LaMarcus Aldridge posted back-to-back 40 point games to start the playoffs leading the Blazers to a two games to none lead over the Houston Rockets in round one of the NBA playoffs.
Aldridge is now averaging 44.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in the playoffs, out-dueling Dwight Howard, who was last to accomplish this feat. If he continues to play at this level there is no one that will be able to get in his way, so until he shows us signs of slowing down look for another big game next time he takes the court. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles lineup on Tuesday.
A day off for the Catcher who is still working his way back from Tommy John Surgery. He has not been able to catch in back-to-back games save for one time this season. Wieters has also been rumored to be being potentially shopped by Baltimore but nothing has yet to come out of those rumors. Analysis: Matt Selz
Melvin Upton is not in the Padres lineup on Tuesday.
This appears to be a day of rest for the veteran outfielder who has actually, for him, been on a hot streak in his last 15 games hitting .273. Will Venable will lead off and play Center for San Diego with Kemp in Right and Justin Upton in Left batting third and fourth respectively. Analysis: Matt Selz
Dee Gordon has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
A dislocated thumb on the last day before the All-Star break kept the speedster not only out of the mid-summer classic but out of the first week and a half of games since. Gordon is back to leading off for the fish as they take on Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals Tuesday. Gordon is currently on pace for 80+ steals, a feat that hasn't happened in a couple of decades in the majors. Analysis: Matt Selz
Donovan Solano has been placed on paternity list.
First of all congratulations to Solano on the new arrival. Solano will miss a couple of games as he and his family welcome the new addition. The backup infielder has not seen much action this season as Dee Gordon and Martin Prado have locked down second and third respectively for the fish. Analysis: Matt Selz
Jose Reyes will be in a Rockies uniform for Wednesday's game.
Colorado acquired Reyes in the Tulowitzki trade that happened very late Monday night and so it will take the major pieces involved a day or so to catch-up with their new teams. Reyes should slot right in as the starting Shortstop for the Rox in place of Brandon Barnes who came in for Tulowitzki late in the game Monday. Analysis: Matt Selz