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Rangers | Alex Rios sits again

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:21:34 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios (ankle) missed his second straight start Monday, July 21, with a sprained right ankle. Manager Ron Washington said he looked much better and could return before Thursday, July 24.

49ers | Week 9 return for NaVorro Bowman?

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:04:38 -0700

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) will likely return to action in Week 9 after the team's Week 8 bye, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Rangers | Miles Mikolas ends win drought

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:54:10 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Miles Mikolas allowed two runs and four hits in a career-high 7 1/3 innings in a win Monday, July 21, against the New York Yankees. It was his first win since Aug. 21, 2012, when he was a member of the San Diego Padres.

Phillies | Cliff Lee's return spoiled

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:53:20 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) allowed six runs and 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings in a loss Monday, July 21, against the San Francisco Giants. He had been 5-0 with a 0.88 ERA in six career games against the Giants previous to Monday's outing. If he show's he is healthy and pitches effectively, he is a prime candidate for a trade before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

FANTASY TIP: A move to a contender could rejuvenate Lee and his fantasy value, but he needs to stay healthy and pitch well first.

Indians | Francisco Lindor promoted to Triple-A

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:51:44 -0700

The Cleveland Indians promoted SS Francisco Lindor from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus Monday, July 21. "You never expect to go somewhere else. You work for it," Lindor said.

FANTASY TIP: Lindor is one of the top prospects in baseball, and he could end up being a September call-up when rosters expand. He is a must-have in all long-term keeper fantasy leagues, and those in non-keeper AL-only formats might want to stash him away for later in the season.

Giants | Three more hits for Hunter Pence

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:51:12 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with a triple, run scored, two RBI and a stolen base Monday, July 21, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Pence leads the National League with 37 multi-hit games.

Dodgers | A.J. Ellis survives scare

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:50:27 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers C A.J. Ellis (head) was hit in the head by a 78 mph pitch from Pittsburgh Pirates SP Edinson Volquez Monday, July 21. The ball bounced off his helmet, and he immediately ran to first base and stayed in the game after being briefly examined by a trainer.

Dodgers | Matt Kemp appears in right field

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:49:56 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp started in right field Monday, July 21, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was his first appearance in the position since 2009. Kemp finished 1-for-4 with a double, walk and RBI.

Bills | Jerry Hughes shines in camp

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:46:28 -0700

Buffalo Bills DE Jerry Hughes had a strong showing in camp Monday, July 21, registering a handful of quarterback pressures and a couple of would-be sacks. Hughes is the leading candidate to play right defensive end on passing downs this year.

Bills | Ron Brooks struggles in camp

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:32:11 -0700

Buffalo Bills CB Ron Brooks struggled in camp Monday, July 21. He was beaten deep twice in one-on-one drills, and he missed an assignment in team drills. Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sports Radio believes Brooks is in danger of not making the roster.

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Giants | Eli Manning doesn't run at camp

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:15:52 -0700

New York Giants QB Eli Manning didn't run with the team at training camp Monday, July 21, and threw on the side with coaches instead. Manning said that not running had nothing to do with his offseason ankle surgery.

FANTASY TIP: It sounds like Manning just didn't want to run, and when you are a star QB, you donít have to. Consider him a QB2 in most fantasy formats heading into the season.

Stewart-Haas Racing | Tony Stewart has Chase chance

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:12:25 -0700

A return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gives Stewart-Haas Racing driver Tony Stewart a chance at his third Brickyard 400 win, and a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. "We still have two shots at getting in the Chase, obviously, one being a win and the other being getting in there because of the points position," Stewart said Monday, July 21.

Chip Ganassi Racing | Kyle Larson to run at Eldora

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:12:01 -0700

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson confirmed he will compete in the Camping World Truck Series 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic race at Eldora Speedway on the dirt track Wednesday, July 23. He finished second to Roush-Fenway Racing's Austin Dillon last season in the inaugural race at Eldora.

Red Sox | David Ortiz snaps out of funk

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:10:40 -0700

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz entered the game Monday, July 21, against the Toronto Blue Jays on a 1-for-13 slide, and he was hitless in 11 straight at-bats until his third plate appearance Monday. He broke out with a pair of homers and he passed Carl Yastrzemski for 35th place on the all-time homers list with 453.

Red Sox | Dustin Pedroia doesn't get in on fun

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:08:31 -0700

Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia was the only starter to go without a hit in the team's 14-1 romp against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, July 21, at Rogers Centre.

FANTASY TIP: How much do fantasy owners hate that? You see a score flash across on the TV, hit live scoring on your phone or laptop only to see your guy was blanked. Brutal.

Red Sox | Stephen Drew makes up for lost time

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:07:22 -0700

Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew had an RBI single and three-run home run Monday, July 21, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

FANTASY TIP: Drew entered the game with just five RBI all season, so Monday's output was a pleasant surprise. He is earning a hefty paycheck, and hasn't come close to earning his salary. However, he has the potential for nights like these, and baseball is a game of averages. If he starts to even out over the course of the next two months his fantasy owners could be treated to an extended hot streak.

Rangers | Jake Smolinski leaves game

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:06:49 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Jake Smolinski (foot) left the game Monday, July 21, against the New York Yankees due to a bruised left foot. C Chris Gimenez came on in his absence in the ninth inning.

Giants | Tony Abreu opts out

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:06:16 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Tony Abreu opted out of his deal with Triple-A Fresno Monday, July 21, and he is now a free agent.

Jaguars | Jacques McClendon the frontrunner at RG

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:59:57 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars OG Jacques McClendon is the frontrunner to start at right guard heading into training camp, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. OG Brandon Linder is the other candidate for the starting job.

Jaguars | Aaron Colvin hoping to play in second half of season

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:48:23 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Aaron Colvin (knee) will begin training camp and the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. However, the team believes he could return to play in the second half of the season.