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 Luol Deng will join Bulls in Miami on Sunday, an off day for the team. But his Game 1 availability is questionable.

Deng remains sick, but doctors are not sure exactly what is ailing him. Considering the nature of the illness, there is clearly no timetable for his return, though it's safe to say he'll remain out of the lineup until the second-round series returns to Chicago on Friday. Luol Deng's absence will allow Marco Belinelli to play the wing for the Bulls, as long as he's out of the game.ANALYST:

Torii Hunter went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Hunter was the only Minnesota Twin to do any sort of damage with the bat today. His home run was one of just three hits the team could muster, providing the lone Minnesota run on the afternoon. He hasn’t hit more than 20 homers since 2011 (23), but he seems poised to surpass 20 round trippers this season. Analysis: Colby Conway

Ervin Santana allowed three earned runs on six hits while walking three and striking out two in six innings of work against the Blue Jays on Monday.

Santana has a 2-2 record and 3.89 ERA on the season since joining the Twins. A big part of Santana’s success this season has to do with limiting the home run. In his two wins this season, he allowed zero homers in 15 2/3 shutout innings. However, in non-winning starts, he has surrendered eight home runs. He surrendered two today, one to Josh Donaldson and the other to Ryan Goins, but he pitched well enough to earn the quality start. He will face the Cleveland Indians on Saturday in his next start. Analysis: Colby Conway

Ryan Goins went 2-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored on Monday against the Twins.

Goins will continue to serve as a regular player up the middle for Toronto while Devon Travis is on the disabled list. However, upon Travis’ return, Goins will return to the bench and only play when Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson or Travis need a break. Even with his .228 average, he is nothing more than a punt play in DFS. Analysis: Colby Conway

Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and one run scored on Monday against the Twins.

When it comes to third baseman this year, Donaldson has been everything and then some. He is posting MVP-type numbers and is a legitimate contender at this juncture of the season. He is hitting .293 with 27 homers, 77 RBI and 74 runs scored. It goes without saying, but it’s very wise to just leave him in your lineup. Analysis: Colby Conway

David Price allowed one earned run on three hits while walking two and striking out 11 in eight innings against the Twins on Monday.

Price dazzled in his team debut and he showed everyone why the team gave up what they did to acquire him. Toronto finally has an ace to go along with that powerful offense, making them a team to be reckoned with down the stretch run. Price is now 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA on the season and he is a legitimate No. 1 starter in all formats. His next start will come on Saturday against the New York Yankees. Analysis: Colby Conway

Josh Reddick is not in the Athletics lineup on Monday.

This was anticipated, as yesterday manager Bob Melvin stated that Reddick would be doubtful for Monday's matchup. Expect them to take it day-to-day with the WWE-loving outfielder and his sore lower back. In the meantime, Sam Fuld is getting the start in right field and will bat seventh. Fuld is carrying an affordable $2600 pricetag on FanDuel tonight, so he might be worth a look if you are strapped for budget room.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Athletics option Dan Otero to Triple-A Nashville.

Otero hasn't been productive enough this season to warrant him a spot on the major league roster anymore, posting only two holds in 24 appearances and a 5.79 ERA.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Athletics option Jake Smolinksi to Triple-A Nashville.

Smolinski has done nothing of fantasy note this season, so this move has little implications going forward. With Coco Crisp coming off the DL, Smolinski happened to be the odd man out in terms of the outfield platoon. Expect him back in the bigs sometime in the future.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Athletics recall Arnold Leon from Triple-A Nashville.

Leon was sent down in a move that saw Coco Crisp reinstated from the DL. Leon wasn't a fantasy relevant player anyway, so no harm no foul.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Athletics reinstate Coco Crisp (neck) from the 15-day disabled list.

Crisp figures to see plenty of time in the A's outfield, likely in a platoon, as they will rotate players through on a daily basis in true Billy Beane form. Expect adequate production from the veteran OF, but keep an eye on the daily lineups before playing him, as his on and off days might be erratic.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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