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Mike Trout went 1-for-2 last night scoring a run and drawing a walk in a win against the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Trout raised his batting average to .323 but did strike out once. He is as consistent as they come as he is always producing in some category. He is the top outfielder in the game.

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CF Michael Bourn will bat ninth against the Tigers instead of his usual leadoff. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Michael Bourn used to be the ultimate leadoff hitter but his skills are fading. Since 1st July he has a 0.293 OBP and just four stolen bases. It is possible that the demotion could revitalize the center-fielder. Unless Jason Kipnis seizes his opportunity against the Tigers on Sunday, expect Michael Bourn to resume his role at the top of the lineup next week.

Zach Britton blew his first save of the year when he allowed the Red Sox to tie the game in top of the 9th. Britton pitched one inning allowing one run on two hits and a walk. Britton also struck out two batters.

Fantasy Impact: It was an uncharacteristic outing for Britton who is 3-for-4 on save opportunities in 2015. Britton holds a 2.16 ERA on the year, but his fantasy value is boosted by his outstanding 13.0 K/9.

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Kole Calhoun went 3-for-4 last night as the Angels beat the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Calhoun raised his batting average to .309. It's a shame he got on base three times and couldn't score a run but at least he's hitting and didn't strike out.

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Ian Kennedy returned to the rotation thinking he was ready to go. Well after 4 1/3 innings and an 11-8 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday night, Kennedy may need some bullpen work before getting into the regular rotation. He gave up 8 runs and three home-runs. His location and his rhythm just seemed off as the Dodgers hitters took advantage in a big way. Kennedy commented after looking over the video of his outing. "I didn't execute a lot of my pitches. And when I started falling behind [in the count], the pitches I tried to locate, I didn't locate them as well," Kennedy said. In the game tape Kennedy saw his upper-body was off which in turn was messing up with his throwing mechanics, an old behavior of his. "It's one of those things I've done in the past, I'm trying to get away from. Last year, it was an inning or two or a pitch here and there. I've got it pretty much figured out what it was," Kennedy said.

Fantasy Impact: Ian Kennedy remains a high risk/high reward type of pitcher for all you fantasy owners out there. If you have him, be weary and may be better to bench him for awhile. If he is on your waiver-wires, think twice about bringing him onto your every day rosters. If you have an empty bench slot, then maybe worth picking up. 8 runs was the most Kennedy's has given up since he gave up 10 against the Cardinals in June of 2013. So this is NOT a normal trend for Kennedy.

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James Paxton pitched 4.2 innings, allowing five hits, four unearned run (one earned), while striking out seven batters in the Mariners 8-5 loss to the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Paxton reached 106 pitches at the time of his exit in the fifth inning, otherwise he would have stayed in. His pitches were on-point, but his command was off, walking three batters, and the Mariners defense did not help out, committing three errors. Paxton owns a 6.86 ERA but looked better on Saturday. Monitor his progress going forward, if owners begin to give up on Paxton, you can either pick him up without losing a lot via trade, or make a waiver claim for him.

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RF Brandon Moss has dropped to sixth in the lineup to face the Tigers on Sunday. He has moved down one spot for the first time in eleven games to accommodate Ryan Raburn's right-hand bat within the trio of Indians' power left-handers. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Moss struggled at the start of the season but his two-homer night on Friday will certainly help to boost his confidence. He has hit three home runs already compared to just one in the first two weeks of last season - a season in which he had hit 21 home runs by the end of the first half.

Scott Feldman picked up his second quality-start of the year, scattering five hits over 6.2 innings, while striking out six batters. Feldman was pitching a shutout until a two-RBI triple by Eric Sogard in the seventh inning.

Fantasy Impact: Feldman had command of his pitches on Saturday, especially his cutter which he used more than 65% of the time. With a record of 2-2 and an ERA of 4.81, Feldman won't jump off the page as a fantasy baseball star, but those in deeper leagues have to take notice. He might burn you with a bad start here and there, but he bounces back with games like this to earn a roster spot in some leagues.

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Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with his second home run of the year, a three-run shot in the second inning to break the game open. The Astros went on to win 9-3 over the Athletics.

Fantasy Impact: Altuve leads the Astros with 11 RBI and has shown flashes of power. His home run was a hanging curveball left up in the zone by A's pitcher Kendall Graveman. If you are an Altuve owner, you are reaping the benefits as he's hitting .315 with 2 HR, 11 RBI, and 5 SB, an absolute jack-of-all-trades to start the season.

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LF Michael Brantley looks to have fully recovered from the lower back strain that caused him to miss six games. He will bat third against the Tigers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: There have not been many hotter players over the last week. In the last seven days, Michael Brantley is batting .478 (11-for-23) and is showing the elite form hoped by those who invested a second round pick.

2B Jason Kipnis will bat leadoff on Sunday against the Tigers. Usual leadoff hitter Michael Bourn will drop down to the number nine hole. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis stole another base yesterday and now has two on the season to go with his .239 AVG. His 16-for-67 record is made up of 15 singles and one triple. Both leadoff candidates of Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis have a disappointing .254 OBP this season. Either could grab the role and keep it all season.

It was only his second start, but Jorge De La Rosa bounced back from a rough season debut by keeping the Giants in check with 2 runs over 5 innings. He added 7 Ks and 2 walks in the 5-4 extra inning loss.

Fantasy Impact: De La Rosa didn't get a decision, but it was still a respectable outing with limited trouble. He is scheduled to open the series in San Diego next Thursday. He will need to string a couple of positive outings before being considered in any fantasy realm.

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Adam Wainwright left his matchup with the Brewers with an ankle injury and news has worsened overnight about the injury. The latest news states that Adam Wainwright will likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season with a torn achilles. Wainwright had pitched four innings, allowing three hits and striking out three batters, before leaving the game after he felt pain in his left ankle after a pop out in the top of the fifth inning. He was in a walking boot after the game and will be re-evaluated when the Cardinals return to St. Louis. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wainwright is a true SP1 and this loss will be devastating for the Cardinals and fantasy owners alike; it is also the second time in five seasons that Wainwright will have a wasted season, as he missed 2011 with Tommy John surgery. The best step now for fantasy owners is to work the waiver wire for high upside players like Nick Martinez or Anthony DeSclafani, look to veterans with spotty outings like CC Sabathia or John Lackey, or trade from other depth on your team.

Category: Injury Updates

Joakim Soria mowed through the 6-7-8 hitters to collect his sixth save of the season. He struck out pinch-hitter Roberto Perez to finish off the 4-1 victory over the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Soria would have a perfect season through his 7.2 innings in 2015 had it not been for a 2-out single after a defensive indifference. The save gives Soria the second most in the AL behind Angel reliever Huston Street.

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Bobby Parnell, recovering from Tommy John surgery, was diagnosed with forearm soreness as he continues his rehab assignment. Parnell will be shut down for five days to rest his arm. (Source: Adam Rubin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This setback will delay Parnell's eventual return to the Mets. Fortunately, the pain he experienced wasn't a more severe setback in his recovery. Notwithstanding, between this somewhat minor setback and Jeurys Familia's continued dominance in the role as Mets closer, it's highly unlikely Parnell will displace Familia when he returns. Parnell can be largely ignored in formats that don't reward holds.

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It could be a temporary situation, but Rasmus batted fifth against Oakland. He got two hits and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: This game marks the sixth game in a row Rasmus has gotten on-base. His 19 strikeouts in 15 games remain a concern. He's still a decent player to round out a DFS roster, if you're trying to fit in expensive players, like Adrian Gonzalez or Mike Trout.

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Harvey (4-0) went 8.2 IP against the Yankees yesterday, striking out seven and yielding only 2 ER. In yet another quality start for Harvey, he only gave up five hits and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: Despite a mild ankle sprain reported earlier in the week, Harvey wasn't slowed down at all. Continue to roll with Harvey in all formats. His next start is scheduled against the Nationals at home later this week.

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Mike Napoli hit a two-run home run off of Wei-Yin Chen in Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Orioles. Napoli went 3 for 4 in the game to raise his average to .183.

Fantasy Impact: Big things were expected of Mike Napoli coming into the season. He is the healthiest he's been in years. And being in the middle of a stacked lineup gives him protection and plenty of chances to drive in runs. But Napoli has been ice cold as his stats show. This could be the start of a hitting streak so keep an eye on Napoli if he is on your waiver wire.

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Chris Owings went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run scored Saturday. He has a five-game hitting streak and has raised his batting average .138 in the past 10 days to .241. The two stolen bases give him four on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Owings also didn't strike out in his four at-bats, which is encouraging since his early-season woes included a whopping 14 K's in his first seven starts. A deep sleeper before the season, Owings may be available in your league and is worth a look while he remains hot or if you are thin in your middle-infield positions.

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Andre Ethier had a huge game filling in for Yasiel Puig in right field and batting second. Ethier went 3-for-4 with a walk, a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored, and he is now batting .353 / .452 / .647 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: It is still unclear how much time Puig will miss with an injured hamstring, but Ethier has proved himself a valuable fantasy commodity thus far this season when he is in the starting lineup against right-handed pitching.

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