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Padres are considering Kim Ng for their General Manager opening. Ng would be the first female GM in any major sport.

They should ask the former Yankees and Dodgers assistant GM and current Senior Vice-President of Baseball Operations with MLB if she can hit. ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-4 with three doubles, one RBI and a couple of runs scored during Friday’s 5-4 win over the Reds.

With July now in the books, Kang has to be on the short list of N.L. Player of the Month candidates. The Korean-born infielder has simply been unconscious at the dish, fashioning a .379 batting average with eight doubles, three homers, two triples, nine RBI and 18 runs scored across 25 games in July. Analysis: Nate Miller

Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday’s 5-4 win over the Reds.

Heads up fantasy baseball world, McCutchen is beginning to heat up again. The 2013 N.L. MVP has gone 6-for-13 with two homers, five RBI and five runs scored during the past three games. With matchups against Cincinnati hurlers Raisel Iglesias and Dylan Axelrod coming up over the next couple of days, daily players should be looking McCutchens way. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mark Melancon picked up a save in Friday’s 5-4 victory versus the Reds, working around two hits and a walk during a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning.

May 11th was the last time that Melancon gave up an earned run. In other words, the All-Star closer has simply been lights out at the back end of the Pirates bullpen. Melancon flirted with disaster in Friday nights contest, but escaped unscathed. The 30-year-old righty has now converted 33-of-34 save opportunities on the year while posting an extremely impressive 1.29 ERA and 0.99 WHIP across 48 2/3 innings. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jeff Locke tossed five innings in Friday’s 5-4 win over the Reds, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks while collecting five strikeouts.

Locke has been about as mediocre as it gets over three outings since the Midsummer Classic, but did just enough to earn his sixth victory of the season Friday night. The 27-year-old lefty has posted a 5.19 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 13-to-8 K/BB ratio across 17 1/3 innings so far in the second half. Locke will face the Cubs on Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh. Analysis: Nate Miller

Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in Friday night’s 5-4 loss to the Pirates.

Byrd came into the series versus the Pirates in a bit of funk at the plate, but he has harassed the pitching staff of one of his former clubs over the past two days. Byrd has gone 5-for-10 with two homers and a double through the first half of this four-game set. Analysis: Nate Miller

Ivan De Jesus went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer during Friday’s 5-4 loss to the Pirates.

De Jesus is playing all around the diamond for the Reds, and lately his bat has been getting him more time in the starting lineup. The 28-year-old utility man has gone 8-for-18 with a double, a homer and five RBI during his current five-game hitting streak Analysis: Nate Miller

Michael Lorenzen worked 5 2/3 innings in Friday’s 5-4 loss to the Pirates, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six.

The Reds are definitely putting Lorenzen through a trial by fire in the rotation, as the 23-year-old rookie has simply been unable to find a rhythm on the mound in quite some time. Over three starts since the All-Star break, he has struggled to an ugly 11.77 ERA and 2.15 WHIP across 13 innings. Time will tell how long the team keeps Lorenzen in the rotation, but for now he is scheduled to be back on the bump Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Jefry Marte went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double on Friday night against the Orioles.

In 12 games this season, Marte has a .250 average, two home runs, and six RBI. Nothing special, but if he can prove to be a bit better over his next 10 games or so, he might be worth a look in deeper leagues.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

James McCann went 2-for-4 with a home run on Friday night against the Orioles.

McCann has been surprisingly solid this season as Detroit’s everyday catcher, providing the offense with a .286 average, five home runs, and 25 RBI. He is a solid own in all formats as a backup option if your starting backstop gets injured.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run on Friday night against the Orioles.

Martinez kept the season long tear going on Friday night, as he belted his 28th home run of the season off Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen. Martinez’s monster season has partly allowed Detroit to move on from Yoenis Cespedes, which speaks volumes considering how good he has been this year as well. Expect the hot hitting to continue for Martinez, as he has shown no signs of slowing down for the past two seasons.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Manny Machado went 2-for-3 with a home run on Friday night against the Tigers.

With 22 home runs, Machado might seem out of place as a leadoff hitter, but he is anything but, providing a high OPB (.364), and solid speed on the base paths (14 stolen bases). His .293 average speaks for its self, ranking Machado amongst the best third basemen in baseball. His combination of size, power, speed, average, and glove is very rare in today’s game, so consider him a once in a generation type player going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adam Jones went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run on Friday night against the Tigers.

The home run was Jones’ 17th of the season and his second in as many nights, giving his fantasy owners some more faith in their early round selection. His numbers this season are right up to par with some of the best outfielders in the game, so feel confident in the perennial gold glover going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Mike Napoli went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, a two-run homer and a couple of runs scored in Friday night’s 7-5 victory versus the Rays.

Napolis current .210/.311/.394 is more than enough to scare anyone in mixed fantasy leagues away at first glance. However, following a miserable first half, the veteran slugger should now be garnering some attention from those fantasy managers searching for extra power. Over 13 games since the All-Star break, Napoli has hit .317 with seven walks, five doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Koji Uehara picked up a save in Friday’s 7-5 win over the Rays, walking one and striking out two during a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning.

Uehara remains one of the games most reliable finishers, as he has now nailed down 23-of-25 save opportunities while pitching to a 2.39 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 44-to-7 K/BB ratio across 37 2/3 innings so far in 2015. Analysis: Nate Miller

Zach Britton picked up his 27th save of the season on Friday night against the Tigers.

The save was Britton’s 27th of the season and further cemented him as one of the more underrated late inning pitchers in the game today. So long as the Orioles can continue their winning ways, expect Britton to continue to rack up the saves.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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