04 Aug

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Stevie Johnson passed his physical and is officially a member of the 49ers.

Good news for Johnson and for the 49ers. Hopefully we'll see plenty of reports in camp about Colin Kaepernick working on his field of vision and improved ability to spread the ball around, because with Johnson, Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis in line for targets, this offense could start to be more pass-heavy than it's been in the past.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Trayce Thompson is not starting Tuesday but manager Robin Ventura suggests he will start Wednesday.

Thompson is the brother of NBA superstar Klay Thompson so he has quite an athletic pedigree. He posted a .260/.304/.441 slash line in 104 games for Triple-A Charlotte. He has some power and speed, but won't offer much else with his poor on base skills.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Chris Long was back at practice Tuesday after missing the first three days with a back issue.

The oft-injured Long is coming off ankle surgery as well. Any injury is cause for concern and Long hasn't looked like the same player. The Rams will probably part ways with him after the season, but they're hoping he can pressure the QB at least partially like he used to. Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Joaquin Arias accepted outright assignment to Triple-A Sacramento.

Arias was designated for assignment, but passed through waivers unclaimed. The utility infielder will return to Sacramento where he'll serve as organizational depth.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Kyle Kendrick says his MRI confirms rotator cuff inflammation.

Inflammation is good news as opposed to a tear. He'll be shut down indefinitely for the time being, and see Dr. David Altchek for a second opinion. There's no timetable for his return.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Dolphins released OL Dionte Savage.

Savage, an UDFA out of Oklahoma, will attempt to find a roster spot elsewhere. He'll probably get another shot as the 6'4' 335 pounder has the size to play in the league.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Dolphins claimed former Browns WR Kevin Cone.

Cone played in 16 games with the Falcons in 2013, but caught just one measly pass all season. He'll try to make the roster as a special teamer, but he'll probably get cut.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Alex Gordon plans to take batting practice with his teammates outdoors this weekend. He took indoor batting practice Tuesday afternoon.

Gordon is working his way back from a nasty Grade 2 groin strain. His original timetable was eight weeks which would put him back the first week of September. There's no update on his return possibly being quicker, so stick with that timeframe at least for now.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Manager Brad Ausmus confirms that Buck Farmer will be moved to the bullpen.

Farmer has been pretty brutal in the rotation giving up 15 runs over 14 2/3 innings. Detroit will try him in the bullpen, but he's not going to be much better there. When you stink, you stink.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Manager Don Mattingly said he believes Justin Turner will return from the disabled list in the minimum 15 days.

Turner has a skin infection in his thigh, but it isn't believed to be serious. This is good news for the Dodgers as they'll need their slugging third baseman in order to hold off the Giants in the NL West.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Red Sox option RHP Ryan Cook to triple-A Pawtucket.

Cook was optioned to make room for Henry Owens. The right-hander was just acquired from Oakland, but he'll head back to Triple-A. He could be back at any point though for the pitching starved Red Sox.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Red Sox select LHP Henry Owens from Triple-A Pawtucket.

The prized left-hander will make his major league debut on Tuesday night against the Yankees. Talk about being thrown right into the fire. Owens has a 3.16 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 122 1/3 innings for Pawtucket. He's only $4600, but you'll probably want to look elsewhere as the matchup against the Yankees is less than ideal.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein


Filling the Void: Dallas RBs |
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Filling the Void: Dallas RBs

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Daily Trends: August 4, 2015 |
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Daily Trends: August 4, 2015

Ray spends his time focusing on the bump including looking at two surging brothers, what the Nats are going to do with their rotation, and what to make of youngsters Godley and McCullers.

DFS MLB Hitting Coach – August 4, 2015 |
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DFS MLB Hitting Coach – August 4, 2015

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Deadline Deals Done, Now What? |
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DFS MLB Pitching Coach - August 4, 2015 |
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DFS MLB Pitching Coach - August 4, 2015

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DFS MLB Playbook: August 4th  |
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2015 Fantasy Football Training Camp Report: August 3rd |
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Ray’s Ramblings: Hitters The Last Two Weeks |
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Daily Trends: August 3, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

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Jon Gray is called up. Is he the next star on the bump? Moore is demoted. Burnett/Panik hurt. Athletics add Valencia.

DFS MLB Hitting Coach – August 3, 2015 |
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DFS MLB Hitting Coach – August 3, 2015

The trade deadline is over. Time to get back to it. Ray Flowers takes a look at the Monday matchups and lists some of the better hitting matchups of the day.