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Update: Kyrie Irving was just stretching out his ankle and will return.

Jon Singleton went 2-for-3 with a home run on Wednesday night against the Angels

In one month of major league action this season, Singleton has struggled mightily, hitting only one home run while maintaining a .205 average. By no stretch of the imagination is he the player that you should be looking for to add to your fantasy roster.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Preston Tucker went 1-for-3 with a home run on Wednesday night against the Angels.

Tucker has been on a nice little stretch over the last eight games or so, homering in four of them, while raising his average 12 points. If you need outfield help, he might be a quality pickup, as he seems to have the Astros left field spot locked down for the time being.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Hector Olivera is rumored to be heading with lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez, minor league pitcher Zach Bird and the the 2016 competitive balance Draft pick (No. 34 overall) the Dodgers received from the Marlins in the Mat Latos/Michael Morse.deal to the Braves in exchange for LHP Alex Wood, INF Jose Peraza, and relief pitchers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan. The teams have not confirmed the deal.

As highly-touted as Olivera is, this could be a huge move for the Dodgers and put them in a serious spot to contend for the NL pennant. Adding Wood to a rotation that already boasts Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and a recently-added Mat Latos would more than solidify the starters while the bullpen would get a real nice boost with Johnson and Avilan. The Braves would then get to add Olivera to a struggling infield and have the upside of Rodriguez to help eventually stabilize their pen. This seems liek a win-win for both parties involved. Analysis: Howard Bender

Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a home run on Wednesday night against the Astros.

Pujols has reached his coveted 30 home run mark and it is still only July. In his 15 major league seasons he has now hit 30 home runs in 13 of them, giving him a jaw-dropping total of 550 throughout his career. His resurgence has been a breath of fresh air for all baseball fans, but especially great for those who took him in the middle rounds of their fantasy drafts. Right now, Pujols gives us no reason to assume that his bat will slow down any time soon, so his pace of 49 home runs this season shouldn’t be ruled out by any stretch of the imagination.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Lance McCullers went seven innings, allowed one run, on five hits, and struck out five batters in a win against the Angels on Wednesday night.

McCullers shined on Wednesday night, allowing the Angels bats only one run across seven innings. His mere five punch-outs left a bit to be desired, but it’s tough to complain with a quality start such as Wednesday night. He picked up the win against LA, tying a bow on a solid fantasy performance.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Garrett Richards went 6 1/3 innings, allowed four runs, on seven hits, and struck out three batters in a loss against the Astros on Wednesday night.

Richards wasn’t his best on Wednesday night, however he still provided the Angels with 6 1/3 innings of four run baseball. Unfortunately that wasn’t good enough to get them the win, in fact he picked up the loss, but it’s good to know that this is what Richards will give you on his worst day. As the Angels “Ace”, expect him to continue his impressive 2015 campaign as the second half of the season is well underway.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

The Royals traded Joe Blanton to the Pirates for cash considerations.

Blanton had already been designated for assignment a few days ago, so the Royals are really getting something for nothing in this deal. He'll get a look in the bullpen, but if he struggles at all, the Pirates won't hesitate to send him down. Analysis: Howard Bender

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Mets were actually the team to back out of the deal due to concerns over Gomez' hip.

In the world of "he said, she said," the apparent, official word is that the Mets saw something with the degenerative condition of Gomez' hip and are concerned with the long-term issues. It seems a little odd considering he's only signed through 2016 and at a pretty team-friendly cost, so they probably wouldn't be keeping him anyway. Hard to say though that Zack Wheeler would be giving them much more than that anyway. Analysis: Howard Bender

Michael Fiers allowed two earned runs on four hits while walking one and striking out five over six innings in the Brewers 5-0 loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

Fiers was the tough luck loser on Wednesday as he allowed just two earned runs but was beat out by Jake Peavy and the Giants bullpen who combined to shutout the Brewers offense. Overall on the season Fiers is 5-9 with a 3.89 ERA while striking out 121 over 118 innings. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored in the Giants 5-0 win over the Brewers on Wednesday.

Pence has a mini three-game hitting streak going which has helped raise his average to .304 on the year to go with 22 runs, five home runs and 29 RBI. Injuries have cost pence all but 35 games this season but he remains highly productive when he is on the field which should give fantasy owners plenty of confidence when he's in their lineup. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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