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NFL | Practice squad clarification

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:40:40 -0700

Updating a previous item, expansion of NFL practice squads from eight to 10 players is expected to be for 2014 and 2015 only. Player agent Mike McCartney clarified that six games now constitute one "year" spent on a practice squad instead of three. The league also clarified that teams may sign two practice squad players who have up to two accrued NFL seasons. Previously, players with at least one accrued season were not eligible for practice squads.

Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn takes left corner job

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:32:09 -0700

After starting the season sharing No. 1 duties with Josh Robinson, Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn appears to have won the starting left corner job outright. Robinson has missed the past two weeks with hamstring issues and coach Mike Zimmer is losing patience with him.

Bears | Santonio Holmes contract details

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:25:23 -0700

The Chicago Bears and WR Santonio Holmes reached agreement on a minimum salary benefit contract for Holmes that offers no guaranteed money. Holmes signed with the Bears on Saturday, Aug. 16, and the minimum level for a player of his experience is $855,000.

Vikings | Chris Kluwe reaches settlement with team

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:13:13 -0700

Updating a previous item, the Minnesota Vikings and former P Chris Kluwe reached a settlement in which the Vikings will make "substantial monetary contributions" to five LGBT groups in the state of Minnesota as an effort to educate against homophobia.

Phillies | Ben Revere has rare strikeout

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:55:10 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Revere was hitless in four at-bats with a rare strikeout Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Seattle Mariners. He entered the game as the hardest player in the National League to strikeout, as he has fanned once per every 11.9 at-bats.

Phillies | John Mayberry begins rehab

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:54:40 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr. (wrist) played his first minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley Tuesday, Aug. 19. He had a pair of singles in four at-bats.

Mariners | Hisashi Iwakuma on a roll

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:53:11 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma allowed just four hits with no walks over eight scoreless innings while posting a season-high 11 strikeouts in a win Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Since July 1, Iwakuma is 7-2 with a 1.63 ERA, 65 strikeouts and four walks in 72 innings over 10 starts.

FANTASY TIP: Iwakuma has emerged as a fantasy must-start in all formats this season. Iwakuma, Felix Hernandez and Chris Young have been the best trio of pitchers in baseball this season.

Mariners | Michael Saunders so-so in rehab

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:52:52 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (oblique) made his 10th minor-league rehab start Tuesday, Aug. 19, for Triple-A Tacoma. He is hitting .258 for the Rainiers.

Packers | Colt Lyerla might move to FB

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:31:04 -0700

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Colt Lyerla (knee), who was waived/injured Tuesday, Aug. 19, could move to fullback in the future, according to tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot. He said fullback "certainly seems to fit (Lyerla's) wheelhouse."

Yankees | Martin Prado helping out

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:30:04 -0700

New York Yankees 3B Martin Prado made his third straight start at second base Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Houston Astros. He had a three-hit game, including a two-run double in the sixth inning. He now has six hits and four RBIs over the past three games.

Yankees | Jacoby Ellsbury enjoys home cooking

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:27:28 -0700

New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury posted a three-hit night against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Aug. 19. He was 10-for-24 in the previous homestand, and he is now hitting .464 over the past eight games at home. Overall, he is hitting .328 at home and just .232 on the road.

FANTASY TIP: Strike while the iron is hot. Ellsbury has been on fire lately, and his production has been exceeding his salary figure in daily fantasy leagues.

Yankees | Brian McCann powering up

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:26:56 -0700

New York Yankees C Brian McCann homered Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Houston Astros. It was his 12th homer at home, while he has managed just two in 51 road games. He has hit three homers over his past four games.

Red Sox | Brock Holt's hit streak ends

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:26:20 -0700

Boston Red Sox 3B Brock Holt was hitless in three at-bats with a sacrifice fly and sacrifice bunt Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The hitless evening snapped his 12-game hitting streak.

Mets | Kirk Nieuwenhuis unavailable

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:25:51 -0700

New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (neck) was unavailable Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Oakland Athletics due to a stiff neck.

Mets | Daniel Murphy slumping

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:25:25 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Mets 1B/2B Daniel Murphy has just three hits over his past 24 at-bats (.125), so manager Terry Collins gave him a day off with a tough left-hander on the hill Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Oakland Athletics. "Murph needs a blow," Collins said. "Dan and I talked about that a couple days ago. He wasn't looking forward to it, but he knows he needs it."

Dodgers | Zack Greinke still on for Thursday

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:22:38 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) is still listed as the probable pitcher for Thursday, Aug. 21, against the San Diego Padres. He has been dealing with soreness in his elbow. Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, Aug. 19, that P Carlos Frias would start Thursday if Greinke is unable to go.

FANTASY TIP: We'll monitor Greinke's status and update you if he is unable to make his start. Daily fantasy owners would be well served not to risk it, as he might be working with restrictions if he can make the start.

Dodgers | Josh Beckett still not throwing

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:21:57 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (hip) has not yet resumed throwing since landing on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 4 due to a left hip impingement. There is some doubt if he will be able to return this season. "At this point, he's been out a little bit," manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, Aug. 19. "It's going to take him awhile before he can start throwing. Once that happens, it's going to take him a little while to get built up. Is there going to be enough time? I'm not sure."

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners in re-draft leagues can safely drop Beckett, as it is unlikely he will be able to return for anything more than a start or two, if even that. Should he be able to return after rosters expand Sept. 1, he could very well return in a middle relief role.

Dodgers | Juan Uribe making progress

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:20:16 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe (hamstring) is progressing nicely in his recovery from a strained right hamstring, manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Dodgers | No timetable for Hyun-Jin Ryu

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:19:20 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) played catch before the game Tuesday, Aug. 19, but there is still no timetable for his return. "(Ryu's) doing better, feeling better," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's basically playing catch, keeping his arm moving. He'll be doing more things underneath, working out. He's doing good right now. Timetable-wise, I don't know if we're going to have that."

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners need to be patient, as it might be into September before Ryu is able to return. Wait until he is officially activated before plugging him back into the starting fantasy lineup.

Diamondbacks | Ender Inciarte goes hitless

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:18:52 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Ender Inciarte went hitless in four at-bats Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Washington Nationals to snap his career-high 18-game hitting streak.