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Despite giving up one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the ninth inning, Neil Ramirez notched his second save of the season as the Cubs beat the Phillies 2-1 on Friday.

Ramirez, who was given the save opportunity for the second time in a row, didn't look good in this appearance as he almost let the Phillies get the better of him in the end. How much of an impact that will have on the team's decision to keep giving him save chances is up in the air, but it seems to be very telling that Hector Rondon, who hasn't pitched since his June 6 meltdown wasn't afforded the opportunity. Manager Rick Renteria hasn't said anything about a closer-by-committee situation yet, but his actions certainly indicate that there is a change here. Perhaps there's more to Rondon's situation than just a meltdown so look for a team update soon enough. In the meantime, Ramirez should probably be owned if you're one of the unlucky who is chasing saves this year.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Daniel Norris was brilliant over 7 1/3 innings in Sunday’s 6-1 victory versus the Orioles, giving up one run on four hits and a walk while striking out five.

While former Tigers ace David Price has yet to debut for his new team in Toronto, Norris, the top piece that came back to Detroit in this past Thursdays deal, was fantastic the first time out in his new attire. The 22-year-old lefty baffled the tough Orioles lineup, needing just 84 pitches (50 strikes) to get through 7 1/3 frames and notch his second big-league victory. Norris will look to maintain form during Fridays outing against the Red Sox. Analysis: Nate Miller

Sam Dyson got his first save of the season against San Francisco on Sunday allowing two hits and recording a game-ending double play.

Dyson was acquired from Miami earlier in the week, and Dyson got his first save opportunity in just his second appearance for Texas. Regular closer Shawn Tolleson had pitched on four straight days, so he simply wasn’t available on Sunday. Don’t expect regular save opps for Dyson, but he could immediately see other high leverage situations with eighth inning guy Tanner Scheppers hitting the DL. Analysis: Brett Talley

Martin Perez allowed one run and two hits with no walks and six strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings against San Francisco on Sunday.

Perez was removed from the game with one out in the ninth after allowing a double to Angel Pagan. That was only the second hit allowed by Perez, and he had thrown just 80 pitchers, so it was a questionable decision for Jeff Bannister to remove him from the game. What’s crazy is that despite throwing right-plus scoreless innings Sunday, Perez’s ERA for the year sits at 6.64 despite the fact that he’s only thrown 20 1/3 innings. His xFIP sits at 4.22, and he’s not much of a strikeout pitcher, so his fantasy value is limited despite what Sunday’s start might indicate. He’ll go again Saturday in Seattle. Analysis: Brett Talley

Chris Davis went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo homer during Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the Tigers.

The batting average remains low and the whiffs keep coming, but Davis is without a doubt one of the premier power hitters in the league. Over seven games this past week, Crush gave fantasy owners four homers, 12 RBI and five runs scored. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mike Leake allowed two runs and eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings against Texas on Sunday.

Leake getting traded to San Francisco was an exciting thing for his fantasy value as his new home ball park is much more pitcher-friendly than Cincinnati is. But Leake’s first start with the Giants came in a hitter-friendly park in Texas, and he delivered a solid outing nonetheless. His next start will be in another hitter’s park as he’ll go in Wrigley on Friday. But the week following he’ll get a chance to take advantage of his new digs against Washington. But don’t overlook him in that start against the Cubs as they continue to strikeout a ton against right-handed pitching. Analysis: Brett Talley

Josh Hamilton went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against San Francisco on Sunday.

A return to Texas has not rejuvenated Hamilton’s career as some hoped it would. Through 118 PA now, Hamilton’s wRC+ is 99, so he’s been almost exactly league average. Perhaps he can provide a little pop to fantasy owners down the stretch, but he can’t be counted on for anything else. Analysis: Brett Talley

Ubaldo Jimenez lasted 4 2/3 innings in Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the Tigers, allowing six runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two.

Jimenez was one of the best bounce-back stories of the first half, but has not been able to carry things over to the second half. The 31-year-old righty has been horrible in 3-of-4 starts since the Midsummer Classic, pitching to a miserable 10.61 ERA and 1.71 WHIP while surrendering six home runs across 18 2/3 total innings. Jimenez is not likely to return to the mound until next Sunday against the Angels. Analysis: Nate Miller

The Orioles are expected to recall Tyler Wilson prior to Monday's game.

Wilson is expected to get the start in Oakland on Monday night. Wilson has a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings of work with the O's this year (one start, four relief appearances), but he struck out just four batters in those 17 innings. Don't get cute and consider him as an option on Monday night. Analysis: Brett Talley

Terrelle Pryor received work with the first team on Sunday during Browns training camp.

LOL. What's going on in Clevaland? Between Pryor, McCown and Manziel, the Browns have an extremely odd collection of signal-callers. Were Pryor to see some starts under center he could potentially have some random fantasy value thanks to his ability to produce on the ground, but this is likely a situation you'll be avoiding all year. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jason Castro went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored against Arizona on Sunday.

Castro, and Astros catchers, stayed hot with Sunday’s performance. After homering on Thursday and Friday, Castro sat in favor of Hank Conger who homered twice on Saturday. Castro generally sits against lefties, but Conger, a switch-hitter, is better against right-handers as well, so the Astros don’t lose much offensively when Castro starts against a left-handed starter. Analysis: Brett Talley

Evan Gattis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against Arizona on Sunday.

If you’re not getting exactly what you expected out of Gattis, your preseason expectations were whack. Gattis is on pace to flirt with 25 home runs with a good RBI total and a below average, but not killer, batting average. Expect more of the same in the last two months. Analysis: Brett Talley

Luke Gregerson recorded his 22nd save of the season against Arizona on Sunday allowing just one hit.

Gregerson doesn’t have a crazy high strikeout rate or insane ratios, and he may not get to 35 saves. He’s obviously not an elite fantasy closer, but if all you’re after is some saves, Gregerson is as safe in his job as anyone right now. Analysis: Brett Talley

Collin McHugh allowed one run and eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings against Arizona on Sunday.

McHugh hasn’t been nearly as good as he was last year as his strikeout rate is virtually average after being well above average last year. But his control is still there, and he is generating more groundballs, so he deserves an ERA of about 4.00 or maybe a hair lower. His ERA is currently 4.27, so he may have a few more good games like Sunday’s outing coming. He has a pretty favorable matchup his next time out on Friday in Oakland. Analysis: Brett Talley

Robbie Ray allowed four runs and seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts in five innings against Houston on Sunday.

Through 12 starts Ray has strikeout and walk rates that are both a bit better than average. But they’re not so much better than average that he can be expected to continue posting an ERA around 3.00. His xFIP sits at 3.94, and once his 3.8 percent HR/FB rate normalizes a bit, his ERA may end up closer to four than three. He’s good, he’s just not this good. He’ll go again Friday against Cincinnati. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jake Lamb went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI against Houston on Sunday.

Lamb has been pretty strictly platooned, and he has seen little work against left-handed pitching this year. The problem is that he’s been virtually average against right-handed pitching. And with a .363 BABIP against right-handers, there is no bad luck to blame. Analysis: Brett Talley


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