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Marc Gasol will NOT return after aggravating his left knee injury.

Tim Beckham went 2-for-4 with triple, run and three RBI against Detroit on Tuesday.

Beckham has been playing regularly since returning to the big league club, and he has hits in five of his last six games. He has shown a little pop and a tiny bit of speed, but he has trouble making contact frequently. Until he cuts down on the Ks, it’s hard to expect too much from him. Analysis: Brett Talley

Curt Casali went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI against Detroit on Tuesday.

That’s two nights in a row that Casali has double donged. He also homered on Saturday and now has six home runs in his last 20 at-bats. His ISO is now an absurd .480. He obviously won’t sustain anything close to that production, and the projection systems aren’t buying this at all as he has a projected ISO of .123 from here on out according to ZiPS. His ISO was around .130 in a little more than 300 PA at Triple-A, so the projection systems may be right. Analysis: Brett Talley

Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI against Detroit on Tuesday.

Perhaps Cabrera can provide some pop from the middle infield spot outside of the shallow leagues, but he does little else. His average has been below .245 in the last three seasons, and he has not been effective on the base paths this year. Analysis: Brett Talley

Steven Souza Jr. went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs against Detroit on Tuesday.

Souza will kill you in the ratio categories, but if you need help in the counting categories, he’s someone to consider acquiring. He should be good for at least five more steals and five more home runs, and that’s a conservative projection. But seriously, if you can’t risk the ratio hit, leave him be. Best case scenario would be something like a .225 average and a .300 OBP. Analysis: Brett Talley

Evan Longoria went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against Detroit on Tuesday.

Longo is working on a six-game hitting streak with a couple of home runs thrown in during that stretch. He still has a shot to hit 20 home runs, which would be comparable to what he did last year, but where his production has really fallen off is in the run and RBI categories. It’s a bit strange that his counting numbers are down given that the Rays offense has been better than it was last year (according to wRC+). He may see 50 or so fewer plate appearances than he did last year, but that hardly explains 20 fewer runs and RBI each. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jake Odorizzi allowed one run and six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in six innings against Detroit on Tuesday.

Odorizzi lowered his ERA to 2.76, but you should be a bit dubious as his xFIP sits at 3.77. He does have some xFIP-beating factors working in his favor with a nice home ball park and a very good defense behind him. But those factors have been in play for several years now, and his career ERA and xFIP are about a quarter run a part. So yes, he can keep beating his xFIP, but probably not by this margin. He’ll go again Monday against the White Sox in Chicago. Analysis: Brett Talley

David Price allowed five runs and seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

In what could be Price’s last start as a Tiger, he wasn’t particularly good. But the performance will have no impact on whether he gets traded and what the cost to acquire him will be if he is made available. Detroit is a good place for a pitcher with a fairly pitcher-friendly home park and an above average offense providing run support, so his value could change a bit depending on where he goes. Analysis: Brett Talley

Curtis Granderson was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Tuesday against the Padres.

Granderson now has a hit in three straight and 11-of-12 games as he continues to remain the Mets' best offensive option this season. He has a .777 OPS on the season, even though he still only sports a .253 average. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Noah Syndergaard went eight scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits while striking out nine in Tuesday's win over San Diego.

Syndergaard overpowered the Padres on Tuesday, allowing just three baserunners and throwing 107 pitches over the eight innings. That makes it six straight starts of allowing two runs or less as his ERA fell to 2.70 on the season. The best sign was Syndergaard not walking a batter, a nice change from his five BB in his last start. Analysis: Rob Trayah

James Shields went seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out four on Tuesday against the Mets.

Shields surrendered a home run to Lucas Duda and was really able to hold the Mets in check the rest of the time. With his name be bounced around in trade talks, it was a solid performance that won't talk away any type of value of him. Shields has an 8-4 record with a 3.77 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 2015. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Angels GM Bill Stoneman said Mike Trout has a minor strain in left wrist and is day to day.

Trout had an MRI on Tuesday and sat out Tuesday's contest as a precaution. Trout could be back in the lineup Wednesday, but if he's not, it doesn't sound like he's going to miss an extended amount of time. Analysis: Brett Talley

Mariners LHP Charlie Furbush tested his recovery from biceps tendinitis by throwing from the mound Tuesday.

Furbush has been a reliable LOOGY in the big leagues, but that's all he is. He's never going to be a pitcher who consistently pitches in high leverage situations that being fantasy value. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jose Bautista left Tuesday's game with what appeared to be a right hamstring injury.

Bautista was an unfortunate 0-for-4 against Adam Morgan and Philadelphia bullpen before leaving with the injury. It would certainly be unfortunate for the Jays if they were to lose Bautista for any amount of time as he'd represent a bigger loss in firepower than what they just gained in Troy Tulowitzki. Hopefully it's nothing, but Ezequiel Carrera, Chris Colabello or a minor leaguer would be the candidates for additional playing time. Analysis: Brett Talley

Broncos announce DL Antonio Smith will be at camp despite charges and still under a investigation.

Smith recorded 18 tackles and three sacks with the Raiders last year. His production fell off a bit in Oakland after he recorded at least five season in the three previous seasons with Houston. Analysis: Brett Talley

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