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James Loney had a big night at the plate Tuesday as he went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored in the win over the Cardinals.

Loney doesn't have the power that you want out of a first baseman, but he is a solid contributor in other categories. There are certainly far worse options out there.ANALYST: David Kerr

Ray McDonald has been cleared by NFL in one of two cases.

Apparently there was not sufficient evidence to charge McDonald for the Domestic Violence charge that's been lingering over him since last season. The other charge is a sexual assault charge, which is still being investigated. It's unclear whether or not McDonald will actually miss any time during the upcoming season.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

The Orioles have signed Brandon Snyder to a minor league deal. He's expected to be assigned to Double-A Bowie.

The Orioles drafted Snyder 13th overall in the now famous 2005 MLB draft. He hasn't played in the major leagues since 2013, when he appeared in 27 games for the Red Sox. The Orioles plucked him from an independent ball team and he's expected to function as organizational depth. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Roenis Elias struck out six in 5 2/3 innings while giving up two runs on six hits and three walks in the Mariners' 4-2 loss to the Twins.

Elias made his first start of 2015, filling in for Hisashi Iwakuma, who will be out for the next month and more. He was battling for the fifth spot in the rotation until losing to Taijuan Walker so you know he has the quality to be a big league pitcher. It might be a good idea to play the wait-and-see approach until the sample size grows for Elias before making a move for him on the wire. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Seth Smith went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in the Mariners' 4-2 loss to the Twins.

Smith's first blast opened his Mariners' account with a 408-feet blast to right. He splits time in the outfield as Seattle is going with the platoon approach, but if can get hot, Smith might start stealing more of at-bats as his power is something that can't be ignored. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Glen Perkins grabs his fifth save of the season with a strikeout in the eleventh inning as Minnesota beat Seattle, 4-2.

Perkins is off to a great start, picking up his fifth save already, albeit on a bad team (5-of-8 wins). He strikes out batters and keeps a good ERA, limiting his bad outings so he will be a good option heading forward. If he can stay healthy, Perkins has a shot at being a top-10 closer this year. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Joe Mauer went 3-for-5, falling a homer short of the cycle, to go with three RBI and a walk in the Twins' 4-2 win over the Mariners.

Mauer picked up two of his four total extra base hits of the season, including his first triple as he drove in three of the four Twins runs in an extra innings win. He's not the best option at first base as he lacks true power, but his average never seems to dwindle and is needed to have any fantasy value in deep leagues. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Kyle Gibson went seven strong innings giving up two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in the Twins' 4-2 win over the Mariners.

Gibson is the definition of a pitch to contact pitcher, as he doesn't miss too many bats. He got 14 ground-balls to four fly-balls, a good sign for owners of the Twins' pitcher in deep leagues. He might be worth a stream once in awhile, but his contact rate makes him a stay-away scenario. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Alexi Amarista hit a solo homer, his first of the season, as he went 1-for-3 in the Padres' 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

The soft-hitting shortstop found his power stroke on Sunday, notching his first homer and second RBI of the season. Don't expect too much from Amarista on the offensive side as he sits in the eight spot in the line-up and isn't going to truly produce in any fantasy relevant categories. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Derek Norris went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in the Padres' 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

Norris' homer was his first in Padres' color as he slid down to the sixth spot in the line-up, even though he is raking at .324 clip. The Padres' move to get Norris this off-season is working out as the beard has an .835 OPS to go with ten extra-base hits and 11 RBI. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Craig Kimbrel struck out two on the way to his sixth save in the Padres' 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

The dominant closer picked up his sixth save of the season with a perfect ninth and continues to get opportunities as the Padres look to contend in the West. After two straight appearances giving up a run, Kimbrel's quiet ninth is business as usual. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Brandon Morrow grabbed his first win of the 2015 season going seven innings and giving up one run on five hits while striking out four in the Padres' 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

Morrow's comeback trail continues to improve with his third quality start in four games after a tough game last week. He picked up his first win of the season by shutting down the Dodgers over seven innings. He improves to a 19:6 K/BB with a 1.04 WHIP and a .234 BAA. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Alex Guerrero hit his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot, while going 2-for-3 as Los Angeles fell to San Diego, 3-1.

At this point, Guerrero has made his point and manager Don Mattingly just needs to keep the youngster in the line-up. He has an OPS over 1.200 and has five homers in just 22 AB and a homer in his last three games with an AB. It is time to pick him up if he's around on your waiver wire and hope the Dodgers wake up and play him full time. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Cardinals are likely to replace Adam Wainwright from within the organization rather than through a trade after suffering a potential season-ending Achilles injury.

The best bet is a platoon of pitchers to start until either Marco Gonzales or Jaime Garcia are healthy to start and take over the job in the rotation. A tough blow for a contender, St. Louis has always been rumored to be in the hunt for Cole Hamels, but it appears they will look internally first. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Scott Baker went seven strong innings giving up three runs on four hits while striking out six in the Dodgers' 3-1 loss to the Padres.

An uncharacteristically good start from Baker, who has struggled since his Twins' days. He filled in well for Brandon McCarthy who had his start skipped with elbow troubles. At this point, it is still safe to skip on Baker until he is able to to still put together a couple of good starts. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Multiple teams around the league have Kevin Johnson as the top cornerback on the draft board heading into this week's NFL Draft.

The youngster out of Wake Forest won't be taken until the middle/late part of the first round anyways, but he appears to be peaking at the right time. In the Pro Football talk mock draft, they have Johnson falling to the Chiefs at pick 18 and in for a nice payday as the top corner in the draft. Analysis: Rob Trayah

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