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Mat Latos has been scratched from Tuesday's start for Triple-A Louisville. Reds say manager Bryan Price will address when he meets with the media today.

Latos allowed five runs (three earned) over four innings last Thursday in his first rehab outing for Double-A Pensacola. He is coming off of knee surgery early in the spring but there is no word on what's going on. We will have to wait and see what Manager Bryan Price says later today. I'll venture to say without any inside information that the Reds schedule to have him return by the middle of this month will be pushed back. ANALYST: Drew Phelps

Roenis Elias struck out six in 5 2/3 innings while giving up two runs on six hits and three walks in the Mariners' 4-2 loss to the Twins.

Elias made his first start of 2015, filling in for Hisashi Iwakuma, who will be out for the next month and more. He was battling for the fifth spot in the rotation until losing to Taijuan Walker so you know he has the quality to be a big league pitcher. It might be a good idea to play the wait-and-see approach until the sample size grows for Elias before making a move for him on the wire. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Seth Smith went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in the Mariners' 4-2 loss to the Twins.

Smith's first blast opened his Mariners' account with a 408-feet blast to right. He splits time in the outfield as Seattle is going with the platoon approach, but if can get hot, Smith might start stealing more of at-bats as his power is something that can't be ignored. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Glen Perkins grabs his fifth save of the season with a strikeout in the eleventh inning as Minnesota beat Seattle, 4-2.

Perkins is off to a great start, picking up his fifth save already, albeit on a bad team (5-of-8 wins). He strikes out batters and keeps a good ERA, limiting his bad outings so he will be a good option heading forward. If he can stay healthy, Perkins has a shot at being a top-10 closer this year. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Joe Mauer went 3-for-5, falling a homer short of the cycle, to go with three RBI and a walk in the Twins' 4-2 win over the Mariners.

Mauer picked up two of his four total extra base hits of the season, including his first triple as he drove in three of the four Twins runs in an extra innings win. He's not the best option at first base as he lacks true power, but his average never seems to dwindle and is needed to have any fantasy value in deep leagues. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Kyle Gibson went seven strong innings giving up two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in the Twins' 4-2 win over the Mariners.

Gibson is the definition of a pitch to contact pitcher, as he doesn't miss too many bats. He got 14 ground-balls to four fly-balls, a good sign for owners of the Twins' pitcher in deep leagues. He might be worth a stream once in awhile, but his contact rate makes him a stay-away scenario. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Alexi Amarista hit a solo homer, his first of the season, as he went 1-for-3 in the Padres' 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

The soft-hitting shortstop found his power stroke on Sunday, notching his first homer and second RBI of the season. Don't expect too much from Amarista on the offensive side as he sits in the eight spot in the line-up and isn't going to truly produce in any fantasy relevant categories. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Derek Norris went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in the Padres' 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

Norris' homer was his first in Padres' color as he slid down to the sixth spot in the line-up, even though he is raking at .324 clip. The Padres' move to get Norris this off-season is working out as the beard has an .835 OPS to go with ten extra-base hits and 11 RBI. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Craig Kimbrel struck out two on the way to his sixth save in the Padres' 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

The dominant closer picked up his sixth save of the season with a perfect ninth and continues to get opportunities as the Padres look to contend in the West. After two straight appearances giving up a run, Kimbrel's quiet ninth is business as usual. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Brandon Morrow grabbed his first win of the 2015 season going seven innings and giving up one run on five hits while striking out four in the Padres' 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

Morrow's comeback trail continues to improve with his third quality start in four games after a tough game last week. He picked up his first win of the season by shutting down the Dodgers over seven innings. He improves to a 19:6 K/BB with a 1.04 WHIP and a .234 BAA. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Alex Guerrero hit his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot, while going 2-for-3 as Los Angeles fell to San Diego, 3-1.

At this point, Guerrero has made his point and manager Don Mattingly just needs to keep the youngster in the line-up. He has an OPS over 1.200 and has five homers in just 22 AB and a homer in his last three games with an AB. It is time to pick him up if he's around on your waiver wire and hope the Dodgers wake up and play him full time. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Cardinals are likely to replace Adam Wainwright from within the organization rather than through a trade after suffering a potential season-ending Achilles injury.

The best bet is a platoon of pitchers to start until either Marco Gonzales or Jaime Garcia are healthy to start and take over the job in the rotation. A tough blow for a contender, St. Louis has always been rumored to be in the hunt for Cole Hamels, but it appears they will look internally first. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Scott Baker went seven strong innings giving up three runs on four hits while striking out six in the Dodgers' 3-1 loss to the Padres.

An uncharacteristically good start from Baker, who has struggled since his Twins' days. He filled in well for Brandon McCarthy who had his start skipped with elbow troubles. At this point, it is still safe to skip on Baker until he is able to to still put together a couple of good starts. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Multiple teams around the league have Kevin Johnson as the top cornerback on the draft board heading into this week's NFL Draft.

The youngster out of Wake Forest won't be taken until the middle/late part of the first round anyways, but he appears to be peaking at the right time. In the Pro Football talk mock draft, they have Johnson falling to the Chiefs at pick 18 and in for a nice payday as the top corner in the draft. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Rangers are expected to announce the deal that will send Josh Hamilton back to Texas on Monday.

Hamilton will head back home after the Angels parted ways with the troubled outfielder and his contract. Los Angeles will pay a large portion of the salary still owed to Hamilton, but the Rangers will be taking most of the risk. They hope his return to the Lone-Star state is a healthy one for Hamilton on a personal and professional level. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Kevin Love (shoulder) is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Terrible break for the Cavs, as they are going to struggle without Love patrolling the paint for the next few weeks. Hopefully when Love does come back he will be 100-percent because these upcoming matchups aren't going to be easy for the Cavs. Expect Tristian Thompson to fill in for Love while he recovers over the next couple of weeks. Analysis: Dom Murtha

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