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  • Hoes headed for X-rays on right hand, wrist
    L.J. Hoes will have X-rays taken of his right hand and wrist after being hit by a pitch Saturday.

    Advice: Hoes was hit by Marlins reliever Aaron Crow in the eighth inning of Saturday's Grapefruit League game. The outfielder had his hand and wrist wrapped after the game, saying it "hurts pretty bad." More will be known after the tests, but it certainly doesn't look good for the outfielder trying to win a bench job with the Astros.
    Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Guerrero hits one homer, nearly two, vs. LAA
    Alex Guerrero singled and hit a solo home run in four trips to the plate in Saturday's Cactus League game with the Angels.

    Advice: Guerrero might've had two if Mike Trout had not robbed him of a blast to center field in the first inning. He succeeded in taking Matt Shoemaker deep in the third inning, again to center field. The 28-year-old has impressed this spring, hitting .368 (14-for-38) with three home runs and eight RBI. Guerrero, who made his major league debut last season, will eventually succeed Juan Uribe at third base.
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Braun drives in a pair in loss to Indians
    Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Braun slammed an RBI double in the first inning and singled in a run in the fifth. After a slow start to spring, the outfielder is now hitting .323 with six RBI. More importantly, his thumb seems to be holding up thus far. When healthy, Braun is one of the premier hitters in the game.
    Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Pederson homers again as Dodgers top Halos
    Joc Pederson hit a two-run home run, his only success in three at-bats, facing the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: Pederson got the scoring started with a two-run home run in the second inning against Matt Shoemaker. That's five spring blasts for the 22-year-old, who has just about wrapped up the competition for the starting center field job. He's currently holding a .373 average (19-for-51) with 11 RBI.
    Yesterday, 4:16 pm
  • Boesch doubles, homers as Reds top the Cubs
    Brennan Boesch contributed a two-run double and a solo home run over four at-bats in Saturday's 9-5 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Boesch, starting in center field, doubled in the Reds' second and third runs in their four-run first inning, then added a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 9-5. Boesch has been superb for the Reds this spring, batting .383 (18-for-47) with four home runs and 13 RBI. He will very likely break camp with the Reds on the 25-man roster as part of the bench.
    Yesterday, 4:11 pm
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  • Fowler hits first homer but Cubs fall to Reds
    Dexter Fowler hit his first Cactus League home run on Saturday, finishing 2-for-4 against the Reds.

    Advice: Fowler hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning off of Ben Klimesh, bringing the Cubs within five runs at 8-3. It's been a bit of a slow spring for Fowler, as he's hitting just .237 (9-for-38). The Cubs hope the 29-year-old will be able to reach double digits in both home runs and stolen bases this season as he did in 2012 and '13 with the Rockies.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Dickerson leaves with lower back tightness
    Corey Dickerson left Saturday's Cactus League game with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Dickerson exited after the third inning but said it was mostly a precautionary move. It's not something to be too concerned about, and he should be back in action soon.
    Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • Saunders (knee) hopes to start running soon
    Michael Saunders (knee) said he hopes to start light running exercises in the next few days.

    Advice: Saunders has been hitting in minor league games in recent days, but he's yet to run the bases. The outfielder is recovering from February knee surgery and, while he won't be ready for the season, Saunders could return by mid-April if all goes well.
    Yesterday, 2:11 pm
  • Curtis Granderson hits three-run homer
    Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer off the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg on Saturday.

    Advice: Granderson was back in the two hole today after leading off last time out. That he'll be in one of those two spots to begin the season gives his fantasy value a boost; it'll cost him RBI, but the extra at-bats and runs scored outweigh that.
    Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Gregory Polanco homers to lead Pirates
    Gregory Polanco homered off Randy Wolf as the Pirates beat a Blue Jays split-squad 8-3 on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot. Polanco also homered Friday against the Twins. Prior to yesterday, he had one extra-base hit in 37 at-bats for the spring.
    Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Nate Schierholtz granted release from Rangers
    Rangers released OF Nate Schierholtz.

    Advice: The club had signed the outfielder to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training, but he was told he would make the club Saturday and asked for his release. He's now a free agent and will attempt to catch on somewhere else.
    Yesterday, 1:29 pm
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  • Alejandro De Aza hits three-run homer
    Alejandro De Aza had a three-run homer and a sac fly as the Orioles trounced the Yankees 10-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: De Aza has hit in four straight games after opening the spring 2-for-21. He'll be the Orioles' left fielder and leadoff man against right-handed pitchers this year. How much he plays against lefties will probably hinge on his overall performance.
    Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Schierholtz informed he won't make Rangers
    Nate Shierholtz was informed Saturday that he would not make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: He would've stood to make $1.75 million if he made the team. It's unclear if he'll ask for his release and look for a job elsewhere, or if he'll accept an assignment to the minor leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:30 am
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  • Crisp (elbow) likely to return on Tuesday
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Coco Crisp (elbow) is expected to return to game action on Tuesday.

    Advice: Barring any further setbacks, Melvin believes that the oft-injured outfielder will be ready to go on Opening Day. He always carries substantial injury risk, but hitting atop the A's lineup his combination of power and speed should provide ample fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Span (abdomen) throws successful long toss
    Denard Span (abdomen) threw a successful long toss session on Saturday with distances up to 150 feet.

    Advice: Span continues to progress nicely in his recovery from core muscle surgery, but still isn't quite ready for game action. He isn't expected to rejoin the Nationals lineup until the end of April.
    Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • Shane Robinson will make Twins roster
    Twins manager Paul Molitor indicated Saturday that Shane Robinson will make the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Robinson is expected to platoon in center field with Jordan Schafer to begin the season. The 30-year-old is a career .231/.303/.308 hitter in 402 big league at-bats, so his fantasy value is minimal outside of the deepest AL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 7:41 am
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  • Danny Santana officially named shortstop
    Twins manager Paul Molitor officially named Danny Santana as his starting shortstop on Saturday.

    Advice: It comes as no surprise, but it is now official. The 24-year-old has had a very strong spring, hitting .341/.356/.455 with two homers, though his 9/1 K/BB ratio is concerning for a player who could hit out of the leadoff slot.
    Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • Werth to play defense only in minors game
    Jayson Werth is scheduled to play defense only in a minor league contest on Saturday.

    Advice: Werth is still experiencing some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he's hitting, so he'll get his work in without stepping to the plate. At this point, it seems doubtful that he'll be in the Nationals starting lineup on Opening Day, but should be ready in early April.
    Yesterday, 7:17 am
  • Zimmerman (shoulder) likely to miss 2-3 days
    Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be sidelined for the next 2-3 days after jamming his left shoulder on a diving play in Friday's Grapefruit League contest.

    Advice: The Nationals don't believe that the injury is serious and do not have an MRI scheduled. Zimmerman remains fully confident that he will be in the team's lineup on Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 6:12 am
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  • Mets reassign Alex Castellanos to minors camp
    Mets reassigned INF/OF Alex Castellanos and RHP Chase Bradford to minor league camp.

    Advice: The 28-year-old was in camp competing for a spot on the Mets bench, but struggled to the tune of .222/.263/.472 with one homer, four RBI and a 12/1 K/BB ratio in 36 at-bats. He'll function as organizational depth at Triple-A for the time being.
    Yesterday, 6:06 am
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  • 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.
    Friday, 10:36 pm
  • Gregory Polanco homers, doubles
    Gregory Polanco, who had just one extra-base hit in 37 at-bats this spring, homered and doubled Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: That's better. The Pirates' faith in Polanco hasn't seemed to wane, and it still appears that the plan is to hit him second ahead of Andrew McCutchen. It's a great spot for his fantasy value, if he can hold on to it.
    Friday, 2:18 pm
  • 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.
    Friday, 2:14 pm
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  • Dalton Pompey goes 2-for-2, homers
    Dalton Pompey went 2-for-2 and hit his first homer Friday as the Blue Jays beat the Tigers 4-1 in a rain shortened game.

    Advice: The game was called in the bottom of the fifth. Pompey has done everything he's needed to in order to secure a starting job by batting .347 this spring and playing fine defense throughout the outfield. It'd be quite a surprise if he's not starting in center on Opening Day.
    Friday, 1:12 pm
  • Nolan Reimold homers, doubles
    Nolan Reimold homered and doubled in his two at-bats before Friday's Orioles-Rays game was called due to rain.

    Advice: The Orioles were up 4-3 in the fourth when the game ended. Since it's not official, stats from the game won't count. That's too bad for Reimold, who needs every hit he can muster to force the Orioles to free up a roster spot for him. They probably can't carry all three of him, Delmon Young and David Lough as bench players. Including today, Reimold is batting .353 with two homers and a 5/6 K/BB ratio in 34 at-bats.
    Friday, 1:01 pm
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  • Kole Calhoun (triceps) expected back Sat.
    Kole Calhoun (triceps) is expected back in the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Calhoun is sitting Friday after having to leave Thursday's game following a hit by pitch in his right triceps. The Angels are just being careful, though, as the outfielder is fine.
    Friday, 10:52 am
  • Denard Span (abdomen) to take light swings
    Denard Span (abdomen) will take light swings with a fungo bat on Friday.

    Advice: Span also ran sprints on Friday and has been playing catch for over a week. The outfielder is coming along nicely from core muscle surgery but isn't close to game action and is still expected to miss the first few weeks of the season.
    Friday, 8:53 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.
    Friday, 7:48 am
  • Kole Calhoun (triceps) could play Friday
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia hopes that Kole Calhoun (triceps) will be able to return to action on Friday.

    Advice: Calhoun had to exit Thursday's contest after being hit in the right triceps with a pitch, but he was diagnosed only with a bruise and will be fine. The outfielder is batting .293 during Cactus League play.
    Thursday, 7:15 pm
  • Kole Calhoun departs with bruised triceps
    Kole Calhoun has been diagnosed with a bruised right triceps.

    Advice: Calhoun suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch during Thursday's game versus the Cubs. He initially remained in the game, suggesting his removal was merely precautionary. Until we hear otherwise, it's probably safe to assume this is just a day-to-day situation.
    Thursday, 5:19 pm
  • Kole Calhoun exits with apparent injury
    Kole Calhoun left Thursday's game against the Cubs with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Calhoun was hit by a pitch in the right shoulder and also slid hard into second base in the game. It's not clear at this point which incident caused him to leave or if it might be a bit of both. The Angels should update his status shortly.
    Thursday, 4:33 pm
  • Crisp (elbow) could return to action Saturday
    Coco Crisp (elbow) could return to game action on Saturday.

    Advice: The cortisone injection he was given Tuesday for his sore right elbow must have worked, as Crisp unexpectedly did some workouts prior to Thursday's contest and could be back in the lineup Saturday. The A's are moving Crisp to left field this season in hopes of keeping him on the field, but he'll remain a health risk no matter where he plays.
    Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • Werth still experiencing soreness in shoulder
    Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Jayson Werth still experiences some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he tries to hit.

    Advice: "You do run out of time," Williams responded when asked whether Werth will be ready for Opening Day. The veteran outfielder still hasn't been cleared for full-on live batting practice and seems highly doubtful to be active on April 6. Nate McLouth is also at risk of missing the opener due to a shoulder injury, so it could be Tyler Moore in left field for the Nats.
    Thursday, 11:45 am
  • Saunders (knee) will not be ready for opener
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has acknowledged Michael Saunders (knee) won't be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: It's impressive that Saunders even made it close after undergoing surgery in late February on his left knee. He should be ready to rock by the middle of April and carries fantasy sleeper potential as the primary left fielder on what should be a potent Blue Jays squad. The 28-year-old hit .273 with eight homers and a .791 OPS in 78 games last season for the Mariners.
    Thursday, 6:41 am
  • Braun collects three hits in win over the A's
    Ryan Braun finished 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Wednesday's Cactus League game versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Braun is now on a five-game spring hitting streak. Wednesday's performance helped lift his average to .280 (7-for-25). Two of those seven hits are solo homers. Braun had battled a thumb injury over the last two seasons but it appears to be a non-issue now.
    Wednesday, 4:28 pm
  • Pederson goes 1-for-3 with a homer vs. Padres
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Pederson lifted a solo homer off of Jason Lane in the fourth for his fourth Cactus League homer. The 22-year-old has been on fire all spring as he's now batting .409 (18-for-44) with nine RBI and two stolen bases.
    Wednesday, 3:53 pm
  • Nolan Reimold hitting well this spring
    Nolan Reimold went 2-for-2 on Wednesday and is batting .333 with a homer and six walks in 30 at-bats.

    Advice: ESPN's Jayson Stark noted yesterday that Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Reimold might be their year's Steve Pearce. Of course, it's injuries that have held Reimold back, and he's not as athletic as he once was. He still might be a nice player in a part-time role, but most likely, he'll have to go to Triple-A for the first month or two and wait for a job to open up.
    Wednesday, 2:47 pm
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  • Collins undecided on leadoff spot
    Mets manager Terry Collins is still deciding between Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares for the leadoff spot.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Puma hears that the team's statistical analysis says Granderson should be the leadoff man. And it's hard to disagree from a pure baseball perspective, as Lagares has yet to show the ability to get on base consistently. Still, Lagares would be a heck of a lot more interesting from a fantasy perspective if he's the leadoff man.
    Wednesday, 10:43 am
  • Calhoun (hand) back in Wednesday's lineup
    Kole Calhoun (hand) is back in Wednesday's Cactus League lineup.

    Advice: Calhoun exited Monday's Cactus League game with pain in his right hand, but it turned out to just be a minor scare. The 27-year-old batted .272/.325/.450 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI, five stolen bases, and 90 runs scored across 127 games last season and should continue to hold significant fantasy value in 2015.
    Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • Werth (shoulder) plays in minor league game
    Jayson Werth (shoulder) took batting practice and played five innings in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: The Nationals will likely continue to keep him on the minor league side if they need to backdate a potential stint on the disabled list. Werth is still a possibility for Opening Day, but even if he misses it, it sounds like he'll be ready in the early part of the season.
    Wednesday, 8:21 am
  • Coco Crisp (wrist) receives cortisone shot
    Coco Crisp is expected to be sidelined for several days after a receiving a cortisone shot in his wrist on Tuesday.

    Advice: The oft-injured outfielder has been battling a sore triceps for the past several weeks, with the wrist ailment just the latest in a serious of problems. The A's are going to take every possible precaution to ensure that he remains healthy. Expect him to return to game action at the end of the week.
    Tuesday, 5:14 pm
  • Crisp scratched Tuesday with elbow soreness
    Coco Crisp was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League lineup due to soreness in his throwing arm.

    Advice: The Athletics have been extra cautious with Crisp this spring, who deal with a sore triceps earlier this month, so they aren't going to take any chances this close to the season. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Tuesday, 12:24 pm
  • Calhoun (hand) won't hit Tuesday
    Kole Calhoun (hand) will not hit Tuesday.

    Advice: Calhoun exited Monday's Cactus League game with pain in his right hand, but he felt improvement a few minutes later and is expected to be fine. He should be back in the starting lineup in the next day or so.
    Tuesday, 9:46 am
  • Saunders (knee) to play in minors game
    Michael Saunders (knee) will get some at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: Saunders, who had knee surgery in late February, returned to action in a minor league game last Thursday. The original expectation was that he would miss the start of the season, but he's way ahead of schedule. He makes for a nice late-round flier in mixed fantasy league drafts.
    Tuesday, 8:48 am
  • Crisp hitless as Athletics fall to the Tribe
    Coco Crisp went 0-for-3 as the Athletics were stomped 10-1 by the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: Crisp has had 0-for-3 performances in back-to-back games. He's been slowed this spring by a sore triceps. The speedy outfielder is carrying a lackluster .133 average over 15 at-bats so far.
    Monday, 4:17 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
  • Braun homers again as Brewers top White Sox
    Ryan Braun connected on his second Cactus League home run on Sunday as the Brewers topped the White Sox.

    Advice: Braun deposited a Jeff Samardzija offering over the wall in center field for a solo shot in the fifth inning. He's still hitting just .167 (3-for-18), but it's a good sign that he homered twice over the weekend.
    Mar 22, 6:41 pm
  • Alex Guerrero swipes base in loss to Indians
    Alex Guerrero went 1-for-3 with a stolen base as the Dodgers fell to the Indians in Cactus League play on Sunday.

    Advice: More importantly than his performance though, is that he capably handled third base defensively and is proving that he could be an option for the Dodgers at that position. While they are currently entrusting the hot corner to 36-year-old Juan Uribe, Guerrero could wind up being a better option. He's having a terrific spring, hitting .344/.364/.531 with a pair of homers and seven RBI in 32 at-bats.
    Mar 22, 6:16 pm
  • Dickerson homers as Rockies blank D'Backs
    Corey Dickerson doubled and hit a solo home run in Sunday's Cactus League game versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Dickerson swatted a home run off of Brad Ziegler in the fifth inning, padding the Rockies' lead to 6-0. It was his first of the spring. The 25-year-old was terrific in 478 plate appearances for the Rockies last season, batting .312/.364/.567 with 24 home runs, 76 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
    Mar 22, 4:36 pm
  • Danny Santana goes 4-for-5 in Twins' win
    Danny Santana singled four times from the leadoff spot as the Twins topped the Marlins 5-3 on Sunday.

    Advice: Santana is hitting .394. Twins manager Paul Molitor said before the game that there haven't been any thoughts of moving Santana back to the outfield, even though fallback shortstop Eduardo Escobar has been more impressive than projected center fielder Aaron Hicks. The Twins figure to keep Santana at shortstop for at least the first couple of months of the regular season before reevaluating their plans.
    Mar 22, 1:27 pm
  • Werth (shoulder) could take at-bats Wednesday
    Jayson Werth (shoulder) could take at-bats by Wednesday or Thursday.

    Advice: Werth has been playing defense in minor league games in recent days, and hitting is the next step in his recovery. There's still no timetable for Werth to get into Grapefruit League action. Being ready for Opening Day could be a stretch, but he shouldn't be too far behind, if at all.
    Mar 22, 8:18 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.
    Mar 22, 7:16 am
  • 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.
    Mar 21, 4:19 pm
  • Pederson singles, walks, steals base in a win
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-2 with a walk, a single, and a stolen base in Saturday's 11-3 exhibition win against the Rangers.

    Advice: Pederson's fantastic spring continues. He entered Saturday's action batting .471 (16-for-34) with three home runs. The talented 22-year-old, who made his big league debut last season, looks poised to roam center field every day for the Dodgers.
    Mar 21, 2:12 pm
  • Castellanos day to day with right foot bruise
    Alex Castellanos is day-to-day with a bruised right foot.

    Advice: The outfielder left Saturday's Grapefruit League game after rolling his ankle in a collision at first base. It doesn't seem to be serious, and it likely won't cost him too much time. The non-roster invite likely won't break camp with the club regardless.
    Mar 21, 1:52 pm
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  • Alex Castellanos departs with apparent injury
    Alex Castellanos was forced to leave Saturday's Grapefruit League game with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Castellanos was involved in a collision at first base as he reached into the runner's path on an errant throw from the catcher. It appeared to have been an issue with his right ankle, but the Mets should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Mar 21, 12:23 pm
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  • Joc Pederson belts third homer as Dodgers win
    Joc Pederson belted his third home run of the Cactus League season as the Dodgers topped the Rangers 11-6 on Friday.

    Advice: He finished the night 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI and is now hitting a robust .471/.500/.853 with three homers and eight RBI on the spring. He's in line to be the Dodgers everyday center fielder this season and with his impressive blend of power and speed, he has been a very popular commodity in fantasy drafts.
    Mar 21, 11:35 am
  • Ryan Braun blasts first spring homer Friday
    Ryan Braun blasted his first Cactus League home run on Friday as the Brewers topped the Diamondbacks 5-3.

    Advice: His solo shot came courtesy of Diamondbacks left-hander Vidal Nuno. Braun finished the afternoon 1-for-1 plus a pair of walks and he scored two runs. He's hitting just .133 in early spring play, though the important thing to take away is that his thumb appears to be fully healthy.
    Mar 21, 10:52 am
  • 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.
    Mar 20, 12:53 pm
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  • Calhoun goes 3-for-4 in a tie with Dodgers
    Kole Calhoun went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Thursday's 7-7 tie with the Dodgers.

    Advice: Calhoun singled in a run in the sixth inning to bring the Angels back to within 6-5 at the time. He is now hitting .357 (10-for-28) on the spring, though he's yet to register an extra-base hit. The 27-year-old was productive last season, batting .272/.325/.450 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI. He'll again get regular action in right field for the Halos.
    Mar 19, 4:53 pm
  • Dalton Pompey goes 2-for-3, steals base
    Dalton Pompey went 2-for-3 with a steal and two runs scored against the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Pompey is batting .303 with a couple of steals in 33 at-bats. He remains the favorite to serve as the Blue Jays' center fielder, and his stolen base potential could make him an asset in fantasy leagues, even though he'll be hitting at the bottom of the order.
    Mar 19, 2:22 pm
  • Curtis Granderson hits second homer
    Curtis Granderson hit his second homer and walked Thursday versus the Astros.

    Advice: Entering spring training, we were assuming the Mets would bat David Murphy in the two hole and Granderson sixth. That still might be the best bet (they both his second with the Mets playing split-squad games today), but Granderson has been making all of his spring starts in the top third of the order and he's thrived, hitting .381 with seven walks in 23 at-bats. It really would be worth trying for the Mets; Murphy hits for a much better average than Granderson and strikes out less, but Granderson has nearly matched him in OBP anyway and he almost never never grounds into double plays.
    Mar 19, 1:32 pm
  • Saunders (knee) takes five AB in minors game
    Michael Saunders (knee) went 1-for-5 in a minor league game Thursday in Blue Jays camp.

    Advice: Saunders told reporters after the game that he didn't feel a thing in his left knee, which needed surgery in late February. The initial timetable for his recovery was several months, but the procedure didn't have to be as invasive as originally expected and there's now talk of him being ready for Opening Day. Saunders carries fantasy sleeper potential into the 2015 season.
    Mar 19, 12:01 pm
  • Span (abdomen) played catch on Thursday
    Denard Span (abdomen) played catch on Thursday.

    Advice: It's a step in the right direction for the rehabbing outfielder, who is expected to miss the first month of the 2015 regular season. Span underwent surgery on March 9 to repair a right core muscle injury. Michael Taylor should to be the Nationals' starting center fielder on Opening Day.
    Mar 19, 8:50 am
  • Werth (shoulder) to play in minors game Fri.
    Jayson Werth (shoulder) is likely to play defense in a minor league game on Friday.

    Advice: But the Nationals aren't going to let him hit quite yet. Werth underwent surgery in January to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder and remains questionable for Opening Day. If he's not ready, Nate McLouth figures to start in left field for the Nationals. Michael Taylor is already covering Denard Span (abdomen) in center field.
    Mar 19, 6:51 am
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