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Reds | Joey Votto hot since move

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:09:37 -0700

Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto went into the Sunday, April 20 game hitting .393 (11-for-24) with three home runs, seven RBIs and eight walks since being moved into the No. 2 spot in the order. 2B Brandon Phillips was moved to the third spot and has no RBI or extra-base hits.

Reds | Ryan Ludwick returns

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:07:43 -0700

Updating a previous item, Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (toe) returned to the lineup Sunday, April 20, after missing Saturday's game after fouling a ball off his big toe Friday. Ludwick went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. It was thought Ludwick would miss a few games. "It was pretty painful for 24 hours," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He could have pinch hit (Saturday). They did a lot of therapy on it. It's better good enough to play. He's done everything he needs to do, run, cut."

Reds | Zack Cozart breaks slump

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:03:19 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and three RBIs in the Reds' 8-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs Sunday, April 20. The home run was his first of the year. "I felt pretty good the last week," he said. "I've been hitting some balls hard right at people. I'm not striking out a lot, so it's been kind of frustrating that some of the balls aren't finding holes. If I keep battling and playing good defense, I know that everything will fall in place."

Rays | Ryan Hanigan makes history

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:53:10 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays C Ryan Hanigan hit two home runs and drove in six runs Saturday, April 19 against the New York Yankees. Hanigan is the 12th player in the past 100 years to hit two homers and drive in six runs while batting ninth.

Yankees | Vidal Nuno holds Rays scoreless

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:31:36 -0700

New York Yankees SP Vidal Nuno held the Tampa Bay Rays to five scoreless innings Sunday, April 20, but he did not get the decision as the game went 12 innings before the Yankees won 5-1. No indication was given whether Nuno would get a shot at replacing SP Ivan Nova (elbow) in the rotation.

Brewers | Mike Fiers surging at Triple-A

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:07:06 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers SP Mike Fiers is continuing a career resurgence at Triple-A Nashville. Fiers struck out 12 over eight innings, retired 14 consecutive batters at one point and improved to 3-0 on the season for Nashville on Saturday, April 19. He became the first Sounds player to strike out 12 since Yovani Gallardo on June 21, 2007. Fiers' ERA is 0.87, and he's struck out 26 batters against two walks, leaving his WHIP at 0.73.

FANTASY TIP: Considering his 2013 was a hellish nightmare that included the death of his mother, a fracture in his pitching arm and his demotion to the minors, Fiers may be playing himself back into a potential spot start or two should he keep up the good work. It is worth monitoring Fiers in daily leagues should the starter earn a callup, and it may be worth stashing him away on your bench in deeper leagues.

Brewers | Elian Herrera stays with team

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:03:38 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers IF Elian Herrera, who was originally called up when 1B Lyle Overbay went on the paternity list, is still on the roster even though Overbay was activated. Herrera took the place of OF Logan Schafer (hamstring), who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Brewers | Francisco Rodriguez moves up save list

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers CL Francisco Rodriguez earned the 311th save of his career Sunday, April 20, moving him into a tie with former Toronto Blue Jays CL Tom Henke for 19th on the all-time list. Robb Nen is next with 314.

Mets | Curtis Granderson bumped to second in order

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:48:05 -0700

Updating a previous item, New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson was bumped up to the second spot in the lineup to jump-start his bat. Granderson went 0-for-6 on the day before a 14th-inning sacrifice fly gave his team a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Rams | To meet with Greg Robinson again

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:37:32 -0700

The St. Louis Rams will meet with Auburn OL Greg Robinson at the school's campus in Alabama. This marks the second meeting between the team and Robinson in less than a month.

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Eagles | Odell Beckham to visit

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:22:08 -0700

LSU WR Odell Beckham plans to visit the Philadelphia Eagles sometime in the coming week.

Seahawks | Deone Bucannon to visit

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:58:19 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to meet with Washington State S Deone Bucannon Monday, April 21.

Panthers | Could look for RT in draft

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:54:26 -0700

The Carolina Panthers may select an offensive tackle in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft that could be the team's starting right tackle this upcoming season.

Chiefs | May take QB in draft

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:44:50 -0700

The Kansas City Chiefs may consider selecting a quarterback in the middle or later rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft to be a developmental quarterback.

Browns | Probably will pick up Phil Taylor's option

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:26:22 -0700

The Cleveland Browns have not said if they will exercise the fifth-year option in DT Phil Taylor's contract but probably will before the May 3 deadline.

Eagles | Evan Mathis not expected to be at workouts

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:24:38 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles OG Evan Mathis is not expected to report for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 21.

Jets | Mike Evans to visit

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:24:02 -0700

The New York Jets are scheduled to meet with Texas A&M WR Mike Evans Monday, April 21.

Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez leaves game

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:15:54 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (knee) left the game early Sunday, April 20, because of left knee tendinitis. He is considered day-to-day at this point.

Cardinals | Joe Kelly doing well with treatment

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:09:37 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said SP Joe Kelly (hamstring) is responding better than expected from the treatment he is receiving for his hamstring strain. Kelly has resumed playing long toss.

Twins | Fine with Joe Mauer bunting against shift

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:07:10 -0700

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he would have no problem with 1B Joe Mauer bunting when the opponents are using a shift against him. "I don't mind it a bit," Gardenhire said. "Joe's an on-base guy and a line-drive hitter. That's another weapon he can use."