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Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with one RBI against the Braves on Thursday and is now slashing .310/.395/.519 on the season.

Puig is hitting just .244 in the month of August but absolutely tore up July with a .351 average 17 runs, two home runs and 10 RBI.ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba

Jamal Crawford went through a full workout Tuesday and is eying a return next week.

Assuming no other Clippers get injured before Crawford gets back, this will be the first time in awhile that Crawford, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes have all been healthy at the same time, so there's no recent example of who draws the short straw when it comes to minutes when everyone is healthy. The last time they all played together was in January, and it was Crawford who got the short straw. Given how well Redick has been going, the best bet is that Crawford comes up a bit short in the minutes department. But the Clippers keep the rotation pretty short, so Crawford will still get a decent amount of work most likely. Analysis: Brett Talley

Kelly Johnson has made the Braves' 25-man roster, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan.

As of this writing, Johnson only showed up on Atlanta's online depth chart as the fourth option at third base, so it's unlikely he'll see regular work despite making the team out of Spring Training. Jace Peterson and Chris Johnson figure to start at second and third base, and Alberto Callaspo is expected to be the primary backup at those positions, so it's hard to see Johnson getting much work. Johnson hasn't been a decidedly above average offensive producer since 2010, so it would be hard to get too excited about him even if won a starting job. Analysis: Brett Talley

The Rays have acquired RHP Erasmo Ramirez from the Mariners in exchange for LHP Mike Montgomery.

It hasn't been long at all since Erasmo was a darling of the sabermetrically-inclined fantasy world. He was once labeled "the next Kris Medlen" for his breakout potential by more than one writer, although Medlen undergoing his second Tommy John surgery and missing all of 2014 has watered down the meaning of that comparison. But this seems like a classic Rays move, acquiring a guy many thought had serious breakout potential. It's a little hard to see that now, but Ramirez has missed bats at an above average rate with a career swinging strike rate in the double digits. That's never quite translated to an above league average strikeout rate, but it easily could. Seattle was a good home ball park, but Tampa is better, and he should have a better defense behind him there as well. Those factors along with the absence of bad luck could lead to some decent run prevention. Perhaps more importantly. Ramirez might have a clearer path to a starting role with Tampa who has a pretty beat up rotation already. Analysis: Brett Talley

Rudy Gay (concussion) has been officially ruled out of Wednesday's game.

Gay is a top 10 fantasy option at his position and arguably in the top five. Concussions can certainly cause a player to miss a few games, but they only occasionally cause an extended absence. With only 10 or so games remaining, let's hope Gay and his 22.9 points per game don't miss much time. Analysis: Brett Talley

The Rangers have announced their affiliate rosters. Joey Gallo and Jorge Alfaro will begin the season at Double-A Frisco and Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez will begin the season at Triple-A Round Rock.

These are arguably Texas' three best prospects and all of them should excite fantasy players. Gallo and his prodigious power is the most well known of the three, but Alfaro has plenty of power himself and plays a very shallow offensive position, catcher. If Alfaro can stick there and his power translates to the big leagues, he'll be a regular on fantasy rosters for years just like Gallo is expected to be. But as the assignment to Triple-A indicates, it's Gonzalez that is most likely to make it to the majors first. The Rangers pitching depth is pretty thin, especially without Yu Darvish, so Gonzalez will probably make his debut at some point this year. He sits 92-95 with a good fastball, and he has a plus slider. He's not relegated to relieving because he also has a curve and a change, although those pitches need to develop a bit. His command isn't awful, thought that too could stand to improve a bit. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jon Lester, who has been dealing with dead arm, thinks the adrenaline of Opening Night will kick him into gear.

With names like Adam Wainwright and Masahiro Tanaka being drafted around the same spot as Lester, you can't really fade Lester because of injury concerns. Tanake in particular seems especially risky. Plus, these dead arm concerns early in the year typically tend not to be cause for concern. If we start hearing buzzwords like 'pain' or 'soreness,' then it might be time to get a little concerned. Analysis: Brett Talley

Tony Romo says he would have taken a $5 million paycut to keep DeMarco Murray in Dallas.

As a Cowboys fan, this particular notes author was thrilled that Jerry Jones was able to make a smart decision and let Murray go. Of course, letting DeMarco go meant making sure Dez Bryant gets locked up long term. So will Tony give up that five mil to help Dez's deal get done? Don't hold your breath. Analysis: Brett Talley

Spencer Dinwiddie has a left ankle sprain and will not return to Tuesday's game.

Lots of updates on Dinwiddie's injury tonight. Again, if Dinwiddie misses time, it could lead to a bump in minutes for Reggie Jackson. Analysis: Brett Talley

A's prospect Billy Burns is expected to fill in for Coco Crisp to begin the season. Crisp is expected to join fellow outfielder Josh Reddick on the disabled list.

In addition to more playing time for Burns, Mark Canha and Craig Genrty may see more work until Crisp and Reddick return. It would make sense to see Ben Zobrist in the outfield fairly often early in the year as well. As for Burns, he has more hits than anyone else so far in Spring Training with 28. He's hitting .394 with a couple doubles and three triples. We don't have advanced stats for Spring numbers, but Burns is pretty obviously riding some spring BABIP luck into regular playing time to begin the year. He hasn't really hit for average in the high minors, so don't expect much from him in that regard. ZiPS has him projected to hit .234. But ZiPS also has him projected to steal just shy of 40 bases if he were to eclipse 500 plate appearances, so if streaming speed is something you're in the market for, Burns is a guy to know. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jameis Winston is not expected to attend next month's NFL Draft.

Winston first stated that he wasn't going to attend the draft, but at his pro day today he said he was unsure. The chance remains that he could attend the draft, but its likely that he, nor Marcus Mariota will be in attendance for the draft. It makes sense that he stays in Alabama to watch the draft, because getting to Tampa Bay, his likely drafters, would be a rather easy drive/flight. April 30th is the date for the 2015 NFL Draft. Analysis: Colby Conway

Brandon Beachy will return to L.A. with the Dodgers this weekend, but will return to Arizona once he's able to face live hitters.

Beachy is currently on the 60-Day DL and he has a zero percent chance of being ready for Opening Day. Beachy is coming off Tommy John surgery and the team is hoping that he can return to his form prior the surgery. It is a tall task, but the Dodgers feel comfortable in taking the risk. Don't expect any worthwhile fantasy contributions from Beachy until at least June, given the fact that he will have to rehab and build his stamina. Analysis: Colby Conway

Marcus Mariota does not plan on attending next month's NFL Draft.

It has been reported that Mariota is planning on watching the draft in Honolulu with his family. It's rare for expected to top picks to skip on all the festivities, but the top two quarterbacks could be doing so here in 2015. Jameis Winston might do the same thing, but he said today that he is still undecided. It's becoming more and more likely that Winston is the top pick, but Mariota's whereabouts are yet to be known. He has jumped all throughout the top 11 picks in the mocks, but we won't truly know until April 30 where he will be playing next year. Analysis: Colby Conway

Wandy Rodriguez says his shoulder bothered him Tuesday night briefly after he tried to snag a comebacker, but he was able to get loose shortly thereafter.

Rodriguez isn't expected to be in the team's rotation, so he won't have the same fantasy value he has had in years past. Best case scenario, he becomes an effective middle or long reliever for the team, but his fantasy relevance for 2015 is miniscule. Leave him off your roster. Analysis: Colby Conway

Manager Chip Hale said Mark Trumbo will bat cleanup against left-handed pitchers.

Over the past three seasons, Trumbo has hit southpaws much better. Since 2012, he has hit a home run every 14.2 at bats, compared to every 21 at bats against righties. Trumbo is hoping to return to his 2013 numbers, after a foot injury really interrupted his 2014 campaign. Trumbo will provide you with homers and RBIs but he will negatively affect your average. Analysis: Colby Conway

Chris Denorfia (hamstring) took batting practice on Tuesday, but he still hasn't been cleared to play.

His hamstring issue is giving the Cubs some serious roster issues. He hasn't played since March 17th, he likely won't play before the end of spring training and that is why the Cubs may have to wait until the last minute to finalize their Opening Day roster. If Denorfia isn't healthy by opening day, expect Chris Coghlan to hold down the fort. When both players are healthy, they will platoon in left field for the Cubbies. Analysis: Colby Conway


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