Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is available to return to action Friday for Game 6 of Toronto’s series against the Wizards.
VanVleet, who has been nursing a right shoulder injury, has logged only three minutes in the Eastern Conference first-round series, a short stint in Game 2. His status has been listed as day-to-day since, though he has been practicing with the team.
“I’m sure we’ll get him in and see how he goes,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said in his pregame news conference. “The young man has been out for how many games and how many days now? I don’t know what to expect, but we’ll get him in.”
The rainout came at an opportune time for the Orioles, who are hampered by injuries and have lost nine of 10 games to fall 11 games under .500 (6-17).
Baltimore’s projected starting lineup did not include infielder Tim Beckham, who’s been bothered by a groin injury and is expected to land on the 10-day disabled list.
With Beckham out and Trey Mancini playing with a tender right knee, manager Buck Showalter would have been operating with a short bench.
Help is on the way: Baltimore claimed utility infielder Jace Peterson on waivers from the New York Yankees. He’s expected to arrive Wednesday.
The two schools first played in 1893 and met regularly through the 2000 season. They picked it up after a layoff in 2016, and each team has won on its home field since the series picked up.
Penn State will visit Heinz Field on Sept. 8 and the Panthers will play at Beaver Stadium in September 2019, the last game in the four-game contract the two sides agreed on in 2011.
Lyke would like to keep it going, but said Pitt also can’t afford to wait too long while it tries to make long-range scheduling plans.
Speaking of bulletin-board material, Westbrook tried to hold up his guarantee right from tipoff, picking Rubio up full court and digging deep into a defensive stance — even clapping his hands — on the first possession. Westbrook’s hyper-aggressiveness backfired on him, though, as he picked up four fouls in the first half — all on Rubio — as he attempted to crank up the intensity.
“It’s not about me and him,” Westbrook said when asked about his approach to guarding Rubio. “Let’s get past that. We’re done with that.”
With Westbrook forced to the sideline with a minute left in the second quarter, the Jazz finished the half strong and opened up 12-2 in the third as Westbrook was clearly neutralized with the foul issues.