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Carmelo Anthony has decided to re-sign with the Knicks.

He must not have found what the other teams-Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago predominantly-had to offer as being so much more than what he could get by staying in New York. Decidedly a feather in the cap for Phil Jackson in being able to retain the sought after free agent.ANALYST: Ivar G. Anderson

Evan Longoria went 4-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a run scored during the Rays’ 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Longoria has now hit safely in each of his last four games and is batting .500 (8-for-16) with three doubles, two RBI and four runs scored in that span. He’s obviously not the same hitter he once was, but giving up on a talent like Longoria is a mistake as he is more than capable of still being a .270-hitting, 20-home run threat. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brad Boxberger earned his fifth save of the season after tossing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to preserve the Rays’ 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

That’s now two wins and four saves in his last six appearances and Boxberger continues to put up strong work as the Rays’ top choice in the ninth innings. There’s been plenty of talk regarding a potential return of Jake McGee, but manager Kevin Cash may have a hard time pulling Boxberger from the role he’s played so well since the start of spring training. He is now 2-1 with five saves, a 2.16 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and a 13:3 K:BB over 8 1/3 innings this season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Erasmo Ramirez gave up one run on four hits and one walk with two strikeouts over four innings against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Heading into this start, Ramirez had made three appearances (one start and posted a dismal 21.32 ERA with a 3.32 WHIP over just 6 1/3 innings. While he didn’t get pasted in this outing, he didn’t do himself any favors by lasting just four innings and forcing the Rays into using up more of their bullpen. Alex Cobb is still a bit of a ways away so there’s a chance that Ramirez gets another spot start, but fantasy owners are advised to stay away. Analysis: Howard Bender

Russell Martin went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Rays on Saturday.

Martin has been struggling mightily with the batting average this season but has actually hit safely in six of his last seven games. Unfortunately, this latest run has lifted his average to an insufferable .167 mark for the season. He does have three home runs with seven RBI and five walks in that span which at least makes the average a bit more palatable, but he’s going to need a nice run to pick it all up and bring his numbers some added respectability. Analysis: Howard Bender

Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 with one RBI and two stolen bases during the Blue Jays’ 4-2 loss to the Rays on Saturday.

Donaldson is on a nice tear lately and proving to those who invested in him this spring that his move to Toronto was going to boost his offensive totals across the board. He’s hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and is batting .439 (18-for-41) with four doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI, 10 runs scored and two stolen bases in that span. Continue to roll with him and while you may not be able to expect him to maintain this .352 average, he can certainly continue to hit for such solid power. Analysis: Howard Bender

Daniel Norris allowed one run on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings against the Rays on Saturday.

At last! This was the Daniel Norris everyone expected to see this season. Forget all the feelgood stories about some salt-of-the-Earth guy living in a van in a Wal-Mart parking lot and forget the Chris Farley “van down by the river” jokes. This kid has immense talent and has done a great job of putting three less-than-spectacular outings behind him and seems ready to move forward and prove that he is the pitcher we thought he was after such a dominant spring. He’s got a great low-90s fastball with solid command of another three offerings and should continue to develop with more confidence and experience. He’ll look to carry this momentum into his next start which comes against the Indians  Analysis: Howard Bender

Trevor May left Friday's game after getting hit by a line drive.

It looks as if the line drive hit him square on the pitching elbow so he'll be sent for immediate tests to determine if there's anything more than just a deep bone bruise. He exits the game after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings. Consider him day-to-day but questionable for his next start. Analysis: Howard Bender

Desmond Jennings left Saturday's game with knee soreness.

While five stolen bases has been nice, it's been another disappointing start to the season for Jennings as he's batting just .222 with no home runs, two RBI and seven runs scored. Now add in yet another minor injury that will likely hold him out for a game or two and you've got the same old Jennings you were hoping to avoid this year. Consider him day-to-day for now but you also might want to make sure you have an alternative for Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Severino Gonzalez will be the starter for the Phillies on Tuesday.

Gonzalez will grab a spot-start here after posting a 3.57 ERA with a 9:2 K:BB over 17 2/3 innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year. He showed good strikeout potential in the lower levels of the minors but has seen his K-rate drop steadily with each move up to a new level. He is not on the 40-man roster so expect the Phillies to shuffle up the roster Tuesday morning. Analysis: Howard Bender

Miguel Castro got a vote of confidence from manager John Gibbons after the Jays' closer notched his second blown save of the season Saturday.

Well, we all know that a vote of confidence from the manager is always the first step for a closer to lose his job. Castro did get the blown save as he was asked to get the final out of the eighth inning but couldn't contain the Rays rally and gave up one run on two hits in a third of an inning. He still has a little length to that leash, especially when Brett Cecil also struggled, so don't look for a change just yet. Analysis: Howard Bender

David Wright (hamstring) was able to take swings off a tee Saturday and begin throwing.

According to GM Sandy Alderson, Wright was expected to miss approximately three weeks with his hamstring issue. That should put him on track to return around the end of the first week of May. Light swings off a tee is a nice start but we'd like to see him running sooner than later to make his timetable. Sit tight until May and you should hopefully have him back. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Astros are considering giving Jake Marisnick off until Monday.

Marisnick sat out both Friday and Saturday with "leg soreness," and there's a chance that he will miss Sunday's game as well. It doesn't sound like he'll be out for any longer than that, but while Marisnick is out, Colby Rasmus will likely take over centerfield duties. Analysis: Ben Diamond

A second MRI on Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma's right lat muscle revealed a Grade 1 strain. He'll will miss two to four weeks.

Iwakuma has been lit up this season, and the lat strain could be the source of his struggles. The Mariners appear to have dodged a bullet here, as lat strains generally take a while to come back from, but luckily Iwakuma has the lowest grade strain. Analysis: Ben Diamond

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