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Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow inflammation) allowed one run and three hits over six innings in a rehab start for Double-A Binghamton.

This was as good as it could have been for Matsuzaka and he should be ready to return. Where he ends up -- rotation or bullpen -- will depend on Jake deGrom's rehab and how Rafael Montero fares in his next start.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a home run, one RBI, two runs scored and one walk against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Rizzo is a stud plain and simple. After belting his 19th homer of the year, he raised his line to .287/.399/.523, one of the best for NL first basemen. Rizzo is slated to hit 30-plus homers with 90-plus RBI to boot. He will be fully locked in with the Cubs making a playoff push down the stretch and is a must-start in all leagues. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Ryan Braun went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Cubs on Friday.

It was Braun providing the only offense against Jason Hammel and the Cubs at Miller Park. It goes without saying that Braun is one of the best right fielder (and outfielder period) options in the NL. He should be able to power 30-plus homers and around 100 RBI this season as the Brewers’ lone offensive spark plug. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Taylor Jungmann allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings against the Cubs on Friday.

Jungmann has been impressive this year with a very low 2.23 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 64 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting a measly .217 off him, unable to figure the young righty out. He has a decent K/BB ratio (53:21) and he will have another good outing against the Padres on Wednesday at Miller Park. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Jason Hammel allowed one run on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings against the Brewers on Friday.

Hammel has been outstanding this year, pitching himself to a 3.13 ERA and an elite 116:24 K/BB ratio. Although he has a 5-5 record, opponents are hitting just .226 off him. He remains an excellent option as the Cubs’ playoff push progresses and he should be able to keep his momentum going on Thursday when the Giants come to Wrigley. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI, a walk-off single, and one run scored against the Royals on Friday night.

Donaldson continued his underdog AL MVP campaign on Friday night, by going 3-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI, and a walk-off single. He plays a stellar third base, and now with Troy Tulowitzki hitting in front of him, he has a great chance to pull away with the AL RBI crown (tied with Mark Teixeira with 73 RBI). Expect nothing but the best when starting Donaldson going forward… He’s the real deal.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Drew Hutchison went five innings, allowed four runs (three earned), on seven hits, one walk, and one strikeout in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday night.

Hutch did just enough to keep the Blue Jays in the game, while he faced a potent Royals offensive attack and a very worthy counterpart in Johnny Cueto. On the season, one would think that his numbers don’t matchup for fantasy ownership, considering his 5.42 ERA, but his 9-2 record and 99 strikeouts say otherwise. If you need wins, Hutchison is a solid option, but you will be taking your chances in the earned run department.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Johnny Cueto went six innings, allowed three runs, on seven hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday night.

Cueto’s much anticipated debut did not disappoint, nor did it blow anyone away either. He was very solid, giving the Royals six innings of three run ball, while he fanned seven Blue Jays batters. Fantasy owners shouldn’t see any sort of drop off in Cueto’s production while playing in Kansas City, in fact his production should increase considering he’s playing for a better offensive and defensive team in the Royals, and is now pitching in a more favorable ball park in Kauffman Stadium, as opposed to the Great American Ballpark.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Paul Richardson was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

The Seahawks were hoping that Richardson would be able to start camp on time, but he is still recovering from the knee injury he suffered back in January. He will be re-evaluated closer to the start of the season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Trindon Holliday was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Holliday came into the league with a ton of hype and was expected to be the next Devin Hester. That hasn't even come close to panning out as he is on his third team in three years and looks like he's headed for failure once again. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dalier Hinojosa was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday.

The Phillies claimed Hinojosa off waivers from the Red Sox in mid-July and with the extra roster space, will give him a look in the bigs. There is no fantasy value to be had here. Analysis: Howard Bender

Indians outrighted Toru Murata to Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

With Josh Tomlin coming off the 60-day DL, the club needed to make room on the 40-man roster. Muarat was going to end up in Triple-A anyway, so this just expedites things a little quicker. Analysis: Howard Bender

Marcus Hatley was designated for assignment on Friday.

With the acquisition of Jonathan Broxton, the club needed to clear room on the 40-man roster. Hatley had some nice moments on the hill out of the pen, but he doesn't figure into the long term plans of the club. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ricky Collins, who is on the Physically Unable to Perform list and has not passed his physical yet.

Not really a surprise as Collins was hurt back during OTAs. He was never even expected to make the 53-man roster anyway. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jose Urena is expected to get the start on Saturday.

With the trades of Mat Latos and Dan Haren, Urena will get the opportunity to work out of the rotation and hone his skills while on the job. Through 42 1/3 innings this season (nine appearances, seven starts), Urena has a 4.04 ERA with an unsavory 19:17 K:BB. We don't have high hopes here. Analysis: Howard Bender

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