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Players named to the Vegas Summer League First-Team: Doug McDermott & Tony Snell (Chi); Otto Porter & Glen Rice Jr (Was); Donatas Motiejunas (Hou).

Read this somewhere and not sure if it is humorous or a question of deep morality, but quick compare McDermott to a non-white player. While you ponder that I will point out that he was the only member of the 2014 draft class to be selected to the first-team and one of just four to make either the first or second All-Vegas Summer League team. Dougie McBuckets finished his five games averaging 18 points on 44.2% shooting from the field and an even better percentage from long-distance at 44.4% while missing just one of his 23 free throws to go with a per game average of four boards and almost three assists numbers that would make Kyle Korver proud. Oh wait, he's white, so how about Sam Perkins?ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Derek Dietrich went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Marlins 8-3 loss to the Padres on Friday.

Dietrich launched his sixth home run of the season on Friday to go with 15 runs, eight RBI and a .273 average of 38 games this season. Dietrich is really enjoying a solid month of July where he is hitting .302 with eight runs, three home runs and three RBI. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Christian Yelich went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored in the Marlins 8-3 loss to the Padres on Friday.

Yelich is enjoying another solid month of production after a slow start to the season as he’s hitting, .319 with 11 runs, two home runs, 10 RBI and four stolen bases during July. Overall on the year Yelich is hitting .269 with 35 runs, six home runs, 25 RBI and 10 stolen bases as he continues to give glimpses of the fantasy darling he has the potential to turn into. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

David Phelps allowed three earned runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two over five innings in the Marlins 8-3 loss to the Padres on Friday.

Phelps continues to pitch fairly well for the Marlins despite never totally dazzling on the mound. He took a no decision on Friday and for the season owns a 4-7 record with a 3.93 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jedd Gyorko went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the Padres 8-3 win over the Marlins on Friday.

Gyorko has now notched multi-hit efforts in three straight games for the Padres following his three hit effort on Friday night. Gyorko was demoted in to Triple-A in early June due to poor play but since his call up one June 30th he is hitting .264 with three runs, three home runs and 10 RBI. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Will Venable went 3-for-6 with one RBI, one run scored and one stolen base in the Padres 8-3 win over the Marlins on Friday.

Venable continues to fill in admirably for the injured Wil Myers as his three hit effort raised his average to .256 to go with 32 runs, six home runs, 25 RBI and eight stolen bases for the Padres this year. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Ian Kennedy allowed two earned runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five over seven innings in the Padres 8-3 win over the Marlins on Friday.

Kennedy was in line for the win before watching his bullpen blow the lead in the ninth inning. Nonetheless he picked up a quality start and lowered his season ERA to 4.44 while going 6-9 with 94 strikeouts over 103.1 innings this year. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-4 with three doubles, one RBI and a couple of runs scored during Friday’s 5-4 win over the Reds.

With July now in the books, Kang has to be on the short list of N.L. Player of the Month candidates. The Korean-born infielder has simply been unconscious at the dish, fashioning a .379 batting average with eight doubles, three homers, two triples, nine RBI and 18 runs scored across 25 games in July. Analysis: Nate Miller

Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday’s 5-4 win over the Reds.

Heads up fantasy baseball world, McCutchen is beginning to heat up again. The 2013 N.L. MVP has gone 6-for-13 with two homers, five RBI and five runs scored during the past three games. With matchups against Cincinnati hurlers Raisel Iglesias and Dylan Axelrod coming up over the next couple of days, daily players should be looking McCutchens way. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mark Melancon picked up a save in Friday’s 5-4 victory versus the Reds, working around two hits and a walk during a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning.

May 11th was the last time that Melancon gave up an earned run. In other words, the All-Star closer has simply been lights out at the back end of the Pirates bullpen. Melancon flirted with disaster in Friday nights contest, but escaped unscathed. The 30-year-old righty has now converted 33-of-34 save opportunities on the year while posting an extremely impressive 1.29 ERA and 0.99 WHIP across 48 2/3 innings. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jeff Locke tossed five innings in Friday’s 5-4 win over the Reds, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks while collecting five strikeouts.

Locke has been about as mediocre as it gets over three outings since the Midsummer Classic, but did just enough to earn his sixth victory of the season Friday night. The 27-year-old lefty has posted a 5.19 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 13-to-8 K/BB ratio across 17 1/3 innings so far in the second half. Locke will face the Cubs on Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh. Analysis: Nate Miller

Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in Friday night’s 5-4 loss to the Pirates.

Byrd came into the series versus the Pirates in a bit of funk at the plate, but he has harassed the pitching staff of one of his former clubs over the past two days. Byrd has gone 5-for-10 with two homers and a double through the first half of this four-game set. Analysis: Nate Miller

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