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Rangers | Jake Smolinski departs early

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:13:20 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Jake Smolinski (arm) left the game Friday, July 11, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after being hit on the arm by a pitch. OF Daniel Robertson replaced him.

Padres | Andrew Cashner nursing sore neck

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:13:00 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner (shoulder, neck) has not played catch in a week, as he has been dealing with a sore neck. However, his right shoulder is doing better and he will resume playing catch after the All-Star break.

Bills | EJ Manuel looking to play smarter

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:02:30 -0700

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said he wants to play smarter when he runs with the ball because he does not want to suffer another injury. "That was one thing I had to learn: to be smart when I take off with the football," Manuel said. "Instead of trying to get an extra three yards, step out of bounds and slide. Those are all the nuances I had to learn." Manuel said he is 100 percent healthy and stronger than he was last season.

Steelers | Coach happy with Le'Veon Bell's work

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:58:00 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell performed well during offseason workouts and has been showing improvements in his game, according to manager Mike Tomlin. "Le'Veon Bell has had a great offseason," Tomlin said. "He's really shown that he is excited about taking the next step in terms of work that he's done thus far, particularly from a conditioning standpoint."

Steelers | Dri Archer to be used at multiple positions

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:54:12 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer will receive playing time at running back and wide receiver this upcoming season, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

Steelers | Preseason to determine RB rotation

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:42:41 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said training camp and preseason games will determine how the team uses RBs Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer in the running game.

FANTASY TIP: Bell is expected to receive most of the snaps at the position and should be taken in the first few rounds in most fantasy leagues. Blount probably should be considered as a handcuff to Bell or later-round flier in drafts. Archer likely will not be selected in a majority of drafts.

Padres | Tommy Medica unable to start

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:41:53 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Tommy Medica (groin) is unavailable for the game Friday, July 11, and likely will not play for the remainder of the season, due to right groin tightness. With the All-Star break coming up, he might avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list.

Blue Jays | Nolan Reimold leaves game

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:41:33 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays OF Nolan Reimold (knee) left the game Friday, July 11, against the Tampa Bay Rays due to an apparent knee injury.

Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes just rested

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0700

Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes was out of the lineup Friday, July 11, against the Seattle Mariners. The fact SP Felix Hernandez was on the mound was not a factor, but the fact Cespedes looked "frustrated" Thursday, July 10, meant manager Bob Melvin thought the outfielder could use a day off.

Patriots | Tavon Wilson may not make team

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:29:07 -0700

New England Patriots SS Tavon Wilson may be facing an uphill battle during training camp, depending on how many safeties the team keeps on their final roster. Wilson played only 1.6 percent of the defensive plays in 2013.

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Nationals | Jordan Zimmermann lifted early

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:28:41 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann (undisclosed) left his start against the Philadelphia Phillies early Friday, July 11, due to an apparent undisclosed ailment.

Rays | Desmond Jennings leaves game

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:28:13 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings (knee) left the game Friday, July 11, against the Toronto Blue Jays after fouling a ball off of his left knee. He was replaced by OF Kevin Kiermaier.

Giants | Marco Scutaro to start Saturday

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:27:49 -0700

The San Francisco Giants need to make space on the 25-man and 40-man roster before activating 2B Marco Scutaro (back) from the 60-day disabled list. He is expected to start the game Saturday, July 12, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Steelers | Teammate impressed with Al Lapuaho

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:26:10 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Al Lapuaho really stood out during offseason workouts, according to DE Cam Heyward.

Steelers | Daniel McCullers will be on bubble

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:20:29 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Daniel McCullers will be on the roster bubble during training camp and likely will need to outperform DT Loni Fangupo for the primary backup job to make the roster. McCullers could be a practice squad candidate if he does not make the roster.

Steelers | David Snow on roster bubble

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:20:07 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers C David Snow will have to beat C Cody Wallace for the No. 2 center job during training camp if he wants to make the final roster.

Mariners | Could consider using Tom Wilhelmsen as SP in 2014

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:57:29 -0700

The Seattle Mariners likely will not use RP Tom Wilhelmsen as a starting pitcher for the rest of the season but could consider using him as a starter during spring training next season, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. "I think it would awfully hard to build him this year, but certainly going into spring training, I think it's something we'll probably entertain," McClendon said. "Why not? He's 94-97 with real good sink. He's got a cutter, curveball, slider and a changeup. He's a power guy. He's got a power arm and he's flourished in the long role. He's mature enough to handle it."

Padres | Kim Ng interviews for GM job

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:54:41 -0700

The San Diego Padres interviewed MLB senior vice president of baseball operations Kim Ng for their vacant general manager job Friday, July 11.

Rays | Desmond Jennings leaves game

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:50:33 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings (knee) left the game early Friday, July 11, after fouling a ball off his knee.

FANTASY TIP: The severity is not known at this time, but Jennings could sit out the final two games before the break to allow more time for the knee to heal.

Tigers | Ian Kinsler added to AL roster

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:45:15 -0700

Detroit Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler has been added to the American League roster for the 2014 All-Star Game in place of Tigers DH Victor Martinez (back).