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  • Tillman fans eight in final spring outing
    Chris Tillman struck out eight over five innings of two-run ball in his final Grapefruit League start Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The Orioles' Opening Day starter made one mistake, which Pedro Alvarez hit for a two-run homer. Tillman only allowed three hits on the night, and he didn't walk a batter. The start was the final outing of a strong spring from the right-hander. He finished with a 2.76 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings, and he's trending in the right direction ahead of Monday's opener at Tampa Bay.
    Today, 7:38 pm
  • Mario Hollands getting more tests on elbow
    Mario Hollands (elbow) will undergo another ultrasound on his common flexor tendon this week.

    Advice: Hollands was hoping to have more clarity on his injured elbow after a meeting with Dr. James Andrews, but Andrews had trouble getting a clear reading on Hollands' MRI Monday. The Phillies' team physician has already recommended season-ending surgery to repair the strain in his elbow. Either way, Hollands won't be back with the Phillies any time soon.
    Today, 4:40 pm
  • Fowler has another big game, 3-for-3 vs. Cubs
    Dexter Fowler went 3-for-3 with a walk, a triple, a two-run home run, and four runs scored on Wednesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Fowler showed what kind of damage he is capable of at the top of the Cubs' lineup. His fourth-inning two-run home run off of Kyle Lohse extended the Cubs' lead to 7-0. With spring training drawing to a close, Fowler is batting .319 (15-for-47) with two doubles, two triples, and two home runs.
    Today, 4:34 pm
  • Bumgarner sharp in final Cactus League outing
    Madison Bumgarner was sharp in his final Cactus League outing Wednesday, allowing one run while striking out four over four innings of work.

    Advice: Bumgarner scattered five hits and didn't walk a batter in the outing. His Cactus League ERA sits at 4.91, not overly impressive but not terribly important now that spring is over, either. Bumgarner is looking to carry momentum over after one of the most dominant postseasons ever for a pitcher.
    Today, 3:59 pm
  • Solarte finishing out the spring with a bang
    Yangervis Solarte went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 8-2 win against the White Sox.

    Advice: Solarte went yard off of David Robertson in the fifth inning for his second spring home run. Officially in a super utility role, Solarte nears the end of spring training carrying a .310 average (18-for-58).
    Today, 3:48 pm
  • Tomas provides game's only offense vs. Reds
    Yasmany Tomas was responsible for all three runs scored in Wednesday's Cactus League match-up against the Reds.

    Advice: Tomas cleared the bases with a fourth-inning double off of Johnny Cueto, the only scoring that occurred on the afternoon. After a slow start to the spring, Tomas has brought his numbers back to respectability, batting .274 (17-for-62) with 11 RBI. However, the Diamondbacks are reportedly considering having Tomas begin the season in the minor leagues with the aim of using him both at third base and in left field.
    Today, 3:35 pm
  • Chavez pitches well again, will head to 'pen
    Jesse Chavez allowed just one unearned run over six innings of work in Wednesday's start against the Angels.

    Advice: Chavez gave up only three hits and a walk while striking out six. He ends his spring having allowed eight earned runs over 22 innings (3.27 ERA) with an 18/5 K/BB ratio. As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, despite Chavez's productive Cactus League showing, he is headed to the bullpen. He hasn't yet been informed yet but said "the writing's on the wall".
    Today, 2:37 pm
  • Mets place OF Cesar Puello on waivers
    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have placed Cesar Puello on outright waivers.

    Advice: Puello wasn't going to make the Mets' Opening Day roster and he is out of minor league options, so the move is not surprising. The 24-year-old outfielder batted just .252/.355/.393 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 105 games last season at Triple-A Las Vegas.
    Today, 2:28 pm
  • Chase Utley delivers another two-homer game
    Chase Utley homered twice off Julio Teheran as the Phillies smoked the Braves 9-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Utley also homered twice Sunday before taking Monday off. It's quite an outburst from a guy who mustered 11 homers in 589 at-bats last year and hasn't reached 20 since way back in 2009. Of course, Utley remains one of the NL's top second basemen when healthy. It just doesn't result in nearly as much fantasy value as it used to.
    Today, 1:19 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton hits fourth spring homer
    Giancarlo Stanton had a two-run homer and a double as the Marlins shut out the Nationals 8-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stanton has four homers, three of them coming in his last five games. He's up to .313/.393/.688 in 48 at-bats for the spring. There should no longer be any concern about how he'd react after last season's beaning.
    Today, 1:05 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann gives up eight runs in loss
    Jordan Zimmermann was tagged for eight runs -- seven earned -- in four innings by the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Zimmermann was having another brilliant spring, entering the day with a 1.37 ERA in five starts, so one poor outing isn't of any concern. He'll face the Mets next week in his first start of the season.
    Today, 1:01 pm
  • Pirela (concussion) might swing bat Thursday
    Jose Pirela (concussion) could be allowed to swing a bat on Thursday.

    Advice: Pirela suffered the concussion on March 22, when he knocked into a wall. He ran on Wednesday without ill effects and might swing the bat on Thursday, but there's still no timetable for his return to Grapefruit League action. It's unlikely that he'll make the Yankees' Opening Day roster even if he is healthy.
    Today, 12:29 pm
  • Coghlan (neck) scratched from lineup
    Chris Coghlan (neck) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game.

    Advice: Coghlan's out with a stiff neck. It had not previously been an issue this spring, though he was dealing with a leg injury in the middle of March. Assuming nothing serious, he should be ready for Opening Day.
    Today, 9:29 am
  • Gallo undergoes MRI on left heel
    Joey Gallo underwent an MRI on his left heel on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gallo will visit Dr. John Crates, a foot specialist, on Thursday. The highly touted prospect didn't seem too concerned about the injury, but it's one to keep an eye on nonetheless. The injury is being termed as a "bruised left heel." Gallo is one of the top prospects in the game and mashed 42 home runs in the minors last season.
    Today, 8:57 am
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  • Orioles release Tuiasosopo
    Orioles released OF Matt Tuiasosopo.

    Advice: Tuiasosopo had been reassigned to minor league camp on March 15. The team granted him his release to look for other Triple-A options. Tuiasosopo spent 2014 at the Triple-A level, batting .240/.357/.379 with 13 homers and 50 RBI over 122 games between the White Sox and Blue Jays' systems.
    Today, 6:17 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.
    Yesterday, 9:44 am
  • Chase Utley homers twice for Phillies
    Chase Utley hit a pair of homers and walked Sunday as the Phillies and Tigers played to a 4-4 tie.

    Advice: The homers off Anibal Sanchez were the first he's hit this spring. Utley, though, hasn't played as much as most, partly because of a sprained ankle and partly because he doesn't really need to. He's batting .423 in 26 at-bats.
    Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • Fowler hits first homer but Cubs fall to Reds
    Dexter Fowler hit his first Cactus League home run on Saturday, finishing 2-for-4 against the Reds.

    Advice: Fowler hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning off of Ben Klimesh, bringing the Cubs within five runs at 8-3. It's been a bit of a slow spring for Fowler, as he's hitting just .237 (9-for-38). The Cubs hope the 29-year-old will be able to reach double digits in both home runs and stolen bases this season as he did in 2012 and '13 with the Rockies.
    Saturday, 4:08 pm
  • Solarte preparing for super utility role
    Yangervis Solarte has embraced his super utility role with the Padres this spring.

    Advice: He entered camp in a competition with Will Middlebrooks for the team's starting job at third base, but it appears that he'll wind up in a reserve role instead. With the ability to play nearly every position on the field, Solarte should find himself in the lineup on an almost nightly basis.
    Friday, 7:09 pm
  • Zimmermann says extension looking unlikely
    Jordan Zimmermann admitted Friday that the chances he signs a contract extension with the Nationals are "not looking good."

    Advice: Zimmermann won't negotiate during the season, and he indicated that there's been little-to-no talks between his reps and the club. "I’m just not going to talk during the season," Zimmermann said. "If something gets done before then — which is probably pretty rare right now — then it gets done. But it’s not looking good." Zimmermann will earn $16.5 million this season before hitting the open market next winter.
    Friday, 2:43 pm
  • Hale reiterates Tomas could start in minors
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale reiterated on Thursday that Yasmany Tomas could begin the season in the minors.

    Advice: "Yeah, there's a definite chance," Hale said. "It's going to come down to us all sitting down and everybody talking about what's best for the major league team." It's well known that Tomas has had issues at third base, but he's also been inconsistent at the plate and the D'Backs may choose to ease the pressure on him by putting him at Triple-A to begin the year. Hale added that the club hasn't moved Tomas off of third base yet and said that the Cuban defector could wind up playing both third and left field, whether that's in the majors or minors.
    Thursday, 4:27 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton homers to lead Marlins
    Giancarlo Stanton delivered a homer and a double off Adam Wainwright as the Marlins beat the Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday.

    Advice: Some were nervous about how Stanton would fare after having his season ended by a beanball last September, but he isn't showing any fear at the plate. He's currently batting .294 with two homers and four doubles in 34 at-bats.
    Thursday, 2:46 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
  • Hollands getting second opinion on elbow
    Mario Hollands is getting a second opinion on his injured elbow from Dr. James Andrews.

    Advice: Dr. Michael Ciccotti, the Phillies' team physician, has recommended that Hollands undergo surgery to repair the common flexor tendon strain in his left elbow. It would put him out for the entire 2015 season.
    Thursday, 5:32 am
  • No timetable for Pirela's (concussion) return
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi acknowledged Wednesday that there's no timetable for Jose Pirela's (concussion) return to Grapefruit League play.

    Advice: Pirela suffered a concussion last Sunday when he banged into a wall during an exhibition game. He's highly doubtful to be on the Yankees' Opening Day roster.
    Wednesday, 2:58 pm
  • Tomas finally has a big game vs. the Dodgers
    Yasmany Tomas had a big game on Monday against the Dodgers, finishing 3-for-3 with a three-run home run.

    Advice: Tomas took Chin-hui Tsao out to center field with a pair of runners on base in the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4. It's been a rough spring for Tomas. Entering the afternoon, he was batting a meager .214 (9-for-42) with one home run and four RBI. The Diamondbacks are obviously hoping Tomas can catch fire before the start of the season.
    Mar 23, 4:10 pm
  • Rangers reassign 3B Gallo to minors
    Rangers reassigned 3B Joey Gallo, OF Jared Hoying, and RHP David Martinez to minor league camp.

    Advice: Gallo hit .250 (8-for-32) with two homers, one double, and two stolen bases across 15 games during Cactus League action. The 21-year-old slugged 42 homers in the minors last season and is one of the top prospects in the game. He could make his major league debut later this year.
    Mar 23, 2:52 pm
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  • Hollands likely to require surgery on elbow
    Mario Hollands is likely to need elbow surgery.

    Advice: Hollands was diagnosed Sunday with a common flexor tendon strain -- the same injury that is threatening the career of Cliff Lee. Hollands will be evaluated this week by team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti. Surgery would likely cost him the entire 2015 season.
    Mar 23, 7:22 am
  • Tests come back normal for Jose Pirela (head)
    The results of MRI and CT scans came back normal for Jose Pirela on Sunday.

    Advice: Pirela sustained a concussion when he ran into the outfield wall during Sunday's Grapefruit League contest. He was able to avoid any significant injury and has been discharged from the hospital. He should be cleared for baseball activities once he passes concussion protocol.
    Mar 22, 4:11 pm
  • Bumgarner solid over six frames vs. the Halos
    Madison Bumgarner looked strong on Sunday, limiting the Angels to one run on one hit over six innings.

    Advice: The only run and hit come on an Albert Pujols solo home run in the first inning. Bumgarner issued no walks and struck out five, lowering his Cactus League ERA to 5.65 in the process. The spring results haven't been there, but there aren't any questions as to whether or not he can reprise his 2014 performance, which resulted in finishing fourth in NL Cy Young balloting.
    Mar 22, 3:39 pm
  • Pirela suffers concussion after collision
    Jose Pirela sustained a concussion after running into the outfield wall Sunday.

    Advice: Pirela stayed down a long while before being carted off the field. Concussions are nasty injuries that don't really have a set time frame for a recovery. It's unfortunate, as the second baseman was really making a claim for a roster spot before the injury.
    Mar 22, 11:39 am
  • Pirela exits after running into outfield wall
    Jose Pirela left Sunday's Grapefruit League game after running into the outfield wall.

    Advice: Pirela was seen grabbing his head, suggesting it may be concussion-related. He was carted off the field. The Yankees should give an update on his status shortly.
    Mar 22, 10:25 am
  • Hollands (elbow) diagnosed with flexor strain
    Mario Hollands (elbow) has been diagnosed with a common flexor tendon strain.

    Advice: The injury is the same as the one plaguing Cliff Lee, a bad sign for the 26-year-old. Hollands will be evaluated and his MRI findings will be reviewed before a plan of action is determined. It appears as though Hollands will spend some time on the disabled list as a result of the injury.
    Mar 22, 7:28 am
  • 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
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