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  • Jesse Hahn excels in start against Rangers
    Jesse Hahn excelled in his Cactus League start against the Rangers on Friday, surrendering just one run on three hits across 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Hahn punched out three on the afternoon while issuing only one free pass. He has been terrific in his battle for a spot in the A's rotation this spring, compiling a 3.06 ERA and 11/5 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings. As long as he secures a spot in the rotation, the 25-year-old right-hander has more than enough upside to be mixed league relevant in 2015.
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  • Ranaudo pitches well against A's on Friday
    Anthony Ranaudo pitched well in Friday's Cactus League start against the Athletics, allowing two runs on five hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: The young right-hander struck out three and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. He's keeping hope alive to secure one of the final spots in the Opening Day rotation, despite holding a 5.02 ERA in Cactus League play.
    Today, 5:52 pm
  • Bradley goes five strong in win over Angels
    Archie Bradley delivered another strong Cactus League start in Friday's victory over the Angels, allowing one run on six hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander walked one and struck out a pair on the afternoon. While he's slated to begin the season at Triple-A, he has impressed in spring play with a 2.20 ERA and 12/3 K/BB ratio across 16 1/3 innings. He should debut with the Diamondbacks at some point during the upcoming season.
    Today, 4:43 pm
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  • Chris Owings collects two hits in win Friday
    Chris Owings went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple as the Diamondbacks topped the Indians 3-2 in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Even with the two-hit attack though, Owings is hitting just .222 (6-for-27) with no homers and five RBI on the spring, and could be in danger of losing his job to Nick Ahmed. The 23-year-old possesses an intriguing blend of power and speed, but will have to remain on the field to carve out mixed league value this season.
    Today, 4:03 pm
  • Alex Rios (thumb) feeling better on Friday
    Alex Rios said Friday that his injured thumb is feeling better, though he acknowledges it's a condition that he will have to manage throughout the season.

    Advice: Rios jammed his thumb during Thursday's Cactus League contest, the same thumb that he had issues with during the 2014 season. Historically, thumb injuries have been known to sap a player's power, so make sure to factor that into your valuation on draft day if considering calling the veteran outfielder's name.
    Today, 3:49 pm
  • J.R. Graham goes 1 2/3 scoreless
    J.R. Graham pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings Friday to lower his spring ERA to 0.84.

    Advice: The 25-year-old Graham, a Rule 5 pick from the Braves, has essentially clinched a spot in the Twins' bullpen, and judging from his performance this spring, he'll probably get some work in close games. His stuff was off last year in Double-A because of shoulder problems, but he's looked good in Twins camp.
    Today, 2:20 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) to take BP Saturday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) will take batting practice on the field Saturday.

    Advice: It will come after he took indoor BP on Friday. Ellsbury has been sidelined since March 15 with a right oblique strain, but he's expected to be ready for Opening Day as long as he can avoid a setback. The 31-year-old center fielder is batting .222/.222/.296 with one RBI over 27 plate appearances this spring.
    Today, 2:13 pm
  • Twins could be interested in Rafael Soriano
    Darren Wolfson of reports that the Twins have inquired about watching Rafael Soriano throw.

    Advice: Wolfson adds that it's "possible they already watched him" throw. It's not clear how series Minnesota's interest in the free agent reliever is at this point. Soriano's market has been shockingly non-existent, as he was connected to the Blue Jays briefly but that was back in January. The reliever is working out at his agent Scott Boras' training facility in Miami.
    Today, 2:00 pm
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  • Jenrry Mejia gives up three runs
    Jenrry Mejia walked two and gave up a three-run homer in two-thirds of an inning of relief Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: That Bobby Parnell's Tommy John rehab hasn't gone quite as hoped has sent Mejia's stock rising a bit this spring. Hopefully, today's poor showing was just a blip on the radar. He had allowed one run and walked none in his previous six appearances this month.
    Today, 1:44 pm
  • White Sox claim Kyle Drabek off waivers
    White Sox claimed RHP Kyle Drabek off waivers from the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The former top prospect has lost all his steam over the last few years, but the White Sox figure to get him a shot as a reliever and he's probably worth a gamble. Drabek has had major control issues in the majors, posting a 5.27 ERA and 5.8 BB/9 ratio. He's been good this spring, allowing two runs while striking out seven over seven frames.
    Today, 1:23 pm
  • Mike Montgomery gives up three runs to O's
    Mike Montgomery gave up three runs in an inning of work before Friday's game against the Orioles was cut short due to rain.

    Advice: Montgomery opened camp as a reliever, only to be thrust into the rotation mix because of the Rays' myriad injuries. If the season started tomorrow, either Montgomery or Everett Teaford, who started today and allowed one run in two innings, would be the Rays' fifth starter. Still, our guess is that the Rays will grab a veteran cut by another team to round out their rotation.
    Today, 12:55 pm
  • Brown (Achilles) 'unlikely' for Opening Day
    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Friday that it "could be unlikely" Domonic Brown (Achilles) is ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Sandberg said the outfielder is coming along "slowly" in his recovery from left Achilles tendinitis, an ailment he was diagnosed with a week ago. Brown had been hoping to return to game action around the middle of next week, but it's sounding like that won't happen. The Phillies figure to go with Darin Ruf or maybe Jeff Francoeur in right field on Opening Day.
    Today, 12:25 pm
  • Tyler Clippard to serve as A's interim closer
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Tyler Clippard will serve as the team's interim closer while Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is sidelined.

    Advice: The announcement certainly comes as no surprise. Doolittle (shoulder) is slated to play catch on Friday, but he's still expected to miss around the first month of the season. Clippard will handle the ninth inning until Doolittle is ready, making him mixed-league worthy in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 11:07 am
  • Weather forces V-Mart to be scratched
    Victor Martinez (knee) was scratched from Friday's lineup due to weather-related concerns.

    Advice: It's currently sunny in Florida, but showers are expected so the Tigers are playing it safe with V-Mart's surgically-repaired left knee. Martinez admitted to feeling a bit of soreness in the knee during Thursday's game, but it wasn't a cause for concern. Things are pointing towards him being ready for Opening Day.
    Today, 9:17 am
  • Swihart could make roster if Vazquez needs DL
    Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart could be in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot if Christian Vazquez (elbow) needs a disabled list stint.

    Advice: Swihart has already been optioned to Triple-A, but the club can always bring him back to major league camp. It seems unlikely unless Vazquez, whose MRI results will be revealed Friday, is set for an extended absence. Humberto Quintero and Luke Montz are also options to fill in behind the plate.
    Today, 8:26 am
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  • V-Mart felt some knee soreness Thursday
    Victor Martinez said that he dealt with some soreness in his surgically-repaired knee on Thursday.

    Advice: V-Mart homered Thursday, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that he felt something in the knee while stretching to try to beat out a throw to sixth base in the first inning. The 36-year-old said it's just something he will likely have to deal with. It's not the best sign, but it doesn't sound like something that will impact his readiness for the season.
    Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Victor Martinez hits first home run
    Victor Martinez homered off the Orioles' Kevin Gausman in Thursday's win.

    Advice: Martinez was playing for the second straight day and making his third start at DH since returning from knee surgery last week. He's 2-for-10.
    Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Alex Rios out a few days with jammed thumb
    Alex Rios will get the next two or three days off after jamming his thumb.

    Advice: Rios jammed the same thumb last season, so the Royals are going to play it safe. The 34-year-old outfielder is batting .308 with three home runs and a .940 OPS in 40 plate appearances this spring in the Cactus League. He's had a rollercoaster career production-wise, but his fantasy ceiling is always pretty high.
    Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • Ellsbury (oblique) to resume games Mar. 31
    Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) is expected to resume playing in exhibition games around March 31.

    Advice: That would hopefully give him ample time to get properly tuned up for Opening Day. Ellsbury has been sidelined since March 15 with a right oblique strain, but he was able to take dry swings and play catch on Wednesday and he's scheduled to hit some soft toss on Thursday. The 31-year-old center fielder batted .271/.328/.419 with 16 home runs and 39 stolen bases in 2014 -- his first season with the Yankees.
    Yesterday, 6:13 am
  • Ellsbury (oblique) takes swings, plays catch
    Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) took dry swings, ran, and played catch on Wednesday in Yankees camp.

    Advice: Ellsbury has been sidelined since March 15 with a right oblique strain, but it's thought to be mild and he should be ready for Opening Day. The dynamic center fielder batted .271/.328/.419 with 16 home runs and 39 stolen bases in his first season with the Yankees and he's capable of even better in his second.
    Wednesday, 2:56 pm
  • V-Mart (knee) to DH on Wednesday
    Victor Martinez (knee) will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday.

    Advice: Martinez, who is about six weeks removed from knee surgery, made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday and played in a minor league game Tuesday. Things are looking good for him and Miguel Cabrera (foot) to both be in the Opening Day lineup.
    Wednesday, 7:38 am
  • Ellsbury (oblique) is 'progressing great'
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) is "progressing great" from his mild right oblique strain.

    Advice: Ellsbury hasn't played since March 15, but the Yankees continue to express confidence that he'll be ready for Opening Day. He was running sprints in the outfield Tuesday, which is a good sign, but it's not clear when he'll return to game action.
    Tuesday, 12:39 pm
  • Brown (Achilles) hopes to return soon
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) hopes to get back in game action in a week or so.

    Advice: Brown has been dealing with soreness in his left Achilles for most of the spring and an MRI last Friday showed moderate tendinitis. He expects to start running again in the next couple of days, but obviously he's going to be cutting it close to get ready for Opening Day.
    Tuesday, 8:04 am
  • Rios has double, RBI, and SB in win vs. SF
    Alex Rios went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a double, and a stolen base in Sunday's 4-2 Cactus League win over the Giants.

    Advice: Rios singled in Eric Hosmer to break a scoreless tie, then stole second base but was stranded. He also doubled in the sixth inning before he was replaced with a pinch-runner. Rios, 34, is having a terrific spring, batting .306 (11-for-36) with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBI, and two stolen bases.
    Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Bradley pitches well in fourth spring start
    Archie Bradley pitched well in Saturday's 7-5 win over the Padres, giving up two earned runs over four innings.

    Advice: Bradley would have gotten the second out of the fourth inning, but third baseman Jake Lamb committed a fielding error which allowed the Padres to later strike for two runs. Overall, Bradley yielded five hits, walked none, and struck out three. GM Dave Stewart recently said, "Archie, in my opinion, is not ready" which likely means Bradley opens up the season at Triple-A.
    Saturday, 4:39 pm
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  • Hahn throws five scoreless frames vs. Reds
    Jesse Hahn had a solid afternoon against the Reds on Saturday, tossing five scoreless innings.

    Advice: Hahn limited the opposition to four hits and two walks while striking out two. He's one of many contestants for a spot in the Athletics' rotation, so he badly needed to perform well in his latest start. Hahn now has a 3.65 ERA in 12 1/3 spring innings.
    Saturday, 3:57 pm
  • Ranaudo struggles in exhibition start vs. LAD
    Anthony Ranaudo yielded four runs (three earned) in four innings against the Dodgers in an exhibition start on Saturday.

    Advice: Ranaudo was making his first start in nine days as he had been dealing with some minor elbow soreness. The Dodgers had no problems, socking three home runs against the right-hander. Overall, he allowed six hits and two walks while striking out two. Elbow aside, Ranaudo has not had a good spring so far and could be on the outside looking in with regards to a spot in the Rangers' starting rotation.
    Saturday, 2:12 pm
  • Martinez (knee) to DH in split squad Sunday
    Victor Martinez will serve as designated hitter in the Tigers' split squad game against the Braves Sunday.

    Advice: Martinez played in a minor league game Saturday, so it's promising that he feels good enough to do it again a day later. The DH even trotted around the bases after homering in his final at-bat of the day. V-Mart is still questionable for the start of the season, but with each new hurdle cleared he gets closer and closer to being in the Tigers' Opening Day lineup.
    Saturday, 1:19 pm
  • Dom Brown's MRI reveals no structural damage
    Domonic Brown has been diagnosed with moderate tendinitis after his MRI revealed no structural damage to his left Achilles.

    Advice: He'll remain sidelined for the next few days, and it could be up to a week before he returns to game action, but he appears to have avoided a significant injury scare. At this stage, his availability for Opening Day is in question.
    Friday, 4:42 pm
  • Domonic Brown (Achilles) to undergo MRI
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) will undergo an MRI on Friday.

    Advice: Brown has dealt with soreness in his left Achilles for a couple weeks and was finally forced from a game Thursday when it became too much. The Phillies think he's dealing with tendinitis, but they decided to send him for an exam to make sure it's not something worse. An update on Brown's status should be available later Friday.
    Friday, 9:26 am
  • Rafael Soriano to work out at Boras facility
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Rafael Soriano will soon begin working out at his agent Scott Boras' training facility in Miami.

    Advice: Soriano has been keeping his arm in shape by throwing in his native Dominican Republic but will now do some working out stateside. Heyman notes that fellow Boras clients Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales "made lengthy pit stops" at the facility last spring before eventually catching on with the Red Sox and Twins, respectively. The market for Soriano has basically been non-existent and it doesn't appear he's close to signing anyone. The Blue Jays could use a closer, but Heyman says they "aren't quite ready to make a play for Soriano."
    Friday, 6:52 am
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  • Phillies unsure if Brown (Achilles) needs MRI
    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Friday that he's unsure whether Domonic Brown (Achilles) needs an MRI.

    Advice: Brown is dealing with tendinitis in his left Achilles, an ailment he's battled for a couple weeks before it finally forced him from a game on Thursday. It doesn't sound like a major setback at this point, but we'll just have to see how the outfielder recovers.
    Friday, 6:09 am
  • Red Sox send C Blake Swihart to minors camp
    Red Sox optioned C Blake Swihart to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Swihart made a good impression while in big league camp, batting .389/.450/.556 with a homer in 20 plate appearances while also showing good defense. The top prospect could debut at some point in 2015, though the Red Sox already have a pair of catchers they like in Christian Vazquez and Ryan Hanigan.
    Friday, 6:02 am
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  • Domonic Brown nursing Achilles tendinitis
    Domonic Brown said after leaving Thursday's game that he's been told he's dealing with tendinitis in his left Achilles.

    Advice: Brown revealed that he's dealt with soreness for the past two weeks. He'll be re-evaluated on Friday before more is known about his status. "I want to be in there, spring training or not," Brown said. "I feel pretty good at the plate. I don’t want to miss any time, but this is part of the game, also. I’m definitely frustrated for sure. It seemed like we were going in the right direction, it was getting a little bit better. As soon as Chase Headley hit the home run (in the second inning), I took off and started feeling it then. Once I got to the on-deck circle … I could definitely feel it. Not pulling but grabbing a little bit."
    Thursday, 6:12 pm
  • Domonic Brown departs with sore Achilles
    Domonic Brown exited Thursday's game against the Yankees with Achilles soreness.

    Advice: He didn't look to suffer any obvious injury, so we'll have to wait on an update from the Phillies to see what happened. Brown struck out in both plate appearances before leaving. The 27-year-old outfielder is looking to bounce back in 2015 after a disappointing 2014 campaign.
    Thursday, 5:05 pm
  • Ellsbury (oblique) says he'll be ready
    Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) said Thursday that he's "fully confident" that he will be ready on Opening Day.

    Advice: Ellsbury was shut down for seven days after an MRI on Wednesday revealed a mild oblique strain. These injuries are notoriously tricky, so Opening Day is no guarantee, but he still has about two and a half weeks to heal and get ready. It could be close.
    Thursday, 1:57 pm
  • V-Mart (knee) ran cones and took BP on Wed.
    Victor Martinez (knee) did agility drills and took on-field batting practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Martinez ran cones in short 15-yard bursts but didn't make very hard cuts on his surgically-repaired left knee. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wouldn't guess when V-Mart might be cleared for Grapefruit League play and acknowledged that his status for Opening Day is up in the air. "There are still hurdles to cross," said Ausmus.
    Thursday, 6:04 am
  • Ellsbury (oblique) shut down next seven days
    Jacoby Ellsbury will be shut down for the next seven days due to a mild oblique strain.

    Advice: Ellsbury suffered the injury earlier this week and underwent an MRI on Wednesday to get an exact diagnosis. It's a low-grade strain, but even those can send players to the 15-day disabled list during the regular season. He'll only be able to get a handful of additional Grapefruit League at-bats before Opening Day.
    Wednesday, 2:40 pm
  • Jenrry Mejia picks up first spring save
    Jenrry Mejia pitched around a couple of singles to notch his first save of the spring Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Mejia is expected to close for the Mets until Bobby Parnell comes off the DL in late April. Whether he keeps the job after that will probably depend on how he performs until then. He made a habit of making fans nervous last year, but he generally got the job done.
    Tuesday, 1:07 pm
  • Ellsbury day-to-day with abdominal strain
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi clarified his previous comments Tuesday and said that Jacoby Ellsbury is actually dealing with a mild lower abdominal strain.

    Advice: Girardi previously stated that Ellsbury had a mild right quad strain, but it's actually an abdominal injury. Either way, Girardi insists that it's not a big deal. Ellsbury should only miss a couple days of action.
    Tuesday, 12:58 pm
  • Ellsbury day-to-day with mild quad strain
    Jacoby Ellsbury is day-to-day with a mild right quad strain.

    Advice: Ellsbury is out of the lineup Tuesday and isn't expected to play Wednesday. However, Yankees manager Joe Girardi insists that it's minor.
    Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Ellsbury out of lineup Tue. and Wed.
    Jacoby Ellsbury is out of Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup and isn't scheduled to play Wednesday.

    Advice: The Yankees haven't stated the reason for his absence from the lineup. It could be nothing, but it's certainly worth keeping an eye on.
    Tuesday, 11:32 am
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