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As expected, Rob Gronkowski is back at practice on Sunday.

Gronk is coming off a season-ending MCL-ACL tear. He's proclaimed himself ready-to-go for the beginning of the season, but the compilation of back, knee and collarbone issues he's had over the last few seasons make him a risky proposition in fantasy drafts, but a high-upside one to be sure. ANALYST:

Andrew Quarless has reported to camp and is in pads taking part in Saturday's practice. Quarless had not participated because of a serious family situation.

The Packers were unsure of Quarless' status going into training camp because of a family issue. It seems as if Quarless has reported to camp and is ready to go, stunning all of the Packers. This is a good sign as he can now get reps in with the first team and be ready for the season.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Dominique Easley (knee) has been removed off the PUP list and is at Saturday's practice.

Easley should get some reps in at training camp and is expected to be included on the regular season roster.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

LHP Matt Moore Saturday makes his sixth start since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery, feeling he is improving each time and hoping to have his pitch count extended from 80 to 100 pitches.

Moore has been shaky in his outings since returning from Tommy John which was expected. In 5 starts since returning he is 1-2 with a 7.61 ERA. It looks like the Rays are giving him the green light to go out and pitch with no restrictions so these next few starts will show us how the arm is doing.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

RHP Steve Geltz is most likely to inherit Kevin Jepsen's high-leverage innings.

After shipping Kevin Jepsen out of town at the trade deadline, Geltz will now be the main inning eater for the Rays. Jepsen was having a fantastic season for the Rays and Geltz has some big shoes to fit in.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

An MRI revealed that Corey Dickerson suffered non-displaced fractures of two ribs.

Dickerson went all out for a live drive on Thursday and it ends up putting him on the disabled list. Dickerson fractured two of his ribs and will be out quite some time. He has had an injury plagued season to this point and it seems like he won't have much time to make up for it once healthy.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Rays option OF Mikie Mahtook back to Triple-A Durham.

Just one day after being called up to the big leagues, Mahtook finds himeself back in the minors. He will most likely finish the year down in Triple-A.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Alex Guerrero went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and one run score against the Angels on Friday.

Guerrero was give the start for the second time in three days on Friday night and made the most if it as he managed to hit his first home run of the second half. With Justin Turner on the disabled list, Guerrero should continue to see regular at-bats at the hot corner which makes him a solid add in deep league formats for those in need of some added power in their starting lineups.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Howie Kendrick went 1-for-4 connecting on his eighth home run of the season against the Angels on Friday.

Kendrick is now slashing .287/.335/.405 with eight home runs, 43 RBI and 48 runs scored through 383 at-bats as he continues to thrive in his first year with the Dodgers. Although it would be nice to see more power production, as long as he continues to get on-base at a high clip he should see plenty of run scoring opportunities batting second in the Dodgers' lineup. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kenley Jansen earned his 18th save of the season despite allowing one run on one hit in the ninth inning against the Angels on Friday.

Jansen served up a home run to Mike Trout in the ninth inning, but was able to preserve the lead for the Dodgers on Friday night. Although he worked out of the inning Jansen has now allowed at least one run in three of his last five appearances so hopefully for his fantasy owners he will be able to stop the bleeding next time on the mound.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Zack Greinke allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out eight batters over eight innings against the Angels on Friday.

Greinke continues to be one of the best pitchers to own this season as he is now sitting 10-2 with a 1.41 ERA, 0.83 WHIP an a 128:25 K:BB rate through 21 starts. Despite his scoreless innings streak ending in his last start, Greinke owners have very little to worry about, considering opposing hitter own a mere .186 BAA against him through 146 1/3 innings. He will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Phillies on Thursday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Hector Santiago coughed up five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three batters over five innings against the Dodgers on Friday.

Santiago logged his worst start in 10 games on Friday night as he managed to serve up two home runs and five runs through five innings. However, the Angels' hurler is still sitting 7-5 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a 115:39 K:BB rate through 20 starts, so fantasy owners should consider this start just a bump in the road. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Indians on Wednesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Mike Trout went 3-for-4 connecting on his 32nd home run of the season with three RBI against the Dodgers on Friday.

Trout continues to make his case for AL MVP as he is now slashing .317/.407/.642 with 32 home runs, 67 RBI, 76 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. Considering he ranks in the top five in most hitting categories among the American League, his torrid pace doesn't seem like it will be going away anytime soon.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kendall Graveman allowed just one run (unearned) on five hits and two walks while striking out six batters over 6 2/3 innings against the Indians on Friday.

Despite ending his three-game losing streak, Graveman was unable to get back in the win column on Friday night as his bullpen was unable to secure a lead. He is now sitting 6-7 with a 3.84 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and a 63:34 K:BB rate through 17 starts which is respectable, but a drop in walks would certainly do him some good down the stretch. He will look for his first win of the second half when he takes on the Orioles on Wednesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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