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  • Chase Anderson hammered by Rangers Tuesday
    Chase Anderson was hammered in Tuesday's Cactus League start against the Rangers, allowing six runs on 11 hits in just four innings of work.

    Advice: Anderson walked one and struck out a pair on the day. It wasn't exactly the way the right-hander wanted to celebrate securing a spot in the Opening Day rotation. The 27-year-old now sports a 4.34 ERA and 12/5 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings on the spring. He should be considered a fringe option in NL-only leagues heading into the regular season.
    Today, 8:07 pm
  • David Freese blasts second home run of spring
    David Freese launched a two-run homer off Barry Zito as the Angels fell to the Athletics in slugfest in Tuesday's Cactus League tilt.

    Advice: Freese's blast was one of three long balls off the veteran southpaw in the third inning, joined by Kole Calhoun and Collin Cowgill. He finished the afternoon 1-for-2, raising his spring average to .326 (14-for-43). A forgotten man in most mixed league drafts, Freese could return a tidy profit as a reserve round selection hitting in the middle of the Angels lineup.
    Today, 7:36 pm
  • Brandon Moss swats fourth homer to lead Tribe
    Brandon Moss swatted his fourth home run of the Cactus League season, powering the Indians to an 8-6 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: His two-run blast put an exclamation point on a four-run uprising in the first inning against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. He would later add an RBI single, finishing the day 2-for-3 with three RBI plus a walk. He's enjoying a solid spring in his first season as an Indian, batting .297 (11-for-34) with four homers and eight RBI.
    Today, 7:17 pm
  • Maxwell plates three runs to lead Giants
    Justin Maxwell went 3-for-3 and drove home three runs on Tuesday, leading the Giants to a 4-3 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League play.

    Advice: Maxwell got the Giants on the board with an RBI single in the second inning then added a sacrifice fly in the fourth. He would later come through with a clutch RBI single in the eighth inning to tie the game at 3-3. He has had a strong spring, hitting .349 (21-for-60) with a pair of homers and 14 RBI, earning a spot on the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder.
    Today, 7:02 pm
  • Tyler Matzek gives up two runs against Giants
    Tyler Matzek wasn't at his best in Tuesday's Cactus League tuneup against the Giants, allowing two runs on four hits over his four frames.

    Advice: The 24-year-old hurler walked a pair and struck out two in the contest. Despite his 6.00 ERA this spring, he has already secured a spot in the Rockies' Opening Day rotation. While he's difficult to trust at home, he'll provide NL-only value when skimming his road starts.
    Today, 6:49 pm
  • Wieland pitches decently in loss to White Sox
    Joe Wieland pitched decently in a losing effort against the White Sox on Tuesday, surrendering two runs on nine hits over his five innings.

    Advice: Wieland whiffed one and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. The 25-year-old is currently the leading candidate to open the season in Hyun-Jin Ryu's rotation spot, and this start shouldn't do anything to dissuade that thinking. He boasts a 1.93 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio across 14 innings on the spring and should be a worthwhile addition in mixed leagues until Ryu returns.
    Today, 6:19 pm
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  • Blue Jays name Hutchison Opening Day starter
    The Blue Jays have named Drew Hutchison their Opening Day starter.

    Advice: R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle have a big experience edge on Hutchison, but the young right-hander is the easy choice here. Hutchison posted a 4.48 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 184/60 K/BB ratio for the Jays last season and could take another step forward in 2015.
    Today, 5:01 pm
  • Giants purchase Justin Maxwell's contract
    Giants purchased the contract of OF Justin Maxwell from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Maxwell earned a spot by batting .349 with a couple homers this spring. He could get some playing time against left-handers early on in the season with Hunter Pence (forearm) sidelined.
    Today, 4:27 pm
  • Carlos Gomez to hit leadoff for Brewers
    Carlos Gomez will begin the season as the Brewers' leadoff hitter.

    Advice: That means Scooter Gennett will be moved down to the No. 7 spot, hurting his fantasy value. Gomez will obviously have fewer chances to drive in runs in the leadoff spot, but he should also score a few more runs and possibly run a bit more. While this is manager Ron Roenicke's plan going into the season, it's always possible he'll eventually shake things up and put Gomez into a run-producing spot.
    Today, 4:19 pm
  • Wainwright named Cards' Opening Night SP
    Adam Wainwright has officially been named the Cardinals' Opening Night starter.

    Advice: The announcement came after he pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed two runs -- one earned -- Tuesday against the Marlins. A late-February abdominal strain threatened to alter Waino's schedule, but he was able to make up for lost time over the past three-plus weeks. Wainwright will take the hill this Sunday night at Wrigley Field.
    Today, 1:28 pm
  • Kevin Gausman gives up four runs to Rays
    Kevin Gausman yielded four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: If the Orioles were already leaning towards putting Gausman in the pen, then nothing they saw today is going to change their minds. Even if it happens, Gausman still figures to make at least 25 starts and amass some mixed-league value this year. We imagine it's a decision being made more with September and October in mind than anything else.
    Today, 1:24 pm
  • Ken Giles pulled from game with pain in back
    Ken Giles was lifted from Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after experiencing pain in his back.

    Advice: The discomfort was in the mid-to-lower part of the 24-year-old right-hander's back. Giles had a terrific rookie season in 2014 and had been pitching well this spring. He expects to be fine for Opening Day.
    Today, 1:24 pm
  • David Price gives up seven runs in loss
    David Price surrendered seven runs in six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Price struck out five and walked none today. He has a 29/5 K/BB ratio in 25 innings for the spring, but his ERA stands at 5.76 anyway. It'd just be a curiosity if it weren't for the fact that he had similar troubles last year, when he finished with an ERA higher than his career average despite an incredible 271/38 K/BB ratio. Price might need to pound the strike zone a little less this year in order to achieve optimum results.
    Today, 1:07 pm
  • Bruce Rondon returns to mound
    Bruce Rondon returned to the mound on Tuesday and struck out all three batters he faced against the Pirates.

    Advice: Barring further problems with his neck, Rondon is back on track to make the Opening Day roster. He hadn't pitched since Friday because of soreness in the area.
    Today, 1:01 pm
  • Victor Martinez 2-for-21 since returrning
    Victor Martinez went 0-for-4 on Tuesday and is 2-for-21 since rejoining Detroit's starting lineup after knee surgery.

    Advice: Martinez has admitted to some knee soreness, and the Tigers still haven't committed to putting him into the Opening Day lineup, though it'd be quite a surprise if they didn't. He still has a few more days to find his swing before then.
    Today, 12:59 pm
  • Laird signs five-day extension with D-backs
    According to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, Gerald Laird has signed a five-day extension with the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Laird had an opt-out in his contract that had to be exercised (or not) by Tuesday. He'll now remain in camp until Sunday. Arizona is desperate for catching options and despite a batting average of just .200 this spring, it's very likely that Laird will make the Opening Day roster.
    Today, 12:12 pm
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  • Brewers sign Chris Perez to minor league deal
    Brewers re-signed RHP Chris Perez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: That was fast. The Brewers released Perez just two days ago. It's been a strange week for Perez, who was pulled from Sunday's game with an ankle injury, subsequently released, then re-signed two days later. OK, Brewers, you do you. Perez posted a 4.27 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP in 46 1/3 relief innings with the Dodgers in 2014. He'll serve as bullpen depth in the minors, unless the Brewers opt to cut him again tomorrow.
    Today, 11:56 am
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  • Ryan Braun's thumb no longer an issue
    Brewers manager Ron Roenick said that Ryan Braun's thumb is no longer a concern.

    Advice: Braun underwent thumb surgery in October and has been on the mend ever since. He appears to be fully recovered. Braun will be ready for Opening Day. As long as he's healthy, he remains one of the best hitters in the game. The thumb issue is one to watch during the season, but for now, he should be good to go.
    Today, 11:08 am
  • Elliot Johnson traded to Dodgers for cash
    Dodgers acquired INF/OF Elliott Johnson from the Rangers for cash considerations.

    Advice: Johnson would have made $900,000 from the Rangers if he had made the team. Johnson's hit just .194/.350/.290 in 31 at-bats this spring. Those numbers aren't too far off of his career numbers, but he offers some speed and versatility.
    Today, 10:02 am
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  • Tillman to start Opening Day for O's
    Chris Tillman has been tagged as the Orioles' Opening Day starter.

    Advice: No surprise here. The 26-year-old Tillman is Baltimore's ace and pitched to a 3.34 ERA over a career-high 207+ innings in 2014, marking the second-straight year he's gone over 200 IP. Over the last three seasons, he holds a 3.42 ERA and 1.195 WHIP.
    Today, 9:44 am
  • Red Sox release Felipe Paulino
    Red Sox released RHP Felipe Paulino.

    Advice: Paulino would have been owed a $100,000 retention bonus if the Red Sox had opted to keep him. The righty has dealt with a myriad of shoulder issues over the last two seasons. While he was healthy this spring, he pitched just four innings in competition for a bullpen role.
    Today, 9:39 am
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  • Andrus (back) to resume baseball activities
    Elvis Andrus (back) is set to resume baseball activities on Wednesday.

    Advice: Said Andrus, "There's nothing to worry about." He was scratched from the lineup on Monday with a stiff lower back, but it doesn't sound major. The shortstop has been raking this spring, slashing .389/.410/.639 in 39 plate appearances.
    Today, 9:18 am
  • Gregorius (wrist) still experiencing swelling
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that there was no timetable for the return of Didi Gregorius (wrist).

    Advice: The Yankees need to see the swelling in Gregorius' left wrist subside before they're able to give an estimate for his return. He suffered the injury diving for a ball on Saturday. Gregorius previously indicated that he thought he'd be ready to play on Opening Day.
    Today, 9:11 am
  • Blue Jays release Dayan Viciedo
    Blue Jays released OF Dayan Viciedo.

    Advice: Viciedo would have made $2.8 million if he was in the majors this season. He was hitting close to the Mendoza Line in spring ball, with no homers and no walks, so this decision doesn't come as much of a surprise. The outfielder will try to catch on elsewhere.
    Today, 8:42 am
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  • Smith (ankle) could have played on Monday
    Seth Smith (ankle) was a precautionary scratch on Monday, but is not expected to miss any significant time.

    Advice: Smith's getting a scheduled off-day on Tuesday. It looks like he should be good to go for the season-opener.
    Today, 8:38 am
  • Pirates option Scahill to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned RHP Rob Scahill to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: The team acquired Scahill from the Rockies in November. He has a career 4.42 ERA and a 35/21 K/BB ratio over 57 innings in the majors. The right-hander will serve as organizational depth for the Pirates.
    Today, 5:42 am
  • Bruce Rondon (neck) held out again
    Bruce Rondon (neck) didn't make a scheduled appearance on Monday.

    Advice: Rondon has now been scratched from two straight appearances due to a neck injury. The ailment appears to be minor, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wouldn't commit to using Rondon on Tuesday. The big righty is running out of time as he tries to cement a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.
    Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Anderson wins spot in starting rotation
    Chase Anderson has secured a spot in the Diamondbacks' starting rotation.

    Advice: Trevor Cahill got the other spot while Daniel Hudson will move to the bullpen. Anderson earned the opportunity after posting a 1.84 ERA and 10/4 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings of work during Cactus League action. He's no sure thing to keep a spot and is a fringe option in mixed fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Seth Smith out Monday with sore ankle
    Seth Smith was scratched from the Mariners' lineup on Monday due to ongoing ankle soreness.

    Advice: Smith also missed Sunday's game, but the Mariners don't seem all that concerned. His readiness for the Mariners' season-opener is not in question at the moment.
    Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Andrus scratched Monday with stiff back
    Elvis Andrus was scratched from the Rangers' Cactus League lineup Monday with a stiff lower back.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like something that will affect his status for the start of the season. Andrus is batting .389/.410/.639 in 39 plate appearances this spring.
    Yesterday, 9:36 am
  • Seth Smith (ankle) in Cactus lineup Monday
    Seth Smith (ankle) is in the Mariners' starting lineup for Monday's Cactus League game.

    Advice: Smith was scratched from Sunday's game with a sore ankle. It's obviously not a serious injury.
    Yesterday, 7:34 am
  • Laird drives in lone run in loss to Rockies
    Gerald Laird plated the Diamondbacks' lone run with a sacrifice fly in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: The veteran backstop had an opportunity to seize the team's starting job behind the plate this spring, but has hit just .200 (5-for-25) with four RBI. He's expected to begin the season as a backup to Tuffy Gosewisch, combining to form the worst catching combination in Major League Baseball.
    Sunday, 7:27 pm
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  • Brewers release veteran right-hander Perez
    Brewers released RHP Chris Perez.

    Advice: The former closer was in camp as a non-roster invitee and attempting to earn a spot in the team's bullpen. With the team granting his unconditional release with a week remaining in camp, it gives Perez an opportunity to find a bullpen job elsewhere.
    Sunday, 5:17 pm
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  • Bruce Rondon (neck) scheduled to pitch Monday
    Bruce Rondon (neck) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Monday.

    Advice: That all depends on how the big right-hander is feeling on Monday however. Rondon woke up with a crick in his neck on Saturday which caused him to take a couple of days off. He should have no problems getting himself ready in time for the start of the regular season.
    Sunday, 3:52 pm
  • Chris Perez leaves with sprained ankle Sunday
    Chris Perez was removed from Sunday's Cactus League game with a minor right ankle sprain.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander recorded just one out before he succumbed to the injury. The Brewers are expected to make a decision early in the week whether or not Perez will win a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen.
    Sunday, 3:41 pm
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  • Seth Smith scratched with ankle injury
    Seth Smith was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore ankle.

    Advice: "He rolled his ankle a little bit yesterday," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "It's a little swollen. It's just precautionary. We're not going to let him play today. Seventh game of the World Series, he'd be in there." Expect Smith back out there in a day or two.
    Sunday, 12:27 pm
  • Bruce Rondon (neck) held out of action
    Bruce Rondon (neck) remained out of action on Sunday.

    Advice: Rondon is feeling better after waking up with a crick in his neck on Saturday but isn't ready for game action just yet. He should be fine in a day or two.
    Sunday, 8:42 am
  • David Freese (elbow) back in lineup
    David Freese (elbow) is back in the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Freese hadn't played since suffering a hyperextended left elbow during a collision in Wednesday's game. He's batting .282 with a homer and seven RBI in 14 games this spring and will be fine for Opening Day.
    Sunday, 8:03 am
  • Didi Gregorius (wrist) feeling much better
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) said he felt much better Sunday.

    Advice: Gregorius injured his left wrist when he dove for a ball during Saturday's game. He'll rest for three days but believes he'll be fine come Opening Day. Gregorius is slated to be the Yankees' primary shortstop.
    Sunday, 6:10 am
  • 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.
    Saturday, 4:19 pm
  • Didi Gregorius (wrist) to take three days off
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) will take the next three days off.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on the wrist, which Gregorius sprained diving for a ball, and the Yankees hope a few days of rest will go a long way. Yanks manager Joe Girardi said he hopes to get Gregorius back in the lineup on Wednesday. If that timetable holds true, the 25-year-old should be in the Yankees' lineup on Opening Day.
    Saturday, 4:04 pm
  • Ken Giles throws perfect inning
    Ken Giles bounced back from Thursday's poor outing with a perfect inning Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Giles gave up four runs against the Blue Jays two days ago. He had walked a total of seven batters in 7 1/3 innings this spring, but he managed to find the strike zone today.
    Saturday, 12:48 pm
  • Gregorius (wrist) heading for X-rays on wrist
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) sprained his left wrist in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest and is heading for precautionary X-rays.

    Advice: The Yankees don't believe that the injury is serious, but are sending him for X-Ray to be sure. If he isn't available for the start of the regular season, the Yankees could slide Stephen Drew over to shortstop.
    Saturday, 12:08 pm
  • Drew Hutchison strikes out six against Tigers
    Drew Hutchison pitched five strong innings, allowing just one run, Friday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Hutchison struck out six and walked one. He's been strong all spring, going 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA. He rates as at least a fringe mixed-league starter this year, even though he's not in a great situation for pitchers in Toronto.
    Friday, 1:09 pm
  • Bruce Rondon shaky in relief
    With the rain coming down, Bruce Rondon have up two runs and three hits in one-third of an inning before Friday's game against the Jays was called.

    Advice: The Tigers might throw this one out because of the poor conditions. Still, it was Rondon's first really shaky outing of the spring. He gave up a two-run homer to Justin Smoak and retired just one of the five batters he faced.
    Friday, 1:07 pm
  • David Freese (elbow) expected to play Sat.
    David Freese (elbow) is expected to return to action on Saturday.

    Advice: Freese suffered a hyperextended left elbow during a collision in Wednesday's game and is taking a couple days off as a precaution. He's batting .282 with a homer and seven RBI in 14 games this spring.
    Friday, 10:53 am
  • Weather forces V-Mart to be scratched
    Victor Martinez (knee) was scratched from Friday's lineup due to weather-related concerns.

    Advice: It's currently sunny in Florida, but showers are expected so the Tigers are playing it safe with V-Mart's surgically-repaired left knee. Martinez admitted to feeling a bit of soreness in the knee during Thursday's game, but it wasn't a cause for concern. Things are pointing towards him being ready for Opening Day.
    Friday, 9:17 am
  • Kevin Gausman to start on Tuesday
    Kevin Gausman will start Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that he was considering using Gausman in shorter stints just in case he's needed in relief, but the righty will be stretched out to around five innings Tuesday. While Gausman could still be the favorite for the No. 5 starter spot, it's possible the O's will pull a surprise and give the job to Ubaldo Jimenez.
    Friday, 8:30 am
  • Orioles could use Kevin Gausman as reliever
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that he could shorten Kevin Gausman's appearances in the final two weeks of camp to prepare him to possibly be used as a reliever.

    Advice: Gausman threw one inning in Thursday's game and it appears he may continue to be used in short spurts rather than be stretched out more. "Until everything shakes out, I want him to be ready to do both things," Showalter said of Gausman. It's really disappointing news, as this is the first we've heard of the possibility of Gausman potentially not being a part of the rotation. He's out-pitched Ubaldo Jimenez this spring, but it sounds like the latter might beat him out for a rotation spot, anyway. Gausman is a potential breakout fantasy performer if he's given a starting job, so keep close tabs on this one.
    Thursday, 4:50 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.
    Thursday, 4:37 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.
    Thursday, 2:43 pm
  • Ken Giles gives up four runs to Jays
    Ken Giles was charged with four runs in two-thirds of an inning Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Giles walked two and allowed two hits, one of them a three-run homer off the bat of Steve Tolleson. We still don't imagine Giles' shaky spring will cost him a roster spot, but he's up to seven walks in 7 1/3 innings. He does need to be better over this next week.
    Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • V-Mart felt some knee soreness Thursday
    Victor Martinez said that he dealt with some soreness in his surgically-repaired knee on Thursday.

    Advice: V-Mart homered Thursday, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that he felt something in the knee while stretching to try to beat out a throw to sixth base in the first inning. The 36-year-old said it's just something he will likely have to deal with. It's not the best sign, but it doesn't sound like something that will impact his readiness for the season.
    Thursday, 1:26 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 12:56 pm
  • Kevin Gausman limited to one inning in relief
    Kevin Gausman threw just one inning against the Tigers on Thursday and gave up a two-run homer.

    Advice: Gausman came in for the eighth, and he would have pitched the bottom of the ninth as well, except the game was over. We're assuming this was just about rearranging Gausman's schedule a bit. Even though the Orioles have six starters with Ubaldo Jimenez throwing better, Gausman is likely to be a part of the rotation. It'd be really disappointing if they go in a different direction.
    Thursday, 12:51 pm
  • Victor Martinez hits first home run
    Victor Martinez homered off the Orioles' Kevin Gausman in Thursday's win.

    Advice: Martinez was playing for the second straight day and making his third start at DH since returning from knee surgery last week. He's 2-for-10.
    Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Freese out next few days with elbow injury
    David Freese will be out for the next couple of days with a hyperextended left elbow.

    Advice: Freese suffered the injury Wednesday in a collision. He told reporters that he's not concerned about it affecting his readiness for the Angels' season-opener. The third baseman is 11-for-39 (.282) with a homer and seven RBI in 14 games this spring.
    Thursday, 12:45 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 12:11 pm
  • 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
  • Gomez homers, knocks in 3 runs vs. Athletics
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI versus the Athletics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gomez hit a solo home run off of Sonny Gray in the first inning, knocked in a run with a ground out in the second, and singled in a third run in the third inning. Gomez, a back-to-back All-Star, has had a terrific spring, now carrying a .435 average (10-for-23) with three homers and 10 RBI. The 29-year-old figures to serve as a fantasy monster again this season.
    Wednesday, 4:28 pm
  • Dayan Viciedo goes 0-for-4 against Orioles
    Dayan Viciedo went 0-for-4 against the Orioles on Wednesday, dropping his average to .219.

    Advice: Viciedo has no homers and no walks in 33 at-bats. It's starting to look like he won't have a spot on the Jays, not with the team having to pay him $2.8 million if he's in the major leagues.
    Wednesday, 2:48 pm
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  • Bruce Rondon throws perfect inning
    Bruce Rondon pitched a perfect frame versus the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rondon's velocity has fluctuated in his six appearances back from Tommy John surgery, but his control has been surprisingly good, with just one walk through six innings. He's going to have a spot in the Tigers bullpen, and he could quickly find himself in a late-game role, depending on how well the veterans perform.
    Wednesday, 1:46 pm
  • V-Mart (knee) to DH on Wednesday
    Victor Martinez (knee) will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday.

    Advice: Martinez, who is about six weeks removed from knee surgery, made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday and played in a minor league game Tuesday. Things are looking good for him and Miguel Cabrera (foot) to both be in the Opening Day lineup.
    Wednesday, 7:38 am
  • 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
  • Elvis Andrus goes deep as Rangers blast Halos
    Elvis Andrus connected on his first home run of the Cactus League season as the Rangers blasted the Angels 15-8 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Andrus victimized Andrew Heaney for the solo shot in the fifth inning. The 26-year-old has been punishing the baseball in Cactus League play, hitting .444 (12-for-27) with four RBI. With Leonys Martin slated to serve as the Rangers leadoff hitter, Andrus will likely fall to the bottom third of the order, severely impacting his potential counting stats.
    Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Ken Giles throws perfect inning
    Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for a save Monday against the Twins.

    Advice: Giles was wild early this spring, giving up a run his first time out and five walks total in his first four innings. It looks like he's settling down now, though, pitching 2 2/3 innings without a free pass in his last two appearances. As long as it keeps up, his role as the Phillies' eighth inning guy will be safe.
    Mar 23, 1:37 pm
  • Joe Wieland 'leading candidate' for rotation
    According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, right-hander Joe Wieland is the "leading candidate" to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu in the Dodgers' rotation.

    Advice: Ryu is again dealing with shoulder problems and is expected to have a lengthy disabled list stint to open the 2015 season. That leaves a big opportunity for the 25-year-old Wieland, who was acquired from the Padres in December as part of the Matt Kemp trade and could suddenly take on deep-league fantasy relevance. Wieland owns a cool 3.27 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 8.4 K/9 in 476 2/3 career minor league innings.
    Mar 23, 8:06 am
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  • 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
  • Maxwell, has 2B, HR in quest for bench role
    Justin Maxwell doubled and hit a solo home run in four at-bats Sunday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Maxwell hit a solo home run off of C.J. Wilson in the fourth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie at the time. The 31-year-old hasn't made a lot of noise this spring, but he remains in the running for a bench role with Hunter Pence on the disabled list.
    Mar 22, 3:37 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.
    Mar 22, 6:20 am
  • 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.
    Mar 21, 2:30 pm
  • Martinez (knee) to DH in split squad Sunday
    Victor Martinez will serve as designated hitter in the Tigers' split squad game against the Braves Sunday.

    Advice: Martinez played in a minor league game Saturday, so it's promising that he feels good enough to do it again a day later. The DH even trotted around the bases after homering in his final at-bat of the day. V-Mart is still questionable for the start of the season, but with each new hurdle cleared he gets closer and closer to being in the Tigers' Opening Day lineup.
    Mar 21, 1:19 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.
    Mar 21, 1:01 pm
  • 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
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