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Adrian Gonzalez (neck) has returned to the Dodgers lineup.

AGonz barely missed any playing time and its a good sign hes back in the lineup. Keep him active in all formats and start him in weekly leagues. The +.300 avg is a nice touch and his positional flexibility makes him more valuable as a top tier OF.ANALYST:

Hunter Pence went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, one run scored and one stolen base in the Giants 8-4 win over the Brewers on Monday.

The long delay to Pence’s season has not hindered his production as he’s hitting .342 with nine runs, one home run, nine RBI and one stolen base over his first 10 games. The Giants offense had been struggling prior to Pence’s return but they have since gone 8-2 while averaging 6.4 runs per contest. Barring any injury setbacks Pence should be among the some of the top run producers given his spot in the lineup. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base in the Giants 8-4 win over the Brewers on Monday.

Aoki is on pace for another solid season as he’s hitting, .312 with 20 runs, two home runs, 15 RBI and 11 stolen bases on the season. The 11 stolen bases put Aoki on pace to surpass his career high of 30 set during his rookie season back in 2012 and as long as he is hitting a top the Giants lineup he should score plenty of runs now that Hunter Pence has returned. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Tim Lincecum struggled but still managed to pick up his fifth win of the season on Monday after he allowed four earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four over 5.0 innings in the Giants 8-4 win over the Brewers.

Lincecum was hurt by the long ball in this one has he gave up three home runs after allowing just one home run over his previous eight starts. The four earned runs bumped his season ERA to a still impressive 2.56 and while it seems the days of Lincecum and his impressive strikeout totals have gone by the wayside his overall production should have his owners happy to this point in the season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

The Angels have optioned C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cron was batting just .204 in limited work this season, so the 25-year-old will get a chance to work out his issues at the plate in the minors. He should be back up at some point this season, but he is irrelevant for fantasy until then. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Rays manager Kevin Cash was hopeful outfielder Steven Souza would be able to return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.

Souza sprained his wrist on Sunday, but he seems to be much better following an absence on Monday. The pain and swelling rapidly decreased and if he doesn't return Tuesday, he should be available shortly thereafter. Despite his absurd strikeout rate, he has been a nice source of power and steals on the season. Analysis: Colby Conway

Chris Johnson went 0 for 1 during a rehab assignment Monday.

The original return date for Johnson was Thursday, but team personnel believes that he could return before then. His 0-for-1 wasn't an ideal performance, but the team is more concerned that he shows no ill effects from this hand injury. He was hitting .279 before going on the DL. Analysis: Colby Conway

Stephen Curry has returned for the Warriors.

Curry passed all league mandated tests and he will look to help the Warriors come back in this one. Curry and the Warriors lead the series 3-0 and are looking for the sweep tonight in Houston. Analysis: Colby Conway

Mariners send Danny Farquhar to Triple-A Tacoma.

2015 hasn't been treating Farquhar well, prompting the team to send him to Triple-A to attempt to work out the kinks. He was 0-3 with a 6.46 ERA and 1.56 WHIP before being sent to Triple-A Tacoma. Analysis: Colby Conway

Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored against the Pirates on Monday.

Stanton has 13 home runs and 42 RBI on the season as he shows why he is an elite fantasy option. His low batting average should rise as the season progresses, but he is doing enough in other categories to be a constant producer for his owners. Continue starting Stanton in all formats. Analysis: Colby Conway

David Phelps allowed four earned runs on eight hits with two walks while striking out four in six innings against the Pirates on Monday.

Phelps was hurt by the long ball in this one, serving up round trippers to Francisco Cervelli and Pedro Alvarez. Phelps has secured a spot in the Marlins rotation but he isn't going to be a fantasy game changer by any stretch of the imagination. He has allowed nine earned runs on 22 hits in his last 17 innings pitched. He will make his next start on Sunday against the New York Mets. Analysis: Colby Conway

Austin Jackson has been reinstated from the disabled list. He'll rejoin the Mariners on Tuesday.

Owners should get Jackson active in their lineups. He is a threat to steal a base anytime he gets on and he should be able to be a steady producer atop the Seattle lineup. Get Jackson active. Analysis: Colby Conway

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-2 with a home run, one walk, three RBI and one run scored against the Marlins on Monday.

Cervelli is hitting .316 on the year but the peripheral numbers haven't been particularly impressive from a fantasy standpoint. Tonight's home run was his first of the season, something Cervelli owners have been wanting for a long time. Some of Cervelli's fantasy value actually hinges on his teammates, because he will need their help to improve his counting stats. Analysis: Colby Conway

Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and one RBI on Monday against the Marlins.

Despite his .241 average, Alvarez has been a solid contributor to many fantasy teams. He has nine homers and 21 RBI on the season as he is now an everyday player for the Pittsburgh Pirates. There was some platoon talk at first base in Pittsburgh early on, but Alvarez has shown that his bat needs to be in the lineup on a daily basis. Analysis: Colby Conway

Mark Melancon earned his 11th save by pitching a clean ninth inning on Monday against the Marlins.

The struggles of the Pirates have not only hurt Melancon's save chances, but owners who drafted him with the hopes of being a top tier closer. However, he is overcome some early season struggles and his job as the Pittsburgh closer is safe for the time being. Continue running Melancon out there as the Pirates should be getting hot soon. Analysis: Colby Conway

Charlie Morton allowed two earned runs on eight hits while striking out three in seven strong innings against the Marlins on Monday.

Of the 21 outs Morton recorded in this outing, 16 were of the ground ball variety. It was impressive to see Morton not issue one walk in his first start of the season following offseason hip surgery. Morton can be a valuable fantasy asset for fantasy owners who are in need of pitching. He is owned in just four-percent of ESPN leagues and owners should be chomping at the bit to snatch him up. His next start will come on Saturday against the San Diego Padres. Analysis: Colby Conway

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