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ESPN Sportswriter Chris_Broussard thinks Cleveland has replaced Miami as the front runner to land LeBron James.

If this was an actual relationship Cleveland would look pretty bad taking Lebron back after he left them for a Miami a few years ago. However this is a business and winning is everything in sports and since Lebron is the best player in the NBA how could you not want him on your team. The Cavs recently locked down Kyrie Irving to a new contract so it would be interesting to see how his skill set would mesh with that of Lebron. ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba

Panthers WR Stephen Hill cited for drug paraphernalia possession.

It doesn't sound like we're dealing with a major felony here, so don;t expect much on the legal front. He could, however, be punished by the league for the incident and given the fact that he's a fringe candidate for the Panthers' 53-man roster, he could find himself out of a job opportunity. Expect the Panthers to make a decision on his status soon. Analysis: Howard Bender

The New York Giants are expressing public frustration with Jason Pierre-Paul in the wake of his fireworks accident. The defensive end, who suffered multiple thumb fractures and lost his right ring finger below the knuckle as a result of the accident, has yet to meet with anyone connected to the Giants. Team officials flew to Florida while Pierre-Paul was hospitalized earlier this month but were turned away.

There's obvious frustration on both sides here as JPP tries to deal with his recovery and need for a job while the team is trying to keep themselves covered. Pierr-Paul says he won;t sign any franchise tender without knowing that he can pass a physical, but how long before he can actually do that is not yet known. Stay tuned as the team may just have to take action sooner than later if they can;t come to some sort of terms with the defensive lineman soon. Analysis: Howard Bender

Torii Hunter is not in the Twins starting lineup Wednesday.

After starting four-straight games and this being a day game after a night game, Hunter will simply get the day off to rest. Eddie Rosario is going to patrol right field Wednesday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Starlin Castro is not in the Cubs starting lineup Wednesday.

Whether or not this has anything to do with Castro's early removal Tuesday night is not yet known, but with no injury reported, it's either a day of rest or he's heading to the bench more often due to lack of performance. Addison Russell will play shortstop Wednesday and we'll look for updates from the Cubs. Analysis: Howard Bender

Cubs recalled Yoervis Medina from Triple-A Iowa.

Medina has good strikeout potential, but he is somewhat erratic, as evidenced by his 8.68 ERA at Triple-A Iowa with a 5.79 BB/9 over 18 2/3 innings. He'll jump into the pen while Neil Ramirez is out, but his stay may not be very long. Analysis: Howard Bender

Cuds placed Neil Ramirez (abdominal) on the 15-day disabled list.

The specifics are still a bit hazy here, but after not being available Tuesday, the Cubs are saying that it's now an abdominal issue. They haven't said whether or not this is muscular, but Ramirez will hit the DL now and be out until at least mid-August.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Angels manager Mike Scioscia confirms Mike Trout's MRI was normal.

Trout is dealing with a sore left wrist and is considered day-to-day. Trout may miss another game or two, but shouldn't be out for a significant time which is great news for fantasy owners as we approach the stretch run of the fantasy baseball season. For the season, Trout is having another MVP season with a slash line of .315/.405/.632 with 31 homeruns, 64 RBIs, 75 runs and 10 stolen bases.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Salvator Perez is not in the Royals starting lineup Wednesday.

Perez will get the day off for the Royals due to the early start time. Drew Butera will get the start behind the plate and bat eighth for the Royals against the Indians and Corey Kluber.  Analysis: Phil Backert

The Rays selected the contract of catcher Bobby Wilson from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.

Wilson has struggled with the Rays this season compiling a slash line of .145/.203/.145 in 24 games. Wilson will provide depth for the Rays, but has no fantasy appeal at all.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Randall Delgado twisted his ankle while working out on the field during warmups Tuesday and went unused out of the bullpen.

Delgado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle sprain and the Diamondbacks recalled Addison Reed from Triple-A. On the season, Delgado has a 2.79 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP and a 46:21 K:BB ratio.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Drew Storen reacted for the first time to the news that he lost his closer role when the Nationals acquired veteran right-hander Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies earlier in the day. "Really, all I'm gonna say is that obviously I'm aware of the move," Storen said.

Storen and fantasy owners alike have every right to be upset over this situation. Storen has been exceptional this season converting 29 saves with an ERA of 1.73, a WHIP of 1.02 and a 44:9 K:BB ratio. There's no other way to put it other than Storen's fantasy value has taken a major hit for the remainder of the season and fantasy owners need to find a way to replace those saves.  Analysis: Phil Backert

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