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Bill O'Brien has reached agreement to become the new head coach of the Houston Texans, per sources.

Samuel Deduno was destroyed by the Rangers, giving up ten runs on 11 hits and three walks while striking out only two in 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

To say Deduno showed up is a compliment to what happened in his start against the Rangers. He only went four innings in his first start against the Mariners and was the unfortunate soul that was left out for punishment. If you had any thoughts of picking up Deduno for your team, safely throw those in the trash and then light it on fire. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Michael McKenry went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in game 2 of Wednesday’s twin bill with the Diamondbacks.

McKenry is a backup catcher for the Rockies so his playing time is sporadic. He has played in just four games since April 25th, which shows that he doesn't see the field often. He is hardly owned in fantasy formats and nothing at the moment should alter that trend. Analysis: Colby Conway

Astros placed George Springer (head) on the 7-day disabled list.

Springer crashed into the outfield wall on Tuesday and he has been evaluated for a concussion. Preston Tucker was called up on Wednesday, indicating that he will likely spend some time on the DL. While the batting average isn't where owners want it to be, it's hard to complain when he already has four homers and 10 stolen bases on the season. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jordan Lyles allowed four earned runs on nine hits with one walk and six strikeouts over seven innings in game 2 of Wednesday’s twin bill with the Diamondbacks.

Lyles has been hittable of late, both on behalf of the Diamondbacks. In his last two starts against Arizona, he has allowed 10 earned runs on 17 hits in just 12 innings of work. His 7:6 K/BB ratio is also less than inspiring and that goes a long way in why he is owned in just two percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. His next start will come on Wednesday against the Angels. Analysis: Colby Conway

Tuffy Gosewich went 3-for-4 with one RBI, one run scored and a stolen base in game 2 of Wednesday’s twin bill with the Rockies.

After a major 3-for-25 skid, Gosewich has seen his playing time decrease noticeably. Jordan Pacheco has seen some additionaly playing time of late, so Gosewich's fantasy value takes a hit due to this. However, tonight's performance was a step in the right direction of reclaiming the role he once had. Analysis: Colby Conway

Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, one run scored and a stolen base in game 2 of Wednesday’s twin bill with the Rockies.

After an 0-for-5 showing in the front half of the double header, Goldy responded with a complete performance in the second game. Goldy is yet again showing why he is not only a fantasy star, but a perennial MVP candidate. So far in 2015, he is hitting .340 with seven home runs, 20 runs scored, 24 RBI and six stolen bases. Continue starting him in all formats. Analysis: Colby Conway

Robbie Ray allowed one earned run on five hits with five strikeouts in six innings in game 2 of Wednesday’s twin bill with the Rockies.

In his first appearance of the year, Ray impressed, limiting a potent Colorado offense to just one earned run in his six innings of work. Not to mention that this start was in hitter-friendly Coors Field, making Ray's first start this season even more noteworthy. He will continue to start games while Archie Bradley is on the DL. His next start will come on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals. Analysis: Colby Conway

Cubs' manager Joe Maddon was ejected from Wednesday's game.

Maddon was ejected after arguing balls and strike with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn. He was last ejected on April 17th. Analysis: Colby Conway

Shane Victorino is scheduled to rehab with Double-A Portland Friday and Saturday.

The Red Sox would like to see Victorino play in two rehab games before they bring him up to the big league squad. Victorino doesn't have guaranteed playing time when he returns, seeing as Brock Holt has been exceptional and Rusney Castillo is hanging out in Triple-A Pawtucket. Analysis: Colby Conway

Miles Burris reverted to injured reserve for Raiders today after being waived-injured.

Burris was a fourth-round draft pick by the Raiders in 2012, but the overwhelming number of linebackers the team brought in likely forces Burris off the roster. Burris was never a factor in any IDP leagues, but he could make an impact on special teams for a team this year. Analysis: Colby Conway

Mitch Moreland is hoping to take batting practice Thursday or Friday and hopefully begin his rehab assignment as early as Saturday.

Moreland hit on Wednesday and reported no setbacks, indicating he came out of the session unscathed. If he can get through batting practice, he is expected to embark on a rehab assignment shortly thereafter. It seems that Moreland will return to the lineup at some point next week. It will be interesting what the Rangers do, as Kyle Blanks has been hitting extremely well in Moreland's absence. Analysis: Colby Conway

Ben Zobrist has zero discomfort with his knee and his rehab is going well.

Zobrist had knee surgery near the end of April and his earliest return would be the end of May. He hasn't resumed hitting yet, but rapid advances through his rehab program could allow for an earlier return to the Oakland lineup. He will be a prime producer in an everyday role when he returns from the 15-day DL. Analysis: Colby Conway

Melvin Upton has been making good progress in his recovery from a left foot injury. He's able to run the bases and he's been able to swing the bat a little bit.

Upton is coming along nicely in his rehab program, but a larger problem looms for Upton in the fantasy realm. The outfield in San Diego is rather full and he could struggle to find regular time in the outfield. Upton isn't going to start regularly in an outfield that is composed of Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and Wil Myers. Analysis: Colby Conway

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