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Dakari Johnson Headshot

Johnson, a 2015 second-round pick, has signed a two-year guaranteed deal with the Thunder, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Johnson spent last season with the Thunder's G-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue, averaging an impressive 18.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks across 29.0 minutes per game while hitting 55.6 percent of his looks from the field. In signing him to a two-year guaranteed deal, it seems like the Thunder believe Johnson can be a legitimate contributor at the NBA level. He'll look to compete for reserve center minutes along with Enes Kanter and Nick Collison behind starter Steven Adams.
8:19 pm (EST)
David Phelps (R) Headshot

Phelps will remain in a relief role with the Mariners for the rest of the 2017 season but could transition back into a starter in the future, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The Mariners acquired Phelps on Thursday to help bolster their inconsistent bullpen. The last season Phelps worked primarily as a starter was 2015, when he posted a 4.50 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP with 77 strikeouts across 112.0 innings. Still, Phelps has been strong in relief this season with a 3.45 ERA with 51 strikeouts over 47.0 innings. He'll likely be fill a setup role in front of closer Edwin Diaz.
7:49 pm (EST)
Jason Day Headshot

Day, who hurt his right wrist after an iron shot out of the tall rough, has no concerns that it'll affect his play moving forward, Ryan Lavner of Golfchannel.com reports.

Though he was later seen with his right wrist wrapped after his opening 69 at Royal Birkdale, Day was jovial when asked about it, responding, "Every time I come over here the ground is so hard. They need to get out and water it a little bit" with a laugh. Based on his reaction, he doesn't seem to think the injury will slow him down, though there's always the possibility that the pain creeps up and impacts his play.
7:41 pm (EST)
Dominic Leone (R) Headshot

Leone (2-0) picked up the win Thursday against Boston after allowing no hits and one walk while striking out four over 2.1 innings.

After starter Francisco Liriano managed just five outs, Leone answered the bell with his third-longest appearance of the season. The 25-year-old had been charged with two blown saves since being recalled earlier in the week, so Thursday's effort was a much-needed one for Leone. That said, his low-leverage role is unappealing for fantasy purposes.
7:36 pm (EST)
Nick Vincent (R) Headshot

Vincent will not be available out of the bullpen Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

He'll get the night off after making five appearances in the last six days, so the Mariners will be without one of their key middle relievers for their series opener against the Yankees. James Pazos or Steve Cishek could fill Vincent's role depending on the matchup, but Vincent figures to be available again Friday.
7:25 pm (EST)
Justin Smoak (B) Headshot

Smoak went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Thursday's victory over Boston.

Showing no signs of slowing down, Smoak popped his 25th and 26th homers Thursday while bumping his RBI total to 62. The first baseman now sits in the AL's top five for long balls, slugging percentage and OPS. With a 94-game sample size in place, owners can have faith that Smoak's 2017 campaign is the real deal -- although continuing at this pace may be a bit too wishful.
7:21 pm (EST)
Edwin Díaz (R) Headshot

Diaz will not be available out of the bullpen for Thursday's series opener against the Yankees, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The hard-throwing righty has pitched five of the last six days, so manager Scott Servais will give him the night off Thursday. The recently acquired David Phelps will not report to the team until Friday, so Tony Zych or Steve Cishek would be the primary closing options should a save situation arise.
7:21 pm (EST)
Dustin Pedroia (R) Headshot

Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays.

The 33-year-old has been on quite a run since the All-Star break, hitting safely in all eight games (14-for-34) with two homers and 11 RBI in that span. Pedroia managed just four homers during the entire first half, but he's on pace for the second-highest RBI total of his career and his strikeout rate is the lowest among qualified hitters.
7:15 pm (EST)
Roberto Osuna (R) Headshot

Osuna struck out two during a perfect ninth inning Thursday in Boston to record his 24th save of the year.

Thursday's matinee was a nice rebound effort after the Sox got to Osuna on Tuesday -- blemishing the closer's record for the first time since April. Have shut the door on two of the four games at Fenway this week, Osuna now ranks third in the league for saves, and is on pace to break last year's career high of 36.
7:13 pm (EST)
Francisco Liriano (L) Headshot

Liriano was pulled from Thursday's no-decision after allowing three runs on six hits and a walk in just 1.2 innings against the Red Sox.

Liriano's early exit was caused by ineffectiveness, and apparently nothing to do with his recent stiff neck ailment. Luckily for him, the Jays mounted a come-from-behind win in what was Lirano's fourth start of two innings or less this year. With a 6.15 ERA through 16 games, it wouldn't be surprising to see the veteran's rotation spot come into question. For now, though, the left-hander is slated to make his next start Tuesday against Oakland.
7:06 pm (EST)
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