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The Orioles are expected to recall Tyler Wilson prior to Monday's game.

Wilson is expected to get the start in Oakland on Monday night. Wilson has a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings of work with the O's this year (one start, four relief appearances), but he struck out just four batters in those 17 innings. Don't get cute and consider him as an option on Monday night. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jason Castro went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored against Arizona on Sunday.

Castro, and Astros catchers, stayed hot with Sunday’s performance. After homering on Thursday and Friday, Castro sat in favor of Hank Conger who homered twice on Saturday. Castro generally sits against lefties, but Conger, a switch-hitter, is better against right-handers as well, so the Astros don’t lose much offensively when Castro starts against a left-handed starter. Analysis: Brett Talley

Evan Gattis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against Arizona on Sunday.

If you’re not getting exactly what you expected out of Gattis, your preseason expectations were whack. Gattis is on pace to flirt with 25 home runs with a good RBI total and a below average, but not killer, batting average. Expect more of the same in the last two months. Analysis: Brett Talley

Luke Gregerson recorded his 22nd save of the season against Arizona on Sunday allowing just one hit.

Gregerson doesn’t have a crazy high strikeout rate or insane ratios, and he may not get to 35 saves. He’s obviously not an elite fantasy closer, but if all you’re after is some saves, Gregerson is as safe in his job as anyone right now. Analysis: Brett Talley

Collin McHugh allowed one run and eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings against Arizona on Sunday.

McHugh hasn’t been nearly as good as he was last year as his strikeout rate is virtually average after being well above average last year. But his control is still there, and he is generating more groundballs, so he deserves an ERA of about 4.00 or maybe a hair lower. His ERA is currently 4.27, so he may have a few more good games like Sunday’s outing coming. He has a pretty favorable matchup his next time out on Friday in Oakland. Analysis: Brett Talley

Robbie Ray allowed four runs and seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts in five innings against Houston on Sunday.

Through 12 starts Ray has strikeout and walk rates that are both a bit better than average. But they’re not so much better than average that he can be expected to continue posting an ERA around 3.00. His xFIP sits at 3.94, and once his 3.8 percent HR/FB rate normalizes a bit, his ERA may end up closer to four than three. He’s good, he’s just not this good. He’ll go again Friday against Cincinnati. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jake Lamb went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI against Houston on Sunday.

Lamb has been pretty strictly platooned, and he has seen little work against left-handed pitching this year. The problem is that he’s been virtually average against right-handed pitching. And with a .363 BABIP against right-handers, there is no bad luck to blame. Analysis: Brett Talley

Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a double and a run against Houston on Sunday.

Castillo benefitted greatly from Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s recent injury as Castillo played a large majority of the games behind the plate in Salty’s absence. And he played well as his wOBA since the All-Star break is over .450. But he struck out in almost 40 percent of his plate appearances and rode a .400 BABIP to most of his success. With Salty back now and regression likely for Castillo, don’t count on as much from him going forward. Analysis: Brett Talley

Kris Bryant will be reevaluated on Monday after leaving Sunday's game with an injury.

W're still not clear on what the injury was exactly. He was tagged hard on the helmet at one point, so it could be a potential concussion issue. That they'll be reevaluating him a day later makes sense with respect to a possible concussion. Javier Baez could be in line for a call up if Bryant misses time Analysis: Brett Talley

The White Sox are expected to promote outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.

Thompson has displayed a power/speed combo in the minors and has 13 home runs and 11 steals in 417 PA at Triple-A this year. There doesn't seem to be a regular spot for Thompson so he may serve as a fourth outfielder for now. If he ends up getting some regular work, he could be someone to consider in deeper leagues. Analysis: Brett Talley

The Indians are weighing the possibility to placing Jason Kipnis (shoulder) on the disabled list.

Kipnis DH'ed on Friday and Saturday nights before sitting out on Sunday, so apparently this shoulder injury has been an isue for a few days now. Kipnis has ridden a .375 BABIP to an excellent .326 batting average this season. He has been hitting line drives at an incredibly high rate, but counting on a super-high line drive rate to continue is foolhardy, so Kipnis could be in line for some regression in that department if this injury doesn't knock him out for the rest of the year. Analysis: Brett Talley

The White Sox have optioned Scott Carroll to Triple-A Charlotte.

The 30-year-old Carroll has a career 4.56 ERA and a paltry 11.6 percent strikeout rate, so there's no value lost with this demotion. Analysis: Brett Talley

Manager Terry Collins says Steven Matz could return in early September.

Matz was excellent in two starts for the Mets before getting injured and could certainly help down the stretch if he gets healthy. But fantasy owners should note that he has struggled with his control, and an ERA in the high threes with good strikeout numbers is a reasonable expectation. That has some value, but a few starts of that kind of production in September won't be any kind of difference maker. Analysis: Brett Talley

Henry Owens will start Tuesday against the Yankees.

Owens just turned 23 and he'll get his first major league start as a bit of a late birthday present. In 21 starts at Triple-A this season, Ownes owns a 3.16 ERA, but his strikeout-to-walk ratio leaves something to be desired at less than 2:1. He flashed some high strikeout numbers in previous seasons, but he's striking out just 20.6 percent of batters faced at Triple-A this season. That makes it a little tough to expect too much from him at the big league level right away. With a tough matchup against the Yankees in New York on Tuesday, Owens should be avoided. Analysis: Brett Talley

Orioles optioned RHPr Jorge Rondon to Triple-A Norfolk.

Rondon pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the O's today. But the 27-year-old Rondon did not display encouraging strikeout and walk rates throughout his minor league career, so not much should be expected from him if he makes it back to Baltimore's pen. Analysis: Brett Talley

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