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Royals | Billy Butler sitting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:25:38 -0700

Kansas City Royals DH Billy Butler (rest) is receiving the day off Wednesday, July 23. INF Danny Valencia is replacing him as designated hitter.

FANTASY TIP: Deactivate Butler in your daily transactions. Though Chicago White Sox SP Jose Quintana has been tough this year, Valencia, a platoon tool, could be a sneaky daily play against the southpaw.

Royals | Eric Hosmer returns

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:22:24 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) is back in the lineup Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: Hos can be inserted back into fantasy lineups so he can continue his July tear: .424-2-9 in 59 AB.

Indians | Yan Gomes sitting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:19:20 -0700

Cleveland Indians C Yan Gomes (rest) is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. C Roberto Perez is taking his place, batting eighth.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Gomes from your daily lineups. He merely is getting a spell for this day game. Along with his breakthrough season, he has enjoyed July with a .333-4-11 line in 54 AB.

Indians | Asdrubal Cabrera sitting again

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:17:32 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. INF Jose Ramirez is starting in his place, batting second.

FANTASY TIP: Cabrera will probably rest for at least a few more days if not land on the disabled list. His owners should be preparing for a potentially long absence.

Colts | Reggie Wayne cleared for practice

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:09:13 -0700

Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) said he has been medically cleared to practice. He's expected to be limited, though, especially in the near future.

FANTASY TIP: Wayne's recovery will dictate how effective he can be early in the year. Keep him in mind as a WR4 that, with proper healing, could return to every-week lineup consideration as 2014 wears on. His presence will affect the target loads for rebound candidates WR Hakeem Nicks and TE Dwayne Allen (hip).

Jets | Jason Babin visits

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:51:18 -0700

Free-agent DE Jason Babin (Jaguars) visited with the New York Jets Monday, July 21.

Bills | Chris Hairston may be inching ahead

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:47:22 -0700

Buffalo Bills OG Chris Hairston continued to receive first-team repetitions at right guard in the red zone drills Wednesday, July 23. OG Kraig Urbik struggled with first-team the previous day.

Athletics | Stephen Vogt limited

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:34:03 -0700

Oakland Athletics C/OF Stephen Vogt (foot) has a foot ailment that is keeping him from catching right now.

FANTASY TIP: Vogt has been a pleasant surprise hitting .361 with four homers and 18 RBIs from the catcher position. His playing time may be affected by Josh Reddick's (knee) return, though.

Indians | Danny Salazar solid

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:33:42 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar allowed a run on six hits and struck out six in five innings to beat the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: Salazar was very hittable in his recent stint at Triple-A, but he logged 67 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings. It appears you're going to have to put up with high ratios to feast on his strikeouts.

Brewers | Jonathan Lucroy hits two out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:27:20 -0700

Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy hit two home runs, including a walkoff homer, Tuesday, July 22.

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Royals | Mike Moustakas hits two out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:24:46 -0700

Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas hit two homers Tuesday, July 22. He's hitting .198 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs and continues to be one of the more frustrating fantasy plays.

Cubs | Anthony Rizzo hits two more out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:23:13 -0700

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: He has hit three in two days and five homers in five days.

Red Sox | Dustin Pedroia in a funk

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:16:28 -0700

Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is hitless in his last 17 at-bats.

FANTASY TIP: He's hitting just .269 with four homers and 37 RBIs on the season and continues to fight it in the second half.

Phillies | Jimmy Rollins on a tear

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:50:49 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins has five homers and 13 RBIs in his last 10 games.

Giants | Tim Lincecum picks up save

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:50:06 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum pitched two-thirds of an inning in the 14th inning to record his first career save Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: He threw 21 pitches and probably won't need to be pushed back from his next start.

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles not reporting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:43:48 -0700

Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not report to training camp Wednesday, July 23, barring a major contract breakthrough.

Colts | Vick Ballard passes physical

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:28:03 -0700

Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) reported to camp and has passed his physical.

Broncos | Owner stepping aside

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:09:33 -0700

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is stepping aside from his duties with the team as he deals with Alzheimer's disease.

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski cleared

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:51:21 -0700

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been cleared for contact and will not be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Bill Belichick.

FANTASY TIP: Gronkowski is expected to be ready for Week 1, and this is a big step in that direction. He makes an upper-echelon TE1.

Bills | Three out, one back

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:32:14 -0700

Buffalo Bills TE Chris Gragg (cramps), FB Evan Rodriguez (cramps) and CB Brandon E. Smith (leg) were out of practice Wednesday, July 23. OT Seantrel Henderson (hip) returned to action.