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Nearly a week after the Indiana Pacers offered talented but controversial guard Lance Stephenson a five-year, $44 million contract, the two sides remain far apart on a new deal.
Stephenson obviously wants the sun, the moon and the stars from the Pacers after leading them in both rebounds and assists last season and really just taking his game to the next level overall. However, his on-court antics, especially throughout the playoffs, are what he is most-remembered for right now and that could be a sticking point for the Pacers with regard to going with more dollars. The two sides should continue to negotiate, but it might take the involvement of a third team to really kick the discussions into high gear. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and five RBI on Friday night.
Morales has been more than the Mariners could have asked for so far this season, as he is sporting a very formidable .305 average and has clocked six dingers so far this season. His 37 RBI are also impressive for someone who many thought was finished a couple of seasons ago, as his health has been more than serviceable during this 2015 campaign. It might be unfair to expect him to finish the season above .300, but 20+ home runs are not out of the question for the switch-hitting DH. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Lance Lynn allowed five runs on 10 hits across five innings on Friday night.
Lynn didn’t look like himself on Friday night, as even though he lasted six innings, he allowed 11 baserunners and five runs. He also struggled to strikeout four batters, which is also something that is uncharacteristic for the 28-year-old right hander. This appears to be a blip in an otherwise solid campaign so far this season, so don’t put too much stock into the subpar outing on Friday night. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Chris Young pitched a shutout across six innings on Friday night.
As a spot starter, Young has been very impressive, allowing only three runs across two outings so far this season. Unless he is getting the start, he holds little fantasy value, and even then, his low strikeout rate will limit what he can offer, but if you are in desperate need of a run stopper, Young might just be the guy to enlist going forward. Analysis: Dom Murtha