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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

Omri Casspi and the Kings are nearing a two-year agreement worth $6 million to keep him in Sacramento.

Casspi averaged 8.9 PPG with 3.9 RPG playing in Sacramento last season. He did average 19.9 PPG in April while DeMarcus Cousins was rested. The $3 million AAV might make Casspi a value buy and a nice backup for Boogie next season. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Cory Joseph is close to signing a deal with the Raptors.

Joseph appears to be moving on from San Antonio and making his return back home. At this point, Luke Ridnour will be the odd-man out again and will have to find a new home, just his sixth of the summer. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Pistons have agreed to sign restricted free agent guard Reggie Jackson on a five-year, $80 million extension to stay with the team.

Jackson was acquired mid-season from Oklahoma City so it was imperative for the Pistons to lock him up long term. With Greg Monroe now moving on to Milwaukee, Jackson can pair with Andre Drummond to put together a formidable 1-2 scoring punch in Detroit. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Ryan Vogelsong and Manager Brucy Bochy have been ejected from Sunday night's game.

Vogelsong had gone four innings and given up just one run, but won't be going any further into the Sunday Night game. Josh Osich took over in relief. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Bucks Head Coach Jason Kidd is expected to be named team general manager this week.

Kidd took the Bucks to the playoffs in his first year, and has been able to land Greg Monroe in free-agency. He has been impressive when given the tools, and Milwaukee fans can only hope that it continues into the future. Analysis: Rob Trayah

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants were really, really encouraged by Hunter Pence's pre-game workout on Sunday.

Pence has been sidelined twice this season with long stints on the DL, but took BP on Sunday and gave encouraging signs that he might be back soon. Don't expect him back before the break, however, so temper your expectation until you hear a definite timeline. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Both Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly are candidates to be traded to the Pacers in return for Roy Hibbert.

Sacre was a late second round pick in 2012 and hasn't had much of an impact on the Lakers and is more or less just a body headed to Indiana. He averaged 4.6 PPG with 3.5 RPG in 2014-2015. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three total RBI during Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Rockies.

Tomas continues to be a steady source of offense for the Diamondbacks here in his first season in the States. The 24-year-old native of Cuba has now hit safely in six of the past seven games, going 9-for-29 with two home runs, two doubles and eight RBI. Analysis: Nate Miller

Rubby De La Rosa worked into the sixth inning of Sunday afternoon’s 6-4 loss to the Rockies, surrendering six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three.

De La Rosa had been brilliant over a four-start stretch from mid-to-late June, posting a microscopic 1.30 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 23-to-7 K/BB ratio across 27 2/3 innings. However, Sundays outing was obviously a different story, as the young right-hander was touched up for six runs across five-plus frames. De La Rosa will look to get back on track next Sunday versus the Mets. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mike Bolsinger allowed four runs and nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings against the Mets on Sunday.

Bolsinger has been pitching above his head bit with a sub-3.00 ERA, but his ERA is now 3.09 and very comparable to his 3.28 xFIP. His control is a bit spotty, but his strikeout rate is much better than average, and his ground ball rate is excellent at 56.6 percent. Those two skills are more than enough to make an above average pitcher. He’s only about half owned in shallow leagues, so see if he’s available. He’ll go again on Friday against the Brewers at home. Analysis: Brett Talley

Steven Matz threw six scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Sunday allowing two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.

There has been a lot of love for Matz who has allowed just two runs in his first two major league starts over 13 2/3 innings. He has 14 strikeouts in that span, which is nice, but he also has five walks and a below average ground ball rate. But it’s too early to make much of a determination about Matz. He’s definitely going to be fantasy-relevant, but let’ reserve judgment about what his value is for now. He’s scheduled to go again next Sunday at home against Arizona. Analysis: Brett Talley

Carlos Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a couple of runs scored in Sunday’s 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

After going a miserable 3-for-29 across his last eight games, Gonzalez snapped out of his recent slump in a big way Sunday afternoon. Batting just .244 with a .722 OPS through 76 games, Cargo has obviously not put together the type of bounce-back campaign many were hoping for. However, the two-time All-Star is slugging well north of .500 since the beginning of June with seven of his 11 homers coming during that span.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Juan Lagares went 2-for-5 with a triple, run and two RBI against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Lagares generally plays all but a game or two each week, so he gets enough work to have value in deeper leagues. His best asset is his defense, but he can give you decent average and a tiny bit of speed in a deep league if you need it. Analysis: Brett Talley

Ruben Tejada went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Tejada has one steal, one home run and is hitting .238. He’ll continue to play regularly thanks to his defense, but he just doesn’t have any fantasy value with that kind of offensive production. Analysis: Brett Talley

Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and a couple of runs scored during Sunday’s 6-4 victory versus the Diamondbacks.

Tulowitzki is on quite an odd stretch at the plate. The slugging shortstops current hitting streak now stands at an 18 games. However, just four of Tulowitzkis 26 hits during that span have gone for extra bases. This impressive run with the bat has seen the four-time All-Star post a .371 batting average with 11 RBI and 12 runs scored across 76 plate appearances. Analysis: Nate Miller


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