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Max Scherzer says he has no current talks on an extension with the Tigers at this time.

Alex Meyer has been optioned to Triple-A Rochester by the Twins.

The big righty and Twins top pitching prospect really struggled in the couple of outings he had since being recalled. Allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings leads to a terrible 16.88 ERA. Look for Meyer to return later this season as he keeps working on things in Triple-A. Analysis: Matt Selz

Brian McCann went 1-for-5 with a walk off home run on Friday night against the Rays.

In a wild extra inning game, McCann sent the Bronx faithful home happy, slugging a 12th inning three-run bomb into the New York skyline. The home run was his 13th of the season, making him one of the best fantasy options at the catcher position. Expect an even hotter second half from McCann as the All-Star break nears.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Mark Teixeira went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI on Friday night against the Rays.

Tex blasted a game tying three-run home run into the upper deck of Yankee Stadium on Friday night with swagger that is rarely seen from him. Although his average is still only .242, he now has 20 home runs on the season, making him one of the better bargain values in the draft this year. He is on pace for somewhere around 40 home runs, and now that he is fully healthy for the first time in years, 50 shouldn’t be out of the question for the veteran first baseman.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Chris Archer went 6 2/3 innings, allowed zero runs, on three hits, and struck out eight batters on Friday night against the Yankees.

Archer is one of the best young arms in the game today and he lived up to that billing on Friday night against the Yankees, as he shut them out across 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight batters in the Bronx. Unfortunately the bullpen couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain, resulting Archer to be factored in as a no-decision. There are very few pitchers in baseball that are better at recording punch outs than Archer, as he now has 149 through 19 starts so far this season. Continue to feel smart (or blessed) that you selected him in the later rounds of your draft and expect an equally great second half from Archer going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Masahiro Tanaka went six innings, allowed three runs, on six hits, and struck out five against the Rays on Friday night.

Tanaka looked pretty good initially coming back from his elbow injury, but over his last three starts or so, he hasn’t been so sharp. He looked better on Friday night, as he went six innings, allowed three runs, and struck out five batters, keeping the Yankees in the game until Mark Teixeira woke the offense with a three-run bomb. Hopefully Tanaka can get his game completely back on track in the second half, but it’s tough to bank on considering the question marks surrounding his right elbow.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Tom Wilhelmsen has been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma by Seattle following Friday's game.

The one time Mariners closer is being sent down to Tacoma presumably to work on being more consistent given his up and down season this year. While some of the metrics (FIP, HR rate) suggest that Wilhelmsen is having a better 2015 than 2014 his K/BB ratio, ERA, and WHIP certainly don't agree. He has been stellar in some starts and horrific in others leading to an ERA that is currently almost twice what it was last year at 4.68. Analysis: Matt Selz

Roenis Elias has been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Iwakuma in the rotation.

Optioning Elias is all about making room in the rotation for the activation of Hisashi Iwakuma. Elias is having a decent season but is currently the weak link in the Seattle rotation especially with the performances Mike Montgomery has been turning in. Elias should be up with the big club later this season given the solidness of his numbers so far this season. Analysis: Matt Selz

Hanley Ramirez was 1-for-4 with two runs, a home run, two RBI and a walk on Friday.

Hanley Ramirez seems to be feeling better after hitting his 17th home run on Friday night for Boston. Ramirez finished with two runs, two RBI and a walk in the game and has raised his average to .280 with a .271 BABIP which suggests there is room for growth. Hanley now has scored 45 runs with 41 RBI to go with his seventeen homers this year. While his myriad of injuries can be frustrating, Ramirez owners have to be happy with his power production this year.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

David Ortiz was 2-for-3 with a run, double, two RBI and two walks.

David Ortiz seems to warming up with the weather. With two hits, two RBI and two walks, Ortiz has raised his average to .233 with only a .231 BABIP this year. Last year, Ortiz hit .263 with a .256 BABIP so there is time for him to gain up to thirty points on his average. After 74 games, Ortiz does have 14 home runs and 41 RBI which puts him on pace for 28 home runs and 80 RBI this year, which is more than worth it for where he was drafted.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-4 with three runs and a walk on Friday.

Xander Bogaerts continues to breakout in 2015 for the Red Sox. With two hits and three runs scored while batting third, Bogaerts has been a top shortstop for fantasy in the American League. His average now sits at .300 with 37 runs and 35 RBI this year. While an increase in his home runs would boost his value, if he stays at third in the lineup his fantasy owners will not complain.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Justin Masterson pitched 3 2/3 innings on Friday giving up eight hits, five earned runs, two walks and struck out two in a no decision for Boston.

Justin Masterson did not pitch like someone who was trying to keep his spot in the rotation. On Friday, he only lasted 3.2 innings giving up eight hits, two walks and five earned runs before being removed from the game. Since Masterson’s WHIP is now at 1.68 and his ERA is 6.14 with a FIP of 4.65, it stands to reason that he may be asked to work out of the bullpen going forward.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Neftali Feliz designated for assignment by the Rangers in the middle of an up and down season.

The Rangers needed to make room for the activation of Matt Harrison from the DL and needed the space on the 40-man roster. Feliz switched back and forth between being a starter and reliever for the Rangers over the passed couple of years including being their closer for a while. The oft injured Feliz could generate some attention on the waiver market as he does qualify as a good bullpen option, pitching two scoreless innings on Friday night. Analysis: Matt Selz

Jonathan Singleton was 1-for-6 with a run, three RBI and a stolen base on Friday.

Jonathan Singleton only had one hit but was able to drive in three runs during Houston’s win on Friday night in Boston. After hitting 17 home runs in 70 Triple-A games, his power has not yet made an appearance but his game Friday gives hope. Singleton will probably never hit for high average but with Chris Carter still hitting under .200 and Singleton could work his way into a platoon with increased production. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Carlos Correa was 3-for-6 with two runs, a home run and two RBI on Friday.

Carlos Correa sure looks like he belongs in the majors. Despite a 22:3 strikeout to walk rate in his first 23 games, Correa keeps producing. On Friday, Correa not only was 3-for-6 in the game with his sixth home run of the season, but both of his RBI gave the Astros the lead in a tied game, including the game winning RBI. After 23 games, Correa has scored 15 runs, hit six home runs with 17 RBI and has stolen four bases while hitting .303/.320/.570. His average has to regress due to the strikeout percentage, but he is a player to watch in the second half due to his talent. Analysis: Greg Jewett

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