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Masahiro Tanaka improved to 5-0 after allowing just two runs on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over 6.1 innings against the Brewers on Friday.

Tanaka continues to take the league by storm in his first year with the Yankees after logging yet another quality start on Friday night. He is now sitting undefeated with a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through his first seven starts, while holding down a 58:7 K:BB ratio. As long as he continues to display great command, there is no reason to think the Yankees rookie will slow down anytime soon. He will look for win No. 6 when he takes on the Mets on Wednesday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Kennys Vargas went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs and an RBI against the White Sox on Sunday.

Strikeouts were a problem for Vargas in his debut last year, and he’s been slightly worse in that area so far this season. He probably has 15 or so homers in him from here on out, but it’s going to come with an average around .240. That may be worth something in deeper leagues, but he’s not an option in shallower formats. Analysis: Brett Talley

Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs and five RBI against the White Sox on Sunday.

Plouffe is now hitting .278 with five home runs and 27 runs-plus-RBI. Other than a home run per fly ball rate that’s a tad high, what Plouffe is doing so far doesn’t appear all that unsustainable. Surely no one in your league is buying into his hot start too much, so just ride it out with him.  Analysis: Brett Talley

Torii Hunter went 2-for-6 with a run and an RBI against the White Sox on Sunday.

Hunter got off to a slow start, but he’s started to turn it around a bit this weekend. His line drive rate was just 10.8 percent entering Sunday’s action, but given how variable that statistic is, it’s too early to worry about that. Once that corrects, Hunter’s average should get back up around the .280 mark. Analysis: Brett Talley

Brian Dozier went 4-for-5 with a triple, run, RBI and walk against the White Sox on Sunday.

These four hits pushed Dozier’s average up about 30 points and right back around .240 where he normally sits in that category. His speed is a little off but he’s been successful in his two attempts. And his power is a bit off, but that’s partly because he’s hitting more line drives than fly balls right now. That’ll even out, and it might lead to a few more balls flying out of the park. Analysis: Brett Talley

Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI against Minnesota on Sunday.

Garcia isn’t walking much, and his .441 BABIP isn’t long for this world. He also has just one home run as he continues to hit groundballs over half the time he puts the ball in play. If he’d elevate a bit more, he could provide valuable power, but it’s hard to believe he’ll change his approach all of a sudden. Analysis: Brett Talley

Mike Pelfrey allowed two runs and five hits with two walks and one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings against the White Sox on Sunday.

Pelfrey’s ERA remains below 3.00 for now, but his xFIP is closer to 5.00. His strikeout to walk ratio is just 1.45:1, so it’s not hard to see why his xFIP is so low. Pelfrey might be useful in AL-only leagues, but the regression he has coming may be too much to bear even in those deep leagues. He’ll start again Friday against Cleveland. Analysis: Brett Talley

John Danks allowed seven runs (three earned) and eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings against the Twins on Sunday.

After a respectable start last time out against the Royals, Danks went back to being awful on Sunday. His ERA is now 7.30 for the season. His problem has long been the long ball, and his HR/9 so far is 1.82. He really has no value in any format. He’ll start again Saturday against the Reds. Analysis: Brett Talley

Stephen Curry will be named the NBA's Most Valuable Player, according to multiple league sources in recent days.

This was one of the greatest MVP races in recent memory, as Curry, Harden, Westbrook, and even Lebron down the stretch to some extent, all made legitimate cases for the prestigious award. In the end, Curry was on the best team and was the best player for most of the year, so the voters came to the difficult conclusion that he deserved it most. Congrats to the small school kid on proving the critics wrong. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jason Kipnis went 4-for-5 with a solo homer, a double, two RBI and three runs scored during Sunday’s 10-7 win against the Blue Jays.

After a mostly hapless month of April for Kipnis, the All-Star second baseman has really kicked things into gear at the plate. Over the first three days of May, he has gone 8-for-12 with two homers, a double and six runs scored. For those that have relegated Kipnis to the bench, it is time to get him back in the lineup. Analysis: Nate Miller

Trevor Bauer only made it through 4 1/3 innings during Sunday’s 10-7 win over the Blue Jays, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and three walks while recording just one strikeout.

Bauer was brilliant over his first three starts of the season, but has fallen off during the last two. Across his last 10 1/3 innings, the young righty has been knocked around for nine earned runs on 14 hits and five walks. To make matters worse for fantasy owners, Bauer has struck out just three batters over that span after racking up 26 punchouts through 19 frames prior to these struggles. He will look to rebound Friday night against the Twins. Analysis: Nate Miller

Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in Sunday’s 10-7 loss versus the Indians.

The Indians will not be upset to see Martin leave town, as the veteran catcher has gone 5-for-10 with two homers, a double and four runs scored over the past two days in Cleveland. Martin got off to a miserable 1-for-24 start to the season, but has put that behind him, batting .314 with five roundtrippers over his past 15 games. Analysis: Nate Miller

Devon Travis went 1-for-5 with a grand slam during Sunday’s 10-7 loss to the Indians.

Who needs Triple-A? Well, Travis apparently did not, as the 24-year-old second baseman has been baseballs breakout star over the first month of the 2015 season. Just 23 games into his MLB career, Travis has already clubbed seven homers with 23 RBI and 20 runs scored while slashing an incredibly impressive .318/.394/.625.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Drew Hutchison lasted just 4 1/3 innings in Sunday’s 10-7 loss to the Indians, giving up six earned runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two.

Hutchison has now exited four of his six starts on the season before the end of the fifth inning, as the 24-year-old righty has been one of the bigger disappointments of 2015 so far. Though somehow 2-0 on the year, Hutchison holds an ugly 7.47 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over 31 1/3 frames. He will look to get on track Saturday afternoon versus the Red Sox. Analysis: Nate Miller

Joaquin Benoit returned to the mound Sunday.

There is still no evidence of Benoit having a "Dead Arm" so the fact that he returned to the mound on Sunday is a good sign that he shouldn't need a trip to the DL. Benoit should remain the setup man for Kimbrel and will be next in line for saves if he is unavailable or injured.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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