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DeAndre Jordan finished with 13 points, game-high 16 rebounds (six offensive), three assists, two steals, and two blocks as the Clippers picked up a franchise record 57th win.

Ironically Jordan posted his 42nd double-double on what was Jackie Robinson day in baseball. Jordan has doubled up in all but one of the team's six games this month and has more than tripled his previous career best of 12 double-doubles. ANALYST: Michael Pichan

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

Sonny Gray allowed no runs on two hits, striking out 10 and walking seven over 6 2/3 innings during the Athletics' 7-1 win over the Rangers on Sunday.

It was kind of a bizarre, yet brilliant outing for Gray. The seven walks he issued were a career high, but he still managed to blank the Rangers for nearly seven innings. He's owned the Rangers for his young career — He's now 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA in Arlington.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Brewers will name Craig Counsell their new manager.

Counsell was reportedly being bred to take over for General Manager Doug Melvin at some point, but the organization instead decided to give him a shot at running the squad on a day-to-day basis. He's never managed at any level.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

The Athletics have released Cody Ross after being designated for assignment.

Ross only had two at-bats while in Oakland, but is now free to look elsewhere for a job. He has not been healthy the past couple of seasons, but even when he has been, Ross' impact has been minimal. He should not be effecting your fantasy team with the release, nor should he be impacting it if he is picked up as it looks like the ship has finally sailed on his career. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Padres are expected to promote top catching prospect Austin Hedges.

Hedges will join the team on Monday, for what reason, is truly unknown. He is hitting great in Triple-A with a .343/.413/.552 slash line to go with two home-runs and 15 RBI. However, Derek Norris has been fantastic for the big club, so Hedges might just be the backup for now so stayed turned to the situation. Analysis: Rob Trayah

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