2017 MLB Two-Start Pitchers: Week 4 Cover Image
2017 MLB Two-Start Pitchers: Week 4
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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 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. 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 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)
Magnus Paajarvi Headshot

Paajarvi potted a series-winning goal in overtime Saturday against the Wild.

This was the first career playoff goal for Paajarvi in eight games, and one that he'll never forget. He's locked into a bottom-six role, but suddenly becomes more valuable in fantasy playoff settings because the Blues have advanced and there's more opportunity for him to shine.
9:12 am (EST)
David Price Headshot

Price (elbow) played catch out to 90 feet Saturday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

After the Red Sox had Price throw three bullpen sessions over a one-week span, the organization slowed him down this past week, having him engage in more long toss than bullpens. His next bullpen session has yet to be determined but is likely to come Monday or Tuesday.
8:55 am (EST)
Tyler Saladino Headshot

Saladino went 2-for-4 in Saturday's 7-0 loss to the Indians.

Saladino stood out in a lineup that generated just three hits Saturday. His two singles raised his season average to .214, which was the fourth best average of the players the finished Saturday's game. He's not the sole reason for Chicago's offense slumber -- last in average (.205), on-base percentage (.265), OPS (.595) and next to last in runs per game (3.06) -- but his spot as the team's starting second baseman is the most vulnerable. There's little hitting talent within the organization ready to make an impact at the major-league level, but second base prospect Yoan Moncada (four home runs, .899 OPS) stands out. Will the White Sox continue to resist the siren call to promote Moncada?
8:40 am (EST)
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