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Billy Hamilton was removed from Thursday's game with an apparent injury. He hurt himself making a catch in the top of the first inning.

Wouldn't you know it? Just when Hamilton was starting to get going again, he's now out of commission, at least for Thursday.We'll await word from the Reds and see if he is going to need a stint on the disabled list.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Andre Ethier went 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run scored against the Athletics on Wednesday.

Ethier has really been struggling of late as he is now slashing .188/.235/.250 with just one RBI over his last 16 at-bats as he continues to receive most of his playing time strictly against right-handed pitchers. Unless he finds a way to produce like he did at times in the first half he should remain benched in most formats for the time being.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 connecting on his seventh home run of the season with three RBI against the Athletics on Wednesday.

Puig is now slashing .254/.326/.433 with seven home runs, 25 RBI and 20 runs scored through 201 at-bats as he continues to try and get himself back on track after an injury-plagued first half. Whether or not he turns back into the player that stole the spotlight in his rookie campaign, he is still worth starting in all fantasy formats while receiving everyday playing time.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a pair of runs scored and a stolen base against the Athletics on Wednesday.

Kendrick has been a solid addition to the Dodgers this season as he is now slashing .288/.336/.398 with seven home runs, 42 RBI and 47 runs scored through 379 at-bats. Barring a serious injury down the stretch he is a must-start in all fantasy formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Mike Bolsinger allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three batters over five innings against the Athletics on Wednesday.

Bolsinger was forced to settle for his third no-decision over his last four starts Wednesday night as he exited after five innings in a tied ballgame. He is now sitting 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and a 78:31 K:BB rate through 16 starts, which is more than enough for him to warrant fantasy consideration especially if he can continue to limit his home runs allowed (3 HR) and support his .240 BAA. Bolsinger will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Phillies on Wednesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jesse Chavez allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five batters over five innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

After suffering his 10th loss in his previous start Chavez was able to somewhat get back on track Wednesday as he managed to allow three runs through five innings taking a no-decision. He is now sitting 5-10 with a 3.53 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and a 99:31 K:BB rate through 18 starts, but will have to show more consistency like he did back in the month of May (1.93 ERA) before gaining any lasting fantasy value. He will look to keep the ball rolling when he takes on the Orioles on Monday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Eric Sogard went 1-for-5 with a pair of RBI against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Sogard hasn't had much luck solidifying a lasting impression on the fantasy game as he is now slashing a mere .244/.283/.278 with just eight extra-base hits and 23 RBI through 270 at-bats. Barring a serious change of events there is no reason Sogard should be owned in any fantasy formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Brett Lawrie went 4-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Lawrie arguably had his best game since joining the Athletics on Wednesday night as he managed to log three extra-base hits on a four-hit night. With the departure of Ben Zobrist, Lawrie could now start to see time at the keystone, which will help him retain both third base and second base eligibility for the 2016 season, but regardless of where he plays the rest of the way he is worthy of a starting spot in deep league formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

John Lackey allowed just one run on two hits and one walk while striking out eight batters over eight innings against the Reds on Wednesday.

Lackey pitched himself a great game on Wednesday night, but made one mistake to Jay Bruce that ended up in the bleachers which was the deciding run of the game. Although he isn't going to blow anyone away with his arsenal, Lackey is sitting 9-6 with a 2.79 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a 102:33 K:BB rate through 21 starts which makes him a solid start in all league formats until he proves otherwise. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Reds again on Tuesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Aroldis Chapman earned his 21st save after tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Chapman has now converted 21 of his first 22 save chances for the Reds while sitting on a 1.65 ERA 1.19 WHIP and a 77:23 K:BB rate through 43 2/3 innings. With less than two days until the trade deadline, Chapman's name has been circulating in trade talks, but as of now it appears he will stay put in Cincinnati.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Anthony DeSclafani tossed seven scoreless innings allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out three batters against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Desclafani manage to allow just six base runner through seven innings against the best team in the National League Wednesday night as he outperformed John Lackey. He is now sitting 6-7 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and a 86:46 K:BB rate through 20 starts which is more than respectable considering he has just 153 innings under his belt since coming up to the big leagues. He will get a chance to take down the Cardinals again in his next start on Tuesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jay Bruce went 1-for-4 smacking his 17th home run of the season against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Bruce is now slashing .257/.341/.486 with 17 home runs, 56 RBI and 41 runs scored through 346 at-bats as he continues to be a driving source in the middle of the Reds lineup. Whether or not he is still a member of the Reds following Friday's trade deadline he is still a must-start in all fantasy formats no matter what uniform he is wearing in the final two months of the season.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Josh Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and one run scored against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Hamilton certainly hasn't been the player the Rangers expected to receive following a trade earlier in the season but has now logged two hits in two of his last four starts as he tries to right the ship. However, until he starts to show improvements he should remain benched, if owned, or left on the waiver wire.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Shawn Tolleson earned his 18th save of the season after pitching a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Tolleson has been a great asset in the ninth inning for the Rangers since taking over the closer role as he has now converted 18 of his first 19 save chances while owning a 3.12 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and a 44:8 K:BB rate through 43 1/3 innings. Clearly there will be bumps in the road at times for this youngster, but there is little chance he loses his job unless he has a major meltdown.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Colby Lewis allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out five batters over six innings against the Yankees on Wednesday.

After yet another solid start on Wednesday, Lewis is now 11-4 with a 4.42 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and a 101:25 K:BB rate through 21 starts as he continues to have a resurgence in 2015. Like most pitchers in Texas Lewis is sporting a high earned-run average, but as long as he continues to get solid run support he will be a solid contributor to the win column at the very least. He will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Astros on Monday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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