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Athletics | Coco Crisp sitting

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:25:15 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp is out of the lineup Thursday, July 10.

FANTASY TIP: It's likely just a routine day off for Crisp. Remove him from your lineups.

Lions | Team to get creative with defensive line

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:24:28 -0700

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh said the team is going to have fun with how the defense is used in 2014. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin plans to get creative with how he uses the defensive line. "We're going to have a lot of fun going against offenses and our defensive line play is going to be very similar but at the same time very different," Suh said. "That will be for those offensive lines to figure out; not going to give any secrets away right now but we're going to have some fun out there."

Texans | Andre Johnson moving on?

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:18:47 -0700

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson is now working out "not thinking of the Texans," according to a source. Four teams are expressing interest in trading for Johnson before the season.

FANTASY TIP: The longer we go into the offseason, the more we get the feeling that Johnson has no interest in returning to Houston. However, the Texans must be on board with letting Johnson have his wish in a trade. Stay tuned.

Colts | Dwayne Allen will help offense be more creative

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:17:27 -0700

Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen's return will allow the offense be more creative this upcoming season, according to tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts. "It makes us a better football team," Roberts said. "Getting him back is like getting a brand new player. (Allen) gives you a chance to do some other things. His skillset allows us to protect it up, or throw it or run it when we see the advantage. He gives us an advantage because he can do some things in the backfield, do some things in-line where [TE Coby Fleener] we feel like has blossomed as an outside guy. It gives you a little more of a chance to be creative."

Browns | Unlikely to cut Josh Gordon

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:16:26 -0700

The Cleveland Browns are not expected to release WR Josh Gordon because of his off-field problems but have not ruled out the possibility, according to a source.

Yankees | Sunday starter unknown

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:09:03 -0700

The New York Yankees are not listing a starter for the game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, July 13, with SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) on the disabled list. SP Chase Whitley could be an option, or the team could use a bullpen approach right before the All-Star break.

NFL | No players taken in supplemental draft

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:08:12 -0700

None of the four eligible prospects were taken during the 2014 NFL supplemental draft Thursday, July 10.

Yankees | Not much progress for Michael Pineda

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:07:57 -0700

New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) is only playing catch, and he's not expected to return to the team until mid-August at the earliest. Pineda is scheduled to throw a bullpen session near the end of the week, according to manager Joe Girardi.

FANTASY TIP: It's going to be a long road back for Pineda. Once he's back, though, he could be very valuable down the stretch in deep mixed leagues.

Cowboys | No interest in player in supplemental draft

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:06:25 -0700

The Dallas Cowboys have no interest in any player in the supplemental draft, per a league source.

Reds | David Holmberg optioned

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:53:08 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds optioned SP David Holmberg to Triple-A Louisville Wednesday, July 9.

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Angels | Rich Hill released

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:52:49 -0700

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim released RP Rich Hill Wednesday, July 9.

Brewers | Jimmy Nelson coming up?

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:45:17 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson could be called up to make the start against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, July 13.

FANTASY TIP: Nelson is one of the club's top pitching prospects. Unfortunately, his start would likely only be a spot start right before the All-Star break. Keep him on your radar in AL-only and deep mixed leagues, though, if he comes up in the second half.

Reds | Billy Hamilton expected to miss a few days

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:43:24 -0700

Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton (hamstring) is expected to miss a few games with a tight left hamstring.

FANTASY TIP: Hamilton is out of the lineup Thursday. Check back throughout the rest of the week to see if he's able to return. The team will be extremely cautious with the All-Star break next week.

Reds | Kris Negron promoted

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:40:09 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds recalled SS Kris Negron from Triple-A Louisville Thursday, July 10, because of injuries to 2B Brandon Phillips (thumb) and OF Billy Hamilton (hamstring). RP Carlos Contreras was optioned to Louisville in a corresponding move.

FANTASY TIP: Negron is purely roster depth. He can be ignored in all formats.

Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez to play final rehab game

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:38:08 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) will play in his final rehab game Thursday, July 10, before returning to the team's lineup Friday, July 11. Gonzalez is hitting only .255 in 52 games this season.

Reds | Alfredo Simon wins 12th game

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:34:12 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Alfredo Simon won his National League-leading 12th game over the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, July 9. He became the first pitcher in team history with 12 wins before the All-Star break since Edinson Volquez went 12-3 in the first half in 2008. Simon allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Cubbies.

Reds | Brett Marshall cut

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:30:39 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds designated SP Brett Marshall for assignment Thursday, July 10. Marshall was 0-5 with a 10.97 ERA with Triple-A Louisville.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira blasts two homers

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:25:38 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira hit his two home runs in the win Wednesday, July 9, and he currently leads the team with 17 home runs. His two homers gave him 358 for his career, tying him with Yogi Berra and Carlos Lee for 83rd on the all-time list.

Phillies | Jonathan Papelbon would welcome trade

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:20:55 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon would like to pitch for a contending team, and his limited no-trade clause shouldn't pose any problems at this year's trade deadline. Papelbon locked down his 22nd save of the season Wednesday, July 9. He is hoping his strong performance will make him coveted by a contending team.

Texans | Andre Johnson trade would be costly

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:16:15 -0700

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson would cost the team $11.96 million in dead money if he's traded. He has three years and $34.5 million left on his deal.

FANTASY TIP: Ouch. Johnson's uncertain future keeps the possibility of a swap open, but Houston is less than enthused at the financial situation. Stay tuned.