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Kevin Love will not play Friday against the Rockets.

After hyperextending his elbow Wednesday, Love will get the night off to rest. He may even be out longer depending on how it feels. With the T-Wolves out of playoff contention, there's no need to rush him back.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Tommy Hunter pitched 2/3 of an inning for the save on Saturday.

Tommy Hunter made a splash as a Chicago Cub saving the game on Saturday. With Jason Motte giving up another run and Hector Rondon needing a day off, Joe Maddon turned to Tommy Hunter for the save. Hunter responded with a clean inning but this should not signal any change to the ever fluid Cub closer situation. Hector Rondon seems to be back in the role but Hunter could push his way into a more prominent role in setup going forward. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Anthony Rizzo was 2-for-4 with a three run home run on Saturday.

Anthony Rizzo is halfway home to a major league record with his fourth consecutive game with a home run on Saturday. For the season, Rizzo now has 20 home runs and 60 RBI while hitting .290 for Chicago. For daily fantasy, Rizzo is hitting over .330 in Miller Park over his last 18 games there with 10 home runs and 23 RBI. Add in that he is 11-for-24 (.458) versus Kyle Lohse in his career with two doubles and a home run and Rizzo is well worth the $3800 price tag on Sunday at FanDuel.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Kyle Schwarber was 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two runs scored on Saturday.

Kyle Schwarber continues to be a fantasy factor at catcher with two more hits including his fourth home run on Saturday in Milwaukee. Through 22 games, Schwarber has a .338 average with 14 runs and 13 RBI for the Cubs. His ceiling is tempered by the fact that he is eligible to play only three out of five days per pitching cycle but look for him to be in the lineup against Kyle Lohse. Schwarber could be a bargain at catcher on FanDuel at only $2900 on Sunday.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Kyle Hendricks pitched seven innings allowing four hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out six in his win on Saturday.

Kyle Hendricks has flown under the radar for fantasy but he delivered a nice game on the road in Milwaukee. Hendricks pitched seven innings giving up only four hits and one earned run while striking out six Brewers on Saturday. Hendricks in now 5-5 with a 3.67 ERA but a 3.33 FIP which points to improvement in his ratios going forward. This year, Hendricks has 103 strikeouts against only 25 walks for a tidy four to one ratio. Hendricks may be worth a flier in leagues in which he is a free agent.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Adam Lind was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Adam Lind continues to shine in Milwaukee this year. Saturday marked his 97th game played which surpasses last years 96 in Toronto. Lind is hitting .278/.356/.485 with 16 home runs and 60 RBI this season. Due to his back issues and the Cubs starting a left handed pitcher, look for Lind to get the day off on Sunday. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Khris Davis was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI on Saturday.

Khris Davis provided one of the Brewers two runs on Saturday with an RBI single. But in a season riddled with injuries, Davis has not been able to build upon last years success. After 64 games, Davis is only hitting .237 with seven home runs and 23 RBI. With plenty of playing time available due to trades, Davis will look to improve in the second half.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Matt Garza pitched six innings giving up four hits, three earned runs, four walks while striking out five in a loss on Saturday.

Matt Garza is not only struggling with control this year, but he has suffered eight losses with one run or less of support. Following his loss on Saturday, Garza now has lost 12 games for the second time of his career and first since 2009 with Tampa Bay. More troublesome is the high amount of walks allowed this year. Garza is now 5-12 with a 5.17 ERA and 4.81 FIP due to the 82:42 K:BB rate in 116 innings this season.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jeremy Mincey is in Oxnard, CA to meet with executive vice president Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett on Sunday to discuss a potential two-year deal.

Mincey is in the second year of a two-year, $4.5 million deal and is looking to extend his stay in Dallas. He did not show up for the start of training camp and while this doesn't officially end his hold out, he appears to be close to returning. Analysis: Howard Bender

Cameron Rupp was 1-for-4 with a three run home run on Saturday.

Backup catcher Cameron Rupp hit his second home run, a three run blast, on Saturday. Rupp has only played in 44 games this year though and he only has 10 RBI to go with the two home runs.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Freddy Galvis was 2-for-5 with a three run home run on Saturday.

Freddy Galvis has emerged from his slump and had two more hits on Saturday including a three run home run for the Phillies. With five home runs, 29 RBI and six stolen bases, Galvis has done enough to warrant interest in deep leagues, but his streakiness precludes him from being a full season factor.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Odubel Herrera was 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored on Saturday.

Odubel Herrera has been a find for the Phillies as a Rule Five pick this year. Herrera had three more hits on Saturday including his fifth home run. After 92 games, Herrera has 36 runs, 27 RBI and nine stolen bases with a .283 average. While the stolen base total was projected to be near 20 this year, if he can reach 15, he will be a sleeper for next year.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Domonic Brown was 1-for-5 with a run and two RBI on Saturday.

During his last nine games, Domonic Brown is 15-for-38 (.395) with two home runs and three stolen bases. On Saturday, Brown had one hit in five at bats with two RBI while scoring a run. His average is now up to .250 this season and the Phillies hope he can regain the form he had in the first half of 2013.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Ryan Howard was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI on Saturday.

Ryan Howard is warming up again as he is prone to streaks. Howard tallied three hits on Saturday in four at bats scoring two runs and driving in one during the Phillies win. After 95 games, Howard has 18 home runs and 60 RBI. While he may be a waiver trade this month, the Phillies will enjoy the production while it lasts.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Maikel Franco was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs on Saturday.

Maikel Franco through 68 games has exceeded expectations. Franco now has 39 runs, 11 home runs, 40 RBI and a stolen base with a .283/.341/.487 slash line for the Phillies. His power plays well in his home park and Franco will face Julio Teheran on Sunday against whom he is 2-for-4 with a double as well.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Cesar Hernandez was 2-for-5 with a run and a double on Saturday.

Cesar Hernandez is now hitting .283 for the season with 39 runs, one home run, 24 RBI and 15 stolen bases for Philadelphia. Although Chase Utley will be on rehab assignment on Sunday, Hernandez has played his way into the lineup and should be the second baseman for the second half for the Phillies. Teams needing speed should look his way. Analysis: Greg Jewett

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