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Jrue Holiday said he jammed left thumb late in game against Hawks, said he turned right ankle toward end of second quarter.

At this point, both injuries are considered minor, but fantasy owners should check Holiday's status prior to tip off of Friday night's matchup against the Heat. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run on Thursday afternoon agains the Pirates.

Martinez is already following up his breakout 2014 campaign, not by matching his .315 average, but by nearly surpassing his last season home run total (23) by the All-Star break this year. He still is maintaining a respectable .281 average right now, and his 21 home runs put him close to the top of the American League in that category. So far Martinez has proved to be one of the great steals of the draft.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-4 with a home run on Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

The home run was Cervelli’s fourth of the season, but his 2-for-5 day raised his average to an impressive .304. He seems to be getting off just about every fifth day, which isn’t bad for a starting catcher, so continue to feel confident in Cervelli going forward, so long as you have a capable backup for that fifth day.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Kyle Ryan went four innings, allowed two runs, on three hits, and five walks, while striking out four in a loss to the Pirates on Thursday afternoon.

Ryan has been used as a reliever and spot starter for the Tigers so far this season, and he didn’t step up like the Tigers needed him to on Thursday afternoon, as he only lasted four innings, allowing two runs, and walking five against the Pirates. There is something to be said for him holding the opposition to only two runs despite the eight baserunners, but still the Tigers needed a more efficient outing out of Ryan, and he didn’t deliver. Don’t expect much better than this from Ryan going forward in your fantasy leagues.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Yordano Ventura will probably throw another rehab start for his next outing, manager Ned Yost said.

Ventura is close, but the Royals want him to get another rehab start in before returning to the team. If all goes well, the young righty could make his return right before the All-Star break. If someone dropped Ventura in your league, now is the time to pick him up. Analysis: David Kerr

Wily Peralta threw another bullpen session Thursday, but is still weeks away from a return.

This was Peralta's second successful bullpen session this week, but he still has at least a few weeks before he'll be ready to return from a strained oblique. He will have value in deep mixed and NL-Only leagues upon his return. Analysis: David Kerr

Francisco Liriano shutout the Tigers across seven innings, on five hits, and three walks, while striking out five batters in a win on Thursday afternoon.

After a shaky outing on June 20th, Liriano has come out with back-to-back strong seven inning outings, allowing two runs or less in each start. On Thursday afternoon, he allowed zero runs to the opposing Tigers, allowing them to struggle to pick up his left handed delivery all day long. His only shortcomings were his high walk total (3) and low strikeout total (5), but neither affected the fact that he was going to shutout the Tigers over seven innings. Continue to enlist the veteran lefty with confidence going into the second half of the season.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Ike Davis is not in the Athletics lineup on Thursday.

The A's are facing lefty Roenis Elias, so Davis is going to take a seat in favor of Josh Phegley, who will catch and bat fifth. Stephen Vogt will man first base on Thursday night. Analysis: David Kerr

Shane Victorino could return from the the disabled list Friday.

And he will hit the disabled list again on Sunday--just kidding. At the age of 34, Victorino just isn't a staple of strong health. Assuming he does return this weekend, he's likely to slide into a platoon role with Alejandro De Aza. Analysis: David Kerr

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he was dealing with a dead arm toward the end of his rookie year.

Bortles had a rough rookie season and this gives us some insight as to why he didn't fare too well down the stretch. Jacksonville has a very talented wide receiver corp, so Bortles is going to have plenty of weapons at his disposal this season. The second-year quarterback is expected to make a strong step forward and makes for a valuable commodity in dynasty leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

Orioles have signed free-agent RP Chris Perez to a minor league deal.

This move has zero fantasy value as Perez is currently suspended and will not be able to pitch in the majors until September. He had a few decent seasons in Cleveland, but the chances of him ever becoming relevant again are almost nonexistent.  Analysis: David Kerr

Matt Harrison will start for the Rangers Tuesday or Wednesday, according to GM Jon Daniels.

This is welcoming news for the Rangers as you can never have too much starting pitching depth. With Harrison's 30-day rehab stint finally over, Texas had to make a decision, and they are choosing to insert the veteran lefty back into their rotation. Harrison struggled during his rehab starts, but that wasn't much of a surprise given his layoff. He's worth an add in AL-Only leagues, but we are going to need to see several solid starts before we give a deeper recommendation. Analysis: David Kerr

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