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Jason Heyward went 3-for-6 with a double and a run scored in the 4-3 loss to the Mets in 14 innings Sunday.

Heyward had been mired in a deep slump coming into Sunday's game as he had just three hits in his previous 22 at-bats (.094). Hopefully Sunday's multi-hit game will build his confidence going forward, if you believe it will then now is the time to try and buy low on him.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Kurt Suzuki is not in Saturday's starting lineup.

Chris Herrmann will cover the catching duties on Saturday, and hit eighth in the batting order for the Twins who are visiting the Royals. Suzuki has not started in two of the past four games for the Twins, and his current .225 batting average may have something to do with that situation. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Carlos Frias is still dealing with lower back issues. He was able to throw a bullpen session Saturday, but his next scheduled start Monday is in doubt.

Frias would normally be a nice two-start pitcher for fantasy purposes, but this news puts that in jeopardy. Back issues are always worrisome, especially with pitchers, so keep an eye on his status going forward if you were planning on using him as a two-start option in a weekly format. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

The Cubs recall Taylor Teagarden from Triple-A Iowa.

That move answers the question about who the Cubs would add to the roster to serve as backup to Miguel Montero. Now the question remains, who will serve as Jon Lester's catcher when he next pitches against the Cardinals on Monday? Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

David Ross (concussion) has been placed on the 7-day disabled list.

The Cubs will likely bring up a backup catcher for Miguel Montero, as Ross was the only other catcher on the roster. A larger question is how will this affect Jon Lester, as Ross has been serving as his personal catcher this season. Keep your ears open to see what transpires in Chicago over the next day or so. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Chris Bassitt is scheduled to start Sunday's game against Seattle.

With Sonny Gray having his next start pushed back to Tuesday, Bassitt will be called upon to face the Mariners. Bassitt was solid in his prior spot start in place of Gray, although he took the loss, holding Colorado to one earned run on five hits over five innings, with three Ks. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Sonny Gray (illness) has officially had his next start pushed back to Tuesday.

There had been rumors circulated that Gray would face the Yankees in New York on Tuesday. He has been coming back from a bout of salmonella poisoning that hospitalized him initially. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Carlos Ruiz is not in the Phillies starting lineup Saturday.

Right-hander Cameron Rupp will handle the duties behind the plate as the Phillies take on the Braves on the road. Rupp will hit eighth in the order Saturday. This is the third game in a row that Ruiz will not serve as the catcher for the Phillies. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies starting lineup Saturday.

The left-handed hitting first baseman will take some pine with the Braves putting southpaw Alex Wood on the mound Saturday. The fact that Howard is in a 2-for-18 slump is another reason that Andres Blanco will take over at first, and hit second in the order. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Bryce Harper was 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, home run, two RBI and a walk on Saturday.

Bryce Harper has not been struggling but his home run on Saturday was his first in 12 games and came off of Madison Bumgarner. This is important as Harper is hitting 100 points higher against left-handed pitching this year as compared to his previous two seasons. With three hits versus the Giants, Harper is now slashing .344/.470/.719 as his breakout season continues. Harper has 25 home runs and 60 RBI and could make a run at 40 home runs this year. Bryce Harper will turn 23 in October. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Tanner Roark pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up five hits, two earned runs and struck out three to get the win in long relief for Stephen Strasburg.

After Stephen Strasburg was removed from the game, Tanner Roark was summoned from the bullpen and had a nice day filling in. Not only that, but Roark recorded the win pitching 4.1 innings giving up five hits, two earned runs while striking out three. There has been no word about if Strasburg will need to miss any time but if he does, Roark could get a spot start in Baltimore next week.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Clint Robinson was 2-for-3 with two runs, a double and a walk on Saturday.

Clint Robinson is another role player that was forced into the lineup to face Madison Bumgarner. But Robinson fared well with two hits including a double and scored two runs on Saturday. But he is a role player until Ryan Zimmerman can return from injury. Robinson has four home runs and 15 RBI this year in 56 games for Washington.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy is beginning to draw trade interest.

Kennedy is going to be a free agent after the season ends, but his recent streak of allowing one earned run in each of last four starts will attract some teams looking for post-All Star break help in their pitching rotation. He has a good K/BB ratio on the season at 3.04 but he also has been victimized by the longball, with a horrific 2.1 HR/9 rate over his 14 starts in 2015. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Tyler Moore was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI on Saturday.

Tyler Moore made the most of his start on Saturday with three hits in four at bats driving in four runs for the Nationals. While this was a nice day and he had a very good approach with two strikes, Moore is a role player for the Nationals. This year, Moore has four home runs and 17 RBI in 55 games and is a National League only option at this point.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Michael Taylor was 1-for-5 with a leadoff home run on Saturday.

Michael Taylor made an appearance at leadoff for the Nationals facing Madison Bumgarner and Taylor made the most of the opportunity with a leadoff home run. It was his only hit of the day but Taylor is starting to show why he was a top prospect. This year, Taylor has six home runs and 28 RBI while hitting .246 but he has the tools to provide counting stats while hitting near .250. The longer Jayson Werth is on the disabled the longer that Taylor has value in fantasy. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Stephen Strasburg pitched 3 2/3 innings on Saturday allowing one hit, two walks and struck out three before having to leave his start with a strained left oblique.

Stephen Strasburg has been pitching well since his return from the disabled list. In his 15.2 innings following his return, Strasburg has a 1.15 ERA with 18 strikeouts and five walks. But in his start on Saturday, Strasburg was forced to leave the game after grabbing his side pitching to Buster Posey and speculation has to center on his left oblique. It would be a tough loss for his fantasy owners as Strasburg was just starting to pitch to his talent. Monitor his health going forward as his start against the Orioles on Thursday is doubtful. Analysis: Greg Jewett

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