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Carlos Santana went 1-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against the Yankees on Thursday.

Santana has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games as he continues an uphill battle to get back to a respectable batting average. He is now slashing .208/.349/.391 with 14 home runs and 36 RBI through 289 at-bats and remains a solid source of power form the catcher position, at least for the rest of this season. However, if his production doesn't improve in 2015 and he loses his catcher eligibility, he may find himself on the waiver wire outside of deep league formats, even if his power remains consistent. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Colby Rasmus went 3-for-5 with two doubles, one home run, one RBI and three runs scored during the Astros’ 11-4 win over the Mariners on Saturday.

Rasmus is certainly beginning to show signs of life here as he’s hit three home runs in his last six games. His .268/.333/.577 slash line is outstanding given his past numbers, but there is little belief that he can maintain rates like that while striking out 38.5-percent of the time. You can probably expect some decent power totals out of him the rest of the way, but you should also probably expect an average hovering closer to .240 than anything else. Analysis: Howard Bender

Collin McHugh allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts over seven innings against the Mariners on Saturday.

For the most part, McHugh looked good in this outing, but four solo home runs killed an otherwise strong pitching line. They were the first home runs he’s allowed all year, so we may be able to chalk this up to just a night where the Mariners had a great read on him and were able to anticipate what he was throwing. Expect a rebound next week against the Angels.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with two home runs, two RBI and two runs scored during the Mariners’ 11-4 loss to the Astros on Saturday.

That’s now four home runs over his last four games and 13 on the season. There’s no question that Cruz is determined to break the 40-homer barrier again and if he continues this pace, he’ll easily surpass it. He remains a must-start in all formats. Analysis: Howard Bender

Taijuan Walker was torched for eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and one walk with two strikeouts over just three innings against the Astros on Saturday.

Yet another nightmarish outing for Walker and likely his ticket back to the minors. He was smacked around hard right from the onset, gave up three home runs and failed to go past five innings for the third time in five starts this season. The team is going to have to do something with him to fix whatever it is that may be wrong. Expect the team to re-evaluate and probably demote soon if he doesn’t turn things around quickly. He’s penciled in to face the A’s next week, but we’ll see if the Mariners are going to let him make take that turn. Analysis: Howard Bender

Cameron Maybin went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, one run scored and a walk during Saturday’s 8-4 loss to the Braves.

It’s a typical season for Maybin as the average is a lousy .209 and his production is inconsistent. He’s shown promise in the past, but in truth, fantasy owners are probably just waiting for the next injury to knock him out. He’s got value in NL-only leagues, but as for mixed play, he’s more of a plug-and-play guy who still needs to prove himself years down the road. Analysis: Howard Bender

Eric Stults was knocked around for six runs on 11 hits and one walk with two strikeouts over seven innings against the Reds on Saturday.

After back-to-back quality starts, Stults put up a real stinker here as the Reds battered him hard in this one. He looked to be in control early as he handled the Reds with relative ease through the first three innings but fell apart in the fourth and consistently gave up runs each inning until he walked away after seven innings and 102 pitches (66 strikes). He’ll look to rebound next week when he faces the Nationals. Analysis: Howard Bender

Marlon Byrd went 2-for-3 with a home run, one RBI, a run scored and a walk during the Reds’ 8-4 win over Atlanta on Saturday.

He’s cheap power with a mediocre average and lots of strikeouts. That’s what Byrd is all about. Now the current .186 average will likely improve some, but given the fact that he consistently fans 30-percent of the time, he might struggle a bit to pull it above .250 this year. If he can bang 20-plus homers for a third-straight season, though, few people are going to complain. Analysis: Howard Bender

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