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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:07:18 -0700
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda strengthened his bid for the final rotation spot by tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings Thursday, March 13, giving up three hits and striking out five of the 11 batters he faced. However, he hit 92 mph with his fastball just twice, with most of his heaters clocking in in the 89-90 mph range. Pineda threw strikes, though, and his breaking pitch was sharp. Manager Joe Girardi hinted that Pineda might be the favorite for the No. 5 spot. Girardi also said the team doesn't expect Pineda to reach 30 starts or 200 innings in 2014 since he hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011.
FANTASY TIP: Pineda is a bit of a sleeper candidate because of the fact that he didn't pitch at all in pinstripes last season. He's worthy of a late-round gamble in mixed leagues, but keep an eye on his velocity early in the season.
Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Wallace Matthews |
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:33:25 -0700
Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless could have a full-time role as the starting tight end if the team doesn't re-sign TE Jermichael Finley. Quarless drew interest from seven other teams on the open market before re-signing with the Packers. Quarless posted career highs in catches (32), yards (312) and touchdowns (two) in 2013 and became the starter after Finley was injured Oct. 20.
FANTASY TIP: Finley is probably a long shot to return, but Green Bay has other options on the free-agent market, most notably Owen Daniels. If Quarless winds up being their starting tight end, he won't be a bad option as a TE2.
Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky |
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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:11:36 -0700
Free-agent LB James Harrison (Bengals) intends to play in 2014, according to his agent, Bill Parise. Parise said he expects there to be interest around the league in Harrison.
Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter |