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Robinson Cano left Friday's game with a leg injury.

Cano was removed from the game in the inning after a running out a ground ball in the seventh inning aggravated an early incident in which he fouled a ball off of his right foot. This does not appear to be anything serious, so consider him day-to-day moving forward. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Marcus Semien went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored during Friday’s extra-inning loss to the Astros.

Semien tried as hard as he could but his two-run shot in the 11th inning got the A’s close but they just couldn’t catch the Astros after having come back once already in the 10th inning. He’s now got three-straight two-hit games and now has three home runs, 11 RBI and two stolen bases on the season. He’s already a must-start in AL-only play and is gradually becoming a solid play in mixed leagues as well. Analysis: Howard Bender

Scott Kazmir tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts against the Astros on Friday.

Coming into the game, Kazmir was sporting a 10.18 K/9 while the Astros were striking out 27.1-perecent of the time against lefthanders, so his dominance for seven innings should have come as no surprise. He tossed 106 pitches (69 strikes) and just dared the Astros to hit him. He threw 20 of his 29 first pitches for strikes and kept the Astros guessing the entire time. He’s now allowed just three runs over 27 1/3 innings with a 30:9 K:BB so with a match-up against the Angels next week, consider him a must-start. Analysis: Howard Bender

George Springer went 2-for-6 with a double, one RBI and a run scored against the A’s on Friday.

Things have been downright brutal for the once and still-heralded youngster. He’s not delivering the way we had hoped he would by now, but he has hit safely in five of his last six games and has two doubles, one home run, three RBI and two stolen bases in that span. We’d like to see him lock down some multi-hit games so hopefully this little run can serve as a catalyst for bigger and better things to come. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chad Qualls got the third out of the 11th inning to earn the save in the Astros’ 5-4 win over the A’s on Friday.

It was just a brief, one-out save in the 11th inning after closer Luke Gregerson blew the save in the bottom of the 10th inning. Qualls was once a closer but remains in a set-up role for the Astros which is where he’ll stay. The leash on Gregerson will be fairly long so don’t go crazy and think that picking up Qualls is a savvy move to get a closer. Analysis: Howard Bender

Luke Gregerson blew his first save of the season after allowing two runs on three hits with one strikeout over one inning against the A’s on Friday.

Everyone hits a bump in the road and after seven scoreless frames and three saves, it was finally Gregerson’s turn to get knocked around. Not to worry here, fantasy owners, as the leash is fairly long and Gregerson has impressed manager A.J. Hinch with his 0.75 WHIP and 8:1 K:BB over eight innings of work this year. He’ll be back on the hill for the next time the Astros have a save opportunity. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dallas Keuchel settled for a no-decision despite throwing nine scoreless innings against the A’s on Friday. He allowed two hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

It was a phenomenal effort from Keuchel on Friday as he threw 106 pitches (64 strikes) to pitch a full nine innings and induced 15 ground ball outs to help maintain an insane 70-plus percent ground ball rate on the year. He’s doing everything he can to prove that last season was no fluke and should be considered a solid play in both AL-only and mixed league formats. He won’t dazzle you with strikeouts, but he’ll keep the ratios down and work as a productive middle-of-the-rotation starter. He’ll face the Padres in pitcher-friendly Petco Park next week.  Analysis: Howard Bender

David Freese went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored during the Angels’ 3-2 win over the Rangers on Friday.

After a very slow start, Freese has turned it up lately by hitting safely in six of his last seven games with two doubles, one home run and six RBI. He gets hyped at times when people recount playoff stories of his from back in his Cardinals days, but just keep in mind that he doesn’t usually hit for much power and is, more or less, just an average play in fantasy. Analysis: Howard Bender

Huston Street picked up his sixth save after tossing a scoreless ninth with two walks and one strikeout to preserve the Angels’ 3-2 win over the Rangers on Friday.

Street is off to a fantastic start to the season as he’s thrown six scoreless innings this year and has allowed just one hit with an 8:2 K:BB. People will always talk him down due to an injury history in his past, but he’s 100-percent locked in as the Angels closer and is a must-start in all formats. Analysis: Howard Bender

Garrett Richards earned his first win of the season after allowing two runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts over seven innings against the Rangers on Friday.

While he still walked three batters, Richards posted a much better pitching line here in his second start of the season. It took him 100 pitches to labor through five frames in his first start and he needed just 98 (67 strikes) to get through seven here. He did a great job of just pounding the strike zone and induced 12 ground ball outs. There don’t appear to be any lingering effects from his knee injury at the moment and he should be a solid option moving forward. He faces the A’s in pitcher-friendly Oakland next week so keep him active. Analysis: Howard Bender

Wandy Rodriguez allowed just one run on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts over five innings against the Angels on Friday.

Sigh. He’s like that bad penny you just can’t get rid of, no matter how hard you try. Just when you think Major League teams have had enough of him and his boring mediocrity, someone goes and brings good ol’ Wandy back from the dead. It’s difficult to imagine that he’ll last long with the Rangers, especially with the number of home runs he normally allows, but consider this the warning to stay away. This start may not look bad on the surface, but it’s just setting you up for something downright horrible in the future. He’ll get another start next week against the Mariners, but we cannot, in good conscience, recommend using him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Monta Ellis scored 34 points with two rebounds, nine assists and three steals the Mavericks 130-128 loss to the Rockets on Friday to fall down 3-0 in their Western Conference playoff matchup.

Ellis is averaging 24.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.3 three-pointers per game this series as the Rockets have nobody to really contain him but unless the Mavericks themselves can play some defense they are likely to get swept this series. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points with eight rebounds, four assists and one block in the Mavericks 130-128 loss to the Rockets on Friday to fall down 3-0 in their Western Conference playoff matchup.

As many had expected Dirk has stepped his game up in the playoffs as he is averaging 22.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 three-pointers per game. The Mavericks lack a big that can defend the perimeter which should allow Drik to continue to have big nights but unless the MAvericks can controll James Harden they could be going home following Game 4. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

James Harden scored a game high 42 points with five rebounds, nine assists and one steal in the Rockets 130-128 win over the Mavericks to take a 3-0 series lead in their Western Conference playoff matchup.

Harden is averaging 30.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 2.3 three-pointers per game this series against the Mavericks and has been the key reason to the Rockets 3-0 lead in the series. Mavericks lack the defensive capability to stop Harden so they will have to just hope he goes cold if they plan on coming back this series. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Dwight Howard registered a double-double on Friday, scoring 13 points with 26 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the Rockets 130-128 win over the Mavericks to take a 3-0 series lead in their Western Conference playoff matchup.

Howard is averaging 17.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in the Rockets three games this series as he's making a clear impact. Baring a miraculous comeback the Rockets should win this and with both Howard and Harden playing at the top of their game the Rockets will make for a tough opponent next round. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Justin Smoak went 1-for-1 with a solo home run in the Blue Jays 12-3 loss to the Rays on Friday.

Smoak hit a pinch hit home run for the Blue Jays on Friday in their blowout loss. The home run was his second of the season but given his limited playing time, primarily as a bench player there is little fantasy value here. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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