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Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn activated

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:43:22 -0700

Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Packers | Jamari Lattimore returns

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:40:23 -0700

Green Bay Packers LB Jamari Lattimore (illness) returned to practice Wednesday, July 30, after missing two days due to a stomach illness.

Red Sox | Two elite prospects needed to grab Jon Lester

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:23:54 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester can be acquired for two elite prospects, which is what the team is asking for in a trade.

Nationals | Ross Detwiler with enhanced role

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:20:58 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Ross Detwiler will have a bigger role in the bullpen, according to manager Matt Williams. RP Jerry Blevins will be used as more of a left-handed specialist.

FANTASY TIP: Detwiler has a 1.23 ERA with a .146 opponents' batting average this season. He could sneak into the mix if Rafael Soriano continues to struggle. However, Drew Storen is first in line in that scenario.

Nationals | Jayson Werth takes an at-bat

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:17:09 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (ankle) appeared as a pinch hitter Tuesday, July 29, and could return to the lineup Wednesday, July 30.

Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman has serious injury

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:15:57 -0700

Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) has a Grade 3 hamstring strain, according to two baseball sources.

FANTASY TIP: If the reports are confirmed, Zimmerman is likely done for the season. Anthony Rendon has taken over at third base, but second base has been a platoon of Danny Espinosa, Zach Walters and Kevin Frandsen. Espinosa has the only real value, in NL-only leagues, but the team could address second base at the trade deadline.

Dolphins | Sam Brenner sitting

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:44:56 -0700

Miami Dolphins C Sam Brenner (leg) is not practicing Wednesday, July 30.

Ravens | Lardarius Webb checks out

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:30:20 -0700

Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (back) had recent examinations reveal no structural damage to his back. It's believed to be a muscular problem that will require rest and rehabilitation. He's believed to be on track for the start of the season.

Dolphins | Mike Wallace dealing with hamstring issue

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:15:09 -0700

Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) began practice Wednesday, July 30, on the exercise bike as he's dealing with some hamstring soreness.

FANTASY TIP: It doesn't sound to be serious. Wallace is a solid fantasy WR2.

Cardinals | Saturday starter spot vacant

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:25:16 -0700

Updating a previous item, the St. Louis Cardinals have vacated SP Shelby Miller from his starting spot on Saturday, Aug. 2. Manager Mike Matheny has said the spot could go to someone outside the organization, prompting speculation a trade might be made.

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Twins | Matt Guerrier elects free agency

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:10:22 -0700

Minnesota Twins RP Matt Guerrier has refused an outright assignment to Triple-A and elected free agency instead.

Astros | Dallas Keuchel in trade talks

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:05:21 -0700

Houston Astros SP Dallas Keuchel has been the subject of increasing trade rumors, although the club is reluctant to move him because he is one of their best pitchers and is under team control for a while longer.

Pirates | A.J. Burnett talks appear off

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:59:00 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates appear to be out of the hunt for Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett. The issue is that Burnett has been unwilling to give an assurance that he would not pick up his player option for next season, creating too much financial uncertainty for Pittsburgh.

Cubs | Jason Russell wouldn't mind starting

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:52:07 -0700

If he is not dealt at the trading deadline, Chicago Cubs RP James Russell has indicated he would like to start for the Cubs. "If we were to get a bunch of free-agent pitchers that were starters and bring them here, I could see a reason why I would stay in the bullpen," he said. "If we don't do that, I don't see the harm in getting the chance. But it's really not up to me."

Royals | Targeting two starters

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:49:30 -0700

The Kansas City Royals have looked at trading for New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon or Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett. Any deal would likely hinge on the other team picking up a substantial portion of salary.

Athletics | Looking at Sam Fuld

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:40:54 -0700

The Oakland Athletics have expressed interest in OF Sam Fuld. With a neck injury hobbling OF Coco Crisp and OF Craig Gentry out with a broken hand, sources indicate the team is worried about its depth in the outfield.

FANTASY TIP: Sam Fuld starts strong and then has a tendency to tail off. His fantasy value should be downplayed for that very reason. It would be one thing if Fuld started and you only needed a couple weeks of production out of him, but the reality is Fuld is a backup outfielder at best.

Royals | Looking at Andrew Miller

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:25:16 -0700

The Kansas City Royals are in the hunt for Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Miller. Miller has pitched in 48 games this year, totaling a 2.45 ERA while striking out 65 and walking 13 in 40 1/3 innings. Miller explained that if he is dealt, there will be no ill will toward the Red Sox.

Twins | GM to stay behind at deadline

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:20:17 -0700

The Minnesota Twins will likely be sellers at the trade deadline, so Twins general manager Terry Ryan is skipping the team's road trip to Kansas City and Chicago in order to work the phones. C Kurt Suzuki, OF Josh Willingham, RP Brian Duensing and RP Casey Fien have been mentioned as trade candidates.

Dodgers | Reportedly in on John Lackey

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:14:05 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers have expressed interest in Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey. The Dodgers like the fact Lackey's contract is $500,000 for 2015 because of Lackey's Tommy John surgery.

NFL | Eight players clear waivers

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:03:19 -0700

LB Darrin Kitchens (Bills), OT Chris Faulk (Browns), PK Jake Rogers (Browns), OT Aslam Sterling (Broncos), RB Chris Rainey (Colts), WR Gerald Ford (Dolphins), OT DeMarcus Love (Giants) and RB Brendan Bigelow (Buccaneers) all cleared waivers Tuesday, July 29. Each player is free to sign with any team.