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  • Hellickson allows eight hits against Royals
    Jeremy Hellickson allowed eight hits and three runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Hellickson walked one and struck out three in the start. It was the continuation of a rough spring for Hellickson, who now owns a 6.00 Cactus League ERA. Even with his struggles, the right-hander has been assured a spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation when the season opens in April.
    Today, 5:15 pm
  • Arrieta throws four scoreless against Rockies
    Jake Arrieta threw four scoreless innings, striking out five, in a win over the Rockies Saturday.

    Advice: Arrieta gave up just three hits and didn't walk a batter in the outing. He also did damage at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI. Arrieta's spring ERA is 3.86 and he's struck out 15 batters in 14 innings. He's no longer the Cubs' ace with Jon Lester in town, but Arrieta is still one of the best starters in the National League as 2015 begins.
    Today, 4:53 pm
  • Peralta allows two runs in loss to Indians
    Wily Peralta allowed two runs on six hits over six innings in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Indians.

    Advice: Peralta wasn't dominant, but the only runs he allowed came on a Jason Kipnis two-run homer. The right-hander has a 2.51 ERA in 14 1/3 spring innings. Peralta has a spot in the Brewers' rotation locked up, but he's not a great bet to repeat last season's 17 wins.
    Today, 4:19 pm
  • Tyson Ross punches out 12 in win over Rangers
    Tyson Ross struck out 12 hitters over six innings, allowing two runs, in a Cactus League win over the Rangers Saturday.

    Advice: Ross had everything working, striking out 12 of the 24 batters he faced on the day. The right-hander gave up six hits and walked a batter on the afternoon. Ross has a 2.89 ERA this spring and should once again be one of the best starters in the National League in 2015.
    Today, 4:17 pm
  • Stephen Strasburg gives up four runs to Mets
    Stephen Strasburg surrendered four runs in four innings Saturday in a loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Strasburg looked pretty good earlier in the spring, but he missed his last turn with a twisted plant ankle and he wasn't sharp at all today. Since the ankle injury wasn't supposed to be very severe at all, he should be better next week in his final tuneup for the regular season.
    Today, 2:09 pm
  • Mat Latos solid against Astros
    Mat Latos bounced back from Monday's shelling to hold the Astros to one run in 5 1/3 innings Saturday.

    Advice: Latos allowed six hits, walked two and struck out three, so it wasn't exactly a dominant outing. Still, it was better than giving up nine runs in three innings, like he did against the Mets. We'd be a bit nervous about playing him in mixed leagues early on.
    Today, 2:00 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
  • Garcia scratched after setback with shoulder
    Jaime Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday after experiencing a setback with his surgically repaired left shoulder.

    Advice: Garcia has some discomfort in the shoulder, so the club has decided to "hit the brakes" with the left-hander, manager Mike Matheny said. Marco Gonzales will start for the Cardinals in Garcia's place, and it could open the door for Carlos Martinez to win the fifth spot in the rotation after he had appeared to be on the outside looking in. More should be known about Garcia's outlook in a day or two.
    Today, 1:08 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
  • Cubs grant release to southpaw Felix Doubront
    Cubs released LHP Felix Doubront.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw was knocked around in his seven spring innings, allowing nine runs on 17 hits. He will receive 45 days of termination pay from the Cubs, roughly equaling $473,000. He'll look to latch on elsewhere.
    Today, 11:33 am
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  • Greinke to pitch in minors game on Wednesday
    Zack Greinke is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday.

    Advice: He made it through Friday's Cactus League game without any issue, despite his command being worse than he would like. He owns an 11/6 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings on the spring and looks to be ready to go for Opening Day.
    Today, 10:29 am
  • 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
  • Wada (groin) to throw simulated game Saturday
    Tsuyoshi Wada (leg) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday.

    Advice: Wada has been dealing with a sore left groin that forced him to leave Saturday's start. He has appeared in just two Cactus League contests thus far, posting a 5.40 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 1 2/3 innings of work. He appears to be on the outside looking in for the final spot in the Cubs rotation.
    Today, 7:54 am
  • Kendrick struggles in Cactus League outing
    Kyle Kendrick struggled in Friday's Cactus League outing against the Padres, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked a pair and struck out two on the afternoon. It was the worst outing of the spring to date for the Rockies' Opening Day starter. The 30-year-old owns a 3.52 ERA and 8/4 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings in Cactus League play. He holds little fantasy value outside of NL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • 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
  • Zack Greinke struggles in latest spring start
    Zack Greinke struggled in Friday's Cactus League outing against the Giants, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Greinke also issued a pair of walks while punching out three. The important thing to note is that Greinke felt good after the outing, even though his command wasn't where he wanted. The 31-year-old now boasts a 3.55 ERA and 11/6 K/BB ratio 12 2/3 innings on the spring.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Jeremy Hellickson nursing 'dead arm'
    Jeremy Hellickson was scratched from a scheduled start in a minor league game Thursday because he's going through a "dead arm" phase.

    Advice: It appears that Hellickson will be fine, though, as he threw a bullpen session instead Thursday and is scheduled to start a Cactus League game on Saturday. "He got some treatment a couple of days after his last start and in his bullpen he was a little dead," Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Harkey said. "It was a perfect time to do it now in March than do it in April." Hellickson has a 5.87 ERA over three starts this spring.
    Yesterday, 5:33 am
  • Cards to go with Garcia as fifth starter?
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said on 920 AM in St. Louis that the schedule currently points to Jaime Garcia beginning the season as the fifth starter.

    Advice: Nothing is official yet, but Garcia is healthy and has posted a 3.86 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings across three starts this spring. The Cardinals had him throw an 80-pitch simulated game on Tuesday to keep him in line for the second series of the season or perhaps soon after. He's competing with Marco Gonzales and Carlos Martinez for the fifth spot in the rotation.
    Tuesday, 10:21 am
  • Ross superb in five innings vs. White Sox
    Tyson Ross was superb in Monday's start against the White Sox as he tossed five shutout innings.

    Advice: Ross had the White Sox on their collective back foot all afternoon, limiting them to just one hit and one walk while racking up five strikeouts. The 27-year-old right-hander was quietly elite for the Padres last season, finishing with a 2.81 ERA and a 195/72 K/BB ratio over 195 2/3 innings. As long as he stays healthy, Ross should continue to post elite numbers in 2015.
    Monday, 4:10 pm
  • Mat Latos gets lit up by Mets
    Mat Latos was torched for nine runs in three innings by the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: "Struggling to find my mechanics, my balance, my release point," Latos said afterwards. "Everything was terrible. No other way to put it… I was destined to have a [bad] outing. I just didn’t know it was going to be one like that. That was borderline embarrassing. We’ll see if we can figure it out." With his velocity still down, we're not expecting anything close to greatness from Latos this season. He could still be a solid starter for the Marlins, but he's not someone to target in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 1:21 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
  • Kendrick blanks D'Backs over four innings
    Kyle Kendrick blanked the Diamondbacks over four innings in Sunday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Kendrick limited the opposition to two hits and a walk while striking out one. Tabbed as the Opening Day starter for the Rockies, Kendrick has performed well this spring, allowing three runs on 12 hits and two walks while striking out six over 11 innings. The success may not last as pitching in Coors Field isn't likely to benefit Kendrick, who owns a career 4.42 ERA.
    Sunday, 4:32 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
  • Strasburg (ankle) to throw long toss Sunday
    Stephen Strasburg (ankle) will throw a long toss session Sunday.

    Advice: Strasburg was scratched from his Sunday start after twisting his left ankle Friday, but it doesn't seem to be a huge concern. Strasburg said the ankle is getting better. He should be back on the mound in short order.
    Sunday, 5:50 am
  • Greinke throws four scoreless innings vs. TEX
    Zack Greinke tossed four scoreless innings in Saturday's exhibition start versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Greinke looked good, limiting the Rangers to three hits and a walk while striking out six. The right-hander is potentially entering his final season with the Dodgers as he has the option to opt out of his six-year contract after the season. Greinke, 31, may be able to secure himself more money if he's able to match last season's 2.71 ERA and 207/43 K/BB ratio over 203 1/3 innings.
    Saturday, 2:12 pm
  • Strasburg twists ankle during conditioning
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Saturday that Stephen Strasburg twisted his left ankle during conditioning drills on Friday.

    Advice: Williams acknowledged that the injury wasn't serious, but that Strasburg would rest for a few days. A.J. Cole is scheduled to start in his place in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.
    Saturday, 12:51 pm
  • Jaime Garcia strikes out seven Mets
    Jaime Garcia fanned seven Mets while allowing two runs in four innings on Thursday.

    Advice: The strikeouts are certainly nice, but Garcia did up five hits, including a Wilmer Flores homer. Even though Marco Gonzales has a better ERA than both, it will probably come down to Garcia and Carlos Martinez for the fifth spot in the Cardinals' rotation. Martinez opened the spring as the favorite and probably still is, though it seems like a waste to put Garcia in the pen while he's healthy.
    Thursday, 2:53 pm
  • Hellickson allows two runs over four innings
    Jeremy Hellickson held the Rockies to two runs over four innings in Wednesday's Cactus League matchup.

    Advice: Hellickson yielded four hits and a walk while striking out four. The right-hander has struggled this spring in his first camp with the Diamondbacks. Even with his struggles, Hellickson is a near lock for the starting rotation on a shallow pitching staff.
    Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • Kendrick tabbed for Opening Day start
    Kyle Kendrick has been named the Rockies' Opening Day starter by manager Walt Weiss.

    Advice: Kendrick didn't even find a home until early February, an indication of the state of affairs of the Rockies pitching staff. Kendrick owned a 4.61 ERA as a member of the Phillies last season, and a move to Colorado isn't likely to cure what ails the 30-year-old.
    Wednesday, 5:46 pm
  • Ross allows three runs in 3 2/3 IP vs. COL
    Tyson Ross yielded three runs in 3 2/3 innings in Wednesday's start facing the Rockies.

    Advice: Ross gave up three hits and a walk while striking out five on the afternoon. The young right-hander has struggled with control early in the spring, but it's nothing to worry about. The 27-year-old posted an impressive 2.81 ERA over 31 starts last season and hopes to enjoy that same success in 2015 behind James Shields and Andrew Cashner in the Padres' rotation.
    Wednesday, 4:18 pm
  • Arrieta hit around for five runs in 4 innings
    Jake Arrieta was touched up for five runs in four innings versus the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Arrieta and opposing starter Brandon McCarthy both traded four-run second innings. Arrieta's included a three-run home run to Joc Pederson. Overall, he allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out five. Both the Cubs and fantasy owners expect big things out of Arrieta in 2015 after he put up a 2.53 ERA with a 167/41 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings last season.
    Wednesday, 4:04 pm
  • Mat Latos gives up two runs to Nationals
    Mat Latos surrendered two runs and two hits in four innings Wednesday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like Latos's velocity has bounced back following last year's decline, but that wouldn't necessarily prevent him from being an effective starter for the Marlins; it'd just leave him without his previous upside.
    Wednesday, 1:24 pm
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