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Update: R.A. Dickey left Saturday's game with right groin tightness.

Dickey gave up 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings on Saturday, giving up a two-run shot in the 5th to Chris Davis. The severity of the groin injury is unknown, and it's unclear whether or not he will make his next start. Dickey has now given up 8 home runs in his last 6 starts. ANALYST:

Cavaliers GM David Griffin said Kyrie Irving was feeling really good after coaches put him through tests and it’s possible that if the team continue to win, Irving won't play again this series.

There is little reason for the Cavaliers to rush Kyrie back to the floor if they don't feel they need him in order to beat the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals as a healthy Irving will need to play a major role if they hope to be NBA Champions. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Erasmo Ramirez worked six innings in Sunday’s 7-2 loss to the Athletics, allowing five earned runs, five hits and five walks while collecting four strikeouts.

Heading into this contest, Ramirez had earned victories in each of his last two starts while surrendering just three earned runs and three hits across 10 innings. However, the right hander fell behind early in Sundays matchup with Oakland when he gave up a solo homer to speedy leadoff man Billy Burns on the games first pitch. Ramirez struggled with command throughout this effort, and ended up exiting after the sixth inning with the Rays trailing 5-0. Ramirez will look to bounce back Saturday afternoon versus the Orioles. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mark Canha went 2-for-3 with a double and a three-run homer during Sunday’s 7-2 victory versus the Rays.

Recently mired in an 0-for-19 skid, Canha has bounced back for the Athletics over the last couple of days. In back-to-back victories which saw Oakland outscore the Rays by a combined 12-2, Canha went 3-for-5 with three walks, a homer, a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Analysis: Nate Miller

James Shields pitched seven innings allowing five hits, three earned runs, one walk and struck out seven for his sixth win this year.

All of James Shields trends continued during his sixth win versus the Dodgers on Sunday. He pitched seven innings with seven strikeouts but allowed a home run to Alex Guerrero to account for two of the three runs to score against him. This year Shields has seen his strikeouts per nine spike to a career high 11.8 along with his swinging strike percentage at 14 which is a career high as well. But he has already allowed fifteen home runs this year and even though his ERA is 3.75, his FIP of 4.59 and xFIP of 2.78 are two extremes. Just like Shields this year. Cash in the six wins but be aware of his propensity to the long ball in smaller venues. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Josh Reddick went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday afternoon’s 7-2 drubbing of the Rays.

Reddick continues his resurgent season for the Athletics, as the 28-year-old right fielder is now 6-for-18 with a homer during a brief four-game hitting streak and has brought his current .OPS for the season up to a strong .903. Perhaps the most telling stat for Reddick so far in 2015 is his 11.2 percent strikeout rate, which is a drastic improvement upon his near 20 percent career mark coming into the campaign. Analysis: Nate Miller

The Orioles don't believe Bran Matusz's intent was to doctor the baseball. It was just to get a better grip in the ball.

It's "more probable than not" that the Orioles were "generally aware" what Matusz's intention was when he was caught using a foreign substance and subsequently ejected for doctoring the baseball on Saturday. Brewers pitcher Will Smith was just suspended eight games for the same infraction so there is little reason to think Matusz will get anything different for his punishment. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Billy Burns went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, one steal and three runs scored during Sunday’s 7-2 win over the Rays.

Burns definitely set the tone for the Athletics in Sundays win, as the switch-hitting speedster launched his first big-league home run on the games very first pitch. The rookie outfielder has been swinging the bat well since settling into the leadoff role back on May 16th. Over the last eight games, Burns is 11-for-33 with five stolen bases and five runs scored. Analysis: Nate Miller

Manager Terry Collins in his pregame meeting with reporters Sunday that several starting pitchers, including Matt Harvey, may be getting "dead arm."

For now, Harvey is going to pitch through this, as he plans on appearing in his next scheduled start on Friday night. If all doesn't go well, like it didn't on Saturday night, the stud right-hander will be reevaluated going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Matt Carpenter was 1-for-3 with two runs, a home run, two RBI and two walks on Sunday.

Matt Carpenter homered on Sunday to push his season total to eight and now has driven in 27 runs while hitting first or second in the lineup for St. Louis. Due to the runs that the Cardinals generate, Carpenter has already scored 31 this year which drives his fantasy value going forward. Right now Carpenter is slugging one hundred points over his career high for a season so enjoy the power now as it may decline going forward but the runs totals will continue to pile on for Carpenter. Analysis: Greg Jewett

The Nationals have released Kila Ka'aihue.

The 31-year-old first baseman has struggled throughout his entire career, so this move comes as no surprise. Considering his low talent level, it is unclear who will be looking to enlist his services going forward, but if he does get picked up, expect Ka'aihue to start in the minors rather than jumping straight to the show.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adrian Peterson won’t be at Vikings organized team activities when they begin Tuesday, a source told the Pioneer Press on Sunday.

AP reportedly won't get $250,000 if he skips more than 90-percent of OTA's, but that amount is likely a hit that wont affect him too much, considering his enormous salary and wealth. Take this as a sign that Peterson is hell-bent against playing for the Vikes, a team that did not stand by him during his trying time.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Michael Wacha pitched seven innings giving up five hits, no runs, two walks and struck out four batters for his seventh win on Sunday in Kansas City.

Michael Wacha won his seventh game on Sunday defeating the Royals on the road and is the first National League pitcher to win seven this year. With the win, St. Louis is now 11-0 in games that Wacha starts but there are some signs to watch. Wacha has a 1.87 ERA after the game but his FIP is 3.65 which is a result of his decrease in strikeouts. In 2014 Wacha had a 7.4 strikeouts per nine inning rate but it has plunged to 5.5 this year. Generating more ground balls has increased his efficiency but decreased his strikeout totals. Being 7-0 will placate his fantasy owners but watch his starts going forward in case he regresses towards his FIP. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Salvador Perez was 1-for-3 with an RBI on Sunday.

While the season progresses, Salvador Perez keeps hitting. Raising his average to .305 on the season, Perez has hit in ten straight games for the Royals and was 5-for-9 in the three game series against the Cardinals. As a top catching option, Salvador Perez has five home runs and 24 RBI for Kansas City this year. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Yordana Ventura threw seven innings on Sunday allowing five hits, four earned runs, two walks and struck out seven in a loss to St. Louis.

With the Royals five game winning streak coming to a halt, Yordana Ventura took the loss giving up four earned runs against the Cardinals dashing the hopes of sweeping St. Louis for the first time since 2001. As for Ventura, his ERA now stands at 4.64 with a FIP of 4.33 and xFIP of 3.71 so there is hope. He has struck out 43 batters in 2015 while walking 17 and his WHIP is 1.23 which is respectable. But his youth shows at times and will make him prone to streaks going forward.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

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