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Rangers | Adrian Beltre extends hitting streak

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:04:04 -0700

Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre had three hits Thursday, July 10, to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the American League. He is hitting .500 (42-of-84) his past 22 home games.

Rangers | Jake Smolinski makes history

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:01:55 -0700

Texas Rangers rookie OF Jake Smolinski, who made his major league debut as a pinch hitter Monday, July 7, had three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice. He has hits in all three of his starts and is the first Rangers player ever with eight hits in his first four games.

Rangers | Colby Lewis hit hard in LA loss

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:58:29 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis gave up 13 runs in 2 1/3 innings, 11 of which were earned, in a 15-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Lewis' ERA went from 5.51 to 6.54 following the loss.

Royals | Jeremy Guthrie clobbered in latest start

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:53:56 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP Jeremy Guthrie gave up a career-worst eight earned runs on eight hits, three walks and two hit batters in a 16-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, July 10. Guthrie has allowed 16 earned runs in eight-plus innings covering his last two starts.

Mariners | Robinson Cano strong against Minnesota

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:42:59 -0700

Seattle Mariners 2B Robinson Cano is hitting .484 in his last 16 games against the Minnesota Twins.

Mariners | Tom Wilhelmsen loses in first start

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:40:42 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Tom Wilhelmsen made his first major league start after 191 relief appearances for the Mariners, never pitching more than three innings in his career. He worked 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, one hit and three walks with three strikeouts in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Twins | Yohan Pino sent down following win

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:37:21 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Yohan Pino picked up his first major league win Thursday, July 10, with one run and seven hits given up in a 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners. Pino was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following the game to make room for P Kris Johnson on the roster.

Dodgers | Clayton Kershaw scoreless streak stopped

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:33:31 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw had his scoreless innings streak stopped at 41 innings on Thursday, July 10. San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley hit a solo home run to stop the streak but the Dodgers still won the game 2-1 behind Kershaw's 11 strikeouts.

Orioles | Ramon Ramirez signs minor league deal

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:03:47 -0700

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles RP Ramon Ramirez has signed a minor league contract with Triple-A Norfolk to remain in the organization.

Dodgers | May look at Boston relievers

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:59:40 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers may have interest in Boston Red Sox relief pitching if it is made available. Targets could include RPs Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop and Craig Breslow.

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Giants | Looking at Ben Zobrist

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:56:07 -0700

The San Francisco Giants may have interest in Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist. The Giants have sent special assignment scout Pat Burrell to Tropicana Field recently, and the Rays are believed to have scouted San Francisco's Double-A affiliate.

Diamondbacks | Will keep payroll at same level

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:42:36 -0700

The Arizona Diamondbacks payroll is projected at $110 million next season, which is the same as it was at the start of the 2014 campaign. As such, the team may shed salary via trades in the coming weeks like 3B Martin Prado and 2B Aaron Hill but will likely add that salary back in the offseason.

Orioles | Passing on A.J. Pierzynski

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:29:16 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles have said, despite a need for a veteran fill-in catcher, they will not sign C A.J. Pierzynski. Three internal sources have said Baltimore has no interest in Pierzynski in spite of its lack of offense at the position. The team is generally happy with its trio of Cs Caleb Joseph, Nick Hundley and Triple-A prospect Steve Clevenger.

NFL | Matt Birk earns new position

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:21:06 -0700

The NFL will name former Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk as its director of football development. Birk will work with players, coaches, and front office execs.

Packers | Extending Ted Thompson a priority

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:14:37 -0700

The Green Bay Packers have said extending the contract of general manager Ted Thompson is one of the team's priorities in the months ahead. Thompson is under contract through the 2016 NFL Draft.

Rangers | Elvis Andrus leaves early

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:54:47 -0700

Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (ankle) left the game Thursday, July 10, after being spiked in the left ankle while turning a double play.

FANTASY TIP: The good news is that the team said the injury wasn't serious, but you should still check his status for the next day or so to make sure he is in the lineup.

Nationals | X-rays negative for Ian Desmond

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:16:42 -0700

Updating a previous story, X-rays on Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond's (hand) right hand were negative, according to manager Matt Williams.

FANTASY TIP: It sounds like Desmond has dodged a serious injury. Consider him day-to-day at this point, and look for Danny Espinosa to fill in if needed.

Nationals | Ian Desmond injures hand

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:12:37 -0700

Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (hand) left in the eighth inning Thursday, July 10, after being hit on the hand with an 88-mph fastball.

Brewers | Jimmy Nelson will start Saturday

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:56:38 -0700

The Milwaukee Brewers will call up SP Jimmy Nelson to start Saturday, July 12, and move SP Marco Estrada to the bullpen.

FANTASY TIP: Nelson has a 1.46 ERA in Triple-A this season with 114 strikeouts in 111 innings. Although it remains to be seen if the move is permanent, Nelson is worth an immediate grab in NL-only leagues and worth keeping an eye on in other formats.

Raiders | Connection with Andre Johnson

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:34:04 -0700

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie shares an agent with Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson. The connection could make Oakland a possible landing spot for the disgruntled receiver, according to Ian Rapoport.