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Derrick Rose will not play in Wednesday's exhibition game vs. the Dominican Republic.

Reports were that Rose is dealing with knee soreness and had asked to sit out of the team's practices. Given Rose's documented history with knee injuries I would expect him to be very cautious and make sure he is ready for the upcoming NBA season. ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba

Chris Carter went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored against the Angels on Tuesday.

The boom-or-bust label definitely applies to Chris Carter. More often than not, he is going to strike out or hit a home run when he steps up to the plate. He homered today and struck out twice, living up to that boom-or-bust label. He is hitting just .185 on the season and he is the ultimate power threat who will destroy your batting average. Keep in mind that Carter has homered or struck out in just under 45-percent of his at-bats season. Wow. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a double, five RBI and one run scored against the Angels on Tuesday.

After a 0-fer performance on Sunday, it was nice to see Altuve bounce back in a big way tonight. His three hits and five RBI were a great boost for owners who have Altuve on their team. If you chose Altuve in DFS, he definitely exceeded his value and likely helped push you in the money. He is one of the best second baseman and he should never leave your lineup. Analysis: Colby Conway

Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, one RBI and one run scored on Tuesday against the Angels.

Correa’s impressive rookie campaign continues. He has been everything the Astros could have hoped for this season. He now has nine homers and 28 RBI on the year, to go along with his quality .299 average. At a thin position, Correa is a valuable asset to have and he is good enough to be your everyday shortstop. Analysis: Colby Conway

Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Tuesday night’s 9-4 loss to the White Sox.

Putting up his third consecutive two-hit performance, Sandoval has suddenly gotten hot following an 0-for-18 slide last week. Overall, the veteran switch-hitter has gone 6-for-13 with a double, a homer and four RBI during the past three days.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Wade Miley tossed 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday’s 9-4 loss to the White Sox, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five.

After giving up just one earned and five hits over his last two starts (13 innings), Miley fell victim to an ambush by the White Sox offense Tuesday night. The Red Sox lefty was staring at a five-run deficit before getting out of the first inning and was tagged for two additional tallies prior to his exit in the top of the sixth. Miley will look to put this outing behind him and get back on track Sunday afternoon versus the Rays. Analysis: Nate Miller

Melky Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, one RBI and one run scored in Tuesday’s 9-4 win over the Red Sox.

No one around the league is as locked in at the plate as Cabrera right now. The switch-hitting outfielder has now strung together six straight multi-hit performances, going 15-for-27 overall with seven doubles, two homers, a triple and 10 RBI. Analysis: Nate Miller

Geovany Soto went 2-for-2 with three walks, a double, a solo homer, three RBI and two runs scored during Tuesday’s 9-4 win over the Red Sox.

Soto is suddenly swinging a very hot bat for the White Sox. Though he is still pretty much locked into a backup role, the veteran backstop has now gone 5-for-12 with four walks, three homers, two doubles and five RBI since the All-Star break. Now sporting a nice .815 OPS across 137 plate appearances this season, Soto could be hitting his way to additional playing time going forward. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs scored during Tuesday’s 9-4 win over the Red Sox.

Abreu is having a solid second season in the States, but has been a step or two off the pace of the 5.5 WAR he posted during his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2014. The Cuban-born slugger is beginning to resemble that previous version of himself in recent days however, going 13-for-32 with two doubles, two homers and 10 RBI during his current eight-game hitting streak. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jeff Samardzija worked eight innings during Tuesday’s 9-4 win over the Red Sox, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while collecting three strikeouts.

Samardzija has been a veritable workhorse during July. The 30-year-old righty has turned in at least seven innings in each of his five starts this month, going 3-1 while pitching to a stellar 2.27 ERA and 0.81 WHIP across 39 2/3 innings. There is plenty of trade chatter surrounding Samardzija, but he is currently slated to take the mound when the White Sox battle the Yankees on Sunday afternoon. Analysis: Nate Miller

Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with a home run, five runs, three RBI and three walks against Texas on Tuesday.

According to the telecast, the five runs are a new career high for Gardner. He is easily on pace to top 100 runs, and surprisingly it will be the first time in his career he has crossed that threshold. To go along with those 100+ runs he has a good shot to go 15/25 in HR/SB with great ratios. He’s a top ten outfielder. Analysis: Brett Talley

Ryan Rua went 1-for-4 with a run and two RBI against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Rua now has about 75 career PA against left-handed pitching, and he’s been slightly above average in his work with the platoon advantage. But slightly above average ono the weak side of a platoon isn’t much for fantasy owners to get excited about. At best he’s a punt option in daily contests when facing a bad left-handed starter. Analysis: Brett Talley

Brendan Ryan went 2-for-6 with two doubles, one run and three RBI against Texas on Tuesday.

Ryan has now started consecutive games, but his playing time has been extremely sparse. And with a career .274 wOBA, fantasy owners aren’t missing out on anything.  Analysis: Brett Talley

Didi Gregorious went 4-for-5 with a triple, two runs and three RBI against Texas on Tuesday.

Gregorious has a wRC+ over 100 in the month of July, and if it holds, it’ll be the first month of the season in which he has been better than league average with the bat. But he has drawn just two walks for the month, and his BABIP is higher in July than it has been in any other month, so whatever limited value he might have is probably about to end. Analysis: Brett Talley

Chase Headley went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a walk against Texas on Tuesday.

Headley has a six-game hitting streak going with multi-hit games in his last three. He also has hits in 12 of his last 13 games, so he’s been hot. That has led to a 152 wRC+ for the month of July. The problem is that most of his recent success is BABIP-driven, and his power production has not spiked in July. Expect this run to end sooner rather than later. Analysis: Brett Talley

Chris Young went 3-for-6 with a grand slam, four runs, five RBI and a walk against Texas on Tuesday.

Entering Tuesday’s action Young had a 197 wRC+ against left-handed pitching. An even 200 wRC+ would mean he has been exactly twice as good as the league average against left-handed pitching. With Tuesday’s outburst, his wRC+ vs. LHP is going to jump well above 200. He’s worth a look in daily contests every single time he faces a left-handed starter. Analysis: Brett Talley

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