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Clayton Kershaw lasted just 1.2 innings surrendering seven runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three batters in Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks. 

Kershaw's struggles at Chase Field continued on Saturday night after taking losing his fifth straight start in the desert. He is now sitting 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA and 1.34 WHIP after this debacle, but fantasy owners should not be overly concerned by this performance, considering he is arguably the best pitcher in the game so a bounce back should be expected next time around. The Dodgers ace will look to get back to his winning ways when he takes on the Phillies on Friday. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Dellin Betances has begun 2015 strongly. Betances is 2-0 with six strike outs and has not allowed an earned run in 5 1/3 innings.

Betances continues to build his arm strength up and it looks like it could just be a short matter of time before he starts closing out games. Andrew Miller is doing a fantastic job so far, but the lefty is the type of pitcher manager Joe Girardi would prefer to use in a variety of situations rather than just limit to the ninth. Don't be surprised to see Betances get some save opportunities soon. Analysis: Howard Bender

Homer Bailey (forearm) won't be on a tight pitch count when he makes his first start of the season Saturday against the Cardinals.

Bailey's rehab has gone fairly smoothly thus far and manager Bryan Price feels that he is, arm-strength-wise, in the same spot as his other starters. "He's probably not going to throw 125-pitch complete game," manager Bryan Price said. "He's in the similar spot to where our other guys are. He's not going to be pulled after 75 pitches and five innings. He's done the rehab. He's thrown six innings. He's thrown over 90 pitches. He's right where we would have hoped he gotten to had he been healthy in spring training." Analysis: Howard Bender

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) faced hitters Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list, but the Cardinals don't expect him to come off for another six weeks.

This is the second surgery in two years Garcia has had on his left shoulder and the road back is still a lengthy one. He threw 20-25 pitches Friday and will continue down this road for another few sessions before the Cardinals increase his level of activity. Analysis: Howard Bender

Doctors believe Paul George will be back to full strength.

George is dealing with a strained calf that doctors don't believe to be overly serious. He'll take a couple of weeks off to rest before ramping up his activity, but he is expected to make a full recovery before training camp starts up. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Mitch Moreland sat out of Friday's game against the Mariners with a sore elbow but said afterwards that he's feeling better and hopes to play Saturday.

Right now it's just being listed as elbow soreness and Moreland and the Rangers seem to be downplaying the injury. Check to see if he's in the lineup Saturday. If he's not, then think about picking up a back-up this weekend off the waiver wire. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jonathan Pettibone (shoulder) threw a perfect inning in his first rehab appearance Friday.

Pettibone has been plagued with shoulder issues for some time and he finally decided that he needed surgery. He's still rehabbing from that but looks like he could return around mid-May. He is still building strength in the shoulder and his fastball is topping out in the high 80's right now, so he still has some work to do. Even if he returns in mid-May, he's not one to trust just yet. Analysis: Howard Bender

Victorino was in noticeable pain after crashing into the right field fence at Fenway Park in Friday's game against Baltimore, but manager John Farrell said he's fine.

Par for the course if you own Victorino. Just par for the course. Victorino stayed in the game after hitting his left side until Daniel Nava pinch hit for him in the sixth inning, but again, Farrell reiterated that it had nothing to do with him hitting into the wall. He should remain in the lineup for Saturday if all is well,but don't be too surprised to see him get a day off. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jake Lamb went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and two walks against the Giants on Friday.

Lamb has now logged four multi-hit games in limited duties this season while slashing .440/.548/.760 with four extra-base hits (1 HR) and nine RBI through 25 at-bats. Until the Diamondbacks start to trust Lamb against left-handed pitching his fantasy value will remains limited, but if able to use him in a platoon with another player, he is worth adding in deep league formats despite his current situation.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

David Peralta went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored in Friday's 9-0 win over the Giants.

After a rough start to the season Peralta appears to have turned a corner on Friday as he doubled his extra-base hits in just one game. He is now slashing .269/.333/.462 with one home run and five RBI in 26 at-bats, but will need to pick up the pace before gaining popularity from the masses.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

A.J. Pollock went 4-for-5 with a double, one RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base against the Giants on Friday.

Pollock is now 6-for-11 with three extra-base hits (1 HR) two RBI, four runs scored and one stolen base in his last two games as he appears to have finally gotten himself on track. Although he has had as many hits in his last tow games as he did in his previous eight games combined, Pollock remains a must-start in all fantasy formats while batting ahead of both Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo in the Diamondbacks everyday lineup.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jake Peavy surrendered four runs on eight outs and one walk while striking out two batters in just 3.2 innings against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Peavy failed to make it through the fourth inning on Friday night as he was shelled for four runs on 71 pitches before being yanked. He is now sitting 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA, 2.09 WHIP and a 7:4 K:BB rate through 7.2 innings of work (two starts) and will need to quickly turn the corner if he wants to stay in the Giants starting rotation long term. He will look to get back on track when he takes on the Dodgers on Thursday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Josh Collmenter shined on Friday, tossing a complete game shutout allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out two batters against the Giants on Friday.

Collmenter pitched like a true ace on Friday night as he managed to work through the Giants lineup with ease allowing just five base runners through nine innings of work. He is now sitting 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a 7:3 K:BB rate over 18.2 innings which is nothing special, although he should be back on the radar after a performance like this. He will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Pirates on Friday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4, smacking his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, with three RBI and one run scored in Friday's 7-3 victory over the Rockies.

Kendrick is off to a hot start with his new team as he is now slashing .342/.419/.579 with six extra-base hits, eight RBI and five walks. Although Kendrick doesn't standout in one given area his contributions across the board are more than enough to make him a must-start in all fantasy formats until further notice.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored in Friday's 7-3 win over the Rockies.

Gonzalez has been outstanding in the early going as he has now logged seven multi-hit games while slashing .550/.609/1.125 with 13 extra-base hits (5 HR) and 11 RBI through his first 10 games. Clearly he is not going to hit above .500 forever, but his power production is something that could be long-lasting if he can manage to stay on the field without any serious injuries along the way.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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