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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.

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.

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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.

Vikings | Chase Ford placed on PUP list

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:08:31 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn placed on PUP list

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

Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (undisclosed) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Rockies | Troy Tulowitzki doesn't have no-trade clause

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:03:34 -0700

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki does not have a no-trade clause in his contract, at least not at the moment. If traded, he would be awarded a $2 million bonus from the club that acquires him. Any hypothetical new club would trigger a no-trade clause for him, along with the remaining five years and $104 million left on his deal. The chances of Tulowitzki being swapped before the July 31 trade deadline remain remote, though, in big part because of his current hip flexor strain.

FANTASY TIP: It's doubtful Colorado would seriously entertain a waiver trade situation as well, but you never know. For now, fantasy owners' priority should be hoping for him to heal in a reasonable amount of time, probably over the next few weeks.

Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. not practicing

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:56:34 -0700

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is not participating in practice Friday, July 25.

Vikings | 2013 defense was predictable

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:54:59 -0700

Minnesota Vikings DE Brian Robinson said the 2013 defense was predictable. "There were some times when we'd line up and Aaron Rodgers is calling out our defense," Robinson said.

Cubs | Justin Ruggiano still hobbled

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:53:23 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano (groin) isn't ready to play the field because of a groin injury but is available for pinch-hitting duties.

FANTASY TIP: Ruggiano's hot hitting of late has been halted by this health issue. Deep-league owners will bide time until he comes back with another rental outfielder.

Seahawks | Malcolm Smith not practicing

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:49:17 -0700

Seattle Seahawks LB Malcolm Smith (ankle) is not participating in practice Friday, July 25.

Cubs | Edwin Jackson OK

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:48:27 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Edwin Jackson (hand) does not have lingering issues after hand cramps forced him to leave his start Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Jackson remains a mere NL-only asset.