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  • Mike Pelfrey not happy about move to bullpen
    Mike Pelfrey expressed unhappiness Saturday that he's being moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander said Saturday that he was, "kind of disappointed, frustrated, a little upset" over the move. He had been told that there would be an open competition for the final spot in the rotation, and Pelfrey doesn't believe that he was outpitched by Tommy Milone. It's unclear if the Twins will seek a trade for the disgruntled hurler, or attempt to smooth things over.
    42 minutes ago
  • Tigers release right-hander Luke Putkonen
    Tigers released RHP Luke Putkonen.

    Advice: He was reassigned to minor league camp on March 17. Putkonen pitched well out of the Tigers bullpen in 2014 before an elbow injury ended his season prematurely. He should have little trouble latching on elsewhere.
    48 minutes ago
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  • Twins option struggling Hicks to Triple-A
    Twins optioned OF Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Once again, Hicks had an opportunity to seize the team's starting job in center field with a strong spring, but hit just .206/.300/.324 with a 9/5 K/BB ratio in 34 spring at-bats. It appears as though Jordan Schafer will function as the team's starting center fielder to begin the season.
    Today, 6:12 am
  • Joe Nathan says thumbnail is still tender
    Joe Nathan said Saturday that his injured thumbnail is progressing but is still tender.

    Advice: He was able to throw fastballs in a throwing session on Friday and will attempt to throw breaking balls on Saturday. He's scheduled to return to game action on Monday. The veteran right-hander has been abysmal again this spring for the Tigers, but is still expected to begin the season in the closer's role for the Tigers.
    Today, 6:09 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
  • Hardy says shoulder still sore on Saturday
    J.J. Hardy indicated Saturday that his left shoulder was more sore than it was on Friday when he was removed from a Grapefruit League contest after sustaining the injury on a dive up the middle.

    Advice: Hardy received treatment for the injury and will be held out of team workouts on Saturday. The injury is still believed to be minor and isn't expected to effect his availability for the start of the regular season.
    Today, 5:55 am
  • Blackmon goes 2-for-3, scores twice in loss
    Charlie Blackmon had a nice day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Padres, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.

    Advice: Blackmon also drew a walk in the contest, reaching safely in three of his four plate appearances atop the order. The 28-year-old is hitting .290 (9-for-31) with a homer and three RBI. As long as he's hitting in the second slot of the Rockies lineup, he should once again provide plenty of mixed league value in 2015.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Kendrick struggles in Cactus League outing
    Kyle Kendrick struggled in Friday's Cactus League outing against the Padres, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked a pair and struck out two on the afternoon. It was the worst outing of the spring to date for the Rockies' Opening Day starter. The 30-year-old owns a 3.52 ERA and 8/4 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings in Cactus League play. He holds little fantasy value outside of NL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Middlebrooks collects another two hits Friday
    Will Middlebrooks continued his assault on Cactus League pitching on Friday, going 2-for-3 with an RBI in a 7-5 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: While manager Bud Black has yet to make a formal announcement, all signs indicate that Middlebrooks has won the starting job at third base over Yangervis Solarte. With the two-hit effort, he's hitting .341 (15-for-44) with two homers and eight RBI in spring play.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Lucroy smashes third homer as Brewers roll
    Jonathan Lucroy smashed his third Cactus League home run as the Brewers rolled over the Reds 8-6 on Friday.

    Advice: The Brewers jumped on Raisel Iglesias early in this one, with Scooter Gennett leading the game off with a solo homer, and Lucroy adding a two-run bomb just two hitters later. He has been on fire at the plate this spring, hitting .423 (11-for-26) with three homers and eight RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Garza defeats Reds despite his struggles
    Matt Garza struggled but still picked up a victory over the Reds on Friday despite allowing five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: On the plus side, the veteran right-hander did rack up six strikeouts while issuing only one free pass. He has had a rough go of it this spring, posting a 6.16 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over his 19 innings. He'll have at least one more chance to right the ship before the regular season begins.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Andrew Susac homers as Giants top Dodgers
    Andrew Susac belted his first Cactus League home run as the Giants topped the Dodgers 8-4 on Friday.

    Advice: His solo blast off Yimi Garcia in the sixth inning increased the Giants advantage to 5-3. Susac also drew a walk in the contest, finishing 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. He has been scuffling at the dish this spring, hitting just .222 (4-for-18) with one homer and one RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Zack Greinke struggles in latest spring start
    Zack Greinke struggled in Friday's Cactus League outing against the Giants, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Greinke also issued a pair of walks while punching out three. The important thing to note is that Greinke felt good after the outing, even though his command wasn't where he wanted. The 31-year-old now boasts a 3.55 ERA and 11/6 K/BB ratio 12 2/3 innings on the spring.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez plates two in loss to Giants
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI as the Dodgers fell to the Giants in Cactus League play on Friday.

    Advice: His first inning double off Chris Heston plated the Dodgers first two runs of the evening. The reigning National League RBI Champion is off to a slow start this spring, hitting .244 (11-for-45) with two homers and nine RBI. He should once again be a solid source of run production in the middle of the Dodgers lineup.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Chris Heston goes six strong against Dodgers
    Chris Heston delivered a strong start in Friday's Cactus League victory over the Dodgers, allowing two runs on four hits over six frames.

    Advice: Heston didn't issue a walk or strike out a batter on the night. With the dearth of rotation options that the Giants already have, the 26-year-old hurler has no chance of cracking the Opening Day roster. He'll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A to begin the season and could be called upon to make a spot start at some point during the season.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
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  • Aaron Hicks goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Aaron Hicks went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Friday and misplayed a ball in center field.

    Advice: Barring a very surprising reversal putting Danny Santana back in the outfield, the Twins lack a quality alternative to Hicks in center field. Still, they might opt to go to Jordan Schafer if they get frustrated enough. Hicks started off hot this spring, but he's in a 2-for-22 slump, leaving him with a .206/.300/.324 line this spring.
    Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • J.J. Hardy suffers shoulder injury
    J.J. Hardy left Friday's game against the Rays with a sore left shoulder.

    Advice: Hardy banged his shoulder on the ground on a dive up the middle. He's expected to be fine, though, as he wanted to take his next at-bat before Orioles manager Buck Showalter overruled him. Consider Hardy day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 11:52 am
  • Lucroy enjoys a three-hit afternoon vs. SEA
    Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a run scored as the Brewers ran roughshod over the Mariners 15-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Lucroy has only racked up 23 at-bats this spring due to a hamstring injury, but he's hit well when he's been in the lineup, batting .435 with a pair of doubles, a pair of homers, and six RBI. Lucroy has been among the best at his position for several years and should once again provide tremendous fantasy value. He led the league in doubles with 51 last season while hitting .301 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI.
    Thursday, 4:33 pm
  • Nathan to rest due to thumbnail issue
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that Joe Nathan will rest for the next three days due to a thumbnail issue.

    Advice: It was an issue for him during Thursday's appearance, where he gave up a home run to one of the three batters he faced and sat in the 89-90 mph range. Joakim Soria tossed a scoreless inning Thursday for the save, but Ausmus indicated after the game that there's no competition for the closer role. Nathan still appears likely to go into the season as the closer, but it's hard to have a lot of faith in him right now.
    Thursday, 1:19 pm
  • Nathan broke thumbnail in outing Thursday
    Joe Nathan broke a thumbnail in his outing Thursday afternoon against the Orioles.

    Advice: Nathan was making back-to-back appearances for the first time this spring. He allowed a home run to Jayson Nix but retired the other two batters he faced. The veteran closer has a 5.79 ERA in 8 1/3 innings this spring and looks like an unreliable fantasy option for the 2015 season. Joakim Soria is next in line for saves in Detroit.
    Thursday, 12:57 pm
  • Joe Nathan pitches scoreless inning
    Joe Nathan allowed a pair of singles before finishing a scoreless inning Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Nathan also pitch around an error to strand the bases loaded. He had pretty good velocity today, with's Jason Beck seeing him at 94 mph on the stadium gun. That's encouraging, even if it wasn't the one-two-three inning we'd like to see.
    Wednesday, 1:52 pm
  • 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
  • Mike Pelfrey solid for 4 2/3 innings
    Mike Pelfrey yielded two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Pelfrey walked two, struck out two and gave up a homer to Cody Asche, so it wasn't a very good FIP day. However, he got 10 outs on the ground, compared to just two through the air, and that's pretty much the key to any moderate success he might experience this year. He's probably going to be named the Twins' fifth starter.
    Monday, 1:35 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
  • Lucroy homers, plates four to lead Brewers
    Jonathan Lucroy homered and drove home four runs on Sunday, powering the Brewers in a 13-4 rout over the White Sox in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Lucroy took Jeff Samardzija deep in the fifth inning for a two-run shot then added a two-run single off Dan Jennings the following frame. He finished the afternoon 2-for-4 and is now hitting a robust .375/.412/.813 with a pair of homers and five RBI in Cactus League play. He looks fully healthy and ready for the regular season to begin.
    Sunday, 6:44 pm
  • Garza pitches decently against White Sox
    Matt Garza fared decently in Sunday's Cactus League start against the White Sox, surrendering two runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked one on the day. The White Sox scratched out a run in the first then tacked on another before chasing Garza in the fifth inning. While he owns an unsightly 5.40 ERA on the spring, his 9/5 K/BB ratio through 13 1/3 innings is somewhat encouraging.
    Sunday, 6:37 pm
  • Kendrick blanks D'Backs over four innings
    Kyle Kendrick blanked the Diamondbacks over four innings in Sunday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Kendrick limited the opposition to two hits and a walk while striking out one. Tabbed as the Opening Day starter for the Rockies, Kendrick has performed well this spring, allowing three runs on 12 hits and two walks while striking out six over 11 innings. The success may not last as pitching in Coors Field isn't likely to benefit Kendrick, who owns a career 4.42 ERA.
    Sunday, 4:32 pm
  • Joe Nathan gives up run to Nationals
    Joe Nathan gave up a run and two hits in his inning Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: It could have been worse, but a comebacker that Nathan tried to barehand ended up ricocheting and turning into a double play for the Tigers. It's the second time in eight appearances that Nathan has been scored upon this spring. Meanwhile, Joakim Soria drew some raves for his inning after Nathan exited.
    Sunday, 2:38 pm
  • Blackmon hits first spring homer versus Tribe
    Charlie Blackmon homered and scored twice in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Indians.

    Advice: The homer was Blackmon's first of the spring, also giving him his first RBI. The outfielder broke out in 2014, hitting .288/.335/.440 with 19 homers and 28 steals, but some regression is expected in his follow-up campaign. Still, the combination of power and speed in Coors Field makes him plenty mixed league worthy.
    Saturday, 4:19 pm
  • Greinke throws four scoreless innings vs. TEX
    Zack Greinke tossed four scoreless innings in Saturday's exhibition start versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Greinke looked good, limiting the Rangers to three hits and a walk while striking out six. The right-hander is potentially entering his final season with the Dodgers as he has the option to opt out of his six-year contract after the season. Greinke, 31, may be able to secure himself more money if he's able to match last season's 2.71 ERA and 207/43 K/BB ratio over 203 1/3 innings.
    Saturday, 2:12 pm
  • Gonzalez homers twice in shutout of TEX
    Adrian Gonzalez belted a pair of home runs in Saturday's exhibition shutout of the Rangers.

    Advice: Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the third inning off of Anthony Ranaudo and another solo shot in the fifth against Lisalverto Bonilla. They're Gonzalez's first two homers of the spring. He's been a bit slow to start, entering Saturday's action batting .161 (5-for-31) but he should still be counted on for elite offense in 2015.
    Saturday, 2:12 pm
  • Joe Nathan pitches perfect inning
    Joe Nathan had another easy outing Friday, striking out one in a perfect inning against the Yankees.

    Advice: Everyone made a huge deal out of Nathan's one bad outing last week (6 R, 4 ER in 2/3 IP), but in his other six appearances, he's allowed two hits in six scoreless innings. His margin for error remains slim, especially with Tigers fans seemingly out for blood, but he's positioned to enter the season as a closer.
    Friday, 2:15 pm
  • Chris Heston optioned to Triple-A
    Giants optioned RHP Chris Heston to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Hester yielded two runs in his six relief innings this spring. He'll get a shot in the Giants' bullpen at some point this season.
    Friday, 2:10 pm
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  • Andrew Susac (wrist) takes swings
    Andrew Susac (wrist) took some swings on Thursday.

    Advice: Susac was given a cortisone injection to combat an impingement in his right wrist. He's hoping to be back in games early next week.
    Friday, 1:49 pm
  • Aaron Hicks goes hitless against Pirates
    Aaron Hicks went 0-for-3 on Friday and is 1-for-11 in his last four games.

    Advice: Hicks got off to a 5-for-12 start this week, but he's cooled off over the last week. The Twins probably wish they had more competition for Hicks in center field, but there isn't really anyone to start over him, not unless they reverse course and move Danny Santana back to center.
    Friday, 12:53 pm
  • Susac (wrist) could return to action Sunday
    Andrew Susac (wrist) could return to Cactus League play on Sunday.

    Advice: Susac was given a cortisone shot earlier this week after complaining of soreness in his right wrist. He is competing with Hector Sanchez this spring for the backup job behind Giants starting catcher Buster Posey.
    Thursday, 8:47 am
  • Kendrick tabbed for Opening Day start
    Kyle Kendrick has been named the Rockies' Opening Day starter by manager Walt Weiss.

    Advice: Kendrick didn't even find a home until early February, an indication of the state of affairs of the Rockies pitching staff. Kendrick owned a 4.61 ERA as a member of the Phillies last season, and a move to Colorado isn't likely to cure what ails the 30-year-old.
    Wednesday, 5:46 pm
  • Mike Pelfrey effective for four innings
    Mike Pelfrey pitched four innings of one-run ball Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Pelfrey struck out three and went without a walk for the third straight outings. That might be a good sign for a guy who walked 18 batters in 23 2/3 innings last year before getting hurt. He's going to be the Twins' fifth starter if this keeps up.
    Wednesday, 1:05 pm
  • 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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