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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.

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.

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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.

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.