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Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) is outperforming rookie QB Johnny Manziel so far in camp, and the starting quarterback job has been Hoyer's job to lose.

If Hoyer wasn't outplaying Manziel, then we'd have something to report...and worry about. As it is, Hoyer will open the season as the starting quarterback and unless he completely falls apart, should remains so all season. The club could make a change midway through the year if things have just gotten away from them, but only if it's really going to benefit Manziel's development.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs during Tuesday night’s 2-0 victory versus the Rays.

Betts basically provided the entirety of the offense in Tuesdays contest between the Red Sox and Rays. Following a bit of a skid through the middle of April, the young center fielder has really stepped things up at the plate over the last eight games. During that span, Betts has gone 11-for-33 with five doubles, two homers, eight RBI and six runs scored. Analysis: Nate Miller

Koji Uehara recorded a save in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over the Rays, retiring the side in order during the top of the ninth inning.

Uehara made quick work of the Rays to close out Tuesdays contest. The 40-year-old closer is now 5-for-5 in converting his save opportunities so far on the season, pitching to a nice 2.45 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 11-to-0 K/BB ratio in the process. Analysis: Nate Miller

Rick Porcello worked seven shutout innings during Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Rays, surrendering eight hits and no walks while collecting six strikeouts.

Following a couple of lackluster outings versus a tough Orioles offense, Porcello has been brilliant over his last two starts. During that brief span, the Red Sox righty has allowed just one earned run on 10 hits and two walks while recording a dozen punchouts across 14 innings. It seems safe to assume that Porcello is settling in with Boston after six seasons with the Tigers. He is slated to be back on the bump Monday night in Oakland. Analysis: Nate Miller

Drew Smyly turned in six strong innings in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to the Red Sox, giving up one run on just two hits and two walks while striking out six.

Smyly put together another excellent effort for the Rays, but was a tough-luck loser versus the Red Sox on Tuesday night. The young lefty had a bit of a late start to the campaign due to a shoulder issue and did not make his first start until April 24th. However, he seems to be experiencing no lingering effects, as Smyly now holds a 2.70 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 21-to-3 K/BB ratio across 16 2/3 innings. His next start is scheduled for Sunday afternoon against the Rangers. Analysis: Nate Miller

George Springer will not play Wednesday and will undergo a number of tests and is being checked for concussion-like symptoms.

This is an update from a previous blurb on Springer leaving Tuesday night's game after crashing into the right field wall. It would not be a surprise if he missed more than just Wednesday's game. Analysis: Brett Talley

Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, four RBI and one run scored against the Indians on Tuesday.

Hosmer has three hits in last two games and he is showing that he is a complete fantasy player. He now has 19 RBI, 16 runs scored, four home runs and two stolen bases on the year. Continue starting Hosmer daily in your lineup. Analysis: Colby Conway

Wade Davis allowed one hit while striking out one in his only inning of work to earn his sixth save of the year on Tuesday against the Indians.

While he managed his sixth save of the year in this one, Greg Holland will be activated tomorrow, pushing Davis back to a setup role. Davis will remain a valuable fantasy option because he is going to get his innings and produce, but the saves will be few and far between. Analysis: Colby Conway

The Royals have optioned pitcher Yohan Pino to Triple-A Omaha to make room for Greg Holland.

Pino has faced 39 batters so far this year and has yet to issue a walk or give up a run. Unfortunately, he's not used in high leverage situations, so he has no fantasy value even if he gets called back up. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jason Vargas allowed two earned runs on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings against the Indians on Tuesday.

Other than the command and minimal strikeout output, the only real knock on Vargas is that he fails to get deep into games. Tonight’s start was only the second time this season that he made it through six innings of work. Albeit he has a 3-1 record, his 5.26 ERA is less than appealing to fantasy owners, or at least it should be. He will take the mound on Sunday against a powerful Detroit offense. It might be best not to choose Vargas for that start. Analysis: Colby Conway

Michael Brantley went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two RBI and one run scored against the Royals on Tuesday.

Brantley is riding a hot streak right now, seeing as he is in the midst of a five-game hit streak. He now has two home runs on the season and he is resembling the player he was in 2014. If you have Brantley on your team, you should continue to start him on a daily basis. Analysis: Colby Conway

Danny Salazar allowed four earned runs on five hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings on Tuesday against the Royals.

Even though he earned the loss in this game, he pitched well. His nine strikeouts make up for the four earned runs and it was nice to see him get through seven after his shaky start. Salazar should stick in this rotation and he has one of the more powerful arms in the MLB. Control has always been an issue, but he has been pretty exceptional thus far, registering a 37:5 K/BB ratio in 26 innings. His next start will come on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. Analysis: Colby Conway

X-Rays on Jeff Samardzija's forearm came back negative after being hit with a come-backer Tuesday night.

This is obviously good news for The Shark. It seems possible he'll be able to make his next start, but we'll update you when we know more. Analysis: Brett Talley

Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) says he felt pain underneath his right shoulder blade before exiting his start Tuesday.

The updates keep rolling in for Strasburg on Tuesday night, and none of them are good. There's still nothing definitive on his status, but some time missed seems likely at this point. Analysis: Brett Talley

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