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Marlins | Jacob Turner starting Sunday

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:43:03 -0700

Miami Marlins SP Jacob Turner will start Sunday, August 3, against the Cincinnati Reds. Turner is starting in SP Henderson Alvarez's (shoulder) spot. Alvarez is on the 15-day disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Turner makes an excellent option to stream against the Reds Sunday, and he has fleeting NL-only value. He will likely return to the bullpen when Alvarez returns from the DL.

Red Sox | Shane Victorino could need surgery

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:41:48 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) could need surgery that would keep him out for a lengthy period, according to manager John Farrell. The team is waiting to view Victorino's MRI results before making any further decisions. Victorino has already missed 71 of the team's first 108 games this year.

FANTASY TIP: Like we said before, you shouldn't wait around for a healthy Victorino in standard mixed leagues at this point. Besides, his playing time might be shaky if he does return this year, for various reasons.

Athletics | Coco Crisp not available

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:34:44 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (neck) had some trigger-point injections in his neck Friday, Aug. 1, and he is unavailable to play.

FANTASY TIP: It wouldn't be a surprise if Crisp is held out all weekend, and if he doesn't improve shortly, he'll likely land on the disabled list. In the short term, AL-only owners looking for a boost in stolen bases or just an extra outfielder in general should look Sam Fuld's way.

Marlins | Jarred Cosart starting tonight

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:33:49 -0700

Miami Marlins SP Jarred Cosart is starting Friday, August 1, against the Cincinnati Reds. Cosart was just acquired by the Marlins Thursday, July 31, before the non-waiver trade deadline.

FANTASY TIP: It didn't take long for the Marlins to get Cosart to the mound. He'll see an uptick in fantasy value pitching in the National League. Tonight he gets an injury-depleted and struggling Reds' offense. Expect a solid debut with the Fish for Cosart.

Mariners | Michael Saunders not ready

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:32:01 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (oblique) will not start a rehab assignment Friday, Aug. 1, or Saturday, Aug. 2. "He's not ready to go out, not quite yet," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I think we'll re-evaluate him when we get home and see where we are." Saunders isn't swinging or throwing at 100 percent.

FANTASY TIP: The Mariners probably don't feel the need to rush Saunders back after trading for Chris Denorfia. Denorfia's fantasy appeal should take a hit when Saunders returns, though, as they could enter into a right field platoon situation.

Yankees | Stephen Drew starting

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:29:09 -0700

New York Yankees SS Stephen Drew is starting at second base and batting eighth in his debut with the team Friday, Aug. 1.

FANTASY TIP: Drew is expected to see the majority of his starts come at the keystone, but he can also be shifted to shortstop or third base, if needed. He's mainly an AL-only commodity as a glove-first player.

Cubs | Blake Parker recalled

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:27:31 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Blake Parker was recalled from Triple-A Iowa Friday, August 1. Parker will take the roster spot of SP Felix Doubront (calf) who is on the 15-day disabled list.

Mariners | Austin Jackson, Chris Denorfia starting

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:22:39 -0700

Seattle Mariners OFs Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia are both making their starting debuts with the team Friday, Aug. 1. Jackson is leading off and playing center field and Denorfia is hitting sixth and starting in right field.

FANTASY TIP: Jackson's value won't change much at all. However, with the M's sending both James Jones and Stefen Romero to the minors, Denorfia could see enough at-bats in his new home to be considered in deep mixed leagues now.

Giants | Angel Pagan update

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:21:56 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (back) will join Triple-A Fresno Saturday, August 2, and he could rejoin the Giants Tuesday, August 5.

FANTASY TIP: Pagan started the season strong and should be owned in the majority of leagues, especially if you need a boost in stolen bases and runs.

Red Sox | Allen Craig starting

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:18:23 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Allen Craig is in the starting lineup for his debut with the team Friday, Aug. 1, and he's playing left field. Manager John Farrell said OF Daniel Nava will continue to see regular at-bats with Craig around, and it won't be a strict platoon situation.

FANTASY TIP: Hmmm. Craig had already become a frustrating play with the St. Louis Cardinals, and it looks like, at least initially, that might also be the case in his new home. The change of scenery could still spark a solid finish to the season, though, so follow his progress in deep mixed and AL-only leagues.

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Cubs | Recall Chris Valaika

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:16:01 -0700

Chicago Cubs SS Chris Valaika was recalled from Triple-A Iowa Friday, August 1.

FANTASY TIP: Valaika is unlikely to get enough playing time to have fantasy relevance. He has displayed modest pop and good contact skills at the Triple-A level, though.

Red Sox | Joe Kelly likely to start next week

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:15:34 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Joe Kelly is likely to make his debut for the team next week against his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

FANTASY TIP: Crazy timing that'll be, huh. Anway, with the move to the American League East, Kelly's value should drop a bit, but it's not like he was on the rosters of many to begin with. We feel that Kelly should only be owned in AL-only leagues.

Red Sox | Yoenis Cespedes not in lineup

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:13:22 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Yoenis Cespedes is not in the starting lineup Friday, Aug. 1, because he was still en route to the ball park after being traded Thursday, July 31. He'll be on the lineup card, though, and eligible to enter the game, according to manager John Farrell.

FANTASY TIP: You'll have to wait another day to use Cespedes in daily leagues in his new digs.

Athletics | Jonny Gomes, Stephen Vogt to platoon

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:08:15 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Jonny Gomes and C Stephen Vogt are expected to platoon in the lineup, with Vogt mostly playing first base and Gomes mostly playing in left field. 1B Brandon Moss is a swingman that can play both first base and the outfield.

FANTASY TIP: Since Gomes and Vogt aren't everyday players, they are useful in only AL-only leagues.

Dodgers | Lineup update

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:07:22 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers C A.J. Ellis (knee) is in the starting lineup Friday, August 1, against the Chicago Cubs. 3B Juan Uribe (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup, and he is being replaced by 2B Justin Turner.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Uribe in leagues where you're starting him. He is likely just getting a scheduled off-day. Return Ellis to lineups.

Brewers | Mark Williams suspended 50 games

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:05:39 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers P Mark Williams was suspended 50 games for amphetamine use Friday, August 1.

Red Sox | Mookie Betts won't be around long

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:04:42 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts' stay on the major league roster is expected to be short-lived.

FANTASY TIP: Betts is probably only useful in daily games for the time being, since he might be sent back to the minors soon.

Red Sox | Alex Wilson, Tommy Layne called up

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:02:16 -0700

Boston Red Sox RPs Alex Wilson and Tom Layne were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket Friday, Aug. 1.

Orioles | Joe Saunders signs

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:01:42 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent SP Joe Saunders (Royals) to a minor league deal Friday, Aug. 1. He will report to Triple-A Norfolk Monday, Aug. 4.

Blue Jays | Adam Lind ahead of Edwin Encarnacion

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:56:05 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (foot) is believed to be ahead of 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps), and Lind could start a rehab assignment sometime next week.

FANTASY TIP: It'll probably be at least a week before either player returns from the DL. Remain patient, and check the availability of Lind in your league. Lind is having a quietly solid year in 2014.