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Rajon Rondo (knee) has been cleared for full contact practice. Celtics expect him to return this month.

Garrett Richards continued his comeback with seven innings of five-hit, one run baseball with five strikeouts, providing his third straight quality start.

Richards struggled in his first game back from his knee injury, but has put together two quality starts in a row, although he has struggled with command. Richards has walked at least three batters in each start leading up to this one, but has been able to limit base-runners by controlling the hits surrendered. He only walked two, and surrendered just five hits through seven strong innings. The Angels need Richards to regain the same form he had last season, but his freak knee injury as they continue to struggle in the AL West. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jeurys Familia picked up the save during Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Orioles, allowing a hit and a run while recording one strikeout during the top of the ninth inning.

Ending a run of 8 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, Familia surrendered a solo homer to Chris Davis to lead off the ninth inning of Tuesdays game. However, Familia bounced back to retire the next three batters en route to his 11th save of the season in as many attempts.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Bartolo Colon threw seven strong frames in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over the Orioles, giving up one run on six hits and no walks while racking up nine strikeouts.

Colon bounced back from his weakest effort of the season to dominate a potent Orioles lineup Tuesday night. Quickly approaching his 42nd birthday, Colon continues to just simply defy expectations. He has pitched like nothing short of an All-Star through six starts this season, working to a 2.90 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and an incredible 34-to-1 K/BB ratio across 40 1/3 innings. Colon is scheduled to be back on the mound Monday night at Wrigley Field. Analysis: Nate Miller

Chris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss against the Mets.

Davis has really settled into a groove at the plate in recent days, as he has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games. Overall during that stretch, the 29-year-old slugger has gone 10-for-28 with four homers and 11 RBI. It is safe to say that Davis is putting last years inconsistencies behind him. Analysis: Nate Miller

Manny Machado went 1-for-4 with a solo homer during Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Mets.

Machado went into play back on April 21st holding an ugly .156 batting average, but has since turned things around with the bat. Over his last 11 games, the Gold-Glove third baseman has gone 14-for-39 with four homers, eight RBI and 12 runs scored. Analysis: Nate Miller

Bud Norris tossed seven solid innings during Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Mets, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four.

After getting hammered over his first three starts of the season, Norris has rebounded a bit over his last two outings. The 30-year-old righty is still tough to recommend for mixed leagues at the moment, but has elevated his A.L. Only value a modest amount. Norris is scheduled to be back on the mound Sunday afternoon in Yankee Stadium. Analysis: Nate Miller

Ryan Flaherty said he still feels 100-percent and will be ready when he's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Flaherty's strikeout rate has always been a bit high, and his line drive rate has always been low, so he's no help in the batting average department. In fact, his batting average is prohibitive outside of very deep leagues, where he might approach double digit home runs if given 300+ plate appearances. Reynaldo Navarro has been seeing the most work at second most recently for the O's, so surely Flaherty will see at least some work when he returns to the big league club. Analysis: Brett Talley

Aramis Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Ramirez has always been a productive player at the hot corner, but injuries have always seemed to derail his fantasy efforts. He receives frequent off days, and he is extremely fragile, two things fantasy owners don't necessarily enjoy to hear. However, when he is on the field, he can produce quality numbers. Don't fret about his low average right now, he'll get it up to his career norms eventually. Analysis: Colby Conway

Matt Garza allowed three earned runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Garza's 2015 struggles continue, even though he did register a quality start in today's outing. The biggest thing plaguing him at the moment is the absurd amount of walks. So far this season he has a 24:16 K/BB ratio. If he doesn't improve that, it could be tumultuous 2015 campaign for the veteran righty. His next start will come on Sunday against the Cubs. Analysis: Colby Conway

Justin Turner went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, four RBI and one run scored on Tuesday

Turner isn't an everyday player and only receives starts when a regular is getting a day off. He has shown that he is capable of producing at the major league level, but he just hasn't gotten the opportunity at a full-time gig yet. However, that opportunity could be coming soon, seeing as he has four home runs in his last six games. Analysis: Colby Conway

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