Scheduling note: Because of the four-day All-Star break, these morning updates will take Tuesday and Wednesday off this week. However, if news warrants - I'm looking at you, Inevitable Matt Garza Trade - I'll be back here with analysis.
Streaming starters: Corey Kluber was terrific on Friday, Randall Delgado was a shade too mediocre on Saturday, and Eric Stults kept up the good work on Sunday. Our first half ends with a 58-35 record.
On to the news:
- The Diamondbacks' closer situation is murky, as Brad Ziegler saved games Thursday and Saturday against the Brewers, while David Hernandez closed things out on Friday. On Friday, the team's website reported that J.J. Putz is likely to reclaim his job soon, but until manager Kirk Gibson officially makes an announcement, Ziegler is probably the guy - it sounds like he got Friday off because he appeared in three consecutive games. Confused? Me too, but the suggestion is to grab Ziegler (owned in 0.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) if you're looking for help in the short term, with Putz having the best chance to save 10 more games over the remainder of the season.
- Brett Lawrie played second base for the Blue Jays in both games since coming off the DL on Saturday. Dual eligibility appears to be just a few games away.
- Phillies OF Ben Revere is expected to miss close to two months after breaking his ankle on Saturday. Leonys Martin (13.9 percent owned), Rajai Davis (7.1 percent owned) and Eric Young (2.3 percent owned) are widely available options for those who need to replace Revere's speed.
- Braves OF B.J. Upton is on the DL with a strained right adductor muscle. Evan Gattis came off the DL to take Upton's roster spot, and figures to get his at bats.
- The Red Sox will start Felix Doubront, John Lackey and Jon Lester in this weekend's series against the Yankees.
- Here's a look at the Rockies' post-break rotation.
- Marlins SP Jose Fernandez, who will be limited to 150-170 innings, won't start again until next Tuesday.
- Look for Tommy Hanson (forearm) to return to the Angels' rotation on July 23.
- The Twins have demoted outfielders Chris Parmelee and Oswaldo Arcia. That appears to leave them with a starting outfield of Aaron Hicks-Clete Thomas-Ryan Doumit.
- It sounds like Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin really wasn't happy about being sent to the minors.
- Alex Rodriguez's rehab will move to Double A today. Putting aside the suspension rumors for a moment, there's still plenty to worry about. Reports have suggested that A-Rod is slow, heavy, not swinging well ... ugh.
- Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole apparently doesn't need to worry about an innings limit.
- Has anyone noticed that Mariners 1B Justin Smoak (1.2 percent owned) is batting .272 with eight homers and an .803 OPS in 232 at bats? That's not spectacular, but he's probably one of fantasy's top 20 first basemen.
- The Cardinals are deciding whether to use blue-chip prospect Carlos Martinez as a major-league reliever or a minor-league starter in the second half. Note that the St. Louis Post Dispatch article doesn't mention "major-league starter" as one of the possibilities.
- Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa is finally hitting at Triple A. Anthony Rendon has set up a formidable roadblock in his way, though.
- Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (shoulder) hopes to make a rehab start on Thursday.
- Speaking of the Red Sox, they acquired RP Matt Thornton from the White Sox. Thornton isn't really fantasy-relevant.
See you back here on Thursday ... or maybe sooner.