2016 Cadillac CTS-V First Drive [w/video]

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Commodities, China stocks lick wounds after brutal July

A man walks past the London Stock Exchange in the City of LondonBy Marc Jones and John Geddie LONDON (Reuters) – Commodities and China investors waved a relieved goodbye to July on Friday following a brutal sell-off that has revived fears about the global economy and overshadowed more encouraging news from the U.S. and Europe. There were signs that the rout wasn't over yet as Chinese stocks – which have suffered their worst monthly drop in six years – wobbled again, oil prices slipped following a more than 15 percent July slump and metals from industrial copper to precious gold hit multi-year lows. European shares fell slightly with commodity stocks leading the market lower, but remain on track for a 4 percent monthly rise with worries around Greece's ongoing membership of the euro area kicked into the long grass.


Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: MLB DraftKings Strategy, Primer for July 31

New faces in new places. That’s the theme in MLB with so many trades taking place over the last 48 hours. While those trades won’t slow down, neither does daily fantasy baseball.

That’s why we’re still plugging away with more strategy for the Friday slate of games. With a full schedule ahead as weekend series begin, here’s a look at the best players to target for the end of the month.

 

Catcher: Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles ($3,300)

Just 119 at-bats into the season, it’s hard to get a true read on Matt Wieters. But after collecting four hits in his last two starts, Wieters is beginning to look like the three-time All-Star catcher the Orioles expected.

Much of that success has come from the left side of the plate for the switch-hitter. Going against a young right-handed pitcher in Buck Farmer—and his 9.22 ERA over three starts—look for massive numbers from Wieters again.

 

First Baseman: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds ($5,000)

The Cincinnati Reds offense is far from the Big Red Machine, but Joey Votto has been a one-man wrecking crew recently. Boasting double-digit points in eight of his last 10 games, Votto is certainly worth the massive asking price.

Any concerns of his hitless night on Wednesday were put to rest with a multihit performance on Thursday. Oh, and he’s also facing Jeff Locke, who has allowed 11 runs over his last three starts. Holding a .455 on-base percentage against Locke, Votto is a safe bet for every lineup.

 

Second Baseman: DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies ($4,100)

The hitting streak might have come to an end, but DJ LeMahieu is still red-hot at the plate.

LeMahieu nearly had a 20-game hitting streak until earlier this week. He has to start all over now, but he has nearly 12 fantasy points per game over the last 10 matchups. That’s still a massive amount for a player with a matchup against a struggling Michael Wacha on Friday night.

Expect the good times to keep on rolling with the Rockies infielder with a solid night against the St. Louis Cardinals. With three games at over 20 fantasy points earlier this week, there’s no reason to be concerned about LeMahieu.

 

Third Baseman: Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates ($3,400)

Similar to Wieters, Pedro Alvarez hasn’t been the most dependable fantasy option this season. However, he’s rounding back into form in a big way in recent games, with his homer on Thursday night serving as the exclamation point.

He’s produced double-digit points over the last three games. He’s averaging over nine fantasy points in the last 10 starts. In his last seven games, Alvarez has three home runs. At $3,400, he’ll certainly outperform his value for owners.

 

Outfielder: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels ($4,500)

At this reduced price following his stint on the disabled list, we can’t overlook Mike Trout. Even against Clayton Kershaw, there’s no need to fear with Trout as a bargain No. 1 option. In his three plate appearances against the reigning National League MVP, Trout has two hits with a double.

The sample size is small, but it’s clear who got the best of whom in the first meeting.

Trout was on a torrid pace with 26 fantasy points per game before his injury. Expect him to perform in a high-pressure situation against Kershaw—you know, like he always does.


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Heyman: Yankees ‘Interested And Engaged’ In Kimbrel Talks

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Yankees are still in the mix for San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel, according to WFAN and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.

After failing to deal for the top pitchers on the market, the Yankees could be looking to build baseball’s best bullpen ahead of Friday afternoon’s trade deadline. Kimbrel has led the National League in saves four years in a row, including an MLB-best 50 in 2013. The four-time All-Star is 1-2 with a 2.68 ERA and 30 saves.

New York’s rotation was already shaky with durability concerns surrounding Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova. Now with CC Sabathia struggling and Michael Pineda hurt, the Yankees have a desperate need for starters. But Cole Hamels, David Price and Mike Leake were all dealt elsewhere this week as the Bombers have been unwilling to unload any of their top four prospects.

Adding Kimbrel, 27, to an already-loaded bullpen could be the best Plan B available to general manager Brian Cashman, especially if Adam Warren is moved back into the starting five. New York already boasts one of the best 1-2 punches in the league with setup man Dellin Betances (1.32 ERA, seven saves) and closer Andrew Miller (1.54 ERA, 23 saves).

“The Yankees have expressed a willingness to pay all of the $28 million remaining through 2017 on Kimbrel’s deal, but it isn’t known what they are offering in the way of players,” Heyman wrote for CBSSports.com, adding the Bombers “remain interested and engaged.”

The Houston Astros could also be in the mix, Heyman reported. Earlier this week, New York rejected a proposal from the Padres that included Single-A shortstop Jorge Mateo.

The Yankees have a six-game lead over Baltimore and Toronto in the AL East.

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