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  • Alonso reaches base four times in a tie game
    Yonder Alonso singled three times and walked in four plate appearances on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Alonso brought his Cactus League average up to .300 (12-for-40) with the effort, but he's only shown a modicum of power this spring with three doubles and a home run. Considering his position, Alonso's bat leaves much to be desired as he's yet to cross the 10-homer threshold over parts of five major league seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Steve Tolleson hits three-run homer
    Steve Tolleson hit a three-run homer off Ken Giles to lead the Jays past the Phillies 4-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: With Devon Travis looking probable for the second base job, it'll probably be between Tolleson and Ryan Goins for a utility gig, with Tolleson having the advantage of being out of options. Tolleson is hitting .259/.310/.556 in 27 at-bats this spring. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • Garrett Jones goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Garrett Jones went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Jones is hitting .175 with no homers and 10 strikeouts through 40 at-bats. If the Yankees wanted to carry their 25 best players coming out of camp, they'd probably consider keeping Rob Refsnyder over Jones, giving them a platoon partner for Stephen Drew at second base. There's not much chance of them going that route, though, and they still might need Jones when Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley or Alex Rodriguez gets hurt. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:06 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:35 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • Krauss (back) aims to return to action Friday
    Marc Krauss (back) aims to return to action Friday.

    Advice: Krauss has been out of the Angels' Cactus League lineup for the last four days with back discomfort, but he felt fine while hitting in camp Thursday. The 27-year-old was off to a pretty good start in his bid for a bench spot, batting .500 (9-for-18) in 13 spring games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:37 pm
     
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  • Reds get 1B Dan Johnson from the Astros
    Reds acquired 1B Dan Johnson from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Johnson, 35, was batting .158 in 25 plate appearances this spring with the Astros. He'll head to the minor league side of Reds camp and won't be in consideration for the Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:13 am
     
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  • Arencibia scratched with strained flexor mass
    J.P. Arencibia was scratched from a minor league game Thursday with a strained flexor mass.

    Advice: That's typically a serious injury, but the Orioles aren't putting out many details. Arencibia is in O's camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. He presumably will not be on the Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:47 am
     
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  • Brewers option Shane Peterson to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned OF/1B Shane Peterson to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Peterson posted an impressive .308/.381/.460 batting line in 137 games last season for the A's Triple-A affiliate. The former second-round pick of the Cardinals is pretty well buried on the Brewers' depth chart, but he could get a look at some point if there are few injuries on the major league roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:57 am
     
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  • Asche out Thursday with back tightness
    Cody Asche has been scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to back tightness.

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

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

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

    Advice: Descalso was set to play four innings defensively and bat each inning in a minors game. The infielder suffered a strained right oblique roughly 10 days prior. With another 10 days or so left in camp Descalso still has time to get into shape before the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Jon Singleton in 2-for-23 slump
    Jon Singleton went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and is a 2-for-23 slump over the last 11 days.

    Advice: There's been talk of the Astros keeping both Singleton and Marisnick on the roster, though that would seem to mean having one on the bench each day (perhaps both could play when Colby Rasmus sits). From our perspective, it'd still make a lot more sense to send one back to Triple-A, allowing both to play regularly. Singleton got off to the hot start, but Marisnick has the better numbers now and the Astros are also a lot better defensively with Marisnick in center and Evan Gattis either at first base or DH (rather than left field). It'd seem to give Marisnick the advantage. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:22 pm
  • Cashman: A-Rod showing he can be regular DH
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Alex Rodriguez has shown that he can be the team's regular designated hitter this season.

    Advice: After his year-long PED suspension, Rodriguez is batting .286/.394/.536 with two home runs, a double, and 5/5 K/BB across 33 plate appearances this spring. Most importantly, he has looked healthy. Rodriguez turns 40 later this year and is playing on two surgically-repaired hips, so who knows if he'll hold up for a full season, but he's suddenly an interesting late-round flier in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Krauss still dealing with back pain
    Marc Krauss said Tuesday that his back feels "a little better," but that he still has pain.

    Advice: Krauss is currently dealing with back spasms and isn't sure when he'll be ready to return. He's hoping in a couple of days, but it's no sure thing. The 28-year-old is 9-for-18 with a home run this spring as he competes for a bench spot. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:50 am
     
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  • Marc Krauss nursing back spasms
    Marc Krauss is day-to-day with back spasms.

    Advice: Krauss tried to return to action Sunday but showed up to camp Monday with more tightness. The former Astro is 9-for-18 with a homer and five walks in Cactus League play as he tries to win a bench spot, but he obviously needs to get healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:04 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:21 pm
  • Cody Asche hits second homer
    Cody Asche hit his second homer of the spring Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: With Maikel Franco struggling, Asche appears set to have third base all to himself once the season starts. He got off to a slow start last season, but he was adequate from May onward. We're not expecting a real breakthrough this year, but... well, adequacy isn't such a bad thing. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:35 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:20 pm
     
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  • Steve Tolleson hits two-run homer
    Steve Tolleson went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Tolleson would seem to be a big beneficiary of Ramon Santiago's broken collarbone, but even so, his chances of winning a utility job might hinge on Maicer Izturis being named the starter at second base. Izturis is going to be on the roster either way, but Ryan Goins and Devon Travis can both be sent down if they don't start at second base. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:48 pm
  • Culberson nursing back injury
    Charlie Culberson hasn’t played since March 8 due to a back injury.

    Advice: "We know how difficult backs can be, so I'm sure he'll have a different routine every day than he's had in the past just to stay out in front of this thing," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. It’s not clear when Culberson might be ready to return to game action. He’s not expected to make the Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • A-Rod might not get work at 1B after all
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated Tuesday that Alex Rodriguez might not get work at first base this spring after all.

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