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Leonys Martin went 2-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and a walk during the Rangers' 5-4 win over the Twins on Thursday.

Martin was a sleeper pick for some this year heading into the draft with his ability to steal bags and hit for some pop in the Texas lineup. Martin is now hitting .283 on the year with two home runs 22 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba

Santiago Casilla picked up his eighth save after throwing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to preserve the Giants’ 2-0 win over the Padres on Monday.

Casilla has already made 14 appearances for the Giants this season and is posting solid numbers for a closer, though the strikeout rate has seemingly taken an inexplicable nose-dive. Along with his eight saves, he’s got a 2.13 ERA but just a 9:4 K:BB over 12 2/3 innings. So long as he maintains this 56.4-percent ground ball rate though, we’ll trade off some strikeouts for more saves and lower ratios. Analysis: Howard Bender

Madison Bumgarner threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits and a walk with six strikeouts as the Giants beat the Padres 2-0 on Monday.

It was a dominant outing for Bumgarner as he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He lost it with back-to-back singles to Justin Upton and Yangervis Solarte but he quickly shut the door on what was the only offensive output for the Padres. He was finally lifted in the eighth inning having thrown 107 pitches (72 strikes). So now after a bit of a rough start to the season, Bumgarner has thrown four-straight quality starts with a 25:4 K:BB over 28 2/3 innings. Expect the trend to continue when he faces the Marlins his next time out.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Tyson Ross allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts over seven innings against the Giants on Monday.

Had he been facing any other pitcher other than Madison Bumgarner, he probably could have walked away with the win. But his offensive support was shut down completely and after a few hits allowed, he landed in a 2-0 hole that the Padres just couldn’t work themselves out of. He threw 107 pitches (65 strikes) and induced 13 ground ball outs. He may have lost a little on the strikeouts in this outing, but that’s not going to be a long-term issue. Look for another solid outing when he faces the Diamondbacks next. Analysis: Howard Bender

David Freese went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk against the Mariners on Monday.

While the home run is obviously nice, Freese is just 2-for-14 over his last four games and his overall average is sitting at a woeful .220 right now. He does have five home runs and 19 RBI so you are getting some production out of him and he’s been a little more helpful with this start than he’s been in recent years. Just be wary of the fact that he may not keep this type of power going throughout the season. There is the possibility that he comes close to that 20-home run level he once sat at, but you can’t rely on that to actually happen just yet. Analysis: Howard Bender

Matt Joyce went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk during the Angels’ 3-2 loss to the Mariners on Monday.

Joyce is still not a full-time regular as he sits against left-handers, but he always seems to manage to get some pinch-hitting work in there and he’s actually appeared in 24 of the Angels’ 26 games this season. He’s batting just .148 which is a huge drain though and he’s either going to need to pick that up or at least start hitting for more power. Obviously we’d love to see both, but at least give us one or the other.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Matt Shoemaker allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings against the Mariners on Monday.

Shoemaker has had his struggles this season, and while he allowed three home runs during this outing, there was still a lot to like about the effort. Obviously, the 10 strikeouts were huge and a season-high for him, but what was even more noticeable was how deep he went into the game and how few pitches he needed to get there. He was incredibly efficient with his offerings and needed just 90 pitches (59 strikes) to get him into the eighth inning. If he can continue to pitch at this level, he’ll prove to be as valuable a starter as he was last season. With a match-up against a strikeout-prone Houston team next, he certainly has the potential to keep it up.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Logan Morrison went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk during Monday’s 3-2 win over the Angels.

Morrison is on a nice tear right now as he’s hit safely in six-straight games and is batting .435 (10-for-23) with a double, a triple, three home runs and five RBI in that span. This run has brought his average up to .222 on the year, so he still has a ways to go before he stops hurting you in that category, but in the meantime, as long as he’s being productive at the plate, he should be used in your starting lineup. Analysis: Howard Bender

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during the Mariners’ 3-2 win over the Angels on Monday.

Cruz smacked his league-leading 14th home run in this one and now has four in his last four games and five in his last six. It will be tough for him to maintain such a tasty batting average – he is currently hitting .340 – but so long as he continues to hit for power, you should accept the fact that anything above .260 is a gift from the fantasy baseball gods.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Seth Smith went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Angels on Monday.

While he does still take a seat every so often against tough left-handers, Smith has been, pretty much, a regular in the Mariners lineup. His production has been fairly stable and if he can continue to maintain this .274 average while hitting a few homers along the way, he should end up providing you with some decent value in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Fernando Rodney picked up his eighth save of the season despite allowing one run on one hit and a walk over one inning against the Angels on Monday.

Rodney escaped with the save here despite allowing a solo home run to David Freese in the bottom of the ninth as he shut the door soon after. He’s hit a few bumps in the road this season, but this was actually the first run he allowed in his last eight appearances and he’s had a 10:2 K:BB over that span. He’s got a nice long leash in Seattle and should be counted on as a reliable closer option moving forward. Analysis: Howard Bender

Felix Hernandez improved to 5-0 on the season after he allowed just one run on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts over seven innings against the Angels on Monday.

It was another outstanding effort from King Felix as he became the first Mariners pitcher to win his first five decisions since 2001. He threw 102 pitches (65 strikes) and induced nine ground ball outs and never found himself in a lick of trouble. He did make one mistake, a pitch that Matt Joyce planted in the seats in right-center, but was never in any trouble at all throughout the night. He remains one of the most reliable hurlers in the game. Look for the trend to continue when he faces Oakland in his next start. Analysis: Howard Bender

David DeJesus went 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Red Sox on Monday.

DeJesus is now slashing .259/.328/.345 with one home run and 10 RBI through 58 at-bats and will continue to see regular playing time with Desmond Jennings on the disabled list. However, until he he can produce on a consistent level DeJesus is nothing more than a desperation pick at this point.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Clay Buchholz allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven batters through 6 1/3 innings against the Rays on Monday.

Buchholz continues to have himself a tough season as he is now sitting on a 6.03 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and a 40:10 K:BB rate through his first six starts. Although he has displayed the skills needed to be a successful fantasy asset his inconsistencies make it very difficult to make him a trusted player every time he takes the mound. He will look to get himself back on track when he takes on the Blue Jays on Sunday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jake Odorizzi allowed just one run on seven hits and no walks while striking out six batters over seven innings against the Red Sox on Monday.

Odorizzi continues to impress in 2015 as he is now sitting 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and a 32:8 K:BB rate through sis starts (40 2/3 innings). Despite his recent success, it is hard to imagine Odorizzi will be able to hold onto this type of production for long considering he currently owns a .190 BAA which is not sustainable long term. He will look to keep the ball rolling when he takes on the Rangers on Saturday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Joey Butler went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against the Red Sox on Monday.

In just his second game with the Rays Butler logged his first home run as he continues to be used as the team's designated hitter. However, his track record is far too small to jump to conclusions so there is no reason to add him in formats outside of deep AL-only leagues while he appears to be seeing everyday at-bats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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