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Negotiations went down to the wire on Friday before the Marlins were able to reach one-year contract agreements with Giancarlo Stanton and Steve Cishek. The deals mean the club came to terms with all three of its arbitration-eligible players, avoiding hearings in February. The Marlins haven't confirmed the deals. All three were arbitration-eligible for the first time, and they will receive significant raises in 2014. Per team policy, the Marlins don't release financial terms. But according to sources, Stanton will earn $6.5 million, Cishek will receive $3.8 million and Mike Dunn will make $1.4 million. In 2013, Stanton made $537,000, while Cishek received $505,000 and Dunn earned $492,500.

Cishek will close and have a good shot at 30 saves with strong ratios. As for Stanton, he walked a bit more last season which could lead to him finally "figuring it out." Stanton has failed to appear in 125 games each of the last two seasons so his health will likely be the determining factor we turn to when trying to assess his 2014 campaign.ANALYST: Ray Flowers

Wade Miley turned in 6 2/3 solid innings during Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Rays, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four.

Miley put together a nice bounce back after being battered for seven earned runs this past Tuesday by the White Sox. The 28-year-old lefty has mostly pitched well since the All-Star break, surrendering two runs on less in 3-of-4 starts so far in the second half. Miley remains a decent option in A.L.-only formats as well as a matchup-based streamer in mixed leagues. He will return to the mound Saturday night in Detroit. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jake Odorizzi logged six innings during Sunday afternoon’s 4-3 win over the Red Sox, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five.

Odorizzi was not a top form Sunday afternoon, but battled through six frames and gave the Rays a shot at a victory. The young right-hander took a pounding from the Blue Jays lineup in his first start of the second half back on July 17th, but has rebounded with solid work since then. Over his last three starts, Odorizzi has posted a 3.18 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 18-to-4 K/BB ratio across 17 innings. He will climb back atop the hill Friday evening against the Mets. Analysis: Nate Miller

Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored in Sunday’s 4-3 victory versus the Red Sox.

Since returning from a stint on the DL due to a hamstring strain, Cabrera has been cooking at the dish. Over his last five games, the veteran switch-hitter has gone 8-for-19 with a homer, four doubles, three RBI and eight runs scored. Analysis: Nate Miller

Brad Boxberger picked up a save in Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Red Sox, striking out the side in order during a scoreless bottom of the ninth.

Boxberger was extremely impressive en route to recording his 26th save of the season Sunday afternoon. The All-Star closer took a loss back on July 22nd in Philadelphia, but has responded with three straight strong outings. Over that short span, Boxberger has allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out six across three scoreless innings. Analysis: Nate Miller

Rookie Reshod Fortenberry was carted off the field with a left knee injury on Sunday.

Unfortunate incident for the rookie, who from the sounds of it will likely miss at least most of the season with the left knee injury. On a brighter note for Cowboys fans, at least he was not a starter on their historically good offensive line, as a blow there might spell trouble going into the season.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Kyle Schwarber was 1-for-4 with a run on Sunday.

Rookie Kyle Schwarber continues to impress for the Cubs with a hit and a run scored on Sunday. Through his first 23 games, Schwarber has 15 runs, four home runs, 13 RBI and one stolen base while hitting .333/.422/.556 as a catcher.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Chris Coghlan was 2-for-4 with a stolen base on Sunday.

Chris Coghlan reached a career first on Sunday for the Cubs with two hits and a stolen base. Coghlan reached double digit home runs and stolen bases in the same season for the first time in his career. After 101 games, Coghlan has 37 runs, 11 home runs, 24 RBI and 10 stolen bases with a .249 average.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Addison Russell was 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday.

Top prospect Addison Russell had his timetable to the majors sped up this season with the Cubs and has responded admirably. Russell has played 87 games with 33 runs, seven home runs, 27 RBI and two stolen bases with a .237 average. Signs point to a better year in 2016 but for this year, Russell will put up stats but is a batting average risk.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Clayton Richard pitched eight innings giving up five hits, one earned run with three strikeouts for the win on Sunday.

Clayton Richard was able to fill in for Chicago on Sunday with newly acquired Dan Haren not ready to pitch yet. Richard lasted eight innings giving up one earned run and five hits with three strikeouts in Milwaukee. For the season, Richard is now 2-0 with a 4.29 ERA. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Hernan Perez was 1-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday.

Part-time infielder Hernan Perez had a hit and two RBI for Milwaukee on Sunday against the Cubs. Perez has played 69 games this year with seven runs, one home run, six RBI and two stolen bases as a utility infielder. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Elian Herrera was 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI on Sunday.

Elian Herrera made the most of his start with a hit, two runs scored and an RBI for Milwaukee on Sunday. Just recalled from Triple-A, Herrera has appeared in 41 games this year with 11 runs, four home runs, 16 RBI and a stolen base while hitting .215 this year.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Ryan Braun was 3-for-4 with a run and two doubles on Sunday.

With Milwaukee losing ten of their last twelve games, the Brewers are looking for signs of life. Ryan Braun had three hits on Sunday with two doubles and scored a run. After 99 games, Braun has 60 runs, 19 home runs, 63 RBI and 15 stolen bases while hitting .269/.338/.490.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Kyle Lohse pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up nine hits, four earned runs, one walk while striking out three in a loss on Sunday.

Kyle Lohse continues to struggle this year and with the loss on Sunday is now 5-13 this season. Lohse gave up nine hits and four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. His ERA is now at 6.31 this year and Lohse’s FIP of 5.14 does not provide much hope going forward. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Bob Melvin does not expect Josh Reddick (back) to be in the starting lineup on Monday.

Reddick was pulled in the fifth inning of today's game, and while Bob Melvin doesn't expect him back in the lineup on Monday, the back issue doesn't appear to be too serious. If he does end up needing time off, Mark Canha or the soon to be activated Coco Crisp could fill in the outfield.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adam Morgan tossed five innings in Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Braves, surrendering four runs on seven hits and three walks while recording just one strikeout.

After holding the struggling Braves scoreless over the first four frames of Sundays outing, Morgan ran into big trouble in the fifth. The young lefty did finish out the inning, but not before being tagged for four runs. Morgans first two starts in the bigs, which came on June 21st and July 3rd respectively, were impressive and left some fantasy players feeling that he could become a deep-league option for the second half, especially in N.L.-only formats. However, over his last five turns in the Phillies rotation Morgan has provided a mixed bag of results. ultimately pitching to a 5.61 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 3.5 K/9 across 25 2/3 innings. He is expected to be back on the bump Saturday night in San Diego.  Analysis: Nate Miller


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