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    • Semien drives in three more runs Wednesday
      Marcus Semien stayed hot Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI in a Cactus League win over the Giants.

      Advice: Semien is now 5-for-5 with six RBI in six plate appearances this spring. The infielder was one of the focal points for the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija trade, and he's showing why early in camp. The 24-year-old is penciled in as the Athletics' starting shortstop and he should be on AL-only radars -- if not as a flier in deep mixed leagues -- this draft season. Rotoworld.com
      18 minutes ago
    • Chavez goes two scoreless in spring debut
      Jesse Chavez allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings in a win over the Giants in the Cactus League Wednesday.

      Advice: Chavez struck out one batter on the afternoon. The 31-year-old thrived as a starter in the first half of 2014, posting a 3.14 ERA in 19 starts, but he faded down the stretch, was removed from the rotation after July and was scarcely used in September. Chavez will likely start the year in the bullpen but his starting experience makes him a valuable member of the Athletics' staff. Rotoworld.com
      24 minutes ago
    • McGehee has two hits in loss to Athletics
      Casey McGehee went 2-for-2 in the Giants' Cactus League loss to the Athletics Wednesday.

      Advice: The Giants acquired McGehee from the Marlins this winter to fill the void left by Pablo Sandoval. The third baseman batted .287/.355/.357 with the Fish last year, and he'll look to continue that career resurgence in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
      29 minutes ago
    • Peavy knocked around in Cactus League debut
      Jake Peavy allowed two runs on four hits in one inning of work Wednesday in a Cactus League loss to the Athletics.

      Advice: Too much shouldn't be gleaned from anything this early, but it's certainly not the start Peavy wanted. The 33-year-old will be a mid-rotation starter this year after re-signing with the Giants in December on a two-year deal. Peavy owned a 3.73 ERA over 202 2/3 innings last season. Rotoworld.com
      32 minutes ago
    • Montero goes 2-for-2 to kick off the spring
      Jesus Montero singled twice in two at-bats in his spring debut on Wednesday against the Padres.

      Advice: Montero, who showed up to camp 45 pounds lighter, is hoping to make an impression after years of failing to live up to his hype as a top prospect. It's difficult to see him opening the season in the majors with the Mariners, but a hot spring from Montero may make manager Lloyd McClendon rethink some things about his bench. Rotoworld.com
      37 minutes ago
    • LeMahieu knocks two hits in spring opener
      D.J. LeMahieu went 2-for-2 in Wednesday's Cactus League loss to the Diamondbacks.

      Advice: LeMahieu won a Gold Glove at second base last season so his job is pretty safe, but a good spring would ease some minds after he hit .267/.315/.348 last year. The 26-year-old was a good hitter in the minors, and he holds some NL-only value if he can keep the position locked down all year. Rotoworld.com
      43 minutes ago
    • Rios kicks off spring in style with HR, 3 RBI
      Alex Rios homered and knocked in three runs in three at-bats to open Cactus League play against the Rangers on Wednesday.

      Advice: Rios did the damage against his former team. He topped off a six-run first inning with a solo home run, then added an RBI double in the third and an RBI ground out in the fourth. Rios, 34, has seen his production tumble down in each of the last two seasons. If he's able to regain any of the power that vanished last year, he could still provide a decent amount of value as he can be counted on for 15-20 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
      51 minutes ago
    • De La Rosa fans two in Cactus League debut
      Rubby De La Rosa struck out two over two scoreless innings of work in his Cactus League debut against the Rockies Wednesday.

      Advice: De La Rosa allowed a lone hit and didn't walk anyone. It will be a big spring for the 26-year-old, who came over from the Red Sox in the Wade Miley trade. De La Rosa throws smoke and should have a shot at winning a rotation spot with a good showing. Wednesday was a good start. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:16 pm
    • Lewis demolished by Royals in spring opener
      Colby Lewis took a drubbing in Wednesday's Cactus League opener, allowing six runs in one inning of work.

      Advice: Lewis allowed a walk and five hits, three of which were home runs. That's about as far away from ideal as his spring debut could have gone. The 35-year-old right-hander is looking to prove himself again after a tough 2014 campaign in which he put up a 5.18 ERA with a league-leading 14 losses in 170 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:15 pm
    • LaRoche notches double, 2 RBI in a win
      Adam LaRoche, in two at-bats on Wednesday, doubled in a pair of runs and scored a run.

      Advice: The White Sox are counting on LaRoche to have another productive year at the age of 35. He will have the luxury of not having to play defense as he'll serve as the club's primary DH throughout the year. LaRoche posted an .817 OPS with 26 home runs and 92 RBI last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:02 pm
    • Dalton Pompey reaches three times
      Dalton Pompey doubled, singled, walked and played all three outfield spots as the Blue Jays beat the Pirates 4-1 on Wednesday.

      Advice: For the second day in a row, John Gibbons kept flip-flopping his outfielders mid-game. Yesterday, Pompey started in center and Kevin Pillar in left. Today, it was reversed, though Pompey later moved to center, then to right and finally back to left. Pompey appears set to open the season as the Jays' starter in center, but the team clearly wants to keep its options open. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:54 pm
    • J.J. Hardy reaches three times
      J.J. Hardy went 2-for-2 with a walk as the Orioles' No. 2 hitter Wednesday versus the Tigers.

      Advice: We won't read too much into it, but it's a little curious that Hardy hit second and Manny Machado occupied the seventh spot today. It's typically been Machado hitting second while healthy the last couple of years. Hardy, while moderately productive for a shortstop, has finished with OBPs of .282, .306 and .309 the last three years. Probably best just not to read much into it. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:29 pm
    • Nathan Eovaldi goes two innings in debut
      Nathan Eovaldi yielded one run and two hits in two innings Wednesday in his start versus the Phillies.

      Advice: Eovaldi got his one strikeout on a pretty good splitter, so that was nice to see. He also had his usual velocity today, topping out at 98 mph. The Yankees will be working with him on his offspeed stuff all spring. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:45 pm
    • A-Rod singles and walks in Grapefruit debut
      Making his exhibition debut, Alex Rodriguez singled and walked in his three plate appearances Wednesday versus the Phillies.

      Advice: Rodriguez swung through Kevin Slowey's first two fastballs in the first before getting a third at 89-mph and sending a little liner into left field. He grounded out on the first pitch of his second at-bat and then walked on a full count before getting pulled for a pinch-runner in the sixth inning. Rodriguez's bat didn't exactly look fast in the game, but he came through day one just fine. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:42 pm
    • Harrison leaves game with ankle discomfort
      Josh Harrison exited Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays with left ankle discomfort.

      Advice: Harrison led off the game with a single, but was later doubled off second base and then departed. No word yet on the severity of the injury. The Pirates should provide an update on his status soon. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:35 am
    • Blackmon (abdominal) not in lineup Wed.
      Charlie Blackmon is not in Wednesday's Cactus League lineup due to slight abdominal discomfort.

      Advice: He's expected to take batting practice Wednesday, so it doesn't sound like something that will keep him out of the lineup for long. Blackmon is coming off a breakout season in which he batted .288/.335/.440 with 19 home runs and 28 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:53 am
    • King Felix to throw another BP session
      Felix Hernandez will throw another live batting practice session before making his Cactus League debut.

      Advice: Hernandez threw his first BP session of the spring on Wednesday. The Mariners' ace is completely fine, but just wants another tune-up before getting into game action. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:01 am
    • Richards (knee) to do fielding drills Tuesday
      Garrett Richards (knee) will begin light fielding drills Tuesday.

      Advice: Richards, who is coming back from patella tendon surgery, is also slated to throw his sixth bullpen session of the spring. He's still holding out hope to be ready for Opening Day, but the Angels don't expect him to return until two or three weeks into the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:20 am
    • Corey Kluber dealing with the flu
      Corey Kluber is currently dealing with a case of the flu.

      Advice: Kluber is currently scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Saturday, but Indians manager Terry Francona isn't sure if the illness will impact his schedule. Either way, it's not a long-term concern. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:16 am
    • Rusney Castillo diagnosed with oblique strain
      Rusney Castillo will miss at least one week with a left oblique strain.

      Advice: Castillo felt some pain in his side during Tuesday's game and was examined by team doctors Wednesday morning. He appeared relieved at the diagnosis, but he'll still have to miss some time. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley, Jr. will get most of the playing time in center field for now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:07 am
    • Moya (back) checks out OK
      Steven Moya (back) is available off the bench Wednesday.

      Advice: Moya was held out of the Tigers' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday due to back spasms, but he checked out fine Wednesday morning and is good to go. The 23-year-old is the Tigers' top position prospect, but figures to begin 2015 in the minors. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:54 am
    • Athletics moving Coco Crisp to left field
      The Athletics have decided to move Coco Crisp to left field.

      Advice: The move is designed at keeping Crisp healthy. The 35-year-old has appeared in 232 games in left field during his career, most recently in 2012. The A's plan to platoon Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry in center field. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:31 am
    • King Felix to throw BP on Wednesday
      Felix Hernandez is scheduled to throw live batting practice Wednesday.

      Advice: The Mariners will decide after whether King Felix will throw another BP session or progress to live game action. Hernandez posted a fantastic 2.14 ERA with a 248/46 K/BB ratio across 236 innings last season and will likely be the second starting pitcher off the board in most mixed fantasy leagues this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:37 am
    • Matt Wieters (elbow) to DH on Wednesday
      Matt Wieters (elbow) will serve as the DH in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

      Advice: Wieters, who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery, is expected to remain in the DH spot until around March 17. The hope is he'll make enough progress with his catching and throwing drills to get back behind the plate by then. As of now, the Orioles expect him to be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:14 am
    • Cabrera (foot) takes BP on the field again
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the second straight day.

      Advice: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Cabrera felt really good. He still has to progress with his running program, but the Tigers couldn't ask for much more at this stage of his rehab. He still has some work to do, but Opening Day isn't unrealistic. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:14 am
    • Matusz gets cortisone shot in shoulder
      Brian Matusz received a cortisone shot in his right (non-throwing) shoulder Monday for an AC joint strain.

      Advice: Matusz is feeling better now, but he hurt his shoulder six weeks ago while lifting weights. It's his non-throwing shoulder, so it's not a major concern. The 28-year-old southpaw had a 3.48 ERA and 53/17 K/BB ratio across 51 2/3 innings last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:54 am
    • Castillo's side OK, could be available Thu.
      Rusney Castillo got his left side checked out by team doctors on Wednesday morning and said it's "nothing serious."

      Advice: Castillo felt some pain in his left side in his final at-bat Tuesday, but fortunately it's not something like an oblique strain. He expects to be available Thursday, so he shouldn't be losing any playing time as he competes with Mookie Betts for the starting center field job. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:37 am
    • Marcus Semien homers twice in Cactus debut
      Marcus Semien homered twice and drove in four runs in Tuesday's Cactus League win over the Giants.

      Advice: Not a bad way to kick off his Oakland career. Semien took World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner deep to center field in the first inning, singled in a run in the second and again went deep to center field in the fifth. He also tried to steal a base but was thrown out. Some scouts question whether Semien will be able to hit at the big league level, but there's no doubt he possesses an intriguing power/speed combo. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:51 pm
    • Rusney Castillo felt pain on left side Tues.
      Rusney Castillo felt some pain in his left side in his final at-bat of Tuesday's spring game.

      Advice: Castillo will be examined by Red Sox doctors on Wednesday morning. The 27-year-old Cuban is battling Mookie Betts for the starting center field job. Betts played in the early game Tuesday against Northeastern University and Castillo played the late-afternoon tilt versus Boston College. A spring trade of Shane Victorino could open regular playing time for both Castillo and Betts. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:00 pm
    • Moya held out Tuesday due to back spasms
      Steven Moya was held out of the Tigers' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday due to back spasms.

      Advice: Moya will be evaluated by the Tigers' training staff on Wednesday morning. It shouldn't be a big issue. The 23-year-old outfielder is probably on the outside looking in for an Opening Day roster spot. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:27 pm
    • Castillo, Betts to share CF this spring
      Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts are "going to get equal playing time" during spring training.

      Advice: Farrell has already promised right field to Shane Victorino as long as he's healthy (admittedly a pretty iffy proposition), so that leaves Castillo and Betts to battle for the center field job. "Like we said at the outset of camp, we'll take all of camp to determine that," said Farrell. "They're going to get equal playing time. But I think it's important they both get comfortable with the combination of the guys on the flank because of communication, the responsibilities for balls in the gap, fly ball communication and those priorities." Castillo got a $72.5 million contract last August and then batted .333/.400/.528 in a late-season cup of coffee. Betts was also terrific and did it over a bigger sample size, but he's five years younger than Castillo and probably likelier to open the year in the minors. It will be one of the major battles to watch this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:07 pm
    • A-Rod to make Grapefruit debut Wednesday
      Alex Rodriguez will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Phillies.

      Advice: The Yankees will open their exhibition schedule on Tuesday against the Phillies in Clearwater, but A-Rod won't make the trip. He's expected to be the designated hitter on Wednesday and receive two or three at-bats. It will be his first game action since September of 2013. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:54 pm
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) takes on-field BP
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) took on-field batting practice Monday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: He's been hitting without pain for a while, but this was his first true live outdoor BP since he arrived at the Tigers' spring training complex. Cabrera is also running at about 75 percent on an anti-gravity treadmill and aiming to get into Grapefruit League games around the middle of March. The Tigers are hoping he'll be fully rehabbed from his foot and ankle surgeries by the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:43 pm
    • A-Rod goes 0-for-2 in intrasquad game Mon.
      Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-2 with a groundout and flyout in Monday's intrasquad game.

      Advice: It was against a pitching machine, not a live thrower. A-Rod served as the designated hitter, which is where he'll get the majority of his playing time this season. He's expected to take some reps at first base this spring in the Grapefruit League. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:33 am
    • A-Rod serving as DH in intrasquad game
      Alex Rodriguez is serving as the designated hitter Monday in an intrasquad game.

      Advice: The game will be played with pitching machines rather than live throwers, so it's more of a drill than a scrimmage. A-Rod arrived at Yankees camp last Monday and seems to be getting along with the other players and coaches just fine. He's been taking some reps at first base but will likely get most of his playing time at DH in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:08 am
    • Wieters to begin throwing drills on Monday
      Matt Wieters (elbow) is scheduled to begin catch and throw drills on Monday.

      Advice: Wieters isn't expected to be cleared to begin throwing with any real force until March 17, but Monday represents a big step in his recovery. To this point, he has been limited to playing long toss. So long as he avoids any setbacks, there's no reason to expect he won't be behind the dish when the O's open up the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:19 pm
    • Richards (knee) expected to miss 2-3 weeks
      Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday that he's expecting Garrett Richards (knee) to rejoin the rotation 2-3 weeks into the season.

      Advice: The club had previously not dismissed the possibility of Richards being ready by Opening Day, but they've now conceded that he'll begin the season on the disabled list. His recovery from patella tendon surgery is going well, though, as he's throwing bullpen sessions and will do simulated pitchers' fielding practice on Sunday. Richards is coming off a breakout 2014 campaign that included a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 164/51 K/BB ratio over 168 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:00 am
    • Matt Wieters (elbow) to catch intrasquad game
      Matt Wieters (elbow) is set to start at catcher for Sunday's intrasquad game.

      Advice: It will be the first time Wieters has been behind the dish since last May. While he'll serve as the backstop, Wieters still won't be allowed to throw at 100 percent until March 17. He's slated to catch two innings in Sunday's game. Everything is trending toward the 28-year-old being ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:09 pm
    • Colby Lewis to start Cactus League opener
      Colby Lewis will start the Rangers' Cactus League opener against the Royals on Wednesday.

      Advice: The 35-year-old hurler is looking to rebound from a troublesome 2014 campaign where he compiled a 5.18 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 170 1/3 innings while losing a league-worst 14 ballgames. Yovani Gallardo, Lisalverto Bonilla and Chi Chi Gonzalez are also scheduled to pitch for the Rangers on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:14 pm
    • Coco Crisp sidelined with case of pink eye
      Coco Crisp has been sidelined early in Athletics camp as he's dealing with a case of pink eye.

      Advice: Crisp experienced the same issue during the 2012 season where he was forced to miss more than a week of action. While it won't impact his availability for the start of the regular season, it serves as a reminder to the fragility of the veteran outfielder. He has averaged just 118 games per season during his five years in Oakland. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:20 am
    • Alex Rodriguez getting reps at first base
      Alex Rodriguez received reps at first base on Friday for the first time in his big league career.

      Advice: The Yankees are trying to determine if A-Rod can be a serviceable backup behind Mark Teixeira at the position. Rodriguez has been open to the idea and is said to be "anxious to learn" the new position. While he's slated to see most of his action out of the designated hitter spot, increasing his versatility would provide manager Joe Girardi with more options to getting his bat in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:19 am
    • Richards (knee) throws 50-pitch 'pen session
      Garrett Richards (knee) tossed a successful 50-pitch bullpen session Thursday in Angels camp.

      Advice: It was his first time throwing out of the windup since he tore his left patellar tendon last August at Fenway Park. Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher watched Thursday's workout and said Richards "did well." The right-hander is still aiming to make his 2015 debut in the first week of the regular season, but mid-April seems more realistic. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:57 am
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) running on treadmill
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) is running on an anti-gravity treadmill at about 65 percent of his body weight.

      Advice: He's also able to set the treadmill at a slight incline without experiencing any discomfort in his surgically-repaired right foot. Cabrera underwent a procedure last October to remove painful bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. He's hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to get a clear picture at this point on whether that's realistic. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:46 am
    • Report: NYY confident they can avoid bonuses
      A source tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that the Yankees are confident they can avoid paying Alex Rodriguez for home run milestone bonuses.

      Advice: The presumption has long been that the club will have to pay A-Rod the money, which could reach as much as $30 million in bonuses, but wording in the marketing agreement and perhaps the ability to put A-Rod under oath in a potential grievance hearing could let the team off the hook. It's just one of the issues on which the team and the player have disagreed in recent weeks. It could be a long year in the Bronx. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:10 pm
    • Richards (knee) aiming to be ready for season
      Garrett Richards (knee) said on Wednesday that he still thinks being ready for Opening Day is "very very possible."

      Advice: Richards, who is coming back from surgery to repair a torn left patellar tendon, is scheduled for his fourth bullpen session on Thursday and will go out of the windup for the first time. His arm feels fine, but he's still about 10 days away from fielding drills. It's good for Richards to have a lofty goal to work toward, but the Angels believe he likely won't be ready until two or three weeks into the season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:46 am
    • Alex Rodriguez has arrived at Yankees camp
      Alex Rodriguez arrived at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida on Monday.

      Advice: He took a physical at George M. Steinbrenner Field and then headed over to the minor league side of camp for his first workout. Rodriguez released a hand-written apology to baseball fans last week and is hoping to turn over a new leaf after serving a season-long PED suspension in 2014. If all goes well this spring, the 39-year-old will open the 2015 campaign as the Yankees' primary designated hitter. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 10:03 am
    • Richards (knee) about 10 days from PFP
      Garrett Richards (knee) is about 10 days away from being cleared for fielding drills.

      Advice: Richards has completed three bullpen sessions since his arrival at Angels camp in Arizona and there haven't been any issues so far. The 26-year-old starter is on his way back from a torn left patellar tendon. He should be ready around the second week of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:37 am
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) hitting with no pain
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that Miguel Cabrera (foot) has been hitting without any pain.

      Advice: Cabrera was cleared a few days ago by doctors to begin limited baseball activities, and it appears all is well so far. The Tigers are optimistic that the first baseman will be ready to go come Opening Day, but we won't have a better idea until he ramps things up. Cabrera had surgery last October to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:34 am
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