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Masahiro Tanaka became the first pitcher to reach 11 wins after he earned the victory over the Blue Jays Tuesday holding them to one run while striking out 10 over six innings.

Oh the irony, as Tanaka had a bit of de ja vu on Tuesday as he allowed a home run to the Jays first batter something he did in his MLB debut to start the season and just like his first career start Tanaka was lights out after that. The rookie has won each of his last five starts and with Tuesday's performance he lowered his AL leading ERA down to 1.99.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

The Angels have reached out to the Athletics about both Josh Reddick and Ben Zobrist.

For Oakland to even entertain either one of their otufielders, the return will be high. Add the fact that the A's would have to sell in their division and the price should be enormous. The main goal for the Angels is to add a left-handed bat, one that is missing from their lineup. It might be a few more weeks, however, with the deadline approaching before a move is actually made involving either Reddick or Zobrist. Analysis: Rob Trayah

For his next contract, Demaryius Thomas wants Calvin Johnson money. Which is $16 million per season and $48 million guaranteed.

Thomas has been a big part of the success in Denver and now wants to be rewarded for it. With Julius Thomas and Wes Welker moving on, Thomas becomes even more of an integral part of the offense and wants to be paid like a top-tier No. 1 wideout. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Doug Fister gave up eight hits, but only allowed two runs, one earned, in six innings of work while striking out two on Monday against Cincinnati.

Fister had a quiet outing on Monday, giving up eight hits, but holding Washington in the game, but picked up the no-decision. His ERA sits at 4.08 on the season with a 1.38 WHIP in just a 11 starts after missing most of the season with a variety of injuries. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Danny Espinosa was 2-for-4 with a solo home run on Monday against the Reds.

Espinosa collected his second straight multi-hit game and first home run since June 5. With Anthony Rendon continuing to be out, Espinosa has filled in nicely in terms of fantasy, with nine homers and 25 RBI in 244 AB. His .786 OPS is a nice cover while the other All-Star second baseman remains out of the lineup. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Aroldis Chapman struck out one and walked one while picking up the save on Monday against the Nationals in a scoreless ninth inning.

Chapman allowed his first baserunner in four games, but quickly shut the door. That's six saves in his last ten outings, a stretch that has seen him strike out 18 hitters in ten innings. He now has 17 saves in 18 chances with a 1.18 WHIP and 1.73 ERA. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Chris Heston tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings allowing just three hits and four walks while striking out two batters against the Mets on Monday.

Heston had himself a solid night on the mound against the Mets, but his offense gave no supporting as they spoiled his scoreless appearance resulting in a no-decision. He is now sitting 8-5 with a 3.51 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and a 82:30 K:BB rate through 17 starts as he remains a solid deep league play heading into his final start of the first half against the struggling Phillies on Sunday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Anthony DeSclafani lasted 5 2/3 innings after walking four and giving up five hits while surrendering only two runs and striking out six on Monday against the Nationals.

DeSclafani fell an out shy of recording a quality start on Monday, but still pitched well, even though he was wild again. He allowed another home run, making that three of his last four games where he has allowed at least one and walked four, continuing a streak of five games with at least two walks. However, he struck out six marking that three straight games of five or more K en route to a no-decision. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jeurys Familia earned his 23rd save of the season after tossing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout against the Giants on Monday.

Familia continues to be one of the better closers to own in the National League as he has now converted 23 of his first 25 save chances after being thrown into the roll back in April. He is sitting on a 1.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and a 41:12 K:BB rate through 39 2/3 innings and as long as he keeps his walk rate down he will remain an effective ninth inning option in all fantasy formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Eugenio Suarez was 3-for-4 with a home run, and two RBI in the Reds' 3-2 win over the Nationals.

Suarez hit his third home run of the season on Monday, a nice return after sitting on Sunday. His AVG sits at .329 on the year and his sample size continues to grow. An OPS of .865 won't last, but if you need to make a move at the shortstop position, Suarez is quickly becoming a possible solid option. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jon Niese tossed eight scoreless innings allowing just three hits and tow walks while striking out four batters against the Giants on Monday.

Niese has now allowed two runs or less in four of his last five outings as he continues to build momentum as the season progresses. However, he is still sitting 4-8 with a 3.58 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and a 67:33 K:BB rate through 16 starts, so until he works on his walks he should remain strictly a deep league play when he starts his next game, which will come after the All-Star break. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Johnny Monell went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and one run scored against the Giants on Monday.

Monell has now managed to log a hit in each of his last three games but is far form being a fantasy option as he is now slashing .189/.250/.243 with just four RBI through 37 at-bats. Unless he catches fire there is no reason to monitor his progression at this time.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Howie Kendrick went 4-for-5 with a double, one RBI and a pair of runs scored against the Phillies on Monday.

Kendrick continues to be a solid payer for both the Dodgers and his fantasy owners this season as he is now slashing .300/.349/.432 with seven home runs, 37 RBI, 40 runs scored and four stolen bases through 310 at-bats. As long as he continues to hit in the two-hole in the Dodgers starting lineup plenty of scoring opportunities should continues to come his way while owning a solid on-base percentage.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a home run, one RBI and a pair of runs scored against the Phillies on Monday.

Gonzalez is starting to heat back up as he has now smacked three runs runs over his last four games as he now sitting on a .291 batting average with 16 home runs, 51 RBI and 46 runs scored through 302 at-bats. Although he seems to be more of a streaky hitter as he gets up in age Gonzalez remains an elite fantasy option at first base the rest of the way.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-4 connecting on his 13th home run of the season with three RBI against the Phillies on Monday.

Grandal has been a great addition to the Dodgers this season as he is now slashing .271/.384/.507 with 13 home runs, 34 RBI and 31 runs scored through his first 203 at-bats. At the age of 26 there is still room for him to get even better from here so fantasy owners should continue starting him with ease as w head into the All-Star break.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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