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Padres | Jeff Francoeur starting

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:59:42 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Jeff Francoeur is in the starting lineup and hitting fifth Friday, July 25, against the Atlanta Braves.

FANTASY TIP: Francoeur could hit his way into semi-regular at-bats and should be owned in NL-only formats. His numbers at Triple-A El Paso were impressive.

Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo struggling

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:56:46 -0700

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has struggled mightily through two days of training camp practices. The rookie has thrown three interceptions and fumbled once.

Patriots | Kenbrell Thompkins standing out

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:52:38 -0700

New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins has stood out through two days of training camp practices, catching several diving balls along the way.

FANTASY TIP: This is encouraging news, specifically showing Thompkins and QB Tom Brady are getting on the same page after a shaky rookie year for the receiver. Thompkins is a WR4 fantasy gamble, whose upside could return WR2 stats.

Orioles | Manny Machado out again

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:52:12 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (back) is not in the lineup Friday, July 25. It's the fourth consecutive day he has missed. Machado said Thursday, July 24, that he was getting better, though.

FANTASY TIP: Keep playing the waiting game, but don't be surprised if a retroactive DL stint comes to pass.

Braves | Gavin Floyd update

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:46:16 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) passed his first post-surgery test from a fractured right elbow. There is still no timetable for a return, but the injury is expected to be season ending. Floyd will have a second checkup and X-ray in another four weeks. He isn't ready to begin baseball activities, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

FANTASY TIP: Don't expect any fantasy production from Floyd until next season.

Browns | Johnny Manziel acknowledges mistakes

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:44:36 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said Friday, July 25, at his training camp press conference that he has met with team officials to discuss his off-the-field issues and admitted he made some mistakes. He said everyone involved is now on the same page.

Browns | Alarmed with Johnny Manziel's behavior?

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:41:49 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's off-the-field behavior reportedly has alarmed members of Cleveland's brass. Photos of Manziel rolling a $20 bill in a bathroom of a bar caught the attention of head coach Mike Pettine. Manziel regressed in practice after the first week of organized team activities, leading Pettine to call out Manziel's dedication to learning the offense.

Dodgers | Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez return

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:40:20 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (hand) and SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) are in the starting lineup Friday, July 24, against the San Francisco Giants.

FANTASY TIP: Return Puig and Ramirez to your lineups.

Pirates | Pedro Alvarez update

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:36:07 -0700

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (knee) completed drills Friday, July 24, and could be available off the bench.

FANTASY TIP: It appears like Alvarez will return over the weekend, which is good news for fantasy owners. Don't be afraid to give him a game to prove his health, though.

Browns | Brian Hoyer likely to start preseason opener

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:34:19 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) is expected to start the preseason opener, barring any setbacks, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

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Pirates | Gerrit Cole to rehab Monday

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:32:50 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) said he will make a rehab start Monday, July 28, for Triple-A Indianapolis.

FANTASY TIP: Cole could be back sometime in early August at that rate. Hopefully his quick and painful return last time taught him to take his time in this recovery. He's a must-start when he comes back, frankly because you're running out of time to use him this year.

Giants | Make roster moves

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:25:25 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2Bs Ehire Adrianza (hamstring) and Marco Scutaro (back) were placed on the disabled list Friday, July 25. In corresponding moves, 2Bs Dan Uggla and Tony Abreu were recalled from Triple-A Fresno. SS Nick Noonan and P Jose De Paula were designated for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster.

Seahawks | Korey Toomer added to PUP

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:24:03 -0700

Seattle Seahawks LB Korey Toomer (hamstring) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Seahawks | Bruce Irvin headed to PUP

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:22:38 -0700

Seattle Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin (hip) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Packers | Nick Perry placed on PUP

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:18:54 -0700

Green Bay Packers LB Nick Perry (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Packers | Mike Neal placed on PUP

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:17:23 -0700

Green Bay Packers LB Mike Neal (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Indians | Asdrubal Cabrera improving

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:15:31 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) felt better Friday, July 25, as he increased his activity, according to manager Terry Francona. Cabrera should be available off the bench Saturday, July 26, and could return to the starting lineup Sunday, July 27.

FANTASY TIP: Stay tuned as more comes out on Cabrera's status over the weekend.

Giants | Dan Uggla recalled, starting

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:14:41 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Dan Uggla was recalled from Triple-A Fresno Friday, July 24. Uggla is starting at second base and hitting eighth against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

FANTASY TIP: Uggla has NL-only value. Desperate deep-mixed-league owners could take a flier, if you need home run help and can afford a potential batting average anchor.

Seahawks | Eric Pinkins sent to NFI

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:11:57 -0700

Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks S Eric Pinkins (foot) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Friday, July 25, after suffering a Lisfranc injury.

Padres | Jedd Gyorko, Yonder Alonso returning soon?

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:02:45 -0700

San Diego Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko (foot) and 1B Yonder Alonso (wrist) could rejoin the team this weekend during the series against the Atlanta Braves, according to manager Bud Black.

FANTASY TIP: With improved health, Gyorko could provide solid power numbers down the stretch in all formats, especially for a second baseman. Alonso is best suited for deep mixed leagues and NL-only formats. Alonso is also a better fit in OBP formats.