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Chandler Parsons was a full participant in shootaround this morning, placing him on track to return tonight after missing the last three games.

There is a chance that Rays pitcher Jake McGee returns by May 5 to face the Red Sox.

Brad Boxberger has been closing for the Rays in McGee's absence, and he's been excellent in that role. He has five saves, and he is striking out over 40 percent of batters. If you own Boxberger, you should hold on to him even if McGee takes over as closer. Analysis: Brett Talley

Mark Buehrle worked 5 2/3 innings in Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the Rays, allowing five runs on 13 hits and one walk while striking out three.

Buehrle came into Sundays outing holding a perfect 3-0 record, but had been given a whopping 37 runs to work with over three starts. The veteran southpaw was not given such support against the Rays Chris Archer on Sunday afternoon, which resulted in Buehrle dropping his first decision of the season. With a typically low strikeout rate and elevated WHIP, the 36-year-old hurler is difficult to recommend in anything but A.L. Only format at this late stage in his solid career. Buehrle will be back on the bump Friday night in Cleveland.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Evan Longoria went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Sunday’s 5-1 win versus the Blue Jays.

Longoria is flat out rolling during his current five-game hitting streak, going 11-for-19 with three doubles. The All-Star third baseman has seven hits and a walk over his last eight plate appearances while not making a single out over the last two contests. Longoria has just four RBI through 19 games on the season, but is sporting a strong .881 OPS. Analysis: Nate Miller

Brandon Guyer went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a single, a sacrifice fly and four RBI in Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Blue Jays.

As usual, Guyer was in the leadoff spot for the Rays against a left-handed starter. This time it was Blue Jays veteran Mark Buehrle, and Guyer certainly took advantage. The 29-year-old outfielder drove in all but one of the Rays runs and is now 5-for-16 with a home run, a double and six RBI over the last five games. Analysis: Nate Miller

Chris Archer turned in seven shutout frames in Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Blue Jays, surrendering just two hits and a walk while racking up seven strikeouts.

Archer continues an extremely impressive run of dominance on the mound, as the 26-year-old righty has not allowed an earned run (one unearned) across 26 2/3 innings during his last four starts. He could well be on his way to A.L. Pitcher of the Month honors for April, sporting a 0.84 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 37-to-6 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 frames. Archer will look to keep it going either Friday or Saturday in Baltimore.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Update: Rajai Davis left Sunday's game with right groin tightness. He's day-to-day.

Davis has been very good to start the year, but splitting time with Anthony Gose has limited his value a bit. Gose should see more work and a bump in value if Davis has to miss any games. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jason Heyward is day-to-day with left groin tightness.

Heyward is off to a rough start with some bad fortune on balls in play so far and just two walks. But he's got a good track recrord of drawing walks and the luck on balls in play will turn around. Peter Bourjos will likely fill in if Heyward has to miss any games. Analysis: Brett Talley

The Angels could finalize trading outfielder Josh Hamilton to the Rangers on Sunday.

The Rangers have been using a combination of Carlos Peguero and Jake Smolinksi in left field, so that pair should lose any value they might have had in very deep leagues once Hamilton joins the Rangers. As for Hamilton, a move back to Texas certainly can't hurt as it's a much more hitter-friendly park. Analysis: Brett Talley

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Jae Crowder will get MRI Sunday on his injured leg.

Hopefully the injury sustained after some physical play by JR Smith isn't too serious and Crowder is able to make a full recovery in the offseason. Analysis: Brett Talley

The Minnesota Twins have checked in recently on free-agent RP Rafael Soriano.

The Twins could definitely use some bullpen help behind Glen Perkins, and Soriano would likely step in immediately as the primary setup man. Soriano can probably catch on with another team as a closer later on, but he may not want to wait any longer. There is no need to add him now in most leagues, but he is worth keeping an eye on. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Rays pitcher Alex Colome earned the win, in his minor league rehab assignment Sunday.

Even with Drew Smyly back, the Rays are in desperate need for starting pitching help. Colome could rejoin the starting rotation this week, and would likely stay there until Alex Cobb comes off the DL. Colome should be added now in deep leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Rajai Davis is coming out of the game after limping to first on single.

Anthony Gose has been platooning with Rajai Davis in center field, and Gose will likely have that job to himself if Davis misses any time. Gose stole his third base of the season Friday, and that will likely be his primary fantasy contribution going forward. Gose is widely available in shallow leagues and probably should be added if Davis goes on the DL; just know his batting average will hurt you. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Kirk Hinrich is fully healthy. His playing time has been matchup based coaching decisions

Unfortunately for Bulls fans, Hinrich will likely play more in the second-round playoff series with the Cavaliers. Aaron Brooks has averaged 12 minutes per game in the playoffs, and he could play even less in the next round. Hinrich could also cut into Tony Snell's playing time for that series. Analysis: Steve Pimental

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