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Red Sox | Jon Lester's demands didn't lead to trade talk

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:22:49 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester's agent denied a report that claimed that Lester's representatives told the Red Sox what it would take to sign him, which led the team to consider trading him. The report said Lester was seeking "a competitive offer consistent with the market" and speculated that would be in the range of $22 million to $24 million per year. Lester remains firm on his desire to wait until after the season to discuss a contract extension.

Red Sox | Andres Torres released

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:22:09 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Andres Torres was released Monday, July 28.

Royals | Liam Hendriks optioned

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:19:59 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP Liam Hendriks was optioned to the minors Monday, July 28.

Dodgers | Barry Enright signs

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:19:39 -0700

Free-agent SP Barry Enright (Phillies) signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, July 28.

Browns | Brian Hoyer faring better than Johnny Manziel

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:18:45 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) is outperforming rookie QB Johnny Manziel so far in camp, and the starting quarterback job has been Hoyer's job to lose, as observed by Jason La Canfora. Hoyer looks crisper with his mental speed, including actions in the huddle, at the line and during plays. Hoyer is not gun-shy as his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament continues "to wow the Browns," according to La Canfora. Manziel also has acted somewhat guarded around his new teammates.

FANTASY TIP: Neither will be a desirable fantasy starting option if Cleveland can't make up for the likely loss of Josh Gordon, possibly for the season. Hoyer's performance in 2013 gives him the initial edge unless Manziel turns things around in a drastic way. That being said, Hoyer is nothing more than a desperation QB2 and, ideally, a third you can tuck away in a deep game.

Rangers | Yu Darvish relying more on slider

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:11:37 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish has relied much more on his breaking pitches so far in the second half of the season. In his start against the New York Yankees Monday, July 28, he threw his slider 34 percent of the time. In his start against the Toronto Blue Jays to start the second half, he threw the pitch 35.9 percent of the time.

FANTASY TIP: Darvish didn't have his best stuff against the Yanks Monday, but he still managed to pick up the win and fan eight hitters. That's what aces do: They excel when they don't have their best stuff.

Rangers | Nick Tepesch needs to throw bullpen

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:10:30 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Nick Tepesch (knee) will need to throw a bullpen session before he will be cleared to make his next start against the Cleveland Indians Friday, Aug. 1.

Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. talked with coach about missing practice

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:10:15 -0700

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) said he spoke with head coach Tom Coughlin about missing practice. Beckham assured Coughlin that he wanted to be on the practice field and was concerned with making a bad first impression.

FANTASY TIP: Probably a smart move for Beckham Jr. to try to address the situation early in camp, especially with Coughlin getting more vocal about Beckham Jr. missing practice.

Browns | Coaches comfortable with Joel Bitonio

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:09:21 -0700

Cleveland Browns OG Joel Bitonio is NFL ready, according to head coach Mike Pettine. "We feel very confident, comfortable with him at left guard," Pettine said.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira feeling better

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:04:33 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) made a pinch-hitting appearance in the eighth inning Monday, July 28, and was then lifted for a pinch runner. He took grounders and batting practice before the game with hopes of returning to the lineup Tuesday, July 29. He said the back spasms that have bothered him are gone. "I feel better now than I've felt in over a month," he said.

FANTASY TIP: It looks like Teixeira will be able to avoid the disabled list now. Make sure you check the Yankees' starting lineup tonight before putting him back into your starting lineup.

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Reds | Zack Cozart's slump continues

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:02:31 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart extended his slump to 0-for-22 after going hitless Monday, July 28. It matched his career high from the start of the season.

FANTASY TIP: If you haven't already, it's time to bench Cozart in favor of a better option at the 6.

Yankees | Derek Jeter passes Carl Yastrzemski

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:59:41 -0700

New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter passed Carl Yastrzemski into seventh place on the all-time hits list with three hits off Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish Monday, July 28. He currently stands at 3,420 career hits, 10 hits shy of Honus Wagner for No. 6 on the list. Tris Speaker, who is in fifth place, is 94 hits ahead of Jeter, with 3,514.

Panthers | Thomas Davis drawing from his injury experiences

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:43:38 -0700

Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis has returned three times from torn anterior cruciate ligaments, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2013, and has used his experience to coax injured Panthers to stay focused, he told NFL Network's Steve Wyche.

Eagles | 3-4 will be primary defense

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:43:18 -0700

The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to use a 3-4 defense on a more full-time basis in 2014 than they did in 2013, when they had a hybrid with 4-3 sets. They now boast increased depth at outside linebacker and in the defensive backfield.

FANTASY TIP: The Eagles' DT is a fringe fantasy starter but could be a weekly option if they can generate more sacks. Much of that will depend on their outside pressure, which was mediocre last year.

49ers | Alfonso Smith contract update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:39:51 -0700

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB Alfonso Smith signed a one-year deal. The financial terms were not disclosed.

Patriots | Dominique Easley injury update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:30:46 -0700

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley (knee) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list as he works his way back from an Oct. 25, 2013, anterior cruciate ligament tear. Easley practiced the final day of June minicamp but was since placed on NFI. According to sources, he did not suffer a setback and still hopes to return for Week 1. Easley is still rehabbing the injury to regain full strength.

Dolphins | Mike Wallace has muscle soreness

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:18:35 -0700

Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (undisclosed) said he was limited in practice Tuesday, July 29, because he is dealing with some muscle soreness. He declined to reveal what part of his body was bothering him.

FANTASY TIP: We'll have more on this as more details are relayed. Wallace, all things equal, is a WR3 candidate in non-PPR games with a decent ceiling in Miami's new offense.

Patriots | Aaron Dobson had screw inserted

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:17:25 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) underwent surgery March 10 to have a screw permanently implanted into his injured left foot. Dobson had a stress fracture fixed, and the initial prognosis of two to three months is now an overly optimistic timetable. He began running in July but has not showcased any change-of-direction work in practice.

FANTASY TIP: Cleary, this is not good news for Dobson's potential as a sneaky late-round flier pick. It is probably best to cross him off your list of lottery tickets for 2014, but remember follow his progression during the year. He could be a stash for very deep rosters or in leagues with IR spots. He may have late-season daily game appeal.

Royals | Christian Colon up

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:12:06 -0700

Kansas City Royals INF Christian Colon was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. He'll back up 2B Omar Infante and SS Alcides Escobar, and he could serve as the platoon option versus southpaws if 3B Mike Moustakas loses playing time.

Padres | Joaquin Benoit likely to be dealt

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:55:29 -0700

San Diego Padres RP Joaquin Benoit is likely to be traded at some point in the near future, according to a major league source.

FANTASY TIP: Benoit would lose a lot of fantasy value if traded to a team where he'll likely serve in a setup role. San Diego could go with Dale Thayer or Nick Vincent if Benoit exits.