Impactful performance in Game 3 win2h ago
Bogut totaled eight points (4-5 FG), 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 25 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 victory over the Clippers.
Bogut moved into the starting lineup with DeMarcus Cousins (quad) expected to miss the rest of the post-season. He amassed just eight points but added a game-high 14 rebounds to go with five dimes. The addition of Bogus prior to the playoffs is looking like a masterstroke and he arguably allows the Warriors to function at a higher level, as opposed to having Cousins on the floor.
Kevin Durant GS SF
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Comes out firing in easy win3h ago
Durant finished with 38 points (14-23 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, one steal, and one block in 30 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 victory over the Clippers.
Durant was on a mission Thursday, atoning for his lackluster effort in the Game 2 loss. Durant appeared dialed in from the opening ti, ending with a game-high 38 points in 30 minutes. His line could have been much bigger had the game been even remotely close. The Warriors as a whole were certainly focused on getting the victory and will look to extend to a 3-1 victory in Game 4 on Sunday.
Colin Miller LV D
Golden Knights' Colin Miller: Posts two power-play assists6h ago
Miller provided a pair of power-play assists and three blocked shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 5.
Miller now has three points in five games in the series, adding 13 hits, seven blocked shots and eight shots on goal. He had 29 points in 65 contests from the blue line in the regular season. Miller could make for a good DFS play in Sunday's Game 6 in Vegas.
William Karlsson LV C
Golden Knights' William Karlsson: Two assists on man advantage7h ago
Karlsson registered a pair of power-play assists as well as two hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 5.
Karlsson has three points, nine blocks, 10 shots and a minus-2 rating through five games in the series. Karlsson's top line with Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith has taken a back seat to the Golden Knights' second line so far in the playoffs, which has led to the top trio struggling a bit for scoring.
Jonathan Marchessault LV LW
Golden Knights' Jonathan Marchessault: Tickles twine on power play7h ago
Marchessault scored a power-play goal on three shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 5.
Marchessault has earned two goals and a helper in the last three games after going without a point in the first two games of the series. He's added 10 hits and 13 shots in the series.
Reilly Smith LV RW
Golden Knights' Reilly Smith: Drains power-play goal7h ago
Smith tallied a power-play goal on six shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 5.
The Sharks nullified Vegas' second line in this contest, as both Vegas goals came from first-liners. Smith has registered a goal and three helpers over five games in the series, adding nine hits and 19 shots.
Marc-Andre Fleury LV G
Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Gives up four goals7h ago
Fleury yielded four goals on 28 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 5.
Coming off of a shutout in Tuesday's Game 4, this was an unexpected bad game from Fleury. He's allowed 14 goals in five games, but he's managed to put the Golden Knights on the verge of advancing. They'll try again at home in Sunday's Game 6, and it would be shocking if Fleury didn't start.
Erik Karlsson SJ D
Sharks' Erik Karlsson: Dishes pair of helpers7h ago
Karlsson earned two assists and went plus-3 in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights in Game 5.
Karlsson also had three shots and three hits in the contest. He's snagged seven assists, eight blocked shots and a minus-2 rating in five appearances in the series. The offense is there, but at times it has looked like he's not fully over a groin injury that cost him 17 games near the end of the regular season.