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Since July 1, Astros DH Chris Carter is the only player in the majors with more home runs than Yankees Brett Gardner.

Oh the blessings of good health and playing half your games in the Little League park they call Yankee Stadium. Gardner has belted eight home runs while hitting .278 (27-for-97) since July 1, including Sunday's 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, one walk and one run scored performance as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox on Sunday night baseball.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday’s 3-0 win versus the Brewers.

Peralta is in a nice groove at the plate, going 6-for-17 with a homer and a double during his current four-game hitting streak. The veteran shortstop put together a nice first season in St. Louis during 2014, and is off to a good start in year number two, batting .317 with seven extra-base hits through 15 games. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jason Heyward went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday’s 3-0 win over the Brewers.

Heyward has not been overly impressive in the box so far this season, as he currently sports a .212/.224/.364 triple slash through 15 games. However, he has hit in three straight for the Cardinals, going 4-for-14 with a homer. Fantasy owners should be patient with Heyward, as he can be a really streaky hitter that is a mainstay in the lineup due to his elite, Gold-Glove caliber defense in right field.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Trevor Rosenthal picked up the save in Friday’s 3-0 win against the Brewers, striking out one batter while retiring the side in order during the bottom of the ninth inning.

Rosenthal continues to dominate during the late innings here in the early going of 2015. The rocket-armed righty has allowed just one run on two hits and four walks across 8 2/3 innings while converting all seven of his save opportunities thus far.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Carlos Martinez worked seven scoreless frames in Friday’s 3-0 victory over the Brewers, giving up four hits and two walks while racking up eight strikeouts.

Martinez is finally living up to the hype, as the young right-hander is getting better with every start. Over 20 innings so far this season, the 23 year old has allowed just three earned runs on 11 hits while putting up an impressive 21-to-7 K/BB ratio. In other words, Martinez is dominating the competition. He will look to keep this run going Wednesday night versus the light-hitting Phillies. Analysis: Nate Miller

Matt Garza pitched six innings in Friday’s 3-0 loss to the Cardinals, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks while collecting six strikeouts.

Garza pitched fairly well in Friday nights outing, but unfortunately for him, the Brewers offense was completely stifled by Cardinals pitching. The veteran righty has been anything but consistent over his first four starts of 2015, and a lack of control has been the main culprit. Garza has issued 11 free passes while giving up 28 hits across 22 2/3 innings to this point, resulting in an ugly 1.72 WHIP. Fridays outing could be a step in the right direction, however, as he gets set for start number five of the season Wednesday afternoon in Cincinnati.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Erasmo Ramirez will start Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Ramirez has been absolutely hammered this season, but with the Rays' pitching staff still ravaged by injuries, the 24-year-old righty will get another start. Ramirez has been tagged for 15 earned runs over just 6 1/3 innings in 2015. Analysis: Nate Miller

Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a double and a run on Friday night against his former Yankees club

Granderson was happy to be back in his old stomping grounds on Friday night, as he went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and made a few impressive defensive plays out in right field. He has started out rather cold at the dish on the season (.222) so his two hits were encouraging, but what has been impressive so far this year is his great plate discipline. He is not the power hitter that he once was, but he might be making some strides in transforming his game into a more patient hitter.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jacob deGrom gave up six runs (3 HR's) over five innings in Friday night loss vs NYY

deGrom got welcomed to the Bronx on Friday night, as he gave up almost half as many home runs (3) as he did all of last season (7). That short porch in right did not treat the young right-hander so well, as Tex tagged him twice and Ellsbury got to him once. deGrom is a young pitcher with great stuff and a ton of confidence, so expect him to bounce back from what I will call a reality check.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5 with a home run on Friday night vs the Mets

Ellsbury has been pretty good this season so far, batting .294 with a .385 on base percentage. He clubbed his first home run of the season on Friday night against the Mets, which is a good sign, but don’t take this as an indication that he will return to his 2011 form where he hit 32 round trippers.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Mark Teixeria went 2-for-4 with two home runs and 4 RBI on Friday night vs the Mets

Tex was locked in on Friday night, as he refused to allow deGrom to get a fastball by him. Both of his home runs were balls that he turned on and launched into the second deck of the house that Jeter built. Of his 12 hits on the year, seven of them are home runs. He may not be hitting for average, but Tex is certainly making the most of his contact by slugging at a high clip. Going forward understand that his average won’t be there, but his power surge is an encouraging sign.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Steve Tolleson was designated for assignment Friday.

The Blue Jays needed to make room on the roster for outfielder Michael Saunders' return to action, so Tolleson has been chosen as the odd man out in Toronto. Analysis: Nate Miller

Michael Pineda allowed one run and struck out seven across 7 2/3 innings in a win vs the Mets on Friday night.

Pineda was dominant on Friday night in the Bronx, as he stifled the Mets red-hot bats to the tune of one run and seven strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings, while throwing and astounding 78 strikes out of his 100 total pitches. He really found his offspeed pitches, by locating his slider for strikes and diving his change up low and out of the zone. Hopefully he can keep this type of form going forward, as Pineda is critical to the Yankees potential success.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Yadier Molina (chest) was taken out of Friday's game against the Brewers for precautionary reasons and is considered day-to-day.

It does not seem that there is much to see here, as Molina is considered day-to-day and will likely be out just this weekend at the very most.  Analysis: Nate Miller

J.J. Hardy (shoulder) may play for Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday night depending on how well his morning batting practice session goes.

Hardy is targeting a return to the Orioles lineup by the end of the month, so whether or not he is able to play in Saturday's games should shine a light on how close the veteran shortstop is to being back in Baltimore.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Rays optioned RHP Jose Dominguez to Triple-A Durham.

Dominguez has pitched well during three appearances out of the Rays' bullpen so far this season, giving up two hits and walks while striking out three across 4 1/3 scoreless innings. He has a chance to be back in the bigs soon. Analysis: Nate Miller

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