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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."

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.

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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.

Cubs | Jake Arrieta to make another rehab start

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:48:25 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta (shoulder) will likely make one more minor league rehab start before he's activated from the disabled list. Arrieta threw 94 pitches in 5 2/3 innings with Single-A Daytona Monday, April 21. SP Carlos Villanueva will remain in the rotation, according to manager Rick Renteria.

Blue Jays | No pain for Casey Janssen

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:48:05 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen (back) said he's in no pain, and he's not calling his recent shutdown from throwing as a setback. Janssen said he had some swelling in the area between his hip bone and ribs. He is playing catch daily to improve his arm strength and hopes to throw in the bullpen this week.

Ravens | Rolando McClain's retirement is official

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:47:58 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Baltimore Ravens have officially placed LB Rolando McClain on the reserve-retired list for a second time. The Ravens will retain McClain's rights if he changes his mind again.

Giants | Eli Manning denies injuring ankle playing basketball

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:40:35 -0700

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) addressed the rumor that he was injured playing basketball, stating the procedure was already scheduled before he visited Duke University's practice facility for a shootaround.

Cardinals | Tyler Lyons to stay in rotation

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:39:41 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Tyler Lyons will remain in the starting rotation after giving up two runs in six innings against the New York Mets Monday, April 21. His next start will come against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, April 26.

FANTASY TIP: The case is there to own Lyons in an NL-only league, but keep in mind that his stay in the rotation is expected to be short-lived. Joe Kelly should return to his rotation post when he's ready.

Giants | Eli Manning expects to be 100 percent to start training camp

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:27:19 -0700

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) expects to be 100 percent for the beginning of training camp. Manning has no concerns about learning the Giants' new playbook, instead getting healthy is his first priority.

FANTASY TIP: It is encouraging to hear this positive news coming directly from the horse's mouth.

NFL | Dee Ford has worked out with several teams

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:14:59 -0700

Auburn DE/OLB Dee Ford has conducted private workouts for the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons.

Mariners | Logan Morrison likely to need rehab assignment

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:12:31 -0700

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said OF Logan Morrison (hamstring) will likely need to go on a rehab assignment before he returns from the disabled list.