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Kolten Wong went 3-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored against the Pirates on Sunday.

Wong’s second home run of the year was of the walk-off variety in the 14th inning of today’s contest. He took Radhames Liz deep with one out in the bottom of the 14th. Wong raised his average to .294 with today’s three-hit performance and he should be started in all formats moving forward. His fantasy value would gain a nice increase if he could somehow work his way to the top of the lineup. Analysis: Colby Conway

Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored against the Pirates on Sunday.

Carpenter’s hot start to the season continues, as his batting average is a robust .365 thus far. His 4th inning round tripper was his fourth of the year and he raised his RBI total to 16 in the process. Carpenter should be started in all formats, without question. Analysis: Colby Conway

Michael Wacha allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out two in 6 2/3 innings of work against the Pirates on Sunday.

Wacha’s 4-0 record remains intact, but a solid outing from Vance Worley for Pittsburgh negated him from getting his fifth win of the season. Wacha wasn’t at his best in his last start—allowing six hits and four earned runs against the Phillies—but he was extremely good today. He kept the Pirates off the board and was in line for a win, if it weren’t for a ninth inning home run. Wacha will start on Friday night against who do you know, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jung Ho Kang went 2-for-5 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Kang could see an increase in playing time if he continues to produce like this when given the opportunity. He has five hits in the last four games, including today’s home run, three RBI and even one stolen base. Kang could be an intriguing deeper league option if he can attract regular playing time, but until then, owners in anything less than a 14-team league can leave him off their roster. Analysis: Colby Conway

Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-2 with a home run, four walks, one RBI and one run scored against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Alvarez’s 12th inning home run was his fifth of the year, and it also gave him his 12th RBI of the 2015 campaign. What’s really impressing for Alvarez is that he walked four times in the game, and didn’t strike out once! That is quite a rare feat for the strikeout prone first baseman. Alvarez has serious pop in his bat and owners who can afford to punt batting average can leave him in their lineup, hoping for a massive power binge. Analysis: Colby Conway

Vance Worley allowed one earned run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts over six solid innings against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Worley righted the ship following his last start for the Pirates. He allowed nine hits and four earned runs in his last start, but he was much better in this one. He notched a quality start in this outing, but he doesn’t strike out many batters. He has just eight strikeouts in his last 12 innings pitched, but on a positive note, he has walked only two batters in that same span. He could be a service streaming option as his next start will be on Saturday against a familiar foe, the St. Louis Cardinals. Analysis: Colby Conway

James Loney went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo homer during Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Orioles.

After missing most of April due to an oblique injury, Loney has been swinging the bat well over the nine games since his return. The veteran first baseman has gone 10-for-33 with two homers and two doubles during that stretch.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Nathan Karns turned in five shutout frames versus the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, surrendering just two hits and a walk while recording four strikeouts.

Upon his departure from Sundays game, Karns was in line to pick up his second victory of the season. However, the Rays bullpen blew the lead and left the 27-year-old righty with a no-decision. With all the early-season injuries to the rotation, Karns has filled in admirably so far in 2015 and should see at least another turn or two before Alex Cobb returns from the disabled list.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Zach Britton picked up a save in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Rays, as he allowed a walk and no hits with two strikeouts across 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

For those that referred to his brilliant 2014 as a fluke, Britton is silencing the critics with his work so far this season. The left-handed closer is 5-of-6 in his save chances, allowing just two runs on seven hits and three walks while racking up 15 punchouts across 10 2/3 innings.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Adam Jones went 4-for-4 with four singles and two RBI during Sunday’s 4-2 victory versus the Rays.

Following a 1-for-8 slide over the last two games, Jones brought his average back above the .400 mark with Sundays four-hit performance. The four-time All-Star has certainly been one of the leagues most valuable players over the first month of the season, as he has put up a 1.104 OPS with five homers and 21 RBI through 23 games.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Wei-Yin Chen worked six solid innings in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Rays, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

After a breakout effort in 2014 saw him rack up 16 wins for the Orioles, Chen appears to be blazing a trail toward another strong campaign. The lefty from Taiwan has held the opposition to a .216 average while posting a 2.83 ERA and 1.15 WHIP across 28 2/3 innings to this point in 2015, but has somehow not registered a victory through five starts. With such a strong lineup supporting him, that should change soon if Chen continues to pitch at this level. He will once again attempt to seek out that elusive first win of the season Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Analysis: Nate Miller

Luke Gregerson recorded his sixth save with one walk and one strikeout against Seattle on Sunday.

Gregerson could be striking a few more batters out, but he’s been pretty solid so far. More importantly, the Astros can’t lose right now, so Gregerson may see more save opportunities that would have been expected in the preseason. Analysis: Brett Talley

Chris Carter went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk and two strikeouts against Seattle on Sunday.

Carter is one of the ultimate three-true outcome guys in the league right now, and he had one of the three true outcomes in each of his four plate appearances on Sunday. His power has been down a bit this year, and he’s partly to blame for hitting more groundballs and fewer fly balls than he has in the past. He’ll have to start elevating more, but it’s still early and batted ball profiles are very variable. Analysis: Brett Talley

Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBI against Seattle on Sunday.

Those are home runs five and six for Gattis, but he’s still hitting below .200. He’s projected to hit around .240 the rest of the way, so while you don’t own him for average, he’s got some positive regression coming there. You do, however, own him for the power, and he now has five home runs in 50 at-bats at home this year. He’s always someone to consider in daily leagues when playing in Houston. Analysis: Brett Talley

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