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49ers | Anthony Davis undergoes surgery

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:46:17 -0700

San Francisco 49ers OT Anthony Davis (biceps, shoulder) recently underwent surgery to repair labrum and biceps damage. It is not known when Davis will be able to participate in football activities.

Texans | Blake Bortles could be option if team moves down

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:42:54 -0700

The Houston Texans could consider selecting Central Florida QB Blake Bortles if they move down in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Padres | Chase Headley has calf strain

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:37:52 -0700

Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (calf) left the game early with a right calf sprain Thursday, April 24. It's the same calf that gave Headley problems during spring training.

FANTASY TIP: Not good news for Headley owners. There's a good chance he'll need to go on the DL, depending on the severity of the injury. Alexi Amarista would likely take over the majority of the starting duties at the hot corner. The tiny utility infielder makes plenty of contact, but doesn't offer much else. He's a warm body as middle infield depth in NL-only leagues with consistent PT.

Falcons | Considered most likely to trade up

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:36:58 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons are considered the most likely team to trade for the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, according to many NFL executives. The Falcons have shown significant interest in South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney leading up to the draft.

Titans | Three to sit out minicamp

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:36:33 -0700

Tennessee Titans C Brian Schwenke (ankle), OG Andy Levitre (hip) and LB Akeem Ayers (knee) will not participate in the team's minicamp next week.

Bills | C.J. Mosley visits

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:30:59 -0700

The Buffalo Bills met with Alabama LB C.J. Mosley Thursday, April 24.

NFL | Bradley Roby arrested

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:25:09 -0700

Ohio State CB Bradley Roby was arrested Sunday, April 20, and has been charged with operating a vehicle while impaired. The police responded to a report of Roby being passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle. The police officers opened his door and detected the smell of alcohol.

Padres | Chase Headley leaves game

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:23:12 -0700

San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (undisclosed) left the game early after coming out of the batter's box awkward Thursday, April 24.

FANTASY TIP: It's unclear exactly what is ailing Headley. Check back to find out more details on his injury and how long he may be out of the lineup moving forward. Alexi Amarista would be the main beneficiary of extra playing time if this keeps Headley out for an extended period.

Nationals | Not concerned about Gio Gonzalez

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:19:52 -0700

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams isn't concerned with SP Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) after he left his start with left shoulder tightness Wednesday, April 23. However, the team will wait to know more Saturday, April 26. Gonzalez will throw a bullpen session before the game Saturday to see if he can make his scheduled start Tuesday, April 29. Gonzalez had normal soreness Thursday, April 24.

FANTASY TIP: As of now, expect Gonzalez to make his start next week. Check back this weekend to see if he suffers a setback during his bullpen.

Marlins | Rafael Furcal to return in a few weeks

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:16:47 -0700

Miami Marlins 2B Rafael Furcal (hamstring) is 4-for-17 (all singles) in five rehab games with Single-A Jupiter last week and was hitless in nine at-bats with Double-A Jacksonville in his first two games. Manager Mike Redmond said Furcal will likely use the entire 20-day rehab window, which would put him on track to return May 6. It's unclear where Furcal will hit in the batting order when he returns.

FANTASY TIP: Derek Dietrich's bat has endeared him to Redmond, but his defensive shortcomings are hurting him. Expect Furcal to see at least a part-time share of playing time at the keystone with either Dietrich or Donovan Solano. Furcal isn't very attractive for his bat these days, though, making him only a mildly attractive addition in NL leagues if you need infield help.

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Cardinals | Oscar Taveras playing

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:16:03 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras (ankle) is back in the lineup for Triple-A Memphis Thursday, April 24. He's starting in left field and batting third.

Seahawks | Work out A.J. Jefferson

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:16:03 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks worked out free-agent CB A.J. Jefferson (Vikings) Thursday, April 24.

Seahawks | Armanti Edwards worked out

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:11:40 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks worked out free-agent WR Armanti Edwards (Browns) Thursday, April 24.

Titans | A.J. McCarron misses visit

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:03:54 -0700

The Tennessee Titans were scheduled to meet with Alabama QB A.J. McCarron earlier this month, but McCarron did not visit because he was sick. The team did not reschedule their meeting with McCarron.

Falcons | Bruce Ellington to work out

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:40:42 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to work out South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington Friday, April 25.

Athletics | Ryan Cook not ready for ninth inning

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:31:37 -0700

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin likes how RP Ryan Cook has progressed since coming off the disabled list, but he's not ready to give Cook chances to close out games in the ninth inning.

FANTASY TIP: Cook remains the best long-term option for saves in Oakland. However, with Jim Johnson gaining more speed toward regaining the closer role, it looks like you'll have to be a little more patient with Cook. He'll help with your pitching stats, regardless, if you own him in a deep mixed league.

Athletics | Jim Johnson in consideration for saves

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:28:35 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson is in consideration to close out games in the ninth inning again, but he's not back in the closer role.

FANTASY TIP: Sean Doolittle and Luke Gregerson have each had their bumps while trying to save games in the ninth. The possibility always existed that Johnson could earn the job back with improved performance. He's pitching the later innings again and could have the role back to himself before long. Add him now if you have the room if you don't feel like paying a steep price if he regains the role.

Athletics | A.J. Griffin seeking second opinion

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:27:25 -0700

Oakland Athletics SP A.J. Griffin (elbow) will seek a second opinion on his elbow Tuesday, April 29. He hasn't felt good while throwing in the past couple of days.

FANTASY TIP: Griffin is dealing with flexor tendonitis in his right elbow. The possibility exists that Griffin will need to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Eagles | Evan Mathis won't hold out

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:18:28 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles OG Evan Mathis doesn't intend to make a huge fuss over his contract situation this offseason. "I'm here. I'm not holding out. I much prefer reading the articles and the hate tweets and everything from conjecture as opposed to any information that ever came from anybody that knew anything about the situation," Mathis said.

Cardinals | Michael Wacha going to curve more often

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:12:47 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha is using his curveball around 12 percent of the time this year compared to just five percent last season. Wacha is also using his cut fastball more often. He gets plenty of vertical break on his curve, which gives him another potential out pitch. Fourteen of his 93 pitches during his outing Wednesday, April 23, were curves. Wacha's curve has induced a ground-ball rate of 60 percent this year so far.

FANTASY TIP: The risk with putting too much faith in Wacha is that he doesn't have a track record in the majors besides last season. It's encouraging that his repertoire is more diverse, however. Continue to ride him but be wary of some regression.

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NFL | Owners will discuss expanded playoffs in May

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:06:10 -0700

The NFL will discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings in Atlanta, although a vote is uncertain on the proposal to add two teams to the postseason. If the owners vote for the increase in May, the 14-team format could be implemented as early as the 2014 season. If no vote is taken, 2015 would be targeted for expanded playoffs, with a potential vote in October or March 2015.

NFL | Decides on 15-yard line for experimental XP distance

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:04:32 -0700

The NFL will experiment with snapping the ball from the 15-yard line on extra points in the first two weeks of the 2014 preseason. Previously, the plan had been to experiment from the 20-yard line.

Red Sox | Will Middlebrooks set to return Friday

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:59:48 -0700

Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (calf) went 0-for-4 for Triple-A Pawtucket in a rehab game Thursday, April 24, and he's expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday, April 25.

FANTASY TIP: Middlebrooks will immediately return to starting base duties. Brock Holt, who has been filling in at the hot corner, is a likely candidate to be sent back to the minors.

Twins | Alex Meyer throwing new changeup

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:55:46 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Alex Meyer has switched to a new changeup, a three-fingered changeup instead of a circle changeup. "It was really encouraging," assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "He threw 15 changeups. He changed his grip. I think he's going to break that out and use it more in the games. So that's a positive thing. Obviously, he pitched well with 11 strikeouts and three walks. He was pretty dominant." Meyer had a career-high 11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 scoreless innings with Triple-A Rochester Wednesday, April 23.

Twins | Oswaldo Arcia swinging again

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:54:29 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) hit in the cages Thursday, April 24, and is expected to take batting practice on the field Friday, April 25. He could embark on a rehab assignment by early next week.

Twins | Matt Guerrier making his way back

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:54:03 -0700

Minnesota Twins RP Matt Guerrier (back, elbow) allowed a run while striking out one and walking one in his first outing for Triple-A Rochester Wednesday, April 23. He's making his way back from surgeries on his back and flexor mass in his right elbow. He has a May 8 opt-out date in his contract.

Dodgers | Matt Kemp out

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:47:15 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp is sitting out of the lineup Thursday, April 24.

FANTASY TIP: It's a standard day off for Kemp. Look to get him back in your lineups tomorrow night.

Jets | Will meet with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:42:57 -0700

The New York Jets are meeting with Alabama FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Thursday, April 24.

Orioles | Dylan Bundy, Johan Santana to throw Friday

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:40:44 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (elbow) will throw another bullpen session Friday, April 25. SP Johan Santana (shoulder) will throw a side session.

Eagles | Chris Polk underwent major shoulder surgery

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:35:36 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk's (shoulder) January surgery was a major procedure, but details remain unknown.

FANTASY TIP: Polk's injury clouds his already limited fantasy appeal.

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Mets | Daisuke Matsuzaka records first save

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:34:37 -0700

New York Mets RP Daisuke Matsuzaka had a perfect inning to pick up his first career save against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 24. Manager Terry Collins said RP Kyle Farnsworth was fine to pitch, but he had appeared in three of the last four days and his velocity was down noticeably during his save Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Dice-K is now a realistic option for save chances behind Farnsworth. Farnsie's drop in velocity may be a concern, since he was favoring his right arm earlier this week, too. While Matsuzaka isn't in the ninth-inning role yet, he figures to see occasional save chances in order to keep Farnsworth fresh.

Yankees | David Phelps likely to make a start

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:23:13 -0700

New York Yankees RP David Phelps is likely to take SP Michael Pineda's next turn in the rotation May 3.

FANTASY TIP: Phelps' start will be a one-time deal while Pineda is suspended, so don't go out and pick him up off the waiver wire.

Panthers | Pick up fifth year of Cam Newton's contract

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:21:20 -0700

The Carolina Panthers have officially submitted the paperwork to pick up the fifth-year option on QB Cam Newton's contract Thursday, April 24.

Browns | Work out several quarterbacks

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:20:28 -0700

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage, University of Miami QB Stephen Morris and North Dakota State QB Brock Jensen have worked out or have arranged visits with the Cleveland Browns, according to reports.

Browns | Aaron Murray will visit team

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:19:30 -0700

Updating a previous report, Georgia QB Aaron Murray will visit the Cleveland Browns this week.

Browns | Will meet with Keith Wenning

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:18:35 -0700

The Cleveland Browns will meet with Ball State QB Keith Wenning this week.

Browns | Trey Hopkins visited

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:17:21 -0700

Texas OG Trey Hopkins has visited with the Cleveland Browns.

Browns | Connor Shaw update

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:12:41 -0700

Updating a previous report, South Carolina QB Connor Shaw will visit the Cleveland Browns Friday, April 25, and the Browns will work out Shaw privately Saturday, April 26 on the South Carolina campus, according to a league source.

Patriots | Have worked out Connor Shaw twice

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:10:21 -0700

South Carolina QB Connor Shaw has worked out for the New England Patriots twice, including for their quarterbacks coach.

Pirates | Russell Martin to return Friday

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:09:33 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin (body) said he'll return to the lineup Friday, April 25. Martin has been dealing with "lower body" soreness, according to manager Clint Hurdle.

FANTASY TIP: Make sure you have Martin in your starting lineup for tomorrow's games. But check his status before gametime to make sure he's indeed back.

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White Sox | Dayan Viciedo hot

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:05:28 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo entered the day Thursday, April 24, hitting an American League-best .354 with a .410 average in his last 10 games. Viciedo's on-base percentage of .403 has been especially impressive. Hitting coach Todd Steverson suggested that too many expectations were likely put on Viciedo when he initially arrived in the big leagues.

FANTASY TIP: Viciedo went 3-for-4 and fell a homer short of the cycle Thursday to stay hot. Improved plate discipline and pitch recognition are helping Viciedo in this hot streak. Remember that he's been a streaky hitter in the past, but consistent playing time and his new approach may help him take the next step.

White Sox | Gordon Beckham to be starter at 2B

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:00:30 -0700

Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham will resume the role of the starting second baseman now that he's back from the disabled list. Beckham hit .267 with five home runs and 24 RBIs in 103 games for the team last year. "You don't lose that spot just because you're hurt," manager Robin Ventura said. "So we expect him to be in there." 2B Marcus Semien will go back to a backup role.

FANTASY TIP: Beckham is back in the starting role, but if he doesn't hit, Semien could at least mix in frequently at the keystone. As long as he's starting every day, Beckham is decent middle infield insurance in cavernous mixed setups.

White Sox | Conor Gillaspie scratched

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:59:14 -0700

Chicago White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie (hand) was scratched from the lineup Thursday, April 24, after testing his sore left hand with early swings in the batting cage. Gillaspie doesn't think he's dealing with anything worse than a bruise, and rest is probably the best prescription for him right now. "This has been going on for a couple of weeks, gradually," Gillaspie said. "It would get jammed every other game or whatever and then for whatever reason the other night it just got jammed a couple of times on foul balls, and from then on it's been pretty tender."

FANTASY TIP: Gillaspie's injury isn't serious enough to land him on the DL, but there's no telling when he'll be back in the lineup. If you own him in an AL-only league, keep checking on his status daily.

White Sox | Adam Eaton likely to return Friday

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:52:25 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Adam Eaton (hamstring) missed his fifth straight game Thursday, April 24, with a mild strain in his left knee. Eaton is likely to return to the lineup Friday, April 25. Manager Robin Ventura said Eaton is looking much better.

FANTASY TIP: Check back tomorrow evening before inserting Eaton back into your lineup. If he's starting, he should be starting for your squad, too.

Indians | John Axford off to good start

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:50:04 -0700

Cleveland Indians RP John Axford leads the American League in saves with eight and has a 2.79 ERA through 11 outings. He's held hitters to a .176 average with nine strikeouts and seven walks in 9 2/3 innings.

Browns | Phil Taylor hopes his option is picked up

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:43:42 -0700

Cleveland Browns NT Phil Taylor hopes his fifth-year option is picked up by the franchise. Taylor is encouraged by the Browns' defensive free-agent acquisitions and is hitting it off with new head coach Mike Pettine, defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil and new defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.

Indians | Justin Masterson trying to build arm strength

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:43:38 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson is increasing the volume of his four-seam fastballs during bullpen sessions in order to try and increase his arm strength and gain back some velocity on his pitches. "I think right now, he just can't find that four-seam velocity that he had last year," pitching coach Mickey Callaway said. "I wouldn't say he's reinventing himself. I think he's playing the cards that he's dealt right now. We're working towards finding the four-seam velocity again and he's been working hard." Masterson's average fastball velocity is down a few mph this season, as well as his slider. Regardless, he's struck out 15 and walked four for a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings in his last two outings.

FANTASY TIP: Some mechanical adjustments Masterson has made probably have something to do with his drop in velocity. It's still early in the year, so this trend isn't too alarming just yet, especially since he's having positive results.

Red Sox | Grady Sizemore, Jonny Gomes could platoon

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:37:52 -0700

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said he can envision a platoon between OFs Grady Sizemore and Jonny Gomes in left field.

FANTASY TIP: This shouldn't come as a surprise. Sizemore has cooled off since an initial hot start, and the Red Sox would like to keep the oft-injured Sizemore fresh through the long haul. It'll drop his value significantly in mixed leagues .

Mets | Kyle Farnsworth still the closer

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:32:07 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Mets manager Terry Collins said RP Kyle Farnsworth is the team's primary closer on days that he's available to pitch.

FANTASY TIP: After Daisuke Matsuzaka recorded the save Thursday, it now appears that he's the primary backup option to Farnsworth, should he struggle or get injured. Pick up Matsuzaka if you're in need of saves.

Blue Jays | Dustin McGowan to make next start

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:27:48 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays SP Dustin McGowan will make his next start, according to manager John Gibbons.

FANTASY TIP: McGowan's rough start makes him a candidate to be bumped from the rotation. Look for better options in mixed leagues. The Jays could go with a six-man rotation eventually if McGowan doesn't turn things around.

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NFL | Multiple teams have interviewed Connor Shaw

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:27:46 -0700

South Carolina QB Connor Shaw has interviewed with the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dolphins | Interested in Connor Shaw

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:25:58 -0700

The Miami Dolphins have displayed a lot of interest in South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.

Yankees | Ivan Nova to have TJS

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:25:51 -0700

New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, April 29. Doctor James Andrews will perform the procedure.

FANTASY TIP: You can now cut bait on Nova in all formats.

Yankees | Roster moves

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:22:48 -0700

The New York Yankees recalled RPs Bruce Billings and Shane Greene from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thursday, April 24, and optioned 2B Dean Anna and RP Preston Claiborne to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in corresponding moves. Also, SP Ivan Nova (elbow) was moved to the 60-day DL.

Mets | Kyle Farnsworth being assessed

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:15:54 -0700

New York Mets RP Kyle Farnsworth will continue to close games for the team while manager Terry Collins assesses him and internal options such as RP Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka faced just a single hitter in his outing Wednesday, April 24. "I wouldn't say I've enjoyed my time out of the bullpen," Matsuzaka said. "I'm still trying to figure things out by seeing how the game progresses and seeing where I might be called upon. I just have too much on my plate right now to enjoy the process right now."

FANTASY TIP: Dice-K notched the save Thursday afternoon. Farnsie had worked in three of the last four days, however, so the Mets may have wanted to give him a break. Regardless, Matsuzaka is now in the saves picture in Flushing. Grab him immediately if you're chasing saves. It could become a closer-by-committee or Matsuzaka could usurp Farnsworth eventually.

Mets | To keep Bobby Abreu fresh

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:11:00 -0700

New York Mets manager Terry Collins plans to give OF Bobby Abreu around one outfield start per week to keep his bat fresh. Abreu started in the outfield for the first time in two years Thursday, April 24, to give OF Curtis Granderson a rest. Abreu hit .395 with a 1.086 OPS in 15 games with Triple-A Las Vegas.

FANTASY TIP: Abreu is strictly an NL-only commodity because his playing time will be sparse.

Rangers | Shin-Soo Choo improving

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:08:22 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) is reporting improvement in his sprained left ankle, and the team is hoping he'll avoid the disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Choo remains day-to-day, but if he's unable to play by this weekend, expect the Rangers to seriously consider putting him on the DL. Keep Choo on your bench until further notice.

Rangers | Neftali Feliz has no structural damage

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:04:43 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz (elbow) was diagnosed with general soreness in his right elbow after being examined by Dr. Keith Meister Thursday, April 24, and he doesn't have any structural damage to his ligaments or tendons. Feliz will be placed on the minor league disabled list, though, and will likely resume throwing later this week.

FANTASY TIP: It looks like Feliz will avoid his second Tommy John surgery, for now, but his return to the majors will be delayed by this setback.

Rangers | Pedro Figueroa to have TJS

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:02:02 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Pedro Figueroa (elbow) has a torn ligament and flexor tendon in his left elbow, and he's expected to have Tommy John surgery next week.

Yankees | Michael Pineda won't appeal suspension

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:00:51 -0700

New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda will not appeal his 10-game suspension, so he'll begin his suspension Thursday, April 24.

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49ers | Aldon Smith avoids felony charge

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:48:52 -0700

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith avoided felony charges for making bomb threats at an airport earlier this month. The case has been forwarded to the Los Angeles City attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration.

Falcons | Will meet with Jadeveon Clowney

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:47:47 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons will meet with South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney Friday, April 25, to watch him do drills.

Giants | Victor Cruz wants team to target wide receiver

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:27:57 -0700

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz said he would like the team to target a wide receiver in the NFL draft. "A (big-play receiver) is something we need in this offense to be successful," Cruz continued. "An outside guy that can do the job and that can help fuel all the other receivers in the locker room and put some fire up under them to get them where they have to be."

Rangers | Kevin Kouzmanoff to be examined

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:24:19 -0700

Texas Rangers 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff (back) is flying back to Texas to be examined by Dr. Drew Dosset. Kouzmanoff hasn't improved and has a history of back problems.

FANTASY TIP: Donnie Murphy is taking over at the hot corner with Kouz sidelined. He's worth a look in the short term in AL-only leagues until Adrian Beltre (hamstring) returns.

Angels | Ernesto Frieri missing his spots, but still the closer

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:22:17 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ernesto Frieri said he's simply missing his spots after blowing his second save of the season against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, April 23. Frieri is 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in 10 outings this year. Manager Mike Scioscia said he'd consider making a change in the ninth inning if it's needed, but has no current plans to do so. "I'm missing with everything my fastball, my changeup, my slider," Frieri said. "My arm feels good. My fastball is coming out good too. I'm just missing. … Even when I'm ahead in the count, man. I can't be leaving balls down the middle, because I'm going to get hurt."

FANTASY TIP: If you're speculating on saves or are a Frieri owner looking to cover your back, Joe Smith would be next in line for save chances if Scioscia makes a move. Look to pick up Smith on the cheap now if you have the space. Otherwise, he'll cost you a pretty penny if Frieri is demoted.

Twins | Kenny Wilson claimed

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:10:16 -0700

The Minnesota Twins claimed OF Kenny Wilson off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, April 24. Wilson will report to Double-A New Britain.

Ravens | LaQuan Williams contract details

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:09:58 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms with WR LaQuan Williams on a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Rays | Desmond Jennings playing well

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:04:15 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings had three hits and reached base four times Wednesday, April 23, after returning from a groin injury. "Des is playing really well," manager Joe Maddon said. "Des is playing a really good game of baseball. He's doing a lot of nice things. Attempting to bunt, bunting, running the bases extremely well. Playing good outfield. At-bats, he's not chasing." Jennings also had two stolen bases Wednesday.

Browns | Meet with Connor Shaw

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:40:40 -0700

The Cleveland Browns met with South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.

Titans | Meet with Connor Shaw

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:39:56 -0700

The Tennessee Titans met with South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.

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Patriots | Meet with Connor Shaw

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:39:17 -0700

The New England Patriots met with South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.

Falcons | Meet with Connor Shaw

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:37:48 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons met with South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.

Bears | Work out Darius Reynaud

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:23:23 -0700

The Chicago Bears worked out free-agent RB Darius Reynaud (Jets) Thursday, April 24.

Yankees | Michael Pineda suspended

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:11:07 -0700

New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda was suspended 10 games Thursday, April 24, after being ejected from his outing Wednesday, April 23, for using a foreign substance on the baseball.

FANTASY TIP: Pineda should only miss one of his scheduled starts.

Colts | Ahmad Bradshaw injury update

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:07:43 -0700

Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) said he is feeling great six months after having surgery for a neck issue. "I'm six months after surgery. I feel great," Bradshaw said. "Getting stronger. I'm just glad to be back here and be a part of this team."

Bengals | Visit with Terrance Cobb

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:54:44 -0700

The Cincinnati Bengals visited with Cumberlands RB Terrance Cobb Thursday, April 24.

Buccaneers | Would seriously consider Johnny Manziel

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:50:12 -0700

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers would seriously consider selecting Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel with their first round draft pick if he is still on the board.

Brewers | Brandon Kintzler activated, Alfredo Figaro sent down

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:48:55 -0700

The Milwaukee Brewers activated RP Brandon Kintzler (shoulder) from the disabled list Thursday, April 24, and optioned RP Alfredo Figaro to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move.

Cardinals | Adam Wainwright won't miss start

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:43:08 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (knee) threw a bullpen session and felt good enough that he will make his next scheduled start against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, April 27. He said his knee was "a hair sore -- on full extension only" during his bullpen Thursday, April 24. Wainwright is currently 4-1 with a 1.46 ERA.

FANTASY TIP: You'll want to leave Waino in your starting lineup for his next start.

Mariners | Erasmo Ramirez optioned, Cole Gillespie brought up

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:41:18 -0700

The Seattle Mariners optioned SP Erasmo Ramirez to the minors Thursday, April 24, and recalled OF Cole Gillespie in a corresponding move. Ramirez will report to Single-A High Desert.

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Ravens | Re-sign LaQuan Williams

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:37:38 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens re-signed WR LaQuan Williams Thursday, April 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Steelers | Visit with Jerick McKinnon

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:26:58 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers will visit with Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon Thursday, April 24.

Steelers | Visit with Demarcus Lawrence

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:25:30 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers will visit with Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence Thursday, April 24.

Eagles | Jeremy Maclin fully recovered

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:10:05 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) said he is fully recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Maclin said if training camp started today, he would be a full go and have no limitations.

FANTASY TIP: Maclin is poised to play a big role in Chip Kelly's offense in 2014 if he can stay healthy. Maclin is likely a No. 3 wide receiver with plenty of upside.

Diamondbacks | Mark Trumbo to DL

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:12:15 -0700

The Arizona Diamondbacks officially placed OF Mark Trumbo (foot) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 24, and recalled OF Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move.

FANTASY TIP: Kieschnick will provide the Snakes with outfield insurance. He can be ignored in most formats. Be prepared for a long absence for Trumbo.

Cubs | Roster moves

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:10:24 -0700

The Chicago Cubs recalled RPs Neil Ramirez and Zach Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa Thursday, April 24, and optioned RP Blake Parker to Iowa in a corresponding move.

Cubs | Don't have designated closer

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:08:56 -0700

Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he's not sure who his closer is right now. RP Pedro Strop won't be available Thursday, April 24, after throwing 31 pitches Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Not surprising -- no one has stepped up. Hector Rondon has been better than Strop, but Chicago seems to favor using him in setup spots. That could change soon, and he's a decent speculation. Maybe later in the season, Arodys Vizcaino and Kyuji Fujikawa (Tommy John surgery) could chime in, but it's looking like Jose Veras has a solid chance to work his way back into favor. Check if he's available.

Cubs | Justin Ruggiano to DL

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:04:13 -0700

The Chicago Cubs placed OF Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) on the disabled list after suffering a Grade 2 strain of his hamstring Wednesday, April 23. He'll be out at least three to four weeks. Ruggiano said he heard a "pop" when he was injured.

FANTASY TIP: Ruggiano had been in a platoon in right field with Nate Schierholtz. Schierholtz should now see more consistent playing time, with Ryan Kalish and Ryan Sweeney as options to spell him if needed. Schierholtz deserves a look in very deep mixed leagues.

Red Sox | Shane Victorino activated

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:56 -0700

The Boston Red Sox activated OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 24.

FANTASY TIP: Get Victorino back into your starting lineups. Grady Sizemore's playing time could be affected the most by Victorino's return, but he should at least be a semi-regular part of the lineup.

Red Sox | Alex Wilson sent down

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:37 -0700

The Boston Red Sox optioned RP Alex Wilson to the minors Thursday, April 14.

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Pirates | Jared Hughes optioned

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:57:24 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned RP Jared Hughes to the minors Thursday, April 24.

Yankees | Michael Pineda admits to using pine tar

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:56:40 -0700

New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda admitted to using pine tar during his outing Wednesday, April 23, but said he wasn't doing it to cheat, but rather to get a grip on the ball to ensure he wouldn't hit anyone with an errant pitch. "I fully respect that on a cold night you're trying to get a grip, but when it's that obvious something has got to be said," Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Both Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi expect Pineda to be suspended for the incident.

FANTASY TIP: If Pineda is suspended, he's unlikely to miss more than a start or two for the incident. Be prepared to go in another direction for a week if that happens.

Ravens | Shaq Rowell works out

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:49:07 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens have worked out West Virginia DT Shaq Rowell.

Eagles | Shaq Rowell works out

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:48:45 -0700

The Philadelphia Eagles have worked out West Virginia DT Shaq Rowell.

Browns | Shaq Rowell works out

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:48:22 -0700

The Cleveland Browns have worked out West Virginia DT Shaq Rowell.

Diamondbacks | Mark Trumbo has plantar fasciitis

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:29:42 -0700

In addition to the stress fracture in his left foot, Arizona Diamondbacks OF Mark Trumbo's (foot) MRI exam showed plantar fasciitis that he had been dealing with since spring training. Trumbo thinks he developed the stress fracture while overcompensating due to the plantar fasciitis. "The plantar (fasciitis) at times has been pretty bad but manageable," Trumbo said. "That's what you have to do. You've got to earn a living and play. This was to the point where I severely had to compensate running-wise to the point where I probably wouldn't be much of an asset on either side." Trumbo need 5 1/2 months to heal from a stress fracture in his right foot at the end of the 2011 season, but he doesn't think this is as bad.

FANTASY TIP: The combination of a stress fracture and plantar fasciitis does not bode well for Trumbo. Just look at how foot injuries crippled slugger Albert Pujols last season. Expect Trumbo to be out for a good chunk of time, and when he does return, it could affect him for the rest of the season.

Cubs | C.J. Edwards to be examined

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:50:20 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP C.J. Edwards (shoulder) will be examined by team doctors Thursday, April 24, after experiencing shoulder discomfort during a side session.

Mets | Curtis Granderson sitting

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:47:49 -0700

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson is out of the lineup Thursday, April 24.

NASCAR | Robert Griffin III to drive pace car

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:45:14 -0700

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will drive the pace car for the race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday, April 26. Griffin will go through pace car training and spend some time with driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. before the race.

CFL | Steve Slaton signs with Toronto

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:33:23 -0700

The Toronto Argonauts signed free-agent RB Steve Slaton (Dolphins) to an undisclosed contract.

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Patriots | Josh Hull signs

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:28:22 -0700

The New England Patriots signed free-agent LB Josh Hull (Redskins) to an undisclosed deal.

Broncos | Mike Farrell released

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:25:13 -0700

The Denver Broncos released OT Mike Farrell.

Pirates | Brandon Cumpton called up

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:23:29 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled SP Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Reds | Billy Hamilton sitting

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:17:12 -0700

Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton is out of the lineup Thursday, April 24.

White Sox | Gordon Beckham activated

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:14:45 -0700

Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (oblique) was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Dodgers | Adrian Gonzalez sits

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:52:58 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez rested for the first time Wednesday, April 23.

Dodgers | Zack Greinke dominant

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:46:18 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out 11 to beat the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: He has 40 strikeouts against 5 walks in 29 1/3 innings. Take notice of his surge.

Brewers | Kyle Lohse business as usual

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:43:06 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers SP Kyle Lohse allowed a run on five hits and struck out five in seven innings to beat the San Diego Padres Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Lohse is predominately an underrated fantasy hurler whose low K-rate scares owners away from him. Early on, he has 31 strikeouts in 34 innings to go with this 4-1 record, 2.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. His 8.21 K/9 is considerably higher than the 5.66 K/9 he had last year. Shop him and see if you can cash in on that probably unsustainable K-rate.

Indians | Michael Bourn sitting

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:32:26 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn is out of the lineup Thursday, April 24.

Twins | Chris Colabello delivering

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:28:39 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Chris Colabello drove in four runs Wednesday, April 23. He leads the league with 26 RBIs.

FANTASY TIP: Colabello is a tricky fantasy asset. He's a 30-year-old journeyman that the average fantasy owner knows little about. You could keep him and hope this advanced-age surge is for real or sell high and earn a profit from your waiver claim or low draft pick.

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Cardinals | Yadier Molina extends to 14

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:27:39 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina had three hits Wednesday, April 23, to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

Cardinals | Matt Carpenter with four knocks

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:25:23 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter had four hits Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: His average is back up to .296 after a slow start. He looks locked in and ready to take off.

Cardinals | Michael Wacha's night ends early

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:22:27 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha pitched just four innings in his loss to the New York Mets Wednesday, April 23. It was the shortest he has pitched in his career. Wacha struck out 10, but walked five batters and allowed two runs.

FANTASY TIP: Wacha looked downright filthy early, striking out nine through the first three innings. However, his pitch count rose quickly, and he tired.

White Sox | Charlie Leesman sent down

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:22:09 -0700

The Chicago White Sox optioned SP Charlie Leesman to Triple-A Charlotte. This makes room for 2B Gordon Beckham's (oblique) return.

Colts | Trent Richardson thinks he tried too hard

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:12:57 -0700

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson said after reviewing tape of the 2013 season he thinks he was trying to do too much. "It's human. But you can't hit the home run. You have to set up your runs," Richardson said. "That's one thing, (because of) not having as much success as I've always had, you catch yourself saying, 'I gotta score, I gotta score.' "

Orioles | Nelson Cruz with big night

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:09:01 -0700

Baltimore Orioles OF Nelson Cruz hit two home runs and drove in five runs Wednesday, April 23.

Pirates | Andrew McCutchen heating up

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:52:18 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen hit a home run in his third consecutive game Wednesday, April 23.

Angels | Ernesto Frieri blows another

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:41:00 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim CL Ernesto Frieri allowed four runs in one-third of an inning to blow his second save of the season Wednesday, April 23. He allowed a leadoff homer to open the inning, which is now five home runs allowed in 10 appearances. Manager Mike Scioscia said after the game he was sticking with Frieri as his closer.

FANTASY TIP: The Halos don't have an obvious replacement right now and may need to make a move in order to get one. Joe Smith replaced him for a stretch last year and could be next in line. Michael Kohn is an inexperienced option. Frieri is only safe by default right now.

Yankees | Derek Jeter's streak ends

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:22:15 -0700

New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter's hitting streak ended at 11 games Wednesday, April 23.

Mariners | Kyle Seager with big day

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:21:02 -0700

Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager hit two home runs Wednesday, April 23, one of which was a three-run walkoff shot. He drove in all five runs for the team.

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Astros | Josh Fields blows save

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:19:37 -0700

Houston Astros RP Josh Fields blew the save Wednesday, April 23, by giving up a three-run homer.

FANTASY TIP: Fields was set up to take over the closer role perfectly. Chad Qualls even pitched the eighth inning. We'll see how this fluid situation shakes out as we move forward.

Giants | Pablo Sandoval exits

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:11:43 -0700

San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (illness) left the game Wednesday, April 23, due to a stomach virus.

Rockies | Nolan Arenado extends to 14

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:10:17 -0700

Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 14 games Wednesday, April 23.

Giants | Two with two homers

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:10:01 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Michael Morse and C Hector Sanchez each hit two home runs Wednesday, April 23. Sanchez drove in five runs, and Morse drove in four.

Rams | Justin Veltung signs tender

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:51:36 -0700

St. Louis Rams exclusive rights free-agent WR Justin Veltung signed his one-year tender Wednesday, April 23.

Panthers | Chris Scott signs

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:51:10 -0700

Carolina Panthers OG Chris Scott signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender Wednesday, April 23.

Lions | Host Jeroma Couplin

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:50:48 -0700

William & Mary S Jeroma Couplin visited with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, April 23. Couplin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds at his school's pro day.

Lions | Khairi Fortt visits

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:50:24 -0700

The Detroit Lions hosted California LB Khairi Fortt Wednesday, April 23.

Jaguars | Cecil Shorts not fully recovered

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:49:57 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (groin) is still not quite at full strength, but he said Wednesday, April 23, that he expects to be soon. "I'm on the right path where I'm able to run without any pain," Shorts said. "I still have some work to do and I'm not 100 percent yet, but I'm looking to get there soon. Now, I have to get my strength back and confidence back." Head coach Gus Bradley said Shorts' rehab has gone well, and the receiver is leaner and in great shape.

FANTASY TIP: Shorts is entering the final year of his four-year deal, so if he can stay healthy he will be playing for a big pay day next offseason. That makes him a nice fantasy sleeper.

CFL | Collin Klein heads north

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:49:31 -0700

Free-agent QB Collin Klein (Texans) signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League Wednesday, April 23, according to a source.

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Dodgers | Clayton Kershaw set for rehab start

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:32:22 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (back) will make a minor-league rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga Friday, April 25. Manager Don Mattingly said Kershaw would likely make 55 to 60 pitches. "He'll be making more than one, for sure," Mattingly said Wednesday, April 23. Kershaw might be able to re-join the team May 5.

Dodgers | Ill players each feeling better

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:31:40 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (illness), OF Andre Ethier (illness) and RP J.P. Howell (illness) all reported feeling better Wednesday, April 23, after battling cold and flu symptoms for the past week.

Dodgers | Chad Billingsley slowed in rehab

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:58 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) received a platelet-rich-plasma injection Tuesday, April 22, for elbow tendinitis. He is returning from Tommy John surgery April 2013, but he had a setback in his first minor-league rehab start that originally was attributed to scar tissue. Billingsley said he will be shut down five to seven days and then resume a throwing program, but he was uncertain how much longer his recovery is now expected to take.

Reds | Skip Schumaker to play in extended spring

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:32 -0700

Cincinnati Reds INF/OF Skip Schumaker (shoulder) is scheduled to travel to Arizona Thursday, April 24, to begin playing in extended spring training games at the team's complex. He will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville once he has advanced through extended spring. "It would initially be five or six inning and then move incrementally to get his stamina up," manager Bryan Price said Wednesday, April 23.

Reds | Aroldis Chapman pleased with BP session

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:08:57 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Aroldis Chapman (head) faced hitters Wednesday, April 23, for the first time since he was struck in the head by a line drive last month, suffering fractures above the left eye and nose. He threw 27 pitches of live batting practice. "I felt very good. I didn't feel anything out of the ordinary," Chapman said through an interpreter. Manager Bryan Price said Chapman threw all of his pitches. The next step is for Chapman to throw another live BP session without the assistance of a protective screen this weekend in Atlanta. Then, he is likely to head out on a minor-league rehab assignment.

Nationals | Gio Gonzalez leaves game

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:08:17 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) was removed from his start Wednesday, April 23, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to some shoulder tightness. Manager Matt Williams said the tightness was due to a cold night, and he doesn't consider it a big deal.

FANTASY TIP: It sounds like the removal of Gonzalez was simply a precaution, and Gonzalez isn't in danger of missing his next scheduled start which is set for Tuesday, April 29, on the road against the Houston Astros. Barring any unexpected setbacks, start him in all fantasy leagues as you normally would.

Mariners | Cole Gillespie likely headed up

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:07:52 -0700

The Seattle Mariners have not announced a corresponding move after optioning SS Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, April 23, but a source indicated OF Cole Gillespie will likely get the call.

Mariners | Nick Franklin optioned

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:07:25 -0700

The Seattle Mariners optioned SS Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, April 23.

XxxTreme Motorsports | J.J. Yeley takes wheel of No. 30

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:39:14 -0700

Swan Racing announced Wednesday, April 23, that the No. 30 team has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports, and that team will put J.J. Yeley behind the wheel, replacing rookie Parker Kligerman who drove for Swan.

Swan Racing | Parker Kligerman without ride

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:38:13 -0700

Swan Racing shed both its Sprint Cup Series cars Wednesday, April 23, leaving driver Parker Kligerman in limbo heading into the race Saturday, April 26, at Richmond International Raceway. One of Swan's two cars will move to BK Racing, while the No. 30 team was sold to owner John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports. The No. 30 will now be driven by J.J. Yeley.

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Richard Petty Motorsports | Aric Almirola readies for Richmond

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:37:42 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola has posted two Top 10 finishes on short tracks so far this season, so he is looking forward to this week's race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday, April 26. "You know, in years past at (RPM) our mile-and-a-half program has really been our strong suit and I've kind of dreaded going to short tracks," Almirola said. "Even though I like them, I've kind of dreaded it because I knew that our short-track program wasn't very good, and it was a struggled just to run 20th. We had to fight both tooth and nail."

FANTASY TIP: Almirola, who sits 24th in the points, has been a surprise for fantasy owners. Richmond is another short track, so Almirola could be a sneaky fantasy option, especially in salary cap formats, if he duplicates his success from Bristol and Martinsville earlier this season.

BK Racing | Cole Whitt joins three-man team

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:36:15 -0700

Swan Racing shed both its Sprint Cup Series cars Wednesday, April 23, due to lack of funds. One of its two cars will move to BK Racing, where former Swan minority partner Anthony Marlowe will be listed as owner. The No. 26 car will be driven by Cole Whitt, joining new teammates Alex Bowman of the No. 23, and Ryan Truex of the No. 83 car.

FANTASY TIP: Whitt ranks 33rd in the standings, posting no wins, Top 5s or Top 10s in eight starts so far this season. For fantasy purposes, he is usually only a thought in salary cap formats when trying to squeeze in a low-priced option to afford higher priced stars at your other spots.

Patriots | Pick up Nate Solder's option

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:11:00 -0700

The New England Patriots picked up the fifth-year option on OT Nate Solder Wednesday, April 23.

NFL | Brandon Thomas has ACL surgery

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:10:38 -0700

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas (knee) had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee Wednesday, April 23. The surgery went well, and he is expected to be able to practice in season by sometime in October.

Buccaneers | Luke Stocker sidelined

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:10:14 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Luke Stocker (undisclosed) was on the sidelines for the voluntary workout Wednesday, April 23, due to an undisclosed ailment. "That's hurting guys like him," head coach Lovie Smith said.

Yankees | More on Michael Pineda

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:45:42 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda is not subject to a mandatory suspension for his ejection for using a foreign substance Wednesday, April 23, against the Boston Red Sox.

FANTASY TIP: The situation will certainly be reviewed by the major league offices, however, and a suspension could be coming. His suspension has had one huge impact already, and that was in the Twitterverse, as #PINEda was among the Top 10 trends.

Marlins | Christian Yelich extends hitting streak

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:45:12 -0700

Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich had a single in four at-bats Wednesday, April 23, against the Atlanta Braves, pushing his career-high hitting streak to 17 games. He struck out in his other three at-bats.

FANTASY TIP: Yelich has had an interesting hitting streak. He is hitting .366 during the impressive hitting streak, but he has also struck out 21 times in 71 at-bats during the run. He has emerged as a must-start in all NL-only fantasy leagues, and has been a solid mid-level pick-up in daily formats, especially with providers which do not penalize strikeouts.

Diamondbacks | A.J. Pollock out again

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:44:54 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock (neck) did not start Wednesday, April 23, against the Chicago Cubs due to neck stiffness, but he was able to make a pinch-running appearance in the ninth inning.

Cubs | Pedro Strop blows save on Wrigley anniversary

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:42:59 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Pedro Strop allowed four runs - one earned - and two walks with one hit while retiring just two batters in a relief appearance loss Wednesday, April 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was another gut-wrenching loss for the Cubs on the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.

FANTASY TIP: It was a non-save situation, but an ugly performance nonetheless. He needed 31 pitches to record two outs, and could be unavailable Thursday. He might be skating on thin ice, but there isn't really a sure fire closer waiting in the wings, either.

Cubs | Justin Ruggiano to get MRI

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:26:41 -0700

Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) will have an MRI on his left hamstring after suffering an injury Wednesday, April 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "Ruggiano is going to get an MRI," manager Rick Renteria said. "We won't know the extent of it until he gets seen."

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Yankees | Michael Pineda ejected

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:02:12 -0700

New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda was ejected Wednesday, April 23, against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning for having a foreign substance on his neck that he was applying to the baseball. Pineda was suspected of having pine tar on the palm of his pitching hand, and Red Sox manager John Farrell asked the home plate umpire to check Pineda. After examination, he was ejected from the game.

Pirates | Travis Ishikawa becomes free agent

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:49:28 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Travis Ishikawa cleared waivers and has elected to become a free agent.

Rangers | Kevin Kouzmanoff held out

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:43:20 -0700

Texas Rangers 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff (back) was held out of the lineup with a sore back Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Kouz's injury doesn't seem to be very serious, so he should be back any day now.

Cardinals | Adam Wainwright works out

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:40:55 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (knee) worked out as he normally would Wednesday, April 23, and even did one-legged squats. "I'd be lying if I said there was a little tenderness with complete extension," Wainwright said. "I'm already significantly better than I was last night." He expects to make his next start Sunday, April 27.

FANTASY TIP: All signs point to Waino being fine for his next start. Plan to keep him in your starting lineups this weekend.

Rangers | Martin Perez with nice encore performance

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:38:22 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez allowed just three hits in a shutout effort against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, April 23, after coming off his first career shutout and complete game in his last outing. Perez struck out three and walked two in 108 pitches and didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 26 consecutive innings.

Phillies | Cody Asche continues to sit

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:31:47 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 3B Cody Asche was benched for the third straight game Wednesday, April 23, after manager Ryne Sandberg said he had faith in the youngster Monday, April 21. The team faced lefties both Monday and Tuesday, April 22, but they are facing a right-hander Wednesday. SS Freddy Galvis is starting at third. Asche hasn't started in six of the team's last 11 games. "He's not playing as well as we'd like," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "But we have to give him chances to play."

FANTASY TIP: Ache's slow start has found him riding pine more often than his owners would like to see. Sandberg is apparently very fond of Galvis and what he can offer the squad in a utility role. Asche isn't worth owning in most mixed leagues if his playing time continues to be spotty.

Dodgers | Four regulars not starting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:30:01 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez, OF Carl Crawford, 2B Dee Gordon and C Tim Federowicz are not in the starting lineup Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Remove all of these players from your starting lineups this evening.

Mets | Daisuke Matsuzaka a closing option?

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:29:30 -0700

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SP Daisuke Matsuzaka is an option to close out games. RP Jose Valverde held the closing job for less than three weeks, and now RP Kyle Farnsworth is in the ninth-inning role. Matsuzaka has made just two relief appearances for the team, allowing a run on two hits in four innings, with two walks and six strikeouts. One problem with Matsuzaka pitching at the back of the bullpen is that he has value as a long-relief man and a backup for the starting rotation.

FANTASY TIP: Dice-K isn't a realistic option just yet, and it would take a meltdown or injury from Farnsworth for this to become serious. For now, he's a speculative target for those truly desperate for potential save opps.

Jets | Austin Seferian-Jenkins to visit

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:23:33 -0700

The New York Jets will visit with Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Thursday, April 24.

Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman's recovery on track

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:19:26 -0700

Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) has started conditioning exercises and light fielding drills with just his glove hand. He's also running on an underwater treadmill. Zimmerman isn't ready to start squeezing a bat or putting pressure on his thumb, however, but recent X-rays showed his thumb is healing properly. The team's initial timetable for a four- to six-week recovery are on track.

FANTASY TIP: This is good news if you own Zimmerman. There is still a while before he'll be back, though, so you'll need to remain patient. Danny Espinosa remains a nice option for middle infield depth in deep mixed leagues until Zimmerman returns.

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Nationals | Scott Hairston not ready

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:13:44 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Scott Hairston (oblique) is working his way back from a strained left oblique, and he took batting practice Wednesday, April 23, for the first time and suffered no setbacks. He'll need to go on a minor league rehab assignment before he returns. Hairston is eligible to come off the disabled list already.

Diamondbacks | Mark Trumbo update

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:11:46 -0700

Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks OF Mark Trumbo (foot) has a stress fracture in the third metatarsal of his left foot. There is no timetable for his return.

FANTASY TIP: Trumbo is expected to land on the DL for a lengthy period of time if his second opinion confirms the diagnosis. Foot and lower body injuries can limit a player's torque and pop, especially a hitter such as Trumbo. You'll have to bite the bullet and reserve him for now.

NFL | Marcus Trufant to retire

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:10:30 -0700

Free-agent CB Marcus Trufant (Jaguars) will sign a deal with the Seattle Seahawks with the intention of retiring with the team.

Cubs | Justin Ruggiano to have X-rays

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

Chicago Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) will undergo X-rays on his injured hamstring.

Diamondbacks | Mark Trumbo has stress fracture

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:56:18 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Mark Trumbo (foot) is dealing with a stress fracture in his left foot after undergoing an MRI exam. He will receive a second opinion.

FANTASY TIP: If the initial diagnosis is confirmed, Trumbo will be out for an extended period of time. It'll be a big blow, since hed a nice start for his new squad with seven homers, despite a .210 batting average. Cody Ross and Tony Campana will benefit with more playing time, specifically Ross. Keep in mind, however, that Ross is coming off a serious hip injury and is much better against lefties. Bid accordingly in deep mixed leagues.

Padres | Alberto Gonzalez released

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:55:45 -0700

The San Diego Padres released INF Alberto Gonzalez Wednesday, April 23.

Angels | Sean Burnett, Dane De La Rosa set for sim games

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:53:14 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RPs Sean Burnett (elbow) and Dane De La Rosa (forearm) will throw simulated games in Arizona Thursday, April 24.

Cubs | Justin Ruggiano injured

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:52:29 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano (leg) left the game in the top of the ninth inning with an apparent leg injury Wednesday, April 23. He had to be helped off the field by trainers.

FANTASY TIP: The injury looked pretty bad, and it could be related to his hamstring. Check back for more updates on Ruggiano's condition.

Twins | Oswaldo Arcia to take BP

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:42:18 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) is scheduled to take batting practice Thursday, April 24, after resting today.

Rangers | Pitchers thriving with Robinson Chirinos

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:07:51 -0700

Texas Rangers pitchers enter action Wednesday, April 23, carrying a 2.36 ERA in games started by C Robinson Chirinos.

FANTASY TIP: Chirinos had some prospect hype years ago and, if he can score more playing time over J.P. Arencibia, he could scrape a bit of offensive upside with Arlington as his home park.

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Orioles | Dylan Bundy update

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:06:31 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (elbow) threw eight curveballs today for the first time during his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

FANTASY TIP: He had the procedure last June, so his 2014 impact will be minimal for fantasy, if at all, unless he makes a speedy recovery. He's a fine buy for 2015 and beyond.

Orioles | Manny Machado update

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:30 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) went 3-for-4 in a rehab assignment today. He'll play nine innings at third base for high Single-A Frederick on Friday, April 25.

FANTASY TIP: He could be back sometime in the next 10 or so days, so fantasy players should plan to activate him then.

Seahawks | May not pick up James Carpenter's option

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:53:44 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks are leaning against picking up the fifth-year option in OG James Carpenter's contract, but a final decision has not been made at this point.

Red Sox | Prefer Grady Sizemore as corner OF

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:51:14 -0700

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said the club views OF Grady Sizemore as a better fit for a corner outfield spot than in center field. Sizemore, however, isn't as comfortable in left or right field as he is in center yet.

FANTASY TIP: Jackie Bradley Jr. is a much better option in terms of defense and range. Sizemore's brittle past and more advanced age play into this thinking; there's a chance this may affect Sizemore's PT as the year goes on, but even after Shane Victorino (hamstring) returns, he'll remain at least a semi-regular part of this lineup, especially following Daniel Nava's demotion.

Padres | Josh Johnson to have TJS

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:44:52 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Josh Johnson (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, April 24. This will be Johnson's second ligament-replacement procedure.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson just can't stay healthy. He'll be lost for the rest of the year and at least the beginning of the 2014 season. This bodes well for Robbie Erlin sticking around in the rotation for the long term.

Cowboys | Caleb Hanie signed

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:44:16 -0700

The Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent QB Caleb Hanie (Browns) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Lions | Mikel Leshoure sits out workout

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:43:55 -0700

Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (undisclosed) did not participate during the media-access portion of the team's workout Wednesday, April 23. Leshoure did participate in the workouts Tuesday, April 22.

Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez rested

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:42:30 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez is being rested Wednesday, April 23. He has gone 6-for-39 (.154) in the last 10 games, and he is 4-for-44 against San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain in his career.

FANTASY TIP: Left knee tendonitis that flared up for CarGo on Sunday is probably another thing that factored into the decision to rest him today. After an off day tomorrow, we fully expect Gonzalez to return to the lineup Friday.

NFL | Phil Costa explains retirement

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:36:05 -0700

Retired C Phil Costa said he decided to retire because of the toll football has taken on his body. "Unfortunately, the day-to-day physical rigor of the NFL season has taken a toll on my body and has been a driving force behind my decision," Costa said.

Indians | More on Danny Salazar's struggles

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:33:49 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar said he has struggled with tipping pitches in the past and may be experiencing similar problems now. He watched video and noticed his glove position has changed when he's switched between fastballs and changeups; he said that when throwing the latter, he sometimes opens his glove up too much. Salazar has also experienced issues when facing a lineup the second time around. Cleveland is unlikely to force Salazar to try working things out in the minor leagues; they've recently affirmed their confidence directly to Salazar.

FANTASY TIP: Salazar is worth stashing in deep leagues; if he can fix his issues with his delivery and stamina, he could have a fine finish to the season. You have to consider how patient you can be in shallower formats, though. A surging Trevor Bauer may join the rotation if Salazar can't recover.

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Tigers | Torii Hunter off

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:31:45 -0700

Detroit Tigers OF Torii Hunter will have a regularly scheduled day of rest Wednesday, April 23. There's nothing physically wrong with him. Don Kelly is starting in right field in Hunter's stead.

FANTASY TIP: It's a reminder to daily leaguers that the aging Hunter will have more of these days throughout the season to keep him fresh.

Yankees | Ivan Nova seeking second opinion

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:30:03 -0700

New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (elbow) is seeking a second opinion on his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The MRI performed on the elbow will be sent to Dr. James Andrews.

FANTASY TIP: It's becoming likelier, especially after the first recommendation, that Nova will have to undergo Tommy John surgery. Vidal Nuno has the Yanks' No. 5 gig right now.

Saints | Coach says no decision on Mark Ingram's option

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:26:28 -0700

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said the team has not made a final decision on whether to pick up the fifth-year option in RB Mark Ingram's contract and that they have more time before making a decision.

Giants | Victor Cruz fully healthy

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:23:04 -0700

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he is 100 percent healthy and will not be limited during offseason workouts.

Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul will not be limited

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:17:50 -0700

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) said great and that he will not be limited during offseason workouts. Pierre-Paul has lost 15 pounds this offseason and is comfortable at his current weight of 270 pounds.

Rockies | Rex Brothers being aggressive

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:12:05 -0700

Colorado Rockies RP Rex Brothers succeeded in a jam against the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning Tuesday, April 22, by being aggressive and attacking hitters. "Obviously we had a game plan in place, but for me it's just being aggressive. If I stray away from that, that's where the wheels start turning and I try to be a little fine. Make my pitches and don't worry about it," Brothers said. He has three strikeouts, one hit allowed and no walks in his last three scoreless outings.

Pirates | Travis Ishikawa outrighted

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:11:32 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Travis Ishikawa cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, April 23. It remains to be seen if Ishikawa will accept his outright assignment.

Broncos | Ryan Clady expects to be ready for season

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:09:36 -0700

Denver Broncos OT Ryan Clady (foot) would not give a timetable for his return but said he does expect to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Giants | William Beatty to be brought along slowly

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:08:53 -0700

The New York Giants are expected to bring OT William Beatty (leg) along slowly this offseason as he is still recovering from a broken leg. He said he expects to be ready for the start of the regular season but did not indicate if he will be ready for the start of training camp.

Giants | David Wilson feels good

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:01:38 -0700

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) said he is feeling good and is just waiting for the doctors to clear him to play again. Wilson said he is not experiencing any pain in his surgically repaired neck.

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Phillies | B.J. Rosenberg sent down

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:54:39 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies optioned RP B.J. Rosenberg to Triple-A Lehigh Valley Wednesday, April 23.

Roush Fenway Racing | Carl Edwards has one win at Richmond

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:52:06 -0700

Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards has one win, four top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes in 19 career Sprint Cup starts at Richmond International Raceway. He recorded his first victory at the track in the fall of last year. Edwards owns an average finish of 13.7 at the track.

Lions | Ryan Broyles participating

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:45:39 -0700

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles') is participating in the team's workout Wednesday, April 23. Broyles did not participate Tuesday, April 22.

Dolphins | Jamar Taylor considered quitting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:39:15 -0700

Miami Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor said he considered quitting football after he dealt with injuries during the 2013 season but is ready to play this upcoming season. "It was to the point last year I thought I was done playing football," Taylor said. "I didn't want to play anymore. I was out of it. Thank God for my girlfriend, my family, my pastors and God because I made it through and kept working. I'm really looking forward to this year. I'm going to turn a lot of heads."

Rams | Sam Bradford limited as workouts begin, remains ahead of schedule

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:36:30 -0700

St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford (knee) will start the offseason conditioning program in a limited fashion while still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last season. Head coach Jeff Fisher added that Bradford is well ahead of schedule and will be throwing once organized team activities commence.

Cubs | Luis Valbuena could be used at leadoff

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:32:04 -0700

Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena is another candidate to hit in the leadoff spot this year after he set the tone with a long at-bat in the leadoff spot Tuesday, April 22. "His on-base percentage has been extremely high, especially against right-handed pitching," manager Rick Renteria said of Valbuena, who has a .420 on-base percentage against right-handed pitchers. "Yesterday, I think he set the tone. He fouled off a lot of pitches and got on base." 2B Emilio Bonifacio and OF Junior Lake have also been used at leadoff.

Dolphins | Matt Szymanski signed

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:29:11 -0700

The Miami Dolphins have signed free-agent PK Matt Szymanski (Chiefs) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cubs | Jake Arrieta to make rehab start Saturday

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:23:35 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta (shoulder) will make another rehab start with Double-A Tennessee Saturday, April 26, and it could be his last rehab start before the team activates him from the disabled list.

Cowboys | Lance Dunbar taking part in workouts

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:22:25 -0700

Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) has been participating in offseason workouts this week. He is expected to enter the 2014 season as the team's No. 2 running back.

Orioles | Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy back

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:20:07 -0700

Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters (forearm) and SS J.J. Hardy (hamstring) are both back in the starting lineup Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Get both Wieters and Hardy back into your fake starting lineups ASAP.

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Lions | Erik Lora to visit

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:10:11 -0700

The Detroit Lions are scheduled to meet with Eastern Illinois WR Erik Lora Friday, April 25.

Cardinals | Adam Wainwright expects to make next start

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:08:11 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (knee) insists that he'll be good to go for his next start against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, April 27, after hyperextending his knee Tuesday, April 22. "My ACL, MCL, UCL, all those LCLs, QCLs, all the CLs are good," Wainwright said, listing actual and fictional ligaments that could have been damaged in the twist. "It's one of those (plays) that looks scarier than it actually was. … I expected it to be more painful than it actually was."

FANTASY TIP: The Cards could choose to push Wainwright back, but if he doesn't have a setback, he shouldn't need to miss a start.

Bills | Two linemen visiting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:03:23 -0700

The Buffalo Bills are meeting with Notre Dame OT Zack Martin and McGill OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Wednesday, April 23.

Mariners | Nick Franklin starting in right

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:50:46 -0700

Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin is receiving his first career start in right field Wednesday, April 23. "I'm trying to get a spark," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's a bat. Hopefully, he'll go out and get three or four hits today, score a couple and knock in three…and become a (heck) of a right fielder."

Rangers | Neftali Feliz dealing with fatigue

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:47:36 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz has left Triple-A Round Rock due to general soreness and fatigue. However, he's not dealing with a significant physical injury.

FANTASY TIP: Feliz's road back from Tommy John surgery has proved more trying than most expected. A return to the Rangers doesn't seem to be anywhere close for their former closer.

Browns | Derek Carr to visit

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:44:05 -0700

Fresno State QB Derek Carr is set to visit with the Cleveland Browns Thursday, April 24. Carr recently worked out for the Browns at his school.

Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu expected to start camp on PUP

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:41:59 -0700

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said FS Tyrann Mathieu's (knee) rehab is on schedule but believes Mathieu probably will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Mathieu has been able to run and backpedal in a straight line but has not done any cutting or other quick movements at this point.

Jets | Meeting with Jace Amaro

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:39:51 -0700

The New York Jets are meeting with Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro Wednesday, April 23.

Marlins | Carlos Marmol leaves with injury

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:32:50 -0700

Miami Marlins RP Carlos Marmol (hamstring) left the game early with a right hamstring strain Wednesday, April 23.

Cowboys | Could consider selecting Johnny Manziel

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:32:16 -0700

The Dallas Cowboys could consider taking Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel if he is available when they select in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Buccaneers | Johnny Manziel option for top pick

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:28:05 -0700

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel is on a short list of players the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heavily considering selecting in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, according to a source. It is not known how many players are on the team's list of candidates.

Raiders | Prefer Taylor Lewan

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:23:55 -0700

It is believed the Oakland Raiders like Michigan OT Taylor Lewan more than they like Auburn OT Greg Robinson or Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews.

Browns | Working out Pierre Desir

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:23:12 -0700

The Cleveland Browns are conducting a private workout with Lindenwood CB Pierre Desir Wednesday, April 23.

Saints | Jimmy Graham not expected to take part in workouts

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:15:18 -0700

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton indicated franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham likely will not participate in offseason workouts because of his contract situation.

Jets | Jimmy Garoppolo visiting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:14:37 -0700

The New York Jets are meeting with Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo Wednesday, April 23.

Bears | Shaun Draughn signed

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:07:08 -0700

The Chicago Bears have signed free-agent RB Shaun Draughn (Colts) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

NFL | Tajh Boyd works out for several teams

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:03:02 -0700

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has worked out for the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

Red Sox | Outfielders struggling

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:00:40 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore is hitless in his last 13 at-bats to drop his average to .213. He has just one extra-base hit in his last 11 games, in which he's hitting .128 (5-for-39). OF Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .229 and has struck out once every three at-bats this year. OF Jonny Gomes is hitting .213 and has 19 strikeouts in 47 at-bats. OF Mike Carp is hitting .250 in 24 at-bats.

FANTASY TIP: With Shane Victorino (hamstring) set to return this week, expect John Farrell to use the extra body as a way to mix and match his outfielders in order to give them some rest. Bradley and Sizemore figure to remain as regulars, but their playing time may fluctuate more frequently when Victorino is back.

Jaguars | Stephen Burton placed on Retired list

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:54:52 -0700

The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed WR Stephen Burton on the Reserve/Retired list.

Jets | Troy Niklas visiting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:54:20 -0700

The New York Jets are scheduled to meet with Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas Wednesday, April 23.

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Mariners | Erasmo Ramirez being skipped

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:49:40 -0700

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon admits that the team is considering alternatives in the starting rotation to SP Erasmo Ramirez. SP Brandon Maurer will start in Ramirez's place Sunday, April 27.

FANTASY TIP: Ramirez is off to a rough start, and the long ball has killed him this year so far. If you own him in an AL-only league, it's time to start moving in another direction, at least for now.

Mariners | Taijuan Walker cleared to play catch

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:45:42 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) has been cleared to start playing catch Monday, April 28.

Mariners | James Paxton to start playing catch

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:44:52 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP James Paxton (lat) has been cleared to start playing catch Friday, April 25.

Rangers | Matt Harrison to return Sunday

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:42:42 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back) will come off the disabled list to make his season debut against the Seattle Mariners Sunday, April 27, according to manager Ron Washington. Harrison last pitched on April 6 of last season. He pitched eight shutout innings on 86 pitches for Double-A Frisco Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Harrison's poor health in recent seasons makes him a risky pitching commodity. Don't expect an immediate return to his 2012 numbers now that he's healthy. Watch him in mixed leagues, for now, and take the leap in single-universe leagues if you're desperate.

Jaguars | Toby Gerhart on top of depth chart

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:24:42 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said RB Toby Gerhart is on top of the running back depth chart at this time.

FANTASY TIP: Gerhart likely will get most of the carries for the Jaguars this offseason and should be considered a solid No. 3 running back for fantasy teams in 2014.

Buccaneers | Marquis Spruill visits

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:23:59 -0700

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have met with Syracuse LB Marquis Spruill this offseason.

Patriots | Cancel visit with Demarcus Lawrence

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:20:03 -0700

The New England Patriots have decided to cancel their scheduled visit with Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence.

NFL | Laurent Duvernay-Tardif receiving interest

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:12:54 -0700

McGill OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is receiving interest from the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. The Philadelphia Eagles conducted a private workout with Duvernay-Tardif.

Giants | Antrel Rolle would like to finish career with team

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:58:15 -0700

New York Giants FS Antrel Rolle, who is entering the final year of his contract, said finishing his career with the Giants would be an ideal situation. Rolle said he believes he can play four or five more seasons in the league.

Buccaneers | Jeff Demps to focus on football

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:57:36 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jeff Demps said he has put his track career on hold for now and will focus solely on football.

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White Sox | More on Adam Eaton's injury

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:57:22 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Adam Eaton (hamstring) said he's dealing with more than just a mild strain in the lower part of his left hamstring. "Apparently there's a tendon that is kind of rolling over on the inside back part of my knee. It's been kind of an easier fix," Eaton said. "We're making sure the tendon doesn't move and that equals no pain." He ran some stairs, did lunges and ran on an incline Tuesday, April 22, and everything went well. Eaton declared himself 95 percent healthy.

FANTASY TIP: Eaton could return in a day or two. When he does, return him to your fantasy lineups.

Giants | Buster Posey, Angel Pagan resting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:55:50 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey and OF Angel Pagan have the day off Wednesday, April 23. Posey is in a 3-for-35 slump.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Posey and Pagan from your daily lineups.

Red Sox | Alex Wilson coming up, Daniel Nava demoted

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:54:27 -0700

The Boston Red Sox are recalled RP Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, April 23, and OF Daniel Nava will be optioned in a corresponding move.

Rangers | Daniel Robertson acquired, Pedro Figueroa to DL

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:53:56 -0700

The Texas Rangers acquired OF Daniel Robertson from the San Diego Padres Wednesday, April 23, and brought him up to the big leagues. In a corresponding move, RP Pedro Figueroa (elbow) was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

Falcons | Sean Weatherpoon still rehabbing

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:53:21 -0700

Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) said he is still rehabbing the knee injury he suffered during the 2013 season. Weatherspoon said he did not undergo surgery on the knee this offseason.

Dolphins | Have talked with Brock Jensen

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:39:20 -0700

The Miami Dolphins have called North Dakota State QB Brock Jensen several times leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Dolphins | Billy Turner visiting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:35:01 -0700

The Miami Dolphins are meeting with North Dakota State OT Billy Turner Monday, April 23.

Cardinals | Daryl Washington receives probation

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:31:18 -0700

Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington has been sentenced to one year of supervised probation for assaulting a former girlfriend.

Bills | Three ERFAs re-signed

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:27:07 -0700

The Buffalo Bills have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent FB Frank Summers, WR Chris Hogan, and OG Antoine McClain. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Bills | EJ Manuel knows he needs to improve

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:26:10 -0700

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said he knows that there are things he can improve in his game, which is why he worked out with some of his teammates this offseason to build chemistry with them and become more of a leader.

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White Sox | Gordon Beckham on track to return this weekend

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:18:56 -0700

Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (oblique) is on track to return to the team this weekend after rehabbing with Double-A Birmingham.

FANTASY TIP: Beckham will steal valuable playing time from Marcus Semien at the keystone when he returns. That'll make Semien mainly a middle infield depth piece in AL-only leagues.

49ers | Aldon Smith present for workouts

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:16:45 -0700

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 21, even though he was arrested in Los Angeles last week.

Mariners | Dustin Ackley dropped in order

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:11:41 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Dustin Ackley has been dropped from No. 2 in the batting order after going 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games in the spot.

FANTASY TIP: Ackley is off to a rather slow start in April, and he's hitless in his last three games. Consider benching him if you haven't already.

Lions | Dominic Raiola fine with team drafting center

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:10:15 -0700

Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola said he would be fine with the team selecting a center during the 2014 NFL Draft, because he understands that he is near the end of his career. "I've always been a team guy," Raiola said. "As long as I'm doing my job, I should have a job on the field. I'm not going to last forever. It's not an easy position to learn. If they draft somebody, so be it. I guess I get to teach him. I'm not going to have any hard feelings. I'm not that kind of teammate."

Astros | Matt Albers unavailable

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:10:02 -0700

Houston Astros RP Matt Albers (shoulder) is unavailable to pitch Wednesday, April 23, due to shoulder tightness. Albers doesn't think the injury is serious.

Cardinals | Adam Wainwright's ligament fine

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:09:00 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said SP Adam Wainwright (knee) doesn't have any sign of ligament damage to his knee, and his strength and mobility checked out fine. There are no plans for Wainwright to undergo a scan.

FANTASY TIP: Wainwright dodged a bullet last night. From all indications, he should be good to go for his next start.

Steelers | No deal imminent with Ben Roethlisberger

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:06:25 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not close to a contract extension with QB Ben Roethlisberger, but his agent said Roethlisberger still wants to finish his career with the team. The two sides have been talking about an extension for a while.

NFL | Expanded playoffs not expected for 2014

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:02:09 -0700

New York Giants president John Mara said the NFL are not expected to expand their playoff field during the 2014 season but believes adding more teams to the playoffs will happen in the near future.

Bills | Sammy Watkins to visit

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:01:39 -0700

The Buffalo Bills are meeting with Clemson WR Sammy Watkins Wednesday, April 23. The team likely would have to trade up in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft if they want to select Watkins.

Bills | Doug Marrone has cancerous mole removed

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:58:48 -0700

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone had a cancerous mole removed Tuesday, April 22. "That's basically the end of the story," Marrone said. "The recent extraction procedure will have no effect on my ability to coach the team moving forward."

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Phillies | Cole Hamels activated

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:54:25 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies activated SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Hamels will make his season debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. Put him in your starting lineup immediately.

Royals | Cory Wade released

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:54:04 -0700

The Kansas City Royals released RP Cory Wade Wednesday, April 23.

Marlins | Carter Capps called up

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:40:42 -0700

The Miami Marlins recalled RP Carter Capps from the minors Wednesday, April 23.

Red Sox | Shane Victorino may be delayed

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:39:49 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) may not be activated Wednesday, April 23, because the team's bullpen is taxed and they may need another arm, according to manager John Farrell. SP Jon Lester went only 4 2/3 innings Tuesday, April 22, a day after SP Clay Buchholz lasted only 2 1/3 innings. Victorino is 1-for-11 in three games with Triple-A Pawtucket.

FANTASY TIP: The latest Victorino would be activated would probably be later this week or this weekend. Be ready to activate him and get him back into your starting lineup when he returns to Boston.

Rockies | Jhoulys Chacin moved up

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:51:24 -0700

Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) was pushed up a day and will start at Triple-A Colorado Springs Thursday, April 24. That means he could potentially return April 29.

Browns | Keith Wenning visiting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:41:02 -0700

The Cleveland Browns are visiting with Ball State QB Keith Wenning Wednesday, April 23.

Lions | Naaman Roosevelt working out

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:36:53 -0700

The Detroit Lions are working out free-agent WR Naaman Roosevelt (Browns) Wednesday, April 23.

Braves | Three sitting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:33:58 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton OF B.J. Upton and C Evan Gattis are out of the lineup Wednesday, April 23.

Dolphins | Mike Wallace digs new scheme

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:25:30 -0700

Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace said the team's new offensive system fits his big-play style.

Phillies | Ben Revere with four knocks

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:19:40 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Revere tied a career high with four hits Tuesday, April 22.

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Dodgers | Adrian Gonzalez's streak ends

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:18:11 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez's 16-game hitting streak ended Tuesday, April 22.

Astros | Josh Fields records save

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:13:29 -0700

Houston Astros RP Josh Fields recorded the save Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: This is interesting because Chad Qualls blew a 3-0 lead April 19. Qualls pitched a perfect inning Monday night, but he only threw 12 pitches. He should have been available. Fields has 11 strikeouts in nine innings, a 2.00 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. If he's available, pick him up as he could be trending toward more save chances.

Astros | Collin McHugh dominates

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:10:31 -0700

Houston Astros SP Collin McHugh allowed three hits and struck out a career-high 12 batters in 6 2/3 shutout innings to beat the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, April 22.

Athletics | Coco Crisp banged up

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:08:53 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (ribs) had X-rays on his sore ribs after falling hard on them Monday, April 21. The X-rays were negative.

Athletics | Eric O'Flaherty progressing

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:05:34 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) threw all his pitches at full distance in a bullpen session Tuesday, April 22.

Athletics | Luke Gregerson blows another save

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:01:24 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Luke Gregerson blew his third save Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: This could be the nail in the coffin for Gregerson. Could the team go back to Jim Johnson or shift towards Ryan Cook? Stay tuned.

Rockies | Nolan Arenado extends to 13

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:00:28 -0700

Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 13 games Tuesday, April 22.

Mets | David Wright's streak ends

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:33:59 -0700

New York Mets 3B David Wright's hitting streak ended at 12 games Tuesday, April 22.

Cardinals | Yadier Molina extends to 13

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:33:45 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 13 games Tuesday, April 22.

Mets | Curtis Granderson in bad slump

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:23:25 -0700

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson is hitless in his last 22 at-bats and has just four hits in his last 50 at-bats.

FANTASY TIP: The home fans are beginning to boo him. Granderson needs to be benched in mixed leagues until he finds his swing.

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Marlins | Christian Yelich extends streak

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:15:44 -0700

Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 16 games Tuesday, April 22.

White Sox | Dayan Viciedo with four hits

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:15:28 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo had a career-high four hits Tuesday, April 22.

Angels | Albert Pujols hits 500th homer

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:41:39 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols hit his 500th career home run Tuesday, April 22. It was his second home run of the game, and he drove in five runs. Pujols is the third-youngest player to reach the milestone.

FANTASY TIP: He has hit eight homers in his last 13 games. His swing looks better than it has in two years. He's no longer cheating to make up for an injured base trying to catch up to fastballs.

Indians | Carlos Santana still mired in slump

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:38:37 -0700

Cleveland Indians C/3B Carlos Santana is in a 2-for-43 slump after going 0-for-4 Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: It appears that mental day off didn't do much the previous day. Santana isn't right. Until he shows signs of his old self, bench him.

Royals | Eric Hosmer with four hits

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:36:36 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer had four hits Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: He is hitting .311 with no homers and six RBIs. As the weather warms up, Hosmer should hit for more pop.

Indians | Yan Gomes struggling behind plate

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:35:59 -0700

Cleveland Indians C Yan Gomes has made six errors in 18 games after committing three in 85 games last year.

Indians | Danny Salazar with third straight bad start

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:23:53 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar failed to pitch five innings for the third straight start in his loss to the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, April 22. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits and two walks while fanning six. Salazar said after the game that he thinks he may be tipping his pitches.

FANTASY TIP: Salazar better get it figured out, quickly. His 7.85 ERA and 1.96 WHIP negate his 26 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.

Cardinals | Adam Wainwright OK

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:23:31 -0700

Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (knee) passed the strength tests and insisted he'll be fine for his next start. He wasn't favoring his knee after the game.

Dodgers | Dee Gordon cleared

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:19:01 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon (head) was cleared of a possible concussion after the game Tuesday, April 22. He hit his head on a player's knee after diving in head-first on a steal attempt.

Reds | Devin Mesoraco on tear since activation

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:13:34 -0700

Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco is now batting .541 with 12 RBIs while hitting safely in all 10 games since coming off the disabled list on April 8.

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Padres | Shopping Nick Hundley

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:57:41 -0700

The San Diego Padres are entertaining trade offers for C Nick Hundley, who is in the final season of a three-year, $9 million contract.

Jaguars | Will Ta'ufo'ou signs ERFA

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:43:28 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars FB Will Ta'ufo'ou signed his ERFA tender on Tuesday, April 22,

49ers | Alex Debniak cut

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:41:15 -0700

San Francisco 49ers Alex Debniak (Achilles) was officially released by the team on Tuesday, April 22. Debniak spent the entire season on injured reserve following his May 2013 signing.

Colts | Colt Anderson financials

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:34:48 -0700

Indianapolis Colts S Colt Anderson has signed a minimum-salary deal with the team for one season. $65,000 of the money is guaranteed, likely coming in the form of a signing bonus.

Giants | Josh Freeman financials

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:31:24 -0700

New York Giants QB Josh Freeman signed a minimum-salary deal that only guarantees $55,000 in signing bonuses and $10,000 in workout bonuses. Assuming he plays out the season, Freeman will earn $795,000 and the cap hit for the team will be $635,000.

Texans | Will meet with Jake Matthews

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:28:28 -0700

The Houston Texans will meet with Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews in the next several days, according to sources.

NFL | Kareem Martin to visit three teams

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:24:44 -0700

North Carolina DE Kareem Martin will visit the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers in the days prior to the NFL Draft.

NFL | Nic Jacobs to visit two teams

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:13:41 -0700

McNeese State TE Nic Jacobs will visit the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers before the NFL Draft.

Jets | Met with Logan Thomas

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:05:57 -0700

Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas met with the New York Jets on Tuesday, April 22, for a pre-NFL Draft visit.

Rangers | Hector Noesi designated

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:56:44 -0700

The Texas Rangers designated P Hector Noesi for assignment Tuesday, April 22.

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Rangers | Shin-Soo Choo avoids DL for now

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:56:13 -0700

Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) is not headed for the 15-day disabled list for now due to his high ankle sprain. However, he will not play again during the series in Oakland, and will be re-evaluated in Seattle before the series against the Mariners which starts Friday, April 25.

Marlins | Arquimedes Caminero optioned

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:55:42 -0700

The Miami Marlins optioned RP Arquimedes Caminero to Triple-A New Orleans Tuesday, April 22.

Cardinals | Adam Wainwright injures knee

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:55:17 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (knee) suffered a hyperextended right knee in his start Tuesday, April 22, against the New York Mets.

Blue Jays | Dioner Navarro sits again

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:54:50 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays C Dioner Navarro was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Tuesday, April 22, against the Baltimore Orioles. C Josh Thole works as the personal catch for SP R.A. Dickey, who started Tuesday, and he has been hitting well. "Thole is swinging," manager John Gibbons said. "I could tell (Navarro) was starting to slow down a bit. It helps us keep (him) fresh over the whole season, and he'll be available on the bench if we need him."

Lions | Kevin Matthews visits

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:50:06 -0700

Free-agent C Kevin Matthews (Titans) worked out for the Detroit Lions Tuesday, April 22.

Lions | Several workout for team

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:49:48 -0700

Free-agent OG Sherman Carter (AFL), OT Cordaro Howard (Bills), OG Josh Jenkins (Seahawks) and TE Jordan Thompson (NCAA) worked out for the Detroit Lions Tuesday, April 22.

Lions | Golden Tate off to quick start

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:47:33 -0700

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Tuesday, April 22, that he can already see a rapport between QB Matthew Stafford and new target WR Golden Tate. "Matthew is certainly getting a good feel for Golden," Caldwell said. "Those two I think are going to function well."

Lions | Carlin Isles away from team

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:46:58 -0700

Detroit Lions WR Carlin Isles is overseas playing rugby and not with the team for the start of the offseason program, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Lions | Ndamukong Suh not at workouts

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:46:30 -0700

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh was one of just three players missing from the team's first voluntary minicamp practice Tuesday, April 22. Suh has opted not to participate in any offseason workouts so far this season. Suh reportedly will attend the organized team activities (OTAs) portion of the offseason program, as well as June's mandatory minicamp.

Lions | Chris Houston missing workouts

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:46:02 -0700

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Tuesday, April 22, that the absence of CB Chris Houston (toe) from minicamp practice was injured related.

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Seahawks | Doug Baldwin hopes to work out deal

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:45:33 -0700

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin showed up for the team's voluntary workout sessions this week, but he is technically not yet under contract for the 2014 season. Baldwin said Tuesday, April 22, that he has not yet signed his second-round contract tender, and he said his goal is to play in Seattle "for a long time."

Falcons | Mike Smith wants bigger, strong lines

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:42:50 -0700

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He fears the team could bottom out for a second straight year if they do not change for the better. "I feel like we've lost our way," Smith said Tuesday, April 22. "I feel like I've lost my way a little. The emphasis along the way is to be a bigger and stronger football team and win the line of scrimmage."

Smith said the team was hurt last season by a lack of strength and size up front. They ranked last in rushing, and QB Matt Ryan was sacked a career-high 44 times.

FANTASY TIP: If the team is able to shore up the offensive line, Ryan might re-emerge as a top fantasy option after a trying season. While he loses Tony Gonzalez as a reliable target, he is expected to have healthy targets in Julio Jones and Roddy White. As long as that dynamic duo is healthy, and the protective is improved, Ryan is a Top 10 fantasy option.

Dolphins | Brandon Thomas cancels workout

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:42:13 -0700

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas (knee) was invited to visit the Miami Dolphins, but he canceled his visit after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament during a pre-draft workout with the New Orleans Saints.

Dolphins | Have hosted several before draft

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:41:15 -0700

The Miami Dolphins have hosted Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham, Clemson WR Martavis Bryant, Marist DE Terence Fede, Arizona LB Marquis Flowers, Rice CB Phillip Gaines, Tennessee OT Ju'Wuan James, Georgia State OT Ulrick John, Southern California WR Marqise Lee, Nebraska OL Spencer Long, Kansas State OT Cornelius Lucas, Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief, Arizona CB Shaquille Richardson, Marshall OT Garrett Scott and Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Dolphins | Eric Pinkins visits

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:38:43 -0700

San Diego State S Eric Pinkins visited the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, April 22, according to a source.

Dolphins | Dion Jordan arrived early

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:36:30 -0700

Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Tuesday, April 22, that LB Dion Jordan showed up at the team's training facility "a couple of weeks ago" to begin training for the 2014 season.

Rangers | Robinson Chirinos set to start entire series

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:04:13 -0700

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington will use C Robinson Chirinos for all three games behind the plate this week against the Oakland Athletics, with C J.P. Arencibia starting none. Chirinos started Monday, April 21, is starting Tuesday, April 22, and is likely for Wednesday, April 23. Washington wants to pair Chirinos with SP Martin Perez, as the two are friends and former teammates in Venezuela. Perez is scheduled to start Wednesday.

FANTASY TIP: Chirinos is worth using as a No. 2 catcher in AL-only fantasy leagues and some deeper mixed formats, while Arencibia is only worth keeping rostered in the deepest of AL play.

Pirates | Neil Walker producing late heroics

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:03:45 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker had a 10th-inning walk-off home run on opening day, and he had a tie-breaking single in the ninth inning Monday, April 21. He is the first Pirates player in the past 40 seasons to have two walk-off hits in one April.

Pirates | Francisco Liriano as chilly as weather

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:02:49 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano is 5-17 with a 5.84 ERA in the month of April during his career, and he attributes the cold weather to his traditionally slow starts. "Yeah, Aprils have been difficult for me," Liriano said Tuesday, April 22. "It's just the cold. My speed usually isn't there until it gets warmer and I feel looser. And I don't have a good feel for the ball on breaking balls."

There is something to that, as he has a 7-12 record with a 5.48 ERA in September when the weather turns cool, but a 57-36 mark from May 1 through August 31 in his career, with the highest ERA of any month at 4.04 during that span.

FANTASY TIP: Based on those career numbers, fantasy owners would be wise to try and buy low on Liriano. The weather is about to heat up in the Steel City, and trends show that Liriano is about to heat up as well.

Pirates | Wandy Rodriguez's timetable uncertain

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:02:23 -0700

The length of absence for Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (knee) is unknown. He had fluid drained from his knee Monday, April 21, and he also had an MRI, but the results were not made known. "You can get a knee drained and have to get it drained again in two months," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I know people who have had their knee drained a couple of times and had surgery in the winter. It depends on the guy. We'll just have to wait and see."

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Pirates | No starter yet for Thursday

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:01:34 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Tuesday, April 22, that a decision has not yet been finalized on who be slotted for the start Thursday, April 24, in place of the injured SP Wandy Rodriguez (knee). SP Jeff Locke is not a candidate, as he pitched for Triple-A Indianapolis Monday, April 21. Ps Brandon Cumpton, Jeanmar Gomez and Stolmy Pimentel are believed to be the top candidates.

Mariners | More on Hisashi Iwakuma's sim game

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:01:05 -0700

Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) had his fastball clocked around 89-90 mph during his four-inning simulated game Tuesday, April 22. That is considered a tick or two slower than usual. Iwakuma is still building arm strength. The team gave him a variety of looks in the sim game, making him field bunts, cover first base, throw pickoff moves to first and face batters. "I was able to focus like a regular game," Iwakuma said. "I felt a lot better. My feel for the game is coming back gradually. I felt a lot better than the last time when we did a sim game in Miami."

Mariners | Stephen Pryor velocity still lagging

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:00:35 -0700

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday, April 22, that RP Stephen Pryor (lat) is still trying to get his velocity up. It has been climbing, but it's not where it needs to be for him to be brought back.

Mariners | Logan Morrison runs

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:00:10 -0700

Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners OF Logan Morrison (hamstring) did some running before his simulated game Tuesday, April 22. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Morrison is nearing a minor-league rehab assignment.

Bills | EJ Manuel working out without limitations

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:06:20 -0700

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knees) is healthy entering voluntary workouts and feels normal and had no limitations during the Tuesday, April 22 conditioning program. Bills head coach Doug Marrone expects Manuel to continue developing and believes in his potential.

FANTASY TIP: Manuel should be on your radar only in leagues requiring two starting quarterbacks or the deepest of formats.

Cubs | Jose Veras works with bullpen coach

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:01:15 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Jose Veras worked with bullpen coach Lester Strode Tuesday, April 22, as the team tries to get Veras back on track to return to the closer role. "He needs to pitch," manager Rick Renteria said of Veras. "He wants to get back out there on the hill and throw. We'll do everything we can to get him some work." One of Veras' problems may be that he isn't warming up properly.

FANTASY TIP: Until Veras can turn it around, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon are in line for save chances in Chicago. Strop should be your first target if either are available on the wire.