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Cardinals 1B Dan Johnson has been outrighted to Triple-A Memphis.

Joshson makes way for newly acquired Brandon Moss, who will get the playing at first base in St. Louis. With Matt Holliday going down again, the Cardibals traded for amoss to become their thumper in the lineup. He will be a cheap play in daily leagues, but should be the primary cornerman going forward.  Analysis: Rob Trayah

Cardinals RHP Marcus Hatley has been outrighted to Triple-A Memphis.

Hatley saw action in two games but will go back to Memphis to make room for Steve Cishek. He pitched well with a hit, two walks and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of work. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jonathan Gray is expected to start for the Rockies Tuesday.

Gray was the third overall pick in 2013, but his minor league numbers have not exactly lived up to his lofty draft status. In 21 games at Triple-A this season, Gray has a 4.33 ERA, 3.89 FIP and 2.68 K/BB rate. While he probably needs to be owned in deeper leagues and keeper leagues, it is going to be awfully hard to feel confident starting him in Coors until he has some big league success. He could be a sneaky tournament play for DFS Tuesday against the strikeout-prone Mariners, but Gray could easily give up five home runs as well. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Kyle Lohse is in danger of losing his spot in the rotation, manager Craig Counsell said on Sunday.

Lohse has been flat out dreadful this year for the Brewers, after going 4 1/3 innings on Sunday against the Cubs. He only costed owners $5,500 today in daily leagues, but Lohse isn't even close to worth that much right now. His 6.24 ERA and 1.44 WHIP coupled with his 5-12 record make Lohse a very unattractive play in any league. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run against the Nationals on Sunday.

Murphy hit an absolute bomb for his seventh homer of the year. Still, Murphy doesn't hold enough power to make up for his average overall numbers so he's not one you want to pursue very heavily. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Curtis Granderson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Nationals on Sunday.

Granderson is providing some great power out of the leadoff spot for the Mets, powering his 17th bomb of the year tonight. He is projected for 26 homers, but only 59 RBI, a con to batting in the top spot. His average (.254) and slugging percentage (.443) are opposites of what you'd expect them to be. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Nationals on Sunday.

Duda is absolutely on fire and is a must-start until he shows signs of slowing down. He became the first Mets player in franchise history to hit nine home runs in an eight-game span after his 21st bomb of the season tonight. Duda was middling around this summer until coming on strong this past week. In his last eight games he has nine homers, 11 hits and a ridiculous 1.393 slugging percentage. This is obviously something Duda won’t be able to keep up, but until he drops off keep him in your lineup. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Anthony Rendon went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run against the Mets on Sunday.

After spending a month on the DL, Rendon has struggled to get back on track, but it looks like he might be closer after tonight’s performance. Rendon is now 8-for-28 in his last seven games and hit his first homer of the year tonight. He is a good option in deeper leagues, but his overall numbers are not overly impressive. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Yunel Escobar went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Mets on Sunday.

It looks like Escobar has finally found a welcome home in Washington. After stops in Toronto and Tampa Bay, Escobar is enjoying a career-best year. He owns a solid .314/.361/.411 line that has put him in plenty of run scoring situations. Hitting in a lineup as good as Washington’s, that won’t slow down anytime soon. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Tyler Clippard collected his 18th save of the season against the Mets on Sunday.

Making his fourth appearance after being dealt over from the A’s, Clippard has been solid in his bullpen role with the Mets. Jeurys Familia had made three-straight appearances and needed some rest, so Clippard’s was bumped from his normal set-up role to the closer. He shut the door efficiently, although he won’t get very many save opportunities this summer. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on seven hits with no walks and nine strikeouts over eight innings against the Nationals on Sunday.

Syndergaard has been fun to watch this year, providing some electrifying stuff, including in tonight’s start. Syndergaard is only 22 years old, and he already owns amazing control (100:20 K/BB) with a fantastic ERA (2.66). He is a must-start in all formats, and will be for years to come as long as he stays healthy. Syndergaard’s next start comes on the road against the Rays on Saturday. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Jordan Zimmerman allowed five runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts across six innings against the Mets on Sunday.

Zimmerman has been inconsistent this year but he still owns solid numbers across the board. Other than an opponents’ average that is far higher than his owners would like to see (.274), Zimmerman owns a solid 3.54 ERA and a 99:25 K/BB ratio. His strikeout rate is down in favor of being an overall more effective pitcher. With Zimmerman being up and down—as tonight’s start is a microcosm of—he cannot be counted on every time he takes the mound. Zimmerman’s next start comes at home on Friday against the Rockies. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Alexi Amarista went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored against the Marlins on Sunday

Amarista hit his third home run of the year on Sunday. He hasn’t had a great year to this point and he is hoping things will turn for the best in the second half. He is now hitting .201 with three home runs and 23 RBI on the year.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

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