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Mariners | Jesus Sucre to see more playing time

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:48:50 -0700

Seattle Mariners C Jesus Sucre will likely start two games a week going forward, according to manager Lloyd McClendon.

FANTASY TIP: Sucre doesn't offer much fantasy value, but the announcement does mean that Mike Zunino will lose some playing time. However, the extra rest could end up helping Zunino, who has hit 13 home runs but has seen his average fall to .208 as of Friday, July 11.

Cowboys | Lance Dunbar healthy, set for third-down duty

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:34:52 -0700

Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) hasn't missed a snap this offseason and should fill the third-down back role for the team this year.

FANTASY TIP: Dunbar's involvement in the passing game could make him worth a flier in PPR leagues this year. However, he is probably third in the pecking order when it comes to regular carries.

Dodgers | Justin Turner set to begin rehab

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:14:32 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers INF Justin Turner worked in the field Saturday, July 12, and will DH Sunday, July 13, in a rehab game for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, according to manager Don Mattingly.

Reds | Mat Latos' back feeling better

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:05:52 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos (back) said Saturday, July 12, that his strained back feels a lot better a day after exiting his start in the fifth inning. He said he will be ready to make his next start.

Reds | Billy Hamilton's relaxed approach yielding results

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:56:06 -0700

Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton credits a relaxed approach for his success at the plate this season.

FANTASY TIP: Hamilton's speed remains his biggest fantasy asset, and he has delivered with 38 steals this season. However, he has exceeded expectations at the plate, and he is hitting .284 with 38 RBIs and 46 runs scored as of Saturday, July 12.

Mariners | Fernando Rodney named All-Star replacement

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:33:14 -0700

Seattle Mariners CL Fernando Rodney will replace Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price on the American League All-Star team. Price opted out of the game after his scheduled start Saturday, July 12 was pushed back a day because of an illness.

Reds | Joey Votto to be sidelined weeks, not months

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:04:56 -0700

Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto's (quadriceps) exact timetable for recovery remains unclear, but manager Bryan Price said it will be measured in weeks, not months.

FANTASY TIP: At this point, the best fantasy owners can hope for is that Votto is close to 100 percent when he does return and can improve on his .255 average.

White Sox | Jose Abreu takes over HR lead

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:30:39 -0700

Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 29th home run Saturday, July 12.

FANTASY TIP: Meanwhile, Abreu's 73 RBIs are just one of the major league lead, and the rookie has already established himself as one of the premier power options in the game.

Chiefs | Two cornerbacks on the bubble

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:17:44 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs CB DeMarcus Van Dyke will have to show he can handle man-press coverage in order to make the roster, and CB David Van Dyke could be headed for the practice squad as he attempts to make the transition from safety to cornerback.

Rockies | Charlie Blackmon with five knocks

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:15:34 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon went 5-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored Saturday, July 12.

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Pirates | Gregory Polanco adjusting approach

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:05:10 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco is working with the coaching staff to try to adjust his approach at the plate, according to manager Clint Hurdle. "We're trying to get him back to a solid foundation," said Hurdle. "Stand up tall at the plate, not a big swing, play aggressive pepper -- hit the ball hard where it's pitched. He got away from all that a bit recently."

FANTASY TIP: Polanco has been struggling at the plate lately, but slumps are to be expected when you are dealing with a rookie. Ride out the rough patch if you own Polanco, and consider trying to buy low if you don't. He should bounce back sooner rather than later.

Diamondbacks | Martin Prado snaps streak

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:02:21 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Martin Prado went 0-for-4 Saturday, July 12, to snap his 10-game hitting streak.

Braves | Chris Johnson hits two out

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:02:05 -0700

Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson hit two homers and had four RBIs Saturday, July 12.

Cubs | Emilio Bonifacio off to hot start in rehab

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:55:54 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Emilio Bonifacio (oblique) had three hits in four at-bats in his first rehab start with Rookie League Mesa Friday July 11.

Yankees | Chase Whitley to start

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:51:50 -0700

New York Yankees P Chase Whitley will start the final game before the All-Star break Sunday, July 13.

Yankees | Shane Greene dominates

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:48:01 -0700

New York Yankees SP Shane Greene allowed four hits and two walks while fanning nine in 7 1/3 shutout innings to beat the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, July 12.

FANTASY TIP: He was solid in his first start July 7, but his performance Saturday came out of nowhere. He's an AL-only add but put him on your mixed league watch lists.

Patriots | Top backup OT job up for grabs

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:32:06 -0700

New England Patriots OT Marcus Cannon and OT Cameron Fleming are expected to vie for the top backup spot at the position this season. OT Nate Solder and OT Sebastian Vollmer are expected to be the starters with OT Chris Martin and OT Jordan Devey likely to be cut.

Twins | Scott Diamond released

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:14:53 -0700

The Minnesota Twins released SP Scott Diamond.

Astros | Dexter Fowler hoping to return after All-Star break

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:14:43 -0700

Houston Astros OF Dexter Fowler (intercostal) will not be activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, July 12, and is hoping to return for the team's first series after the All-Star break, which begins Friday, July 18.

Yankees | Brian McCann fouls ball off foot

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:01:13 -0700

New York Yankees C Brian McCann (foot) fouled a ball sharply off his right foot Saturday, July 12. His X-rays were negative, and he hopes to play Sunday, July 13.

FANTASY TIP: McCann is hitting .359 in 39 at-bats since ditching his toe tap in his swing a week ago. The team could give him the day off Sunday before the All-Star break.