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Rays | Jeremy Hellickson feels good

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:19:43 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) said he felt good playing catch today after taking a week off. Hellickson said the soreness came from throwing curve balls.

Rays | Desmond Jennings feeling better

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:19:06 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings (groin) is going to test his groin by running today. Jennings said he is feeling better and has no fear of being placed on the disabled list.

Rays | Jeremy Hellickson feels good

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:15:04 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) said he felt good playing catch today after taking a week off. Hellickson said the soreness came from throwing curve balls.

Panthers | Met with Xavier Grimble

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:57:52 -0700

The Carolina Panthers met with Southern California TE Xavier Grimble.

Falcons | Met with Xavier Grimble

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:57:04 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons met Southern California TE Xavier Grimble.

Yankees | Ivan Nova has partially torn ulnar collateral ligament

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:48:25 -0700

New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (elbow) has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will be placed on the disabled list Sunday, April 20. Nova will return to New York to be examined Monday, April 21. Tommy John surgery is a possibility, but the Yankees will look at the chance the injury can be rehabbed first.

FANTASY TIP: The good news is that the team has not completely ruled out the idea of rehabbing the injury. Check back for updates once Nova gets examined Monday.

Mets | Kyle Farnsworth named closer

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:16:11 -0700

The New York Mets named RP Kyle Farnsworth as the team's closer Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Farnsworth should be owned in all leagues. Get him into your lineups. Jose Valverde will likely see late inning bullpen work and is probably going to lose some of his fantasy baseball value as a result of this move. For more on this situation, go to our Closer Depth Charts.

Braves | Craig Kimbrel shaky in latest outing

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:20:32 -0700

Atlanta Braves CL Craig Kimbrel allowed three hits, two runs, one walk and a hit batsman in his return after time off to rest. "That was pretty bad. I was all over the place," Kimbrel said of his 24-pitch performance. "I couldn't get the curveball over at first. Just throwing fastballs over the plate, and when you do that it makes for a tough inning."

Yankees | Ivan Nova has MRI

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:00:48 -0700

New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (elbow) had a magnetic resonance imaging test on his right elbow. As of late Saturday, April 19, the Yankees were still awaiting the results and a prognosis, which could range from minor inflammation to season-ending surgery.

Rays | Five home runs in one game

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:54:17 -0700

The Tampa Bay Rays hit five home runs on Saturday, April 19, tying a franchise record at Tropicana Field. The team had not hit five homers in a game since 2008.

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Twins | Jason Bartlett wants to remain with team

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:44:47 -0700

Minnesota Twins SS Jason Bartlett, who recently announced his retirement, has told the team he wants to remain in a coaching capacity. No jobs are available at the moment.

Rangers | Daniel McCutchen accepts assignment

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:41:52 -0700

Updating previous items, Texas Rangers RP Daniel McCutchen accepted his assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. McCutchen had the right to refuse the assignment and elect free agency.

Padres | Near deal with Odrisamer Despaigne

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:38:30 -0700

The San Diego Padres are near a deal with Cuban P Odrisamer Despaigne. The deal is reportedly a minor-league contract with a modest unspecified salary.

Dolphins | Odell Beckham to visit

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:30:02 -0700

The Miami Dolphins plan to bring in LSU WR Odell Beckham with one of their 30 allotted non-local visits.

Lions | Khalil Mack to visit

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:27:35 -0700

Buffalo LB Khalil Mack has a visit scheduled with the Detroit Lions, according to a team source.

Cardinals | Patrick Peterson's option will be picked up

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:25:15 -0700

Updating a previous item, the Arizona Cardinals plan to exercise the option on CB Patrick Peterson no later than Monday, April 21.

Dolphins | May be last season for Brian Hartline in Miami

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:15:05 -0700

The Miami Dolphins may let WR Brian Hartline walk following the 2014 season if the team succeeds in drafting a receiver in the second round of the NFL Draft. Releasing Hartline would save the team $4 million.

Giants | No decision on Prince Amukamara option

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:12:18 -0700

The New York Giants have not made a decision on CB Prince Amukamara and whether they will pick up his fifth-year option.

Raiders | Matt Schaub expected to start

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:01:07 -0700

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub is expected to be the starting quarterback to open the regular season. The team acquired Schaub to be the franchise quarterback for at least the next two seasons.

Raiders | Darren McFadden expected to start

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:00:25 -0700

If healthy, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to be the team's starting tailback with RB Maurice Jones-Drew as his backup.

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NFL | Tom Savage declines invitation

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:59:53 -0700

University of Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage was invited to the 2014 NFL Draft in New York, but he has declined the invite. Savage is one of the draft's fastest rising prospects.

Dolphins | Brian Hartline to be ready for mini camp?

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:59:33 -0700

Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of mini camp, according to a source. He suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in the 2013 regular season finale.

Dolphins | Brandon Gibson ready for offseason program

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:59:12 -0700

Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson (knee) is expected to be available for the start of the offseason program, according to a source.

Dolphins | Rishard Matthews pushing for job

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:58:48 -0700

Miami Dolphins WR Armon Binns is currently the team's No. 4 receiver, but the Dolphins have had discussions about WR Rishard Matthews replacing Binns at the spot, according to a source.

Dolphins | Zack Martin viewed as guard

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:58:27 -0700

Many mock drafts have the Miami Dolphins selecting Notre Dame OL Zack Martin with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, general manager Dennis Hickey views Martin as a guard and the team wants a right tackle in the first round, according to a source.

Dolphins | High on Ed Stinson

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:58:05 -0700

The Miami Dolphins are reportedly high on Alabama DE Ed Stinson, who is a tweener-type projected as a mid-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Cowboys | Tyrone Crawford expected for OTAs

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:57:00 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford (Achilles') is expected to be ready for the team's offseason program, and he is expected to be a key piece to the defense this season.

Yankees | Ivan Nova leaves with sore elbow

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:22:24 -0700

New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (elbow) left his start Saturday, April 19, against the Tampa Bay Rays due to a sore right elbow. He will undergo further tests.

FANTASY TIP: Nova was tuned up for eight earned runs, so he wasn't likely going to last much longer anyway. It's uncertain how much time, if any, he will miss. Stay tuned.

White Sox | Adam Eaton leaves game

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:21:51 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Adam Eaton (hamstring) left the game Saturday, April 19, against the Texas Rangers due to a mildly strained left hamstring. He is listed as day to day.

Mets | Closer change might be coming

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:20:15 -0700

New York Mets manager Terry Collins hinted Saturday, April 19, that he is changing closers. He said he did not want to address the topic publicly until he addressed players, though.

FANTASY TIP: Jose Valverde allowed three unearned runs, one hit and a walk in an inning of work in a non-save situation Saturday against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning. It appears he is out of a job. It's uncertain if the team will promote Vic Black or Jeurys Familia, use Gonzalez Germen or go with a closer-by-committee. For now, Valverde is worth keeping in NL-only leagues, but reserve him.

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Mets | Curtis Granderson to be dropped in lineup

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:39:11 -0700

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday, April 19, that the struggling OF Curtis Granderson will be dropped from the cleanup spot.

FANTASY TIP: Granderson has stumbled out of the chute and shown no signs of life in the first month of the season. He is worth keeping on a roster in all NL-only fantasy leagues and deeper mixed formats, but keep him reserved until he can find his groove.

Rays | Desmond Jennings nursing groin issue

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:38:37 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings (groin) has been dealing with a groin issue, and he is limited to pinch-hitting duties Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20. He might be able to return to the starting lineup Tuesday, April 22.

Rays | Evan Longoria takes over franchise lead

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:38:11 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria swatted a home run Saturday, April 19, against the New York Yankees. He broke a tie with former 1B Carlos Pena, taking over as the franchise leader in homers with 164.

Rays | Jeremy Hellickson dealing with soreness

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:37:40 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) experienced some light soreness in his elbow, and he took the past three days off. He will play catch Sunday, April 20.

Pirates | Ike Davis makes team debut

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:36:48 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Ike Davis made his team debut Saturday, April 19, against the Milwaukee Brewers. He finished 2 for 3 with a double, walk and two runs scored while batting in the sixth spot of manager Clint Hurdle's lineup.

Pirates | Jordy Mercer receives treatment

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:36:18 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (ankle) will get treatment Saturday, April 19, and attempt baseball activities, according to manager Clint Hurdle. Mercer might be available off the bench barring any setbacks.

Yankees | Carlos Beltran back in action

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:00:27 -0700

New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (shoulder, wrist) returned to the starting lineup Saturday, April 19, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He batted third in manager Joe Girardi's lineup and he served as the designated hitter.

Padres | Chase Headley back in action

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:59:58 -0700

San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (biceps) was back in the starting lineup Saturday, April 19, against the San Francisco Giants. He started at third base and was in the fifth spot in the batting order.

Nationals | Matt Williams benches Bryce Harper

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:59:26 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed Saturday, April 19, that OF Bryce Harper was removed from the game against the St. Louis Cardinals due to a "lack of hustle."

Athletics | Eric O'Flaherty throws bullpen

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:30:18 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) threw a bullpen session in front of manager Bob Melvin and pitching coach Curt Young Saturday, April 19. He might progress to facing live hitters by the team the club returns from its next road trip.

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White Sox | Andre Rienzo recalled

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:29:52 -0700

The Chicago White Sox recalled P Andre Rienzo from Triple-A Charlotte Saturday, April 19.

White Sox | Donnie Veal outrighted

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:29:23 -0700

The Chicago White Sox sent RP Donnie Veal outright to Triple-A Charlotte Saturday, April 19.

White Sox | Felipe Paulino hits DL

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:28:38 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP Felipe Paulino (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, April 19, due to rotator cuff inflammation.

FANTASY TIP: Paulino was terrible so far this season, going 0-2 with an 11.29 ERA over four starts. Andre Rienzo might get a chance to fill Paulino's rotation spot, although he wasn't exactly lighting it up at Charlotte. Both Paulino and Rienzo have fantasy appeal only in the deepest of AL-only formats.

Rangers | Pedro Figueroa gets help

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:28:05 -0700

The Texas Rangers added RP Aaron Poreda to the bullpen to ease the workload on RP Pedro Figueroa. Figueroa worked four times in a six-day stretch last week, and he became the 20th pitcher since 1914 to earn his first two wins on consecutive days.

Rangers | Jim Adduci lands on DL

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:27:28 -0700

The Texas Rangers placed OF Jim Adduci (finger) on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, April 19, due to a broken little finger on his left hand. He is expected to be sidelined four weeks.

Rangers | Luis Sardinas recalled

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:27:03 -0700

The Texas Rangers recalled INF Luis Sardinas from Double-A Frisco Saturday, April 19.

Mets | Jenrry Mejia cleared for Monday

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:26:33 -0700

New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (finger) said Saturday, April 19, that his bullpen session went well and he is set to make his scheduled start Monday, April 21, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He had been dealing with a blister on his middle finger.

Mets | David Wright pushes hit streak to 10 games

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:26:03 -0700

New York Mets 3B David Wright had an RBI single in the first inning of the game Saturday, April 19, against the New York Mets to push his hitting streak to 10 games.

Mets | John Lannan accepts assignment

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:25:35 -0700

New York Mets SP John Lannan accepted an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas Saturday, April 19.

Cubs | Anthony Rizzo removed early

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:25:15 -0700

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (back) was forced to leave the game Saturday, April 19, against the Cincinnati Reds due to back spasms. However, Rizzo said he does not expect to miss the game Sunday, April 20. "It just started barking on me in the fifth or sixth, and once we took the four-run lead, I (decided to) play with more caution than go up there, get another at-bat and go out on the field and hurt it even more," Rizzo said.

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Braves | Gavin Floyd to make two more outings

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:17:09 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Gavin Floyd (shoulder) will make two more rehab starts before the team makes a decision to activate him.

Angels | Albert Pujols hitting well

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:34:28 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols is hitting .282 with six homers and 14 RBIs. He has four homers in the last six games.

FANTASY TIP: It's a good start compared to his .252-4-17 April last year. He's unlikely to return to his MVP form, but he should be a force to be reckoned with.

Indians | Carlos Santana in nasty slump

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:31:43 -0700

Cleveland Indians C/3B Carlos Santana is 3-for-40 in his last 10 games.

FANTASY TIP: The good news is the team raves about his defense in his transition to third base. Buy low if you can.

Blue Jays | Mark Buehrle improves to 4-0

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:23:00 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle tossed seven shutout innings to beat the Cleveland Indians Saturday, April 19.

FANTASY TIP: Skeptics should hedge their stance and ride his hot start. He won't strike out many batters, but he needs to be scooped off waivers.

Nationals | Bryce Harper exits

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:17:07 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper left the game after the sixth inning Saturday, April 19.

FANTASY TIP: No reason was given, but word in the Twitterverse is he was benched for lack of hustle.

Cardinals | Lance Lynn improves to 4-0

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:16:52 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn became the National League's first four-game winner with his win over the Washington Nationals Saturday, April 19. He allowed a run on five hits and three walks while fanning five in 5 2/3 innings.

Astros | Saturday lineup notes

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:44:08 -0700

Houston Astros C Jason Castro is not in the lineup for the day game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, April 19, because the team is facing a left-handed starter and because he caught the night game Friday, April 18. OF Alex Presley (illness) will also be unavailable for the game.

Rangers | Chris Snyder retires

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:38:43 -0700

Texas Rangers minor league C Chris Snyder has announced his retirement.

Pirates | Ike Davis activated

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:34:24 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added 1B Ike Davis to the 25-man active roster. In a corresponding move, 1B Travis Ishikawa was designated for assignment.

Twins | Eduardo Nunez cut

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:31:40 -0700

The Minnesota Twins have optioned INF Eduardo Nunez to Triple-A Rochester.

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Pirates | Chris Stewart activated from disabled list

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:11:35 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated C Chris Stewart (knee) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, C Tony Sanchez has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Rays | C.J. Riefenhauser called up

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:03:53 -0700

The Tampa Bay Rays have called up RP C.J. Riefenhauser from Triple-A Durham.

Athletics | A.J. Griffin has not resumed throwing

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:01:42 -0700

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin is uncertain when SP A.J. Griffin (elbow) will begin a throwing program.

Padres | Carlos Quentin to report to extended spring training

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:59:38 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) will head to extended spring training in Arizona next week while the parent club goes on a road trip. If all goes well, he will be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment.

Padres | Casey Kelly could rehab in El Paso

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:53:37 -0700

Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres SP Casey Kelly (elbow) would begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso if all goes well during his extended spring training game Monday, April 21, according to manager Bud Black.

Braves | Aaron Harang flirts with no-hitter Friday

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:47:00 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Aaron Harang tossed seven no-hit innings against the New York Mets Friday, April 18, but was removed from the game by manager Fredi Gonzalez because he had thrown 121 pitches. "I want him pitching 27 more times," Gonzalez said. "If it was the ninth inning, maybe, think about it. It gets to the point you chase that no-hitter, chase that dragon, you're up to 140 pitches. I think we made the right decision." Harang walked six batters and struck out five, while improving to 3-1 on the season.

Yankees | Yangervis Solarte bothered by sore left shin

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:43:49 -0700

New York Yankees INF Yangervis Solarte (shin) was experiencing soreness in his left shin after the game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, April 18. The injury was caused after he had fouled a ball off his shin.

Rays | Brad Boxberger optioned

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:38:36 -0700

The Tampa Bay Rays have optioned RP Brad Boxberger to Triple-A Durham.

Athletics | To continue using closer-by-committee approach

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:24:59 -0700

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed that the team will continue to use a closer-by-committee approach for save situations for the foreseeable future.

FANTASY TIP: If you're desperate for saves, RPs Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle appear to be the best bets to close games for the A's.

White Sox | Robin Ventura concerned about Nate Jones

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:17:06 -0700

Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura hinted that RP Nate Jones' (back) injury may be more serious than initially anticipated.

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Giants | Michael Morse could return to lineup Saturday

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:13:58 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Michael Morse (hamstring) is officially listed as day to day because of a hamstring issue but could return to the lineup as soon as Saturday, April 19.

MLB | Joel Hanrahan expected to take offers next week

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:10:23 -0700

Free-agent RP Joel Hanrahan (Red Sox) has not started negotiations with anyone but is expected to begin taking offers next week from interested teams, according to multiple sources. Several clubs have requested to see his medical records.

Mariners | Franklin Gutierrez eyeing 2015 return

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:09:11 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (illness) is reportedly interested in playing during the 2015 season, after taking this year off to focus on his health.

Raiders | Will cut Terrelle Pryor if no trade

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:54:27 -0700

The Oakland Raiders will release QB Terrelle Pryor if they are not able to trade him by Monday, April 21.

Ravens | Meet with two prospects

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:54:04 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens met with Bowling Green TE Alex Bayer and Wisconsin DT Beau Allen earlier this week.

NFL | Dominique Easley to visit two teams

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:41:42 -0700

Florida DT Dominique Easley is scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys in the near future.

Browns | Johnny Manziel working out

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:38:07 -0700

The Cleveland Browns are conducting a private workout with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel Saturday, April 19. The team is also scheduled to meet with Manziel this upcoming week.

Reds | Sean Marshall activated

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:28:48 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds have activated RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list. The team also optioned P Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville.

Astros | Delino DeShields to miss a few weeks

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:25:15 -0700

Houston Astros 2B Delino DeShields Jr. (face) is expected to miss a few weeks after suffering a broken cheekbone when he was hit by a pitch Friday, April 19, while playing for Double-A Corpus Christi.

Yankees | David Robertson expected back soon

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:24:34 -0700

New York Yankees RP David Robertson (groin) said he expects to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 22.

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Chiefs | Could consider LaMichael James

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:17:18 -0700

The Kansas City Chiefs could consider pursuing San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James if he could become a slot receiver. The team likely would not have interest in James if he can only be a running back since they have RBs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis on the roster.

Colts | Matt Hasselbeck entering final season

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:14:04 -0700

Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck plans to retire after the 2014 season.

Jets | Will have QB competition

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:08:30 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson said the team told him QBs Michael Vick and Geno Smith will compete for the starting quarterback job during offseason workouts and training camp.

Ravens | Two expected to compete for No. 3 CB job

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:05:59 -0700

Baltimore Ravens CBs Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson are expected to compete for the No. 3 cornerback job during training camp. If the team takes a cornerback in one of the first four rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, the prospect probably would be the leading candidate for the job.

Ravens | May consider selecting C.J. Mosley

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:04:08 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens may consider selecting Alabama LB C.J. Mosley in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft if he is available.

Ravens | Zack Martin could be option

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:03:44 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens may consider selecting Notre Dame OT Zack Martin in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft if he is available.

Orioles | Zach Britton dealing with illness

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:56:08 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton (illness) was not available to pitch Friday, April 18, because he was dealing with an illness.

Orioles | Manny Machado plays in extended ST game

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:51:39 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) received four at-bats during an extended spring training game Saturday, April 19. Machado will play in another game Sunday, April 20, even if the team needs to create a simulated game.

Reds | Brandon Phillips in lineup

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:49:26 -0700

Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (back) is in the starting lineup Saturday, April 19, after leaving the game Friday, April 18, because of back spasms.

Reds | Ryan Ludwick expected to miss a few games

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:43:53 -0700

Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (toe) is expected to miss a few days after fouling a ball off his toe Friday, April 18. An X-ray on his toe came back negative.

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Yankees | Cesar Cabral cut

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:43:13 -0700

The New York Yankees have designated RP Cesar Cabral for assignment. The team also recalled RP Matt Daley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Vikings | Charlie Johnson likely leading candidate for LG job

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:35:37 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings likely will give OG Charlie Johnson the first chance to win the starting left guard job this upcoming season.

Blue Jays | Aaron Loup would close Saturday

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:28:07 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he likely will use RP Aaron Loup if there is a save situation Saturday, April 19, unless he needs to use him earlier in the game.

Blue Jays | Several RP unlikely to be available

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:27:26 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays likely will not use RPs Sergio Santos, Brett Cecil Steve Delabar, Neil Wagner or Todd Redmond Saturday, April 19, unless it is an emergency.

Bears | Probably will take RB in draft

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:18:57 -0700

The Chicago Bears probably will select a running back in the later rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft to compete with RB Michael Ford for the No. 2 running back job. The team could also add a running back or two after the draft.

Redskins | Andre Roberts could be a returner

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:18:38 -0700

The Washington Redskins may consider using WR Andre Roberts as a kick and punt returner this upcoming season, but he did not have great numbers when handled the role with the Arizona Cardinals.

Redskins | DeSean Jackson unlikely to be used as returner

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:07:59 -0700

The Washington Redskins likely will not use WR DeSean Jackson as a punt returner very often because they want him to make plays on offense.

Patriots | Talk with Seth Lobato

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:07:33 -0700

Northern Colorado QB Seth Lobato spoke at length with a representative with the New England Patriots during his Pro Day last month.

Nationals | Denard Span activated

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:05:07 -0700

The Washington Nationals have activated OF Denard Span (concussion) from the seven-day disabled list. The team also optioned OF Steven Souza to Triple-A Syracuse.

49ers | Colin Kaepernick not at scene of suspicious incident

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:41:26 -0700

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was not believed to be at the scene of a suspicious incident when Miami police arrived earlier this month.

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Mets | Likely to receive prospect in Ike Davis deal

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:36:55 -0700

The New York Mets are likely to receive a 2013 draftee from the Pittsburgh Pirates as the player to be named later in the trade involving 1B Ike Davis.

Bears | Could target a quarterback

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:47:28 -0700

The Chicago Bears could target a quarterback in the late rounds of the NFL Draft or in free agency to provide competition for backup QB Jordan Palmer.

Ravens | Interested in Martavis Bryant

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:33:40 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens met with Clemson WR Martavis Bryant at the NFL Scouting Combine and remain interested in him.

Panthers | Cam Newton still in walking boot

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:23:43 -0700

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) remains in a walking boot about a month after ankle surgery. The team is hopeful Newton will be ready to go for training camp.

FANTASY TIP: It appears that everything is right on schedule for Newton. While it is good news that the target is training camp, missing the offseason activities with all the changes in Carolina is not good for anyone involved on that offense.

Pirates | Russell Martin bumped to second spot

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:13:02 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin batted second on Friday, April 18, as part of a restructured lineup that manager Clint Hurdle hopes will improve the club's on-base percentage. Martin batted second for the first time the night before against the Milwaukee Brewers and went 2 for 3 with two walks and an RBI.

Brewers | Martin Maldonado hits cover off the ball, literally

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:05:35 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers C Martin Maldonado hit the cover off the baseball in the sixth inning of the team's Friday, April 18, game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Maldonado was ruled safe at first as Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez picked up the ball and threw it on several bounces to the base.

Cubs | Emilio Bonifacio snaps slump

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:53:23 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B Emilio Bonifacio snapped an 0-for-13 slump at the plate with a base hit Friday, April 18, against the Cincinnati Reds.

Cubs | Anthony Rizzo hitting well to start season

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:50:43 -0700

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to five games Friday, April 18, against the Cincinnati Reds. "He did a really nice job again. He continues to move forward in a consistent manner," manager Rick Renteria said. "They are all striving to get better, but he is certainly showing that he's having a nice start." Rizzo is 20-for-58 in 15 games for a .345 average.

NFL | Keith Wenning generating significant interest

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:44:45 -0700

Ball State QB Keith Wenning is generating significant interest from NFL teams, as he has had eight visits and eight additional workouts.

NFL | Brian Clarke visiting two teams

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:36:22 -0700

Bloomsburg G Brian Clarke is visiting the San Diego Chargers and also has a private workout lined up with the New York Giants prior to the NFL Draft.

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Seahawks | Demarcus Lawrence to work out

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:31:17 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks have a private workout planned with Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence. Lawrence is projected as a second or third-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Vikings | Allen Reisner financials

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:28:17 -0700

Updating a previous item, Minnesota Vikings TE Allen Reisner has a one-year contract worth a minimum salary of $645,000.

Seahawks | Have not tried to bring Mike Robinson back

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:02:17 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks have not tried to re-sign free-agent FB Michael Robinson this offseason.

Phillies | Jonathan Pettibone sent down

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:51:11 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies have optioned SP Jonathan Pettibone to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and selected the contract of RP Shawn Camp from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Falcons | Greg Robinson worked out

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:45:51 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons conducted a private workout with Auburn OT Greg Robinson Thursday, April 17. The team likely will meet with Robinson before the 2014 NFL Draft.

Falcons | Will meet with Jadeveon Clowney

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:39:44 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to meet with South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney at some point next week.

Falcons | Khalil Mack to visit

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:33:45 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to meet with Buffalo LB Khalil Mack at some point next week.

Jaguars | Russell Allen failed physical

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:33:20 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Jacksonville Jaguars released LB Russell Allen (concussion) after he failed a physical.

White Sox | Adam Eaton leaves game

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:21:19 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Adam Eaton (hamstring) left the team's game early Friday, April 18, because of a hamstring injury, but it is not believed to be serious.

Yankees | Vidal Nuno could get spot start

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:17:47 -0700

The New York Yankees are leaning toward giving SP Vidal Nuno a spot start Sunday, April 20, because the team had a doubleheader earlier in the week. Manager Joe Girardi said Nuno could give the team 75 pitches.

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Yankees | Carlos Beltran undergoes MRI

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:10:25 -0700

New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (shoulder, wrist) underwent MRIs on his injured shoulder and wrist but both came back negative. Manager Joe Girardi said the team hopes Beltran will be able to play Saturday, April 19.

Orioles | Nick Markakis does some baseball activities

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:07:00 -0700

Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (neck) took 25 swings off a tee Friday, April 18, and played light toss.

Orioles | Francisco Peguero takes some swings

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:03:01 -0700

Baltimore Orioles OF Francisco Peguero (wrist) took 25 dry swings and 25 swings off a tee Friday, April 18.

Orioles | Edgmer Escalona throws

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:49:55 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Edgmer Escalona (shoulder) made 25 throws from 90 feet Friday, April 18.

Blue Jays | Adam Lind placed on DL

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:40:57 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed 1B Adam Lind (back) on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury and recalled 1B Juan Francisco from Triple-A Buffalo. The team also transferred 2B Maicer Izturis (knee) to the 60-day disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Francisco may get most of the playing time while Lind is out of the lineup and should be an option for most AL-only owners.

Blue Jays | Jose Reyes activated

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:34:49 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays have activated SS Jose Reyes (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list. The team also optioned SS Munenori Kawasaki to the minor leagues.

Mets | Zack Thornton assigned to Triple-A

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:32:53 -0700

The New York Mets have assigned RP Zack Thornton to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Brewers | Brandon Kintzler throws

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:24:44 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers RP Brandon Kintzler (shoulder) threw a light bullpen session Friday, April 18. He is scheduled to throw a more intense bullpen session Sunday, April 20, and expects to be activated from the 15-day disabled list by April 25.

Astros | Alex Presley dealing with illness

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:24:12 -0700

Updating a previous report, Houston Astros OF Alex Presley (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup Friday, April 18, because he was dealing with flu-like symptoms.

Twins | Oswaldo Arcia takes some swings

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:21:11 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) took some swings underwater Friday, April 11, and also took some light swings off a tee.

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Twins | Josh Willingham not swinging yet

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:16:01 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (hand) was able to lift weights Friday, April 18, but is still not ready to swing a bat.

Brewers | Interested in Joel Hanrahan

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:15:28 -0700

The Milwaukee Brewers had a representative present for free-agent RP Joel Hanrahan's (Red Sox) workout earlier this week. Assistant general manager Gosh Ash would not say if the team will try to sign Hanrahan.

Reds | Skip Schumaker swinging bat

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:04:33 -0700

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price said OF Skip Schumaker (shoulder) has started to swing a bat but is not ready to play in any games at this point. Schumaker is working on strengthening his shoulder and getting all of the soreness out.

Cubs | Jake Arrieta to make at least one more rehab start

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:03:58 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta (shoulder) will make at least one more rehab start for Triple-A Iowa before he could rejoin the starting rotation. Arrieta throw a side session in front of pitching coach Chris Bosio Friday, April 18, to allow Bosio to evaluate Arrieta.

Mets | Daisuke Matsuzaka considered insurance

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:50:06 -0700

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he considers SP Daisuke Matsuzaka as a candidate to start if SP Bartolo Colon (back) or SP Jenrry Mejia (finger) are not able to make their next scheduled start.

Marlins | Jacob Turner throws

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:45:18 -0700

Miami Marlins SP Jacob Turner (shoulder) threw around 45 pitches during a bullpen session Friday, April 18, and is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Sunday, April 20.

Braves | Cory Gearrin undergoes surgery

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:42:19 -0700

Atlanta Braves RP Cory Gearrin (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week.

Astros | Alex Presley scratched

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:39:29 -0700

Houston Astros OF Alex Presley (undisclosed) has been scratched from the starting lineup Friday, April 18. It is not known why Presley will not play in the game.

Blue Jays | Juan Francisco expected to be called up

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:35:32 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Juan Francisco was pulled from his game with Triple-A Buffalo Friday, April 18, and is expected to be called up because of the injury to 1B Adam Lind (back).

Giants | Michael Morse not in lineup

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:34:49 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Michael Morse (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup Friday, April 18, because of some hamstring tightness.

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Bengals | T.J. Conley contract update

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:22:24 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Cincinnati Bengals signed P T.J. Conley to a one-year deal worth $495,000.

Ravens | No talks with Eric Winston

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:11:33 -0700

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh recently said the team has not had any contract talks with free-agent OT Eric Winston (Cardinals) at this point.

Bills | Brandon Kaufman could change positions

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:10:40 -0700

Buffalo Bills WR Brandon Kaufman said he has added some weight this offseason and indicated he could move to tight end this upcoming season.

Broncos | Ryan Shazier visits

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:02:29 -0700

The Denver Broncos met with Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier earlier this week. The team could consider taking him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and using him at middle linebacker.

Chargers | Met with two defensive prospects

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:52:53 -0700

The San Diego Chargers met with Oregon State DE Scott Crichton and Illinois State LB Colton Underwood earlier this week.

Rams | Get look at Tajh Boyd

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:46:17 -0700

The St. Louis Rams got a look at Clemson QB Tajh Boyd Friday, April 18, since he was throwing to WR Sammy Watkins during his private workout with the team.

Pirates | Jordy Mercer injury update

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:44:06 -0700

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (ankle) left the game early Friday, April 18, because of right ankle discomfort.

Falcons | Ha Ha Clinton-Dix could be option if trade down

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:29:44 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons could consider selecting Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix if they draft down in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The team could also consider trading back into the first round if Clinton-Dix was still available in the bottom third of the round.

Texans | Two safeties expected to compete for starting job

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:23:28 -0700

Houston Texans FS Kendrick Lewis and SS Chris D. Clemons are expected to compete for the starting free safety job during training camp.

NFL | Jimmy Clausen expects to be ready for workouts

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:19:26 -0700

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (shoulder) said his arm is about 95 percent at this time and believes he would be ready for the start of offseason workouts if he signs with a team.

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Colts | Coach wants Trent Richardson at workouts

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:18:38 -0700

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said it will be important for RB Trent Richardson to participate in all of the offseason workouts so he can get more comfortable with the offense. "He wants to be great. He's got all the talent. He's got all the ability. We would have never done what we did if we didn't believe that deep down in our core. So we look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign," Pagano said.

Pirates | Jordy Mercer leaves game

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:04:32 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (undisclosed) left the game early Friday, April 18, after suffering an undisclosed injury. SS Clint Barmes took his place in the starting lineup.

Blue Jays | Casey Janssen out at least two more weeks

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:57 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said RP Casey Janssen (abdomen, back) likely will miss at least two more weeks because of his strained back and abdominal muscle.

Dolphins | Two could be up for extensions

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:55:26 -0700

The Miami Dolphins could consider talking with TE Charles Clay and DT Jared Odrick about contract extensions this offseason since they are entering the final years of their contracts.

Dolphins | Interested in Stephen Morris

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:52:11 -0700

The Miami Dolphins have expressed interest in Miami QB Stephen Morris leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Colts | Expected to pick up Anthony Castonzo's option

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:51:48 -0700

The Indianapolis Colts are expected to pick up the fifth-year option in OT Anthony Castonzo's contract before the May 3 deadline.

Twins | Jason Bartlett to retire

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:33:49 -0700

Minnesota Twins SS Jason Bartlett has informed the team that he plans to retire from professional baseball.

Dolphins | Plan to move LBs around

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:28:55 -0700

The Miami Dolphins plan to move LB Koa Misi to middle linebacker this upcoming season. LB Dannell Ellerbe would be moved to weakside linebacker with LB Philip Wheeler playing strongside linebacker.

Dolphins | Not expected to take LB with top pick

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:25:11 -0700

The Miami Dolphins are not expected to select a linebacker in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

NFL | Derek Carr thinks he has chance to go in first round

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:22:35 -0700

Fresno State QB Derek Carr said he believes there is a good chance that he will be selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft based on what coaches and general managers have told him.

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Rams | Will pick up Robert Quinn's option

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:22:05 -0700

The St. Louis Rams have not picked up the fifth-year option in DE Robert Quinn's contract at this point but will exercise the option before the May 3 deadline.

Ravens | Josh Bynes signs tender

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:15:53 -0700

Baltimore Ravens exclusive rights free-agent LB Josh Bynes has signed his one-year tender offer and will make $570,000 in 2014.

Marlins | Keeping tabs on Joel Hanrahan

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:05:20 -0700

The Miami Marlins had a scout on hand to watch free-agent RP Joel Hanrahan's (Red Sox) throwing session Thursday, April 17.

Rams | Martavis Bryant worked out

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:05:01 -0700

The St. Louis Rams conducted a private workout with Clemson WR Martavis Bryant Friday, April 18.

Vikings | Met with four QB prospects this week

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:04:32 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings met with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage, North Carolina QB Bryn Renner and Ball State QB Keith Wenning this week.

Padres | Casey Kelly close to rehab assignment

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:56:37 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Casey Kelly (elbow) will throw in an extended spring game Monday, April 21, and he could start a rehab assignment in the minors if everything checks out after that.

FANTASY TIP: Kelly could become an option for the Friars' rotation this summer, especially if Josh Johnson (forearm) needs a second Tommy John surgery. Keep tabs on him if you're in an NL-only league, at least.

Mets | Acquire Zack Thornton

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:55:47 -0700

The New York Mets acquired P Zack Thornton and a player to be named from the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, April 18, in exchange for 1B Ike Davis.

Mets | Ike Davis traded

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:47 -0700

The New York Mets agreed to trade 1B Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, April 18. It's unknown what the Mets will receive in return.

FANTASY TIP: As Terry Collins has said already, Lucas Duda is now clearly the starting first baseman in New York. Josh Satin can mix in against tough lefties, but this is Duda's job all the way now. There's more reason to take a chance on Duda's power in mixed leagues.

Pirates | Acquiring Ike Davis

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:27:22 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates are working with the New York Mets to acquire 1B Ike Davis, and Davis has approved the trade.

FANTASY TIP: The Bucs clearly aren't satisfied with Travis Ishikawa in a platoon at first base with Gaby Sanchez. Davis will essentially replace Ishikawa in that role. Davis' value probably won't increase all that much, but his playing time should increase if he's in a straight platoon with Sanchez.

Pirates | Chris Stewart looking good during rehab

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:25:46 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Stewart (knee) was 3-for-4 Thursday, April 17, and has hit safely in each of his four rehab games with Triple-A Indianapolis. He's expected to be recalled soon.

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Phillies | Cole Hamels likely to start Wednesday

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:23:16 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) is likely to make his first start of the season Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Hamels owners are pleased to finally be able to use him for a start this year. Remember to activate him in weekly leagues on Monday. Jonathan Pettibone is expected to be sent back to the minors when Hamels returns.

Brewers | Jeremy Jeffress signs

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:18:31 -0700

The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent RP Jeremy Jeffress (Royals) to a minor league deal Friday, April 18.

Diamondbacks | Cody Ross activated

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:15:20 -0700

The Arizona Diamondbacks activated OF Cody Ross (hip) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 18, and designated RP Ryan Rowland-Smith for assignment in a corresponding move.

FANTASY TIP: Maybe this is the spark that the D-Backs need in order to turn around their atrocious start. Ross is likely to be eased back in, but the loser here is A.J. Pollock. Ross can provide some decent power numbers for deep mixed managers, but at this stage of his career, he's more of a platoon player.

Giants | Angel Pagan, Brandon Crawford back

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:08:52 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (knee) and SS Brandon Crawford (hamstring) are both returning to the lineup Friday, April 18. However, OF Michael Morse and C Buster Posey are sitting out.

FANTASY TIP: Make the necessary adjustments to your fantasy lineups.

Raiders | Keith Lewis visited

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:07:23 -0700

The Oakland Raiders hosted Virginia University of Lynchburg CB Keith Lewis for a visit last week.

Chiefs | Keith Lewis works out

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:05:28 -0700

The Kansas City Chiefs conducted a private workout with Virginia University of Lynchburg CB Keith Lewis Monday, April 14. Lewis is listed at 5-foot-11, 194 pounds. He ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, benched 225 pounds 14 times and had a vertical jump of 31 inches at his pro day last month.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez starting

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:00:09 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) is back in the starting lineup Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Put Ramirez back into your starting lineups immediately.

Falcons | Nevin Lawson visited

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:48:53 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons visited with Utah State CB Nevin Lawson.

NFL | Jimmy Clausen looking for another opportunity

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:34:43 -0700

Free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (shoulder) (Panthers) wants to compete for an NFL backup job. Clausen had right shoulder surgery Sept. 11, 2013 and spent the entire season on injured reserve.

Rangers | Mitch Moreland being rested

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:32:30 -0700

Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland is receiving a day off Friday, April 18, and will sit against a tough left-hander Saturday, April 19. "His at-bats have been excellent," manager Ron Washington said of Moreland, who reached base four times over the Rangers' previous two games. I've been putting off getting Adduci in there and I need to do it."

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Angels | David Freese scratched

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:30:04 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B David Freese (quadriceps) was scratched from the lineup with right quadriceps tightness Friday, April 18. Manager Mike Scioscia said the injury isn't serious.

FANTASY TIP: Ian Stewart is replacing Freese at the hot corner tonight. This is likely a day-to-day injury.

Orioles | Dylan Bundy throws changeups

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:21:46 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (elbow) threw 40 pitches Friday, April 18, including fastballs and changeups.

Yankees | Carlos Beltran resting

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:20:57 -0700

New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran is receiving a day off Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Beltran was banged up last night while falling over the wall in right field trying to catch a ball. He's fine, but the Yanks are giving him a routine day off.

Giants | Eli Manning has had procedures in the past no one knew about

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:09:46 -0700

Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said on SiriusXM NFL Radio QB Eli Manning has recovered from minor procedures no one knew about in the past.

Blue Jays | Jose Reyes to play this weekend

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:02:02 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list after the team's game Friday, April 18, and manager John Gibbons said Reyes will play Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Make plans to activate Reyes from one of your DL slots and put him in starting this weekend. If you're in weekly leagues, you'll have to wait until Monday.

Athletics | Coco Crisp back in lineup

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:58:34 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (hamstring) is returning to the starting lineup Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Insert Crisp back into your lineups, as well.

Mariners | Hisashi Iwakuma to start rehab assignment Tuesday

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:42:01 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will start a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday, April 22, with Triple-A Tacoma. "I was pain-free with my finger. Everything looks good so far. I think I'm at around 70 percent right now. I still need to command my pitches and get that feel back," Iwakuma said. He threw 35 pitches during a simulated game Friday, April 18, including his splitter. Iwakuma will throw a bullpen session Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Iwakuma will likely need at least several rehab starts to get up to around the 90-pitch threshold before returning. He'll immediately be slotted in the starting rotation in a week or two.

49ers | No decision on Aldon Smith option

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:38:17 -0700

The San Francisco 49ers have not decided if they will pick up the 2015 option on LB Aldon Smith's contract. The team does not have to make a decision on the option year until May 3.

Athletics | Agree to extension with Sean Doolittle

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:23:23 -0700

The Oakland Athletics agreed to a five-year contract extension with RP Sean Doolittle Friday, April 18, that runs through the 2018 season and includes team options for 2019 and 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Dolphins | Brandon Gibson injury update

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:20:12 -0700

Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson (knee) said he expects to be ready to go for Week 1 of the NFL season.

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Royals | Jimmy Paredes recalled

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:18:49 -0700

The Kansas City Royals recalled OF Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Omaha Friday, April 18.

Braves | Jason Heyward sitting out

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:16:48 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward is sitting out Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Heyward is stuck in a slump of late and is receiving a day to clear his head.

Saints | Try out Rusty Smith

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:10:44 -0700

The New Orleans Saints tried out free-agent QB Rusty Smith (Titans) earlier this week.

Rangers | Tanner Scheppers to DL

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:59:36 -0700

The Texas Rangers are putting SP Tanner Scheppers (elbow, forearm) on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow and forearm Friday, April 18, and recalled P Aaron Poreda from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move. Also, INF Andy Parrino was designated for assignment. Scheppers will not throw for 10 days. SP Nick Martinez is likely to start against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: Martinez has an average fastball and relies on control instead of overpowering hitters. He has improved his secondary offerings, as well. Nothing flashy here, but he could be a nice pickup in AL-only leagues.

Nationals | Wilson Ramos takes hacks

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:58:05 -0700

Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hand) took five light swings Friday, April 18, for the first time since having surgery on his hand. He said he didn't have any pain, but his wrist is still weak.

Dolphins | Like Cyrus Kouandjio

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:57:14 -0700

Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey likes Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio and the team could select him with their first-round pick.

Red Sox | Brock Holt called up

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:54:46 -0700

The Boston Red Sox are calling up 3B Brock Holt from the minors Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Holt could receive decent playing time at the hot corner until Will Middlebrooks (calf) returns from the DL. Jonathan Herrera may split at-bats with Holt.

Mariners | Hisashi Iwakuma pain-free in sim game

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:46:10 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) said he was 100 percent during his simulated game Friday, April 18, and he had no pain in his finger.

FANTASY TIP: Iwakuma is on his way to returning to the rotation in a few weeks minus any setbacks. He'll need a few rehab starts, though, before the Mariners activate him from the DL. Stay patient.

Reds | Brandon Phillips dealing with back spasms

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:42:01 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (back) left the game early with back spasms Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Back spasms are much better than an oblique injury, so that's definitely good news for Phillips owners. The move was precautionary, and he'll probably be day-to-day moving forward. Monitor his situation this weekend.

Indians | Jason Giambi to return Monday

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:38:33 -0700

Cleveland Indians 1B Jason Giambi (rib) will be activated from the disabled list Monday, April 21.

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Red Sox | Ryan Roberts cut

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:37:25 -0700

The Boston Red Sox designated 3B Ryan Roberts for assignment Friday, April 18.

Mariners | Brandon Maurer to start Sunday

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:33:51 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Brandon Maurer will be recalled from the minors to start Sunday, April 20, against the Miami Marlins.

FANTASY TIP: Look to add Maurer in AL-only leagues if you have pitching needs. Maurer could be in the rotation for only a couple of weeks, however, with Hisashi Iwakuma's (finger) return looming.

Angels | Josh Wall recalled, Jose Alvarez sent down

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:32:32 -0700

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recalled RP Josh Wall from the minors Friday, April 18, and optioned RP Jose Alvarez to Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move.

Rangers | Have interest in Joel Hanrahan

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:21:16 -0700

The Texas Rangers are in the mix to sign free-agent RP Joel Hanrahan (Red Sox). Hanrahan is a native of Lewisville, Texas, which is a suburb of Dallas. As many as 20 teams have scouted Hanrahan. The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians are also believed to be interested, and the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays were reported to be in attendance at his throwing session Thursday, April 17.

FANTASY TIP: The Rangers could use some help in their bullpen with Neftali Feliz in the minors and Tanner Scheppers in the starting rotation. If he signs with Texas, he wouldn't be handed the closer's role but would have a shot if Soria didn't work out.

Tigers | Justin Miller recalled, Tyler Collins optioned

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:18:09 -0700

The Detroit Tigers recalled RP Justin Miller from Triple-A Toledo Friday, April 18, and optioned OF Tyler Collins to Toledo in a corresponding move.

Patriots | Visit with Marqise Lee

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:03:18 -0700

The New England Patriots visited with Southern California WR Marqise Lee this week.

Reds | Brandon Phillips leaves game

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:55:47 -0700

Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (back) removed himself from the game early Friday, April 18. Phillips looked to have a problem with his back during an at-bat in the first inning.

FANTASY TIP: This could be a pretty serious injury for Phillips. From the looks of his swing, it could have been an oblique injury, but we'll have to wait and see. Check back later for more injury news on Phillips. Ramon Santiago replaced Phillips in the game and would receive most of the playing at the keystone if Phillips misses significant time.

Dodgers | Yasiel Puig unaffected by off-the-field story

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:54:42 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig said he's unaffected by a story that details his escape from Cuba, including details that say he's receiving death threats from the human traffickers that smuggled him into Mexico. "I feel normal," Puig said in Spanish. "I'm focused on baseball and giving the best of myself to the team and, hopefully, everything turns out well on the field. Those things that are happening aren't affecting me."

FANTASY TIP: As an owner of Puig, you have to wonder how this development will affect his play, if at all. It hasn't been the kind of start most expected for the Cuban outfielder, but it's still early in the season.

Browns | Nevin Lawson to visit

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:41:38 -0700

The Cleveland Browns will visit with Utah State CB Nevin Lawson Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24, according to a league source.

Ravens | Interested in Cody Latimer

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:19:49 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens have growing interest in Indiana WR Cody Latimer.

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Nationals | Xavier Cedeno recalled, Blake Treinen sent down

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:11:11 -0700

The Washington Nationals recalled RP Xavier Cedeno from the minors Friday, April 18, and optioned RP Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.

Ravens | Interested in Terrance Mitchell

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:09:27 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens are interested in Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell.

Yankees | Brendan Ryan making progress

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:08:41 -0700

New York Yankees 2B Brendan Ryan (back) received seven simulated at-bats Friday, April 18, and is scheduled to play in an extended spring game Saturday, April 19. He's hoping to rejoin the team in 10 days to two weeks.

Raiders | Worked out Terrance Mitchell

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:07:59 -0700

The Oakland Raiders worked out Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell.

Colts | Worked out Terrance Mitchell

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:07:30 -0700

The Indianapolis Colts worked out Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell.

Braves | Evan Gattis explains new approach

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:03:12 -0700

Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis is 14-for-33 (.424) with two doubles, four home runs, seven RBIs and six strikeouts in nine April games since the team's opener, and he's 5-for-20 with three home runs in two-strike situations. Gattis explained his success: "It's really just taking my hands directly to the ball," he said. "I was doing it even during spring training, though the results weren't there." Gattis is more concerned with making contact with two strikes, as well.

FANTASY TIP: Gattis' lack of patience was the reason for his decline in the second half last year. The power is obviously still there, but if he can keep this approach all season long, there is batting average upside to be had.

Braves | B.J. Upton showing signs of life

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:19 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton is 10-for-42 (.238) with three extra-base hits, four walks, nine strikeouts and a .304 OPS in his last 10 games, but he's just 2-for-22 with runners on base, including 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. He's 6-for-41 (.146) with a .146 on-base percentage against right-handers and 5-for-17 (.294) against lefties.

FANTASY TIP: Upton can still be useful in very deep mixed leagues, but keep in mind his splits and the fact that he's becoming more and more of a platoon player.

Braves | Alex Wood pitching well

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:47:50 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Alex Wood is 2-2 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts this year, and he has the seventh-lowest ERA among National League starters. He also has 24 strikeouts and seven walks in 27 innings, and in his two losses, the team scored one and no runs. The Braves are likely to monitor Wood's innings this year, and a cap of 175 innings seems reasonable.

FANTASY TIP: We mentioned Wood as a sleeper candidate this season, and he shouldn't be in any danger of being bumped from the rotation based on a few bad outings, because the Braves don't have the luxury of rotation depth this year.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira feels great

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:46:59 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (hamstring) went 1-for-5 with a single and strikeout in an extended spring training game Friday, April 18, and he said he's feeling great. He's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Sunday, April 20. Teixeira played three innings and had three plate appearances in an extended spring game Thursday, April 17.

FANTASY TIP: All signs are pointing toward Teixeira playing Sunday. Be prepared to get him back into your lineups on that day and next week in weekly leagues.

Ravens | Rolando McClain to join team soon

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:38:19 -0700

Baltimore Ravens LB Rolando McClain will join the team as soon as Monday, April 21, for the start of the team's offseason program.

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Browns | Blake Bortles to visit

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:27:03 -0700

Central Florida QB Blake Bortles is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Browns Monday April 21, and Tuesday, April 22.

Jaguars | Schedule second visit with Teddy Bridgewater

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:20:51 -0700

The Jacksonville Jaguars have scheduled a second visit and workout with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Texans | Will meet with Teddy Bridgewater

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:20:14 -0700

The Houston Texans will meet with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater next week.

Saints | Re-sign Robert Meachem

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:08:34 -0700

The New Orleans Saints re-signed WR Robert Meachem to a one-year deal Friday, April 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jets | Will visit with Walter Powell

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:04:18 -0700

The New York Jets will visit with Murray State WR Walter Powell Monday, April 18.

Raiders | Matt McCants signs tender

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:01:44 -0700

Oakland Raiders OT Matt McCants signed his exclusive rights tender Friday, April 18.