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Braves | Two minor-leaguers suspended

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:14:31 -0700

Atlanta Braves minor-league Ps Victor Joaquin and Alvaro Silvestre have each been suspended for 72 games without pay for testing positive for banned steroids. Joaquin tested positive for nadrolone, while Silvestre was flagged for using boldenone.

Raiders | Marcel Reece sheds weight

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:42:58 -0700

Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece shed about 15 pounds during the offseason.

Raiders | Rod Streater cleared for contact

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:42:29 -0700

Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (concussion) participated in warmups and drills Wednesday, July 30, but he sat out team sessions. Streater suffered a concussion Monday, July 28, and has been cleared for contact Thursday, July 31.

Raiders | Antonio Smith nursing groin injury

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:42:08 -0700

Oakland Raiders DT Antonio Smith (groin) left practice Wednesday, July 30, due to a groin issue possibly related to his offseason sports hernia surgery.

Raiders | Austin Howard leaves practice

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:41:37 -0700

Oakland Raiders OG Austin Howard (back) left practice Wednesday, July 30, when his back tightened up. He was replaced by OG Gabe Jackson. Head coach Dennis Allen said he was unsure about the extent of Howard's injury.

Browns | Josh Gordon's suspension all or nothing

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:40:54 -0700

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is in Stage III of the NFL's substance-abuse program, and a positive test automatically triggers a one-year suspension. For Gordon, only two options exist: full-year suspension or no suspension at all. It is possible the hearing office will, consciously or otherwise, broaden the lens and consider the reaction to a one-year suspension for Gordon versus a mere two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice for his far more heinous conduct.

FANTASY TIP: Gordon's fantasy value will be known shortly once his appeal is heard. The outcry for Rice's suspension of two games might not factor in here, as the situations are apples and oranges. However, it is Gordon's third run-in in just a couple of seasons, and as a repeat offender he could be treated more harshly.

Giants | Dan Uggla not released

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:04:01 -0700

Updating a previous report, the San Francisco Giants have not released 2B Dan Uggla. It was reported by multiple sources that Uggla had been released after a five-day stint with the club.

FANTASY TIP: The team might be hanging onto him in the event they cannot make a deal for an upgrade before the non-waiver trade deadline. There have been multiple reports that the team is interested in Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera, who can also play second base. Stay tuned.

Yankees | Not in on Alex Rios

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:03:33 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios might be dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31, but the New York Yankees are not believed to be in on Rios at this time.

Yankees | Might be pursuing Marlon Byrd

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:03:06 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd might be on the move before the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31. The New York Yankees have talked to the Phillies about Byrd, though no deal is close yet. The Yankees are looking to add another bat. However, the Yankees do not seem to love the $8 million salary Byrd carries for the 2015 season.

Marlins | Discuss trade for John Danks

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:02:34 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP John Danks might be traded before the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31, and the White Sox have discussed a trade with the Miami Marlins.

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Giants | Tyler Colvin optioned

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:02:13 -0700

The San Francisco Giants optioned OF Tyler Colvin to Triple-A Fresno Wednesday, July 30.

Giants | Dan Uggla jettisoned

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:01:51 -0700

The San Francisco Giants released 2B Dan Uggla Wednesday, July 30. He lasted with the big club just five days, going 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and three errors.

Dodgers | Unlikely to add Dallas Keuchel

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:01:24 -0700

Houston Astros SP Dallas Keuchel could be dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are unlikely to view the left-hander as a backup plan if they miss out on the marquee names available.

Dodgers | To discipline Erisbel Arruebarrena

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:00:59 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Erisbel Arruebarrena (hip) touched off a brawl while on a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. He was optioned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga Sunday, July 27, and disciplinary action is pending.

Dodgers | Future murky for Chone Figgins

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:00:30 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Chone Figgins appears to have a cloudy future with the club. Manager Don Mattingly was asked about the future of Figgins, and he would not get into specifics other than to say "I know we have a plan going forward. It's nothing I can share with you."

Dodgers | Darwin Barney to work at SS, 3B

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:59:57 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Los Angeles Dodgers optioned 2B Darwin Barney to Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday, July 29, so the Gold Glove second baseman could get playing time at positions other than second base, primarily shortstop and third base.

Dodgers | Hyun-Jin Ryu gets extra day

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:59:23 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu will get an extra day of rest, as he has his next scheduled start pushed back from Friday, Aug. 1, to Saturday, Aug. 2, against the Chicago Cubs.

Dodgers | Dan Haren to start Friday

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:22:48 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Dan Haren will make his next scheduled start Friday, Aug. 1, against the Chicago Cubs.

FANTASY TIP: Haren's last start came July 23, and he is 0-4 with a 9.47 ERA in four outings in the month of July. Avoid using Haren until he starts to show more consistency.

Lions | George Johnson works with top unit

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:22:20 -0700

Detroit Lions DE George Johnson saw some playing time with the first unit at defensive end Wednesday, July 30. Johnson has trimmed down to 263 pounds, and head coach Jim Caldwell wants to get a closer look at the naturally explosive athlete on the edge.

Lions | Kevin Ogletree sees more first-team reps

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:21:43 -0700

Detroit Lions WR Kevin Ogletree was getting extra work with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, July 30, working primarily out of the slot.

FANTASY TIP: Ogletree has reportedly been impressive during the early portion of training camp, and he appears to have a leg up for the No. 3 receiver job at this point. But it's still early in training camp, so don't get crazy and scoot him way up your draft sheet just yet. Still, if he can secure the No. 3 job, he might emerge as a nice WR4 or 'flex' fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams.