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Delmon Young went 3-for-6 with a double, five RBI, and three runs scored during the Orioles’ 18-7 demolition of the Red Sox on Sunday.

Young has now hit safely in four of his last five games and all four of those were multi-hit performances. He’s been seeing a fair amount of time lately while he’s been hot, but a cool-down will almost certainly mean an increase in bench time. Without a starting job, the best you can hope for is the strong side of a platoon and more days like this.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Bud Norris allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings against the Red Sox on Sunday.

Save for the lack of strikeouts, Norris posted a fine quality-start against the Red Sox and thanks to a ridiculous amount of run support, it was an easy victory. Norris isn’t exactly the most consistent starter out there, so usually the strikeouts help make up for a middling ERA. His whiff totals have taken a tumble over these last two seasons, so you may want to limit him to specifically favorable match-up to help keep the ratios down. He’ll square off against the Rays next week, against who he has a 4.00 ERA through five appearances (four starts). Analysis: Howard Bender

Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored against the Orioles on Sunday.

That’s three-straight two-hit games for Hanley and he’s now got three home runs, five RBI, four runs scored and a walk in that span. He’s putting up fantastic numbers and is easily the No. 1 fantasy shortstop right now. Expect a big year from HanRam, so long as he stays healthy. Analysis: Howard Bender

Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-2 with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored and three walks during the Red Sox’ 18-7 drubbing by the Orioles on Sunday.

Sure, the home run is great and all, but considering his usual below-average walk rate, those three free passes he took look pretty darn good as well. The power will slowly come for Sandoval, but the key for him is his plate discipline. If he can get up there and not hack at everything thrown in his direction, he’ll have a solid year. But if he just starts throwing the bat at the ball, things will stay lean on the counting stats front.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Wade Miley was torched for seven runs (six earned) on five hits and two walks with no strikeouts over just 2 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Sunday.

That’s now two absolutely horrific outings in his first four starts and Miley just doesn’t look like a strong option since joining the Red Sox. Fourteen of the 15 runs he’s allowed came in those two outings, but he failed to even go six innings in either of the other two starts. You simply cannot use him at all until he rights the ship and shows some consistency. His next outing comes against the Yankees and based on his numbers against left-handed hitting, you’re going to want to stay far away from him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ray McDonald has been cleared by NFL in one of two cases.

Apparently there was not sufficient evidence to charge McDonald for the Domestic Violence charge that's been lingering over him since last season. The other charge is a sexual assault charge, which is still being investigated. It's unclear whether or not McDonald will actually miss any time during the upcoming season.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

The Orioles have signed Brandon Snyder to a minor league deal. He's expected to be assigned to Double-A Bowie.

The Orioles drafted Snyder 13th overall in the now famous 2005 MLB draft. He hasn't played in the major leagues since 2013, when he appeared in 27 games for the Red Sox. The Orioles plucked him from an independent ball team and he's expected to function as organizational depth. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Roenis Elias struck out six in 5 2/3 innings while giving up two runs on six hits and three walks in the Mariners' 4-2 loss to the Twins.

Elias made his first start of 2015, filling in for Hisashi Iwakuma, who will be out for the next month and more. He was battling for the fifth spot in the rotation until losing to Taijuan Walker so you know he has the quality to be a big league pitcher. It might be a good idea to play the wait-and-see approach until the sample size grows for Elias before making a move for him on the wire. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Seth Smith went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in the Mariners' 4-2 loss to the Twins.

Smith's first blast opened his Mariners' account with a 408-feet blast to right. He splits time in the outfield as Seattle is going with the platoon approach, but if can get hot, Smith might start stealing more of at-bats as his power is something that can't be ignored. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Glen Perkins grabs his fifth save of the season with a strikeout in the eleventh inning as Minnesota beat Seattle, 4-2.

Perkins is off to a great start, picking up his fifth save already, albeit on a bad team (5-of-8 wins). He strikes out batters and keeps a good ERA, limiting his bad outings so he will be a good option heading forward. If he can stay healthy, Perkins has a shot at being a top-10 closer this year. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Joe Mauer went 3-for-5, falling a homer short of the cycle, to go with three RBI and a walk in the Twins' 4-2 win over the Mariners.

Mauer picked up two of his four total extra base hits of the season, including his first triple as he drove in three of the four Twins runs in an extra innings win. He's not the best option at first base as he lacks true power, but his average never seems to dwindle and is needed to have any fantasy value in deep leagues. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Kyle Gibson went seven strong innings giving up two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in the Twins' 4-2 win over the Mariners.

Gibson is the definition of a pitch to contact pitcher, as he doesn't miss too many bats. He got 14 ground-balls to four fly-balls, a good sign for owners of the Twins' pitcher in deep leagues. He might be worth a stream once in awhile, but his contact rate makes him a stay-away scenario. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Alexi Amarista hit a solo homer, his first of the season, as he went 1-for-3 in the Padres' 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

The soft-hitting shortstop found his power stroke on Sunday, notching his first homer and second RBI of the season. Don't expect too much from Amarista on the offensive side as he sits in the eight spot in the line-up and isn't going to truly produce in any fantasy relevant categories. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Derek Norris went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in the Padres' 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

Norris' homer was his first in Padres' color as he slid down to the sixth spot in the line-up, even though he is raking at .324 clip. The Padres' move to get Norris this off-season is working out as the beard has an .835 OPS to go with ten extra-base hits and 11 RBI. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Craig Kimbrel struck out two on the way to his sixth save in the Padres' 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

The dominant closer picked up his sixth save of the season with a perfect ninth and continues to get opportunities as the Padres look to contend in the West. After two straight appearances giving up a run, Kimbrel's quiet ninth is business as usual. Analysis: Rob Trayah

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