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Addison Reed earned his 29th save of the season after he threw a perfect ninth inning against the Marlins on Friday.

Reed has had his fair share of issues in 2014, including with the long ball (10 HR allowed), but he has managed to hold onto the closing gig in the desert despite blowing five saves along the way. However, he has now converted nine consecutive save opportunities dating back to July 18, while continuing to support an above average strikeout rate (10.58 K/9). Even with a bloated earned-run average (3.79), Reed will continue to be a solid fantasy option down the stretch as long as he can keep his walks to a minimum (12 BB through 49.1 IP).ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Brandon Crawford went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Nationals.

Crawford has gone just 3-for-17 to kick off the month of July, but two of those hits have left the yard. The slick-fielding shortstop has already set a new career high with his 12 home runs and has turned himself into a true threat in the middle of the Giants batting order. Analysis: Nate Miller

Wilson Ramos went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, two RBI and a couple of runs scored during Sunday’s 3-1 victory versus the Giants.

After picking up just three hits over a six-game stretch from June 24th to July 1st and watching his batting average fall by 12 points, Ramos seems to be getting things back on track. Over his past three contests, the 27-year-old catcher has gone 5-for-12 with a homer and three RBI.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Drew Storen picked up a save in Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Giants, walking one and striking one during a scoreless top of the ninth.

Storen continues to be one of the most reliable closers in the bigs, as the 27-year-old righty has now nailed down 25-of-27 save opportunities while pitching to an impressive 1.97 ERA and 10.4 K/9 across 32 innings so far this season. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jordan Zimmermann threw seven strong inning during Sunday night’s 3-1 win over the Giants, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk while racking up eight strikeouts.

Following back-to-back beauties versus the Braves, Zimmermann continued to pitch at an Ace level Sunday night against the Giants. During this brilliant three-start stretch, the two-time All-Star has pitched to a ridiculous 0.40 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 17-to-1 K/BB ratio across 22 2/3 innings. Obviously, Zimmermann is performing as well as any starting pitcher in the game right now and will look to keep it going Saturday evening in Baltimore. Analysis: Nate Miller

Kole Calhoun went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer, four total RBI and a couple of runs scored during Sunday’s 12-6 rout of the Rangers.

Calhoun caught fire in Texas this weekend, as the 27-year-old outfielder blasted the Rangers pitching staff during a three-game sweep for the Angels. Over the three contests, Calhoun went 6-for-14 with two doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and five runs scored. Analysis: Nate Miller

Albert Pujols went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two total RBI in Sunday’s 12-6 drubbing of the Rangers.

After launching 13 bombs out of the yard in June, Pujols is now on the board in July. The future Hall-of-Famer is currently sitting atop the American League with 25 homers and draws the vast majority of his present fantasy value from that category.  Analysis: Nate Miller

C.J. Wilson tossed six innings during Sunday’s 12-6 win over the Rangers, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four.

Following a brutal beating at the hands of the Astros back on June 23rd, Wilson has rebounded with back-to-back victories for the Angels. Over his last two starts, the veteran southpaw has given up just four runs and 11 hits while collecting nine strikeouts across 12 innings. Wilson will be in search of a third consecutive win Saturday night in Seattle. Analysis: Nate Miller

Rougned Odor went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and three total RBI in Sunday’s 12-6 loss to the Angels.

Odor continues to swing a hot bat, as the young second baseman has now hit safely in 8-of-9 games dating back to June 26th. During that span, he has gone 14-for-36 with two homers, four doubles and a couple of steals.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Prince Fielder went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in Sunday’s 12-6 loss to the Angels.

Fielder just keeps right on hitting for the Rangers and is certainly the early frontrunner for A.L. Comeback Player of the Year. Dating back to June 21st, the veteran slugger is sporting a .389 batting average with five doubles and two home runs while hitting safely in 13-of-14 games.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Colby Lewis struggled mightily over four-plus innings during Sunday’s 12-6 loss to the Angels, giving up 10 runs on 12 hits and two walks while striking out just one batter.

When Lewis struggles he goes all out. The veteran right-hander has been a steady performer on the mound for the most part this season and posted six quality starts in June. However, sandwiching that solid stretch from last month is a couple of 10-run shellackings. Lewis will look to regain his June form Saturday night against the Padres. Analysis: Nate Miller

Omri Casspi and the Kings have agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract.

The Kings were pretty desperate for outside shooting, and Casspi shot a career-high .402% on threes last season. He appeared in 67 games for the Kings in 2014-15, averaging 8.9 points in 21.1 minutes per game. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Bucks are now denying reports that Jason Kidd will be named the team's general manager this week.

Welp, scratch that. Kidd led the Bucks to the postseason in 2014-2015, but who knows if he will be the GM. Time will tell for Milwaukee. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon will miss series against Angels due to the death of his sister.

McClendon will step aside for the next three games against the Tigers and return when the Mariners take on the Angels. It has been a tough season for Seattle and McClendon, but the All-Star break might be the mental break that each need. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Omri Casspi and the Kings are nearing a two-year agreement worth $6 million to keep him in Sacramento.

Casspi averaged 8.9 PPG with 3.9 RPG playing in Sacramento last season. He did average 19.9 PPG in April while DeMarcus Cousins was rested. The $3 million AAV might make Casspi a value buy and a nice backup for Boogie next season. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Cory Joseph is close to signing a deal with the Raptors.

Joseph appears to be moving on from San Antonio and making his return back home. At this point, Luke Ridnour will be the odd-man out again and will have to find a new home, just his sixth of the summer. Analysis: Rob Trayah

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