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Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI in the 5-3 extra inning loss to the Indians Thursday.

Pujols has nine RBI in last six games after knocking in only eight in previous 22 games combined.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Blue Jays believe it is possible that Jose Bautista (shoulder) will DH in Boston on Monday.

You would have to think if Bautista does not return Monday or Tuesday he would probably wind up on a backdated DL stint. If Bautista is the DH it would almost certainly knock Justin Smoak out of the lineup. When Bautista does play the field Kevin Pillar and Michael Saunders would likely platoon in left, but both will continue to play for now. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Chris Perez has opted out of his minor-league contract and is now a free agent.

The Milwaukee bullpen hasn't exactly been lights out to start the season, so it is a bit of a red flag Perez couldn't crack the big league roster. He could easily be fantasy relevant at some point this season, but we will let you know if and when that happens. Ignore him for now for fantasy. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Beno Udrih is listed as the starter at PG for Monday's Game 4. Udrih was inactive for Game 3 with a sprained ankle.

This is also goes towards the status of Mike Conley, who looks set to miss game 4 as well. The Grizzlies are looking to lock up a first round sweep and get healthy and will have to rely on Udrih to be the guy leading the offense. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jose Pirela (concussion) began a rehab assignment Sunday with Class-A Tampa.

Pirela hasn't seen any time this season outside of his rehab start and will be an interesting option if he becomes available with Stephen Drew continuing to struggle swinging the bat. He might be in line for a quicker return if he can get healthy. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Larry Foote said the odds of him returning to the field are still “50-50.” Coach Bruce Arians has said Foote needs to make a determination on whether or not to play when rosters are cut down to 75 players during training camp.

Foote has become more of a coach, scouting and evaluating film and waiting on his knee to make a final determination on whether he will play again. All of the signs are pointing to Foote picking up a clipboard and ending his playing career. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman, a restricted free agent, has signed his qualifying offer.

Freeman has played all three season in Indy and will return to the Colts after signing his qualifying offer. He had 94 tackles in just 12 games last season after a combined 271 tackles his first two seasons. He has blossomed into one of the best linebackers in the NFL after going undrafted, playing in the CFL for a few years, and then finally making it to the big stage. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Rajai Davis said Sunday evening that he doesn't believe his groin injury is serious.

Davis pulled up limp on a single during Sunday's game after having a ridiculous series against the Indians. He stole three bases on Saturday and scored three runs in both games and fantasy owners jumped at the chance to add Davis. However, a problem to the leg area is a major concern for a speed guy like the center-fielder. Don't be surprised to see the Tigers play it safe for a bit and have Anthony Gose fill in for Davis until he is healthy. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Per league source, NFLPA filed Greg Hardy's appeal of 10-game suspension on Friday night.

To the surprise of no one, Hardy's appeal will hope to limit the ten games he got and the hopes of playing for the Cowboys before Thanksgiving. Commissioner Goddell laid the hammer down after being heavily scrutinized last year for the handling of the Ray Rice scenario and took no chances assigning the ten games to Hardy. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Redskins are likely to pick up Robert Griffin III's option for 2016.

The true answer is "They better pick it up". The deal to pick up Griffin cost the Redskins a fortune so it shouldn't be that big of a surprise, even with the troubles he has had, that Washington is picking up the option for next year. He will have another year under Jay Gruden and his system before heading into 2016 so this might be a trade value season for RG3. Analysis: Rob Trayah

J.J. Barea scored 17 points (7-15 FGA, 1-2 FTA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with three rebounds, 13 assists and one steal in Sunday's 121-109 Game 4 win over the Rockets.

Barea had himself a great game on Sunday night as he managed to post a double-double starting in the place on Rajon Rondo, who was shut down for the rest of the season. Although the Mavericks have a tough hill to climb after losing the first three games of the series, Barea will certainly give it everything he has like we have seen from him through his eight year career.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Monta Ellis scored 31 points (13-21 FGA, 3-5 FTA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with six rebounds, three assists and one steal in Sunday's 121-109 win over the Rockets.

Ellis was on fire Sunday as he managed to connect on 61.9 percent of his field goals for his second straight 30-point performance. Whether or not the Mavericks will be able to scrap back after falling 0-3 to the Rockets, Ellis will certainly be a big part of their run if able to string together a few good games.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

James Harden scored 24 points (7-15 FGA, 9-9 FTA) going 1-for-7 from three-point range with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in Sunday's 121-109 loss to the Mavericks.

After posting 42 points in Game 3, Harden fell back to earth on Sunday, scoring 24 points for the third time in four games. With only needing one game to take the series expect to see Harden and the rest of the Rockets bounce back at home on Tuesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

John Wall scored 14 points (3-5 FGA, 7-7 FTA) going 1-for-2 form three-point range with four rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in Sunday's 125-94 win over the Raptors.

Wall may not have been the team's top scorer, but he managed to have himself a great series as he lead the Wizards to a series sweep on Sunday night. Now Wall and the rest of the Wizards will wait to see the outcome of the Hawks/Nets series to see who their second round matchup will be against.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kyle Lowry scored 21 points (8-15 FGA, 3-3 FTA) going 2-for-7 from three-point range with eight rebounds and four assists in Sunday's 125-94 loss to the Wizards.

Lowry may have had his best game of the series on Sunday but his teammates didn't do much to help out as they fell to the Wizards by 31 points ending their season. The Raptors will have many questions to answer with offseason after a major collapse, but one thing is for sure, Lowry will be a big part of the team no matter what ends up happening.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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