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Cole Hamels was claimed on revocable trade waivers by an unidentified club. Phillies have 48 hours to work out a trade or pull him back.

Let the rumor mill begin! Mentions of the Yankees and Dodgers are a standard given the salary demands, but the Angels, Indians and Giants are also very distinct possibilities. We'll track this drama like ESPN does a Brett Favre retirement story.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI and a couple of runs scored in Sunday’s 5-2 victory versus the Reds.

After struggling mightily through the first couple of weeks, Montero has picked things up at the plate during the second half of April. The veteran catcher is 6-for-19 with three homers, six RBI and four runs scored over his last seven games. He should certainly be owned in pretty much all N.L. Only leagues as well as some deeper mixed formats. Analysis: Nate Miller

Hector Rondon picked up a save in Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Reds, allowing one hit while striking out two during a scoreless ninth inning.

Rondon notched his fourth save of the season Sunday afternoon, as the hard-throwing righty has now converted all but one of his chances so far while allowing just two earned runs on nine hits and a walk over 10 innings this season. Rondon should remain a steady source of saves for fantasy owners. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jake Arrieta turned in six solid innings during Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Reds, surrendering two earned runs on four hits and three walks while collecting six strikeouts.

Arrieta put the finishing touches on a fantastic month with Sundays effort, as the 29-year-old righty now sports a 3-1 record to go along with a 2.03 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 over four starts on the season. After an impressive and somewhat unforeseen breakout in 2014 for the Cubs, Arrieta appears to be carrying things over into this season. He will look to keep it going Saturday afternoon against the Brewers.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Todd Frazier went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Cubs.

Frazier has now hit safely in 7-of-8 games for the Reds, going 9-for-30 with two homers and a couple of doubles. The All-Star third baseman slammed 29 home runs and swiped 20 bases during his 2014 breakout, making him one of the leagues best fantasy options at the hot corner. He may never reach 20 steals again, but Frazier seems well on his way to another highly productive season. Analysis: Nate Miller

Anthony DeSclafani worked five innings in Sunday’s 5-2 loss against the Cubs, allowing five runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out five.

DeSclafani began the 2015 campaign with three straight sensational outings. The young righty might have made it four straight with some better defensive support from the Reds. Even still, he has given up just three earned runs on 14 hits and six walks while racking up 21 strikeouts across 26 innings to this point. DeSclafani should be deployed in virtually every fantasy format possible for his upcoming start in Atlanta on Friday night. Analysis: Nate Miller

Oakland Athletics SP Jesse Chavez is now in the starting rotation, taking the place of SP Kendall Graveman.

Chavez can give you league average-ish strikeout and walk rates and decent run prevention thanks to a good defense and good home ballpark. He's worth adding in deeper leagues, and he warrants streaming consideration in shallower leagues. Analysis: Brett Talley

David Robertson recorded his third save while allowing two hits and striking out against Kansas City on Sunday.

Robertson has 17 strikeouts and just one walk in eight innings. His relatively low save total so far is in no way his fault. He's a stud. Analysis: Brett Talley

Bradley Beal will start Sunday night for the Wizards.

Beal was involved in a collision in Friday night's game. It appears he's good to go in Game 4 against the Raptors. Analysis: Brett Talley

Conor Gillaspie went 1-for-3 with two RBI against Kansas City on Sunday.

Gordon Beckham has played a bit at third base, but Gillaspie is still playing too much. He’s hitting just .205 despite a relatively normal BABIP of .281. He strikes out a ton and doesn’t walk much. Chicago needs to figure something else out at the hot corner. Analysis: Brett Talley

Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against the White Sox on Sunday.

Gordon’s BABIP is a little low so far, but he’s still hitting line drives at a good rate, so that should improve. As for his power, this was his second home run of the year and fourth extra base hit. Now over 30 years old, you wonder if Gordon might slip a bit from the 20 home run range. Analysis: Brett Talley

John Danks allowed three runs and five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in six innings against Kansas City on Sunday.

This is a very good start by Danks’ standards, but that should tell you his standards are low. He has 5.64 ERA and 4.40 xFIP, so he’s someone to avoid. Even in a good matchup at Minnesota next Friday, Danks isn’t worth consideration. Analysis: Brett Talley

Edinson Volquez allowed five runs (one earned) with two walks and six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings against the White Sox on Sunday.

Thanks to the unearned runs, Volquez’s ERA remains under 2.00 for the year. He’s also had some good fortune this year on balls in play with a .228 BABIP. But he does have 23 strikeouts to five walks, and he’s inducing groundballs at a decent clip. He has a good defense behind him and a good home ball park, so he’s useful, if as nothing more than a streamer. But his next outing against Detroit probably isn’t the best time to use him. Analysis: Brett Talley

Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored against the Indians on Saturday.

If you had a top pick in your draft and passed on Cabrera due to injury concerns, you’re likely kicking yourself right now as he is slashing .377/.463/.580 with three home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored. He’s even kicked in a stolen base for good measure. He remains an elite option and there are absolutely no lingering effects from the ankle injury that plagued him throughout the offseason. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4 with one RBI, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base during the Tigers’ 8-6 win over the Indians on Saturday.

That’s now three-straight two-hit games for Kinsler who continues to perform at a high level. He hasn’t gone deep yet, but he’s still slashing .307/.369/.387 with 10 RBI, 15 runs scored and three stolen bases. He’s a must-start at second base in all formats. Analysis: Howard Bender

Before exiting the game with a noticeable limp, Rajai Davis went 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored against the Indians on Saturday.

Davis pulled up lame with a groin injury which couldn’t have come at a worse time. He added another three hits to his total in this one and had already received back-to-back starts against right-handers due to his recent level of play, squeezing Anthony Gose for playing time. He’ll be re-examined Monday morning, but you should probably consider him day-to-day and questionable for the Tigers’ next game. Analysis: Howard Bender

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