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Update: Steve Blake ruptured his right ear drum during the first half of Tuesday's game, but was able to finish out the game and will be able to fly with the team to Cleveland.

Blake will see an EMT specialist on Wednesday to have his ear patched and is expected to play against the Cavs tonight. It is the second time in his career that Blake has suffered this injury.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Rookie D.J. Humphries's right knee injury is not serious and should only limit him for about a week.

The Cardinals took Humphries with the 24th pick of the draft to solidify their offensive line. Humphries is battling incumbent Bobby Massie for the starting right tackle job in Arizona. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Brewers have recalled Tyler Cravy from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Cravy took the roster spot of Preston Guilmet, who was optioned to Triple-A. Cravy has a 3.00 ERA and 3.56 FIP in 15 innings with the Brewers this season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Mashiro Tanaka went six innings and gave up three runs on five hits while striking out three in Tuesday night's victory over Boston,

Tanaka was able to get Red Sox hitters to hit to contact most of the night, with a 9:5 FB to GB ratio. He continues to have problems with the home run ball, however, surrendering 16 in 15 games this season. He has a quality start in five of his last six appearances and now has an 8-4 record with a 1.06 WHIP and 3.84 ERA.  Analysis: Rob Trayah

Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two runs, and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox.

Rodriguez hit a changeup off the wall that would be gone in most ballparks and then regained the lead with a base hit in the seventh to eventually cause the Yanks to blow out the Red Sox. AFter going hitless in his previous two games, Rodriguez bounced back with a multi-hit night as well as multi-walk night. His walk total of 59 is third base in the AL and his OPS of .927 has him fifth. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Chris Young went 3-for-4 with a home run, walk, four runs and three RBI in Tuesday night's win over the Red Sox.

Young continues to rake against left-handed pitching as he rose his average up to .363 against lefties with seven home runs. However, the homer in this game came off Alexi Ogando, a blast that put the game completely out of reach. The past two months have been great for Young owners, who have seen him his .309 and .298 in June and July, but expect him to continue to see time against left-handed pitching, especially out of the two-hole in the Yanks' lineup. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Brian McCann went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, four RBI and a run scored on Tuesday night against the Red Sox.

McCann destroyed a Craig Breslow offereing that broke open a close affair in the seventh inning with a homer that ended up in the second deck. The veteran catcher has gotten semi-hot the past couple of weeks, hitting three homers and two doubles in his last seven games, including a total of eight hits in that period. It seems as McCann goes, the Yankess go so if New York expects to be around in the postseason, they will need McCann to continue to produce at the same clip he is currently riding. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Tuesday against the Yankees.

Sandoval launched a solo shot to right that cleared everything and knocked Masahiro Tanaka out of the game. It was one of the few bright spots for the Sox, who struggled to do anything against the Yankees' bullpen and eventually couldn't stay with the Yanks' offense. Panda also made a few nice plays in the field in what has turned out to be one of his worst defensive seasons ever. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Henry Owens went five innings and gave up five hits and three runs while striking out five in his major league debut on Tuesday night.

Owents left the game up 2-1 and two men on before Robbie Ross allowed both to score and caused Owens to get the loss. He was shaky earlier, missing spots and having a 34 pitch first inning, but was able to settle down and get through two rounds of the Yanks' lineup. He deserved a better fate, but will head into his second start with an 0-1 record thanks to Boston's awful bullpen. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Wilson Ramos went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk on Tuesday night.

Ramos has struggled as of late, but his two hits Tuesday caused his first multi-hit game in over ten games, seeing his average fall to .239. He doesn't walk nearly enough with an OBP of .266 and strikeouts too much with 64 strikeouts in 81 games, so Ramos is borderline unpickable in daily leagues even though his low $2,000 price tag make him very attractive. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Yunel Escobar went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk on Tuesday night.

Escobar has found a nice spot at the top of the Nationals' lineup and showed more pop with a leadoff home run to start Tuesday night's game. From a guy who wasn't get any playing time to the season that Escobar is now having, the trade to acquire him in the offseason was a good one with a .315 AVG, seven home runs and 33 RBI. At $2,300 in daily leagues, Escobar can be a good value on nights like Tuesday where he can showcase his power. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jake Arrieta turned in seven scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 5-0 win over the Pirates, surrendering two hits and three walks while striking out five.

Bringing his record for the season to 12-6 with a ninth straight quality start, Arrieta further solidified his status as the Cubs ace Tuesday night. During that nine-outing stretch, the 29-year-old righty has posted a 6-1 record while pitching to a sensational 1.37 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 8.6 K/9 across 65 ? innings. If Arrieta maintains this form, he will almost assuredly be a part of the N.L. Cy Young award conversation. He will be back on the bump Sunday afternoon against the Giants. Analysis: Nate Miller

Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a couple of runs scored during Tuesday’s 5-0 victory versus the Pirates.

Rizzo is swinging a scalding hot stick right now. The young slugger has hit safely in five of his last six games, going 12-for-24 with four homers, three doubles, 10 RBI and seven runs scored while putting together four multi-hit performances. Analysis: Nate Miller

J.A. Happ lasted 4 1/3 innings in Tuesday’s 5-0 loss to the Cubs, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six.

Acquired just before this past Fridays non-waiver trade deadline, Happ made his Pirates debut Tuesday night. Unfortunately for fans in Pittsburgh, the veteran lefty ran into a right-handed laden Cubs lineup and suffered a somewhat predictable fate. Happ now holds a lackluster 4.78 ERA across 113 innings so far this season, but could make for a sneaky pickup in deeper N.L.-only formats. He will likely return to the mound next week in St. Louis. Analysis: Nate Miller

Brad Hand threw four scoreless innings against the Mets on Tuesday allowing five hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

This was just Hand’s fourth start of the season, but he acquitted himself fairly nicely. Hand, a left-hander, has a typical split, so the Mets were a good matchup for him. Outside of the newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets don’t have a ton of threatening right-handed bats. The same can be said of Atlanta who Hand will face next if he takes another turn through the rotation. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jon Niese allowed one run and four hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings against Miami on Tuesday.

Niese currently has an ERA of 3.51 for the season. If it remains under 4.00 by year’s end, Niese will have posted a sub-4.00 ERA in four consecutive seasons. He doesn’t rack up many strikeouts, so that will always limit his upside, but bankable ratio production always has value. He’ll go again Monday against the Rockies in New York. Analysis: Brett Talley

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