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2017 MLB Two-Start Pitchers: Week 4
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Marc Gasol Headshot

Gasol provided 16 points (5-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and one block across 46 minutes Saturday in a 110-108 overtime win over the Spurs in Game 4 of the series.

Gasol didn't have a particularly noteworthy night from the field and committed seven turnovers, but he converted the most important bucket of the game, knocking down a floating jumper with less than one second remaining in overtime to help the Grizzlies even the series at 2-2. Mike Conley has been the clear alpha dog for the Grizzlies during the past three games, but Gasol has still been a decent contributor, chipping in 16.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 three-pointer per contest during that stretch.
9:49 am (EST)
Alexander Steen Headshot

Steen factored into the scoring Saturday, as the Blues prevailed over the Wild to move on to the conference semifinals.

Steen went top shelf in the first period to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead. He's a dependable forward, closing out the opening series with two goals, two assists and a plus-2 rating. The Predators are up next for the Blues -- Steen's scored 13 goals with 14 assists against them in 42 career regular-season contests.
9:48 am (EST)
Mike Conley Headshot

Conley erupted for 35 points (13-23 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-7 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists and one steal across 42 minutes in Saturday's 110-108 overtime win over the Spurs in Game 4 of the series.

Conley's performance may have been overshadowed by the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard -- who churned out 43 points, including the San Antonio's last 16 points of regulation -- but the point guard couldn't have picked a better time to turn in the best postseason performance of his career. After scoring just 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting in the series opener, Conley has been a nightmare for the Spurs in the last three contests, averaging 27.7 points and 8.0 dimes while shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from three-point range.
9:45 am (EST)
Heath Hembree Headshot

Hembree allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five over 3.1 scoreless innings in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Orioles.

Hembree came on early to replace an ineffective Steven Wright and shut down the Orioles' bats, including a big strikeout of Manny Machado to strand two inherited runners in the fourth. Manager John Farrell is not afraid to use Hembree at any point in the game but traditionally he's more effective against right-handed batters. Which worked out well for Hembree on Saturday as the O's had just one left-handed hitter in the lineup.
9:41 am (EST)
Kawhi Leonard Headshot

Leonard registered 43 points (14-30 FG, 7-10 3Pt, 8-8 FT), eight rebounds, six steals and three assists across 44 minutes Saturday in a 110-108 overtime loss to the Grizzlies in Game 4 of the series.

Leonard almost willed the Spurs to a 3-1 series lead Saturday, scoring San Antonio's final 16 points of regulation to take the game to overtime and tying the game with 17 seconds remaining in the extra period on a clutch three-pointer. In addition to his offensive exploits, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year made things difficult for the Grizzlies wings with the six thefts, one short of his total from the previous seven games combined. The do-everything forward is now averaging 32.5 points (on 58% shooting), 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.5 three-pointers and 2.0 steals in 36.5 minutes per game during the series.
9:41 am (EST)
Paul Stastny Headshot

Stastny returned from a foot injury Saturday, ultimately lighting the lamp en route to a 4-3 series win over the Wild in overtime.

While he'd missed the previous 14 games, Stastny looked like his usual productive self in this one, hoisting four shots on goal with a plus-1 rating over 22:42 of ice time, including 3:17 on the power play. It'll be worth checking the daily fantasy sites to see if he's underpriced by virtue of having missed all that time.
9:37 am (EST)
Jackie Bradley Jr. Headshot

Bradley went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Orioles.

Bradley, who has hits in both games since being activated off the disabled list, was moved up to second in the order with both Dustin Pedroia (knee) and Andrew Benintendi (rest) out of the lineup. The question about Bradley entering the 2017 season is whether or not the power surge (26 HRs) he had last season is for real.
9:33 am (EST)
Gary Sánchez Headshot

Sanchez (biceps) took swings Saturday for the first time since landing on the DL, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

The swings were both off a tee and in "tee and toss," and the catcher was also able to throw from 60 and 90 feet earlier Saturday. Per manager Joe Girardi, the next steps for Sanchez will be to take part in batting practice and throw from 120 feet, as the Yankees believe the lingering effects of the biceps strain could be more of an issue for when he throws rather than swinging. There's still no firm timeline and the club will likely play it cautiously with its prized prospect, but Sanchez could progress to rehab games once he's gotten some batting practice sessions under his belt.
9:27 am (EST)
Vladimir Tarasenko Headshot

Tarasenko opened the scoring for the Blues on Saturday in what would culminate as a 4-3 overtime win over the Wild to claim the series.

It was the Russian sniper's first goal and third point of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. In the conference semifinals, Tarasenko will look to cause fits for goalie Pekka Rinne and the Predators; he's accumulated 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) against that club in just 24 career regular-season contests.
9:26 am (EST)
Steven Wright Headshot

Wright (1-2) allowed four runs on nine hits over 3.2 innings in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Orioles.

It all unraveled quickly for Wright, who cruised through three innings before the Orioles reached him for six hits, including two home runs in the fourth. The knuckle-baller, who permitted 12 homers over 156.2 innings in 2016, has already been tattooed for seven long balls in 17.2 innings this season. And the hits are up, too, as Wright is ceding 16.8 hits per nine innings compared to 7.9 a year ago. It's hard to pinpoint what exactly is causing him to be so hittable in 2017, but as Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal points out, with visual aid from the invaluable BrooksBaseball.net, the movement of Wright's knuckler isn't where it was prior to his shoulder injury last season. "I just don't feel like they have the violence they used to have last year," Wright said. "It's not as unpredictable as it was last year before I got hurt."
9:19 am (EST)
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