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Ravens | Will Hill contract details

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:22:56 -0700

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens FS Will Hill signed a one-year contract worth $570,000 Friday, July 25. There was no guaranteed money in the deal.

Phillies | Grady Sizemore back in lead off spot

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:21:43 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Grady Sizemore is batting leadoff Friday, July 25, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

FANTASY TIP: Sizemore should be owned in all NL-only formats. Ryne Sandberg appears committed to giving Sizemore enough playing time to make him an option in deep mixed leagues.

Ravens | Lardarius Webb leaves with back injury

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:13:42 -0700

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (back) left practice early Friday, July 25, with a minor back injury.

Braves | Anthony Varvaro activated

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:12:06 -0700

Atlanta Braves RP Anthony Varvaro was activated from the paternity list Friday, July 25. In a corresponding move, RP Gus Schlosser was optioned to Triple-A Gwinett.

Nationals | Danny Espinosa sitting

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:09:56 -0700

Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa is not in the starting lineup Friday, July 25, against the Cincinnati Reds. SS Zach Walters is starting at second base and hitting eighth.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Espinosa from your lineups in NL-only formats or deep leagues.

Colts | Trent Richardson not practicing

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:54:11 -0700

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Friday, July 25.

Royals | Eric Hosmer sitting

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:50:11 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) is not in the lineup Friday, July 25. DH Raul Ibanez is starting in his place at first base and hitting sixth.

FANTASY TIP: Hosmer probably will be out the next few days and could face a DL stint if he doesn't improve.

Angels | C.J. Wilson update

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:47:10 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson (ankle) threw a 60-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, July 23, that manager Mike Scioscia said went "really well." Wilson threw four innings' worth of up-and-down action with simulated breaks in activity. He's expected to log another session Friday, July 25, or Saturday, July 26, and may need a rehab start.

FANTASY TIP: Wilson should return in the next few weeks to being a matchup-based decision for most mixed leaguers.

Colts | Vick Ballard carted off

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:38:41 -0700

Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (ankle) was carted off the practice field Friday, July 25, with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

Tigers | Joe Nathan fans side

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:37:19 -0700

Detroit Tigers RP Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth inning to record the save Thursday, July 24. He was consistently hitting 93 and 94 mph with his fastball.

FANTASY TIP: This refreshing skill probably was partially fueled by the acquisition of Joakim Soria, an alternative for saves. Nathan isn't in the clear yet, but this is a big statement toward him locking down the job. He's lucky Brad Ausmus already has given him a long leash this season.

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Bills | Sign Bobby Felder

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:33:26 -0700

The Buffalo Bills signed CB Bobby Felder (Buccaneers) Friday, July 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Blue Jays | Deal Deck McGuire

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:31:12 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays traded SP Deck McGuire to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.

Athletics | Acquire Deck McGuire

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:29:56 -0700

The Oakland Athletics acquired SP Deck McGuire from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. He will report to Triple-A Sacramento.

FANTASY TIP: Oakland knows how to select and work with intriguing but shaky pitchers, so maybe McGuire will be their next long-term project. AL-only full-retention dynasty players with a deep taxi squad could consider him as a dice roll.

Colts | Vick Ballard limps off the practice field

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:27:37 -0700

Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (undisclosed) limped off the practice field Friday, July 25.

Indians | Zach McAllister could start Saturday

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:24:54 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister is expected to be activated and start Saturday, July 26, against the Kansas City Royals.

FANTASY TIP: It's a matchup AL-only players could try out, but mixed leaguers shouldn't go near him yet.

Phillies | No Ryan Howard again

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:22:39 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not in the lineup Friday, July 25, against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Wade Miley, a left-hander. 1B Darin Ruf is playing first base and batting seventh.

FANTASY TIP: So continues the platoon saga that'll give Ruf more deep-mixed value and makes Howard expendable in many formats.

Falcons | Waive Darius Johnson

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:20:03 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons waived WR Darius Johnson Friday, July 25.

Angels | Josh Hamilton facing historic amount of breaking pitches

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:15:25 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton is seeing more breaking pitches than at any other time in his career. According to Fangraphs, only 35.5 percent of the pitches Hamilton has seen in 2014 have been fastballs. It appears to be the lowest percentage recorded by PITCHf/x data since it started collecting such data in 2002. The next lowest percentage is 44.6 of any other hitter with at least 100 at-bats. Hamilton has been more patient this season, but the more passive approach may be hurting him.

FANTASY TIP: Hitter of only five home runs, Hamilton still ranks as a decent buy-low candidate for the desperate, who should merely hope for an extreme regression to the positive when it comes to power. Hamilton's perceived name value is probably at an all-time low.

Vikings | Sign Andy Cruse

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:12:33 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings signed WR Andy Cruse (Texans) Friday, July 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Vikings | Andrew Sendejo placed on PUP list

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:08:55 -0700

Minnesota Vikings SS Andrew Sendejo (undisclosed) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.