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Wilson Chandler (hamstring) was expected to make his debut Monday, but instead he will make his debut Wednesday against the Lakers.

Pelicans had a formal interview Tuesday with Jeff Van Gundy.

Van Gundy last coached in 2007 for the Houston Rockets before becoming a broadcaster for the past eight seasons. He had success during both head coaching stints with the Knicks and Rockets leading them to playoff births.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Manager Mike Scioscia said Collin Cowgill (right hand) is seeing a doctor again. The disabled list is a possibility.

Cowgill is dealing with a joint sprain in his hand which has kept him out of the Angels lineup. Cowgill is primarily used in a platoon situation or as a defensive replacement so his loss is nothing too major to the Angels lineup. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Scott Van Slyke has been limited with a mild back injury.

Van Slyke last played on Monday against the Braves but has been sidelined since. While out of the lineup the Dodgers have given Alex Guerrero much deserved playing time in left field. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Eddie Rosario went 1-for-3 with a home run on Wednesday afternoon.

The left fielder hit his second home run of the season on Wednesday afternoon, while he raised his average to a solid .280. The average is nice, but the low-end power production in terms of not only round trippers, but also in the RBI department, keeps him as a low value option as a corner outfielder in most leagues.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Aaron Hicks went 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored on Wednesday afternoon.

The home run was Hicks’ first on the season, and was hopefully proof that there is some pop in his bat. So far in his 48 at-bats, there isn’t much evidence that Hicks has much upside, considering his .240 average and .269 OBP, but he is getting every day use out in central, so he might have the opportunity to put things together going forward. Your best bet is to not bank on this game being the evidence of a Hicks offensive turnaround, but if you feel so inclined, best of luck.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Dustin Pedrioa went 2-for-4 with two 2-run-home-runs on Wednesday afternoon.

Pedroia continued his impressive 2015 campaign, as he clubbed another two home runs on Wednesday afternoon. He now has seven dingers on the season, with a very respectable .290 batting average. At the top of the Red Sox order, he is doing a nice job in setting the table, while also getting a heavy dose of fastballs to feast on. This season, the quick-batted second baseman looks faster than he has over the past couple of seasons, rendering him a very good option at second in all fantasy formats.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Glen Perkins picked up his 18th save of the season on Wednesday afternoon.

Perkins extended his save streak to 18 on Wednesday afternoon, as he sent down the Red Sox in order in the ninth inning. So far this season, Perkins has been elite, maintaining a 1.19 ERA, leading the league in saves with 18, and zero such opportunities blown. There is no reason to believe that he will slow down, so feel lucky (or smart) if you were the one to draft him in your fantasy league.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Rick Porcello went seven innings, allowed six runs, walked two, and struck out two batters on Wednesday afternoon.

Porcello struggled once again, as the Red Sox starter allowed six runs in a losing effort against the Twins on Wednesday afternoon. The silver lining here is that he at least lasted seven innings, saving the Red Sox bullpen, but in fantasy terms, there is nothing redeeming about six earned and a mere two strikeouts. In plain terms, it appears that Boston overpaid for Porcello, as did any fantasy owners who spent a middle round draft pick on the former Tigers mediocre rotation guy.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Update: Scott Kazmir is currently undergoing an MRI on his left shoulder.

Kazmir had a no-hitter going through three frames against the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon, but exited with an apparent shoulder injury. Stay tuned for updates on the situation. Analysis: Nate Miller

Phil Hughes went 6 2/3 innings, allowed four runs, and struck out three batters on Wednesday night.

This outing was far shakier than his previous two, where he lasted seven innings and only allowed two runs in both. In any event, Hughes still managed to pick up the win against the Sox on Wednesday afternoon, as his six innings and four earned runs were enough to get the Twins the “W”. Besides for his inflated 4.59 ERA, his low strikeout rate is alarming for fantasy owners, as he has now failed to strikeout more than four batters in a game in six consecutive outings. Hughes is a veteran pitcher who should get things back on track, but still, don’t expect him to accomplish this while striking out a large sum of batters.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Doug Fister (strained flexor) threw off flat ground for the first time since his surgery on Wednesday.

It is still not clear just how much longer Fister's recovery process will take, but a mid-June return to the Nationals' bullpen seems likely. Analysis: Nate Miller

Eric O'Flaherty is scheduled to pitch one inning in his rehab debut with Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday night.

After struggling mightily throughout April, O'Flaherty has missed all of May due to his shoulder issues. The veteran lefty is eyeing an early-June return to the Oakland bullpen. Analysis: Nate Miller

Raiders have waived WR Austin Hill on Wednesday.

Hill has been cleared to make room for recently signed wide receiver Milton Williams. Analysis: Nate Miller

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