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MLB | Phillies-Braves postponed

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:26:31 -0700

The game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, April 15, has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up at a later date.

FANTASY TIP: Remove all of your Phillies and Braves from daily lineups.

Cardinals | Kolten Wong sitting

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:24:55 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong isn't in the lineup Tuesday, April 15. 2B Mark Ellis is starting in his place.

FANTASY TIP: Odd, because they're facing right-hander Marco Estrada, but the youngster will get days off like this now and then. No worries for the long term.

Blue Jays | Colby Rasmus sitting

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:14:14 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (hamstring) is out of action Tuesday, April 15. The hamstring injury appears more serious than initially believed.

FANTASY TIP: Rasmus has been clicking of late, but his owners will want to watch this. Expect Moises Sierra to start against righty Phil Hughes unless a roster move is made.

Tigers | Shuffle rotation after rainout

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:11:03 -0700

The Detroit Tigers have changed their rotation this week following the rainout Tuesday, April 15. SP Anibal Sanchez will go Wednesday, April 16. Justin Verlander is lined up for Thursday, April 17. Drew Smyly will go later in the week.

Rays | Jake Odorizzi scratched

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:09:17 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi (illness) will not make his scheduled start Tuesday, April 15. RP Brandon Gomes will start in his place.

FANTASY TIP: His flu-like symptoms apparently were too taxing for him to start on Tax Day. Gomes isn't a recommended fantasy play, especially for the possibility that Joe Maddon mixes and matches to fill innings tonight.

Orioles | Adam Jones ill

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:50:51 -0700

Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones (illness) is out of the lineup Tuesday, April 15.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Jones from your lineup for today's games.

Nationals | Bryce Harper playing

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:43:37 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (quadriceps) is in the starting lineup Tuesday, April 15.

Vikings | Allen Reisner signs

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:43:15 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday, April 15, that they've signed free-agent TE Allen Reisner (Jaguars) to an undisclosed deal.

Nationals | Tyler Clippard reinvents himself with splitter

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:31:31 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Tyler Clippard is now incorporating his splitter into the mix more often after unveiling it for the first time last fall. However, he only uses it as a complement to his fastball-changeup combination, throwing it once every 20 pitches or so. "It's a normal part of my repertoire at this point," Clippard said. "I mean, I still have to find the right spots to throw it. I'm not going to be just fastball-split. It's definitely my third or fourth pitch. But it's something that I'm going to use consistently." Clippard grips the ball wider than the seams and otherwise throws it the same as he would his fastball. However, it's less maintenance than his curveball.

FANTASY TIP: Clippard remains a fine fantasy baseball commodity for his peripherals once he can get on track this year, even if he isn't closing. Rafael Soriano is the team's ninth-inning man, and Drew Storen is still in his way, too, so it'll once again take a few injuries before he's likely back in a closing role, however.

Angels | Dane De La Rosa's velocity down

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:29:40 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Dane De La Rosa's velocity was surprisingly low in his debut Saturday, April 12, and he's being evaluated for medical reasons. "He feels good, he says he feels healthy, so I think you just want to explore why some of his velo is down," manager Mike Scioscia added. "Once he's ready, I know he's going to get right back on the horse. And Dane De La Rosa is going to be a big part of our bullpen. It's just going to take a little more time."

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Angels | Want to keep Kole Calhoun at leadoff

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:29:15 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said he wants to keep OF Kole Calhoun in the leadoff spot, especially against righties. Calhoun hit ninth Saturday, April 12, and fifth Sunday, April 13, but was back at leadoff Monday, April 14.

Patriots | Worked out Weston Richburg

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:26:01 -0700

The New England Patriots held a private workout last week for Colorado State OG Weston Richburg. He's projected to be taken early in the second round of this year's draft.

Cardinals | Weston Richburg visits

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:25:40 -0700

The Arizona Cardinals visited with Colorado State OG Weston Richburg Monday, April 14.

Yankees | Owner confident in infield

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:24:05 -0700

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said he's confident in the team's current infield and doesn't think the team needs to sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox). "I'm pretty content with our infield right now," Steinbrenner said. "I think guys like (Dean) Anna and (Yangervis) Solarte have been pleasant surprises. Kelly Johnson has been good. Derek (Jeter) is healthy. So far, so good. But it's early."

49ers | Daniel Kilgore found not guilty

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:20:58 -0700

San Francisco 49ers OG Daniel Kilgore was found not guilty of public intoxication related to his arrest in January in Tennessee. His case was dismissed following his appearance in court Friday, April 11. Kilgore is expected to be the team's starting center in 2014.

Packers | Matt Flynn to compete for backup job

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:17:34 -0700

Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn is expected to compete with QB Scott Tolzien for the backup quarterback job, but head coach Mike McCarthy anticipates keeping three QBs on the roster to open the season.

Indians | Michael Bourn activated, Nyjer Morgan sent out

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:14:17 -0700

The Cleveland Indians activated OF Michael Bourn (hamstring) from the disabled list Tuesday, April 15, and optioned OF Nyjer Morgan to Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move.

FANTASY TIP: The Indians' game Tuesday was postponed, so look for Bourn to make his season debut Wednesday. The Tribe could look to rest Bourn more often initially to ease him back in.

Braves | Dan Uggla in hot stretch

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:10:40 -0700

Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla is 4-for-8 with two home runs and seven RBIs in his last two games after going 6-for-37 (.162) with two doubles, three RBIs, one walk and 11 strikeouts in his first 10 games.

FANTASY TIP: Remember that Uggla is one of the streakiest hitters in all of baseball, but the hot stretch this early is good to see after he made some changes in the offseason. Ride him while he's hot.

Braves | Evan Gattis enjoys playing Philly

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:08:20 -0700

Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis enjoys playing against the Philadelphia Phillies; he's 10-for-25 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in his last six games against them, and he has half as many dingers (four) in five games (20 at-bats) at Citizens Bank Park as he has in 54 games in Atlanta. Gattis has two straight two-home run games in Philadelphia, too.

Braves | Andrelton Simmons on a tear

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:05:41 -0700

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons tripled and homered for the second straight day Monday, April 14, and he's 11-for-29 (.379) with five extra-base hits and five RBIs in the last seven games. Simmons has yet to strike out in 45 plate appearances in 2014 and leads the National League with a .467 average in two-strike counts.

FANTASY TIP: Simmons' wrist injury from last week is clearly behind him. Not only does he have one of the best gloves at the 6 in all of baseball, but he can help your offensive stats, as well.