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Steelers | Will visit with Nick Williams

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:14:28 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a visit scheduled with North Alabama SS Nick D. Williams.

Nationals | Bryce Harper back in

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:09:10 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (quadriceps) is back in the starting lineup Thursday, April 17, after sitting out a game with quadriceps tightness.

FANTASY TIP: Get Harper back in your lineups everywhere.

Steelers | Will visit with Lawrence Martin

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:53:03 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers will visit with South Florida TE Lawrence Martin.

Rams | Reggie Jordan to visit

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:36:42 -0700

Missouri Western TE Reggie Jordan is scheduled to visit the St. Louis Rams next week.

White Sox | Zach Putnam purchased, Donnie Veal cut

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:30:08 -0700

The Chicago White Sox recalled RP Zach Putnam from Triple-A Charlotte Thursday, April 17, and designated RP Donnie Veal for assignment in a corresponding move.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez expects to return Friday

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:28:02 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) said he expects to be back in the lineup Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Ramirez's injury looked bad last night, but he appears to have dodged a bullet. Check back tomorrow before returning him to your fake starting lineup.

Rangers | Neal Cotts fine

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:27:25 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neal Cotts is not physically injured, but manager Ron Washington elected not to use him in a close game Wednesday, April 16, because Washington said the team has been "riding" Cotts hard recently, and they wanted to give him a breather.

NFL | Chad Johnson signs with CFL

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:15:35 -0700

Free-agent WR Chad Johnson (Patriots) signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League Thursday, April 17.

Colts | Joe Reitz signs qualifying offer

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:09:19 -0700

Indianapolis Colts OG Joe Reitz signed his qualifying offer Thursday, April 17.

Indians | Asdrubal Cabrera struggling with approach

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:04:53 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera has always been a free swinger in his career, and he admits that the first pitch is often the best pitch to take advantage of with opposing pitchers trying to get ahead. However, Cabrera is batting only .188 with a .111 average through nine at-bats that end on the first pitch this year. However, manager Terry Francona said the team will not ask Cabrera to alter his approach at the plate.

FANTASY TIP: It's a small sample size so far this season, so don't blow it too far out of proportion. Expect his average on balls put in play on the first pitch to progress more toward his career numbers as the season progresses.

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Indians | Hoping to keep Ryan Raburn in lineup

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:02:04 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Ryan Raburn was receiving plenty of playing time when OF Michael Bourn (hamstring) was on the disabled list. Now that Bourn is back, manager Terry Francona will try to find ways to keep Raburn in the lineup consistently. "Early on, I don't think Bourny is probably going to play 10 in a row," Francona said. "Raburn is going to get a lot of at-bats. Whether it's left field, right field, maybe even a game at first, he's going to get a lot of at-bats."

FANTASY TIP: Raburn should be owned in all AL-only leagues, even with Bourn back. Raburn can serve as the designated hitter while also platooning in the outfield with David Murphy.

Jaguars | No charges for Tandon Doss

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:48:09 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Tandon Doss is not expected to have charges filed against him after an arrest for disorderly conduct earlier this week.

Indians | David Murphy hot

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:46:44 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF David Murphy was hitting .391 (9-for-23) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs and 10 RBIs in his last seven games and was batting .500 (5-for-10) with runners in scoring position and .438 (7-for-16) with runners on base this year.

Mariners | Brandon Maurer likely to join rotation

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:42:53 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Brandon Maurer is the likely candidate to join the team's starting rotation starting against the Miami Marlins Sunday, April 20. SP Anthony Fernandez threw 83 pitches in his outing for Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, April 16. Maurer has allowed two earned runs and five hits in 8 1/3 innings with Tacoma with 17 strikeouts.

FANTASY TIP: Maurer showed some progress last fall after being rushed to the major earlier in the year. Target him in AL-only leagues if you're in need of pitching help. It looks like Maurer could have a decent run in the rotation if he performs well.

Mariners | Cole Gillespie hot in minors

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:35:11 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Cole Gillespie was 2-for-5 with a two-run home run for Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, April 17, and he's hitting .405 with a .490 on-base percentage with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 11 games.

Jets | Chris Johnson says he is healthy

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:34:03 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson said a report that he has arthritis in his knee is not true. Johnson said he has no arthritis in his knee.

Lions | Visit with Denico Autry

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:33:29 -0700

The Detroit Lions visited with Mississippi State DE Denico Autry Thursday, April 17.

Lions | Visit with C.J. Fiedorowicz

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:32:58 -0700

The Detroit Lions visited with Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz Thursday, April 17.

Lions | Visit with Marqise Lee

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:32:14 -0700

The Detroit Lions visited with Southern California WR Marqise Lee Thursday, April 17.

Mariners | Corey Hart feeling good

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:30:39 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Corey Hart convinced manager Lloyd McClendon that he's healthy enough to play right field Thursday, April 17. "He told he's feeling good," McClendon said. "That his knees are fine. Hey, listen, I've got to go with my player. He says he's feeling pretty good. But we'll watch him. We'll keep an eye on him." McClendon said Hart may see time at first base in the team's upcoming interleague series in a National League park without the designated hitter.

FANTASY TIP: Don't expect this to become a regular thing for Hart. Michael Saunders, Stefen Romero and now Nick Franklin can also fill in in right field. Hart's unpredictable playing time make him hard to own in standard mixed leagues.