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  • Abreu goes 3-for-3 in a loss to the Dodgers
    Jose Abreu singled three times in as many at-bats as the White Sox fell 9-6 to the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: Abreu hit his first spring home run on Tuesday, which might have given one the impression he was having a slow spring. That is certainly not the case, as Thursday's effort brings his Cactus League average up to .488 (21-for-43). The lack of power -- two doubles, one triple, one homer -- shouldn't be concerning unless it persists into May.
    Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Goldschmidt hitless in four AB's vs. Padres
    Paul Goldschmidt went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's 3-3 Cactus League tie with the Padres.

    Advice: Goldschmidt hasn't registered a hit since March 20, a span of four hitless games. The first baseman missed a large chunk of last season with a fractured hand, but still should be held in extremely high regard as he was in 2013, when he led the league in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and OPS.
    Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • 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
  • Frazier clubs third Cactus League HR vs. CLE
    Todd Frazier clubbed his third Cactus League home run, his only hit in three at-bats, in Thursday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: Frazier went yard against Danny Salazar in the first inning, staking his team to an early lead. It was only his ninth hit in 38 spring at-bats (.237). Frazier likely won't hit for a high average in 2015, but his combination of power and speed makes him a valuable fantasy asset. He hit 29 home runs and stole 20 bases last season.
    Yesterday, 4:11 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
  • Garrett Jones goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Garrett Jones went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Jones is hitting .175 with no homers and 10 strikeouts through 40 at-bats. If the Yankees wanted to carry their 25 best players coming out of camp, they'd probably consider keeping Rob Refsnyder over Jones, giving them a platoon partner for Stephen Drew at second base. There's not much chance of them going that route, though, and they still might need Jones when Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley or Alex Rodriguez gets hurt.
    Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • 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
  • Miguel Cabrera homers, knocks in three
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBI to lead the Tigers past the Orioles 6-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: With Cabrera and Victor Martinez back, the Tigers essentially went with their starting lineup today. The only likely exception was that Rajai Davis was leading off against a right-hander. He'll probably have that spot versus lefties, but Anthony Gose should be there against righties during the regular season. Cabrera is 4-for-10 with four strikeouts since returning to Detroit's lineup Sunday. He's played first base the last two days.
    Yesterday, 12:58 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
  • Krauss (back) aims to return to action Friday
    Marc Krauss (back) aims to return to action Friday.

    Advice: Krauss has been out of the Angels' Cactus League lineup for the last four days with back discomfort, but he felt fine while hitting in camp Thursday. The 27-year-old was off to a pretty good start in his bid for a bench spot, batting .500 (9-for-18) in 13 spring games.
    Yesterday, 12:37 pm
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  • Reds get 1B Dan Johnson from the Astros
    Reds acquired 1B Dan Johnson from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Johnson, 35, was batting .158 in 25 plate appearances this spring with the Astros. He'll head to the minor league side of Reds camp and won't be in consideration for the Opening Day roster.
    Yesterday, 11:13 am
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  • 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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  • Brewers option Shane Peterson to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned OF/1B Shane Peterson to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Peterson posted an impressive .308/.381/.460 batting line in 137 games last season for the A's Triple-A affiliate. The former second-round pick of the Cardinals is pretty well buried on the Brewers' depth chart, but he could get a look at some point if there are few injuries on the major league roster.
    Yesterday, 8:57 am
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  • Napoli (ankle) back in Sox lineup on Thursday
    Mike Napoli (ankle) is back in the Red Sox lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Twins.

    Advice: Napoli missed several days of Grapefruit League action due to discomfort in his right ankle. The 33-year-old first baseman should be a full-go for Opening Day and still carries considerable fantasy value as a power threat in the middle of Boston's batting order.
    Yesterday, 6:06 am
  • Davis stays hot, homers in loss to Brewers
    Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 9-9 Cactus League tie with the Brewers.

    Advice: Davis knocked in the Athletics' first run in the first inning with a single, then hit a two-run home run to center field off of Jimmy Nelson in the third inning. The Athletics' new first baseman has hit well this spring, owning a .520 average (13-for-25).
    Wednesday, 4:28 pm
  • Red Sox, Giants not making progress on Craig
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that there's "no progress" in a possible Allen Craig trade between the Red Sox and Giants.

    Advice: With the Giants expected to be without Hunter Pence (forearm) for all of April, Peter Gammons recently reported that the club inquired about the availability of Craig. However, the Red Sox didn't want to sell low and the Giants could prefer to just go with Gregor Blanco as a stopgap. Craig had a nightmare 2014, but he was hitting .275/.325/.417 across 40 plate appearances this spring coming into Wednesday's action.
    Wednesday, 12:35 pm
    Player Note
    Allen Craig Bos - 1B,LF,RF
  • 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
  • Cabrera (foot) starting at 1B on Wednesday
    Miguel Cabrera (foot) will start at first base Wednesday.

    Advice: Surprising but encouraging news for Cabrera, who just played in his second Grapefruit League game on Tuesday. The plan calls for him to play about four innings in the field. It's no sure thing yet, but Miggy appears to be on track for Opening Day.
    Wednesday, 7:26 am
  • Jose Abreu blasts first spring homer Tuesday
    Jose Abreu blasted his first Cactus League home run in a losing effort against the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: The reigning American Rookie of the Year launched a solo shot off Jairo Diaz in the fifth inning. While it was his first time leaving the yard, he has been hammering the ball all over the field in Cactus League play, hitting .459 (17-for-37) with seven RBI. He looks like a very strong pick in the opening round of fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 5:37 pm
  • Krauss still dealing with back pain
    Marc Krauss said Tuesday that his back feels "a little better," but that he still has pain.

    Advice: Krauss is currently dealing with back spasms and isn't sure when he'll be ready to return. He's hoping in a couple of days, but it's no sure thing. The 28-year-old is 9-for-18 with a home run this spring as he competes for a bench spot.
    Tuesday, 9:50 am
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  • 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
  • Marc Krauss nursing back spasms
    Marc Krauss is day-to-day with back spasms.

    Advice: Krauss tried to return to action Sunday but showed up to camp Monday with more tightness. The former Astro is 9-for-18 with a homer and five walks in Cactus League play as he tries to win a bench spot, but he obviously needs to get healthy.
    Monday, 5:04 pm
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  • Abreu extends hitting streak to nine games
    Jose Abreu went 1-for-3 with a walk in Monday's 10-1 loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Abreu extended his Cactus League hitting streak to nine games with an eighth-inning single. The slugger has been on fire this spring, now hitting .471 (16-for-34) with two doubles and a triple. He has yet to homer, though.
    Monday, 4:10 pm
  • Ike Davis returns to Cactus League action
    Ike Davis (back) returned to the Athletics lineup and went 1-for-3 on Sunday as the Athletics fell to the Reds in Cactus League play.

    Advice: His lone hit on the afternoon was a single and he also whiffed once. The 28-year-old has been battling back spasms in recent weeks, but the issue isn't expected to hinder his availability for the start of the regular season. He's off to a nice start this spring, slashing .438/.471/.500 in his first 16 at-bats.
    Sunday, 4:40 pm
  • Cabrera beter than 50/50 for Opening Day
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that Miguel Cabrera had a "better than 50/50" to be in the lineup on Opening Day.

    Advice: Cabrera served as the Tigers designated hitter in his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday and came through without any difficulty. Barring any setbacks, he and Victor Martinez should each be in their rightful places in the Tigers lineup when the season opens on April 6.
    Sunday, 2:03 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
  • Miguel Cabrera feels good after running
    Miguel Cabrera (foot) admitted feeling great after hitting and running on Saturday and wants to make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

    Advice: Cabrera is even petitioning manager Brad Ausmus to let him start at first base instead of designated hitter so that his ankle doesn't tighten up on him. It's certainly encouraging news and looks to be a major step in the right direction of Cabrera being in the Tigers lineup on Opening Day.
    Saturday, 12:32 pm
  • Cabrera and Martinez could play on Sunday
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Miguel Cabrera (foot) and Victor Martinez (knee) could both make their Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

    Advice: Ausmus said that it would depend on how they fared running the bases on Saturday. Each of them have remained hopeful that they would be ready for Opening Day, and barring any setbacks both appear on track to do so.
    Saturday, 7:33 am
  • Mike Napoli scratched with sore ankle
    Mike Napoli was scratched from Friday's lineup due to right ankle soreness.

    Advice: Napoli will rest for a couple days but downplayed the injury, saying the Red Sox are just being safe. He should return to Grapefruit League action early next week.
    Friday, 8:48 am
  • 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
  • Frazier homers but Reds fall to the White Sox
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the White Sox.

    Advice: Frazier took David Robertson deep in the sixth inning, helping bring the Reds back to a 5-3 deficit at the time. He's gone deep in back-to-back spring games. On the heels of last year's breakout campaign, in which he hit 29 home runs while stealing 20 bases, Frazier should rank among the game's most valuable third basemen again in 2015.
    Wednesday, 4:27 pm
  • Davis (back) to play Friday
    Ike Davis (back) is expected to play Friday.

    Advice: The plan originally called for Davis to play Wednesday, but they didn't want him traveling for a road game just to get two at-bats. The 27-year-old has been out for a week with lower back spasms.
    Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • 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
  • Davis (back) out of lineup again Wednesday
    Ike Davis (back) is not in Wednesday's Cactus League lineup.

    Advice: Davis has been sidelined for a week with lower back spasms and hoped to return Wednesday as the DH, but he's apparently not ready yet. Perhaps they'll try again Thursday.
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Frazier swats first home as Reds top Tribe
    Todd Frazier swatted his first home run of the Cactus League season as the Reds topped the Indians 4-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He finished the afternoon 1-for-3, raising his spring average to .182. While he's unlikely to repeat the monster fantasy season that he delivered in 2014 (specifically the 20 stolen bases), Frazier remains one of the most well-rounded third baseman in the game and a strong target in the early rounds.
    Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • 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
  • Gammons: Giants inquired on Allen Craig
    Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Giants inquired on Allen Craig, but the Red Sox are "not interested in selling low."

    Advice: Gammons adds that San Francisco is "not actively pursuing" an outfielder at this point but would want a power bat should they change their mind. Hunter Pence (forearm) is likely to miss all of April, but the Giants appear content to use Gregor Blanco as a regular until Pence returns. As for the Red Sox go, it’s hard to blame them for hanging on to Craig for now, as his value is at an all-time low.
    Tuesday, 7:48 pm
    Player Note
    Allen Craig Bos - 1B,LF,RF
  • Miguel Cabrera (foot) takes grounders and BP
    Miguel Cabrera (foot) took batting practice and fielded grounders Tuesday in Tigers camp.

    Advice: These aren't new steps for Cabrera, but they are signs of his continuing progress from October foot and ankle surgery. The hope is that he will be ready by Opening Day, though the Tigers aren't saying when he might make his Grapefruit League debut.
    Tuesday, 1:50 pm
  • Allen Craig hits first home run
    Allen Craig hit his first homer of the spring Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: The opposite-field shot looked like it'd go foul, but it hooked past the pole, getting Craig on the board. He's hitting .292 in 24 at-bats this spring.
    Tuesday, 1:45 pm
    Player Note
    Allen Craig Bos - 1B,LF,RF
  • Davis (back) hopes to DH on Wednesday
    Ike Davis (back) hopes to return to the A's lineup as the designated hitter on Wednesday.

    Advice: Davis has missed a week due to lower back spasms, but he's beginning to feel better. He currently projects to get the majority of at-bats at first base against right-handers this season.
    Tuesday, 9:44 am
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