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Garrett Richards earned his 10th win of the season after giving up just one run on six hits and a walk with a season-high 11 strikeouts over 7.1 innings against the Astros on Sunday.

Richards has now thrown seven-straight quality starts and dropped his ERA to 2.71 with a 1.07 WHIP and a 119:41 K:BB over 116.1 innings this season. The walks tend to get the better of him at times, but overall, he is pitching as close to lights-out as anyone would have ever expected from him coming into the season. His final start before the All Star break is a tough one though as he heads into Arlington to face the Rangers. Granted, their lineup isn't what it was once perceived to be, but it's still loaded with talent and the ballpark remains extremely hitter-friendly. ANALYST: Howard Bender

David Ortiz went 3-for-3 with a double, a run and a walk against Baltimore on Saturday.

Ortiz is striking out a bit much so far, but he’s walking at a good clip and has a couple of home runs. The strikeouts are something to watch, but there’s no need to worry just yet. Analysis: Brett Talley

Brock Holt went 3-for-4 with a steal and a strikeout against Baltimore on Saturday.

Holt has started four of the last seven for the Sox, so he’s not getting enough work to have value in mixed leagues. But in AL-only leagues he can be useful, especially given his multi-position eligibility. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jimmy Paredes went 2-for-5 with a double and a run against Boston on Saturday.

This was Paredes’ first game off the DL, and he hit fifth behind Adam Jones. If he gets regular playing time in that spot in the batting order, he could have value in deeper leagues. Put him on your watch list.  Analysis: Brett Talley

Adam Jones went 3-for-5 with a run against Boston on Saturday.

Jones continues to be a drag in OBP leagues, but he’s so good in the counting numbers and hits for decent average so that he’s a great guy to own in standard leagues. Presumably anyone in an OBP league knows about Jones’ on-base woes, but sell him in that format if possible. Analysis: Brett Talley

Chris Davis went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three strikeouts against Boston on Saturday.

The home run is nice but was only his second of the year, and that’s not enough to compensate for a 42.9 percent strikeout rate so far. If he goes on a run of homers but keeps striking out a ton, look to sell him. But if he cuts the strikeouts even back to 30 percent or so, it would be bearable with some power. Analysis: Brett Talley

Zach Britton recorded his fourth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Red Sox on Saturday with two strikeouts.

Britton has been excellent so far going 4-for-4 in save opportunities and striking out 10 batters while allowing just four baserunners. His role as closer seems very safe. Analysis: Brett Talley

Clay Buchholz allowed two runs and 11 hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in six innings against the Orioles on Saturday.

That Buchholz allowed just two runs despite allowing an average of two baserunners per inning in amazing. That said, Buchholz has 19 strikeouts and four walks in 16 1/3 innings. He’s very hard to trust right now, but he’s someone to keep an eye on if he keeps up anything close to those strikeout and walk rates. He’ll start again on Thursday in Tampa. Analysis: Brett Talley

Amir Johnson came off the bench to score 18 points (8-12 FGA, 2-3 FTA) with eight rebounds, one assist and one block during the Raptors' Game 1 loss to the Wizards on Saturday.

Johnson was very efficient off the bench, going 8-12 in FGA. He also pulled down eight rebounds, with a block and assist. He could be rewarded with a couple more minutes of playing time after a nice game. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Chris Tillman allowed one run and six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Tillman is off to an awful start with a 5.52 ERA and 25 baserunners allowed in three starts. He’s not striking many batters out, and he’s impossible to trust right now. Don’t go near him next Friday against the Blue Jays. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jesse Hahn is leaving game with an apparent hand injury. He was glancing at a finger on his throwing hand after fielding a comebacker.

Hahn opened up a blister on his finger after getting struck by a comebacker, but he was pitching very well prior to the injury. He is unlikely to miss time with the issue, though. Analysis: Ben Diamond

DeMar DeRozan posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds during Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards. He also added six assists and one steal.

DeRozan was able to have a nice game in terms of points despite being off shooting-wise thanks to a high volume of shots, including 20 FGA, with just six of those going in. That being said, he did very well in other categories as well, with 11 rebounds, six assists, and a steal. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Bradley Beal scored 16 points (6-23 FGA, 3-5 FTA) with nine rebounds,six assists and one steal during the Wizards' Game 1 win over the Raptors on Saturday.

Beal played an insane 48 minutes, which allowed him to have a big game across the board. it's doubtful that he'll be able to play for that amount of time in his next game, and after going just 6-23 in field goals on Saturday, a downtick in stats should be expected. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Mitch Moreland took early batting practice on Saturday, and said afterward he was "optimistic" he could avoid surgery on his left elbow.

Moreland has a loose body in his elbow, which could require minor surgery. If that is the case, he would end up on the 15-day DL, with Adam Rosales likely taking his spot in the lineup. The Rangers should make a decision on Moreland's elbow early this week, though signs point to him avoiding surgery at the moment. Analysis: Ben Diamond

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