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Mets have released Chris Young.

After being designated for assignment last week, the Mets have officially released Young, who was hitting .205 with eight home runs and 28 RBI through 245 at-bats.Although he has been able to provide his team's with both power and speed over the years, he has been far too inconsistent the last few seasons to be a fantasy option. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double and two RBI in Sunday’s 7-0 victory over the Rockies.

Pederson has kicked off his rookie campaign in fantastic fashion, as the 22-year-old center fielder currently holds an impressive .289/.438/.553 triple slash through 12 games. On the negative side, he has already whiffed 17 times, but that is not uncommon for inexperienced players. On the plus side, Pederson has drawn 10 walks, pounded six extra-base hits and scored eight runs while manning a premium position at a high level. Analysis: Nate Miller

Scott Van Slyke went 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, three RBI and a couple of runs scored in Sunday’s 7-0 rout of the Rockies.

With both Carl Crawford (illness) and Yasiel Puig (hamstring) apparently unavailable, Van Slyke got into the starting lineup and took advantage with three extra-base hits. Look for the big slugger to play mostly versus southpaws going forward and bring solid power potential when he is in the mix. Analysis: Nate Miller

Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in Sunday’s 7-0 win over the Rockies.

Kendrick is on a flat out roll at the dish right now, as the veteran second baseman has gone 10-for-22 with four doubles and two home runs over the past six games. Though he is not a prototypical cleanup hitter, Kendrick is thriving in the role for the Dodgers, pounding out an extremely impressive 1.105 OPS over the first two weeks of the season. Analysis: Nate Miller

Brandon McCarthy turned in six shutout innings in Sunday’s 7-0 win over the Rockies, allowing just three hits and two walks while piling up six strikeouts.

McCarthys first two starts of the season saw him supply fantasy owners with a mixed bag of statistics. The veteran righty produced an incredible 19-to-1 K/BB ratio over his first 12 innings, but also gave up nine earned runs and six homers across that stretch. Sunday was a different story, as McCarthy put it all together and shut down the Rockies deep lineup. He will look to build upon this effort Friday night in San Diego.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Eddie Butler worked five fairly solid innings Sunday afternoon, allowing two earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four in a 7-0 loss to the Dodgers.

Butlers earned run average currently reads an impressive 2.25, but that is a bit misleading. The 24-year-old rookie has been an escape artist over 16 innings this season, using his ability to induce grounders to wiggle out of jam after jam. He has issued 11 free passes and holds a lofty 1.63 WHIP while not yet pitching in the hitters haven of Coors Field which the Rockies call home. Butler might be worth a gamble in deeper N.L. only leagues, but proceed with caution. His next start is scheduled for Friday in Colorado versus the Giants. Analysis: Nate Miller

Update: Hawks have announced Horford has a dislocated right pinky, and is available to return.

It sounds worse than it probably is. Apparently Horford is going to be fine and will just tape up his injured pinky. Game on. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Al Horford (finger) left the game and headed to the locker room.

A finger injury shouldn't be too serious, but never say never. The Hawks currently have solid lead, so at least for this game, they should do fine without him. Expect an update on his status soon. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over the Cubs.

Middlebrooks has gone just 5-for-20 overall during his current five-game hitting streak, but has made the hits count. Over this stretch, the 26-year-old third baseman has two homers, two doubles, five RBI and three runs scored. Given his power potential, fantasy owners could do much worse than Middlebrooks at the hot corner. Analysis: Nate Miller

Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer during Sunday afternoon’s 5-2 win over the Cubs.

Solarte got the start at first base in place of Yonder Alonso against Cubs lefty Jon Lester, and came up with one of the games big hits, leaving the yard in the top of seventh against reliever Jason Motte. Solarte brings value to the Padres with his ability to switch hit and play multiple positions. The versatile Venezuelan holds value as bench depth in N.L. only formats. Analysis: Nate Miller

Joaquin Benoit recorded his first save of the season, as he allowed a couple of hits and no walks with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning during Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Cubs.

Benoit was called upon to preserve the Padres three-run lead Sunday afternoon and notched his first save of the season. Closer Craig Kimbrel had pitched in back-to-back games and three of the last four days, so he was unavailable out of the bullpen. Analysis: Nate Miller

Andrew Cashner turned in six strong innings in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over the Cubs, surrendering two unearned runs on five hits and two walks while collecting five strikeouts.

Cashner had rebounded from a lackluster season debut to put up back-to-back strong outings for the Padres. Over his last 12 innings, the hard-throwing righty has allowed zero earned runs (six unearned) on a dozen hits and three walks while racking up 14 strikeouts. The question with Cashner has never been about his stuff, but rather his durability. For now, he is healthy and a solid option in all fantasy leagues. The 28-year-old hurler will be back on the mound Friday night against the Dodgers. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jon Lester worked 5 1/3 innings in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Padres, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four.

Lesters career with the Cubs has gotten to a bit of a rocky start. The big-money lefty is now 0-2, sporting an unsightly 6.89 ERA and 1.79 WHIP while giving up 24 hits across 15 2/3 innings. He has surrendered just four walks and one homer, as it appears that at least a bit of bad luck is in play here. Lester will look to get on track Friday in Cincinnati.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Bojan Bogdanovic started the second half, with Markel Brown coming off the bench.

Bogdanovic finished the season hot, so the Nets are looking to capitalize on it so that they can attempt a second half comeback.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Steven Souza Jr. went 3-for-5 with a three run home run and a double on Sunday vs the Yankees.

Souza hit the big blow for the Rays on Sunday, as his first inning three run dinger was the Rays entire offense. He also managed to get two more hits, including a double and a single. Batting third in the Rays order, Souza appears to be the team’s best hitter, and he’s backing it up so far with a .289 average, three home runs, and 10 RBI through Tampa’s first 13 games.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Matt Andriese gave up four runs over 3 1/3 innings as the Rays lost to the Yankees 5-3 on Sunday.

The Yanks hit Andriese up pretty good on Sunday, but it wasn’t like they absolutely shelled him. Four runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings isn’t pretty, but it also isn’t catastrophic. In any case, manager Kevin Cash decided to pull the 25-year-old right-hander after only 63 pitches, leaving the rest of the game up to the bullpen. He now appears to have a spot in this Ray’s rotation, so he needs to work on stretching himself out and keeping the ball on the ground, rather than getting hit hard or getting into deep counts. As of now, he’s not worth a fantasy roster spot, so look for starting pitching help somewhere else on the waiver wire.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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