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Texans | Pick up J.J. Watt's option

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:19:35 -0700

The Houston Texans have officially exercised the fifth-year option in DE J.J. Watt's contract.

NFL | Kiero Small receiving interest

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:01:13 -0700

Arkansas FB Kiero Small participated in the Baltimore Ravens' local prospect day Thursday, April 17, and recently worked out for the Atlanta Falcons.

Browns | Kiero Small will visit

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:59:58 -0700

The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to meet with Arkansas FB Kiero Small at some point next week.

Cardinals | May look at QB in first round

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:56:47 -0700

The Arizona Cardinals may consider selecting a quarterback in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Buccaneers | QB may be first-round option

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:55:22 -0700

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may consider selecting a quarterback in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Lions | Could move into top five in draft

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:54:54 -0700

The Detroit Lions are considered candidates to trade into the top five of the 2014 NFL Draft in order to select one of the top draft prospects.

Rockies | Happy with Chad Bettis' recent outings

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:44:57 -0700

Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he has been happy with how P Chad Bettis has performed his last three outings because he is using his changeup. "It's a matter of throwing his changeup enough so it gets hitters off his fastball. He's got such a great changeup, a power changeup, and it bottoms out. When a hitter sees that, it puts some doubt in his mind in fastball counts," Weiss said. Bettis has pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his last three outings after allowing runs on three of his first four outings.

Dodgers | Adrian Gonzalez extends hitting streak

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:42:24 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 12 games Thursday, April 17, with an eighth-inning double.

Rockies | Brett Anderson gets pins in finger

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:41:36 -0700

Colorado Rockies SP Brett Anderson (finger) had four small pins inserted in his left index finger in order to speed up the healing of a broken bone. The pins will stay in his finger for about six weeks, but he will be able to move his finger better than if the finger was in a splint.

Giants | Buster Posey could be rested Friday

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:41:10 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (shoulder) took a foul ball off his shoulder Thursday, April 17, and manager Bruce Bochy said he could rest Posey Friday, April 18.

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Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez sits out

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:59 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez was not in the starting lineup Thursday, April 17, because he has a .138 batting average with 13 strikeouts against San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy.

Nationals | Bryce Harper changes stance and starts clicking

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:34:14 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper is 14-for-29 with four walks, five extra-base hits and six strikeouts since April 6 after starting 3-for-21 with a walk, no extra-base hits and 10 strikeouts. Harper is riding an eight-game hitting streak entering Thursday, April 17. "I feel like I've just gotten into a rhythm and really trying to stay within myself and finding a balance and really trying to use my hands and trying to get in good counts," he said. "…It takes a little bit of time sometimes."

He's gone back to holding his hands higher like he has his entire life. Late in spring training, Harper rested the bat on his shoulder before he swung, but he's gone back to holding the bat high over his shoulder before he swings, which is his traditional stance. As he has improved this season, he's hitting higher in the lineup.

FANTASY TIP: After the slow start, Harper was bound to turn things around, and it all started with his stance and timing. Harper is prone to peaks and valleys, especially with nagging injuries cropping up frequently.

Dolphins | Interested in Erik Swoope

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:32:31 -0700

The Miami Dolphins have expressed interest in Miami basketball player Erik Swoope, who will be available in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Giants | Chris Snee expected to take part in workouts

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:26:28 -0700

New York Giants OG Chris Snee (hip, elbow) is expected to participate when offseason workouts begin next week even though he is not 100 percent.

Ravens | C.J. Mosley visits

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:19:15 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens met with Alabama LB C.J. Mosley earlier this week.

Steelers | Meet with two prospects

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:18:54 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers met with Rice CB Phillip Gaines and Massachusetts TE Rob Blanchflower Thursday, April 17.

Twins | Brian Dozier getting foot down earlier

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:13:55 -0700

Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier said he worked last season to get his foot down earlier, which allows him to have more power at the plate. He said the change started to occur in mid-May of last season. "I was missing a bunch of fastballs pretty much down the middle and didn't know why," he said.

FANTASY TIP: There isn't much upside here, but Dozier gives you nice power from the position. Plenty of room for regression here, so be aware.

Steelers | Ra'Shede Hageman visits

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:13:26 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers met with Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman Thursday, April 17.

NFL | Dominique Easley have several visits lined up

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:11:55 -0700

Florida DT Dominique Easley (knee) is scheduled to meet with five teams next week.

NFL | Dominique Easley expects to be ready for workouts

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:06:24 -0700

Florida DT Dominique Easley (knee) said his surgically repaired knee is around 80 percent at this point and expects to be ready for the start of offseason workouts.