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  • Tim Lincecum offers mixed bag Thursday
    Tim Lincecum struck out seven but permitted four runs -- three earned -- over five innings of work Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: He allowed four hits and walked a pair in what really was a pretty typical Lincecum performance. The right-hander has recorded 14 strikeouts over 13 Cactus League innings but also holds a 6.92 ERA. Lincecum has pitched better than Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong, which means he'll likely begin the season in the rotation. His leash will be short, though.
    Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Nick Martinez dominates over six innings
    Nick Martinez recorded four strikeouts while spinning six scoreless frames Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: He yielded five hits (four of them were singles) while walking one. It's a performance that just might be enough to wrap up the fifth spot in the rotation for Martinez, who now boasts a microscopic 0.84 ERA this spring. He's competing primarily with Nick Tepesch for the job.
    Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Ross Ohlendorf exits with groin injury
    Ross Ohlendorf had to leave an appearance Thursday after aggravating his right groin injury.

    Advice: He's been battling the ailment for over a week. Ohlendorf has struck out 11 over five scoreless frames this spring, which should be good enough to earn an Opening Day roster spot if the groin ailment isn't a major setback.
    Yesterday, 8:38 pm
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  • Kershaw twirls six solid innings vs White Sox
    Clayton Kershaw yielded just one run over six innings in Thursday's start versus the White Sox.

    Advice: The White Sox scored early on Kershaw thanks to an Adam LaRoche RBI double, but the lefty was able to settle down from there. Overall, he gave up four hits and a walk while striking out eight. His spring results have been about what you'd expect: a 1.86 ERA over 19 1/3 innings with a 20/5 K/BB ratio. Kershaw will attempt to win his third consecutive Cy Young award with a strong 2015 season.
    Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Chad Gaudin (neck) to be examined
    Chad Gaudin will be examined after feeling tingling in his fingers due to the ongoing nerve issues in his neck.

    Advice: Gaudin had surgery a couple years ago but has never been able to totally shake the nerve problems, as this is the second time in the last week he's had issues. He's been shut down and will be sent for an exam before the next course of action is determined.
    Yesterday, 4:41 pm
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  • Despaigne effective over five frames vs. ARI
    Odrisamer Despaigne held the Diamondbacks to one run over five innings in Thursday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Despaigne allowed seven hits and two walks, but was able to dance out of trouble for the most part. He racked up four strikeouts in the effort. The right-hander is battling Brandon Morrow for the No. 5 spot in the Padres' starting rotation. He owns a 2.12 ERA with an 11/6 K/BB ratio over 17 innings this spring, out-pitching Morrow thus far.
    Yesterday, 4:40 pm
  • Anderson tosses six strong innings vs. Padres
    Chase Anderson pitched well in Thursday's start versus the Diamondbacks, allowing one run over six innings.

    Advice: The right-hander yielded six hits and walked two while striking out four, lowering his Cactus League ERA to 1.84 in the process. With how well he has pitched this spring, it's difficult to envision a scenario in which Anderson hasn't already earned a spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation, but nothing has been made official yet. Trevor Cahill and Daniel Hudson are Anderson's remaining competitors, according to's Steve Gilbert.
    Yesterday, 4:37 pm
  • Teams interested in Wandy Rodriguez's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves have "continued to talk to other clubs" about their interest in Wandy Rodriguez.

    Advice: Manager Fredi Gonzalez said last week that Rodriguez had secured a spot in the club's rotation, but it's possible they'll deal him if they find an offer to their liking. Ultimately, they seem likely to gamble that the left-hander stays healthy and pitches well, upping his trade value before the deadline.
    Yesterday, 4:35 pm
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  • Fiers limits Mariners to a run over 3 2/3 IP
    Mike Fiers limited the Mariners to one run over 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Fiers had missed his previously-scheduled start due to weakness in his throwing shoulder, but looked fine facing the Mariners. He held them to three hits and a walk, though he didn't register a strikeout. The shoulder problem is a little concerning heading into the season and is worth keeping an eye on. Fiers is hoping to pick up where he left off last season, with a 2.13 ERA and a 76/17 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Elias falters in latest bid for rotation spot
    Roenis Elias struggled in Thursday's start against the Brewers, yielding six runs in three innings.

    Advice: Elias may have lost his shot at a spot in the Mariners' rotation with the flimsy performance. He was taken for eight hits while walking three and striking out one on the afternoon. Taijuan Walker has been lights out this spring and has all but wrapped up the No. 5 spot in the rotation. Elias is likely headed to Triple-A Tacoma to begin the season.
    Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Guthrie outduels King Felix in a Royals win
    Jeremy Guthrie held the Mariners scoreless over 5 2/3 innings in Thursday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Guthrie outdueled Felix Hernandez, holding the Mariners to just two hits while walking none and striking out two on the afternoon. It was only Guthrie's second start of the spring, but he's expected to be ready to go when the regular season begins.
    Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Hernandez effective over 6 innings vs. Royals
    Felix Hernandez tossed six effective innings, holding the Royals to one run on Thursday.

    Advice: It was the first time this spring Hernandez had completed even the third inning, let alone six frames. No matter, though, as the Mariners have been carefully managing the right-hander's workload. Hernandez, soon to be 29 years old, has logged 200-plus innings in each of the last seven seasons.
    Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Nick Martinez leading for No. 5 spot
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News believes that Nick Martinez leads the competition for the Rangers' No. 5 starter job.

    Advice: He cautions that "nothing is decided" but thinks that Martinez is the "front runner." Martinez's main competitors for the gig are Nick Tepesch, Anthony Ranaudo and Lisalverto Bonilla. The 24-year-old made 24 starts for Texas last season, posting a 4.55 ERA with just 77 strikeouts over 140 1/3 innings overall.
    Yesterday, 3:15 pm
  • Holland (shoulder) expected for home opener
    Derek Holland (shoulder) is expected to start the Rangers' home opener on April 10 versus the Astros.

    Advice: Holland is over the minor bout of shoulder soreness he dealt with earlier in camp, but the Rangers will play it safe with him and hold him back until the fifth game of the season. "There are two opening days," manager Jeff Banister said. Yovani Gallardo will get the ball on April 6.
    Yesterday, 3:11 pm
  • Gallardo named Rangers' Opening Day starter
    Yovani Gallardo will start Opening Day against the Athletics on April 6.

    Advice: He'll square off against Oakland's Sonny Gray. Yu Darvish would have gotten the assignment if he was healthy, but Gallardo gets the call after coming over from the Brewers over the winter. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.51 ERA across 32 starts last season.
    Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Henderson Alvarez gives up two runs
    Henderson Alvarez allowed two runs and four hits over three innings before rain cut short his outing Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Alvarez finished his day in the bullpen while the game was delayed, so he still got all of his work in. He has a 5.54 ERA in 13 innings this spring.
    Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Adam Wainwright gives up four runs to Marlins
    Adam Wainwright gave up four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Wainwright wasn't sharp today, but the stuff looked fine, and it didn't appear that his abdominal strain was any sort of factor while he was taking a couple of big cuts at the plate. He's still expected to be the Cardinals' Opening Night starter.
    Yesterday, 2:43 pm
  • Cole Hamels goes five scoreless
    Cole Hamels finally had a strong outing Thursday, going five scoreless against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Hamels entered with a 7.59 ERA in four starts, but we didn't think it was anything to worry about at all. What we are concerned about is the Phillies' ability to provide him with any run support at all.
    Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Lester (arm) throws in minor league game
    Jon Lester (arm) threw 54 pitches Thursday in a minor league game.

    Advice: Lester struck out three of the 12 batters he faced while giving up one hit and one walk. The southpaw was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a tired arm, but he said that Thursday was "good" and a "normal day." He will make another minor league start next week, likely stretching out to 75-80 pitches, which should put him track to start Opening Night against the Cardinals on April.
    Yesterday, 1:51 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.
    Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Wandy Rodriguez gives up two homers
    Wandy Rodriguez was tagged for four runs and eight hits in five innings by the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: Rodriguez still has a nice 2.50 ERA this spring following his poor outing today. He's locked into the fourth spot in Atlanta's rotation, but we're not expecting much at all from him. It's hard to see him holding up and pitching 180 innings this year.
    Yesterday, 1:32 pm
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  • David Price strikes out seven Orioles
    David Price yielded three runs in 6 2/3 innings Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Price struck out seven and walked none. He allowed three hits, but they were bunched together, resulting in three runs in the fourth inning.
    Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • Tillman won't discuss extension during season
    Chris Tillman said Thursday that he doesn't want to discuss his contract with the Orioles beyond Opening Day.

    Advice: So that's the deadline for the current negotiations between the O's and Tillman's agent. Tillman can't become a free agent until 2018, but the Orioles are interested in buying out his arbitration years (at the very least). The 26-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.42 ERA and 1.195 WHIP in 499 2/3 innings over the last three seasons.
    Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Billingsley (elbow) goes two minors innings
    Chad Billingsley (elbow) allowed two hits over two scoreless innings Thursday in a minor league game.

    Advice: Billingsley tossed a total of 32 pitches in the outing. He's on his way back from flexor tendon surgery and probably won't be an option for the Phillies until sometime in late April. The 30-year-old right-hander signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Philly in January.
    Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Cueto returned to Reds camp Thursday
    Johnny Cueto returned to Reds camp Thursday.

    Advice: Cueto flew home to the Dominican Republic late last week to handle a private family matter. The absence will not affect his status for Opening Day. He'll get the Pirates at home in his first regular-season start.
    Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Chris Archer named Rays' Opening Day SP
    Chris Archer has been named the Rays' Opening Day starter.

    Advice: Alex Cobb would have been given the nod, but he's been slowed by some forearm tightness and probably won't be ready until mid-to-late April. Archer, 26, posted a 3.33 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, and 173 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings last season for the Rays. Tampa Bay opens the 2015 campaign at home against the Orioles on April 6.
    Yesterday, 9:25 am
  • Deduno to open season as long reliever
    Samuel Deduno will open the season in long relief.

    Advice: So the battle for the final rotation spot is down to Roberto Hernandez and Asher Wojciechowski. Deduno obviously carries no fantasy value in the Houston bullpen.
    Yesterday, 9:11 am
  • Cueto expected back in Reds camp Thursday
    Reds manager Bryan Price said he expects Johnny Cueto to be back in Reds camp by Thursday.

    Advice: Cueto was expected to be arriving in Arizona late Wednesday after leaving to address a family issue in the Dominican Republic. Cueto still has time to make two starts in advance of Opening Day, so he's not a risk to miss a regular season start due to the absence.
    Wednesday, 4:06 pm
  • Tigers, Price had preliminary extension talks
    David Price said Wednesday that his agent and the Tigers have had preliminary extension talks.

    Advice: Price met with his agent on Tuesday night to discuss the situation and it doesn't appear as though anything is imminent, as the southpaw said that he "wouldn't even call it groundwork" on an extension. He's owed $19.75 million this season before hitting free agency.
    Wednesday, 7:02 am
  • Lester to pitch in minors game Thursday
    Jon Lester (arm) is expected to throw 60 pitches Thursday in either a minor league game or a B-game.

    Advice: Lester was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a dead arm, but all involved have downplayed the significance and he made it through a bullpen session Monday without incident. Assuming all goes well Thursday, he'll make another start next week (likely in another minor league game) as his final tuneup for Opening Night on April 5. It's worth noting that keeping him on the minor league side would allow the Cubs to backdate him on the disabled list if there's an unexpected setback.
    Tuesday, 12:35 pm
  • Billingsley (elbow) set for next start
    Chad Billingsley (elbow) will pitch in his second minor league game on Thursday.

    Advice: Billingsley, who is coming back from flexor tendon surgery, threw one inning in a minor league game on Saturday without any issues. He's scheduled to get stretched out to about 30 or 35 pitches on Thursday and simulate two innings. Billingsley signed with the Phillies for $1.5 million and could be an option for the rotation by late April if he can avoid setbacks.
    Tuesday, 7:42 am
  • Fiers (shoulder) to make Cactus start Thurs.
    Mike Fiers (shoulder) is expected to pitch in a Cactus League game on Thursday.

    Advice: Fiers had to be scratched from his last turn in the Brewers' spring rotation due to some shoulder weakness, but he felt fine after pitching three innings in a minor league game on Sunday. He's likely to start the Brewers' fourth game of the regular season on April 10 against the Pirates. Fiers posted a remarkable 2.13 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings last year.
    Monday, 11:36 am
  • Gallardo hammered for eight runs vs. Mariners
    Yovani Gallardo was hammered for eight runs over 4 2/3 innings in Sunday's start facing the Mariners.

    Advice: Gallardo allowed two three-run home runs: to Kyle Seager in the first inning and to Nelson Cruz in the third. He also allowed two runs on back-to-back two-out doubles in the fifth before departing with two outs in the frame. Overall, he allowed seven hits, walked four, and struck out two. So far, he's had one good outing and two disastrous outings. The Rangers hope to see some improvement his next time out.
    Sunday, 4:11 pm
  • Tillman, Orioles discussing long-term deal
    The Orioles and Chris Tillman's representatives are discussing a long-term contract extension, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    Advice: The two sides likely won't negotiate after the season starts, Sherman said. The right-hander has been very good for the O's since 2012, winning 38 games and posting a 3.42 ERA in 82 starts. Tillman won't be a free agent until 2018, so there's no great urgency to get something done quickly.
    Sunday, 6:20 am
  • Lincecum tosses four effective innings vs LAA
    Tim Lincecum was effective over four innings, allowing one run, Saturday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Lincecum had missed his last scheduled start due to a stiff neck, but appeared fine on Saturday. The right-hander limited the Angels to two hits and a walk but didn't record a strikeout. Lincecum will slot into the back of the Giants' rotation, but given his past results, expect the Giants to have a shorter-than-average leash on him.
    Saturday, 5:00 pm
  • King Felix crushed by the Cubs' bat in a loss
    Felix Hernandez was hit hard by the Cubs in Saturday's start, as he was on the hook for six runs over 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Hernandez served up home runs to Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, two of the Cubs' best prospects, so there's certainly no shame there. On the afternoon, the right-hander allowed six hits and a walk while striking out two. The Mariners had Hernandez, who has only logged 4 2/3 innings so far, make a late start to the spring just to manage his workload. He led the league with a 2.14 ERA in 236 innings last season and should be counted on to be among the elite again in 2015.
    Saturday, 4:50 pm
  • Gaudin alright after 'a little tweak' in arm
    Chad Gaudin said he's alright after feeling "a little tweak" in his upper right arm Saturday.

    Advice: Gaudin was removed from his Saturday start in the third inning due to the injury, but it appears to be a false alarm. The right-hander has been given a window of opportunity to win a starting job with the Dodgers with Hyun-Jin Ryu set to begin the season on the disabled list. He's likely to take his next turn.
    Saturday, 2:45 pm
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  • David Price gives up two runs to Mets
    David Price allowed two runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Kind of like his starts with the Tigers last year, Price racked up the strikeouts -- seven in all -- but still gave up a bunch of hits in the process. He has a 4.38 ERA this spring, even though he's struck out 17 in 12 1/3 innings. Of course, he didn't have Jose Iglesias behind him at shortstop today.
    Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • Cole Hamels gives up two homers to Jays
    Cole Hamels allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings and struck out five against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels gave up homers to Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista in the first inning, but he improved after that and he ended up lowering his spring ERA to 7.59. We still have no concerns at all about his poor showing this month.
    Saturday, 2:16 pm
  • Gaudin leaves start with undisclosed injury
    Chad Gaudin left his Cactus League start Sunday with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Gaudin had dealt for two innings before getting hit hard in the third. Ultimately, catcher A.J. Ellis came out and called for the trainer. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly opted to remove Gaudin, and the Dodgers should provide an update on his injury shortly.
    Saturday, 2:06 pm
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  • 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.
    Saturday, 1:21 pm
  • Adam Wainwright goes four innings in debut
    Making his spring debut, Adam Wainwright (abdomen) pitched four scoreless innings against a Braves split-squad in the Cardinals' 1-0 win Saturday.

    Advice: We might be more impressed by four scoreless innings in a minor league game. Wainwright passed the big test, though, and by throwing four innings and 64 pitches (41 strikes) his first time out, he made it clear that, barring a setback, he'll be ready for Opening Night.
    Saturday, 1:01 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw avoids injury scare on Friday
    Clayton Kershaw looked to be in mid-season form in Friday's Cactus League start against the Athletics, allowing one run on three hits while striking out four over his five innings of work.

    Advice: The reigning Cy Young Award winner also suffered a scary moment in the third inning when was hit in the jaw by a broken bat liner off the bat of Andy Parrino. Kershaw lost a tooth and part of another, and required hours of dental work afterwards, but the issue will not impact his availability for the start of the regular season. He remains the top starting pitcher in all of baseball and should be one for the first names called in all fantasy drafts this spring.
    Saturday, 11:19 am
  • Derek Holland fires three scoreless innings
    Derek Holland fired three scoreless innings on Friday against the Mariners in Cactus League action.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw scattered two hits and a walk while failing to record a strikeout on the day. He appears to be over the shoulder discomfort that he experienced early in spring camp and should be ready to take his first turn in the rotation once the regular season begins.
    Saturday, 10:49 am
  • Jon Lester to throw side session on Monday
    Jon Lester (arm) is scheduled to throw a side session on Monday.

    Advice: The veteran left-hander told the media Saturday that he feels fine and that there is no pain at all in his arm, just normal fatigue. There's no reason to believe at this point that he won't be ready to take the mound when the Cubs kick off the regular season on April 5.
    Saturday, 8:41 am
  • Wandy Rodriguez secures spot in rotation
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday that Wandy Rodriguez has secured a spot in the team's Opening Day rotation.

    Advice: With Mike Minor slated to begin the season on the disabled list, there are two openings that were up for grabs this spring. The veteran southpaw will have to pitch well early on if he wants to keep his spot though, and after posting a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 26 2/3 innings a season ago, it's difficult to be optimistic.
    Friday, 4:33 pm
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  • Rangers still talking to Phils about Hamels
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers and Phillies "continue to remain in contact" regarding Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Heyman cautions that the two sides are "said to be still far apart" and "weren't necessarily expressing great optimism the gap could be closed," but they also "aren't closing the door, either." The report adds that the Phillies "have been said to be seeking three good prospects, with one top-flight one" in a deal involving Hamels. The Rangers have a big need for pitching and the prospects to get something done if they want, but thus far they've balked at taking on Hamels' contract and also giving up a bevy of prospects.
    Friday, 2:28 pm
  • Johnny Cueto heads home for family issue
    Johnny Cueto has gone home to his native Dominican Republic to deal with a family issue.

    Advice: It's not clear how long Cueto will be away, but he'll be able to work out at the Reds' complex there and manager Bryan Price said the righty's status for Opening Day shouldn't be affected. The veteran right-hander has allowed three runs over nine innings this spring.
    Friday, 12:33 pm
  • Lester pushed back due to 'dead arm' phase
    Jon Lester's scheduled start on Saturday has been pushed back due to a "dead arm" period.

    Advice: While far from ideal, it's something pitchers often go through in spring training and it doesn't appear that any exams are currently scheduled. Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't think Lester starting on Opening Night on April 5 will be affected. The left-hander was knocked around for six runs over 3 1/3 innings on Monday in his last outing.
    Friday, 12:29 pm
  • Fiers (shoulder) not expected to need DL time
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday that he doesn't expect Mike Fiers (shoulder) to need a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: The skipper said it's possible Fiers could be moved back or skipped if need be, but he doesn't think the righty will be sidelined long. Fiers is dealing with some weakness in his pitching shoulder but will appear either in a Cactus League game or minor league game this weekend.
    Friday, 11:03 am
  • Tigers name David Price Opening Day starter
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on Friday named David Price the team's Opening Day starter.

    Advice: Justin Verlander would have been the sentimental choice given that he's started seven straight Opening Days for Detroit, but Price is the right guy. The left-hander is coming off a season where he held a 3.26 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 271/38 K/BB ratio in 248 1/3 innings between the Rays and Tigers. He's slated for free agency next winter after earning $19.75 million in 2015.
    Friday, 7:13 am
  • Tim Lincecum (neck) cleared for Sat. start
    Tim Lincecum (neck) has been cleared to start on Saturday after getting through a bullpen session Thursday with no issues.

    Advice: Lincecum has battled a stiff neck for the past week and had his last outing scratched. It appears he's making nice progress now, though, and should have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback. Lincecum will be the Giants' No. 5 starter.
    Thursday, 4:13 pm
  • Chris Tillman strikes out five Pirates
    Chris Tillman held the Pirates to one run in four innings and struck out five in the Orioles' 6-4 win Thursday.

    Advice: Tillman was making just his second official start of the spring after pitching two scoreless innings 10 days ago. He's in line to serve as Baltimore's Opening Day starter.
    Thursday, 2:37 pm
  • Billingsley (elbow) to throw in minors game
    Chad Billingsley (elbow) will throw in a minor league game Saturday.

    Advice: It's the biggest test yet for Billingsley, who underwent season-ending surgery last June to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. The Phillies signed the veteran right-hander to a $1.5 million deal over the winter and he could be an option for the team's rotation by the end of April if all goes well.
    Thursday, 2:09 pm
  • Mike Fiers experiencing 'shoulder weakness'
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke acknowledged that Mike Fiers is experiencing "shoulder weakness."

    Advice: Fiers had to be scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start on Thursday and "shoulder weakness" sounds ominous for a pitcher, but Roenicke doesn't think it's a big deal. Fiers is aiming to return to Cactus League action on Saturday. He will throw a side session Thursday to test his right shoulder.
    Thursday, 10:24 am
  • Fiers (fatigue) scratched from start Thursday
    Mike Fiers was scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start on Thursday.

    Advice: Tyler Thornburg pitched instead. Fiers said he didn't feel right in his last bullpen session, though he thinks it's routine spring training fatigue. "Just kind of tired," Fiers said. "I couldn't get a good feel in my bullpen." The right-hander is aiming to pitch Saturday, but this is a situation to watch. Fiers had a a 2.13 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings last season.
    Thursday, 9:40 am
  • Chris Archer holds Blue Jays scoreless
    Chris Archer allowed one hit over four scoreless innings as the Rays topped the Blue Jays 9-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: No pressure, Chris. It's just that you're the Rays' only hope right now. With Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome all potentially beginning the year on the DL, Archer and Jake Odorizzi are the Rays' projected starters currently healthy.
    Wednesday, 1:58 pm
  • Gallardo strong in start against Dodgers
    Yovani Gallardo pitched well in Tuesday's start against the Dodgers, allowing just one run on four hits over his four innings of work.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked two and struck out four. It was a nice bounceback showing for Gallardo after he was hit hard by the Royals in his last outing. He will be counted on to provide a stabilizing veteran presence atop the Rangers rotation this season.
    Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Wainwright to make spring debut Saturday
    Adam Wainwright (abdomen) will make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: The Cardinals have taken things slow with Wainwright this spring after he suffered an abdominal strain in late-February, but he was cleared for game action after making it through a 50-pitch simulated game on Monday. He should have enough time to make three starts before Opening Night against the Cubs.
    Tuesday, 7:26 am
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