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Red Sox | Mike Napoli out

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:31:25 -0700

Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup Friday, July 11, against the Houston Astros. 1B Mike Carp is batting cleanup and playing first base.

FANTASY TIP: Replace Napoli in your daily lineups. The left-handed hitting Carp has potential as a low-budget play in daily games, due to the favorable matchup against right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman.

White Sox | Matt Lindstrom to throw bullpen

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:18:47 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session consisting of around 25 to 35 pitches Saturday, July 12, and he's expected to use all of his offerings.

FANTASY TIP: The White Sox have been laboring through the ninth inning in a committee approach headed by Zach Putnam. If you are in the market for saves at midseason, pick up and stash Lindstrom now. He could easily take over the ninth-inning duties by himself if he's completely healthy in a few weeks.

Orioles | Kevin Gausman update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:14:49 -0700

Correcting a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman will start Sunday, July 20, at the Oakland Athletics, according to manager Buck Showalter.

FANTASY TIP: There is a significant difference between a home start against the New York Yankees and a road start in Oakland. Consider this start a true audition for Gausman. Risk-averse owners would be wise to avoid this matchup. Gausman is a good long-term target in most formats and has a good shot at sticking in the rotation for much of the second half.

Rockies | Corey Dickerson remains out

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:14:06 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Corey Dickerson (wrist) remains out of the starting lineup Friday, July 11.

FANTASY TIP: Continue to bench Dickerson. With Carlos Gonzalez back from the DL, Dickerson's playing time could quickly diminish following the All-Star break. Keep that in mind.

Nationals | Ian Desmond expected to return Saturday

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:13:13 -0700

Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (hand) is expected to return to the lineup Saturday, July 12. "If it were October, he would play," manager Matt Williams said.

FANTASY TIP: If you haven't already done so, remove Desmond from your lineups tonight, but be prepared to get him back in there tomorrow.

Red Sox | Brandon Workman update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:09:19 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Brandon Workman will pitch Sunday, July 13, for Triple-A Pawtucket.

FANTASY TIP: Jake Peavy is expected to be traded. Workman is a candidate to take his rotation spot and worth considering as a speculative add in AL-only leagues.

Rays | Wil Myers update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:02:21 -0700

Contrary to a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays OF Wil Myers (wrist) will need to build strength in his wrist before he is cleared for baseball activities.

FANTASY TIP: A mid-August return is now unlikely. The previous report was highly optimistic, whereas this timetable would put Myers back with the Rays around September. There is also the potential for further complications and this turning into a season-ending injury.

NFL | Marcus Mariota still unsure if he'll declare next year

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:56:32 -0700

Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota is still undecided on if he'll leave college for the NFL following next season. "The opportunity to leave is there, but at the same time, college is fun and I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet."

Mariners | Interested in Ben Zobrist?

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:52:47 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist could be a potential trade target for the Seattle Mariners, according to a Tampa writer. Zobrist's affordable 2015 contract could also keep him with the Rays.

FANTASY TIP: Zobrist is picking his game up offensively of late, and he is capable of scorching-hot stretches. The adjustment period of joining a new team is basically offset by the Rays' awful offense, if he were to be dealt.

Reds | Homer Bailey feeling better

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:50:37 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey (knee) said he is feeling better Friday, July 11, and thinks he will have no problem making his next start.

FANTASY TIP: It's good news that Bailey is feeling better a day after the injury. That should ease his owners' minds that he will make his next start.

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Rangers | Engel Beltre reassigned

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:49:14 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Engel Beltre (leg) has been reassigned to Double-A Frisco Friday, July 11, to continue his rehab assignment.

Rangers | Add Jerome Williams

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:46:06 -0700

The Texas Rangers have signed free-agent SP Jerome Williams (Astros) and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock Friday, July 11.

Orioles | Ubaldo Jimenez update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:43:25 -0700

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) rolled his ankle getting out of a car in a parking lot and it is badly swollen, according to sources.

Orioles | Ubaldo Jimenez to DL, Kevin Gausman will start

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:30:57 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) will be placed on the disabled list after rolling his ankle Wednesday, July 9. SP Kevin Gausman will be recalled to start Saturday, July 12, or Sunday, July 13, against the New York Yankees.

FANTASY TIP: Jimenez is having a dreadful season; he has three wins, a 4.52 ERA and a league-leading 60 walks. At this point, Jimenez cannot be started with confidence and isn't worth a roster spot in mixed leagues. Gausman is pushing for an official spot in the Orioles rotation. He has upside and should be on your radar in all formats. Strongly consider starting Gausman against the Yankees.

Rangers | Geovany Soto update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:26:07 -0700

Updating a previous item, Texas Rangers C Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a charge of marijuana possession under two ounces, according to Sgt. Robert Eberling. Soto was released on $500 bail.

Blue Jays | Adam Lind update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:21:20 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (foot) received a second opinion on his right foot fracture, which set his timetable for returning at two to three weeks.

FANTASY TIP: Lind's lack of power this season has limited his fantasy impact. He also struggles mightily against left-handed pitching and rarely plays with a lefty on the mound. The timetable seems optimistic. Lind is only worth stashing (outside of a disabled list slot) in AL-only formats and deep mixed leagues.

Pirates | Starling Marte unlikely to return before All-Star break

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:20:59 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte is not likely to return to the team before the All-Star break. Marte is currently on the bereavement list.

FANTASY TIP: Plan on keeping Marte out of your lineups until after the All-Star break.

49ers | Bruce Ellington focused on football

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:20:30 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington recently said he's giving 100 percent every time he steps on the field, adding he's simply going to work hard and chase his dream.

Orioles | Bud Norris update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:19:51 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Bud Norris will stay on a five-day schedule and pitch Monday, July 14, at Double-A Bowie.

FANTASY TIP: Norris' demotion will not impact his place in the rotation. He is a low-end starting pitcher in deep mixed leagues, but he plays for a team that can provide ample run support.

Patriots | Nate Ebner works as punt protector

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:12:57 -0700

New England Patriots FS Nate Ebner worked as the personal protector on the punt team during spring practice.