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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.
    Yesterday, 8:07 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • Tim Lincecum struggles again vs. Rockies
    Tim Lincecum struggled again in Tuesday's Cactus League start against the Rockies, surrendering three runs on eight hits over his 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Lincecum also issued three free passes while punching out three on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came on one swing of the bat by Nolan Arenado in the fifth inning. Despite a 6.27 spring ERA, he'll open the season as the fifth starter in the Giants' Opening Day rotation.
    Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Arenado blasts fifth homer in loss to Giants
    Nolan Arenado blasted his fifth Cactus League home run in a losing effort against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: He got the Rockies on the board in the fifth inning with a three-run shot off Giants starter Tim Lincecum, providing the extent of the Rockies offense on the day. That was his lone hit in five at-bats in the ballgame. The 23-year-old is having a strong spring, hitting .286 (16-for-56) with five homers and 14 RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:52 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Lincecum confirmed as Giants' fifth starter
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Tuesday that Tim Lincecum will begin the season as the team's No. 5 starter.

    Advice: Lincecum entered camp as the clear favorite for the role but then stumbled with a 6.27 ERA. Luckily for him, Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong have been arguably just as bad or worse. Lincecum will still get strikeouts for fantasy owners, but that's all they can count on from him at this point.
    Yesterday, 4:05 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.
    Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Anthony Rendon to seek third opinion on knee
    Anthony Rendon will seek a third opinion from Dr. Steven Singleton regarding his knee injury.

    Advice: It should be noted that Rendon, and not the team, has chosen to look for the third opinion. He saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday and a left MCL sprain was the confirmed diagnosis. Rendon has been dealing with this sprain since March 9 and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Yunel Escobar is tentatively slated to take his place at the hot corner, though Escobar has not played third since 2007.
    Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 11:08 am
  • Angels option Nick Tropeano to Triple-A
    Angels optioned RHP Nick Tropeano to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Tropeano was in contention for the final spot in the Angels' rotation, battling with Andrew Heaney, but for the time being, it appears that the team will go with a four-man set. The righty put up decent numbers this spring (3.48 ERA in 10+ innings). He could find himself back in the rotation mix once the Angels need another starter.
    Yesterday, 10:46 am
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  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:39 am
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  • Brignac opts out of contract
    Reid Brignac has elected free agency.

    Advice: Brignac, a non-roster invitee this spring, was among the Marlins' final cuts. He hit .222/.300/.346 in 81 at-bats with the Phillies last season. At best, he'll find work as a backup utility infielder, but he's not fantasy relevant.
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
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  • Franklin (oblique) handles grounders
    Nick Franklin (oblique) was able to handle straight-on grounders on Tuesday.

    Advice: Franklin's left oblique is progressing well enough that he's able to take the field for some activity, but he's still bound for the DL. There's no concrete timetable for the infielder as of yet. Logan Forsythe is likely to start at second in Franklin's absence, with Alexi Casilla, Tim Beckham and Jake Elmore also options depending on the situation.
    Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 8:38 am
  • Pirates option Holdzkom to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned RHP John Holdzkom to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: The 27-year old posted a 3.38 ERA while pitching eight spring innings. Should the Pirates need additional bullpen depth, Holdzkom could see a call-up later this year. In 2014, he put up a 1.73 ERA over 36+ innings in the minors.
    Yesterday, 5:27 am
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  • Tropeano gives up 4 runs in 6 innings vs. SEA
    Nick Tropeano allowed four runs in six innings in Monday's start against the Mariners.

    Advice: The right-hander yielded seven hits (including a home run to Mike Zunino) and a walk while striking out three. Tropeano was battling Andrew Heaney for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, but the Angels appear likely to open the season with a four-man rotation. He still remains an option when the Angels do need a fifth starter, however.
    Monday, 3:28 pm
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  • 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.
    Monday, 2:36 pm
  • Rendon sees Dr. James Andrews about knee
    Anthony Rendon saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get a second opinion on his left knee.

    Advice: Rendon suffered what was termed as a minor MCL sprain in his knee on March 9, but he continues to feel discomfort and went to Andrews to get some answers. The Nationals are still waiting on his diagnosis, but obviously they need to prepare themselves for the possibility that they will be without him for the early part of the season.
    Monday, 1:15 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.
    Monday, 11:55 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.
    Monday, 7:34 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rendon (knee) does lateral jogging Friday
    Anthony Rendon (knee) did light jogging on Friday with an emphasis on lateral movement.

    Advice: Rendon was testing his left knee as he's attempting to rehab from a minor MCL sprain that has shut him down since March 9. The young infielder has no issues when running straight ahead, but continues to have trouble when moving side to side. He still has his sights set on being a part of the Nationals lineup on Opening Day, and barring any setbacks that goal could be realistic.
    Friday, 7:21 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 8:51 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tropeano allows three runs in four innings
    Nick Tropeano gave up three runs (one earned) in four innings as the Angels held on to a 4-3 win over the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: All three runs scored against Tropeano in the fourth inning, as the Indians were helped by a fielding error by first baseman Efren Navarro. Overall. Tropeano allowed two hits, walked three, and struck out two. The 24-year-old is battling Andrew Heaney for the final spot in the Angels' rotation. As the Halos won't immediately need a fifth starter to begin the season, Tropeano may still open the season at Triple-A.
    Wednesday, 4:10 pm
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  • Rendon (knee) in doubt for Opening Day
    Anthony Rendon underwent another MRI Tuesday which showed that the MCL in his left knee is healing, but still sprained.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL sprain on March 9 and he's not back to 100 percent yet, as he told James Wagner of the Washington Post that he still felt something in the knee while doing rotational exercises. The Nationals haven't ruled out the possibility completely, but it's increasingly clear that Rendon will not be ready for the start of the season. Those who were considering Rendon as a late first-round or early second-round pick in mixed fantasy leagues might have to think twice.
    Wednesday, 8:13 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
  • Franklin (oblique) to miss start of season
    Rays manager Kevin Cash confirmed Tuesday that Nick Franklin (oblique) will not be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Franklin suffered the injury during Monday's Grapefruit League game. Logan Forsythe is now likely to begin the season as the starting second baseman while Alexi Casilla, Tim Beckham, and Jake Elmore could also be in the mix for at-bats.
    Tuesday, 12:23 pm
  • Arenado swats his fourth homer of the spring
    Nolan Arenado doubled and hit a solo home run in three at-bats Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Arenado took Tyler Thornburg out to left center to put the Rockies on the board in the second inning for his fourth home run of the spring. The 23-year-old third baseman has been terrific this spring, batting .308 (12-for-39) with 11 RBI.
    Monday, 4:27 pm
  • Nick Franklin diagnosed with strained oblique
    Nick Franklin has been diagnosed with a left oblique strain.

    Advice: Oblique strains usually take at least two weeks to heal and Opening Day is exactly two weeks away, so Franklin figures to begin the year on the disabled list. He'll be the Rays starting second baseman when he returns to good health and should have some AL-only fantasy value. Asdrubal Cabrera has been named the starting shortstop.
    Monday, 12:19 pm
  • Nick Franklin tweaked muscle on left side
    Nick Franklin tweaked a muscle in his left side.

    Advice: That's all the Rays are saying for now; more details should come out after Monday's Grapefruit League game. If it's an oblique strain, Franklin would likely have to open the regular season with a 15-day disabled list stint. He's been trying to lock down Tampa Bay's starting second base gig.
    Monday, 9:43 am
  • Rendon (knee) might not be ready for opener
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Anthony Rendon's left knee remains sore.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL spain on March 9 and it still causes him discomfort when he tries to hit. Opening Day is just two weeks away and Rendon has logged only nine Grapefruit League at-bats. He could begin the season on the disabled list.
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • 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
  • Rendon (knee) cleared for baseball activities
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Anthony Rendon (knee) has been cleared to do baseball activities.

    Advice: "He'll start to throw. He'll start to run. He'll start to do the things he needs to do ... but with that type of nagging injury, it can stay around a while. The good thing about it is that structurally, he's fine," Williams said. Rendon suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in camp and he's been sidelined for much of spring. Despite the injury, the team is hopeful he'll be ready for Opening Day.
    Mar 22, 11:52 am
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