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Joe Mauer (back) is not in the Twins' starting lineup on Monday.

Joe Mauer had to leave the Twins' game early on Sunday due to back spasms and it was an issue that he said flared up during batting practice. This is not a surprise that the Twins will rest Mauer and take every precaution to make sure the face of their franchise gets back to 100%. This injury isn't expected to be a major issue moving forward.ANALYST: Drew Phelps

C.J. Miles scored 26 points (7-14 FGA/ 4-8 3PA/ 8-10 FTA) with three rebounds, a steal and an assist in the Pacers' 111-107 loss to the Bucks Thursday.

Miles nearly matched his season high in points, topping 16 points for the first time in over a month. Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to predict which Pacer will go off on a given night, and often the answer is none. Miles has proven he can still be productive when given the opportunity, but there are too many perimeter options in Indiana for him to ever be a consistent fantasy player.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

George Hill scored 24 points (7-12 FGA/ 6-10 3PA/ 4-5 FTA) with five assists, three rebounds and a steal Thursday in the Pacers' 107-111 loss to the Bucks.

Hill has been on a roll, scoring 18 or more points in seven of his last eight games. He was probably helped by the DNPs of Rodney Stuckey and David West though he had been playing well with them in the lineup. He will probably slow down a bit the rest of the way, but he should still be owned in most leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 points (7-10 FGA/ 0-1 3PA/ 2-4 FTA) with four rebounds, two assists and a block in the Bucks' 111-107 win over the Pacers Thursday.

This was Giannis's seventh consecutive game with at least 15 points. He is a great bet to take another step forward next season, but as good as he is, he isn't a superstar yet. In all liklihood there will be one person in every draft who will reach and draft Giannis a round or two earlier than they should. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Khris Middleton had 17 points (6-12 FGA/ 2-3 3PA/ 3-3 FTA), three rebounds and an assist in the Bucks' 111-107 win over the Pacers Thursday.

Middleton is averaging 18.5 ppg in March, and there is no reason to believe he will slow down this season. Middleton is a restricted free agent after the season, and it is doubtful he would have any fantasy value in Milwaukee when Jabari Parker and Ersan Ilyasova are healthy. The best thing for Middleton's fantasy value would be to sign with a terrible team like the Knicks or Lakers where he could be the second or third option on offense.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

Earsan Ilyasova scored a career-high 34 points (12-14 FGA/5-6 3PA/ 5-6 FTA) with six rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Bucks' 111-07 win over the Pacers Thursday.

Ilyasova has finally healthy and returning to form in March. He has nine consecutive double-digit games and is averaging 20.8 points over his last five. He should be added immediately, though he probably will not score 30 again this season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Hector Sanchez left Thursday's game after taking a foul tip to the neck.

We should get a better idea on Friday if this injury is serious or not, but even a brief absence could set Sanchez back in his roster battle with Andrew Susac. Susac is younger, and a better hitter and he could be useful in NL-only or if the Giants decide to play Buster Posey more at first base. Sanchez will never have much fantasy value regardless of role though he would probably be better for San Francisco's pitchers.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

DeJuan Blair (personal reasons) is not expected to be available for Friday's game.

Blair has barely played this season even when available, totaling 146 minutes on the season. His absence should not affect the Wizards in any way.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday only two candidates remain for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, rookie Asher Wojciechowski and veteran Roberto Hernandez.

Wojciechowski has never been more than an average pitcher in the minor leagues, but the Astros may want to see what the have with him in hope that he's made big improvements. On the flip side, Roberto Hernandez is the only other option and we know that he is nothing more than an innings eater on his best day. This one is likely a coin flip at this point, but don't be surprised if Houston gives the rookie an opportunity to hold down the fifth starter's job. Analysis: David Kerr

Kyuji Fujikawa is scheduled to pitch in relief on Friday against the Athletics. The Rangers are watching him closely to see if he is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery or if he'll need more time in the Minors.

When he first came to the United States, it was that that Fujikawa could be the Cubs' closer for several seasons, but a UCL tear derailed those plans. Now he's a member of the Rangers and will look to help their bullpen, though it sounds as though he may start the season the minors. The team would prefer that Fujikawa is fully healthy, so if he still needs to work out any kinks, he will probably start the season in Triple-A. Analysis: David Kerr

Ross Ohlendorf left Thursday's game with tightness in his right groin.

This isn't good news for Ohlendorf, especially after he's pitched so well this spring. Given his success, it seems as though the only way that he will be left off of the Rangers' Opening Day roster is if he is out for an extended period of time or has a setback. He will likely fill a long reliever role for Texas with the chance to make an occasional spot start. Analysis: David Kerr

Koji Uehara (hamstring) threw 60 pitches from flat ground Thursday and will do that again on Friday.

Uehara is working his way back from a hamstring injury in hope of being ready for Opening Day, but that is up in the air at this point. If he's unable to go when the Red Sox break camp, Edward Mujica will fill-in in the short term. Analysis: David Kerr

The Astros are expected to have starter Brad Peacock (hip) pitch in a Grapefruit League game Sunday.

Peacock underwent hip surgery at the end of the last season, but is getting closer to game action. There is a strong chance that he will start the season on the disabled list, but he will most likely be back with the Astros in late-April or early-May. He has value in AL-Only leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

Rudy Gay is probable for Friday night's game in New Orleans.

Gay has been dealing with a knee issue recently, but at this point, he is fine. His name will continue to be the injured list, but barring a setback, he's going to suit up and play heavy minutes going forward. Analysis: David Kerr

DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Friday night's game in New Orleans.

Cousins has been dealing with a calf issue over the last week, but that issue seems to be behind him for now. He has played in the Kings' previous two games and will start on Friday against the Pelicans. He needs to be started in all formats. Analysis: David Kerr


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