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Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 29 points with nine boards, three assists, a steal, and a block in the blowout loss to the Lakers.

Melo exceeded his season average by one point but it was not enough as the Lakers spanked Phil Jackson and his new team the by 31 points.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Rougned Odor went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI against the Orioles on Thursday.

Odor’s RBI-single in the ninth gave the Rangers some insurance during a game where offense was at a premium. Odor doesn’t have much fantasy value, sporting a .234/.323/.362 line with just 19 RBI and only five stolen bases.  Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Shawn Tolleson pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout and picked up his 12th save of the season against the Orioles on Thursday.

Tolleson has been a serviceable closer with a 2.60 ERA, 1.07 WHIP with a 35:7 K/BB ratio. The Rangers have not had many save opportunities this season which limits Tolleson’s value, but when given the chance he’s shown he can handle closing the door. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Kevin Gausman did not allow a run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Thursday.

Gausman was the club’s No. 2 prospect last season and is starting to show off his stuff. Normally used in a bullpen role, Gausman was called up for his second spot start Thursday and was brilliant. In previous call ups he has shown solid stuff, including during 10 appearances this year. The more starts the O’s give him, the better he will get. Pick the youngster up and stash him on your roster if you have room. Keep an eye out for when his next start will come, as he will probably be optioned back to Triple-A despite the solid outing. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Yovani Gallardo did not allow a run while allowing only two hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Thursday.

Gallardo is red-hot, owning the league’s longest shutout streak with a career-high 29 1/3 innings scoreless streak. He’s now had four-straight scoreless starts and has gone 4-0 with an MLB-best 0.88 ERA since May 24—he also hasn’t allowed a home run while giving up just seven hits over that same span. Gallardo is in the zone right now and is without a doubt pitching the best baseball of his career. H is a must-start in all formats as long as he keeps up this electric run. Gallardo’s next outing will be at home against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Cameron Maybin went 1-for-4 with a walk-off single against the Nationals on Thursday.

It took a long time for anyone to get to ace Max Scherzer, who pitched another gem. Maybin is slashing .281/.354/.388 with six home runs and 37 RBI for the Braves this year. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Manny Banuelos did not allow a run on two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against Nationals on Thursday.

Banuelos out-dueled Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer in his MLB debut, but exited in the sixth with cramping and dehydration. The Braves’ No. 11 prospect was starting in place of the injured Williams Perez. After undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the entire 2013 season, the Yankees traded him to the Braves, where he shined in Atlanta’s minor league system. He is a promising power lefty pitcher who has learned how to use his secondary pitches due to the surgery. If he’s still available, grab him off the waiver wire. His next start comes on the road against the Brewers on Tuesday. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Max Scherzer allowed two runs on five hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings in a loss against the Braves on Thursday.

This dude has been absolutely electric in his past four starts. He was the NL Pitcher of the Month for June and is 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his last four starts. That being said, it’s a shame he couldn’t get any run support from his offense, which he usually does, and was saddled with the loss despite a great outing. Scherzer is just fun to watch, he’s in the zone and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. His next start comes at home against the Reds on Tuesday. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Mariners signed catcher Erik Kratz to a minor league contract.

Kratz is the definition of journeyman and now finds his new home in the Mariners' organization. He'll get the call to the big leagues if the Seattle catching situation goes awry, but has absolutely no fantasy value. Analysis: David Kerr

Manager Lloyd McClendon said Hisashi Iwakuma was fine Thursday in throwing between-starts and barring a setback, he seems likely to start Sunday.

Iwakuma has been out for over two months, but his return to Seattle's rotation seems imminent. The Mariners will have some rotation questions to answer as Mike Montgomery has burst onto the scene and owns a 1.62 ERA with two shutouts over 44 1/3 innings. If Iwakuma is able to make the start on Sunday, he will get two turns in the rotation prior to the All-Star break. Analysis: David Kerr

LaMarcus Aldridge cancelled his meeting with the Knicks after learning New York wanted him to play center.

Aldridge has made it clear that he only wants to play power forward, so this was a no brainer. The Knicks may have been able to offer him the most money, but as we've seen the last two days, no one really wants to play in New York right now. The top two suitors for Aldridge's services are San Antonio and Phoenix, but Portland shouldn't be counted out, especially after they locked up Damian Lillard on Thursday. Analysis: David Kerr

Sacramento Kings have offered Wesley Matthews a three-year deal in the $45 million range.

Matthews wants a multi-year deal worth at least $15 million a year and he's got that exact offer on the table from Sacramento. The Mavericks and Raptors are also said to be in discussion with Matthews so it doesn't appear imminent that he will agree to a deal with the Kings. The veteran guard is coming off Achilles surgery, but it isn't expected to deter him next season. Analysis: David Kerr

Update: Manny Banuelos left Thursday night's game due to cramping and dehydration.

Banuelos was making his major league debut on Thursday and outdueled Max Scherzer, allowing just two hits over 5.2 shutout innings. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Robin Lopez is discussing a deal with the Knicks that would earn him in range of $12 to $13 million per season

This seems like a bit of an overpayment for Lopez but he is coming off a decent season where he averaged 9.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over 27.8 minutes per game. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Tobias Harris is open to signing a short-term deal that will allow him to hit the open market again next summer.

There were rumors early in the offseason that Harris could be in line to receive a max contract offer but after a few days into free-agency those rumors have died down. Harris is still just 22 years old and is coming off a season where he averaged 17.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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