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Chris Sale will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. White Sox will decide whether he rejoins the team or makes another rehab start after that.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Chris Sale's arm is good after playing catch Monday, but his body and legs are sore. If Sale's body/legs are sore after just playing catch it seems as if it is more likely that the club would be leaning towards sending Sale out on a rehab outing rather than inserting him directly back in the rotation.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Dwight Howard scored 22 points (9-13 FGA, 4-9 FTA) to go with ten rebounds and five blocks in Houston's 117-101 defeat to Los Angeles.

Howard put up his fourth double-double out of his last five games, but is still a guy who is going get fouled in a Hack-a-Dwight scenario. He went 4-for-9 from the stripe, going 11-for-32 over his last three games, a terrible ratio. Houston will look to bounce back in Game Two on Wednesday night. Analysis: Rob Trayah

James Harden netted 20 points (6-13 FGA, 5-6 FTA) while hitting 3-of-6 from three-point land to go with 12 assists, five rebounds, and four steals as Houston lost 117-101 to Los Angeles.

The point-guard put up a playoff-low in Game One and added insult to injury turning the ball over nine times. Without Chris Paul opposing him, Harden didn't deliver enough to get Houston to win. If CP3 sits out Game Two, Harden must turn into the MVP caliber player he was all season to get Houston a must-win. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jamal Crawford scored 21 points (8-18 FGA, 2-2 FTA) going 3-of-8 from deep, to go with five rebounds and four assists in LA's 117-101 win over Houston.

Crawford got extended time off the bench with Chris Paul out of the line-up and provided a spark to help lead the Clippers to the Game One win. It was his best game in the playoffs, providing stats in all categories. If Paul sits for Game Two, Crawford will be in line for the same amount of minutes before heading back to LA. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 26 points (9-19 FGA, 8-10 FTA), 14 rebounds, and 13 assists as LA beat the Rockets 117-101 in Game One.

Without Chris Paul, Griffin took over the game, leading the Clippers. His second straight triple-double comes as the Clippers took back home court advantage from Houston. LA now has the ability to rest Chris Paul knowing that the Clips have a split on the road and the added time off will help his hamstring. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI against the Cubs on Monday.

Heyward has really struggled to begin the season. He looked good on Opening Day, but he has done little since. He has three stolen bases on the year, but keep in mind that two came in one game a couple days ago. Heyward should be started in most lineups, but he needs to get it going soon, so owners can cash in on their investment. Analysis: Colby Conway

Mark Reynolds went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, four RBI and two runs scored against the Cubs on Monday.

Reynolds, the definition of boom-or-bust, doesn’t have regular at-bats, therefore making it tough to roster him. He is hardly owned in the overwhelming majority of ESPN leagues and rightly so. If he were to get regular playing time, he would be a major drain on your batting average. Analysis: Colby Conway

Carlos Martinez allowed seven earned runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings against the Cubs on Monday.

Martinez really struggled today, getting shelled for seven earned runs on nine hits in just 3 2/3 innings. He finally came back down to Earth after rattling off four quality starts. Martinez is still a valuable fantasy option and consider this just a blip on the young righty’s radar. He will make his next start of the season on Saturday against the strikeout prone Pittsburgh Pirates. Analysis: Colby Conway

Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored against the Cardinals on Monday.

Russell’s first big league stint has started off rather slow, but he does have a seven game hit-streak working right now. While his average is still just .233, it has risen thanks to this modest hit streak. There is plenty of potential in that frame of his and he is going to take some lumps. He will likely be started in deeper leagues, but he should be owned in the majority of leagues nonetheless. Analysis: Colby Conway

Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, three RBI and one run scored against the Cardinals on Monday.

Montero has a solid six game hit-streak going, raising his season average to .283. He has 11 hits during his six game hit-streak and he remains one of the better fantasy options behind the plate. He is part of a weird platoon behind the plate in Chicago; Montero starts against right handers, Wellington Castillo starts against lefties and then Ross always catches when Jon Lester pitches. If you own Montero, you have to be cautious of whether or not it’s a game that he will play in. Analysis: Colby Conway

Travis Wood allowed six earned runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings against the Cardinals on Monday.

Wood had posted four straight quality outings before the Cardinals knocked him around for six earned runs in his five innings of work. Regardless, Wood is having a sneaky good year in the Chicago rotation. He is owned in just 41.6 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues and he could be valuable to someone who is need of some pitching. His second start of this scoring week will come on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Analysis: Colby Conway

Mark Canha went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored in the Twins 8-7 win over the Athletics on Monday.

Canha hit a solo shot off Twins starter Phil Hughes in the top of the sixth inning for his fourth home run of the season to go with 14 RBI, 15 runs and a .284 batting average. Canha was a surprise starter for the Athletics to open the season but the 26-year old rookie has handled himself quite nicely to start the season and his current dual position eligibility has likely made him a nice addition to fantasy rosters.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Stephen Voigt went 3-for-5 with a home run, five RBI and one run scored in the Athletics 8-6 loss to the Twins on Monday.

Voigts first inning grand slam gave him seven home runs on the season to go along with 25 RBI and an impressive .372 average. The Athletics surprisingly traded away catcher Derek Norris to the Padres in the offseason which left the starting catcher job to Voigt who impressed during stretches of last season before being hobbled with an injury which clearly affected his production. The power is real with Voigt which is something many expected from him with every day at bats but the batting average and overall productiveness has been a welcomed site and has made him an early fantasy darling to his owners. While there is certainly going to be some regression in his average there is little doubt he will reach the 20 home run plateau which should rank him among the league leads at the position. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jesse Hahn was roughed up on Monday, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits while walking none and striking out five over five innings of work in the Athletics 8-7 loss to the Twins.

Hahn had pitched well coming into this season, going 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA over his first five starts of the season but after allowing just seven runs over those first five starts he allowed six runs on 10 hits to the Twins on Monday. The Twins offense has been on quite a roll of late, scoring 31 runs in their four game sweep of the White Sox over this past weekend so its likely than Hahn just ran into some hot bats than this being an indication of things to come. Look for a bounce back outing in his next start on Saturday in Seattle against the Mariners who he held to one run on three hits over 5.2 innings in his second start of the season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Glen Perkins notched his ninth save of the season on Monday but allowed one earned run on two hits while walking one and striking out two over his inning of work in the Twins 8-7 win over the Athletics.

Despite the bit of a shaky outing Perkins has been excellent this season, boasting a 1.50 ERA and 0.75 WHIP while striking out 11 over 12 innings of work. The earned run was just his second allowed all season so theres no need to panic here and seeing that Perkins is coming off his second straight 30 save season there is little reason to think he wont be in like to make that three in a row by seasons end. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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