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Grant Balfour walked three and struck out two on his way to earning his third save of the season in the 2-1 win over the Reds.

Balfour didn't make it easy on himself, but he was able to get the job down to keep his scoreless streak at 3.2 innings this season.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

A clause in QB Jameis Winston's contract prohibits him from playing baseball.

The days of the two-sport start are going out the window with too much money on the tables and Winston's contract is at the forefront. He will no longer be able to pursue a baseball career, unlike Russell Wilson, who still has that opportunity for the Texas Rangers. For $25 million, the Buccaneers want to be sure their quarterback of the future is healthy and focused only on football. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Update: The Brewers have officially hired Craig Counsell as their new manager.

After Ron Roenicke was fired, the Brewers have decided to bring in one of their own. Counsell is only 44 years-old and has played with some of the current Brewers so it'll be interesting to see how the dynamic plays out in Milwaukee. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Bucs have decided not to pick up the fifth year option on RB Doug Martin. The former first round pick will become a free agent at the end of 2015.

After Martin's rookie year, there has been a lot of hype with no reward as he has struggled to stay healthy and become a solid first round-back. Tampa will hope to get the real Dougie back this year and have him in line for a big payday if his 2015 season is successful. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Bruce Irvin Tweeted Sunday night that the team did not pick up an option on his contract for 2016.

Irvin will play for just under $2 million this season, with no safety net, but that doesn't mean Seattle is going to let him walk. They still have every intention of keeping Irvin in town after this season, but who knows if the money will make sense. Irvin is from Atlanta and new head coach Dan Quinn was the old defensive coordinator in Seattle so there is some history out there if Irvin does want to move on. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Report: The Raiders will release veteran wide receiver James Jones.

Jones was second to only Andre Holmes in receiving yards for the Raiders in 2014 with 666, so the decision is somewhat of a surprise. Jones, who turned 31 this year, was seen as more of a stopgap than a solution for the Silver and Black. He'll pick up somewhere.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Craig Kimbrel allowed a run on one hit with two strikeouts and no walks over one inning of work, recording his eight save during the Padres' 8-6 win over the Rockies on Sunday.

Kimbrel allowed just a solo home run to Charlie Blackmon in an otherwise flawless ninth inning. He's allowed five earned runs this season, or more than half of what he allowed all of last season. He should be fine, but the shaky first month might not allow his numbers to be as elite as they have been at the end of the season. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Derek Norris went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and walk during the Padres' 8-6 win over the Rockies on Sunday.

Norris is off to another hot start with the bat this season. He's teed off on the 11 doubles already and is slashing .337/.358/.522 with two home runs. The Padres are calling up top prospect Austin Hedges Monday, so it will be interesting to see how reps are distributed behind the dish going forward. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Justin Upton went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBI during the Padres 8-6 win over the Rockies on Sunday.

Upton has been one of the MLB's best hitters in spite of moving to one of the league's most difficult places to hit. His home run was No. 7 of the young season and he's slashing .301/.340/.602 with three steals as well. If you got him at a discount this offseason, thank your lucky stars. Analysis: Spencer Silva

James Shields allowed five runs on nine hits, striking out seven and walking none over 5 1/3 innings during the Padres' 8-6 win over the Rockies on Sunday.

Shields was tagged for three home runs, including two by emergent third baseman Nolan Arenado. He's maintained the huge strikeout numbers that he started piling up in March, even. He's now got 48 strikeouts (and eight walks) over 31 1/3 innings. He'll always struggle with the long ball, but he's a surefire SP2 in most formats. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Nolan Arenado went 3-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored during the Rockies' 6-8 loss to the Padres on Sunday.

The home runs were Arenado's fifth and sixth of the young season. He's quickly emerged as one of the league's best hitters, mercilessly making contact and playing some of the league's best defense. He's slashing .314/.348.616. Houston, we have a superstar. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-5 with two home runs, two RBI and two runs scored during the Rockies' 8-6 loss to the Padres on Sunday.

Blackmon took both James Shields and closer Craig Kimbrel deep Sunday, in Petco Park no less. Blackmon is off to another fine start, slashing .316/.365/.579 with five home runs, 14 RBI, 14 runs scored and two stolen bases. Just don't expect him to keep it up on the road.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Kyle Kendrick allowed six runs on six hits while striking out two over five innings during the Rockies' 8-6 loss to the Padres on Sunday.

The Rockies' opening day starter had yet another brutal outing Sunday. His ERA now sits at a turgid 8.63 and he's allowing more than 2 and a half home runs per nine. He's an ideal pitcher to stack your hitters against in DFS. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Yovani Gallardo allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits, striking out one and walking four over 6 2/3 inning during the Rangers' 7-1 loss to the Athletics on Sunday.

Gallardo held the Athletics scoreless for four innings before the amazing Stephen Vogt took him deep in the fifth inning. Gallardo has, in essence, been the same ol' Yovani in 2015. He's seen an uptick in strikeouts, but that was influenced by an outing against the Astros. Without the vintage zip on his fastball, Gallardo is a meh fantasy option. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Stephen Vogt went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI, two runs scored and two walks during the Athletics' 7-1 win over the Rangers on Sunday.

Vogt has not only been one of the league's best catchers to date, he's been one of the league's best players. In fact, his 1.4 fWAR in 2015 matches his total in 84 games last season. Don't expect him to keep it up, but feel free to ride the wave. He's slashing .356/.455/.671 with six home runs. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk during the Athletics' 7-1 win over the Rangers on Sunday.

Reddick is on a helluva heater, hitting .435 with a double, a triple, two home runs, 11 RBI and two stolen bases over the last week. What's most impressive is Reddick is striking out a microscopic 6.9% for the season. If he continues to make prolific contact, he'll carry plenty of value in mixed leagues.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

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