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  • Alonso reaches base four times in a tie game
    Yonder Alonso singled three times and walked in four plate appearances on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Alonso brought his Cactus League average up to .300 (12-for-40) with the effort, but he's only shown a modicum of power this spring with three doubles and a home run. Considering his position, Alonso's bat leaves much to be desired as he's yet to cross the 10-homer threshold over parts of five major league seasons.
    Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Davis hits grand slam in drubbing of Mariners
    Khris Davis walked and hit a grand slam in four trips to the plate Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Davis cleared the bases with a grand slam to left field off of Roenis Elias in the first inning. Though it was his first homer of the spring, Davis has been hitting extremely well in Cactus League play, batting .389 (14-for-36) with 12 RBI. Davis will get regular at-bats out of left field and could improve on last year's numbers, when he finished with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 549 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Fiers limits Mariners to a run over 3 2/3 IP
    Mike Fiers limited the Mariners to one run over 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Fiers had missed his previously-scheduled start due to weakness in his throwing shoulder, but looked fine facing the Mariners. He held them to three hits and a walk, though he didn't register a strikeout. The shoulder problem is a little concerning heading into the season and is worth keeping an eye on. Fiers is hoping to pick up where he left off last season, with a 2.13 ERA and a 76/17 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion reaches twice in return
    Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-1 with two walks in his return to Toronto's lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion hadn't played since March 8 because of back soreness. He started hitting in minor league games Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Tommy Milone gives up three runs
    Tommy Milone surrendered three runs in five innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: It sounds as though the Twins are far from committed to Mike Pelfrey in the rotation, which could lead to Milone getting the gig. He has a 4.50 ERA and an 8/4 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this spring, so he's not exactly running away with the gig.
    Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • David Price strikes out seven Orioles
    David Price yielded three runs in 6 2/3 innings Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Price struck out seven and walked none. He allowed three hits, but they were bunched together, resulting in three runs in the fourth inning.
    Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • Padres place Federowicz on 60-day DL
    Padres placed C Tim Federowicz on the 60-day disabled list with a right knee injury.

    Advice: Federowicz could miss up to six months after completely tearing the meniscus in his right knee in early March. Wil Nieves will back up Derek Norris in San Diego.
    Yesterday, 11:24 am
  • Cueto returned to Reds camp Thursday
    Johnny Cueto returned to Reds camp Thursday.

    Advice: Cueto flew home to the Dominican Republic late last week to handle a private family matter. The absence will not affect his status for Opening Day. He'll get the Pirates at home in his first regular-season start.
    Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Arencibia scratched with strained flexor mass
    J.P. Arencibia was scratched from a minor league game Thursday with a strained flexor mass.

    Advice: That's typically a serious injury, but the Orioles aren't putting out many details. Arencibia is in O's camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. He presumably will not be on the Opening Day roster.
    Yesterday, 9:47 am
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  • Bethancourt (flu) back in Braves' lineup Thu.
    Christian Bethancourt (flu) is back in the Braves' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Bethancourt missed a week -- and lost six pounds -- due to a bad case of the flu. But he should have just enough time to get back in shape before the Braves open their regular-season schedule on April 6.
    Yesterday, 9:08 am
  • 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
  • Blue Jays option Steve Delabar to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned RHP Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Delabar pitched pretty well this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he wasn't able make the cut for the Jays' Opening Day bullpen. The 31-year-old right-hander registered a disappointing 4.91 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings last season for Toronto after being named an American League All-Star in 2013. He was pretty upset about Thursday's demotion.
    Yesterday, 6:29 am
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  • Blue Jays reassign Ezequiel Carrera to minors
    Blue Jays reassigned OF Ezequiel Carrera to minor league camp.

    Advice: Carrera only had an outside shot at an Opening Day roster spot and managed just two hits in 38 plate appearances this spring. He'll be organizational outfield depth.
    Yesterday, 5:50 am
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  • Tigers option Buck Farmer to AAA Toledo
    Tigers optioned RHP Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Farmer gave up eight hits, five walks, and five earned runs in 8 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League. The 24-year-old right-hander was a fifth-round pick in 2013 out of Georgia Tech and has registered some intriguing minor league numbers. He may get a few spot starts later this year.
    Yesterday, 5:42 am
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  • Hollands getting second opinion on elbow
    Mario Hollands is getting a second opinion on his injured elbow from Dr. James Andrews.

    Advice: Dr. Michael Ciccotti, the Phillies' team physician, has recommended that Hollands undergo surgery to repair the common flexor tendon strain in his left elbow. It would put him out for the entire 2015 season.
    Yesterday, 5:32 am
  • Cueto expected back in Reds camp Thursday
    Reds manager Bryan Price said he expects Johnny Cueto to be back in Reds camp by Thursday.

    Advice: Cueto was expected to be arriving in Arizona late Wednesday after leaving to address a family issue in the Dominican Republic. Cueto still has time to make two starts in advance of Opening Day, so he's not a risk to miss a regular season start due to the absence.
    Wednesday, 4:06 pm
  • Tigers, Price had preliminary extension talks
    David Price said Wednesday that his agent and the Tigers have had preliminary extension talks.

    Advice: Price met with his agent on Tuesday night to discuss the situation and it doesn't appear as though anything is imminent, as the southpaw said that he "wouldn't even call it groundwork" on an extension. He's owed $19.75 million this season before hitting free agency.
    Wednesday, 7:02 am
  • Encarnacion (back) playing in minors game Tue
    Edwin Encarnacion (back) will play in a minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: Encarnacion has been sidelined for about two weeks with back soreness, but he's doing much better now. The plan calls for him to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday, which should give him plenty of time to get tuned up for the season.
    Tuesday, 8:18 am
  • Fiers (shoulder) to make Cactus start Thurs.
    Mike Fiers (shoulder) is expected to pitch in a Cactus League game on Thursday.

    Advice: Fiers had to be scratched from his last turn in the Brewers' spring rotation due to some shoulder weakness, but he felt fine after pitching three innings in a minor league game on Sunday. He's likely to start the Brewers' fourth game of the regular season on April 10 against the Pirates. Fiers posted a remarkable 2.13 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings last year.
    Monday, 11:36 am
  • Hollands likely to require surgery on elbow
    Mario Hollands is likely to need elbow surgery.

    Advice: Hollands was diagnosed Sunday with a common flexor tendon strain -- the same injury that is threatening the career of Cliff Lee. Hollands will be evaluated this week by team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti. Surgery would likely cost him the entire 2015 season.
    Monday, 7:22 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
  • Hollands (elbow) diagnosed with flexor strain
    Mario Hollands (elbow) has been diagnosed with a common flexor tendon strain.

    Advice: The injury is the same as the one plaguing Cliff Lee, a bad sign for the 26-year-old. Hollands will be evaluated and his MRI findings will be reviewed before a plan of action is determined. It appears as though Hollands will spend some time on the disabled list as a result of the injury.
    Sunday, 7:28 am
  • David Price gives up two runs to Mets
    David Price allowed two runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Kind of like his starts with the Tigers last year, Price racked up the strikeouts -- seven in all -- but still gave up a bunch of hits in the process. He has a 4.38 ERA this spring, even though he's struck out 17 in 12 1/3 innings. Of course, he didn't have Jose Iglesias behind him at shortstop today.
    Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • Steve Delabar strikes out the side for Jays
    Steve Delabar struck out the side in the ninth for a save against the Phillies on Satursday.

    Advice: As unsettled as the Jays' closer situation is, Delabar is shaping up as a sleeper this year, even after the team essentially wrote him off last season. Troubled by leg issues, he was wild throughout 2014. He's stronger physically now, and he might well prove to be the Jays' best right-handed reliever.
    Saturday, 2:18 pm
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  • Tommy Milone gives up four runs to Orioles
    Tommy Milone surrendered four runs through four innings in his start Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Milone had pitched five scoreless innings this spring before his odd day today. The guess right now is that Milone will make the Twins as a middle reliever, with Mike Pelfrey claiming the fifth spot in the rotation. It's not set in stone, though. Neither Milone nor Pelfrey is very interesting for fantasy purposes. Especially not Pelfrey.
    Saturday, 1:21 pm
  • Mario Hollands (elbow) to undergo MRI exam
    Mario Hollands is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore left elbow on Saturday.

    Advice: The 26-year-old southpaw has been dealing with soreness in his pitching elbow in recent days, and though they don't believe it's a major issue the Phillies want to take every precaution to make sure.
    Saturday, 8:36 am
  • Ezequiel Carrera reaches four times
    Ezequiel Carrera, who had been 0-for-28 this spring, went 2-for-2 with a triple and two walks as the Blue Jays' center fielder on Friday.

    Advice: It's too little, too late for Carrera, but at least he's no longer 0-for-28. His chances of making the Jays are really slim with Dalton Pompey playing well and Michael Saunders now a possibility for the Opening Day roster.
    Friday, 2:24 pm
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  • Mario Hollands surrenders three runs
    Mario Hollands gave up a homer to Pedro Alvarez and three runs in his one-third of an inning Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Hollands entered camp with a pretty good chance of winning a bullpen spot, but he's hurt the cause with an 11.81 ERA. Giving up a homer to Alvarez is a big blow, considering that Hollands is a lefty and Alvarez has a history of not hitting lefties.
    Friday, 1:36 pm
  • Johnny Cueto heads home for family issue
    Johnny Cueto has gone home to his native Dominican Republic to deal with a family issue.

    Advice: It's not clear how long Cueto will be away, but he'll be able to work out at the Reds' complex there and manager Bryan Price said the righty's status for Opening Day shouldn't be affected. The veteran right-hander has allowed three runs over nine innings this spring.
    Friday, 12:33 pm
  • Fiers (shoulder) not expected to need DL time
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday that he doesn't expect Mike Fiers (shoulder) to need a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: The skipper said it's possible Fiers could be moved back or skipped if need be, but he doesn't think the righty will be sidelined long. Fiers is dealing with some weakness in his pitching shoulder but will appear either in a Cactus League game or minor league game this weekend.
    Friday, 11:03 am
  • Tigers name David Price Opening Day starter
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on Friday named David Price the team's Opening Day starter.

    Advice: Justin Verlander would have been the sentimental choice given that he's started seven straight Opening Days for Detroit, but Price is the right guy. The left-hander is coming off a season where he held a 3.26 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 271/38 K/BB ratio in 248 1/3 innings between the Rays and Tigers. He's slated for free agency next winter after earning $19.75 million in 2015.
    Friday, 7:13 am
  • Mike Fiers experiencing 'shoulder weakness'
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke acknowledged that Mike Fiers is experiencing "shoulder weakness."

    Advice: Fiers had to be scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start on Thursday and "shoulder weakness" sounds ominous for a pitcher, but Roenicke doesn't think it's a big deal. Fiers is aiming to return to Cactus League action on Saturday. He will throw a side session Thursday to test his right shoulder.
    Thursday, 10:24 am
  • Fiers (fatigue) scratched from start Thursday
    Mike Fiers was scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start on Thursday.

    Advice: Tyler Thornburg pitched instead. Fiers said he didn't feel right in his last bullpen session, though he thinks it's routine spring training fatigue. "Just kind of tired," Fiers said. "I couldn't get a good feel in my bullpen." The right-hander is aiming to pitch Saturday, but this is a situation to watch. Fiers had a a 2.13 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings last season.
    Thursday, 9:40 am
  • Bethancourt out Thursday due to the flu
    Christian Bethancourt was scratched from the Braves' lineup Thursday due to flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: The young catcher should be fine in a couple of days. He is off to a 9-for-25 (.360) start this spring.
    Thursday, 8:23 am
  • Davis doubles twice with 3 RBI vs. the Royals
    Khris Davis went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI versus the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Davis put the Brewers on the board early with a two-run double in the first inning, then added another run in the fifth with his second double to push his team's lead to 7-1 at the time. Davis is now hitting .350 (7-for-20) with five doubles and five RBI on the spring. He is the favorite over Gerardo Parra to start in left field to begin the season.
    Wednesday, 4:46 pm
  • Encarnacion (back) to hit off tee Wednesday
    Edwin Encarnacion (back) will hit off a tee on Wednesday and take batting practice Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion has been sidelined for about a week with back soreness, but he's slowly increasing baseball activities. The hope is that he could be ready to return to game action at some point next week.
    Wednesday, 8:41 am
  • Encarnacion (back) a week away from games
    The Blue Jays hope to have Edwin Encarnacion ready to return to Grapefruit League action in seven days.

    Advice: Encarnacion hit off a tee Tuesday and will take batting practice later this week. The Blue Jays remain confident that the slugger will be fine by the time Opening Day rolls around, though he could be given a little extra rest early in the season. "Feeling better; I talked to him before the off-day and he's not concerned at all," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "I said, 'No concern on your end about being ready for Opening Day?' And he said 'Absolutely not.' He'll be ready to go. The MRI was clean, just a little bit of inflammation. He's absolutely confident he's going to be fine. I think he's supposed to hit here this week and we'll get him going soon."
    Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • Christian Bethancourt doubles twice in rout
    Christian Bethancourt went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles as the Braves crushed the Red Sox 11-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Both doubles were legit, and it's nice to see his power starting to show up. In 113 major league at-bats last season, he had all of three doubles and no homers. He's without a homer this spring, but he already has six doubles in 25 at-bats.
    Tuesday, 1:55 pm
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