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  • Duffy strikes out seven Diamondbacks in win
    Danny Duffy struck out seven but allowed four runs over five innings in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The southpaw was victimized for two home runs accounting for all four runs, and he gave up seven hits and two walks on the afternoon. Duffy has a 4.91 ERA this spring but owns a spot in the Royals' starting rotation to open the season. He's an upside play for AL-only owners looking for cheap pitching.
    Today, 5:16 pm
  • Burns logs four hits, three runs vs White Sox
    Billy Burns went 4-for-5 with three runs scored in Saturday's Cactus League match-up with the White Sox.

    Advice: It marked his seventh multi-hit game of the spring. The performance brought his average up to .381 (24-for-63). He was caught stealing, lowering his success rate to 66.7% (4-for-6). If he winds up on the Athletics' bench, he could rack up the steals very quickly, giving him some limited fantasy value.
    Today, 4:46 pm
  • Rangers grant Juan Carlos Oviedo his release
    Rangers released RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo.

    Advice: Oviedo was told he wouldn't break camp with the club, so he asked to be released in hopes of catching on elsewhere. The 33-year-old had a 3.69 ERA with the Rays last season, but his best days are surely behind him.
    Today, 3:44 pm
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  • Dickerson leaves with lower back tightness
    Corey Dickerson left Saturday's Cactus League game with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Dickerson exited after the third inning but said it was mostly a precautionary move. It's not something to be too concerned about, and he should be back in action soon.
    Today, 3:00 pm
  • Kelly Johnson reaches three times
    Kelly Johnson doubled and walked twice Saturday as the Braves beat a Blue Jays split-squad 5-3.

    Advice: Despite starting off 2-for-19, Johnson is up to .273/.385/.523 with two homers in 44 at-bats this spring. He's made a very good case for a bench spot, but if the Braves would prefer to go younger, perhaps Johnson will catch on elsewhere.
    Today, 2:16 pm
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  • Curtis Granderson hits three-run homer
    Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer off the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg on Saturday.

    Advice: Granderson was back in the two hole today after leading off last time out. That he'll be in one of those two spots to begin the season gives his fantasy value a boost; it'll cost him RBI, but the extra at-bats and runs scored outweigh that.
    Today, 2:06 pm
  • Hang Conger homers for Astros
    Hank Conger homered for the Astros' lone run Saturday in a 1-1 tie versus the Marlins.

    Advice: The homer came off Mat Latos. Conger also worked a walk. After opening the spring 2-for-21 while dealing with some wrist soreness, he's 5-for-9 with two homers in his last three games.
    Today, 2:03 pm
  • Oviedo told he won't make Rangers roster
    Juan Carlos Oviedo has been told he won't make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Oviedo was brought to camp as a non-roster invitee, but a 4.91 ERA in 3 2/3 spring innings didn't do much to impress. He'll now have to decide whether to ask for his release or accept an assignment to Triple-A.
    Today, 1:32 pm
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  • Ervin Santana goes six strong in victory
    Ervin Santana pitched six innings of one-run ball Saturday in beating the Phillies.

    Advice: Santana has pitched well in three of his four starts this spring. We don't like his chances of amassing much fantasy value in front of the lousy Twins defense, but at least he'll be an upgrade over what they got from the middle of their rotation last year.
    Today, 12:52 pm
  • White Sox option Daniel Webb to Triple-A
    White Sox optioned RHP Daniel Webb to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Once thought of as the team's closer of the future, the 25-year-old posted a troublesome 8.68 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in 9 1/3 innings in the spring. He should get an opportunity with the White Sox at some point during the upcoming season.
    Today, 12:23 pm
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  • Padres reassign three to minor league camp
    Padres reassigned INF/OF Jake Goebbert, INF Brett Wallace and C/1B Cody Decker to minor league camp.

    Advice: All three were longshots to crack the Opening Day roster in reserve roles. Goebbert should get a chance with the Padres at some point during the upcoming season.
    Today, 10:33 am
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  • League expected to be placed on 60-day DL
    Brandon League is expected to be sidelined for the next two months and is attempting to avoid surgery on his ailing shoulder.

    Advice: League expects to begin the season on the 60-day disabled list, and may be out considerably longer. He can safely be written off in all but the deepest of NL-only formats.
    Today, 9:24 am
  • Zimmerman (shoulder) likely to miss 2-3 days
    Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be sidelined for the next 2-3 days after jamming his left shoulder on a diving play in Friday's Grapefruit League contest.

    Advice: The Nationals don't believe that the injury is serious and do not have an MRI scheduled. Zimmerman remains fully confident that he will be in the team's lineup on Opening Day.
    Today, 6:16 am
  • Vic Black to throw off mound on Saturday
    Vic Black (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 20 pitches off of a mound on Saturday.

    Advice: It will be his first time doing so since being shut down on March 9 with shoulder tendinitis. While he is progressing nicely, his availability for Opening Day remains doubtful.
    Today, 6:14 am
  • Alex Cobb (forearm) not yet cleared to throw
    Alex Cobb (forearm) has been cleared to begin playing catch on Saturday.

    Advice: Cobb indicated on Monday that he's pain-free and is anxious to get back on the field. It looks as though he may miss a start to begin the season, but should be ready to join the Rays rotation in mid-April. His price in fantasy drafts has fallen due to the injury news, so he could wind up being a terrific value in the middle rounds.
    Today, 6:02 am
  • Twins option Trevor May to Triple-A Rochester
    Twins optioned RHP Trevor May to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The 25-year-old was in camp competing for a spot in the rotation, but the Twins would like him to show more consistency at the minor league level first. He pitched well in three Grapefruit League outings, posting a 4.22 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9/2 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings.
    Today, 5:41 am
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  • Brandon League shut down for three weeks
    Brandon League will be shut down for the next three weeks due to right posterior shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: League met with two different doctors on Friday after undergoing an MRI on Wednesday. The good news is that there doesn't appear to be any structural damage, but League will surely begin the season on the disabled list and manager Don Mattingly indicated that he expects League to be out at least a couple of months.
    Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Trevor May gives up four runs to Pirates
    Trevor May surrendered four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings Friday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: This is probably the death knell for May's rotation hopes. He gave up dingers to Gregory Polanco and Tony Sanchez, plus a triple and four doubles. Tommy Milone appears to be the favorite to break camp as the Twins' fifth starter.
    Yesterday, 2:22 pm
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  • League getting second opinion on shoulder
    Brandon League will get a second opinion about his right shoulder Friday from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

    Advice: League underwent an MRI on the shoulder Wednesday, but the Dodgers haven't revealed the results. The 32-year-old right-hander has been dealing with shoulder discomfort for much of March and obviously won't be ready for Opening Day. He's owed $8.5 million in 2015.
    Thursday, 9:53 am
  • Collins undecided on leadoff spot
    Mets manager Terry Collins is still deciding between Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares for the leadoff spot.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Puma hears that the team's statistical analysis says Granderson should be the leadoff man. And it's hard to disagree from a pure baseball perspective, as Lagares has yet to show the ability to get on base consistently. Still, Lagares would be a heck of a lot more interesting from a fantasy perspective if he's the leadoff man.
    Wednesday, 10:43 am
  • Brandon League to go for MRI on shoulder
    Brandon League will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a troubling development for the Dodgers. League has been dealing with shoulder soreness this spring and didn't feel right during his bullpen session Tuesday. He now appears likely to begin the year on the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 8:54 am
  • Cobb (forearm) could resume throwing soon
    Alex Cobb (forearm) said Wednesday that he could resume throwing in the next couple of days.

    Advice: Cobb said Monday that he's pain-free and a visit with Rays team doctor Koco Eaton went well on Wednesday, so things are looking up for him as he makes his way back from right forearm tendinitis. Still, he's set to begin the season on the disabled list and there's no clear timetable for his season debut yet.
    Wednesday, 5:32 am
  • Black (shoulder) resumed throwing
    Vic Black (shoulder) resumed throwing Tuesday.

    Advice: Black hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 9 due to shoulder tendinitis. He's starting to make some progress, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson didn't sound particularly optimistic Tuesday about his chances of being ready for the season.
    Tuesday, 8:58 am
  • Black (shoulder) a question for Opening Day
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged Tuesday that Vic Black (shoulder) is a question for Opening Day.

    Advice: Black came down with shoulder tendinitis earlier this month and felt continued discomfort while throwing off flat ground last week, but he's scheduled to try throwing again on Tuesday. Even if he's pain-free, there might not be enough time for him to get ready for the season.
    Tuesday, 7:36 am
  • Black (shoulder) to throw Tuesday
    Vic Black (shoulder) will resume throwing Tuesday.

    Advice: A previous report suggested Black would begin throwing again on Monday, but the Mets are saying this was the plan all along. Black has recently been dealing with shoulder tendinitis and felt continued discomfort after throwing off flat ground last Tuesday. He's running out of time to get ready for Opening Day.
    Monday, 1:21 pm
  • Alex Cobb (forearm) says he is pain-free
    Alex Cobb (forearm) said Monday that he is pain-free.

    Advice: Cobb has a checkup Tuesday with the Rays' team doctor and is hoping to be cleared to resume throwing. The right-hander has been shut down since leaving a Grapefruit League start last Tuesday with tendinitis in his right forearm. He's likely to begin the regular season on the 15-day disabled list, but a mid-April debut seems doable.
    Monday, 6:12 am
  • Dickerson homers as Rockies blank D'Backs
    Corey Dickerson doubled and hit a solo home run in Sunday's Cactus League game versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Dickerson swatted a home run off of Brad Ziegler in the fifth inning, padding the Rockies' lead to 6-0. It was his first of the spring. The 25-year-old was terrific in 478 plate appearances for the Rockies last season, batting .312/.364/.567 with 24 home runs, 76 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
    Sunday, 4:36 pm
  • Duffy limits Giants to two runs over 5 1/3 IP
    Danny Duffy held the Giants to two runs over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Duffy allowed six hits and a walk while striking out two on the afternoon. He's had middling spring results, but he should be firing on all cylinders by the time the regular season starts. The lefty posted a fantastic 2.53 ERA last season along with a 113/53 K/BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings.
    Sunday, 3:53 pm
  • League (shoulder) could pitch Thursday
    Brandon League (shoulder) could pitch in a Cactus League game as early as Thursday.

    Advice: League threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Sunday with no ill effects. He'll throw another bullpen Tuesday before getting into a game. League has been dealing with some soreness in the shoulder, but he expects to be ready for the start of the season.
    Sunday, 12:00 pm
  • Black (shoulder) to begin throwing Monday
    Vic Black (shoulder) will begin throwing again Monday.

    Advice: Black has been sidelined by shoulder tendinitis and was shut down after feeling discomfort during a throwing session last Tuesday. Black has been on anti-inflammatory medication to help remedy the situation. With roughly two weeks of camp left, Black will have to ramp it up quickly to be on the Mets' Opening Day roster.
    Sunday, 5:35 am
  • Trevor May goes four hitless
    Trevor May pitched four hitless innings, striking out three, against the Rays on Satursday.

    Advice: The only batter to reach against May did so on an error. We'd like to see May get the fifth-starter gig in Minnesota after he showed considerable improvement last September. However, since Mike Pelfrey is owed a bunch of money and May still has options, we don't expect it to happen.
    Saturday, 1:55 pm
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  • Brandon League to throw off mound Sunday
    Brandon League (shoulder) is slated to throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: League received the go-ahead for mound work after playing catch with no issues. The reliever has been dogged by a shoulder issue for a week, but an anti-inflammatory injection and he expects to be ready for Opening Day. League could be in the mix for saves while Kenley Jansen (foot) is out.
    Friday, 10:40 am
  • Kelly Johnson reaches four times
    Kelly Johnson reached all four times he was up Thursday in the Braves' 6-3 defeat of the Marlins.

    Advice: Johnson, who entered the day 4-for-24 this spring, went 2-for-2 with two walks. He'd seem to be a sentimental choice for a Braves roster that could certainly use some additional power off the bench. We're not sure whether that will be enough to get him a spot.
    Thursday, 2:00 pm
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  • Curtis Granderson hits second homer
    Curtis Granderson hit his second homer and walked Thursday versus the Astros.

    Advice: Entering spring training, we were assuming the Mets would bat David Murphy in the two hole and Granderson sixth. That still might be the best bet (they both his second with the Mets playing split-squad games today), but Granderson has been making all of his spring starts in the top third of the order and he's thrived, hitting .381 with seven walks in 23 at-bats. It really would be worth trying for the Mets; Murphy hits for a much better average than Granderson and strikes out less, but Granderson has nearly matched him in OBP anyway and he almost never never grounds into double plays.
    Thursday, 1:32 pm
  • Hank Conger off to .095 start
    Hank Conger went 0-for-3 on Thursday and is 2-for-21 since returning from left wrist soreness.

    Advice: Whether it's the wrist or not, Conger is struggling mightily, with nine strikeouts in 22 plate appearances. The Astros paid quite a price to bring him in from the Angels over the winter, leading many to speculate that they'd trade Jason Castro. That didn't happen and they actually brought in another guy who can catch in Evan Gattis (though he probably won't), so Conger's role figures to be pretty limited.
    Thursday, 1:27 pm
  • Black (shoulder) shut down for a few days
    Vic Black (shoulder) has been shut down for a few more days.

    Advice: Black has recently been dealing with shoulder tendinitis and felt continued discomfort after throwing off flat ground on Tuesday. He took some anti-inflammatories and hopes to resume throwing in a couple of days, but he could be cutting it close to be ready for the start of the season. The Mets' bullpen is suddenly looking quite iffy.
    Thursday, 1:17 pm
  • League (shoulder) expects to be ready
    Brandon League (shoulder) expects to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.

    Advice: League has been shut down for several days due to shoulder soreness, but he got an anti-inflammatory injection on Monday and will resume throwing Thursday. League will likely work in middle relief for the Dodgers this season, but this is a bullpen without clearly defined roles at the top. Kenley Jansen (foot) may miss all of April.
    Thursday, 9:24 am
  • League (shoulder) could play catch soon
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is hopeful that Brandon League (shoulder) will be able to play catch on Thursday.

    Advice: League has been bothered by shoulder soreness of late and recently received an anti-inflammatory injection to address his symptoms. The Dodgers will see how he feels Thursday before deciding the next step. There's a lot of uncertainty in this bullpen right now.
    Wednesday, 9:56 am
  • Alex Cobb (foream) to rest for 4-7 days
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that the plan calls for Alex Cobb (forearm) to rest for 4-7 days before being reevaluated.

    Advice: Cobb had an early exit from Tuesday's start and is dealing with right forearm tendinitis. His timetable is unclear right now, which isn't the best scenario for fantasy owners, but he's not expected to be ready for the start of the season. Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, and Nate Karns appear to be the only locks for the Rays' rotation at the moment, with Matt Andriese, Burch Smith, Enny Romero, Everett Teaford in the mix for the final two spots.
    Wednesday, 7:56 am
  • Cobb (forearm) to miss Opening Day start
    The Rays have confirmed that Alex Cobb has right forearm tendinitis and is expected to miss his Opening Day start.

    Advice: The Rays haven't said anything about his status beyond that, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported late Tuesday that Cobb is likely to miss "the first few weeks" of the season. We should have more clarity on the situation soon, but Cobb is certainly a riskier investment in fantasy leagues right now. Chris Archer is likely to replace him as the Opening Day starter for the Rays.
    Wednesday, 5:53 am
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