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Packers | Had interest in Josh Freeman

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:53:33 -0700

The Green Bay Packers would have had interest in New York Giants QB Josh Freeman if QB Matt Flynn did not re-sign with the team.

MLB | Blue Jays-Twins postponed

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:48:57 -0700

The game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins Wednesday, April 16, has been postponed due to inclement weather. It'll be made up as part of a split doubleheader Thursday, April 17.

FANTASY TIP: Take all of your Blue Jays and Twins players out of your lineup for today.

Buccaneers | Mike James doing well in rehab

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:44:27 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James (ankle) said he is happy with the progress he has made in his recovery from an ankle injury and that he has been able to run and cut. James would not say if he will participate in the team's upcoming minicamp.

Angels | David Freese searching for new stance

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:42:04 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B David Freese was dropped to the seventh spot in the batting order Tuesday, April 15, and he responded by hitting two singles. However, he's still hitting .170 (8-for-47) with a .231 on-base percentage and a .234 slugging percentage to start the year. Freese says he's not worried, but he has three singles and 10 strikeouts in 21 at-bats since OF Josh Hamilton (thumb) landed on the disabled list. "We have to get David in a comfort zone, and sometimes changing the neighborhood helps," manager Mike Scioscia said. "When David gets going, he's a big part of the middle of our lineup, but he's obviously searching for some things right now."

Freese, who is typically hot to start the year, insists he's not trying too hard to impress his new team. He's been studying film and working with hitting coaches Dave Hansen and Paul Sorrento to find a more comfortable stance that will help him use his hands to drive the ball the other way.

FANTASY TIP: It's highly unlikely that Freese ever matches his 2012 peak again, so you'd be better off expecting numbers similar to what he achieved in his final year in St. Louis. Until he gets going again, you might want to think about benching him. Remember, he can be very streaky.

Astros | Two candidates for rotation spot

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:38:59 -0700

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said SPs Jerome Williams or Brad Peacock would likely take the open spot in the starting rotation.

FANTASY TIP: Neither player is worth owning in standard mixed leagues. Peacock is much more intriguing as a starter and would be the better target in AL-only leagues if you're in need of pitching.

Astros | Scott Feldman activated

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:37:45 -0700

The Houston Astros activated SP Scott Feldman from the bereavement list Wednesday, April 16.

Royals | Casey Coleman signs

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:37:26 -0700

The Kansas City Royals signed free-agent SP Casey Coleman (Cubs) to a minor league deal Wednesday, April 16.

Cowboys | LaRon Byrd to visit

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:37:25 -0700

The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to meet with free-agent WR LaRon Byrd (Cardinals) Thursday, April 17.

Rays | Doug Mathis signs

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:36:20 -0700

The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent RP Doug Mathis (Rangers) to a minor league deal Wednesday, April 16.

Rangers | Scott Cousins signs

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:34:17 -0700

The Texas Rangers signed free-agent OF Scott Cousins (Red Sox) to a minor league deal Tuesday, April 15.

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Cardinals | Carson Palmer would understand drafting QB

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:30:09 -0700

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he would understand if the team selects a quarterback during the 2014 NFL Draft, because he knows the team has to think about its future. "If you are in a position to draft the best player on your board, and that's the best position to be in as an organization, and (a quarterback) is the best player on the board, you are not only making your team better by creating competition but you are helping out the future," Palmer said.

Dolphins | Meet with Marqise Lee

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:27:45 -0700

The Miami Dolphins were scheduled to meet with Southern California WR Marqise Lee Tuesday, April 15.

Dolphins | Will meet with two small school prospects

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:26:59 -0700

The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to meet with Georgia State OL Ulrick John and Marist DE Terence Fede.

Rams | Attending Aaron Murray's pro day

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:26:29 -0700

St. Louis Rams director of player personnel Taylor Morton is attending the pro day of Georgia QB Aaron Murray Wednesday, April 16.

Giants | One-year deal for Josh Freeman

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:25:52 -0700

Updating a previous item, the New York Giants agreed to an undisclosed one-year deal with QB Josh Freeman. He could receive extra snaps this summer as QB Eli Manning (ankle) recovers from ankle surgery.

FANTASY TIP: Freeman will be competing for the backup QB job this year.

NFL | Deone Bucannon to meet with several teams

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:22:02 -0700

Washington State S Deone Bucannon has been meeting with the Indianapolis Colts and is scheduled to begin a visit with the New England Patriots Wednesday, April 16. Bucannon also has meetings scheduled with the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and New York Giants.

Red Sox | Koji Uehara could be available Thursday

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:12:26 -0700

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell is expecting RP Koji Uehara (shoulder) to be available to pitch Thursday, April 17.

FANTASY TIP: Uehara admitted that his injury at the end of last week was more mental than physical, and he was just being cautious. Get him back in your lineups tomorrow.

Giants | Josh Freeman agrees to terms

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:10:42 -0700

The New York Giants have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Josh Freeman (Vikings). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

NFL | Michael Sam receiving interest

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:10:15 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets have shown the most interest in Missouri DE Michael Sam leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Yankees | No timetable for rehab game for Mark Teixeira

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:10:00 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (hamstring) will work out at the team's spring training complex Wednesday, April 16, but manager Joe Girardi is unsure when he'll play in a rehab game.

FANTASY TIP: Teixeira is targeting this Sunday to come off the DL and play for the Yankees, but that seems like a very optimistic date, considering he doesn't have a rehab assignment in sights. Be prepared for him to not be ready when he's eligible to be activated.