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Hanley Ramirez (calf) is not in the Dodgers lineup on Sunday.

Ramirez was held out of Friday's action but came in late in the game to pinch-hit and seemed ok. He was then scratched Saturday as the calf wasn't feeling any better. The Sunday sit could just be an added precaution but this hasn't seemed like it would warrant any time on the disabled list. Continue to view him as day-to-day. Erisbel Arruebarrena is starting at shortstop once again.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Indians 9-4 loss to the Royals on Monday.

Santana hit his 11th home run of the season on Monday to go with 45 runs, 44 RBI, six stolen bases and a .224 batting average. At this point fantasy owner should understand that Santana will never hit for a high average but he still has the ability to hit for 20 home runs while driving in a decent amount of runs to make him worth a middle to late round fantasy pick. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Francisco Lindor went 1-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored in the Indians 9-4 loss to the Royals on Monday.

Lindor launched his fourth home run of the season and third in the month of July where he is hitting .292 with nine runs and 10 RBI. Lindor’s defense was MLB ready at the time of his call up but many had wondered how well he would handle major league pitching and after a slow fist month he his really starting to heat up. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Cody Anderson allowed seven earned runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out two over 5.2 innings in the Indians 9-4 loss to the Royals on Monday.

Anderson got roughed up early by the Royals as he surrendered a three-run homer to Eric Hosmer in the first inning to open the floodgates. The loss drops his record to 2-2 on the year and the seven earned runs ballooned his ERA from 1.91 to 3.26 for the season. Anderson has made just six starts this year and has been able to limit the damage despite a very poor strikeout rate and a high rate of fly balls allowed which are all signs that point to a regression. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Kendrys Morales went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI in the Royals 9-4 win over the Indians on Monday.

It’s more than likely that outside of AL Only leagues Kendrys Morales was not even drafted this year as he was signed in the offseason to replace Billy Butler who had departed for Oakland. Those who did draft Morales or were able to snag him off the waiver wire have been rewarded with one of the biggest surprises of the season as he finds himself among the league leaders with 68 RBI to go with 43 runs, 12 home runs and a .287 batting average. Prior to his devastating ankle injury which nearly costed him his career back in 2010 Kendrys was one of the best up young first basemen in the game and while now at 32 he has proven that he can still be a very productive middle of the lineup bat. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored in the Royals 9-4 win over the Indians on Monday.

Hosmer got it going for the Royals offense when he launched a three-run homer in the first inning. The bomb was his 10th of the season to go with 53 runs, 53 RBI, four stolen bases and a .308 batting average. Hosmer had really hurt fantasy owners over the past few seasons with his inconsistent play but those who were able to grab him later in drafts this season have been rewarded with what could end up being a career year for the still just 25 year old first basemen. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Edinson Volquez allowed three earned runs on six hits while walking five and striking out four over six innings in the Royals 9-4 win over the Indians on Monday.

The Royals gave Volquez a big lead to start and while he struggled with his command he was able to come out of it with a quality start and his 10th win of the season. The move to the AL has had little effect on Edinson as his ERA sits at a solid 3.21 to go with a 1.28 WHIP while he has struck out 95 over 126 innings. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jose Abreu went 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored in the White Sox 10-8 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

On a night where the White Sox put up 10 runs you might expect a bigger line from Abreu but with men on base in the first inning he was hit by a pitch which hindered his maximum output in that situation. Overall the two hit performance raised his batting average to .292 to go with 55 runs, 15 home runs and 53 RBI on the year. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Adam Eaton went 3-for-6 with a triple, double, two RBI and one run scored in the White Sox 10-8 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

Eaton got the game going with a leadoff triple down the first base line and he did not let up as he collected one more extra base hit while adding in two RBI of his own. The three hits bumps his batting average up to .255 on the year to go with 55 runs, eight home runs, 23 RBI and seven stolen bases. Like the majority of the White Sox offense, Eaton struggled out of the gate but over the last two months he has really improved in both his batting average and OBP which has had a direct result in his improved fantasy production. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

John Danks allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits while walking one and striking out two over 4.1 innings in the White Sox 10-8 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

The Red Sox offense got to Danks early and often as he was not able to pitch with the big lead his offense opened up for him against Joe Kelly. The big damage got started in the first inning when David Ortiz hit a two run home run and then a series of extra base hits from Ryan Hanigan, Mookie Betts and Pablo Sandoval contributed before Danks exited in the fifth inning. He was able to avoid the loss but his ERA now sits a lowly 4.97 for the year. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Mookie Betts went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the Red Sox 10-8 loss to the White Sox on Monday.

Betts collected three more hits on Monday to raise his batting average to .267 on the year to go with 52 runs, 10 home runs, 48 RBI and 13 stolen bases. While the batting average and OBP are a bit lower than expected fantasy owners have to be thrilled with the counting stats Betts has provided as at age 22 he looks to be among the best young players in the game. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

David Ortiz went 1-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored in the Red Sox 10-8 loss to the White Sox on Monday.

Big Papi continues to rake while the Red Sox on a whole struggle around him. The home run was his 20th of the year to go with 39 runs, 56 RBI and a .243 batting average. July has been a big month for Ortiz as he is hitting .296 with 13 runs, seven home runs and 20 RBI. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Joe Kelly allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out two over 3.1 innings in the Red Sox 10-8 loss to the White Sox on Monday.

Kelly got off to another horrendous start as he allowed back-to-back triples following by a double to open the game. The Red Sox offense miraculously got him off the hook for the loss but his ERA again rose to 5.94. There is zero reason for Kelly to be on a major league roster so he should be having no fantasy impact except for those in daily leagues who look forward to stacking lineups against him. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Adonis Garcia went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the Braves 2-1 extra innings loss to the Orioles on Monday.

The 30 year old Garcia is a longtime minor leaguer after coming over from Cuba in 2012. He made his major league debut in early May but had recently been recalled following the trades of Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe. Garcia has homered in back to back games but never showed much power during his years in the minor leagues. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Alex Wood tossed 7.1 shutout innings on Monday, allowing three hits while walking two and striking out seven in the Braves 2-1 extra innings loss to the Orioles.

Wood matched his counterpart Kevin Gausman by pitching shutout baseball into the eighth inning. The scoreless outing lowered Wood’s season ERA to 3.54 after it had risen due to a poor outing in Colorado. Overall this year Wood is 7-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.41 WHIP while striking out 90 over 119.1 innings. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Matt Wieters went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the Orioles 2-1 extra innings win over the Braves on Monday.

Wieters collected three hits on Monday but it was his walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning that made the biggest impact. It has a been a tough season for Wieters as he started the year on the DL as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery and has now recently dealt with some back issues which has the Orioles looking for alternative ways to keep his bat in the lineup while limiting how many games he catches. There were some reports that Wieters was fielding ground balls at first base so it’s possible that could be an option later in the year. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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