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  • 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
  • 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
  • Eric Hosmer's two-run blast powers Royals
    Eric Hosmer blasted a two-run homer in the first inning on Friday, powering the Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Mariners in Cactus League play.

    Advice: He victimized opposing starter James Paxton with the towering drive to right field. It was Hosmer's lone hit in three at-bats, striking out in his other two trips. The 25-year-old is having a strong spring, hitting .319 (15-for-47) with three homers and 10 RBI. The former top prospect could be in line for a breakout season in 2015.
    Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • Rendon (knee) does lateral jogging Friday
    Anthony Rendon (knee) did light jogging on Friday with an emphasis on lateral movement.

    Advice: Rendon was testing his left knee as he's attempting to rehab from a minor MCL sprain that has shut him down since March 9. The young infielder has no issues when running straight ahead, but continues to have trouble when moving side to side. He still has his sights set on being a part of the Nationals lineup on Opening Day, and barring any setbacks that goal could be realistic.
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Solarte preparing for super utility role
    Yangervis Solarte has embraced his super utility role with the Padres this spring.

    Advice: He entered camp in a competition with Will Middlebrooks for the team's starting job at third base, but it appears that he'll wind up in a reserve role instead. With the ability to play nearly every position on the field, Solarte should find himself in the lineup on an almost nightly basis.
    Yesterday, 7:09 pm
  • Mark Canha blasts three-run walkoff homer
    Mark Canha blasted a three-run walkoff home run off Phil Klein on Friday, propelling the Athletics to a 7-6 victory over the Rangers in Cactus League play.

    Advice: It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon, but certainly the critical knock in the ballgame. The 26-year-old Rule 5 pick is hitting .267 (16-for-60) with four homers and eight RBI on the spring. He's expected to win a bench spot on the A's Opening Day roster.
    Yesterday, 6:05 pm
  • Chris Gimenez has two hits in loss to A's
    Chris Gimenez went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI as the Rangers fell to the Athletics in Cactus League competition.

    Advice: Gimenez plated a run with an RBI double off R.J. Alvarez in the seventh inning. In camp as a non-roster invitee, he's hitting just .167 in Cactus League play and looks unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster.
    Yesterday, 5:55 pm
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  • Nick Evans has four hits to pace Diamondbacks
    Nick Evans had a strong day at the dish, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored as a split-squad Diamondbacks team topped the Angels 7-2 in Cactus League play.

    Advice: Evans is back in camp with the Diamondbacks after leaving to play in Japan midway through the 2014 season. While he's having a strong spring hitting .333 (8-for-24), he isn't expected to crack the Opening Day roster and will function as organizational depth at Triple-A Reno to begin the year.
    Yesterday, 4:47 pm
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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.
    Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Murphy (hamstring) likely headed for DL stint
    Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Friday that Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

    Advice: "He's running out of time," Collins said. "... We don't have a lot of time. I'm going to talk to Dan tomorrow. We don't have a lot of time to get him ready. I got word of what he did today, and we certainly have to speed it up a little bit. So I'm getting a little concerned he's not going to have enough time." General manager Sandy Alderson expressed a similar sentiment, saying it "would be a little surprising" if Murphy made it back "sooner than roughly Opening Day." Alderson added that Murphy is likely to play in minor league games next week even if plays in games at all. That would allow the Mets to backdate his DL stint, potentially setting him up to miss as few as six games.
    Yesterday, 2:40 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.
    Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Scott Sizemore re-assigned to minors camp
    Marlins re-assigned INF Scott Sizemore to minor league camp.

    Advice: Sizemore had four hits in just 12 spring at-bats. The oft-injured infielder will provide depth at Triple-A.
    Yesterday, 12:30 pm
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  • David Freese (elbow) expected to play Sat.
    David Freese (elbow) is expected to return to action on Saturday.

    Advice: Freese suffered a hyperextended left elbow during a collision in Wednesday's game and is taking a couple days off as a precaution. He's batting .282 with a homer and seven RBI in 14 games this spring.
    Yesterday, 10:53 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.
    Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Nick Swisher (knees) plays in minors game
    Nick Swisher (knees) played in a minor league game Thursday.

    Advice: He was cleared after testing out his surgically-repaired knees with some sliding drills prior to the game. "He slid on the mat," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "He needed to do that. You can't let a guy get in a game without being able to slide because you never know what can happen." Swisher has made nice progress recently but will begin the season on the disabled list.
    Yesterday, 7:48 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • 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.
    Thursday, 5:00 pm
  • 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
  • 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.
    Thursday, 4:27 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.
    Thursday, 2:24 pm
  • Chris Johnson goes 3-for-4, homers
    Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double as the Braves beat the Pirates 7-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: Johnson was without an extra-base hit in 33 at-bats this spring before coming through today. Despite being one of the game's worst regulars last year, he hasn't had to compete for his starting job this spring, mostly because he got that nifty $23.5 million contract extension last May. He'll have some value in NL-only leagues.
    Thursday, 1:35 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.
    Thursday, 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.
    Thursday, 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.
    Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Freese out next few days with elbow injury
    David Freese will be out for the next couple of days with a hyperextended left elbow.

    Advice: Freese suffered the injury Wednesday in a collision. He told reporters that he's not concerned about it affecting his readiness for the Angels' season-opener. The third baseman is 11-for-39 (.282) with a homer and seven RBI in 14 games this spring.
    Thursday, 12:45 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) ran Thursday
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) ran Thursday without issue.

    Advice: He also made it through some light baseball drills on Wednesday. Murphy pulled his hamstring a week ago but seems likely to be fine for the start of the season.
    Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 6:18 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.
    Thursday, 6:06 am
  • David Ortiz (flu) back in Sox lineup Thursday
    David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Ortiz was held out of action for about a week while dealing with flu-related dehydration. The big DH is batting third in his return to Grapefruit League play and he should be 100 percent on Opening Day.
    Thursday, 6:01 am
  • Murphy (hamstring) doing limited activity
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) did limited baseball activities for a second straight day Wednesday and said he's cautiously optimistic about being ready for the season.

    Advice: "Each day is getting better," said Murphy, who pulled his hamstring last Thursday. As long as he continues to make progress, being in the Opening Day lineup is realistic. The Mets are looking at Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno as alternatives for second base if he needs to start the year on the DL.
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • 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
  • Rendon (knee) in doubt for Opening Day
    Anthony Rendon underwent another MRI Tuesday which showed that the MCL in his left knee is healing, but still sprained.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL sprain on March 9 and he's not back to 100 percent yet, as he told James Wagner of the Washington Post that he still felt something in the knee while doing rotational exercises. The Nationals haven't ruled out the possibility completely, but it's increasingly clear that Rendon will not be ready for the start of the season. Those who were considering Rendon as a late first-round or early second-round pick in mixed fantasy leagues might have to think twice.
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ortiz takes BP, runs bases
    David Ortiz (general soreness, flu) took a long round of batting practice on Tuesday and also ran the bases.

    Advice: Ortiz has been out almost a week because of a combination of flu and dehydration, but the Red Sox expect he'll be back in Grapefruit League action later this week. All signs point to him being in the lineup on Opening Day.
    Tuesday, 8:08 am
  • Mets encouraged by Murphy's progress
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that they are getting encouraging signs on Daniel Murphy's hamstring.

    Advice: Murphy pulled his hamstring last Thursday and is expected to be shut down until later this week. It depends on how he progresses, but the Mets haven't ruled him out for Opening Day. Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno are options to fill in at second base if he needs extra time.
    Tuesday, 7:33 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Swisher (knee) did base-running work Sun.
    Nick Swisher (knees) told reporters Monday that his base-running workout Sunday "went great."

    Advice: Swisher ran the bases for the first time without wearing any braces. He is recovering from surgery on both of his knees and is expected to open the 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list. When he's activated, he'll DH and play some right field.
    Monday, 9:14 am
  • Rendon (knee) might not be ready for opener
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Anthony Rendon's left knee remains sore.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL spain on March 9 and it still causes him discomfort when he tries to hit. Opening Day is just two weeks away and Rendon has logged only nine Grapefruit League at-bats. He could begin the season on the disabled list.
    Monday, 6:46 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
  • Hosmer doubles, scores a run in win vs. SF
    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored versus the Giants on Sunday.

    Advice: Hosmer doubled and scored in the fourth inning, helping to break a 0-0 tie. The 25-year-old has had a terrific spring, now batting .353 (12-for-34) with four doubles, two home runs, and eight RBI. The Royals are hoping it is the start of a breakout campaign for the former top prospect.
    Sunday, 3:59 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
  • Rendon (knee) cleared for baseball activities
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Anthony Rendon (knee) has been cleared to do baseball activities.

    Advice: "He'll start to throw. He'll start to run. He'll start to do the things he needs to do ... but with that type of nagging injury, it can stay around a while. The good thing about it is that structurally, he's fine," Williams said. Rendon suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in camp and he's been sidelined for much of spring. Despite the injury, the team is hopeful he'll be ready for Opening Day.
    Sunday, 11:52 am
  • 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
  • Swisher to serve as OF or DH upon return
    Nick Swisher (knees) will primarily play outfield or serve as the team's designated hitter when he returns.

    Advice: Swisher has been a first baseman for the majority of his time with the Indians, but the thinking is that the position would be too hard on his surgically repaired knees. The 34-year-old ran the bases Friday and will run the bases Sunday without knee braces. He's making progress, but Swisher will still likely open the year on the disabled list.
    Sunday, 7:16 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • David Ortiz expected to rest until Thursday
    Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Saturday that David Ortiz would likely be held out of action until Thursday.

    Advice: The veteran slugger has been battling the flu and dehydration, in addition to general soreness. The team maintains that they have no doubt Ortiz will be in the lineup for the regular season opener on April 6.
    Saturday, 12:37 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
  • 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
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) shut down a week
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) will be shut down for at least the next week.

    Advice: Murphy was given an MRI, with the Mets only saying that the second baseman suffered a pulled right hamstring. It's too soon to say whether he might require a stint on the disabled list, but it's certainly a possibility. The Mets don't plan to bring back Dilson Herrera back from minor league camp, which means Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno would be options at second base should Murphy need to go on the DL.
    Friday, 1:55 pm
  • Daniel Murphy undergoes MRI on hamstring
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) underwent an MRI Friday.

    Advice: The results of the exam are not yet available. Murphy was removed from Thursday's game with tightness in his right hamstring, and while he reported improvement Friday, the Mets want to make sure the ailment isn't worse than expected. An update on his status should be available later Friday or Saturday.
    Friday, 12:58 pm
  • 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
  • Rendon (knee) doing weight-bearing exercises
    Anthony Rendon (knee) has been performing weight-bearing exercises.

    Advice: It's not clear when Rendon might be ready for games again, but Nationals manager Matt Williams said Friday that he remains confident the third baseman will be ready for Opening Day. Rendon has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a minor MCL sprain in his left knee.
    Friday, 8:20 am
  • Big Papi (general soreness) out this weekend
    David Ortiz will not play this weekend due to general soreness.

    Advice: Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the soreness is not related to the Achilles issues Big Papi has dealt with in the past. It sounds like it's simply the club doing what it can to keep Ortiz's 39-year-old body as fresh as possible. Ortiz is slated to make $16 million in 2015 and will have an $11 million option for 2016 vest if he reaches 425 plate appearances.
    Friday, 6:45 am
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) day-to-day
    Daniel Murphy reported improvement with his tight right hamstring on Friday.

    Advice: Murphy was lifted from Thursday's game with the ailment. He's considered day-to-day, but the Mets will surely play it cautiously with him so he doesn't have a setback prior to Opening Day.
    Friday, 6:07 am
  • 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
  • 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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  • Daniel Murphy leaves game with tight hammy
    Daniel Murphy was lifted from a Grapefruit League game Thursday due to right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Murphy singled up the middle and came around to score in the top of the first inning, but he didn't take the field in the bottom half. As long as it's not a hamstring strain, the second baseman should be fine for the beginning of the regular season. Expect updates on Murphy throughout the weekend.
    Thursday, 10:29 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
  • 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
  • Ortiz (dehydration) out for a couple of days
    David Ortiz will miss his second straight game Wednesday due to dehydration.

    Advice: Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that it's possible Ortiz could miss another couple of days. Still, it's not a big deal.
    Wednesday, 6:46 am
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