Jays claim RHP Anderson from Padres; add four to 40-man roster

BLUE JAYS ROSTER MOVES

Zach Logue

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed RHP Shaun Anderson off waivers from the San Diego Padres.  

Additionally, RHP Hagen DannerRHP Bowden FrancisINF Leo Jimenez, and LHP Zach Logue have been added to the 40-man roster.  

Anderson, 27, pitched in 16 games while splitting his 2021 campaign between Minnesota, Baltimore, and San Diego. The 6-4, 228 lb. right-hander held an 8.49 ERA and recorded 19 strikeouts across 23.1 innings of work. The Coral Springs, FL, native was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Florida and has gone 3-5 with a career 5.75 ERA over three Major League seasons.

Twins protect six from Rule 5 draft; Willians Astudillo among those removed from 40-man roster — Twin Cities

The Twins added six players to their 40-man roster on Friday, the last day to shield prospects ahead of the Rule 5 Draft, which is scheduled for next month. Top prospect Royce Lewis, a shortstop, as well as fellow infielder Jose Miranda and four pitchers — Josh Winder, Blayne Enlow, Cole Sands and Chris Vallimont…

Twins protect six from Rule 5 draft; Willians Astudillo among those removed from 40-man roster — Twin Cities

Raptors OG Anunoby out “a while” with hip pointer, Nurse says — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Anunoby has taken a step forward this season, averaging 20.1 points and 2.7 assists per game, both career highs.

Raptors OG Anunoby out “a while” with hip pointer, Nurse says — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

RAPTORS-KINGS PREGAME NOTES

GAME #17 – TORONTO RAPTORS (7-9) vs. SACRAMENTO KINGS (6-9)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021 – 10 P.M. (ET) – GOLDEN 1 CENTER
TV: SPORTSNET – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

23 FRED VANVLEET

Position: Guard Height: 6-0 Weight: 200
College: Wichita State Birthday: 2/25/1994 NBA EXP: 5

2021-22 SEASON:
• Sat out Nov. 13 vs. Detroit with left groin soreness.
• Has scored 15+ points in 12 straight games (Oct. 23 – Nov. 15), averaging 20.8 points.
• Tallied 32 points, six rebounds and seven assists Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.
• Scored a season-best 33 points Nov. 3 at Washington.
• Recorded 15 points and a career-high 17 assists Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
• Made third consecutive opening night start for the Raptors Oct. 20 vs. Washington;
finished with 12 points, three rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes.
• Inactive once.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS 35:32 5-14 4-9 2-2 3 6 3 1 16
Nov. 11 @PHI 40:09 11-22 6-11 4-4 6 7 1 0 32
Nov. 13 DET INACTIVE – Left Groin; Soreness
Nov. 15 @POR 40:05 6-13 4-8 0-0 6 7 2 1 16
Nov. 18 @UTA 34:27 7-17 3-8 7-8 4 4 3 2 24

• The Toronto Raptors (7-9) continue a six-game road trip (Nov. 15-26) Friday night against the Sacramento Kings (6-9) at Golden 1 Center. The Raptors have dropped six of their last seven (Nov. 5-18), but are 5-3 on the road this season. Despite scoring 37 points off 24 Jazz turnovers, Toronto fell 119-103 in Utah last night. The Raptors are 2-1 in the second game of a back-to-back set this season. Toronto has won seven of its last eight games vs. Sacramento and split the season-series (1-1) with the Kings in 2020-21.
Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-high 31 points (12-18 FG, 5-11 3PT, 2-2 FT) Nov. 19 at Utah – the fourth 30-point game of his career and third since joining the Raptors at the trade deadline last season. Trent Jr. has now scored 20+ points in three of the last four games (Nov. 11-18), averaging 23.0 points. He is shooting .530 (35-66) from the field and .417 (15-36) from beyond the arc during this stretch.
OG Anunoby missed his first game of the season yesterday at Utah with a left hip pointer. Anunoby sustained the injury Wednesday during practice. He is averaging a team-high 20.1 points in 15 games this season. The Raptors have not used the same starting lineup in consecutive games since Nov. 7-11.
Khem Birch scored a season-high 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-3 FT) in his first start of the year last night against the Jazz. Birch scored all 14 of his points in the first half. In 17 starts with the Raptors last season, Birch averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 31.5 minutes.
Fred VanVleet (598) is tied with Terrence Ross (598) for third on the Raptors’ all-time three-point field goals list. Kyle Lowry holds the franchise record with 1,518 threes, followed by Morris Peterson (801). VanVleet has made at least three three-pointers in eight straight games played (Nov. 1-18), shooting .455 (30-66) from three-point distance during this span.
Gary Trent Jr. (70) and Fred VanVleet (59) rank first and third respectively, in the NBA in deflections. Trent Jr. is also fourth in the NBA in steals (2.38) and has already matched his career high with five steals
three times. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Toronto currently leads the NBA in deflections (20.9) and ranks second in steals (10.3).
• Rookie Scottie Barnes leads all rookies in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounds (8.1), and is tied with Dalano Banton for second with a .508 field goal percentage – behind only Herbert Jones (.514). Barnes has led the team in scoring and rebounds five times in his first 13 games played, scored 20+ points in four games and earned two double-doubles. Barnes sat out two games (Nov. 1-3) with a sprained right thumb.

4 SCOTTIE BARNES

Position: Guard-Forward Height: 6-8 Weight: 225
College: Florida State Birthday: 8/1/2001 NBA EXP: R


• Logged a career-high 40 minutes Nov. 15 at Portland.
• Tied the Raptors rookie record for steals in a game with five Nov. 7 vs. Brooklyn.
• Missed two games (Nov. 1-3) due to a sprained right thumb; sustained the injury late in the fourth quarter Oct. 30 at Indiana.
• Scored 21 points in back-to-back games (Oct. 29-30).
• Tallied 18 points, seven rebounds and a season-high seven assists Oct. 27 vs. Indiana.
• Recorded first career double-double with season highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds in a victory Oct. 22 at Boston.
• Started in his NBA debut opening night vs. Washington (Oct. 20); tallied 12 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes – became just the seventh rookie in franchise history to
start opening night and first since Pascal Siakam in 2016.
• Inactive twice.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS 31:54 7-11 0-0 7-8 7 4 0 0 21
Nov. 11 @PHI 39:01 6-13 0-0 1-1 9 4 1 2 13
Nov. 13 DET 38:07 4-10 0-0 3-4 6 4 1 0 11
Nov. 15 @POR 39:30 6-14 0-1 6-6 8 2 0 0 18
Nov. 18 @UTA 35:08 5-11 0-2 0-0 6 6 1 0 10

33 GARY TRENT JR.

Position: Guard Height: 6-5 Weight: 205
College: Duke Birthday: 1/18/1999 NBA EXP: 3

2021-22 SEASON:
• Scored a season-high 31 points Nov. 18 at Utah.
• Finished with 18 points and a season-best six rebounds Nov. 15 at Portland.
• Tied a career high with five steals Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland.
• Matched a career best with five steals Oct. 27 vs. Indiana.
• Scored 20 points and tied a career high with five steals Oct. 22 at Boston.
• Contributed six points and two rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench in the season opener Oct. 20 vs. Washington.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS 34:56 6-12 2-7 0-0 4 0 0 1 14
Nov. 11 @PHI 36:06 7-16 4-9 2-2 5 4 2 0 20
Nov. 13 DET 38:16 8-16 4-10 3-3 2 3 3 0 23
Nov. 15 @POR 39:34 8-16 2-6 0-0 6 1 2 0 18
Nov. 18 @UTA 33:01 12-18 5-11 2-2 2 3 1 0 31

43 PASCAL SIAKAM

Position: Forward Height: 6-8 Weight: 240
College: New Mexico St. Birthday: 4/2/1994 NBA EXP: 5

2021-22 SEASON:
• Led the team with season highs of 25 points, 12 rebounds, including a career-best
seven offensive boards, and seven assists Nov. 13 vs. Detroit.
• Sat out Nov. 11 at Philadelphia for left shoulder injury management.
• Returned to the starting lineup Nov. 7 vs. Brooklyn; contributed 15 points in 25 minutes.
• Missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season recovering from left shoulder surgery; underwent surgery in June to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
• Inactive for 11 games.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS 29:53 3-7 0-1 2-2 7 3 2 0 8
Nov. 11 @PHI INACTIVE – Left Shoulder; Injury Management
Nov. 13 DET 34:38 9-14 2-3 5-9 12 7 1 0 25
Nov. 15 @POR 39:24 7-15 2-6 4-4 6 6 0 1 20
Nov. 18 @UTA 30:55 2-14 0-4 0-0 3 5 2 0 4

24 KHEM BIRCH

Position: Centre Height: 6-8 Weight: 226
College: UNLV Birthday: 9/29/1992 NBA EXP: 4

2021-22 SEASON:
• Scored a season-high 14 points in first start of the season Nov. 18 at Utah.
• Missed three games (Nov. 7-11) with right knee swelling.
• Scored 11 points Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
• Recorded nine points and a season-high nine rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench in the season opener Oct. 20 vs. Washington.
• Inactive three times.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS INACTIVE – Right Knee; Swelling
Nov. 11 @PHI INACTIVE – Right Knee; Swelling
Nov. 13 DET 16:19 1-3 0-0 2-4 5 1 0 0 4
Nov. 15 @POR 21:16 3-6 0-0 0-0 4 1 0 0 6
Nov. 18 @UTA 24:25 6-8 0-0 2-3 3 1 2 0 14

25 CHRIS BOUCHER

Position: Forward Height: 6-9 Weight: 198
College: Oregon Birthday: 1/11/1993 NBA EXP: 4

2021-22 SEASON:
• Matched a season high with eight rebounds Nov. 18 at Utah.
• Sat out Nov. 15 at Portland with lower back soreness.
• Scored a season-high 17 points in 24 minutes Nov 11 at Philadelphia.
• Recorded 11 points and a season-best eight rebounds Oct. 22 at Boston.
• Missed all five preseason games following surgery on a dislocated left middle finger;
sustained the injury in a practice collision with teammate Precious Achiuwa.
• Inactive once.
LAST FIVE GAMES

Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS 6:49 0-2 0-2 0-0 2 0 0 0 0
Nov. 11 @PHI 24:04 7-12 1-3 2-2 6 0 1 2 17
Nov. 13 DET 11:37 1-3 0-2 0-1 1 0 0 0 2
Nov. 15 @POR INACTIVE – Lower Back; Soreness
Nov. 18 @UTA 17:29 1-6 0-2 0-0 8 2 0 1 2

KINGS POSSIBLE STARTERS

KINGS NOTES

FRANCHISE RECORDS: On Friday, November 5, 2021 vs. Charlotte, Sacramento shot 22 of 44 from three. The 22 made three’s are a new franchise
record with the previous being 21 made threes on three different occasions. Most recently, vs. Lakers on August 13, 2020 in the NBA Bubble.
WE JUST TRYING TO PARTY HOLMES:
Richaun Holmes earned his first career 20-point/20-rebound game as he scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and
a career-high 20 rebounds vs. Charlotte on 11/5/21. According to @StatMuse, Holmes is the first Kings player to have a 20/20 game on at least .750 percent
shooting since 1994.
THE BLACK FALCON: Harrison Barnes erupted in the first game of the season on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Portland with a career-high 36 points
on 10-of-19 shooting from the field and 8-of-11 from the three-point line, which is also a new career-high. According to @StatsbySTATS, Barnes is the
first NBA player to score 35+ points with no turnovers and no personal fouls in a season opener since turnovers were first tracked beginning in 1977-78.
ALL TIME KINGS SHOOTE
R: Buddy Hield became the Kings franchise three-point leader as he connected from beyond the arc six times vs. Utah Friday
night. Hield passes Peja Stojakovic for most threes made all-time in Franchise history, who previously held the mark of 1,070 in a Kings jersey.
On Nov. 12, 2021 at Oklahoma City, Hield played in his 400th career game. He has the most three-pointers made of any player in NBA History in their first
400 games with 1,209.
GAME WINNERS: Harrison Barnes hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Phoenix Suns 110-107. The Kings have the most game-winning buzzer
beaters in the NBA since 2018-19 season with six:
Bogdan Bogdanovic (12/27/18) vs. LAL
Buddy Hield (1/19/19) at DET
Nemanja Bjelica (12/9/19) at HOU
Buddy Hield (12/23/20) at DEN
Harrison Barnes (3/27/21) vs. CLE
Harrison Barnes (10/27/21) at PHX
NO FOX GIVEN
MOVING UP THE LIST: De’Aaron Fox passed Vlade Divac on Sunday night, Oct. 24, 2021 to become the 6th all time leading assists man in a Kings jersey.
ASSISTS

  1. Mike Bibby 2,580
  2. Mitch Richmond 2,128
  3. Spud Webb 2,024
  4. Reggie Theus 1,943
  5. Chris Webber 1,791
  6. De’Aaron Fox 1,768
  7. Vlade Divac 1,693
  8. Brad Miller 1,542
  9. Doug Christie 1,505
  10. Lionel Simmons 1,498
    SEASON LEADERS
    BUDDY HIELD: Buddy Hield currently ranks second in the NBA in 3-pt field goals made with 65. He is also first in the league among reserves.
    RICHAUN HOLMES: Richaun Holmes ranks fourth in the NBA in field goal percentage with .682.

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He says he was given the steroids by a doctor in his native Brazil and didn’t know what he was ingesting.

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Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter.

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LEAFS 2, RANGERS 1: notes and quotes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (12-5-1 – 25 Points) vs.
NEW YORK RANGERS (10-4-3 – 23 Points)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 1 1 0 2
NEW YORK 0 0 1 1


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs at 3:41 of the first period. Rielly recorded his second goal of the game on a power play opportunity at 10:59 of the second period and marked the fourth multigoal game of his NHL career. Rielly has posted five points (3G, 2A) through the last three games.
  • Wayne Simmonds registered the primary assist on Rielly’s first period goal. Simmonds recorded his third assist of the season.
  • Michael Bunting posted the secondary assist on Rielly’s first period goal. Bunting notched his fourth assist of the season.
  • Auston Matthews registered the primary assist on Rielly’s second period goal. Matthews posted his eighth assist of the season. Matthews is currently on a three-game assist streak (3A) and has recorded seven points (2G, 5A) through the last five games.
  • John Tavares recorded the secondary assist on Rielly’s second period goal. Tavares registered his eighth assist of the season.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 5 (5) 12 (10) 13 (13) 30 (28)
    NEW YORK 7 (7) 7 (4) 14 (12) 28 (23)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 13 (12) 23 (17) 19 (19) 55 (48)
    NEW YORK 17 (14) 15 (12) 21 (18) 53 (44)
    ON HOME ICE
  • The Maple Leafs are 9-2-1 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 289-223-95-12 in 619 games against the New York Rangers and 169-94-
    39-7 in 309 games played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 8-3-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 2-2-1 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 5 (Tavares)
    Shot Attempts 8 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 12 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Jason Spezza – 5 won, 0 lost and Kaše,
    Kerfoot, Marner, Nylander – 1 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 4 (Holl, Matthews)
    Blocked Shots 4 (Sandin)
    Takeaways 2 (Holl, Marner, Kämpf, Brodie, Nylander,
    Tavares)
    TOI 23:54 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 1:39 (Marner, Matthews, Rielly, Nylander,
    Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 1:10 (Dermott, Rielly)
    Shifts 29 (Muzzin, Holl)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 70.37% (Ritchie – 19 for, 8 against)
    RECORD WHEN…
  • The Maple Leafs were 1-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 7-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 5-1-0 when leading after one period and 8-0-0 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 8-3-1 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 2-1-0 in Thursday games.
    OF NOTE…
  • Jack Campbell recorded his 50th career NHL win.
  • Nick Ritchie and Justin Holl were on the ice for a team-high 19 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Nick Ritchie finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 70.37 percent (19
    for, 8 against).
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    Nov. 20 Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Nov. 21 Leafs at New York Islanders UBS Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Nov. 24 Leafs at Los Angeles STAPLES Center 10:00 pm ET
    Nov. 26 Leafs at San Jose SAP Arena at San Jose 10:30 pm ET
    Nov. 28 Leafs at Anaheim Honda Center 8:00 pm ET
    Dec. 1 Leafs vs. Colorado Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution.
    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

    On playing in another close game and if there are teaching moments in that third period:
    Sheldon Keefe: There are teaching moments in every period, I thought especially in the first. We started
    the game really well. We were lights out early, moving the puck well, offensively we were really good but I
    don’t think we got a lot of shots on goal in the first 10-minutes but also the shots were on 3-1 or
    something like that in the first 10-minutes. We were in really good control there, I thought we got a little bit
    too comfortable, how we moved the puck, thought we turned it over a lot in the back half of that first
    period and gave them some life. Yeah, there are teaching moments in the third but it’s not going to be
    perfect when you’re protecting the lead. The goal we gave up, you don’t want to give that up but they
    throw it in from the wall and hits a skate and bounces into the slot. That stuff is going to happen that’s
    why playing in just one goal lead like we have in recent games that is dangerous territory. It’s dangerous,
    usually in this league if you get to three you’re in pretty good space and we weren’t able to get there
    tonight so we made it a little harder on ourselves than perhaps it should have been. I thought we were
    calm throughout and thought we did a good job against a team like that, that has the level of skill that they
    have, you’re going to have to rely on your goaltender to make some saves. I don’t think we gave up much
    today in terms of odd man rushes and such. Obviously the Panarin breakaway in the third period we don’t
    like which comes at the end of a dominant offensive zone shift and then lose the puck and they get in
    behind us. In fact that is a bit of teaching point for us because of that balance – when you’re pushing
    trying to score and winning your shift and trying to do well and all of sudden it breaks open on you and
    that’s really what New York is looking for in that spot. We always find ways to teach each game but
    overall good effort from our team.
    JACK CAMPBELL
    On being comfortable in these tight games:
    Jack Campbell: I think coach always brings it up, you look at the elite teams and they are closing games
    out going into the third period. You know they got one on us tonight but found a way to get the win and
    get a big two points.
    MICHAEL BUNTING
    How it feels during the team’s winning streak:
    Michael Bunting: “It’s fun. It’s fun to be apart of. It’s fun to win hockey games. So that’s what we’re doing
    right now and we just need to keep it day-by-day and keep this winning streak rolling.”
    On Morgan’s second goal:
    Michael Bunting: “Yeah, it was a great play by him. Little mini back toe drag and then slip through the
    five-hole. Really nice goal. He played a hell of a game tonight.”
    MORGAN RIELLY
    On the team winning these low scoring tight games:
    Morgan Rielly: Yeah we’ve had a few lately so it’s a good sign that we’re winning them. I think in the
    previous ones that you mentioned against the Flyers and here the other night we were probably a bit
    better in the third period than we were tonight but it was a good sign that we were able to hang on. I
    thought that Jack did a great job in net for us. He’s been really solid and is a big part of that.
    On where it comes from:
    Morgan Rielly: I think it’s a mindset. I think that is half the battle with most things if not more than that.
    Once you kind of get it in your mind that you’re going to play a certain way and your just not going to give
    up chances against, the rest kind of follows. I think the work ethic has always kind of been there, the real
    desire to win has always been there but it’s just kind of a mental hurdle and mindset that I think we’re
    starting to establish and that is a great sign.
    AUSTON MATTHEWS
    On the team becoming more comfortable with protecting the lead in the third period:
    Auston Matthews: I just think we’re comfortable in these games right now, obviously we’ve had a lot of
    them lately. When the third period comes around we’re just trying to stay within our structure and I think
    tonight we kind of let them get rolling around a little bit more than we’d like but Soupy has been just
    incredible for us and making saves when he has to, he’s standing on his head. I liked a lot of what we did
    tonight and like I said being in these tight games and being comfortable in them is really key for us.
    On Morgan’s two goal performance and specifically his second goal:
    Auston Matthews: Yeah really nice play, just really nice patience with it. I don’t know if he meant to go
    there but it worked out but really nice goal and obviously a big goal in the game for us.