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The Orioles have officially signed RHP Suk-min Yoon to a three-year contract. Yoon would become the first Korean-born player in club history.

His name may be misleading as it is doubtful that he will "Suk," the real question is will the Orioles use the 27-year old right-hander in the rotation or out of the bullpen. Yoon has a five-pitch repertoire that makes him a good fit for a starting role, but he is coming off a shoulder injury that limited him to just 11 starts last season, so it will come down to how he looks in spring training compared to Zach Britton and/or Kevin Gausman for who will get the last two spots in the Orioles starting rotation. It would seem that Britton and Yoon would have a leg up on Gausman who showed last season that he could benefit from a little more seasoning in the minor leagues.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Terrelle Pryor worked as a wide receiver at his first day of practice.

The former quarterback apparently looked good initially but still has a long way to go before he'll legitimately be considered for a roster spot. It's at least a decent situation for him in that there's not a lot of receiving depth on the Browns, but he's still going to have to make strong improvement if he wants to land a roster spot. Analysis: Howard Bender

Royals officially add INF/OF Ben Zobrist to the active roster.

Zobrist will take over full-time in left field for right now and the Royals will obviously then figure out what to do with him once Alex Gordon finally comes back. Of course, Gordon is not expected back until mid-September so Zobrist will have a lengthy stay there before the team considers other options for him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Royals option OF Paulo Orlando to Triple-A Omaha.

With the addition of Ben Zobrist and the expectation that he will take over in left field, Orlando will head back to the minors. He did a nice job filling in and the Royals are expected to bring him back once rosters expand, if not sooner. Analysis: Howard Bender

Matt Holliday will likely be placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday.

Holliday is heading back to the DL with a recurrence of the quad injury that had him on the shelf for six weeks earlier this season. The club will try to not rush him back so soon this time around so you can probably expect him to miss a fair amount of time once again. His roster spot and probably a significant amount of playing time will go to newly-acquired Brandon Moss. Analysis: Howard Bender

Lardarius Webb is not practicing because he failed his initial conditioning test.

Webb struggled last season as he was routinely dealing with a hip issue. While the club doesn't feel he will miss any more time from it, it's obvious that he is still not 100-percent. Once he can pass his conditioning test, he will be back on the field. Analysis: Howard Bender

Breshad Perriman left the practice field with a trainer Thursday. It didn't appear to be anything serious.

There is no word as to what might be going on with Perriman at the moment, but no one seems to be overly concerned. Consider him say-to-day with an undisclosed injury, but don;t expect him to miss much time. The Ravens are going to be leaning heavily on the big rookie out of Central Florida as he is easily their the top receiver on this team. Steve Smith may have the experience, but Perriman has the size, speed and hands, Joe Flacco needs to routinely get the ball downfield. Expect lots of targets this season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rafael Montero had stiffness after his last throwing session. He's supposed to see a doctor Thursday.

Montero had made two appearances for the Gulf Coast League Mets while rehabbing from a rotator cuff strain he suffered back in April, but it now looks like he'll be shut down again while they determine if surgery is going to be needed. Do not expect him back anytime soon. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brandon Morrow (shoulder) will not make his scheduled rehab start on Thursday.

Morrow was initially placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation back in May and his rehab had been going reasonably well until just recently when he said he felt discomfort in the shoulder again. He's been shut down again and the Padres will have to put him through another re-evaluation. Fantasy owners should have given up on this guy long ago. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yonder Alonso is not in the Padres starting lineup Thursday.

Alonso will start the game on the bench due to the Mets throwing a lefty in Jon Niese this afternoon. Derek Norris will start at first base for the Padres and bat second.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Denard Span (back) is yet to begin swinging a bat. He's still working to strengthen his core.

Span has been on the disabled list for the Nationals since July 10 and it doesn't appear he has progressed much. There is no timetable for his return until he can actually begin baseball activities which is shame as Span put up a slash line of .304/.367/.430 with 11 stolen bases prior to landing on the disabled list.  Analysis: Phil Backert

There are whispers that the the chance the Oakland Raiders took to bring in running back Trent Richardson as a reclamation project is not going so well.

Shocker! Maybe Richardson just isn't a good football player, but most people have realized that and it seems the Raiders are starting to figure that out as well. Richardson has averaged 3.1 yards per carry the last two seasons between the Browns and the Colts and has lacked the explosiveness needed to succeed at the NFL level. The Raiders running back can safely be avoided this season in fantasy football.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Ndamukong Suh said he wasn't pleased with his first day of practice. "I have to be better."

Suh will be fine, but the motivation to be perfect even on the first day of practice is why he is the top defensive tackle in football. Suh along with defensive end Cameron Wake will make the Dolphins one of the best defensive lines in the NFL this season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

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