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Update: Johan Santana tore his achilles tendon and is out for the season.

Well, that puts an end to that now, doesn't it? Santana was vying for a comeback with the Orioles, but it comes to a close, as does his career probably. At 35-years old it seems extremely doubtful that he will take another stab at making it back to the mound. If, for some inane reason you were stashing him, it's time to let go.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored on Sunday against the Orioles.

Prado doesn’t normally offer much in the power department. The blast was his third of the season and the veteran is slashing only .278/.314/.361. Although it’s a small sample, much of his success this season has come when facing left-handed pitchers, a group he owns a .393 batting average against.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

A.J. Ramos earned the save against the Orioles on Sunday, as he worked a perfect ninth in a 5-2 win.

Ramos converted his second save of the season in a quick ninth inning, retiring the side in order on 11 pitches, nine of which went for strikes. He’s look solid in the closer’s role since Steve Cishek’s removal, and he now owns a 0.78 ERA in 23 innings pitched this season.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Tom Koehler pitched 6 1/3 innings in the win against the Orioles Sunday, as he allowed one earned run on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

Koehler needed 106 pitches against the Orioles to earn his third victory of the season and even his record at 3-3. It was his fourth straight start allowing one earned run or less, and the right-hander has lowered his ERA to 3.44 in the process after a poor April. Koehler is stranding over 75 percent of base runners, which has certainly helped his numbers. His next start is Saturday against the Mets in Citi Field.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Miguel Gonzalez threw four innings in a loss to the Marlins on Sunday, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Gonzalez certainly did not have his best stuff on Sunday afternoon. Marlins hitters jumped on him for runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth inning, with the biggest damage coming off the bat of Martin Prado on a two-run homer. Gonzalez now has a 3.83 ERA and 4.52 FIP in nine starts. He’ll try and turn it around on Friday against the Rays.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Even though Kyrie Irving warmed up to see if he could give it a go in Game 3 vs. the Hawks Sunday, David Blatt said he is being evaluated.

The Cavs would obviously be thrilled if Kyrie could give it a go on Sunday, but considering their 2-0 lead in the series already, it would be tough to believe that they are going to push him. If he can't play, expect Matthew Dellavadova to start at point guard.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Francisco Cervelli was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI on Sunday.

Finding a second catcher in deep leagues or league only formats who do not hurt your teams batting average is rare but after 33 games, Francisco Cervelli is hitting .304 for the season. While his 11 runs and 10 RBI temper his overall value, his average does not hurt it so if you are looking for batting average that scores some runs as a second catcher, Cervelli is your guy. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Josh Harrison was 1-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday.

After a tough stretch in which Josh Harrison saw his batting average drop to .173, he has raised his average to .261 after the game on Sunday thanks to his eleven game hitting streak. Harrison’s BABIP is thirty points below his career average so more correction could be coming as well. One concern though is that Josh Harrison has been caught stealing three times against two stolen bases on the year. With 21 runs scored, four home runs, fourteen RBI and two steals his stat line is solid but raising his average and being more efficient on the bases will raise his fantasy value going forward. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Starling Marte was 1-for-5 with a three run home run on Sunday against the Mets.

Starling Marte continues to hit for power in the early season hitting his ninth home run on Sunday versus the Mets. His home run drove in three and he is hitting .278 on the season. His home run pushes him within four of his career high and it is May 24th. While he may not keep up his present home run pace, his nine home runs along with seven stolen bases is why fantasy owners moved up to get him in drafts this preseason. Marte has added 22 runs and 30 RBI for good measure.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Andrew McCutchen was 2-for-3 with two runs, a home run, two RBI and two walks on Sunday.

In case you have missed it, Andrew McCutchen is 23 for his last 60 at bats with five home runs over that time. On Sunday, McCutchen homered for his second game in a row and is now slashing .261/.359/.464 for the season and could be primed for a hot streak. With a BABIP of only .268 in 2015 versus his career number of .332 and the fact that McCutchen has slugged over five hundred percent the three years prior, McCutchen is due for correction. And the time may be upon us which is good news for his fantasy owners.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Francisco Liriano went six innings allowing six hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out 12 Mets for his third win of the season.

After only lasting two innings against Minnesota on Tuesday, Francisco Liriano rebounded in a big way striking out 12 Mets for his third win and only allowed one run on Sunday. For the first time since 1969, all three Pirate starting pitchers struck out ten or more batters in three straight games. For the weekend, Pittsburgh starter struck out 32 Mets hitters and the Pirates as a team only allowed four wins in the sweep. Liriano moves to 3-5 on the year with a 3.86 ERA and continues his Jekyll and Hyde ways. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Wilmer Flores was 2-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday.

While his glove leaves much to be desired, Wilmer Flores continues to produce with the bat. His two hits and RBI drove in the Mets only run against Francisco Liriano and the Pirates. Flores raised his average to .252 on the season and in 40 games he has 18 runs, six home runs and 16 RBI making him a productive middle infielder for fantasy purposes.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jon Niese pitched 4 ? innings on Sunday in Pittsburgh allowing seven hits, four earned runs, four walks and struck out six taking the loss. He threw 104 pitches and only 60 of them were strikes.

Making his first start since the rumored six man rotation news, Jon Niese was not sharp for the second time in a row. After allowing his career worse eight runs on Tuesday against St. Louis, he allowed four more on Sunday taking the loss against the Pirates. Once agains Niese saw his ERA rise and it now sits at 4.08 on the season. With the Mets in a seven game losing streak, they desperately need a pitcher to step up and end the streak.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Steven Souza's (wrist) initial X-rays returned negative, but he was spotted wearing a brace after the game and will undergo an MRI on Monday.

This cannot be great news for his fantasy owners but Steven Souza has had wrist issues throughout the season. His seven home runs and seven stolen bases are why he is relevant in fantasy but his strikeout percentage of 38 is what tempers his expectations. Monitor his progress but be prepared to replace him in weekly formats.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, double, a strikeout, two runs scored and two RBI on Sunday.

Cabrera now has an incredible slash line of .344/.446/.613, not that anyone should be surprised. He’s on pace to beat out his 2014 numbers in batting average, home runs, OBP, contact rate and slugging percentage – just to name a few.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Anibal Sanchez threw 5 2/3 innings against the Astros on Sunday, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts.

Sanchez had a similar line to his counterpart Roberto Hernandez, but managed to work in 11 strikeouts despite allowing seven earned on 115 pitches. He still hasn’t been able to get it going this season, and his ERA is now an ugly 6.12. Sanchez has now allowed 11 home runs after surrendering another two today. In all of 2013 and ’14 combined, he allowed 13. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Angels in Anaheim.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

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