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Portland Trail Blazers have reached an agreement with guard Steve Blake. The deal is reportedly for two-years at $4.2 million with a player option for year two.

The 11-year veteran heads back to Portland where he spent the 2005-2006 season and from 2007-2010. Last season he opened the year with the Lakers and averaged 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 27 starts. He was traded to the Warriors in the second half where he was hardly used. He'll serve as a back-up point guard for the Trail Blazers this year.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Brett Lawrie went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Yankees on Thursday.

This was just Lawrie’s third home run of the year, and he has a whopping 52 strikeouts compared to just six walks. Once his .358 BABIP normalizes and his .266 batting average falls, Lawrie is going to hurt you more than he’ll help you. Analysis: Brett Talley

Ben Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a double, run, RBI and walk against the Yankees on Thursday.

Zobrist is now 4-for-11 in his three games back from the DL with at least one hit in each game. Zobrist has yet to run too much this year, and his ball park limits power a bit, but he can be relied on to chip in a little something in virtually every category. Along with his multi-position eligibility, that makes Zobrist one of the more versatile fantasy assets around. Analysis: Brett Talley

Billy Burns went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs against the Yankees on Thursday.

Don’t be surprised if Burns doesn’t hit another home run the rest of the year, but don’t be surprised if he keeps hitting lead off, stealing bases and hitting for average. With no timetable for Coco Crisp’s return, Burns’ fantasy value has been cemented for the time being. Analysis: Brett Talley

Brian McCann went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against Oakland on Thursday.

McCann is on pace to hit 20 home runs again, and his BABIP has rebounded from its nadir last season, so he’s also chipping in a roughly average batting average for players owned in 12-team mixed leagues. You’re getting exactly what you should have expected from McCann so far. Analysis: Brett Talley

Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 with a double, run and RBI against Oakland on Thursday.

With Jacoby Ellsbury out of the lineup, Gardner continues to hit lead off, and he has already reached 30 runs this season. Were Ellsbury to miss more time than expected, Gardner could flirt with 100 runs. As it is, on pace for 90 runs with speed and average is surely satisfying for Gardner owners. Analysis: Brett Talley

Tyler Clippard recorded his fifth save of the season against the Yankees on Thursday allowing one run and two base runners in an inning of work.

Sean Doolittle returned to action on Wednesday, but Clippard got the save on Thursday as the A’s ease Doolittle back into the closer’s role. Doolittle’s velocity was well below his normal velocity on Wednesday, so you might hold on to Clippard for a bit, even if Doolittle takes back the ninth inning soon. However, Clippard’s strikeout and walk rates have not been good this year, so he can be cut if need be when Doolittle closes again assuming that you’re not desperate for saves. Analysis: Brett Talley

Kendall Graveman allowed three runs and seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings against the Yankees on Thursday.

After being demoted after four starts at the beginning of the year, Graveman has been decent in the two starts since his recall. In those two starts he has allowed three runs in 11 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and four walks. Graveman never showed much strikeout potential in the minors, but he does limit walks and keeps the ball on the ground, so he has some value in deeper leagues. He’ll go again Wednesday in Detroit. Analysis: Brett Talley

CC Sabathia allowed five runs and eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts in six-plus innings against Oakland on Thursday.

Sabathia looked like he was going to turn in a solid outing as he kept the A’s off the board through the first four innings. But the wheels fell off as he allowed homers in the fifth and sixth and then allowed two base runners to reach in the seventh before being pulled. Both base runners eventually scored. As usual, Sabathia’s strikeout and walk numbers were respectable, but he simply couldn’t limit the damage when the A’s put the ball on the bat. He’ll go again Tuesday in Seattle. Analysis: Brett Talley

Chris Iannetta went 2-for-4 with a grand slam against Detroit on Thursday.

Like several of his teammates, Iannetta has been bitten by the bad BABIP bug so far this season. However, Iannetta strikes out too much to ever help out in the batting average category. But he may not be as much of a drag going forward. The more concerning issue is his power, which, going back to last season, has been significantly reduced in his last 500 plate appearances. On the wrong side of 30, Iannetta may not see his power stroke return. Analysis: Brett Talley

Matt Joyce went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI against Detroit on Thursday.

Joyce continues to struggle as he’s slashing .176/.262/.313. He probably has some help coming in the form of BABIP correction, but the power isn’t there either. And it’s hard to count on a 30 year old’s power bouncing back in a big way. However, he continues to play regularly, so he still has value in deeper leagues where almost anyone getting regular work is worth a roster spot. Analysis: Brett Talley

David Freese went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI against Detroit on Thursday.

Freese sort of is what he is at this point. Some decent power, not a lot of average. He probably has a bit more average coming when his BABIP evens out a bit, but he also probably has a little less power coming as HR/FB evens out a bit. It should all come out in the wash. Analysis: Brett Talley

Albert Pujols went 1-for-2 with a home run, two runs, two RBI and two walks against the Tigers on Thursday.

In large part, Pujols is on pace to be the solid, although unspectacular, fantasy contributor that he was last year. He’s roughly on pace to hit 28 home runs again, and his strikeout and walk rates are in line with what we’ve come to expect. However, a .227 BABIP is holding him down in batting average as well as in the R and RBI categories. He’s had a lower-than-normal BABIP for years now, so a big bounce back isn’t coming. But a 40 point bump to the .270 range is reasonable. Analysis: Brett Talley

C.J. Wilson allowed one run and two hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in six innings against the Tigers on Thursday.

This was quite the interesting outing for Wilson. Obviously the walks are a problem, but he bailed himself out with the strikeouts. Walks have always been an issue for Wilson in his career, but up to this point in the season, his walk rate was much better than his career average and league average. He’s now right around league average in walk rate, and it’s hard to imagine he won’t keep creeping back towards a double digit walk rate. He’ll go again Tuesday against Tampa Bay. Analysis: Brett Talley

Buck Farmer allowed seven runs and nine hits with one walk and one strikeout in five innings against the Angels on Thursday.

After having some success in nine Triple-A starts this season, Farmer really struggled in his first major league start of the season. Given that his strikeout and walk skills in the minor leagues were roughly what would be considered average at the major league level, it’s hard to trust him to have much immediate success in the majors. If he takes his next turn in the rotation, it will be on Wednesday against Oakland. Analysis: Brett Talley

UPDATE: Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said that he does not expect Erick Aybar to go on disabled list. He should be considered day-to-day.

Aybar pulled up grabbing his hamstring trying to lay down and beat out a safety squeeze bunt in the sixth inning of the Angels win on Thursday night. The team did not waste any time getting him off the field and into the locker room to be evaluated. You should consider him day to day and we should get more of an update on Friday from the team. Analysis: Drew Phelps

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