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Mariners | Michael Saunders update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:48:58 -0700

Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (oblique) has a Grade 2 oblique strain and will be out for an extended period of time, according to manager Lloyd McClendon.

FANTASY TIP: Saunders is a potential disabled list stash in AL-only format, if you have an open slot.

Dodgers | Alexander Guerrero returns to action

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:47:16 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Alexander Guerrero (ear) went 3-for-5 with a home run in his return to action with Triple-A Albuquerque Thursday, July 10.

FANTASY TIP: The news of Guerrero's return to play, coupled with Hanley Ramirez's shoulder problems, should at least perk up the ears of NL-only managers looking for middle infield help. If Ramirez's injury bleeds into the second half, the Blue could choose to call up Guerrero.

Reds | Skip Schumaker to DL

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:42:49 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds placed 2B Skip Schumaker (concussion) on the 7-day concussion disabled list Friday, July 11, and recalled 1B Donald Lutz from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move.

FANTASY TIP: Lutz returns to Cincinnati hoping to provide some much-needed depth to the ailing Reds. You can ignore him in the majority of leagues.

Angels | Jered Weaver starting Saturday

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:40:18 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (back) will start Saturday, July 12, against the Texas Rangers.

FANTASY TIP: Consider Weaver a viable option tomorrow. The Rangers lineup is manageable, but Weaver had to leave his previous start early. It is worth noting, given the proximity to the All-Star break and the ability for additional rest, Weaver must be extremely close to 100 percent.

Blue Jays | Struggle at Tropicana Field

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:32:05 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays have not won a road series against the Tampa Bay Rays since April 8, 2007.

Diamondbacks | Aaron Hill hitting leadoff

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:29:51 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill is hitting leadoff for the 14th time in his career Friday, July 11.

FANTASY TIP: This likely isn't a full-time move, as skipper Kirk Gibson had to switch up his lineup to account for the return of Mark Trumbo.

Browns | Offense to focus on ground game

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:28:18 -0700

Cleveland Browns SS Donte Whitner said the team's offense will be based on running the football heavily. "I'm going to stand back and let this competition develop and may the best man win, but our offense is gonna be predicated on running the football and being physical in the run game also," Whitner told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "You can't just ask both quarterbacks to stand back there and throw the ball 35, 40 times a game."

FANTASY TIP: New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme should fit well with Ben Tate's abilities. Tate, who is expected to be the workhorse back for the team, won't come cheaply in drafts this year as a result.

Orioles | Kevin Gausman set for at least two starts

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:21:50 -0700

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman is expected to start Sunday, July 13, against the New York Yankess and Sunday, July 20, against the Oakland Athletics.

FANTASY TIP: This news bodes well for Gausman sticking in the rotation.

Blue Jays | Mark Buehrle allowing more HRs

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:15:57 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle has allowed seven home runs in his last six starts. He only allowed two home runs through his first 12 starts.

FANTASY TIP: Buehrle pitched way over his head to start the season and has now lost five of his last six starts. He is slowly regressing back to the low-end mixed league starter he has been throughout the majority of his career.

Giants | Buster Posey sitting

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:14:29 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey is out of the lineup Friday, July 11. C Hector Sanchez is starting in Posey's place.

FANTASY TIP: It looks to be a routine day of rest for Posey. Make sure he's out of your daily lineups.

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Red Sox | No plan if Jake Peavy is dealt

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:05:14 -0700

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said has not been told to have a contingency plan in place for Saturday, July 12, in the event SP Jake Peavy is traded.

Diamondbacks | Mark Trumbo returning

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:04:00 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Mark Trumbo (foot) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, July 11, and OF Roger Kieschnick was optioned to Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move.

FANTASY TIP: The Snakes may choose to ease Trumbo back right before the All-Star break, but if he's in Arizona's starting lineup, he should be in yours, too. His return likely means less playing time for Cody Ross, Ender Inciarte and maybe even Gerardo Parra in the long term.

Rays | Ryan Hanigan scratched

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:59:41 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays C Ryan Hanigan (undisclosed) was scratched Friday, July 11, with soreness in his left side. C Jose Molina will catch and bat eighth.

Rangers | Jim Adduci nearing rehab assignment

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:54:53 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Jim Adduci (finger) said he will began his rehab assignment Saturday, July 12, at Double-A Frisco.

Mets | Scott Rice has bone spur

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:54:00 -0700

New York Mets RP Scott Rice (elbow) has been diagnosed with a bone spur in his pitching elbow, according to a source. He's been out since June 23 with Triple-A Las Vegas. Rice will likely wait a few days and then attempt to throw through the pain. Surgery would be the next course of action, and it could keep him out for the rest of the year. General manager Sandy Alderson said there isn't any ligament damage.

Cardinals | George Kottaras to join roster

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:49:37 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals C George Kottaras will likely be added to the active major league roster Saturday, July 12. He was hitting .286 with three home runs and four RBIs in 10 games with the Cleveland Indians this year.

FANTASY TIP: Kottaras will provide the Red Birds with an experienced backup to Tony Cruz with Yadier Molina (thumb) out for the long haul. Kottaras is only valuable in deep NL leagues.

Athletics | No Yoenis Cespedes

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:48:48 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes is not in the starting lineup Friday, July 11, against the Seattle Mariners.

FANTASY TIP: Replace Cespedes in your daily lineups. Cespedes is 6-for-30 in his career against Felix Hernandez, with 10 stikeouts. It is a perfect time to give him a night off.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez unlikely to start this weekend

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:44:47 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is unlikely to start up until the All-Star break after receiving an injection in his sore right shoulder.

FANTASY TIP: Ramirez's right shoulder has bothered him off and on so far this season. While you hate to lose him for the rest of the weekend, take solace in the fact that he'll have an extra four days to rest up next week. Make plans to be without him if this thing lingers, though.

Yankees | CC Sabathia update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:43:37 -0700

Correcting a previous report, New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (knee) will not visit Dr. James Andrews Monday, July 14. Instead, Sabathia plans to be evaluated by two other specialists.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez sitting

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:42:22 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is not in the lineup Friday, July 11, due to an arthritic shoulder. In his place is SS Miguel Rojas.

FANTASY TIP: Ramirez just can't seem to get himself back to full health. His shoulder injury doesn't seem to be too serious, though, and he'll have the All-Star break to rest up. Remove him from your daily lineups.