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Thunder center Kendrick Perkins missed the team's last two games to be with his family following the death if his grandfather. But he has rejoined the team and is expected to start tonight against Milwaukee.

Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI during Friday night’s 4-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Walker is on a nice little roll for the Pirates, as the switch-hitting second baseman is now 8-for-27 with three RBI and four runs scored during his current seven-game hitting streak. Walker often has a difficult time staying healthy for an entire season, but has nonetheless turned into one of the better fantasy options at second base over the last few years. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mark Melancon worked a scoreless ninth inning, retiring the side in order en route to the save in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Melancon seems to have put his recent struggles behind him, as the All-Star closer has recorded two saves while putting together a pair of perfect innings over the last couple of days. He is now 4-for-5 in his opportunities this season and there should be many more to follow. Analysis: Nate Miller

Gerrit Cole threw 7 2/3 strong innings in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks, allowing just one run on seven hits and two walks while collecting seven strikeouts.

Cole allowed just a single earned run for the third consecutive start. The young righty has been really impressive during this stretch, giving up just 14 hits and five walks while piling up 21 strikeouts across 19 2/3 innings. Cole is a strong option in all fantasy formats and will be back on the mound Wednesday night versus the Cubs. Analysis: Nate Miller

Josh Collmenter worked six innings in Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Pirates, surrendering three earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out three.

Collmenter dropped to 1-3 for the year with Fridays loss, but the big right-hander is pitching well for the most part. Just one week ago, he tossed a complete game shutout at San Francisco, then followed up with this quality outing. Collmenter holds some value in deeper standard leagues and makes for a nice option in N.L. Only format. He will square off with the Rockies on Wednesday night. Analysis: Nate Miller

Ben Zobrist is unlikely to play Saturday, according to manager Bob Melvin.

Zobrist got his first start in five days Friday, going 0-for-4. Eric Sogard should get the start at second base Saturday against Scott Feldman, but he should not be in any fantasy lineups outside of AL-only leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Phil Hughes worked eight strong innings in Friday’s 2-0 loss to the Mariners, allowing two runs on six hits and no walks while collecting nine strikeouts.

Hughes was a tough-luck loser Friday night, as he ran into Felix Hernandez at top form. Hughes turned in the short version of a complete game and made just a couple of mistakes, but that was enough to knock the big righty to an unsightly 0-4 for the year. Fantasy owners should stick with the Twins ace, as he has been much better than that record would indicate. Hughes will return to the hill Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers. Analysis: Nate Miller

Logan Morrison went 1-for-3 with a solo homer during Friday’s 2-0 win versus the Twins.

The oft-injured Morrison hit his first home run and picked up his first RBI of the 2015 season during Fridays game. Though he has struggled and shown little power here in the early going, the 27-year-old first baseman is worth a stash in deeper A.L. Only leagues. Morrison did put up a decent .262 average with 11 homers and 20 doubles across 99 games for the Mariners in 2014. Analysis: Nate Miller

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday’s 2-0 win against the Twins.

For fantasy owners that were concerned with Cruzs three-game homerless stretch, worry no more. The 34-year-old slugger belted his league-leading ninth roundtripper of the season Friday night and just continues to terrorize pitching throughout the league.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Felix Hernandez tossed a complete-game shutout in Friday’s 2-0 win over the Twins, giving up just five hits and no walks while racking up nine strikeouts.

Hernandez was just up to his same old tricks Friday night, as the Twins were just simply overmatched at the plate all throughout the game. Most impressively, King Felix dominated the first five batters in the Twins lineup, Joe Mauer included, to the tune of an 0-for-20 performance with seven strikeouts. Hernandez is now 3-0 through four starts, sporting a stellar 1.61 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 10.3 K/9. The five-time All-Star will be back on the bump Wednesday evening against the Rangers. Analysis: Nate Miller

Nick Castellanos hit his second home run of the season on Friday night vs CLE

Castellanos picked up the lone RBI, which happened to be a home run, against Salazar on Friday night. The home run was his only hit of the night, but it’s more than most can say that they got off Salazar, as he was dominant through seven innings. At this point, Castellanos is a low value play at third, as his numbers aren’t anything special, and he wasn’t carrying any type of expectations going into this season.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Shane Green gave up eight runs over four innings on Friday night vs CLE

It looks like the honeymoon is over for Greene and his new ball club, as he got rocked by the Indians on Friday night and picked up his first loss of the season. The former Yankee comes over with a good pedigree and has showcased some impressive stuff early on this season, so don’t take this shellacking as a sign of inadequacy from Greene. Expect him to display a short-term memory in his next time out, as he, and the Tigers should shake off this domination.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Lonnie Chisenhall went 2-for-5 with a home run and 2 RBI vs DET on Friday night.

Lonnie finally got himself off the schneid on Friday night, as he belted his first home run of the season and raised his average above the Mendoza line with a 2-for-5 night at the dish. At this point, most shouldn’t even consider owning Chisenhall, unless they are desperate in deep AL-only leagues. Hopefully this game spurs an offensive turnaround for the young third baseman.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Brandon Moss went 3-for-5 with two home runs and seven RBI on Friday vs DET

Moss went deep twice on Friday night, driving in seven runs in total. He now has four round trippers on the season and raised his slacking average to a barely more impressive .214. This 3-for-5 night is a great step in the right direction for the slumping Moss, as he now has hits in two consecutive games. Everyone knows that he has raw power, so the fact that he got three hits on Friday might be more encouraging than the fact that he went deep twice and drove in seven… That sounded more believable in writing than saying it out loud, but in any case, great game all around for the former A’s slugger.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Danny Salazar gave up one run over seven innings, while striking out 11 on Friday night against the Tigers.

Salazar pitched seven strong innings on Friday night, as he fanned eleven batters and only allowed one run to a very potent Tigers offense. In his two games so far this season, he has been very impressive and has an astounding 21 strikeouts over 13 innings pitched. If he can keep this type of production up, consider him amongst the best fantasy options in the league at starting pitcher.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adam Ottavino picked up the save in Friday’s 6-4 win over the Giants, as he allowed one hit with one strikeout during a scoreless ninth inning.

Ottavino has taken on the closers role in Colorado and has ran with it. Since being handed the job about 10 days ago, the big righty is 3-for-3 in his save chances while giving up just one hit and no walks with six strikeouts across five scoreless innings. Ottavino should obviously be owned in every fantasy format. Analysis: Nate Miller

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