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Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been ruled out the rest of the season due to his back injury, per league source. Romo diagnosed with herniated disc. Surgery necessary, per sources.

Francisco Liriano went six innings and gave up two runs on four hits and striking out six on Tuesday against the Padres.

Liriano picked up his three straight quality start, seeing his ERA sit at 2.99 on the season. His .189 BAA is outstanding and 1.01 WHIP falls along the same lines. Liriano and Gerrit Cole are a dynamic 1-2 punch in Pittsburgh as they hope to catch the Cardinals in the NL Central. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Tyson Ross threw scoreless two innings, but was pulled after a rain delay on Tuesday against the Pirates.

Ross threw just 27 pitches, but was not allowed back into the game after a brief rain delay. He might get another start before the break as fantasy owners can only hope he is able to get another chance this week and before the All-Star break. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Miguel Sano went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a walk against Baltimore on Tuesday.

Sano is 9-for-20 with a home run, four walks and six strikeouts in his young career. Perhaps the most encouraging part of that is the four walks. He has swung and missed a bit, but if he continues to show patience, the strikeouts may not be as big of a problem as they often are for rookies in their first stint in the big leagues. Sano is probably widely owned already given that everyone loves a prospect, but he’s worth adding if available. Analysis: Brett Talley

Joe Mauer went 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI against Baltimore on Tuesday.

Mauer was never really a power hitter despite that random 28 home run year he had. But now he’s not much of an average hitter. He’s basically hitting .275 over his last 850 PA, so if you need five home runs and a .275 average from here on out, Mauer is your guy. Analysis: Brett Talley

J.J. Hardy went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Twins on Tuesday.

Analyzing Hardy’s fantasy value is simple. As long as you’re not in a shallow league where he shouldn’t be owned, deciding on whether you should Hardy is easy. Are you desperate for power? No? Then pass on him? Yes? Then pick him up if you’re doing well in the ratio categories. Analysis: Brett Talley

Kyle Gibson allowed two runs and six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in six innings against Baltimore on Tuesday.

Gibson’s ERA is no 3.04, but his xFIP is 3.84. The reason for the gap is a 16.3 percent strikeout rate. HE does have average control and an above average ability to keep the ball on the ground, so those skills will keep his floor high. But his ceiling is pretty low with that strikeout rate. He probably has some regression coming, so now might be the time to see if anyone overvalues him. He’ll go again on Sunday against Detroit. Analysis: Brett Talley

Kevin Gausman allowed eight runs (seven earned) and seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings against Minnesota on Tuesday.

In 27 career starts, Gausman has strikeout and walk rates that are pretty close to average. Fantasy owners continue to hold out hope he’ll be more than that, but at this point, owners should be happy if he can manage to be average. His biggest problem is probably his lack of a third pitch. He throws a four-seamer and some version of a sinker, and he only rarely mixes in a slider that he has never had much success with. That’s not what makes a good major league pitcher. If he starts again, it will be after the break. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jason Grilli recorded his 24th save of the season against the Brewers on Tuesday striking out all three batters he faced.

Grilli now has 45 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings this year. Owners who added him early in the season would have been plenty happy with 24 saves before the break, but the strikeouts have been a really nice bonus. Grilli is one of the year’s better waiver acquisitions to date. Analysis: Brett Talley

Adam Lind went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk against the Braves on Tuesday.

There’s a very good chance that Lind will get traded for the deadline, and where he lands could affect his value. He may be strictly platooned where ever he ends up given his struggles against lefties, but he’s so ineffective against them that fewer at bats might not be a bad thing. The more pertinent factors will be what ball park and what lineup he ends up in. Analysis: Brett Talley

Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored during Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Astros.

Brantley snapped out of a 1-for-14 skid in a big way Tuesday night. The 28-year-old outfielder has not quite been able to replicate the breakout form that lead to a third-place finish in A.L. MVP balloting for 2014, but still sports a solid .365 OBP with 23 doubles, 43 RBI and nine stolen bases over 74 games. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jonathan Lucroy went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk against the Braves on Tuesday.

Finally! Lucroy had yet to leave the yard this season until Tuesday night. Given, some time on the DL was a problem, but he now has 195 PA on the year and just one home run. He’s partly at fault for having a higher ground ball rate and lower fly ball rate this year, but his 2.3 percent HR/FB rate has to turn around, and some more homers should be on the way. Analysis: Brett Talley

A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Pierzynski now has six home runs and is hitting .289, so he’s been productive enough to warrant deeper league consideration. He makes frequent contact, so he could continue to help in average, and another five home runs or so isn’t unreasonable to expect. If you play in an OBP league though, his free swinging ways really hurt his value. Analysis: Brett Talley

Tyler Cravy allowed three runs and eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts against Atlanta on Tuesday.

Cravy hasn’t been bad in his first 15 major league innings this year with a 3.00 ERA. But we obviously can’t know too much after just three appearances (two starts). Looking back to his minor league performance, he has a fairly typical resume. Flashes of strikeout ability at times, struggles with controls. He may turn out to be serviceable at some point, but he’s not to be trusted yet. If he gets another turn through the rotation, it will come after the break. Analysis: Brett Talley

Corey Kluber turned in 6 2/3 scoreless innings during Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Astros, allowing five hits and two walks while collecting seven strikeouts.

Kluber came up short in his attempt for a third straight double-digit strikeout performance Tuesday night, but did put together his first scoreless outing since May 13th and his second of the season. Last years A.L. Cy Young Award winner has not yet found his 2014 form, but do not be deceived by the 4-9 record, Kluber is still one of the better hurlers in the game and an elite source of strikeouts for fantasy owners. He will head back to the mound Sunday afternoon against Oakland.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Manny Banuelos allowed one run and five hits with three walks and one strikeout against Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Once a super prospect in the Yankees system, Banuelos has been a bit of a forgotten name. This was his second major league start and he has allowed just one run in 11 innings, which is obviously good. His first start was much more impressive with seven strikeouts and no walks, but he got away with a shaky three walk, one strikeout performance on Tuesday. In the upper minors he had an average strikeout rate and double digit walk rate, so don’t get too excited about his early performance just yet. Definitely avoid him on Sunday in Colorado. Analysis: Brett Talley

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