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  • Alex Rodriguez to debut at first base Sunday
    Alex Rodriguez will make his Grapefruit League debut at first base on Sunday against the Astros.

    Advice: Rodriguez has been working at the position this spring in an effort to increase his versatility, though it's very unlikely that he'll see much time there during the regular season. The 39-year-old is having himself a fine spring, slashing .290/.389/.516 with a pair of homers and three RBI in 31 at-bats.
    Today, 3:18 pm
  • Alberto Callaspo reaches three times
    Alberto Callaspo went 2-for-2 with a walk Friday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: It's almost certainly too late for Callaspo to salvage the starting job at second base that was practically handed to him when he signed a $3 million contract in December. Still, he'll have a spot on Atlanta's roster, and he's probably more valuable off the bench anyway. Maybe he'll eventually get a chance to start at third if Chris Johnson plays as badly as he did last year.
    Today, 1:26 pm
  • Jace Peterson in line to win Braves' 2B job
    Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Jace Peterson "is in line to play second base" for the Braves.

    Advice: Alberto Callaspo has played better recently, but Peterson has looked better all spring and appears poised to wrestle the second base job away from the veteran. The news potentially has notable consequence in fantasy leagues, as Peterson stole 148 bases in 389 games in the minors and has hit over .300 there over the last two seasons. He's a deep league middle infield target.
    Today, 6:12 am
  • Hale reiterates Tomas could start in minors
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale reiterated on Thursday that Yasmany Tomas could begin the season in the minors.

    Advice: "Yeah, there's a definite chance," Hale said. "It's going to come down to us all sitting down and everybody talking about what's best for the major league team." It's well known that Tomas has had issues at third base, but he's also been inconsistent at the plate and the D'Backs may choose to ease the pressure on him by putting him at Triple-A to begin the year. Hale added that the club hasn't moved Tomas off of third base yet and said that the Cuban defector could wind up playing both third and left field, whether that's in the majors or minors.
    Yesterday, 4:27 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
  • Steve Tolleson hits three-run homer
    Steve Tolleson hit a three-run homer off Ken Giles to lead the Jays past the Phillies 4-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: With Devon Travis looking probable for the second base job, it'll probably be between Tolleson and Ryan Goins for a utility gig, with Tolleson having the advantage of being out of options. Tolleson is hitting .259/.310/.556 in 27 at-bats this spring.
    Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • Evan Longoria hits second homer
    Evan Longoria hit his second homer Thursday as part of the Rays' 6-5 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Longoria is batting .286 this spring, though it comes with a 12/1 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats. Most likely, he'll experience at least a modest resurgence in 2015. Still, we wouldn't pay the price to get him in fantasy leagues. Part of the reason is that the Rays figure to be so poor offensively around him.
    Yesterday, 2:11 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
  • Asche out Thursday with back tightness
    Cody Asche has been scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to back tightness.

    Advice: Asche felt the discomfort during pre-game stretching. It doesn't sound like anything to be concerned about. The 24-year-old will open the 2015 season as the Phillies' starting third baseman, though top prospect Maikel Franco is hot on his tail. Asche could eventually move to the outfield.
    Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Red Sox option Cecchini, others to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned INF Garin Cecchini, OF Bryce Brentz, and RHPs Heath Hembree and Zeke Spruill to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: No real surprises here. Cecchini will try to rebuild his prospect stock in 2015 after batting just .263/.341/.371 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases in 114 games last season at the Triple-A level. He could be trade bait this summer now that Pablo Sandoval is locked in at third base in Boston.
    Yesterday, 6:18 am
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  • Culberson (back) plays in minor league game
    Charlie Culberson (back) played in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Culberson hasn't played in the Cactus League since March 8 due to a bulging disk in his back, but he got in four innings in the minors game. Culberson played defense and batted in the game. His extended absence has hurt his chances of breaking camp with the club.
    Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • Descalso (oblique) plays in minor league game
    Daniel Descalso (oblique) played in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Descalso was set to play four innings defensively and bat each inning in a minors game. The infielder suffered a strained right oblique roughly 10 days prior. With another 10 days or so left in camp Descalso still has time to get into shape before the start of the season.
    Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Cashman: A-Rod showing he can be regular DH
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Alex Rodriguez has shown that he can be the team's regular designated hitter this season.

    Advice: After his year-long PED suspension, Rodriguez is batting .286/.394/.536 with two home runs, a double, and 5/5 K/BB across 33 plate appearances this spring. Most importantly, he has looked healthy. Rodriguez turns 40 later this year and is playing on two surgically-repaired hips, so who knows if he'll hold up for a full season, but he's suddenly an interesting late-round flier in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Schoop having wisdom teeth removed
    Jonathan Schoop is unavailable Wednesday because he's having wisdom teeth removed.

    Advice: The Orioles might give him a couple of days of rest, but he should be back to normal soon. The 23-year-old batted .209/.244/.354 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI across 137 games last season and should at least have a share of the starting second base job this season.
    Wednesday, 8:06 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
  • Kris Bryant launches ninth spring homer Tues.
    Kris Bryant launched his ninth home run of the Cactus League season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bryant's towering solo shot came off A's starter Drew Pomeranz in the third inning. It was his lone hit in three at-bats on the afternoon, painfully lowering his spring average to .464 (13-for-28). He has a Cactus League-leading nine homers to go along with 15 RBI. Bryant is going to be sent to Triple-A Iowa when camp breaks, but he'll get the callup about two weeks in and could be a fantasy monster out of the gate.
    Tuesday, 6:13 pm
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  • White Sox option Garcia to Triple-A
    White Sox optioned INF Leury Garcia to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: The White Sox have a host of better options for second base and their bench, so Garcia was squeezed out of a roster spot. The 24-year-old owns an ugly .179/.215/.215 batting line across 266 plate appearances in the majors.
    Tuesday, 11:38 am
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    Leury García CWS - 2B,3B,CF
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  • Tomas finally has a big game vs. the Dodgers
    Yasmany Tomas had a big game on Monday against the Dodgers, finishing 3-for-3 with a three-run home run.

    Advice: Tomas took Chin-hui Tsao out to center field with a pair of runners on base in the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4. It's been a rough spring for Tomas. Entering the afternoon, he was batting a meager .214 (9-for-42) with one home run and four RBI. The Diamondbacks are obviously hoping Tomas can catch fire before the start of the season.
    Monday, 4:10 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
  • Cubs to get Kris Bryany work in the outfield
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that Kris Bryant would see work in the outfield before the end of spring camp.

    Advice: The plan is for Bryant to do defensive drills with the outfielders on Tuesday and should see some game action out there before the spring is through. The young slugger is setting the Cactus League on fire with eight homers and 14 RBI to date, and could be forcing his way into the Cubs' Opening Day lineup.
    Sunday, 1:52 pm
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  • Peterson fighting infection on right pinkie
    Jace Peterson is fighting an infection in his right pinkie finger.

    Advice: Peterson had it stepped on a few days ago, but the second baseman said the injury isn't serious. Peterson is the heavy favorite to win the Braves' starting job at the keystone. Peterson was one of the prospects acquired in the Justin Upton trade this winter.
    Sunday, 7:25 am
  • Bryant hits two more homers in a slugfest
    Kris Bryant hit his seventh and eighth home runs of the spring, finishing 2-for-2 with a walk Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Bryant swatted a two-run home run off of Felix Hernandez in the first inning, then went yard against Kevin Correia for a three-run blast in the fourth. The uber-prospect has eight official Cactus League home runs (plus another one in a B-game) along with 14 RBI and a .480 average (12-for-25). Bryant may be forcing the Cubs' hand with his hot spring, as the club intended to have him start the season at Triple-A.
    Saturday, 4:42 pm
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  • 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
  • Alex Rodriguez hits second spring homer
    Alex Rodriguez homered off Bruce Rondon in the Yankees' 11-2 drubbing of the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Getting around on a Rondon fastball -- even if it wasn't quite all of the way around (it was an opposite field homer) -- is the most impressive feat of the spring so far for A-Rod. His bat seemed slow at times in his early plate appearances, so making contact against a guy throwing in the high-90s is a good sign.
    Friday, 2:21 pm
  • Cody Asche hits second homer
    Cody Asche hit his second homer of the spring Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: With Maikel Franco struggling, Asche appears set to have third base all to himself once the season starts. He got off to a slow start last season, but he was adequate from May onward. We're not expecting a real breakthrough this year, but... well, adequacy isn't such a bad thing.
    Friday, 1:35 pm
  • Tomas could split time between 3B, OF
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Thursday that Yasmany Tomas could split time between third base and the outfield if he makes the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: The news is interesting on two fronts, as it's the first time Hale has raised the possibility of Tomas rotating between positions and also that he might not make the team. Tomas is batting .243/.282/.432 with one homer in 39 plate appearances this spring and has been brutal defensively at third base. It's hard to imagine him not cracking the roster given his $68.5 million contract, but the fact that Hale considers it a possibility suggests that they're not happy with how Tomas has looked.
    Thursday, 6:35 pm
  • Kris Bryant tests out shoulder Thursday
    Kris Bryant tested out his shoulder with some throws Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: Bryant homered in a "B" game Thursday while serving as the designated hitter and could return to third base soon. He's had six longballs this spring (not including Thursday's unofficial bomb" but remains likely to begin the season at Triple-A so the Cubs can gain an extra year of control.
    Thursday, 5:25 pm
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  • Garin Cecchini goes 3-for-3
    Garin Cecchini singled in all three of his at-bats against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Advice: Cecchini would have been pretty interesting competing with Will Middlebrooks and Brock Holt for a starting job had the Red Sox failed to sign Pablo Sandoval. As is, he's certain to give Triple-A another go. The Red Sox could give him some outfield time in the minors, but it doesn't seem likely that they'll have a need for him there, either.
    Thursday, 2:20 pm
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  • 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
  • Evan Longoria hits first homer of spring
    Evan Longoria went 2-for-3 and hit his first homer of the spring Wednesday versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The homer came off Mark Buehrle. Longoria is off to an 8-for-22 start.
    Wednesday, 1:53 pm
  • Steve Tolleson hits two-run homer
    Steve Tolleson went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Tolleson would seem to be a big beneficiary of Ramon Santiago's broken collarbone, but even so, his chances of winning a utility job might hinge on Maicer Izturis being named the starter at second base. Izturis is going to be on the roster either way, but Ryan Goins and Devon Travis can both be sent down if they don't start at second base.
    Wednesday, 1:48 pm
  • Jonathan Schoop hits second spring homer
    Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer off Ervin Santana as part of the Orioles' 3-2 win over a Twins split-squad on Wednesday.

    Advice: Schoop is hitting .207/.207/.483 with two homers and nine strikeouts in 29 at-bats. With neither Everth Cabrera nor Ryan Flaherty stepping up, he remains the clear favorite to start at second base for Baltimore. The on-base skills aren't there, but he has power and defense working in his favor.
    Wednesday, 1:42 pm
  • Bryant (shoulder) to DH in B-game Thursday
    Kris Bryant (shoulder) is now expected to serve as the designated hitter in a B-game on Thursday.

    Advice: The hope was that Bryant would be ready to play third base on Thursday, but the Cubs don't want him to rush things with his fatigued right shoulder. It will continue to be a day-to-day situation. Despite the vocal sparring between Bryant's agent, Scott Boras, and Cubs president Theo Epstein, the top prospect appears likely to begin the season in the minors, with a possible MLB debut by the end of April.
    Wednesday, 12:31 pm
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  • 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
  • Culberson nursing back injury
    Charlie Culberson hasn’t played since March 8 due to a back injury.

    Advice: "We know how difficult backs can be, so I'm sure he'll have a different routine every day than he's had in the past just to stay out in front of this thing," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. It’s not clear when Culberson might be ready to return to game action. He’s not expected to make the Opening Day roster.
    Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Tomas to start at 3B on Wednesday
    Yosmany Tomas will start at third base during Wednesday’s Cactus League game.

    Advice: He started in right field Monday (and didn’t have a ball hit to him), but it appears the Diamondbacks aren’t ready to give up on Tomas as a third baseman just yet. The Cuban defector has been brutal at the hot corner this spring and surely isn’t long for the position even if he winds up there on Opening Day. Jake Lamb would take over at third base if the D’Backs move Tomas to the outfield.
    Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • Peterson favorite to start at 2B for Braves?
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that he plans to play Jace Peterson alongside Andrelton Simmons in the middle infield "as much as I can" this spring.

    Advice: With Alberto Callaspo out of shape and struggling, Peterson has "put himself in a favorable position" to win the second base job, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I’m going to try to play those guys (Peterson and Simmons) as much as I can, and we will," Gonzalez said. "They’ll get plenty of reps (repetitions) between the games and practice and fungoes. They’ll be fine." Peterson struggled in his brief time with the Padres last season but is a career .287/.381/.411 hitter in the minors and has piled up gaudy stolen base totals. He makes for a fine late-round target in fantasy leagues for those looking for some cheap speed.
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • 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
  • A-Rod might not get work at 1B after all
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated Tuesday that Alex Rodriguez might not get work at first base this spring after all.

    Advice: The original plan called for Rodriguez to get a look this spring as a potential backup option at first base, but Girardi said Tuesday that he's "not sure" if he'll do it. He also noted that he already has Garrett Jones as a backup for Mark Teixera. If that's the case, A-Rod will get most of his at-bats as DH and some occasional looks at third base.
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • Bryant making progress with shoulder
    Kris Bryant threw Tuesday to test his right shoulder.

    Advice: Bryant is dealing with some fatigue in his throwing shoulder, which has prevented him from playing third base in recent days. However, he insists that it's not a major concern and that he would be playing if it was the regular season. "Changing the arm angle is not good for you, so I’m focusing on repeating the motion, just like a pitcher would," he said. "If this was the season, I would definitely be playing through it." The hope is that Bryant could be ready to return to third base on Thursday.
    Tuesday, 12:17 pm
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  • Bryant should return to 3B later this week
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Kris Bryant (shoulder) should return to third base on Thursday or Friday.

    Advice: Bryant has been bothered by a bit of shoulder fatigue in recent days, but it's not a major concern. The 23-year-old has been tearing it up in Cactus League action, but he still appears likely to spent the first couple of weeks in the minors to delay his service time.
    Tuesday, 10:07 am
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  • Bryant not in Tuesday's lineup
    Kris Bryant is not in Tuesday's lineup.

    Advice: The belief is that the Cubs just want to give Bryant's shoulder a rest. Of course, it hasn't impacted him at the plate so far this spring, as the top prospect is batting .435 (10-for-23) with six homers and a 1.804 OPS across nine games.
    Tuesday, 8:11 am
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