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Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4, blasting his 23rd home run of the season off of Sergio Romo in the ninth inning on Saturday against the Giants. 

Stanton has now homered in back-to-back games to start the second half of the season, as he continues to have himself a great 2014 campaign. Now sitting on a .295 average with 23 home runs and 65 RBI through 259 at-bats, Stanton has put himself into the mix among the best in the league and is on his way to a possible MVP run. With decent protection around him in the Marlins lineup, there is no reason to think his great start isn't going to have a matching finish if he can stay healthy. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

It doesn't appear that Antone Smith (leg) will be cleared by the time organized team activities begin Tuesday.

Smith was hoping to get some work in during OTAs, but without full medical clearance he's going to have to remain on the sidelines. He should be ready by minicamp and is a near-lock to be in training camp. The real question will be what kind of a role will he have with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman garnering most of the backfield attention. Analysis: Howard Bender

Justin Masterson (shoulder) will throw at least three bullpen sessions before being sent out on a rehab assignment.

The Red Sox just want to get a look at his mechanics before throwing him into a rehab assignment. Should he throw the sessions without issue and if there's enough on all of his pitches, then he just might be able to return by mid to late June. Analysis: Howard Bender

Oswaldo Arcia (hip) is expected to play Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Rochester before the Twins make a decision on his return.

The Twins just want to be careful that Arcia, who's a bit on the injury-prone side, doesn't re-aggravate the injury by coming back too soon. Three games should be enough to determine whether he is full ready or not, so expect a decision to be made by the end of the week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yasmani Grandal will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday as the designated hitter.

Grandal is on the 7-day concussion DL and the Dodgers just want to ease him back into action here before they get ready to activate him. He may spend a day or two as the DH, but he should be back behind the plate relatively shortly. Analysis: Howard Bender

Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak said that "it looks like Julius Randle has recovered completely."

Randle suffered a fractured right tibia on the first night of the regular season and was lost for the year. The No. 76 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft will now start from scratch and hope to carve out a role for himself this season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kyle Korver is awaiting a second opinion on his injured ankle and a course of treatment has not yet been determined.

Korver is trying to find a way back into this series before the Hawks get eliminated, so he'll have someone else check his knee out. It's doubtful that anything changes though so expect the Hawks to have to stick to Kent Bazemore as a starter. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Kapron Lewis-Moore (Achilles) is close to 100 percent healthy and could be a full-go during organized team activities.

Even if Lewis-Moore isn't ready for OTAs, he should be ready by minicamp. He's dealt with major injuries over the last two seasons, so as he mends, he'll get a chance to compete for a reserve role. Analysis: Howard Bender

Tim Hudson was hammered for eight earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out one over 3.2 innings in the Giants 11-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday.

This was certainly not the start Hudson was hoping for as the eight earned runs ballooned his ERA to 5.04 on the season. In what has already been hinted to as Hudson's last season before retiring the 16 year veteran will look to right the ship when he takes the mound again next Saturday against the Braves. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Nick Hundley went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and one run scored in the Rockies 11-2 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Hundley is thoroughly enjoying his season in Coors as all four home runs and 13 of his 15 RBI on the season coming at home. The Rockies have no desire to start Wilin Rosario at catcher which gives Hundley great job security and those that play in daily leagues will want to give him a good hard look when the Rockies are in Coors due to his production. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Nolan Arenado went 4-for-5 with a home run, a triple, four RBI and three runs scored in the Rockies 11-2 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Arenado has struggled average wise this month, hitting just .253 but the home run on Sunday was his fifth of the month and eighth of the season. Arenado had a breakout 2014 where he hit .287 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI but was limited to 111 games due to injury. With a full season of health in 2015 many expect Arenado to take another leap forward to becoming one of baseballs best young third basemen.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Chad Bettis turned in his best performance of the season on Sunday, allowing two earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out seven over 8.1 innings in the Rockies 11-2 win over the Giants.

Bettis was impressive on Sunday which likely had to do with the Rockies offense giving him such a big lead he felt comfortable attacking the strike zone which is something some pitchers struggle with for the fear of giving up runs. Bettis has now made three appearances this season, earning quality starts in his last two and he will look to make it three in a row when he takes the mound next Saturday against the Phillies.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Chris Coghlan went 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored in the Cubs 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The home run was Coghlan's seventh of the season but he is hitting just .208 with a miserable .283 OBP. Coghlan finds himself in a platoon with Junior Lake who hits well against left handed pitching which is something Coghlan struggles with. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Miguel Montero went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Cubs 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Montero hit his fifth home run of the season on Sunday and has had his role even more solidified thanks to the Cubs trading Wellington Castillo who was the third catcher on the Cubs roster. Montero should be starting nearly everyday with the exception coming when Jon Lester is on the mound as David Ross is his personal catcher. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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