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Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon will miss series against Angels due to the death of his sister.

McClendon will step aside for the next three games against the Tigers and return when the Mariners take on the Angels. It has been a tough season for Seattle and McClendon, but the All-Star break might be the mental break that each need. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Ryan Vogelsong and Manager Brucy Bochy have been ejected from Sunday night's game.

Vogelsong had gone four innings and given up just one run, but won't be going any further into the Sunday Night game. Josh Osich took over in relief. Analysis: Rob Trayah

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants were really, really encouraged by Hunter Pence's pre-game workout on Sunday.

Pence has been sidelined twice this season with long stints on the DL, but took BP on Sunday and gave encouraging signs that he might be back soon. Don't expect him back before the break, however, so temper your expectation until you hear a definite timeline. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three total RBI during Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Rockies.

Tomas continues to be a steady source of offense for the Diamondbacks here in his first season in the States. The 24-year-old native of Cuba has now hit safely in six of the past seven games, going 9-for-29 with two home runs, two doubles and eight RBI. Analysis: Nate Miller

Rubby De La Rosa worked into the sixth inning of Sunday afternoon’s 6-4 loss to the Rockies, surrendering six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three.

De La Rosa had been brilliant over a four-start stretch from mid-to-late June, posting a microscopic 1.30 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 23-to-7 K/BB ratio across 27 2/3 innings. However, Sundays outing was obviously a different story, as the young right-hander was touched up for six runs across five-plus frames. De La Rosa will look to get back on track next Sunday versus the Mets. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mike Bolsinger allowed four runs and nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings against the Mets on Sunday.

Bolsinger has been pitching above his head bit with a sub-3.00 ERA, but his ERA is now 3.09 and very comparable to his 3.28 xFIP. His control is a bit spotty, but his strikeout rate is much better than average, and his ground ball rate is excellent at 56.6 percent. Those two skills are more than enough to make an above average pitcher. He’s only about half owned in shallow leagues, so see if he’s available. He’ll go again on Friday against the Brewers at home. Analysis: Brett Talley

Steven Matz threw six scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Sunday allowing two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.

There has been a lot of love for Matz who has allowed just two runs in his first two major league starts over 13 2/3 innings. He has 14 strikeouts in that span, which is nice, but he also has five walks and a below average ground ball rate. But it’s too early to make much of a determination about Matz. He’s definitely going to be fantasy-relevant, but let’ reserve judgment about what his value is for now. He’s scheduled to go again next Sunday at home against Arizona. Analysis: Brett Talley

Carlos Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a couple of runs scored in Sunday’s 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

After going a miserable 3-for-29 across his last eight games, Gonzalez snapped out of his recent slump in a big way Sunday afternoon. Batting just .244 with a .722 OPS through 76 games, Cargo has obviously not put together the type of bounce-back campaign many were hoping for. However, the two-time All-Star is slugging well north of .500 since the beginning of June with seven of his 11 homers coming during that span.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Juan Lagares went 2-for-5 with a triple, run and two RBI against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Lagares generally plays all but a game or two each week, so he gets enough work to have value in deeper leagues. His best asset is his defense, but he can give you decent average and a tiny bit of speed in a deep league if you need it. Analysis: Brett Talley

Ruben Tejada went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Tejada has one steal, one home run and is hitting .238. He’ll continue to play regularly thanks to his defense, but he just doesn’t have any fantasy value with that kind of offensive production. Analysis: Brett Talley

Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and a couple of runs scored during Sunday’s 6-4 victory versus the Diamondbacks.

Tulowitzki is on quite an odd stretch at the plate. The slugging shortstops current hitting streak now stands at an 18 games. However, just four of Tulowitzkis 26 hits during that span have gone for extra bases. This impressive run with the bat has seen the four-time All-Star post a .371 batting average with 11 RBI and 12 runs scored across 76 plate appearances. Analysis: Nate Miller

Wilmer Flores went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a run and three RBI against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Flores is not a ratio stud. He doesn’t have much speed, so he likely won’t carry a high BABIP. And he rarely walks, so he’s not any better in OBP leagues. But he does make contact very frequently, so his batting average isn’t terrible. And that’s all you need in standard leagues from a shortstop with ten home runs. At his position, his power more than makes up for his other deficiencies. Analysis: Brett Talley

Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Murphy has hit safely in five of six games since returning from the DL. He’s 7-for-21 over that stretch, so if you haven’t already put him back in your lineup, it’s safe to do so. He’ll keep playing third base, but he should already qualify there on most platforms. Analysis: Brett Talley

Curtis Granderson went 2-for-5 with a double, run, RBI and walk against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Granderson is certainly exceeding expectations this year. Owners would have been happy to have his 20 home runs again from last year, but he’s on pace to flirt with 25. And his batting average is at .251, about 20-25 points higher than it has been the last two years. However, his average is driven by a 27.9 percent line drive rate that is bound to tail off, and he is 34-years old, so expecting some regression could make sense. You might see what he would fetch in a trade. Analysis: Brett Talley

John Axford picked up a save in Sunday’s 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks, giving up two hits while striking out one in a scoreless bottom of the ninth.

Axford continues his resurgent season as a big-league closer. The rocket-armed righty has now converted 14-of-15 save opportunities while pitching to a strong 2.28 ERA across 23 2/3 innings.  Analysis: Nate Miller

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