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Texans | Andre Johnson exits with strained hamstring

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:55:06 -0700

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) left practice Tuesday, July 29, with a strained hamstring.

FANTASY TIP: The good news here is that it is early in training camp. Hamstring issues can linger, so it is definitely something to watch as training camp continues. Check back when there is more information on the severity of the injury.

Pirates | Dark-horse location for Jon Lester?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:53:44 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester is involved in trade discussions between Boston and the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to sources. The deal would involve Pirates OF Joshua Bell going to the Red Sox.

Seahawks | Anthony McCoy hurts Achilles'

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:48:06 -0700

Seattle Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy (Achilles') suffered an Achilles' injury in practice Tuesday, July 29.

Tigers | Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez lineup changes

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:45:27 -0700

Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera is batting cleanup, and DH Victor Martinez is hitting fifth Thursday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: It may only be a temporary move with J.D. Martinez out of the lineup and Rajai Davis batting second. Any further developments on this will be addressed here.

Nationals | No Jayson Werth

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:44:41 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (ankle) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29, against the Miami Marlins. Werth sprained his right ankle Monday, July 28, and left the game early. OF Nate McLouth is playing right field and batting ninth.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Werth from your daily-transaction lineups, and continue to check back for updates on his ankle. McLouth is worth looking at as a low-budget play in daily games.

Orioles | No Chris Davis Tuesday

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:38:06 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis (undisclosed) is not in the lineup Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: It might just be a rest day with Jered Weaver on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. We'll keep you posted if it's something more.

Red Sox | Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino sitting

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:37:01 -0700

Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli and OF Shane Victorino are not in the lineup Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: It's presumably a rest day for both, but we'll let you know if it turns out to be something else. Remove both from any daily lineups.

Phillies | Scheduled off-day for Marlon Byrd

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:35:06 -0700

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd's absence from the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29, was a scheduled off-day.

FANTASY TIP: There is still potential for Byrd to be dealt before the trade deadline.

Athletics | No Coco Crisp again

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:32:47 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (neck) is not in the lineup Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: No word yet on how his MRI went, but the A's are preparing for a long Crisp absence. Fantasy players should, too.

Browns | Josh Gordon to argue second-hand smoke caused positive test

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:29:50 -0700

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will argue that second-hand marijuana smoke caused a positive test, and that he should not be suspended in an appeal hearing Friday, Aug. 1.

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Colts | Sign Phillip Tanner

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:29:15 -0700

The Indianapolis Colts signed RB Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) Tuesday, July 29. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Colts | Sign Jonathon Sharpe

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:28:50 -0700

The Indianapolis Colts signed LB Jonathon Sharpe Tuesday, July 29. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Cubs | Junior Lake getting a chance

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:24:18 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Junior Lake is starting in center field Tuesday, July 29, against the Colorado Rockies. Lake will get extra playing time the next few days, according to manager Rick Renteria. Renteria noted the Cubs could face eight or nine left-handed pitchers in a row.

FANTASY TIP: Lake hasn't been significantly better against southpaws in 2014, but as a right-handed batter the split should favor him in the immediate future. Consider a short-term add in deep leagues.

Giants | David Wilson suffers neck burner

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:20:50 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) left practice with a neck burner Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: This is the setback the team was hoping to avoid with Wilson, and obviously something to keep a close eye on in the coming days. Check back for updates on the severity of the injury.

Mets | No Lucas Duda

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:15:27 -0700

New York Mets 1B Lucas Duda is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29. 3B Eric Campbell is playing first base and hitting fourth.

FANTASY TIP: Duda has a .153 batting average against left-handed pitchers this season. With Cole Hamels on the hill for the Phillies, this is a strategic time to rest Duda. Remove Duda from your daily-transaction leagues and expect him to continue to sit against tough lefties.

Browns | Josh Gordon victim of circumstance?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:11:01 -0700

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests as a member of the Stage III drug program, and the positive test that is being reviewed for a one-year suspension was not far off from being ruled as a negative. Of the two urine samples taken from Gordon for that test, his "A" sample registered barely above the league's limit. The "B" sample came in at a level below the threshold. <p>A positive "A" leads to a test for the substance's presence in "B." But the "B" sample doesn't have to show a level befitting a violation; it only has to confirm a hint of the same substance as "A." If Gordon's "B" sample had been labeled as the "A" and vice versa, the sample that barely registered as a positive wouldn't have been examined.

FANTASY TIP: There's an increasing feeling that if this is valid, Gordon could be shown leniency, especially in light of the NFL's recent PR nightmare with the Ray Rice suspension ruling. He's not out of the woods yet, but there's reason to think he'll play some regulation football this year.

Braves | Shae Simmons to DL

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:09:32 -0700

Atlanta Braves RP Shae Simmons (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, July 29, with a right shoulder strain. In a corresponding move, RP Juan Jaime was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Jets | No practice for Calvin Pryor

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:09:21 -0700

New York Jets SS Calvin Pryor (concussion) did not participate in practice Tuesday, July 29.

Jets | Colin Anderson exits

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:08:37 -0700

New York Jets TE Colin Anderson (thumb) left practice early Tuesday, July 29.

Phillies | No Marlon Byrd

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:05:31 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Byrd from daily-transaction leagues. He has been the subject of trade rumors, so he could be on the move. Check back for further updates and the fantasy impact, if he is dealt.