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Cesar Hernandez made his customary Sunday start for Chase Utley and struggled at the plate. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Phillies 4-1 loss. Hernandez is now hitting .240 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez appeared in all three games this weekend and went 1-for-10. He's likely not to see another start until later in the week. Hernandez supplies so power or batting average, but is getting on base at a .356 clip, so he does have some fantasy value in deeper leagues.

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The Phillies lost to the Nationals on Sunday, 4-1. Freddy Galvis was back in the lineup after a day off Saturday and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Galvis is batting .309 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Galvis has only four extra-base hits in 152 at bats. He still has a very good .367 on-base percentage, but is beginning to strike out more frequently. Owners can expect Galvis to continue to cool down, since he's never hit above .234 in any Major League season.

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Miami Marlins closer A.J. Ramos finally picked up his second save of the season on Sunday, retiring all three batters he faced in order.

Fantasy Impact: Ramos hadn't had a save situation since being officially named the team's closer. He came in firing today and lowered his ERA to a minuscule 0.78. He is a must-own in all leagues.

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Miami Marlins reliever Bryan Morris had another rough outing on Sunday, getting only two outs while allowing one run on three hits and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Morris struck out one and continued to struggle in 2015. With the rest of the Marlins bullpen performing fairly well, Morris may stop getting significant innings from manager Dan Jennings.

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Miami Marlins reliever Brad Hand got two huge outs on Sunday by inducing a double play from the only batter he faced.

Fantasy Impact: Hand came in with the bases loaded and one out and took three pitches to induce a double play ground ball and preserve the lead for the Marlins in the seventh inning.

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Miami Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler put together a quality start on Sunday, pitching 6.1 innings and allowing only one run on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Koehler was forced back into the Marlins rotation with several injuries to the Marlins starters opening up several spots. He has made the best of his return, pitching well in two straight starts.

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Despite being 0-for-3 with a walk at the plate, Gregory Polanco managed to score a run in a big 8-2 win over the New York Mets. Polanco has been in a big slump as of late, batting .069 in his last ten games.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco has bounced around in the lineup this year, batting everywhere from the leadoff spot to seventh in the order like he was yesterday. The Pirates, now 20-22 on the season, need Polanco to find some consistency, as well as power, to help them get over the .500 mark. Polanco currently has one home run and 12 RBI on the year.

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Alex Meyer moved to bullpen

Sun, May 24th 1:26pm EDT
By Wilson Moore

MIN

Top prospect Alex Meyer was sent to the bullpen in Triple-A Rochester. (Source: Star Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Meyer has had a miserable start to the year, going 2-3 with a 7.09 ERA. He's shown he can pitch well in Triple-A with his performance last year when he went 7-7 with a 3.52 ERA. Hopefully this demotion can turn things back around. As for the big leagues, that's a long ways off. He needs to prove he can be more consistent in the minors before being called up is even a possibility.


Alex Gordon hit his 5th home run during the Royals rain-shortened 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon remains a solid hitter for the Royals. He will not blow you away with his numbers at the plate but is worth having on your fantasy roster for depth.

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Gregor Blanco got the start in left field and lead off in the first half of the doubleheader against the Rockies. He went 1-for-5 with one double and one run scored. He started the second game in center field, batted sixth, and went 2-for-4 with two singles, one stolen base, and one run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Blanco's value has greatly decreased since Hunter Pence returned from injury, and he will now platoon with Justin Maxwell. He has produced well when given the playing time, so he can be considered a legitimate value play in daily games on days when he starts.

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Hunter Pence continued to build on his hot start to his season with a 2-for-5 effort against the Rockies. He hit two singles, knocked in two runs, and also scored two runs himself.

Fantasy Impact: Hunter Pence is proving to be worth the wait for everyone who drafted him. He is also proving to be a force in daily games, recording multiple hits and RBI thanks to manager Bruce Bochy batting him in the middle of the lineup. Unfortunately, his price will most likely rise very soon, so take advantage while you can.

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Justin Verlander is slated to throw a simulated game on Tuesday. The Tigers will evaluate his progress. If all goes well JV could be back in a Tiger uniform and pitching by mid-June. (Source: Jason Beck)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander will likely start a couple of minor league rehab games. Owners should monitor his minor league starts to simulate projected numbers. It will be tough to have confidence in JV once he returns. DFS managers may want to stay away until he establishes a 2015 track record.

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After removing Cole Hamels from the game following 8 innings of work, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg turned to Justin De Fratus to finish off the Nationals. De Fratus recorded 2 strikeouts without allowing a runner to reach base.

Fantasy Impact: The situation was far from being a save, but De Fratus still looked sharp in his opportunity to end the game. Moving forward, this could be a first step in moving up the closer chart to 3rd behind Ken Giles and incumbent closer Jonathan Papelbon.

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A Saturday afternoon matinee with the Washington Nationals proved to be another highly successful trip to the mound for Cole Hamels. The Nationals managed to scratch out just 1 run on 5 hits and 1 walk.

Fantasy Impact: Saturday marked the 4th consecutive start in which Cole Hamels went 7 innings or more while allowing 2 runs or less. The struggles from April seem well behind him as Hamels has been very successful at limiting the long ball and preventing base-runners since the calendar flipped to May.

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Sardinas went 2-for-4 in the Brewers 3-2 loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: He is batting .333 in the eight games he as played since his call up from the minors.

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Martin Maldonado went 2-for-4 with a walk in the Brewers 3-2 loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Maldonado has been filling in for the injured starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy most of this season. He is batting just .168 this season with two home runs and eight RBI.

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Playing second base, Herrera went 2-for-5 in the Brewers 3-2 loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Herrera is batting .228 this season with four home runs in 30 games. He has been seeing a good amount of playing time with all the injuries this season to the Brewers infielders. He has occasional pop in his bat but doesn't hit consistently enough to warrant fantasy consideration.

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Gomez went 2-for-5 with a run scored in the Brewers 3-2 loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Gomez has been batting leadoff lately for the Brewers, but he's been swinging a hot bat. In his last 10 games, he is batting .351 with two home runs and two steals.

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CC Sabathia could only go 2.1 IP in a 15-4 loss to the Texas Rangers yesterday. Sabathia gave up seven hits and six earned runs. He did manage to get four strikeouts in his limited outing. Sabathia is now 2-6 on the season and has a 5.47 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia has been a major disappointment this season, especially at home. He is 0-3 with an 11.77 ERA at Yankee Stadium this season. Hitters are batting .387 against the veteran left hander at home.

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For the third time in his last four starts Stephen Strasburg failed to make it out of the fourth inning, surrendering six runs (five earned) on seven hits, including a homer, as he struck out three and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: After a couple of sharp innings, Strasburg's velocity fell and his fastball lacked movement, making the right-hander eminently hittable. If one of his spring training injuries is lingering, it's possible Strasburg (3-5, ERA 6.50) could go on the DL.

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