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Pau Gasol and Spurs agree to a three-year deal
The San Antonio Spurs and forward Pau Gasol have agreed on a three-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Gasol opted out of his previous deal with the Spurs to sign what is likely the 37-year-old's last NBA contract. The final year of the contract is only partially guaranteed. Gasol will play between 20-25 minutes per game as a reserve frontcourt role player in San Antonio.
Gasol averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebound, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game last season. He posted a 6.7 nERD rating, ranking him 28th among the 486 NBA players in 2016-17.
Marlins and Reds first pitch set for 8:55 pm Friday
First pitch between the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds is scheduled for 8:55 pm on Friday.
The two teams were in a pretty long delay with a scheduled start time of 7:10 pm eastern, but it appears they will get underway just before 9 pm.
Our Heat Map has the Reds with a 5.27 implied total, which ranks fifth among all teams Friday. Our models have the Marlins with a 4.99 implied total, which ranks 9th.
Luis Torrens back to the bench Friday for San Diego
San Diego Padres catcher Luis Torrens is out of the lineup on Friday against the San Francisco Giants.
Torrens finished Thursday's game 1-for-3 with a walk, but he'll cede the catcher gear to Hector Sanchez on Friday. Sanchez is hitting in the cleanup spot against Jeff Samardzija.
Our models project Torrens for a .213 average, with 1 home run and 6 RBI over 67 plate appearances remaining this season.
Matt Szczur sitting out as Padres play in San Francisco
San Diego Padres outfielder Matt Szczur is not in the lineup on Friday against the San Francisco Giants.
Szczur had a nice opportunity on Thursday hitting in the two hole, but he couldn't collect a hit. Franchy Cordero is getting his chance in centerfield tonight and hitting in the eighth spot against Jeff Samardzija.
Our models project Szczur for a .226 average, with 2 home runs, 10 RBI, and 10 runs scored over 98 plate appearances remaining this season.
Franchy Cordero starting in centerfield Friday for Padres
San Diego Padres outfielder Franchy Cordero is in the starting lineup on Friday against the San Francisco Giants.
Matt Szczur got the start in center Thursday, but couldn't do anything at the plate. Cordero will get his turn in center on Friday, hitting in the eighth spot against Jeff Samardzija.
Our models project Cordero for 7.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,200.
Padres' Cory Spangenberg hitting fifth Friday against Giants
San Diego Padres second/third baseman Cory Spangenberg is hitting up in the order on Friday against the San Francisco Giants.
Spangenberg went 2-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBI on Thursday out of the seventh spot, so he'll be rewarded by moving up two spots on Friday. He is facing off against Jeff Samardzija.
Our models project Spangenberg for 9.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,800
Hector Sanchez starting for Padres on Friday
San Diego Padres catcher Hector Sanchez is back in the starting lineup on Friday against the San Francisco Giants.
Sanchez got a day off on Thursday in the opener of this series, but he will return to the lineup on Friday in the second game. He is hitting in the cleanup spot against Jeff Samardzija as Luis Torrens heads to the bench.
Our models project Sanchez for 6.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,200.
Carlos Asuaje returns to Padres' Friday lineup
San Diego Padres second baseman Carlos Asuaje is back in the starting lineup on Friday against the San Francisco Giants.
Asuaje got Thursday to take a breather in the Padres' 5-2 win in the series opener. However, he is back at second base and hitting second against Jeff Samardzija on Friday.
Our models project Asuaje for 8.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,600.
Chris Young is absent from the Red Sox Friday lineup
Boston Red Sox outfielder Chris Young is not in the lineup on Friday.
Young will take a seat on the bench as Andrew Benintendi returns to the lineup, and left field, on Friday night.
For the rest of the season, Young is projected for 3 home runs, 13 RBI, 16 runs scored, and a .258 batting average in 136 plate appearances, by our models.
Boston's Andrew Benintendi is starting in left field
Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi is starting in left field and batting second versus the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
Benintendi sat out on Thursday with a southpaw on the mound, but with righty Ricky Nolasco starting for the Angels, Chris Young heads to the bench as Benintendi returns to the lineup.
Our models project Benintendi for 10.9 Fanduel points while carrying a price tag of $3,500.
Deven Marrero is out of the lineup for Boston
Boston Red Sox third baseman Deven Marrero is out of the lineup on Friday.
Marrero will take a seat as Brock Holt gets the start at third base versus the Los Angeles Angels.
For the rest of the season, our models project Marrero for a .226 batting average in 106 plate appearances.
Marlins and Reds game will be delayed Friday
The Friday game between the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds will be delayed.
The game won't start on time because of "impending weather," which doesn't sound great. Get those guys out of your lineups if you can.
Our Heat Map has the Reds with a 5.27 implied total, which ranks fifth among all teams Friday.
Mitch Moreland is batting cleanup for the Red Sox
Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland is in the lineup and batting fourth versus the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
Moreland sat out on Thursday with a southpaw on the mound. He is back at first on Friday, versus righty Ricky Nolasco, as Hanley Ramirez shifts from first to DH.
Our models project Moreland for 11.3 FanDuel points while costing just $2,600, making him our top points-to-dollars value option (4.33) at first base on Friday.
Jacoby Ellsbury not in Yankees' lineup versus Mariners
New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not starting on Friday night versus the Seattle Mariners.
Ellsbury heads to the bench after starting the past two. He's slashing .249/.324/.360 with 11 steals in 224 plate appearances (56 games) this season. Clint Frazier is replacing him in the outfield as the Yankees take on right-hander Andrew Moore and the Mariners.
numberFire's models project Ellsbury to turn in a .264 batting average with 6 more steals in 162 remaining plate appearances over the rest of the year.
Clint Frazier starting on Friday for Yankees
New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is starting on Friday night versus the Seattle Mariners.
Frazier will start in left field and bat ninth versus Mariners right-hander Andrew Moore. Brett Gardner is in center field for New York while Jacoby Ellsbury will be available off the bench.
There's a poor park factor (0.894) in this matchup, so the Yankees don't offer too much upside for fantasy purposes. numberFire's models project Frazier to score 8.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,500 on Friday.
Mariners' Guillermo Heredia starting in center on Friday
Seattle Mariners outfielder Guillermo Heredia is starting in centerfield on Friday against the New York Yankees.
Jarrod Dyson is getting the night off against C.C. Sabathia, so Heredia is in the lineup and hitting seventh on Friday.
Our models project Heredia for 6.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,300.
Dansby Swanson is in the Braves' lineup Friday
Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson is in the lineup, batting eighth, on Friday.
Swanson got the day off on Thursday, but with Brandon Phillips' hamstring injury, the Braves need the rookie back in the lineup Friday. He will man short while Johan Camargo slides over to second base in place of Phillips.
Our models project Swanson for 5.7 FanDuel points while costing $2,100.
Brandon Phillips (hamstring) is out of the lineup for Atlanta
Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips (hamstring) is not in the lineup on Friday.
Phillips left Thursday's game with hamstring tightness and will remain out on Friday to rest. Consider him day-to-day. Johan Camargo is starting at second base versus Alex Wood and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
For the rest of the season, our models project Phillips for 5 home runs, 32 runs scored, 27 RBI, 7 steals, and a .294 batting average.
Mitch Haniger moves to sixth in Mariners' Friday lineup
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger is hitting in the sixth spot on Friday against the New York Yankees.
Haniger will move up one spot from Thursday's game, where he finished 1-for-4 hitting seventh. He'll square off against southpaw C.C. Sabathia on Friday.
Our models project Haniger for 7.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,700.
Joc Pederson absent from Dodgers' lineup versus Braves
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is not starting against the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Enrique Hernandez will draw the start in center field and bat sixth versus right-hander Jaime Garcia and the Braves on Friday night. Pederson finished 0-for-4 in the starting lineup on Thursday, and he's now slashing .240/.352/.453 with 9 home runs, 26 RBI, and 35 runs scored in 227 plate appearances (65 games) this season.
numberFire's models project Pederson to turn in a .248 batting average with 7 homers, 23 RBI, and 22 runs scored in 169 plate appearances over the remainder of the year.
Tyler Flowers starting at catcher as Braves visit the Dodgers
Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers is in the lineup on Friday.
Flowers gets the start behind the plate Friday and will be batting fifth versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Anthony Recker will back him up as Kurt Suzuki was placed on the bereavement list.
numberFire's algorithms project Flowers for 5.9 FanDuel points while costing $2,600.
Jarrod Dyson is sitting out Friday for Seattle
Seattle Mariners centerfielder Jarrod Dyson is absent from the Mariners' lineup on Friday against the New York Yankees.
With a left-hander on the hill, Dyson is getting a breather on Friday. Guillermo Heredia is starting in center and hitting seventh against C.C. Sabathia.
Our models project Dyson to post a .264 batting average, with 2 home runs, 13 stolen bases, 17 RBI, and 27 runs scored over 221 plate appearances remaining this season.
Chase Utley not in Dodgers' starting lineup on Friday
Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley is not in Friday night's starting lineup versus the Atlanta Braves.
Utley returns to the bench after leading things off for the Dodgers on Thursday. He's slashing .225/.325/.387 in 238 plate appearances (79 games) this season. Logan Forsythe is starting at second base and batting fifth versus Braves right-hander Jaime Garcia.
numberFire's models project Utley to record a .252 batting average in 167 more plate appearances over the remainder of the year.
Braves' Sean Rodriguez will start at third base
Atlanta Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez is starting at third base and hitting seventh versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.
Rodriguez will man the hot corner as the Braves shift Freddie Freeman over to first and sit Matt Adams versus southpaw Alex Wood on Friday night.
The Braves own the lowest implied run total (3.20) of the night, making Rodriguez a risky play, even at the cost of just $2,200.
Ben Gamel batting in the eighth spot Friday as Mariners welcome Yankees
Seattle Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel is hitting down in the order on Friday against the New York Yankees.
Against left-hander C.C. Sabathia, Gamel will move down to the eighth spot for the Mariners on Friday. He is starting in left, as Guillermo Heredia gets the start in center.
Our models project Gamel for 7.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,900.
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