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Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Vitor Faverani won't practice Thursday. All three are out with soreness. 

Ryan Raburn went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a double and two runs scored in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss against the Rangers.

Coming into play on a 1-for-15 skid, Raburn got back to doing what he does best Tuesday night, pounding left-handed pitching. Squaring off against Rangers southpaw Wandy Rodriguez, Raburn smacked his second homer of the season in the first inning then followed that up with a double to lead off the bottom of the fourth. The 34-year-old veteran is now batting .356 with a dozen extra-base hits across 67 plate appearances versus lefties so far in 2015. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 with a solo homer during Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Rangers.

Continuing an outstanding month at the plate, Kipnis extended his current hitting streak to six games with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first. During this streak, the All-Star second baseman has gone 9-for-24 with a homer, four doubles, five RBI and six runs scored. Analysis: Nate Miller

Danny Salazar worked 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Rangers, allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks while collecting six strikeouts.

Apparently the Rangers have figured out something on Salazar that most other teams have yet to discover, as they have managed to plate eight earned runs over 10 1/3 innings versus the Indians young hurler this season. Despite his struggles against the Rangers, Salazar continues to rack up strikeouts at a rate that makes him a strong asset in just about any fantasy league. Across 49 1/3 frames this season, he has posted a strikeout rate just north of 12 K/9 while pitching to a 3.65 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Salazar will be back on the mound Sunday afternoon in Seattle. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mitch Moreland went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday’s 4-3 victory versus the Indians.

Extending his current hitting streak to 10 games, Moreland continues to swing a red-hot bat for the Rangers. During this run, the 29-year-old slugger has gone 14-for-41 with four homers, four doubles and nine RBI.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Prince Fielder went 3-for-5 with a double and a three-run homer during Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Indians.

Fielders outstanding comeback campaign just keeps chugging right along. The big first baseman put together his fifth consecutive multi-hit performance Tuesday night. Over that stretch, Fielder has gone 14-for-24 with five homers, three doubles and a whopping 15 RBI. Analysis: Nate Miller

Shawn Tolleson picked up a save in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Indians, pitching around an error and hit batter to post a scoreless bottom of the ninth.

Simply put, Tolleson has taken the closers role and ran with it for the Rangers. Dating back to May 20th, the 27-year-old righty has converted 5-of-5 save opportunities while allowing just two hits and a walk with six strikeouts across five scoreless frames.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Wandy Rodriguez tossed 5 1/3 innings during Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Indians, giving up three runs on four hits and five walks while striking out six.

Although not a great performance, Rodriguez continues to give the Rangers valuable innings. Over his last 12 frames, the veteran lefty has allowed four earned runs on just eight hits while piling up 11 strikeouts. His road ERA this season is certainly noteworthy, as Rodriguez has posted a 2.03 mark across five starts. He will climb back atop the mound Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox. Analysis: Nate Miller

Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime are reportedly going to the Dodgers along with Alberto Callaspo in the deal for Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow.

The only part of this trade that really matters is Juan Uribe is leaving Los Angeles. With Uribe gone, Alex Guerrero will only have to compete with Justin Turner for playing time at third base. If Guerrero continues to hit he could wind up playing every day. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a double, run and RBI against Boston on Tuesday.

Aside from a bit of luck with his HR/FB rate, Plouffe’s solid season so far seems pretty legit. He could get to 20 home runs, have at least an average batting average and have 70 runs and RBI each. Don’t go selling high on him in deeper leagues. Analysis: Brett Talley

David Ortiz went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored against Minnesota on Tuesday.

Despite not having speed or even having a particularly high line drive rate, Ortiz managed a well above BABIP for much of his mid-thirties. But the last two years that good fortune has disappeared and his batting average along with it. This year the power seems to have dropped off as well. There’s likely some bounce back coming, but it’s hard to count on a full rebound at his age. Analysis: Brett Talley

Glen Perkins recorded his 17th save of the season against Boston on Tuesday retiring four batters and allowing just one hit.

Perkins is on pace for about 50 saves this season, so you’re surely satisfied with what he has given your fantasy team. And it’s not just the saves he’s giving you. He’s just shy of a strikeout per inning, and he has only issued two walks. Perkins is a stud. Analysis: Brett Talley

Mike Pelfrey allowed one run and five hits with one walk and four strikeouts in seven innings against Boston on Tuesday.

Pelfrey continues to pitch way over his head. He’s literally striking out just one batter every other inning, and he doesn’t even have twice as many strikeouts as he does walks. You can keep trying to ride his run of luck in deep leagues, but know that regression cometh and that right soon. He’ll go again Monday in Boston. Analysis: Brett Talley

Clay Buchholz allowed two runs and seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings against Minnesota on Tuesday.

Buchholz has pitched very well all year long, but some bad luck early in the year masked how well he was pitching. He is striking out more than a batter per inning, and his walk rate is safely above average. His ERA is still above 4.00, but it was about six just four starts ago. He’ll be in the threes before we know it. He’ll have a tougher test his next time out as he faces the hot-hitting Rangers in Texas on Sunday. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jose Bautista went 3-for-4 with three doubles and five RBI in Tuesday night’s 10-9 win against the White Sox.

After a 1-for-15 slide was followed by a two game absence from the lineup, Bautista came up with a huge night at the dish. The 34-year-old slugger claims that his bothersome shoulder is feeling much better. It certainly appeared that way Tuesday. Analysis: Nate Miller

Josh Donaldson went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers, a double, four RBI and five runs scored during Tuesday’s 10-9 win over the White Sox.

What an outstanding performance at the plate for Donaldson, as the All-Star third baseman harassed White Sox pitching for the second consecutive night. During the last two games, Donaldson has gone 6-for-7 with three roundtrippers, five RBI and eight runs scored. Analysis: Nate Miller

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