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  • Duffy strikes out seven Diamondbacks in win
    Danny Duffy struck out seven but allowed four runs over five innings in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The southpaw was victimized for two home runs accounting for all four runs, and he gave up seven hits and two walks on the afternoon. Duffy has a 4.91 ERA this spring but owns a spot in the Royals' starting rotation to open the season. He's an upside play for AL-only owners looking for cheap pitching.
    Yesterday, 5:16 pm
  • Arrieta throws four scoreless against Rockies
    Jake Arrieta threw four scoreless innings, striking out five, in a win over the Rockies Saturday.

    Advice: Arrieta gave up just three hits and didn't walk a batter in the outing. He also did damage at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI. Arrieta's spring ERA is 3.86 and he's struck out 15 batters in 14 innings. He's no longer the Cubs' ace with Jon Lester in town, but Arrieta is still one of the best starters in the National League as 2015 begins.
    Yesterday, 4:53 pm
  • Quintana rebounds with six strong frames
    Jose Quintana pitched well on Saturday, limiting the Athletics to two runs (one earned) over six innings.

    Advice: A throwing error by second baseman Emilio Bonifacio helped the Athletics score twice in the first inning. Quintana settled down from there, allowing six hits overall while walking none and striking out five. He looks ready for the regular season, owning a 2.91 ERA with a 16/3 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings in the Cactus League.
    Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Kazmir blanks White Sox over 5 1/3 innings
    Scott Kazmir was terrific in Saturday's start against the White Sox, tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Kazmir relented only two hits and two walks while striking out four in the outing. He's been nearly unhittable in three starts spanning 12 innings so far this spring, yielding just one run on six hits and four walks with 14 strikeouts. The lefty delivered for the A's last season, finishing with a 3.55 ERA in 190 1/3 innings and could have significant fantasy value if he can repeat the performance this year.
    Yesterday, 4:49 pm
  • Iwakuma gives up four runs in 5 IP to Giants
    Hisashi Iwakuma gave up four runs in five innings as the Giants held on for a 9-8 victory over the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: Iwakuma was making his first start in a week and a half, allowing his first runs of the spring in the process. Two of the five hits he allowed went for extra bases, and he walked two as well. The right-hander did strike out four. The outing isn't concerning at all, as Iwakuma should register above-average numbers during the regular season. He posted a 3.52 ERA with a 154/21 K/BB ratio in 179 innings last season.
    Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • McAllister fans nine Brewers in Indians win
    Zach McAllister struck out nine Brewers batters over five innings, allowing two runs Saturday.

    Advice: McAllister allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter, posting an impressive 9/0 K/BB ratio in the game. With Danny Salazar in Triple-A, McAllister has a good shot at winning a rotation spot with the Indians. Saturday's effort certainly helps that cause.
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Peralta allows two runs in loss to Indians
    Wily Peralta allowed two runs on six hits over six innings in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Indians.

    Advice: Peralta wasn't dominant, but the only runs he allowed came on a Jason Kipnis two-run homer. The right-hander has a 2.51 ERA in 14 1/3 spring innings. Peralta has a spot in the Brewers' rotation locked up, but he's not a great bet to repeat last season's 17 wins.
    Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Tyson Ross punches out 12 in win over Rangers
    Tyson Ross struck out 12 hitters over six innings, allowing two runs, in a Cactus League win over the Rangers Saturday.

    Advice: Ross had everything working, striking out 12 of the 24 batters he faced on the day. The right-hander gave up six hits and walked a batter on the afternoon. Ross has a 2.89 ERA this spring and should once again be one of the best starters in the National League in 2015.
    Yesterday, 4:17 pm
  • Chapman starts, fans the side vs. Cubs
    Aroldis Chapman started Saturday's game against the Cubs and struck out the side in his only inning of work.

    Advice: Chapman struck out Dexter Fowler, Arismendy Alcantara, and Jorge Soler in succession. The fireballing lefty is sitting on a 16/3 K/BB ratio in 11 spring innings. Manager Bryan Price said prior to the game that "there might be opportunities" to use Chapman for more than three outs during the regular season, per's Mark Sheldon.
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Rangers grant Juan Carlos Oviedo his release
    Rangers released RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo.

    Advice: Oviedo was told he wouldn't break camp with the club, so he asked to be released in hopes of catching on elsewhere. The 33-year-old had a 3.69 ERA with the Rays last season, but his best days are surely behind him.
    Yesterday, 3:44 pm
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  • Stephen Strasburg gives up four runs to Mets
    Stephen Strasburg surrendered four runs in four innings Saturday in a loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Strasburg looked pretty good earlier in the spring, but he missed his last turn with a twisted plant ankle and he wasn't sharp at all today. Since the ankle injury wasn't supposed to be very severe at all, he should be better next week in his final tuneup for the regular season.
    Yesterday, 2:09 pm
  • Robertson (forearm) set to pitch Sunday
    David Robertson (forearm) is scheduled to pitch Sunday.

    Advice: Robertson has been dealing with some forearm soreness in camp, but as of now it doesn't appear to be anything major. If healthy, the right-hander will be the team's closer this season after saving 39 games for the Yankees in 2014.
    Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) to throw bullpen Sunday
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash said Smyly could also throw live batting practice during his next throwing session. Smyly will likely open the season on the disabled list, but he's progressing toward a return and should be back sometime in April.
    Yesterday, 1:41 pm
  • Charlie Morton earns win over Jays
    Charlie Morton yielded three runs in six innings Saturday in a win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Originally expected to begin the year on the DL following hip surgery, Morton instead recovered quickly enough to enjoy a normal spring. He hasn't been particularly effective, what with his 6.46 ERA, but he'll be a part of the Pittsburgh rotation, and he should be a solid NL-only starter.
    Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Oviedo told he won't make Rangers roster
    Juan Carlos Oviedo has been told he won't make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Oviedo was brought to camp as a non-roster invitee, but a 4.91 ERA in 3 2/3 spring innings didn't do much to impress. He'll now have to decide whether to ask for his release or accept an assignment to Triple-A.
    Yesterday, 1:32 pm
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  • Garcia scratched after setback with shoulder
    Jaime Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday after experiencing a setback with his surgically repaired left shoulder.

    Advice: Garcia has some discomfort in the shoulder, so the club has decided to "hit the brakes" with the left-hander, manager Mike Matheny said. Marco Gonzales will start for the Cardinals in Garcia's place, and it could open the door for Carlos Martinez to win the fifth spot in the rotation after he had appeared to be on the outside looking in. More should be known about Garcia's outlook in a day or two.
    Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • Ervin Santana goes six strong in victory
    Ervin Santana pitched six innings of one-run ball Saturday in beating the Phillies.

    Advice: Santana has pitched well in three of his four starts this spring. We don't like his chances of amassing much fantasy value in front of the lousy Twins defense, but at least he'll be an upgrade over what they got from the middle of their rotation last year.
    Yesterday, 12:52 pm
  • Cubs grant release to southpaw Felix Doubront
    Cubs released LHP Felix Doubront.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw was knocked around in his seven spring innings, allowing nine runs on 17 hits. He will receive 45 days of termination pay from the Cubs, roughly equaling $473,000. He'll look to latch on elsewhere.
    Yesterday, 11:33 am
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  • Greinke to pitch in minors game on Wednesday
    Zack Greinke is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday.

    Advice: He made it through Friday's Cactus League game without any issue, despite his command being worse than he would like. He owns an 11/6 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings on the spring and looks to be ready to go for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 10:29 am
  • League expected to be placed on 60-day DL
    Brandon League is expected to be sidelined for the next two months and is attempting to avoid surgery on his ailing shoulder.

    Advice: League expects to begin the season on the 60-day disabled list, and may be out considerably longer. He can safely be written off in all but the deepest of NL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Wada (groin) to throw simulated game Saturday
    Tsuyoshi Wada (leg) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday.

    Advice: Wada has been dealing with a sore left groin that forced him to leave Saturday's start. He has appeared in just two Cactus League contests thus far, posting a 5.40 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 1 2/3 innings of work. He appears to be on the outside looking in for the final spot in the Cubs rotation.
    Yesterday, 7:54 am
  • Tigers release right-hander Luke Putkonen
    Tigers released RHP Luke Putkonen.

    Advice: He was reassigned to minor league camp on March 17. Putkonen pitched well out of the Tigers bullpen in 2014 before an elbow injury ended his season prematurely. He should have little trouble latching on elsewhere.
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
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  • Alex Cobb (forearm) not yet cleared to throw
    Alex Cobb (forearm) has been cleared to begin playing catch on Saturday.

    Advice: Cobb indicated on Monday that he's pain-free and is anxious to get back on the field. It looks as though he may miss a start to begin the season, but should be ready to join the Rays rotation in mid-April. His price in fantasy drafts has fallen due to the injury news, so he could wind up being a terrific value in the middle rounds.
    Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Tommy Milone named as Twins fifth starter
    Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed Saturday that Tommy Milone would open the season as the fifth starter in the team's rotation.

    Advice: The 28-year-old southpaw struggled in his limited time with the Twins in 2014, though he owns a career 3.98 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 490 1/3 major league innings. He should be a decent backend option in AL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 5:45 am
  • Kendrick struggles in Cactus League outing
    Kyle Kendrick struggled in Friday's Cactus League outing against the Padres, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked a pair and struck out two on the afternoon. It was the worst outing of the spring to date for the Rockies' Opening Day starter. The 30-year-old owns a 3.52 ERA and 8/4 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings in Cactus League play. He holds little fantasy value outside of NL-only formats.
    Friday, 10:36 pm
  • Garza defeats Reds despite his struggles
    Matt Garza struggled but still picked up a victory over the Reds on Friday despite allowing five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: On the plus side, the veteran right-hander did rack up six strikeouts while issuing only one free pass. He has had a rough go of it this spring, posting a 6.16 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over his 19 innings. He'll have at least one more chance to right the ship before the regular season begins.
    Friday, 10:10 pm
  • Zack Greinke struggles in latest spring start
    Zack Greinke struggled in Friday's Cactus League outing against the Giants, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Greinke also issued a pair of walks while punching out three. The important thing to note is that Greinke felt good after the outing, even though his command wasn't where he wanted. The 31-year-old now boasts a 3.55 ERA and 11/6 K/BB ratio 12 2/3 innings on the spring.
    Friday, 9:55 pm
  • Brandon League shut down for three weeks
    Brandon League will be shut down for the next three weeks due to right posterior shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: League met with two different doctors on Friday after undergoing an MRI on Wednesday. The good news is that there doesn't appear to be any structural damage, but League will surely begin the season on the disabled list and manager Don Mattingly indicated that he expects League to be out at least a couple of months.
    Friday, 3:40 pm
  • Tommy Milone gives up three runs
    Tommy Milone surrendered three runs in five innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: It sounds as though the Twins are far from committed to Mike Pelfrey in the rotation, which could lead to Milone getting the gig. He has a 4.50 ERA and an 8/4 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this spring, so he's not exactly running away with the gig.
    Thursday, 1:48 pm
  • Robertson has experienced forearm soreness
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura admitted Thursday that David Robertson has battled some forearm soreness this spring.

    Advice: That might help explain Robertson's 7.71 Cactus League ERA. Ventura added that he's not concerned about the $46 million closer being ready for Opening Day, but this is obviously something to monitor. Robertson had a 3.08 ERA with 39 saves and a 96/23 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings last season with the Yankees. Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka are presumably next in line for saves in Chicago, though they're not worth grabbing yet in non-holds leagues.
    Thursday, 12:18 pm
  • League getting second opinion on shoulder
    Brandon League will get a second opinion about his right shoulder Friday from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

    Advice: League underwent an MRI on the shoulder Wednesday, but the Dodgers haven't revealed the results. The 32-year-old right-hander has been dealing with shoulder discomfort for much of March and obviously won't be ready for Opening Day. He's owed $8.5 million in 2015.
    Thursday, 9:53 am
  • Brandon League to go for MRI on shoulder
    Brandon League will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a troubling development for the Dodgers. League has been dealing with shoulder soreness this spring and didn't feel right during his bullpen session Tuesday. He now appears likely to begin the year on the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 8:54 am
  • Cobb (forearm) could resume throwing soon
    Alex Cobb (forearm) said Wednesday that he could resume throwing in the next couple of days.

    Advice: Cobb said Monday that he's pain-free and a visit with Rays team doctor Koco Eaton went well on Wednesday, so things are looking up for him as he makes his way back from right forearm tendinitis. Still, he's set to begin the season on the disabled list and there's no clear timetable for his season debut yet.
    Wednesday, 5:32 am
  • Cards to go with Garcia as fifth starter?
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said on 920 AM in St. Louis that the schedule currently points to Jaime Garcia beginning the season as the fifth starter.

    Advice: Nothing is official yet, but Garcia is healthy and has posted a 3.86 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings across three starts this spring. The Cardinals had him throw an 80-pitch simulated game on Tuesday to keep him in line for the second series of the season or perhaps soon after. He's competing with Marco Gonzales and Carlos Martinez for the fifth spot in the rotation.
    Tuesday, 10:21 am
  • McAllister tosses four solid innings vs. A's
    Zach McAllister limited the Athletics to one unearned run over four innings in Monday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: McAllister held the A's to two hits and two walks while striking out four on the afternoon. He lowered his spring ERA to 3.21 in the process, helping his bid to make the back of the Indians' starting rotation. He still ranks behind Danny Salazar and T.J. House, but he still has some time to pad his case.
    Monday, 4:17 pm
  • Ross superb in five innings vs. White Sox
    Tyson Ross was superb in Monday's start against the White Sox as he tossed five shutout innings.

    Advice: Ross had the White Sox on their collective back foot all afternoon, limiting them to just one hit and one walk while racking up five strikeouts. The 27-year-old right-hander was quietly elite for the Padres last season, finishing with a 2.81 ERA and a 195/72 K/BB ratio over 195 2/3 innings. As long as he stays healthy, Ross should continue to post elite numbers in 2015.
    Monday, 4:10 pm
  • Poor fifth inning dooms Quintana vs. Padres
    Jose Quintana couldn't make it out of the fifth inning on Monday against the Padres, serving up four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Quintana was rolling until the Padres hung a five-spot with a fifth-inning rally. On the afternoon, he gave up eight hits and two walks without recording a strikeout. It's Quintana's first bit of adversity this spring as he entered with a 1.59 ERA with an 11/1 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings. The oft-overlooked lefty should be a solid fantasy asset in 2015 as he looks to accrue 200 innings for a third consecutive season.
    Monday, 4:10 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) throws another bullpen
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Drew Smyly (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Monday and felt good.

    Advice: Smyly recently came down with shoulder tendinitis, but he threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday and is now progressing nicely. He's likely not far off from facing hitters. While he's expected to begin the season on the disabled list, he could be ready around mid-April if he can avoid setbacks. Don't let him slip too far on your draft board in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 1:46 pm
  • Alex Cobb (forearm) says he is pain-free
    Alex Cobb (forearm) said Monday that he is pain-free.

    Advice: Cobb has a checkup Tuesday with the Rays' team doctor and is hoping to be cleared to resume throwing. The right-hander has been shut down since leaving a Grapefruit League start last Tuesday with tendinitis in his right forearm. He's likely to begin the regular season on the 15-day disabled list, but a mid-April debut seems doable.
    Monday, 6:12 am
  • Garza pitches decently against White Sox
    Matt Garza fared decently in Sunday's Cactus League start against the White Sox, surrendering two runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked one on the day. The White Sox scratched out a run in the first then tacked on another before chasing Garza in the fifth inning. While he owns an unsightly 5.40 ERA on the spring, his 9/5 K/BB ratio through 13 1/3 innings is somewhat encouraging.
    Mar 22, 6:37 pm
  • Kendrick blanks D'Backs over four innings
    Kyle Kendrick blanked the Diamondbacks over four innings in Sunday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Kendrick limited the opposition to two hits and a walk while striking out one. Tabbed as the Opening Day starter for the Rockies, Kendrick has performed well this spring, allowing three runs on 12 hits and two walks while striking out six over 11 innings. The success may not last as pitching in Coors Field isn't likely to benefit Kendrick, who owns a career 4.42 ERA.
    Mar 22, 4:32 pm
  • Duffy limits Giants to two runs over 5 1/3 IP
    Danny Duffy held the Giants to two runs over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Duffy allowed six hits and a walk while striking out two on the afternoon. He's had middling spring results, but he should be firing on all cylinders by the time the regular season starts. The lefty posted a fantastic 2.53 ERA last season along with a 113/53 K/BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings.
    Mar 22, 3:53 pm
  • Charlie Morton gives up seven runs to Astros
    Charlie Morton was tagged for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Astros on Sunday.

    Advice: Morton had his first bad day of the spring after posting a 1.80 ERA in his first two starts. His stuff isn't quite up to par yet following hip surgery, but he remains on schedule to open the season in the rotation.
    Mar 22, 1:51 pm
  • League (shoulder) could pitch Thursday
    Brandon League (shoulder) could pitch in a Cactus League game as early as Thursday.

    Advice: League threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Sunday with no ill effects. He'll throw another bullpen Tuesday before getting into a game. League has been dealing with some soreness in the shoulder, but he expects to be ready for the start of the season.
    Mar 22, 12:00 pm
  • Strasburg (ankle) to throw long toss Sunday
    Stephen Strasburg (ankle) will throw a long toss session Sunday.

    Advice: Strasburg was scratched from his Sunday start after twisting his left ankle Friday, but it doesn't seem to be a huge concern. Strasburg said the ankle is getting better. He should be back on the mound in short order.
    Mar 22, 5:50 am
  • Greinke throws four scoreless innings vs. TEX
    Zack Greinke tossed four scoreless innings in Saturday's exhibition start versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Greinke looked good, limiting the Rangers to three hits and a walk while striking out six. The right-hander is potentially entering his final season with the Dodgers as he has the option to opt out of his six-year contract after the season. Greinke, 31, may be able to secure himself more money if he's able to match last season's 2.71 ERA and 207/43 K/BB ratio over 203 1/3 innings.
    Mar 21, 2:12 pm
  • Tommy Milone gives up four runs to Orioles
    Tommy Milone surrendered four runs through four innings in his start Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Milone had pitched five scoreless innings this spring before his odd day today. The guess right now is that Milone will make the Twins as a middle reliever, with Mike Pelfrey claiming the fifth spot in the rotation. It's not set in stone, though. Neither Milone nor Pelfrey is very interesting for fantasy purposes. Especially not Pelfrey.
    Mar 21, 1:21 pm
  • Strasburg twists ankle during conditioning
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Saturday that Stephen Strasburg twisted his left ankle during conditioning drills on Friday.

    Advice: Williams acknowledged that the injury wasn't serious, but that Strasburg would rest for a few days. A.J. Cole is scheduled to start in his place in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.
    Mar 21, 12:51 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) throws successful bullpen
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) threw a successful 20-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: Smyly said afterwards that he felt great and believed the session was a step in the right direction. He'll repeat the exercise again on Monday and if all goes well could be cleared to face live hitters shortly afterwards.
    Mar 21, 8:59 am
  • Brandon League to throw off mound Sunday
    Brandon League (shoulder) is slated to throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: League received the go-ahead for mound work after playing catch with no issues. The reliever has been dogged by a shoulder issue for a week, but an anti-inflammatory injection and he expects to be ready for Opening Day. League could be in the mix for saves while Kenley Jansen (foot) is out.
    Mar 20, 10:40 am
  • Jaime Garcia strikes out seven Mets
    Jaime Garcia fanned seven Mets while allowing two runs in four innings on Thursday.

    Advice: The strikeouts are certainly nice, but Garcia did up five hits, including a Wilmer Flores homer. Even though Marco Gonzales has a better ERA than both, it will probably come down to Garcia and Carlos Martinez for the fifth spot in the Cardinals' rotation. Martinez opened the spring as the favorite and probably still is, though it seems like a waste to put Garcia in the pen while he's healthy.
    Mar 19, 2:53 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) to throw off mound Sat.
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) is scheduled to throw off a mound on Saturday.

    Advice: Smyly came down with some shoulder tendinitis earlier this month, but he has played catch on back-to-back days from a distance of 100 feet. Barring any setbacks, he should get back on the mound this weekend and progress from there. He'll likely begin the season on the DL, but the hope is that he could be ready for his second turn in the rotation.
    Mar 19, 1:21 pm
  • League (shoulder) expects to be ready
    Brandon League (shoulder) expects to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.

    Advice: League has been shut down for several days due to shoulder soreness, but he got an anti-inflammatory injection on Monday and will resume throwing Thursday. League will likely work in middle relief for the Dodgers this season, but this is a bullpen without clearly defined roles at the top. Kenley Jansen (foot) may miss all of April.
    Mar 19, 9:24 am
  • Smyly (shoulder) played catch from 100 feet
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) played catch from a distance of 100 feet Wednesday in Rays camp.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash said it went well. Smyly came down with some shoulder tendinitis earlier this month and is expected to miss his first turn in the Rays' regular-season rotation as he tries to catch back up. The 25-year-old left-hander is still an attractive mid-tier fantasy starter for the 2015 campaign.
    Mar 19, 5:48 am
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