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Huston Street picked up save number 10 on Monday as he pitched a perfect ninth striking out two as the Padres defeated the Giants 6-4.

Street is now a perfect 10-for-10 in save chances in 2014, trailing only Francisco Rodriguez (12 SV) for the league-lead in the category. He is now sitting on a 0.82 ERA and 0.73 WHIP through his first 11.0 innings of work having allowed only one earned run on six hits and two walks up to this point. Considering he has now pitched back-to-back days, there is a good chance the Padres will give Street the day off on Tuesday, so plan accordingly. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

The Bears have released Daniel Thomas.

The Bears are loaded at the running back position in camp and they clearly can't keep every guy. Thomas was just the first domino to fall, while we should assume at least another two to be on the chopping block in the coming weeks. In any event, out of the large crop, only Matt Forte and Jeremy Langford should prove fantasy relevant this season, with Jaquizz Rodgers becoming an option only in the event of a serious injury to either guy.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

The Bears have placed Kevin White (shin) on the reserve/PUP list.

This means that White cannot suit up for the Bears at least until after Week 6, and many believe that would be a miracle if he was ready to go on Week 7. Expect the Bears to take it slow with their young star wideout, while Eddie Royal takes over the number two WR spot next to number one, Alshon Jeffery.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

The Bears have waived John Chiles (concussion).

Chiles has bounced around during his nomadic NFL career, so getting cut is nothing new to him. Best of luck to Chiles going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Giancarlo Stanton (hand) is set to begin rehab assignment with a target return date on Friday.

Stanton has been out for what seems like a full season, but in reality has been two months. The remarkable thing is that even after missing all of July and August, he is still fifth in the National League with 27 homers. Prior to the injury, Stanton was easily on a 50+ home run pace, and some thought that he might have even had a chance at 60 round trippers. The loss of Stanton has been debilitating for fantasy owners, but he finally is on track to return to MLB action in early September, hopefully bringing enough firepower to carry them through the fantasy playoffs. At this point we just have to cross our fingers.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Joe Panik (back) is expected to join Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.

Panik has been dealing with a back issue for a large portion of a month. His season batting average and OBP are top quality, so fantasy owners have missed him in that regard. Going forward, expect him to be back with the major league team in early September, that is if everything goes well in Triple-A.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Tom Brady's appeal hearing is set for Monday.

We all should assume that this will be a huge day in terms of figuring out where the judge's decision might be leaning on the "Deflategate" suspension situation. Don't be surprised if an ultimate decision is made on Monday, as the season opener is only a little over a week away.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Griff Whalen (ankle) is questionable to return to return to practice on Sunday.

The young slot receiver broke camp listed in the first team offense, so clearly the Colts have faith in him. Unfortunately for Whalen however, the Colts are stacked with more talented receivers than him, so his first team status is likely long gone. If he has any hope of getting significant snaps this season, he will need to get as many practice reps as possible. Expect him to do all he can to return on Sunday.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

The Bears have placed Ryan Mundy on injured reserve with a hip injury.

Mundy has yet to suit up for the Bears this preseason, as he just hasn't been able to shake the hip issue. His listing on the injured reserve will spell an end to his season and might just open up a potential starting spot for rookie Adrian Amos. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for the save with two hits allowed and one strikeout.

Jonathan Papelbon allowed two hits but struck out one in the ninth inning to record his 22nd save of 2015. Papelbon has given up a run in three of his last ten outings but is the closer for the Nationals going forward. For the season, Papelbon has a 1.78 ERA but a 3.06 FIP so there may be more runs in future appearances for the mercurial closer.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Clint Robinson hit a pinch hit two run home run on Sunday.

Clint Robinson hit a home run for the second consecutive game for Washington but did so as a pinch hitter. His two run home run put the Nationals ahead by three runs and completed the comeback victory on Sunday. Through 98 games, Robinson has seven home runs and 25 RBI but may see more playing time against right handed pitching in the month ahead.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Michael Taylor was 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Sunday.

With Denard Span injured again, Michael Taylor will continue to play for Washington. On Sunday, Taylor had two hits and scored two runs in their come from behind win over Miami. For the season, Taylor is hitting .243 with 13 home runs, 55 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 111 games for Washington. His blend of speed and power make him an intriguing player to watch in September for a potential breakout next year.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Ahmad Brooks is not expected to practice this week.

Despite legal issues, the 49ers have decided not to cut Brooks. Him missing games and practices seems a bit fishy, but there is no reason to beat around the bush. If the 49ers were going to cut Brooks, they would have done so already. Lets face it... They can't afford to lose another key veteran this season.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Ian Desmond was 1-for-1 with an RBI and three walks on Sunday.

Ian Desmond had a productive day despite being walked three times. He did have a single and an RBI for the Nationals. Desmond will not want to see August end as he is hitting .316 this month with eight home runs, 26 RBI and five stolen bases. With Desmond playing for a contract, look for a strong finish next month as well.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jayson Werth was 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs scored, three RBI and a walk on Sunday.

Jayson Werth had a day to remind his fantasy owners of his past production. Werth had two extra base hits including his fifth home run on the season with two runs scored and three RBI against Miami. In a move to allow Werth to see more fastballs, he has been hitting first or second with Denard Span out and has responded by hitting over three hundred in those spots in the lineup. It will take patience, but Werth may have a decent September in his future.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

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