Jeff Samardzija was tagged for six runs (five earned) on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts over just five innings against the Nationals on Saturday.
This is the Shark's second beating of the month of June and he's only thrown three quality starts in six June outings. Not really the kind of production upon which fantasy dreams are built, but he's still maintaining a strong strikeout rate which is really what the allure is with him. He should continue to maintain a solid overall stat line, so don't worry too much about the occasional blow-up, but be wary of his landing spot when the trade dust settles. You don't want him going to too friendly a hitter's park in the AL. He's got the Nationals up for his next start.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced on Monday.
The Lions will play the Thursday game again this week, so while they've had a full seven days to prepare, Megatron won't take his usual day off from practice. That has to be encouraging to plenty of fantasy owners as he and Matthew Stafford would like to build off such a strong Thanksgiving performance. Analysis: Howard Bender
Reds signed C Dayan Diaz to a minor league contract.
Diaz climbed up from High-A to Triple-A over two seasons in the Red Sox system and finished last year with a 1.89 ERA and 7.74 K/9 over 57 innings of relief at the highest point. He could find a place in the Reds bullpen, though he could be better suited as one of those guys who rides the shuttle between Louisville and Cincinati all year. Analysis: Howard Bender