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Mariners | No problems in OF for Corey Hart

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:13:34 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Corey Hart had no problems in right field when he got the not there Thursday, April 17. He added a sliding catch on his surgically-repaired knees during the game. "I was a little apprehensive in spring when I was out there," he said, "because I didn't know what would happen if I slid. As time's gone on, the knees haven't been a problem. They've gotten stronger. However, manager Lloyd McClendon said Hart is unlikely to play the outfield this weekend in a National League park, but he could see time at first base.

FANTASY TIP: It's a good start for Hart, but that doesn't mean he'll see consistent time in right field immediately. Designated hitter is still the best avenue for him to accrue at-bats in Seattle.

Reds | Aroldis Chapman cleared for BP

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:12:23 -0700

Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman (face) has been cleared to throw live batting practice.

FANTASY TIP: Chapman could be back in early May if everything goes according to plan. The good news is that he won't need as much time or innings in rehab games in order to return, since he's a relief pitcher. Monitor his progress.

49ers | Not expected to pick up Aldon Smith's option

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:59:36 -0700

The San Francisco 49ers are not expected to pick up the 2015 fifth-year option on the contract of LB Aldon Smith, according to a league source. The team has until May 3 to make their decision.

Royals | Jarrod Dyson to bereavement list

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:39:37 -0700

The Kansas City Royals placed OF Jarrod Dyson on the bereavement list Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: With Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) on the DL, Justin Maxwell will have center field all to himself for at least the next couple of days. Add Maxwell immediately in AL-only leagues for short-term outfield help.

Diamondbacks | Alex Sanabia outrighted

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:36:31 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks SP Alex Sanabia cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Thursday, April 17.

White Sox | Jose Abreu rested

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:32:44 -0700

Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu, who was 1-for-21 entering the game Thursday, April 17, was replaced in the lineup by 1B Paul Konerko.

FANTASY TIP: After his red hot start to the season, Abreu is showing signs of being human. This is his first real taste of adversity in the big leagues, and it'll be interesting to see how he responds. If you have other options at 1B, you may want to keep him reserved until he snaps out of it.

Yankees | Carlos Beltran expected to be fine

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:28:54 -0700

New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran fell over the short fence in foul territory while chasing a foul ball against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, April 17, and escaped with only some bruises. He is expected to play Friday, April 18, but said, "I gotta see how I wake up tomorrow."

FANTASY TIP: Check back before tonight's game to make sure Beltran is in the Yanks' starting lineup.

Nationals | Denard Span plays in first rehab game

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:28:11 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (concussion) went 1-for-2 and played five innings on defense for Single-A Hagerstown in his first rehab game Thursday, April 17.

FANTASY TIP: If Span doesn't have any setbacks, expect him to return from the seven-day concussion list this weekend.

Steelers | Interested in Andre Williams

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:33:21 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.

Patriots | Interested in Andre Williams

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:33:02 -0700

The New England Patriots are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.

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Jets | Interested in Andre Williams

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:32:43 -0700

The New York Jets are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.

Browns | Interested in Andre Williams

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:32:26 -0700

The Cleveland Browns are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.

Patriots | Interested in Dominique Easley

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:26:08 -0700

The New England Patriots are interested in Florida DT Dominique Easley.

Brewers | Interested in Jeremy Jeffress

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:16:01 -0700

The Milwaukee Brewers have expressed interest in free-agent RP Jeremy Jeffress (Royals).

Cardinals | Interested in Jeremy Jeffress

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:15:43 -0700

The St. Louis Cardinals have expressed interest in free-agent RP Jeremy Jeffress (Royals).

White Sox | Interested in Jeremy Jeffress

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:15:25 -0700

The Chicago White Sox have expressed interest in free-agent RP Jeremy Jeffress (Royals).

Royals | James Shields dynamite

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:06:41 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP James Shields allowed a run on four singles and struck out 12 in eight innings to beat the Houston Astros Thursday, April 17.

Red Sox | Koji Uehara returns

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:02:53 -0700

Boston Red Sox CL Koji Uehara (shoulder) returned Thursday, April 17, to nail down his third save of the season.

FANTASY TIP: Edward Mujica will still probably see spot save chances as the team will likely be cautious with the 39-year-old Uehara.

Yankees | CC Sabathia using changeup

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:02:05 -0700

New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia has started to use his changeup more often, which is something he has gotten away from over the years. During his Cy Young season in 2007, he used it 18.5 percent of the time, and just 15.3 percent of the time last year. He used it 17.8 percent of the time during his first three starts this year. "I'm throwing it as much as I did when I first got here," Sabathia said. "That's something I wanted to get back to. Not overthrow it, but just keep it in the mix. And it has been a good pitch for us."

Pirates | Andrew McCutchen hits first homer

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:54:31 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the year Thursday, April 17.