Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up five runs on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts over six innings against the Pirates on Thursday.
Dice-K didn't look so good here in his second spot start in the past week as the walks did him in once again. His command was off all night as he threw just 14 first-pitch strikes to the 26 batters he faced and needed 96 pitches (55 strikes) to make it through the six frames. He's still going to make another start, facing the Braves next week, but you're not going to want to use him unless you want to trash your fantasy team's ratios.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Luol Deng (knee) won't return Sunday.
Michael Beasley is likely the candidate to replace the Deng starting minutes for the rest of the way. There is no word on the long term implications of the injury yet, but if there is, Beasley might be a solid play for the rest of the season. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Athletics reassign Luke Carlin, Max Muncy and Andy Parrino to minor league camp.
One of these things is not like the other. Muncy is a 23-year old prospect, while Carlin and Parrino are older journeymen. Muncy, a first baseman, his 21 home runs in 2013 at High-A in 428 plate appearances. But the power hasn't translated to Double-A yet as he hit just seven home runs in 530 plate appearances there last year. Muncy isn't really a prospect you have to know, but he's far more notable than Carlin and Parrino. Analysis: Brett Talley