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Carmelo Anthony says he's going to talk to team doctors about his injured shoulder to figure out a course of action for the last two games. Carmelo says he may get MRI on his in the next couple days.

Coach Mike Woodson still plans to play Melo in all of the Knicks remaining games until at least he hears differently from the doctors. The Knicks have been eliminated from playoff contention. Carmelo is second in the league in scoring at 27.6 points per game.ANALYST: Drew Phelps

Jose Reyes (ribs) is set to be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the Blue Jays lineup on Monday.

Reyes tried to play through a fractured rib but was in obvious pain while at the plate which forced the Blue Jays to send him to the DL. Ryan Goins will return to a utility role upon Reyes' return to the lineup. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Doug Fister (forearm) is said to be feeling better and hopes to start throwing soon.

Fister last appeared in a game May 14th where he got shelled, allowing seven earned runs over two innings which ultimately lead to his DL stint. Tanner Roark will be getting the start on Monday in what would be Fister's spot and will likely continue to start until Fister is ready to come back. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Al Horford was ejected from Sunday's game against the Cavaliers after elbowing Matthew Dellavedova.

This is a huge blow to the Hawks chances to win Game 3 given that they are already without Kyle Korver. Mike Scott will likely see the most playing time off the bench with Horford now ejected. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Justin Upton was 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, home run and 6 RBI against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Snapping a four game losing streak in grand fashion, Justin Upton hit a double and home run to drive in six of the eleven runs by the Padres in Los Angeles. This continues his strong season in which Justin Upton has 12 home runs and nine stolen bases with shades of 2011 dancing in his fantasy owners heads. In that season Upton had 31 home runs and 21 stolen bases. This year he is on pace for a similar stat line which would make Justin a rich man as he nears free agency. After today’s game, Upton has driven in 35 runs and is hitting .284/.343/.562 for San Diego. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Will Venable was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a walk on Sunday.

Used sparingly early in the season, Will Venable has seen more playing time with Wil Myers on the disabled list and not able to swing a bat yet. It was only two seasons ago that Venable was a 20 home run and stolen base player. While that is his career year, he is a viable source of runs and occasional power in a platoon in center field while Wil Myers is out for the Padres.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Will Middlebrooks finished 2-for-5 with a run, home run and RBI on Sunday.

Will Middlebrooks had a nice start to the season but has been displaced by Corey Spangenberg along with Yangervis Solarte. But MIddlebrooks made the most of his start on Sunday hitting his fifth home run pushing his RBI total to 14 on the season. But his inability to make consistent contact limits his power upside and makes him a potential roster casualty with Yonder Alonso on the rehab trail.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Alex Guerrero was 1-for-4 with a two run home run on Sunday against San Diego.

If you had placed any bets that Cuban imports Alex Guerrero and Jose Abreu would both have seven home runs on May 24th you would be a rich person. Even though they have no connection or anywhere near the same playing time, as it stands they have the same amount of home runs. Guerrero tries to force his way into the lineup but his defense and lack of a position limits his playing time with the Dodgers. Guerrero is hitting an even three hundred with seven home runs and 18 RBI as a part time player but has gained third base and outfield eligibility in ten game leagues. Guerrero’s upside is tempered by his playing time concerns.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Carlos Frias only pitched four innings giving up 12 hits, 10 earned runs and two walks en route to the 11-3 loss to the Padres on Sunday.

Carlos Frias entered Sunday’s game with a 2-1 record and 2.82 ERA as a starting pitcher this year. Then he met the Padres who were not very forgiving. Frias allowed 12 hits along with 10 earned runs and tallied zero strikeouts. His ERA rose from 2.55 before the game to 5.34 after he was removed after the fourth inning. But the damage was done. Not only for the teams that rostered Frias as a stream option, but any daily gamers as well. His spot in the rotation will need to be monitored going forward but he did not fool anyone on Sunday. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Bobby Parnell tossed a scoreless inning for Double-A Binghamton in his first rehab appearance.

Parnell will likely need to reach the point in his rehab where he can pitch back to back games before rejoining the Mets bullpen in what will likely be a set-up role given the success Jeurys Familia is having at closer. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Cavaliers GM David Griffin said Kyrie Irving was feeling really good after coaches put him through tests and it’s possible that if the team continue to win, Irving won't play again this series.

There is little reason for the Cavaliers to rush Kyrie back to the floor if they don't feel they need him in order to beat the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals as a healthy Irving will need to play a major role if they hope to be NBA Champions. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Erasmo Ramirez worked six innings in Sunday’s 7-2 loss to the Athletics, allowing five earned runs, five hits and five walks while collecting four strikeouts.

Heading into this contest, Ramirez had earned victories in each of his last two starts while surrendering just three earned runs and three hits across 10 innings. However, the right hander fell behind early in Sundays matchup with Oakland when he gave up a solo homer to speedy leadoff man Billy Burns on the games first pitch. Ramirez struggled with command throughout this effort, and ended up exiting after the sixth inning with the Rays trailing 5-0. Ramirez will look to bounce back Saturday afternoon versus the Orioles. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mark Canha went 2-for-3 with a double and a three-run homer during Sunday’s 7-2 victory versus the Rays.

Recently mired in an 0-for-19 skid, Canha has bounced back for the Athletics over the last couple of days. In back-to-back victories which saw Oakland outscore the Rays by a combined 12-2, Canha went 3-for-5 with three walks, a homer, a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Analysis: Nate Miller

James Shields pitched seven innings allowing five hits, three earned runs, one walk and struck out seven for his sixth win this year.

All of James Shields trends continued during his sixth win versus the Dodgers on Sunday. He pitched seven innings with seven strikeouts but allowed a home run to Alex Guerrero to account for two of the three runs to score against him. This year Shields has seen his strikeouts per nine spike to a career high 11.8 along with his swinging strike percentage at 14 which is a career high as well. But he has already allowed fifteen home runs this year and even though his ERA is 3.75, his FIP of 4.59 and xFIP of 2.78 are two extremes. Just like Shields this year. Cash in the six wins but be aware of his propensity to the long ball in smaller venues. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Josh Reddick went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday afternoon’s 7-2 drubbing of the Rays.

Reddick continues his resurgent season for the Athletics, as the 28-year-old right fielder is now 6-for-18 with a homer during a brief four-game hitting streak and has brought his current .OPS for the season up to a strong .903. Perhaps the most telling stat for Reddick so far in 2015 is his 11.2 percent strikeout rate, which is a drastic improvement upon his near 20 percent career mark coming into the campaign. Analysis: Nate Miller

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