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David Ortiz had his second game in a row with multiple hits as he went 2-for-4 with two base hits, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored in the 6-5 victory over the Orioles Sunday night.

Ortiz raised his average by 32 points over his last to games after going 4-for-8 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored. The home run on Saturday was Oritiz's 40th career blast against the Orioles, which is second most against the O's among active players and it was his third of the season, first since April 9th. ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Kenley Jansen logged his second save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts against the Padres on Friday.

Jansen is now 2-for-2 since taking back the Dodgers closer role while logging seven strikeouts through his first three innings of work. Although the sample size is small, Jansen remains a must-start in all formats while back at 100 percent health for the first time this season.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 connecting on his 11th home run of the season against the Padres on Friday.

Pederson is having himself a solid season at the plate in the early going as he continues to show the power that made him one of the top prospects leading up to his promotion. However, he has now logged 47 strikeouts through his first 132 at-bats, but his 30 walks shows he is being selective at the plate so there is no reason to believe his power will go away anytime soon.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Zack Greinke allowed one run on six hits and one walk while striking out five batters over 7 2/3 innings against the Padres on Friday.

Greinke tossed a gem on Friday but was no able to factor into the decision as the Dodgers took the first game of the series. He is now sitting 5-1 with a 1.48 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and a 49:12 K:BB rate through his first nine starts, so barring a major fall from grace he remains a must-start every time he takes the mound. Greinke will look to stay hot when he takes on the Braves on Wednesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Andrew Cashner allowed just one run (unearned) on five hits and one walk while striking out three batters over six innings against the Dodgers on Friday.

Cashner had himself a great start Friday, but his offense was unable to do much against Zack Greinke leaving him winless over his last six starts. He is now 1-7 with a 2.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and a 54:14 K:BB rate through his first five starts, but as ;long as he continues to pitch well fantasy owners will have to look past his terrible record. The Padres hurler will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Angels on Wednesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Nick Ahmed went 3-for-6 connecting on his first home run of the season with two RBI and one run scored against the Cubs on Friday.

Ahmed is now slashing .212/.281/.260 with one home run, eight RBI and eight runs scored through his first 104 at-bats, so outside of extremely deep NL-only leagues he holds little to no fantasy value, even after a strong showing like this.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, one run scored and two stolen bases against the Cubs on Friday.

Goldschmidt continues to put up MVP-type numbers this season as he is now slashing .331/.429/.623 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI and eight stolen bases through his first 151 at-bats. At the age of 27 Goldschimdt continues to keep getting better as he enters his prime, so fantasy owners shoudl just sit back and enjoy all of his success.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Justin Bour went 2-for-5 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored in the Marlins 8-5 loss to the Orioles on Friday.

Bour is off to a solid start to the 2015 season, hitting .425 with five runs, two home runs and five RBI over 22 games. The 26 year old Bour will likely begin to find himself in the lineup against righties and has shown some good power during his seven minor league seasons. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Dee Gordon went 2-for-5 with one run scored and four stolen bases in the Marlins 8-5 loss to the Orioles on Friday.

Gordon's four stolen bases give him 16 on the season but he has also already been caught stealing seven times this season which limits some of his fantasy value for those in leagues that use net steals or count caught stealing as a category. Overall Godron has been unbelievable for the Marlins, hitting .386 with 24 runs and 14 RBI which put him on pace to match his impressive breakout numbers from 2014. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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