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  • Jacob deGrom goes seven strong in win
    Jacob deGrom limited the Nationals to one run and four hits over seven innings in a win Saturday.

    Advice: Bryce Harper positively crushed a home run off deGrom, but that was the only problem with the right-hander's outing. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year should remain a very strong starter this year, though the Mets' poor defense will take at least a minor toll on his fantasy value.
    Today, 2:10 pm
  • Mike Napoli homers in Red Sox's victory
    Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer Saturday as the Red Sox topped the Rays 9-6.

    Advice: It was an opposite-field shot off Nate Karns. Napoli is batting .370 with three homers in 26 at-bats. Last year, he failed to top 20 homers for the first time since 2007, finishing with 17 in 415 at-bats. He should get back to at least 20 this year, but since he'll probably be batting sixth, rather than fourth, for Boston, his fantasy upside isn't quite what it used to be.
    Today, 1:47 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.
    Today, 1:34 pm
  • Daric Barton hits first spring homer
    Daric Barton went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the spring Saturday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Barton might have had a chance to beat out Justin Smoak for a job with a big spring, but since he's hitting a modest .250/.341/.389 in 36 at-bats, he's most likely Triple-A bound.
    Today, 1:31 pm
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  • Nate Schierholtz granted release from Rangers
    Rangers released OF Nate Schierholtz.

    Advice: The club had signed the outfielder to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training, but he was told he would make the club Saturday and asked for his release. He's now a free agent and will attempt to catch on somewhere else.
    Today, 1:29 pm
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  • Shane Greene strikes out six Cardinals
    Shane Greene allowed three runs -- one earned -- and struck out six in five innings Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Greene might not be a force in mixed leagues right away, but he should be a fine starter for the Tigers after coming over from the Yankees in a three-team deal in December. He has a 3.95 ERA and a 14/3 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this spring.
    Today, 1:03 pm
  • Carlos Villanueva gives up run to Tigers
    Carlos Villanueva gave up a run in his inning of relief Saturday against the Tigers.

    Advice: It might have been Villanueva's final outing before the Cardinals make a decision on whether to carry him; he has an out in his contract next week if he's not going to make the team. It'd make a lot of sense for the Cardinals to bring him up north if they decide to send Carlos Martinez down to start games in Triple-A. If Jaime Garcia is in the rotation and Martinez is in the pen, there probably wouldn't be room for Villanueva.
    Today, 1:01 pm
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  • 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.
    Today, 12:48 pm
  • Schierholtz informed he won't make Rangers
    Nate Shierholtz was informed Saturday that he would not make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: He would've stood to make $1.75 million if he made the team. It's unclear if he'll ask for his release and look for a job elsewhere, or if he'll accept an assignment to the minor leagues.
    Today, 11:30 am
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  • James Shields named as Opening Day starter
    Padres manager Bud Black officially named James Shields as the team's Opening Day starter.

    Advice: The move doesn't come as a major surprise, as the 33-year-old hurler was signed this winter to be the ace of the Padres staff. His fantasy value continues to rise as he's pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park.
    Today, 9:42 am
  • Angels option Cam Bedrosian to Triple-A
    Angels optioned RHP Cam Bedrosian to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The 23-year-old had a chance to secure a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, but posted a 5.06 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in 5 1/3 Cactus League innings. He should get an opportunity with the Angels at some point during the upcoming season.
    Today, 9:12 am
  • Ross Ohlendorf won't be ready for Opening Day
    Ross Ohlendorf (groin) will not be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: He will begin the season in the rotation at the Triple-A level, but the Rangers do expect him to contribute at the major league level in 2015. He has pitched well in limited time this spring, fanning 11 over five shutout innings.
    Today, 9:09 am
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  • Angels release veteran reliever Lindstrom
    Angels released RHP Matt Lindstrom.

    Advice: He had an opt-out clause in his contract if he wasn't on the Opening Day roster, so the move doesn't come as a huge surprise. The 35-year-old struggled in Cactus League play, posting a 11.12 ERA, 2.30 WHIP and 5/4 K/BB ratio in 5 2/3 innings.
    Today, 9:00 am
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  • Span (abdomen) throws successful long toss
    Denard Span (abdomen) threw a successful long toss session on Saturday with distances up to 150 feet.

    Advice: Span continues to progress nicely in his recovery from core muscle surgery, but still isn't quite ready for game action. He isn't expected to rejoin the Nationals lineup until the end of April.
    Today, 7:45 am
  • Mike Pelfrey not happy about move to bullpen
    Mike Pelfrey expressed unhappiness Saturday that he's being moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander said Saturday that he was, "kind of disappointed, frustrated, a little upset" over the move. He had been told that there would be an open competition for the final spot in the rotation, and Pelfrey doesn't believe that he was outpitched by Tommy Milone. It's unclear if the Twins will seek a trade for the disgruntled hurler, or attempt to smooth things over.
    Today, 6:42 am
  • Shields gives up five runs in loss to Rockies
    James Shields had a rough outing against the Rockies on Friday, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits over his 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Big Game James punched out five on the evening and walked one. It was the roughest start of the spring for the 33-year-old hurler, who still sports a respectable 3.31 ERA and outstanding 21/5 K/BB ratio across 16 1/3 innings. With his move to the National League and the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park, he has been a very popular commodity on fantasy draft boards this spring.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Denard Span (abdomen) to take light swings
    Denard Span (abdomen) will take light swings with a fungo bat on Friday.

    Advice: Span also ran sprints on Friday and has been playing catch for over a week. The outfielder is coming along nicely from core muscle surgery but isn't close to game action and is still expected to miss the first few weeks of the season.
    Yesterday, 8:53 am
  • 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.
    Thursday, 8:38 pm
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  • 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
  • Napoli (ankle) back in Sox lineup on Thursday
    Mike Napoli (ankle) is back in the Red Sox lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Twins.

    Advice: Napoli missed several days of Grapefruit League action due to discomfort in his right ankle. The 33-year-old first baseman should be a full-go for Opening Day and still carries considerable fantasy value as a power threat in the middle of Boston's batting order.
    Thursday, 6:06 am
  • 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.
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • Mike Pelfrey solid for 4 2/3 innings
    Mike Pelfrey yielded two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Pelfrey walked two, struck out two and gave up a homer to Cody Asche, so it wasn't a very good FIP day. However, he got 10 outs on the ground, compared to just two through the air, and that's pretty much the key to any moderate success he might experience this year. He's probably going to be named the Twins' fifth starter.
    Monday, 1:35 pm
  • 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.
    Sunday, 6:37 pm
  • Shields tosses five hitless innings vs. Cubs
    James Shields held the Cubs hitless -- and scoreless -- over five innings on Sunday.

    Advice: It was a pitcher's duel, as Jason Hammel matched Shields blow-for-blow. Shields walked two and struck out six in the effort, lowering his spring ERA to 2.25. The right-hander has a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 12 innings so far, looking quite ready to start the regular season with his new club.
    Sunday, 4:20 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.
    Sunday, 1:51 pm
  • Mike Napoli scratched with sore ankle
    Mike Napoli was scratched from Friday's lineup due to right ankle soreness.

    Advice: Napoli will rest for a couple days but downplayed the injury, saying the Red Sox are just being safe. He should return to Grapefruit League action early next week.
    Friday, 8:48 am
  • Span (abdomen) played catch on Thursday
    Denard Span (abdomen) played catch on Thursday.

    Advice: It's a step in the right direction for the rehabbing outfielder, who is expected to miss the first month of the 2015 regular season. Span underwent surgery on March 9 to repair a right core muscle injury. Michael Taylor should to be the Nationals' starting center fielder on Opening Day.
    Thursday, 8:50 am
  • Mike Pelfrey effective for four innings
    Mike Pelfrey pitched four innings of one-run ball Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Pelfrey struck out three and went without a walk for the third straight outings. That might be a good sign for a guy who walked 18 batters in 23 2/3 innings last year before getting hurt. He's going to be the Twins' fifth starter if this keeps up.
    Wednesday, 1:05 pm
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