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Orioles | Manny Machado runs bases

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:04:06 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) ran the bases Wednesday, April 16, for the first time since his knee surgery. The sessions went well, and he is expected to continue running the bases through the end of the week at the team's spring training facility in Florida.

Giants | Dontrelle Willis released

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:03:25 -0700

The San Francisco Giants released P Dontrelle Willis Wednesday, April 16.

Athletics | Alberto Callaspo improving defensively

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:02:58 -0700

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin was hitting INF Alberto Callaspo balls at first base and Melvin said Callaspo is getting better at the position. Callaspo just needs to learn a few of the intricacies of the position, like bunt plays and cutoffs, but he is reportedly improving.

Athletics | Unclear when Jim Johnson will close

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:02:35 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson has been making progress since being bumped from the closer's role. He worked an inning in a tie game, got a lot of groundballs, which was a good indication for his sinkerball. And when he missed the zone, he missed down, which is also seen as a big improvement. However, it's uncertain if and when Johnson will re-gain his closer's role.

Athletics | Struggling Josh Reddick held out

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:02:11 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick was out of the starting lineup Wednesday, April 16. He has been struggling, but manager Bob Melvin said Reddick is recognizing pitches better. However, he decided with a tough lefty on the mound, it wasn't a good scenario to get Reddick back on track.

Athletics | Coco Crisp available off bench

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:01:42 -0700

Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (hamstring) was out of the starting lineup for a third straight game Wednesday, April 16, due to his hamstring issue. However, he was available as a pinch hitter.

Vikings | Lamin Barrow visits

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:47:35 -0700

Louisiana State LB Lamin Barrow visited with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 16, according to a league source.

Vikings | Will host Devonta Freeman

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:47:02 -0700

Florida State RB Devonta Freeman will with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, April 17, according to a league source.

Vikings | Luke Bowanko ready to visit

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:35:42 -0700

University of Virginia C Luke Bowanko will visit with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, April 17.

Vikings | Josh Samuda undergoes successful surgery

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:34:51 -0700

According to a source close to the situation, Minnesota Vikings OG Josh Samuda (ankle, leg) had successful surgery Wednesday, April 16, after suffering multiple injuries during organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, April 15. Samuda suffered a broken fibula, dislocated ankle and damage to the deltoid ligament.

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Redskins | Dezmen Southward visits

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:33:55 -0700

University of Wisconsin SS Dezmen Southward visited with the Washington Redskins this week, according to a league source.

Patriots | Worked out Dezmen Southward

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:33:04 -0700

The New England Patriots have conducted a private workout with University of Wisconsin SS Dezmen Southward.

Packers | Luke Bowanko visits

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:32:28 -0700

University of Virginia C Luke Bowanko visited with the Green Bay Packers Sunday, April 13, and Monday, April 14.

Jaguars | Mike Brown signs

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:30:20 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Mike Brown signed his exclusive-rights free agent deal Wednesday, April 16.

Giants | Former OC defends Eli Manning

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:28:16 -0700

Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said in a radio interview this week that it is "ludicrous" to say QB Eli Manning is declining. "There's been no deterioration of his arm strength, there's been no lack of preparation and effort," Gilbride said. "I think he's going to be fine as soon as they solidify the offensive line. They certainly made a move to do that by bringing in three interior offensive linemen and as soon as they get somebody that's going to be productive for them as an outside receiver. WR Victor Cruz is terrific, but they need somebody that when they go to match up, bump and run (and) go win for them."

49ers | Terrance West to visit Monday

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:27:52 -0700

Towson RB Terrance West will visit the San Francisco 49ers' facilities Monday, April 21.

49ers | Shopping LaMichael James

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:27:09 -0700

According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on the depth chart at running back this season.

Jets | Chris Johnson financials

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:45:15 -0700

Updating a previous report, the deal for New York Jets RB Chris Johnson includes $3 million in guaranteed money in the form of a signing bonus, and $1 million in salary. The team also holds an option for the 2015 season.

Royals | Jason Vargas to work Friday

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:41:09 -0700

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has moved SP Jason Vargas up to work Friday, April 18, against the Minnesota Twins due to the injury to SP Bruce Chen (gluteus).

Royals | James Shields moves up a day

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:40:40 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP James Shields will move up a day to pitch Thursday, April 17, against the Houston Astros rather than Friday, April 18, against the Minnesota Twins. It's because SP Bruce Chen (gluteus) was scratched for Thursday.