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Ryan Howard fell a double short of the cycle but went 4-for-5 with a triple, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored against the Rockies on Sunday.

Howard's four-hit performance was just the second multi-hit game of the season for the big lefty, and just his first since Opening Day. He is currently sporting a .262 average with four home runs and 10 RBI, but his production has been sporadic at best. With that said, those in head-to-head leagues will want to play the matchups when using Howard in your starting lineup, because the way he is performing could actually hurt you more then help you in the early going. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Brad Peacock has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Peacock's been on the 15-day DL since April 15 with a strained left intercostal muscle. He's played catch recently but hasn't thrown off a mound since having a setback during a rehab assignment on June 12. After undergoing an MRI on Friday, Peacock was hoping for some good news but it looks like he'll be on the shelf until at least mid-July if not longer. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

The Astros recalled Alex Presley from Triple-A Fresno.

With the club sending George Springer to the 15-day DL with a fractured wrist they called Presley up from Triple-A, who is hitting .308 with 12 doubles and 35 RBI in Fresno this year. In his ML career, Presley owns a .395 slugging percentage with 38 doubles, 23 home runs and 79 RBI in over 300 games. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

George Springer (wrist) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Not a surprise here as Springer was visibly in pain after taking an Edinson Volquez fastball off the wrist and being removed from last night's game against the Royals. The injury is a shame as Springer was enjoying an All-Star caliber sophomore season, hitting .264 with 14 doubles, 13 home runs, 29 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 75 games. He also currently ranks fifth among all AL outfielders in OPS (.822). Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Chris Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.

Taylor will be joining the team in San Francisco later this afternoon. In a corresponding move, the M's designated Willie Bloomquist for assignment, who is reportedly dealing with a sore elbow. Taylor is slashing .289/.365/.407 with 16 RBI and a 24:34 BB/K ratio in 48 games in Triple-A Tacoma this season. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Monta Ellis agrees to a 4-year $44M deal with the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers brass wants to play smaller and faster this year so Ellis is a huge get for them. He gives them a great scoring option at shooting guard to be a wingman for Paul George. Ellis' contract will take him through his last highly effective years, and his fourth year is a player option that would allow him to explore free agency. After averaging 18.9 points and 4.1 assists per game last season, Ellis provides great fantasy value for his mid-round draft position. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

The Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns are amongst the teams who have expressed interest in Amar'e Stoudemire.

Good ol' "Big & Broken" will see a little free agent love this summer as teams still love his size and experience despite the fact that the package comes with a ridiculously long injury history and he hasn't played more than 65 games in a season in the last three years. Regardless of where he lands, he is not going to have much in the way of fantasy value. Analysis: Howard Bender

Steven Souza Jr. is not in the Rays starting lineup Thursday.

With no injury reported, this appears to be a rare day off for the Rays outfielder. He started all but one game for the month of June, so manager Kevin Cash opted to rest him and use Brandon Guyer instead. Analysis: Howard Bender

Desmond Jennings (knee) hopes to begin a rehab assignment by August.

Jennings had arthroscopic knee surgery in early June and while he claims the knee feels fine, he has still not been cleared for baseball activities. Even if he does start a rehab assignment by August, the Rays season will be lost and he'll remain completely useless to fantasy owners. Analysis: Howard Bender

Twins have officially recalled Miguel Sano from Double-A Chattanooga on Thursday.

Let the prospect hounds rejoice! Sano is a must-add in all formats just on power potential alone. His raw power has recently been compared to that of Joey Gallo, though reports and numbers show that Sano's approach at the plate is more disciplined than Gallo's "grip it and rip it" method. With Kennys Vargas sent down, Sano should see regular at-bats between third base and designated hitter. Analysis: Howard Bender

Julian Morban was reinstated from the restricted list Thursday and transferred to Double-A Jackson.

Morban had missed the last two months die to personal reasons and instead of coming back to Triple-A, he'll start one level down to work on his game. He's a fringe prospect, at best, so there shouldn't be a whole lot of interest in him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly on the verge of a contract extension.

You had to know the Cowboys were going to give in to Bryant's hold-our/tantrum. Without him, the passing attack is barely mediocre. The team let DeMarco Murray go to free up money to sign Bryant to a long-term extension, so the cat and mouse game that's played out these last couple of months were just that -- a game. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rajon Rondo will meet with the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

Rondo is going to make the rounds through the NBA to see where he best fits at this point. The Kings are obviously making moves to free up money, but whether or not they can lure the right free agents to Sacramento is a different story. Analysis: Howard Bender

Wesley Matthews will meet with the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.

The Kings have freed up a bunch of cap space recently and are now bringing in the parade of free agents to see what works best for them. Matthews would see a prominent role with them as their backcourt depth has taken a major hit recently. Analysis: Howard Bender

The White Sox agree to terms on a $700K deal with SS Fernando Tatis Jr.

The son of the former all-star third basemen of the same name will now try to make his way through the White Sox system. He's a decent fielder though he likely won't last at shortstop. Third base might be a better home for him, just like dear old dad. Analysis: Howard Bender

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