FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Although Tigers avoided arbitration with Max Scherzer Friday, GM Dave Dombrowski confirms team will still explore a long-term deal with Scherzer. 

Scherzer's deal is for about $15.5 million for 2014 so it would be wise for the Tigers to pay Scherzer now versus waiting for him to have another dominating season thereby pushing his price tag even higher.ANALYST: Ray Flowers

Matt Szczur will be called up to the Cubs on Tuesday.

Szczur will fill in for Chris Denorfia, who injured his hamstring in Monday night's game against St. Louis. He's not a real power threat or some one to put stock in quite yet and will most likely fill the 4th/5th outfielder role for the time being. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Sam Travis extended his hitting streak to eight games Monday.

Travis is a second-round draft pick out of Indiana, who the Sox selected and put at first base. He currently sits in Single-A ball, so he won't be making any big-league impact this season. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Patriots are releasing CB Alfonzo Dennard.

Dennard played a limited amount in the Patriots' secondary, making only 15 tackles and being placed on IR before the playoffs started. With Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner leaving New England, Dennard figured for an increase in time, but apparently the Pats have different thoughts. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Update: Chicago Cubs outfielder Chris Denorfia will go on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled hamstring after leaving Monday's 10-9 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning.

Tough news for the outfielder who was having a great start to the season. Denorfia will be out for the next two weeks and probably longer after pulling up lame rounding second base. Matt Szczur will be called up from Triple-A to replace Denorfia and not much should be expected of the call-up so look to other available options. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Severino Gonzalez is a candidate to pitch when the Phillies next need a fifth starter.

The 22-year old got his first major-league win after enduring a brutal first major-league start when he gave up ten hits and seven runs against the Cardinals. Gonzalez was sent back to Triple-A in the hopes that Sean O'Sullivan would be healthy as well as Chad Billingsley, but the health of both of those two are in question and Gonzalez would be an option to fill a spot in the rotation. Analysis: Rob Trayah

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