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Pirates | Clint Barmes update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:10:10 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Clint Barmes (groin) took batting practice and participated in drills Tuesday, July 29.

Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:10:00 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will miss the Hall of Fame game Sunday, Aug. 3, after blood was discovered in his hamstring.

Tigers | Nick Castellanos scratched

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:07:43 -0700

Detroit Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos has been scratched from the lineup Tuesday, July 29, and the team hasn't given a reason. 1B Miguel Cabrera will move over to third base and DH Victor Martinez will start at first base.

FANTASY TIP: We're unsure if Castellanos is injured, but we'll update you if that's the case.

Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:06:45 -0700

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) doesn't expect to miss much time with the injury, saying he's just banged up from training camp.

Twins | Joe Mauer to take live BP

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:04:49 -0700

Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (oblique) will take live batting practice in the cages this week.

FANTASY TIP: This is a step in the right direction for Mauer returning to the team soon. However, the Twins will likely continue to be cautious with Mauer. Expect him to go on a short rehab assignment before he's activated.

Twins | Ricky Nolasco throws 'pen

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:03:22 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Ricky Nolasco (elbow) threw a bullpen session without any setbacks Tuesday, July 29, and he threw only fastballs and changeups. He'll repeat the step Thursday, July 31.

Cowboys | Tony Romo to sit

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:03:17 -0700

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will miss the team's second practice Tuesday, July 29, as he continues to recover from a herniated disc.

FANTASY TIP: Once Romo is fully recovered, he'll be a QB1 candidate in offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's new offense.

MLB | Tarp on field for Tigers-White Sox game

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:02:29 -0700

The tarp is on the field in Detroit before the start of the game between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: With inclement weather expected, it might be safe to stay away from players on the Tigers and White Sox in daily games.

Cubs | Had five sets of eyes on Rusney Castillo

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:01:06 -0700

Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo had five members of the Chicago Cubs' scouting staff on hand for his workout, according to Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer.

Cubs | Neil Ramirez's injury isn't serious

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:00:03 -0700

Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs RP Neil Ramirez's (triceps) injury is not considered serious and could be fatigue-related, according to general manager Jed Hoyer.

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Cubs | Change course with Neil Ramirez

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:44:26 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Neil Ramirez (triceps) was placed on the team's disabled list Tuesday, July 29. He had been sent to the minors Saturday, July 26.

FANTASY TIP: Pedro Strop is next in line for saves now that Ramirez is on the DL.

Broncos | Chris Harris Jr. taken off PUP list

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:43:50 -0700

Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr. has passed his physical and been taken off the Physically Unable to Perform List.

Jets | Geno Smith on shorter leash?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:42:03 -0700

New York Jets QB Geno Smith may be on a shorter leash this year with QB Michael Vick as his backup. Head coach Rex Ryan said the team's quarterback situation is ideal in that there is a veteran backup waiting who knows the system if Smith doesn't succeed.

FANTASY TIP: Smith undoubtedly had a tumultuous rookie season in 2013. He's not a reliable fantasy quarterback by any means at this point in his career. Smith and Vick should both be drafted as a backup.

Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes doesn't want to play CF

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:40:35 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes said he doesn't want to play center field.

FANTASY TIP: If the A's won't use Cespedes in center while Coco Crisp (neck) heals, it'll likely be a platoon of Josh Reddick (who is starting tonight) and Billy Burns against lefties.

NASCAR | Chase drivers can't take part in test

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:38:56 -0700

NASCAR won't allow championship-eligible drivers to take part in a Goodyear tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway this year. However, they will allow all organizations represented in the Chase to take part in the Aug. 26 test because Homestead is the site of the season finale. Teams will have to send a driver not qualified for the Chase to the test.

Falcons | Pat Angerer leaves practice

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:37:46 -0700

Atlanta Falcons LB Pat Angerer (undisclosed) left practice Tuesday, July 29, with an undisclosed injury. Angerer reportedly appeared to be favoring his right leg.

Phillies | Marlon Byrd wants to stay

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:36:25 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd wants and expects to remain with the organization. Byrd said general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has not talked to him about waiving his no-trade clause.

FANTASY TIP: Byrd's fantasy value could improve if he joined a better offensive team.

Cowboys | Matt Johnson out a week or more

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:34:12 -0700

Dallas Cowboys FS Matt Johnson (hamstring) will sit at least one week while recovering from a hamstring injury suffered Sunday, July 27.

Nationals | Rafael Soriano's job is safe

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:26:58 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano is the team's closer, according to manager Matt Williams. Williams noted he did not consider leaving P Drew Storen in for the ninth inning Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Soriano allowed just 17 hits and four earned runs before July. He has surrendered nine earned runs on 10 hits this month. His job is safe, but the Nationals are trying to win a division and loyalty is largely performance based, especially in the ninth inning. Tyler Clippard should be owned in the majority of formats.

Twins | Oswaldo Arcia out

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:26:57 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia is not playing Tuesday, July 29, after his wife gave birth to a boy Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Make sure you don't have Arcia in any of your daily lineups tonight.