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

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

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

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

Browns | Nevin Lawson to visit

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

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

Ravens | Interested in Cody Latimer

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

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

Nationals | Xavier Cedeno recalled, Blake Treinen sent down

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

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

Ravens | Interested in Terrance Mitchell

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

The Baltimore Ravens are interested in Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell.

Yankees | Brendan Ryan making progress

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

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

Raiders | Worked out Terrance Mitchell

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

The Oakland Raiders worked out Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell.

Colts | Worked out Terrance Mitchell

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

The Indianapolis Colts worked out Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell.

Braves | Evan Gattis explains new approach

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

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

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

Braves | B.J. Upton showing signs of life

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

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

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

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Braves | Alex Wood pitching well

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

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

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

Yankees | Mark Teixeira feels great

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

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

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

Ravens | Rolando McClain to join team soon

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

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

Browns | Blake Bortles to visit

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

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

Jaguars | Schedule second visit with Teddy Bridgewater

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

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

Texans | Will meet with Teddy Bridgewater

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

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

Saints | Re-sign Robert Meachem

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

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

Jets | Will visit with Walter Powell

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

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

Raiders | Matt McCants signs tender

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

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

Mariners | No problems in OF for Corey Hart

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:13:34 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Corey Hart had no problems in right field when he got the not there Thursday, April 17. He added a sliding catch on his surgically-repaired knees during the game. "I was a little apprehensive in spring when I was out there," he said, "because I didn't know what would happen if I slid. As time's gone on, the knees haven't been a problem. They've gotten stronger. However, manager Lloyd McClendon said Hart is unlikely to play the outfield this weekend in a National League park, but he could see time at first base.

FANTASY TIP: It's a good start for Hart, but that doesn't mean he'll see consistent time in right field immediately. Designated hitter is still the best avenue for him to accrue at-bats in Seattle.