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Aroldis Chapman struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Chapman has been lights out since blowing his first save of the season back on May 19, having allowed just one base runner while striking out seven batters over his last four innings. He now sits with six saves and a 2.00 ERA through his first nine innings pitched as he continues to bounce back from a severe head injury.ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres.

It’s good to see that Cruz’s bat is heating up again, as after a slight slump all throughout June, he is riding a five game hitting streak and now hit his first home run since June 20th. Fantasy owners were beginning to show signs of concern, when Cruz only homered once throughout the entire month of June, but on Wednesday afternoon, he proved that he is ready to turn the calendar and do July the right way, as he went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Billy Burns went 2-for-4 with a triple, a double, a walk and two runs scored on Wednesday against the Rockies.

Burns continues to ride this hot streak and owners should continue to stick with him. He is producing across the board, as seen by his .320 average, 34 runs scored, two bombs, 15 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Continue to start him while he is hot. Analysis: Colby Conway

Robinson Cano went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres.

Getting clocked in the head on Sunday must have knocked something back into place for the perennial All-Star second baseman, as on Wednesday afternoon he went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a triple shy of the cycle. The home run was his fifth of the season, and the best sign of all was that it was hit the opposite way with some serious authority. Cano’s issue for most of this season is that he appeared pull happy, where he would often roll his hands over and couldn’t protect the outside part of the plate. If he can continue going the other way and peppering the ball all over the yard like he did on Wednesday afternoon, expect yet another historic second half for the second baseman.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Tyler Clippard struck out two batters in 1 1/3 innings to earn his 14th save of the season on Wednesday against the Rockies.

Even though he doesn’t get many opportunities, he is still a viable option in fantasy squads who need some help in the saves department. He hasn’t blown a save since June 7 and he should continue to pitch at a high level moving forward. He has six strikeouts in his last five innings on the mound, compared to just one walk. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jesse Hahn allowed one earned run on four hits with two walks while striking out six in six innings on Wednesday against the Rockies.

Hahn isn’t striking batters out at a high clip, but he is doing a fairly good job of limiting the damage. He has allowed more than three earned runs just once in his last 10 starts and is a very serviceable fantasy asset. He did a good job limiting a somewhat dangerous Colorado offense to just one run in his six innings of work and he is a solid SP4 for most teams this season. His next start will come on Tuesday against the New York Yankees. Analysis: Colby Conway

Nick Hundley went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and one RBI on Wednesday against the Athletics.

Hundley is arguably the biggest surprise of the top-10 fantasy catchers thus far in 2015. He has shown a little bit of pop, but owners are loving his .298 average. High average is tough to find from a catcher these days, making Hundley a rarity. He should be owned in most formats. Analysis: Colby Conway

James Shields went 6 2/3 innings, allowed two runs, on four hits, and four walks, while striking out seven in a loss on Wednesday afternoon agains the Mariners.

When looking at the final score, most would figure that Shields just didn’t have it on Wednesday afternoon, but he actually looked good and kept things close, while the bullpen let the game get away in the later innings. Shields went 6 2/3 innings, allowed only two runs, and struck out seven. His walk total was a bit concerning (4), but considering his veteran status; lets give Shields the benefit of the doubt. In a losing effort here, Shields still gave fantasy owners a good enough performance.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Chad Bettis allowed three earned runs on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday against the Athletics.

Bettis was a fantasy commodity for a bit, following two impressive eight inning starts, but since then, he has been pedestrian. His ERA has climbed to 3.67 on the year and command has become a major issue for the right-hander. He was walked multiple batters in six straight starts while posting right around five strikeouts per start. He typically doesn’t get through the seventh inning, so he isn’t going particularly late into ballgames for his owners. His next start will come on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Analysis: Colby Conway

Sonny Gray (illness) is out of the hospital. There is no decision on his next start.

Gray was scratched from his start on Tuesday due to illness which sent him to the hospital. Given the severity of the illness it would seem likely that Gray would not make his start this weekend but for now owners should consider him day-to-day. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Taijuan Walker went six innings, allowed zero runs, on only one hit, while striking out seven in a win on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres

The circumstances of playing in a National League park (no DH) spoiled Walker’s dazzling performance, as he was pinch hit for in the top of the seventh inning, taking from him, the opportunity to further the one hit shutout. Fantasy owners will be pleased with what Walker was able to accomplish on Wednesday afternoon (six innings, zero earned, one hit, no walks, seven strikeouts), especially considering how mediocre he has been all season long prior to this outing. The only real issue here is that greedy fantasy owners will be wondering what could have been.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jarred Cosart will return to the starting rotation on Saturday.

Cosart pitched four innings out of the bullpen on Friday, but the Marlins are ready to give him a rotation spot back. The 25-year-old right-hander will bring a 4.12 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across 43 2/3 innings into Saturday night's start against the Cubs. Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Andre Ethier is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Wednesday.

Don Mattingly is sitting all of his lefties on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. Alex Guerrero will play left field and bat sixth in Ethier's absence.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Wednesday.

Pederson also gets a day off with Robbie Ray on the mound on Wednesday. The rookie outfielder will give way to Enrique Hernandez in center field.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

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