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Hendrick Motorsports | Jeff Gordon locks up Chase spot

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:25:42 -0700

Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon locked up a spot in the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with this victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Yankees | Expressed interest in Josh Willingham

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:42:35 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham has reportedly drawn some interest from the New York Yankees leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31. The Seattle Mariners have also shown an interest.

FANTASY TIP: If Willingham were to land in New York, his playing time likely would decrease somewhat, as they have a glut of outfielders already. As such, his already marginal fantasy appeal would also decrease.

Twins | Joe Mauer takes batting practice

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:41:53 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) was able to take batting practice in the cage Wednesday, July 30, and no issues were reported.

FANTASY TIP: Mauer is slowly making progress in his recovery, but fantasy owners need to be patient. Keep him reserved in all fantasy leagues until he is officially activated from the 15-day disabled list and able to prove his health in a full game or two without any setbacks. The exact timetable of when that will be is still up in the air.

Twins | Jared Burton could be on the move

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:40:59 -0700

Minnesota Twins RP Jared Burton is owed $1.05 million on his current deal, plus a $200,000 buyout on a $3.6 million club option for 2015. He had been the primary setup man for the past two years, but he lost that job to RP Casey Fien. Burton could be a candidate to be moved before the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31.

Twins | No progress in extending Kurt Suzuki

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:39:20 -0700

Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki is owed just $886,612 after the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31. He could earn another $500,000 in bonuses for games caught. The team has an interest in signing Suzuki beyond this season, but a person with direct knowledge of the situation said Tuesday, July 29, that there had been no progress.

Twins | Brian Duensing figures to draw interest

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:38:08 -0700

Minnesota Twins RP Brian Duensing is a player which figures to draw interest leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31. According to a source, the team has yet to approach Duensing about a possible multi-year contract. He can be a free agent after next season.

Twins | Mike Pelfrey begins throwing program

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:37:22 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Mike Pelfrey (elbow), making his way back from elbow surgery June 10, started a throwing program Wednesday, July 30.

Mariners | Chris Taylor is fine

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:15 -0700

Seattle Mariners INF Chris Taylor (hand) is fine after being hit by a pitch on the hand Tuesday, July 29, and he was not in the lineup Wednesday, July 30. However, manager Lloyd McClendon said all along SS Brad Miller was going to start Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians.

Mariners | Michael Saunders takes BP

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:35:38 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (oblique) took batting practice Wednesday, July 30, for the second day. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Saunders was not swinging at 100 percent, and that "it's going to take some time." McClendon said he is hopeful Saunders will be able to head out on a minor-league rehab stint by this weekend.

Blue Jays | Adam Lind unable to run

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:34:56 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (foot), who is recovering from a broken foot, still cannot run without pain.

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Blue Jays | Edwin Encarnacion taking a few days off

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:34:22 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps, foot) is taking a few days off from his on-field rehab work after experiencing pain in his right quadriceps while swinging.

49ers | Fou Fonoti to IR

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:20:17 -0700

San Francisco 49ers OT Fou Fonoti (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list after being waived/injured. He does not count against the 90-man roster limit.

Steelers | David Snow to IR

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:17:14 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers C David Snow (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list after being waived/injured. He does not count against the 90-man roster limit.

Dolphins | Davonte Wallace to IR

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:15:24 -0700

Miami Dolphins OG Davonte Wallace (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list after being waived/injured. He does not count against the 90-man roster limit.

NFL | Six clear waivers

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:05:02 -0700

Free-agent WR Aaron Burks (Colts), QB Brock Jensen (Dolphins), LB Derrell Johnson (Dolphins), QB Kory Faulkner (49ers), CB Chandler Fenner (Seahawks) and OG Bronson Irwin (Seahawks) cleared waivers and have officially become free agents Wednesday, July 30.

Buccaneers | Carl Nicks terminated

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:59:16 -0700

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially released OG Carl Nicks (toe) Wednesday, July 30, with an injury settlement.

Titans | James Gayle waived

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:58:42 -0700

The Tennessee Titans placed LB James Gayle (shoulder) on no-recall waivers from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Wednesday, July 30.

Bears | Jay Cutler's arm strength standing out

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:57:01 -0700

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's arm strength is standing out in practice. "The ball is ON you," said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

FANTASY TIP: It is positive news that Cutler is having a nice showing in training camp. He should be drafted as a QB2 with a lot of upside heading into the 2014 season.

Rockies | Pedro Hernandez to start Thursday

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:47:04 -0700

Colorado Rockies SP Pedro Hernandez will be recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, July 31.

FANTASY TIP: Hernandez is strictly a desperation spot start in the deepest of NL-only leagues.

Braves | Jason Heyward still out

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:43:05 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) remains out of the lineup Wednesday, July 30.

FANTASY TIP: Heyward's back soreness has proved more serious than initially believed; he's missed the last two games after suffering the injury Monday. Make sure he's on your bench.