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Chris Paul told ESPN that sitting out is a real possibility if Donald Sterling remains the owner at start of season.

This is a tough situation to evaluate. On the surface, I appreciate that Paul would stick to his principles, but at the end of the day, it's hard to believe that will be the case. If Sterling is still the owner when the season begins, it will be intriguing to see how this issue is resolved. Hopefully Sterling will just exit as he should and not cause much controversy as he heads out the door.ANALYST: David Kerr

Update: Kyle Blanks underwent surgery Saturday to remove a pilonidal cyst from his lower back.

The surgery will keep Blanks out of baseball activities for at least a few days. The DL stint is the seventh of his dating back to 2007.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Jose Abreu was 0-for-4 on Saturday ending his seventeen game hitting streak.

During his seventeen hitting streak, Jose Abreu hit .318 and was only four short of his career high set last year in his rookie campaign. But he is now hitting .283 on the season and has fallen short on the power numbers so far this year. Abreu is hitting more ground balls (49.1%) this year yet his home run to fly ball ratio has fallen nine percentage points from 26.9 in 2014 to 17.1 this season. Since the whole offense has struggled, it is exacerbated when their best hitter is not hitting on all cylinders either. Abreu is solid, but maybe not worthy of the first round status he achieved after one season in the majors.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Rays will recall RHP Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Durham.

It's unclear what role Guilmet will have in the Ray's bullpen, but he doesn't have any fantasy value for the time being. He owned a 5.40 ERA in 3 1/3 innings of work with AAA Durham this season. Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Adam Eaton was 2-for-4 with a run scored, a triple and an RBI on Saturday against the Twins.

Adam Eaton has been a bit of a disappointment for fantasy purposes so far this year but he has been scoring runs for the White Sox. But hitting .236 on the season with a .281 BABIP is not close to his career .324 number and Eaton needs to be on base more to spark this offense. He has scored twenty runs but has only stolen one base in three attempts and has yet to be the player that many thought was capable after being acquired from Arizona. If the White Sox are going to score more runs, Eaton has to improve not only his batting average, but his steal conversions as well. Until then he is better left on mixed league benches unless you are desperate for runs. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Hunter Pence is not in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the Giants doubleheader Saturday.

Bochy is likely just resting Pence, who recently returned from a broken left forearm. The Giants are undefeated since Pence's return from the disabled list.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Chris Sale took the loss on Saturday pitching eight innings giving up five hits, four runs (three earned), one walk and striking out ten against the Twins.

Other than the two home runs allowed to Torii Hunter and Eduardo Nunez, it is difficult to find fault with Chris Sale who struck out ten Twins and only gave up five runs in a one run loss at home. This continues his improved pitching as his last 24 innings pitched have produced 28 strikeouts with a 2.25 ERA over that time but he is just 1-1 in those outings. If his owner is frustrated, now is a good time to target him going forward as his career FIP is 3.04 so his present 4.21 ERA has some positive regression to the mean on the way. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Glen Perkins tallied his sixteenth save in 2015 pitching an inning giving up a hit and a walk but no earned runs on Saturday to preserve the 4-3 win for Minnesota.

Glen Perkins saved his sixteenth game in as many attempts on Saturday. Perkins has been rock solid in 2015 and his elite strikeout to walk ratio of 21:2 is a reason why. With a 1.33 ERA and 1.99 FIP, Perkins could be on his way to another All Star appearance this year but he is always an underrated closer in drafts.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Torii Hunter was 1-for-4 with his seventh home run on Saturday off of Chris Sale.

Torii Hunter was able to muscle up his seventh home run on Saturday against Chris Sale which resulted in his 25th RBI on the season. With his average at .280 for the season and garnering counting statistics, Hunter has made himself mixed league relevant with his revival in Minnesota. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Trevor May won his third game pitching six innings giving up six hits, three earned runs while striking out nine in Chicago on Saturday.

Ending up one strikeout short of his career high of 10, which was also in Chicago versus the White Sox on September 14th last year, Trevor May won his third game with nine strikeouts and zero walks on Saturday afternoon. Although his ERA is 4.95 his FIP is 2.99 and his xFIP is 3.87 so the underlying statistics seem to think May should have better results to this point. May is a buy low with risk but his strikeout potential makes him a home stream option at the least and mixed league relevant if he can hold these gains for going forward. Time will tell. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Anthony Varvaro's has a torn flexor tendon in his pitching arm.

Varvaro is electing to go under the knife to repair the flexor tendon, ending his 2015 campaign early. The operation is scheduled for Tuesday and rehab time is expected to be roughly six months.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

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