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Cam Newton has a hairline fracture in his ribs and won't play this week. Panthers Head coach Ron Rivera says he should be ready for Week One.

Newton has been remarkably durable during his career, but even at his size all the pounding he takes has to take a toll at some point. Even if he is ready at the start of the season his fantasy owners may have to contend with nagging injuries all season.ANALYST: Steve Pimental

Matt Moore said he's not sure of next step in his rehab schedule yet, but expects it will be either another extended spring training game or rehab start.

Moore has successfully completed bullpen work, and looks to be in line for some game action in the coming week. While there is no official time-table set for Moore's return to the Rays, it looks like a June return is likely, barring any setbacks.  Analysis: Brad Costilo

Brad Miller is not in the Mariners starting lineup on Saturday.

This is the second time this week that Smith has been left out of the starting lineup when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The right-handed Chris Taylor, who is 1-for-2 in his career against starter Mark Buehrle, will get the start (and hit eigth) in Miller's place.  Analysis: Brad Costilo

Seth Smith is not in the Mariners starting lineup on Saturday.

This is the second time this week that Smith has been left out of the starting lineup when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The right-handed Rickie Weeks, who is 0-for-3 in his career against starter Mark Buehrle, will get the start (and hit leadoff) in Smith's place. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Leonys Martin is not in the Rangers starting lineup on Saturday.

There's no indication that Martin's being given the day off is related to the wrist injury he was dealing with earlier this week, but it is something that his fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on. Delino Deshields Jr. will make the start in Center Field in Martin's place. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Brian McCann is not in the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

McCann, who's only had three hits in his last six games, is being given the day off against left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy. John Ryan Murphy, who has never faced today's starter in his career, will get the start in McCann's place. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Orioles are expected to option Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk.

Wilson's demotion to Triple-A will clear a spot in the bullpen for Oliver Drake, who's been pitching unbelievably well in Triple-A. Wilson hasn't been particularly bad since being called up, appearing in two games and posting a 4.50 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP, but Drake's performance appears to have have won him the opportunity to take that next step. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Orioles are expected to recall RHP Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk.

Drake has been fantastic through 16 appearances with Triple-A Norfolk this year, posting a 0.96 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and a 30/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 2/3 innings pitched. The Orioles will most likely use Drake as a middle reliever, which will all-but kill his fantasy value. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Athletics recalled Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville.

Graveman will make the start in today's game against the Rays as a result of Drew Pomeranz being placed on the DL. Graveman struggled mightily in his four starts with the A's (8.27 ERA, 2.02 WHIP, 9/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio) prior to being sent back down to Triple-A, but has been dominant in his four minor leagues starts since then (1.85 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and a 14/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio). Analysis: Brad Costilo

Alex Avila completed his first full week of treatment for his left knee injury.

Avila is sidelined due to a "loose body" in his knee, and has opted to forgo the surgical option and to try work his way back to health. While he was able to put in his first week of treatment, there is still no timetable for his return at this point, other than to say that he is expected to return at some point during the season. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Bruce Rondon (shoulder) is still at least three rehab appearances away from being activated.

Rondon still appears to be about a week away from making his 2015 Tigers debut, barring any setbacks. His next scheduled rehab appearance is tomorrow. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Orioles and Cuban LHP Ariel Miranda have agreed on a deal, pending a physical.

The 25-year-old Miranda has been pitching professionally in Cuba since 2007, and had the best season in his career in 2013 (the last season he played) posting a 3.24 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and an 80/28 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 77 2/3 innings pitched. This signing is contingent upon Miranda passing a team-issued physical. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Kenley Jansen logged his second save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts against the Padres on Friday.

Jansen is now 2-for-2 since taking back the Dodgers closer role while logging seven strikeouts through his first three innings of work. Although the sample size is small, Jansen remains a must-start in all formats while back at 100 percent health for the first time this season.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 connecting on his 11th home run of the season against the Padres on Friday.

Pederson is having himself a solid season at the plate in the early going as he continues to show the power that made him one of the top prospects leading up to his promotion. However, he has now logged 47 strikeouts through his first 132 at-bats, but his 30 walks shows he is being selective at the plate so there is no reason to believe his power will go away anytime soon.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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