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Cardinals | Michael Wacha could begin throwing

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:15:54 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) will have an MRI on his right shoulder blade Monday, Aug. 4, and if the results are as expected, he'll begin a throwing program next week. General manager John Mozeliak said it's possible Wacha could return as a reliever if that best suits his long-term health. However, Mozeliak feels Wacha will return as a starter.

FANTASY TIP: Wacha should return in around a month. Keep him stashed until then.

Packers | Brad Jones works on dime defense

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:46:32 -0700

Green Bay Packers LB Brad Jones has been working ahead of LB A.J. Hawk as the lone linebacker in the dime defense in practice.

Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater closing gap

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:43:49 -0700

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater saw reps with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, July 30. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, QB Matt Cassel appears to lead the race for the starting quarterback job, but Bridgewater has closed the gap.

FANTASY TIP: The starting QB job in Minneapolis will be a heated battle through training camp and the preseason. The winner of the battle might emerge as a useful QB2 in most fantasy leagues, especially if WR Cordarrelle Patterson is everything as advertised this season.

Vikings | Christian Ponder's reps cut

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:43:27 -0700

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder's reps were cut during practice Wednesday, July 30.

Yankees | Francisco Cervelli's hit streak ends

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:25:11 -0700

New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout Wednesday, July 30, against the Texas Rangers, snapping his career-high 10-game hitting streak.

White Sox | Jose Abreu pushes hit streak to 19 games

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:24:44 -0700

Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a single in four at-bats Wednesday, July 30, against the Detroit Tigers. It is tied for the third-longest streak by a rookie in franchise history. Abreu has also hit safely in 37 of the past 38 games.

Tigers | Eugenio Suarez still in pain

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:24:13 -0700

Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers SS Eugenio Suarez (back), who left the game Tuesday, July 29, due to a back issue, said Wednesday, July 30, that he is in pain when he bends down to take groundballs.

Tigers | Max Scherzer on a roll

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:23:15 -0700

Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer allowed a run and five hits over seven innings with a walk and six strikeouts in a win Wednesday, July 30, against the Chicago White Sox. He is unbeaten over his past seven starts. Since allowing 10 runs in a loss against the Kansas City Royals June 17, Scherzer is 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA in seven starts, and he is the first American League pitcher to reach 13 wins.

FANTASY TIP: Scherzer is also 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA in four starts against Chicago this season, striking out 31 batters over 28 innings. The good news for Scherzer and his fantasy owners, the White Sox face the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field for a four-game set from Aug. 29-Aug. 31, so it is likely he faces them again. The two teams will also meet for a three-game set from Sept. 22-24.

Athletics | Josh Donaldson smokes Houston pitching

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:22:49 -0700

Oakland Athletics 3B Josh Donaldson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, walk and strikeout Wednesday, July 30, against the Houston Astros. Donaldson has hit five of his 23 home runs against Houston pitching this season.

Athletics | RBI streak over for Yoenis Cespedes

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:22:19 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes was hitless in four at-bats Wednesday, July 30, against the Houston Astros, snapping his RBI streak at six games.

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Astros | Jose Altuve has hit in a dozen straight

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:20:01 -0700

Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout Wednesday, July 30, against the Oakland Athletics, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.

Reds | Ryan Ludwick being made available

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:35:47 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds are telling teams OF Ryan Ludwick is available for trade. Ludwick is making $7.5 million in 2014 with a $9 million mutual option, or a $4.5 million buyout for 2015.

Rangers | Derek Holland to pitch Monday

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:35:10 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland (knee) worked two scoreless innings with no hits allowed in his first minor-league rehab appearance for Double-A Frisco Wednesday, July 30. He issued two walks with four strikeouts. Holland's next rehab appearance is expected Monday, Aug. 4.

Pirates | Still work on acquiring Jon Lester

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:34:41 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester has not yet been traded, but a source said Wednesday, July 30, that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are pushing the hardest for the pitcher. The Los Angeles Dodgers are still involved in the pursuit, too.

Nationals | Discussing Daniel Murphy

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:34:10 -0700

New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy might be a trade target of the Washington Nationals. The club has held internal discussions about Murphy and Cleveland Indians 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, but no deal is imminent, sources said Wednesday, July 30.

Nationals | Might be targeting Asdrubal Cabrera

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:33:28 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera might be a trade target of the Washington Nationals. The team has discussed Cabrera and New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy internally, but no deal is close, sources said Wednesday, July 30.

Mariners | Felix Hernandez on impressive streak

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:32:57 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez allowed two earned runs, four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over seven innings in a loss Wednesday, July 30, against the Cleveland Indians. He has 14 straight starts of at least seven innings allowing two runs or fewer, the longest streak in the modern era.

Giants | Not in on Emilio Bonifacio

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:32:33 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio is expected to be moved by the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31, but a source said Wednesday, July 30, that Bonifacio is not going to the San Francisco Giants.

Giants | Dan Runzler goes to Japan

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:31:18 -0700

San Francisco Giants RP Dan Runzler was released Wednesday, July 30, and he signed a deal with the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese League. The deal is for the rest of the 2014 season, and there is an option for 2015.

Dodgers | Still in on Jon Lester

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:29:26 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers are still pursuing Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester, but the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are pushing the hardest for the pitcher before the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31, according to a source.