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Tori Hunter went 2-for-4 with a solo-home run, his 325th of his career, in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Hunter The 325 career home runs place Hunter in a tie for 107th all-time with former Tiger slugger Willie Horton. The veteran outfielder extended his current hit streak to five games with his second home run in four games and his hitting .500 (10-for-20) adding a double, seven RBI, and two runs scored over that span.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and one run scored against the Twins on Saturday

Cain continues to hit adding to his already fantastic season at the plate. He has now hit safely in five straight games with four doubles and three RBI over that span. He is hitting .309 on the season and is in line for a well-deserved starting job in the All-Star Game (one of the few Royals that are actually worthy of a start). Hopefully the All-Star break won’t slow down Cain and he can keep up the great numbers and keep his name in the MVP discussion.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, one RBI and one run scored against the Royals on Saturday

Plouffe had a great night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double and triple. He is hitting .245 with seven home runs against righties on the year, getting most of his at-bats against right handers. I wouldn’t say Plouffe is by any means a player you should go out and get, but a few more games like this one he could put his name in the conversation for waiver wire pickups in a deep league.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Joe Mauer went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored against the Royals on Saturday

Mauer is now 11 for his last 28 with one home run and four RBI. He has not been himself the past couple of seasons but so far in 2015 he seems to be putting things together. He is hitting .272 with five home runs and 41 RBI on the season.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth inning striking out two while earning his 27th save of the season against the Royals on Saturday

Perkins remained perfect on the season converting his 27th save in 27 tries on the year. He is one of the best relievers in all of baseball and has been lights out this year in the ninth. Over 34 innings pitched, Perkins has struck out 32 while only giving up five runs.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Joe Blanton allowed four runs on nine hits with four strikeouts over five innings against the Twins on Saturday

In four starts so far this season for the Royals, Blanton has failed to make it past the sixth inning. He is 2-2 on the season with a reasonable 3.74 ERA. I am not sold that he will stay in the rotation and he may be headed back into a long reliever slot sooner rather than later. Blanton’s next start is scheduled for Thursday against the Rays at home.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts over four innings against the Royals on Saturday

Pelfrey is now 5-5 on the season with a 3.94 ERA. He has ran into a little bit of a rough patch over his last two starts giving up 11 runs in only six innings over his last two outings. This Twins team has been a surprise to everyone so far this year and they are going to need everyone to contribute if they want to catch up to the Royals. Pelfrey will need to put in better performances then this one if he wants to be a part of the pennant race. Pelfrey is slated to make his next start Thursday against the Tigers at home where he owns a 1.80 ERA on the season.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Kris Bryant went 2-4 with two home runs, six RBI, and two runs scored against the Marlins on Saturday

Bryant just keeps getting better and better and is everything that we could have ever wanted out of the young stud. He now has 12 home runs and 49 RBI on the season. He seems to be hitting his stride right before the break, now hitting safely in five consecutive games. Bryant is a mainstay here in the Cubs lineup and is only going to get better from here on out.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Clayton Richard allowed two runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings against the Marlins on Saturday

After being acquired on Friday from the Pirates, it did not take Richard long to make his first start for the Cubs. This was Richard’s first start of the year and it was a good one. He shut down the Marlins over six and third only giving up two runs. The Cubs are definitely going to need some stronger pitching if they want to contend for a Wild Card berth and the veteran Richard could help them out.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Jared Cosart allowed seven runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings against the Cubs on Saturday

Cosart was definitely not on his “A” game Saturday night against the Cubs. He only lasted one and two third innings and gave up seven runs. In eight games started this season, Cosart has given up 27 runs in 45.1 innings resulting in a 5.36 ERA. Cosart, who was moved to the bullpen before starting tonight’s game might be headed right back there unless he can get things together in his next start.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Manager Paul Molitor said that Ryan Pressly's strain was actually more in his lat area than in his shoulder. He'll get an MRI exam on Sunday.

This is the third report on Ryan Pressly each with different information. Suffice it to say that Pressly will have an MRI on Sunday and more about his injury will be known then. He is a middle reliever but does not have fantasy value at this time.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Manager Ned Yost says the team hasn't decided if Joe Blanton will make the next start on Thursday.

After a strong start to his return to the majors, Joe Blanton has lost his last two games in a row. Blanton has only lasted 7 2/3 innings in those two losses giving up nine runs, 14 hits and four walks. With regression on the horizon, his manager will not commit to if Blanton will take his next turn in the rotation on Thursday. It is probably best to avoid Blanton if he does get the start.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Kosta Koufos will sign a four-year deal with the Kings.

According to initial reports, center Kosta Koufos will sign a four year $33 million dollar contract with the Sacramento Kings. Last year, Koufos averaged 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. But his value was more tied to his defense in which he was worth 2.5 win shares in less than 17 minutes per game.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Kenley Jansen was unavailable Saturday due to his recent workload.

Kenley Jansen pitched in three of the last four games for the Dodgers. In his last three appearance, Jansen has given up an earned run in outing including in the Dodgers loss to the Mets on Friday night in a non-save appearance. Jansen has a 1.93 ERA this season and a 1.21 FIP along with a 15.4 strikeouts per nine innings so a day of rest is the best for him long term. That and the manager using his in save opportunities.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Update: Ryan Pressly left Saturday's game with a right shoulder strain.

After pitching an inning of relief on Saturday night, Ryan Pressly was forced to leave the game in the following inning due to a right shoulder strain. A beat writer from the Twins described Pressly as shaking his arm as he walked off the field. Specifics are not available regarding how serious the injury is but he may need an MRI to determine the severity of the injured shoulder. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jorge Soler is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

Jorge Soler has been out since June 1st with a sprained left ankle. He has only played in four games on rehab with Iowa with two hits in 13 at bats. It is being reported that he will be activated by the Cubs tomorrow. Soler was hitting .265 with four home runs and 19 RBI when he hit the disabled list but struck out 67 times in 49 games. Monitor the news but his return does seem imminent.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

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