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Nelson Cruz explodes in Mariners' demolition of Oakland

Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a three-run blast, five RBI's and two runs scored in Sunday's 11-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

The three-run rocket was Cruz's first tater since April 17 and the five runs driven in were as many as his previous nine games combined. His .200 ISO for the season remains well below what we've come to expect from the 36-year-old veteran, but perhaps Sunday's performance will be the start of a power surge.

Cruz is slashing .271/.384/.471 with a .369 wOBA across 86 plate appearances in 2017 while adding three home runs and 14 RBI's.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Joe Ingles comes up big as Utah takes Game 4

Utah Jazz guard/forward Joe Ingles racked up 8 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in 38 minutes of action on Sunday as the Jazz scored a 105-98 win to take Game 4 over the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

It was by far the best game of the playoffs so far for Ingles, who is now averaging 8.5 points, 5.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 34.4 minutes per game. Sunday's win tied the series at 2-2, and Game 5 will go down on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Ingles finished Sunday's win ranking fourth among Jazz players with an 11.3 nERD, per numberFire Live.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Clippers drop Game 4 despite Chris Paul flirting with a triple-double

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul went off for 27 points, 12 assists, 9 rebounds and 1 steal in 38 minutes of action on Sunday, but it wasn't enough as the Clippers lost 105-98 to the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Paul has at least 10 assists in each game of the series so far, averaging 26.8 points, 10.8 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 36.1 minutes per game. The series is tied at 2-2, and the Clippers will host the Jazz on Tuesday for Game 5.

Paul finished Sunday's loss with a 16.6 nERD, per numberFire Live.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Jamal Crawford gets hot from the field as Clippers drop Game 4

Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford went had 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting, adding 2 assists, 1 rebound and 1 steal in 31 minutes of action on Sunday as the Clippers fell 105-98 to the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Crawford hasn't been overly productive for LA in Round 1, averaging 13.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 27.9 minutes per game. The series is tied at 2-2, and Game 5 will be played in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Crawford finished Sunday's loss with a team-high 26.3 nERD, per numberFire Live.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Yoenis Cespedes tells Mets he'll be ready for Tuesday

Mets manager Terry Collins said after Sunday's game that New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) told manager Terry Collins he'll be ready for Tuesday's matchup with the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

Cespedes hasn't played since last Thursday, but he was in the on-deck circle as a pinch-hitter on Sunday prior to the final out. He'll go through a pre-game workout on Tuesday before the Mets make a final decision on his status.

Cespedes is batting .263/.377/.632 with 6 home runs, 10 RBI's and 12 runs scored in 69 plate appearances this season.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller (forearm) set for MRI on Monday

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller (forearm) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

What It Means:

Miller and Diamondbacks manager Torey Louvullo both expressed concern after the right-hander was pulled from Sunday's start in the fifth inning due to tightness in his forearm. More details will be known later today once the results are in, but it sounds like Miller could be looking at a stint on the shelf.

Miller owns a 2-2 record with a 4.09 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 20.2 strikeout percentage in 22 innings pitched this season.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Bulls lose to Boston despite a big game from Jimmy Butler

Chicago Bulls guard/forward had 33 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 turnover in 46 minutes of action as Chicago dropped Game 4 104-95 to the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

What It Means:

Butler has been huge for the Bulls in this series, averaging 24.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks in 42.0 minutes per game. The series is tied at 2-2, and will continue with Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday.

Even in defeat, Butler posted a game-high 40.9 nERD on Sunday, per numberFire Live.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Joc Pederson leaves Dodgers' victory early with tight groin

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was removed from Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to right groin tightness.

What It Means:

There's little details available at this time regarding the injury. If Pederson's forced to miss time, Enrique Hernandez will fill the void in center field.

Pederson is slashing .220/.322/.340 across 59 plate appearances this season with one home run and seven RBI's.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Gerald Green comes up big for Boston in Sunday's victory

Boston Celtics guard/forward Gerald Green played 23 minutes as a starter on Saturday, going 7-of-13 from the field (including 4-of-9 from 3-point range) for a playoff career-high 18 points as Boston secured a 104-95 victory.

What It Means:

After playing only six minutes combined in the first two games of the series, Green has played 20-plus minutes in both of his starts. After dropping to 0-2 to start the series, Boston has now tied things up, effectively making this a best-of-three series with their next game coming at home on Wednesday.

Green ranked fourth among Celtics players with a 13.6 nERD in Sunday's win, per numberFire Live.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Bulls expand Isaiah Canaan's role in Game 4 loss

Chicago Bulls guard Isaiah Canaan played 34 minutes on Sunday, starting the second half and finishing with 13 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals as the Bulls fell 104-95 to the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the Bulls -- having lost Rajon Rondo to a thumb injury -- have dropped two straight and allowed the Celtics to tie the series. Game 5 will be played in Boston on Wednesday.

Canaan's 3.8 nERD was good for second among Bulls players in Sunday's loss, per numberFire Live.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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