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  • Jaime Garcia slated to begin season on DL
    Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list as he continues to battle arm soreness and fatigue.

    Advice: The good news, is that a visit with the team physician on Sunday revealed no new injury for Garcia. Historically, it has proven difficult to fully return from thoracic outlet surgery. He'll continue to work in extended spring training and then would progress to minor league starts before he would be a candidate to join the Cardinals rotation. Unless he can be stashed in a DL spot, the veteran left-hander is a difficult stash in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Cashner whiffs six in victory over Mariners
    Andrew Cashner was in mid-season form in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Mariners, racking up six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Cashner allowed just one run on four hits and a walk in the contest, that lone run coming on a solo blast off the bat of Jabari Henry. While he's no longer considered the ace of the Padres staff, he has certainly pitched like one this spring, compiling a 2.45 ERA and 14/4 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 frames.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • J.A. Happ obliterated again in loss to Padres
    J.A. Happ was once again obliterated in a losing effort against the Padres on Sunday, surrendering six runs (five earned) on 11 hits over his five innings.

    Advice: Happ issued a pair of walks and struck out three on the afternoon. He now owns a troublesome 7.90 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in 13 2/3 spring innings. The Mariners brass has to be considering if they'd be better off with Roenis Elias in the rotation instead of Happ at this point.
    Yesterday, 6:59 pm
  • Scott Carroll pitches well in win over Tribe
    Scott Carroll pitched well in Sunday's victory over the Indians, allowing just one unearned run on two hits over three innings.

    Advice: Carroll walked one and struck out one on the ballgame. He has done a tremendous job in Cactus League competition, posting a 1.04 ERA 6/3 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings. He could crack the White Sox opening day roster as a long reliever, otherwise he'll serve as rotational depth at Triple-A.
    Yesterday, 5:51 pm
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  • Cain gives up 3 runs in 4 IP vs. the Dodgers
    Matt Cain allowed three runs in four innings as the Giants won 11-9 over the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Dodgers scored once in the first inning on a Yasiel Puig RBI double and twice in the third inning on a Joc Pederson solo home run and Yasmani Grandal RBI double. Cain gave up six hits and a walk while striking out three overall. Cain has now allowed seven runs in 7 2/3 spring innings, but the Giants are simply happy he's healthy, as he is trying to bounce back from elbow surgery.
    Yesterday, 5:04 pm
  • McCarthy makes it into the 6th vs. Rangers
    Brandon McCarthy yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings on Sunday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: It was McCarthy's first Grapefruit League start since March 18, as he made his most recent start against the Reds in a minor league game in an effort to work on his command. The Rangers racked up seven hits and two walks against McCarthy, who struck out four. McCarthy has had a mediocre spring, carrying a 6.75 ERA in 13 2/3 innings, but the pitching-thin Dodgers will be relying on him at the back of their starting rotation.
    Yesterday, 4:32 pm
  • Volquez fans eight in five innings vs. Cubs
    Edinson Volquez fanned eight while allowing two runs in five innings in his start on Sunday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Volquez finally had a positive outing, entering the afternoon having allowed 13 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings. He limited the Cubs to six hits and a walk along with the eight strikeouts. The right-hander should get one more spring tune-up before the regular season begins.
    Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Cory Luebke felt great after bullpen session
    Cory Luebke (elbow) said that he felt great after Sunday's bullpen session.

    Advice: "It felt like my old arm again" Luebke noted after the 30-pitch session. He'll repeat the same process again in 3-4 days and is still at least a month away from facing live hitters. The 30-year-old hurler is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery and isn't expected to rejoin the Padres until midseason.
    Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • Mike Pelfrey perfect in relief
    Mike Pelfrey pitched a perfect inning Sunday in his first appearance since being shifted to the pen.

    Advice: It's not surprising Pelfrey was upset about his move to the pen, given that it seemed he'd get every shot to keep his rotation spot and he pitched effectively, with a 1.32 ERA this spring. However, he has a much better shot of being useful to the Twins as a reliever than he did as a starter. Hopefully, he embraces the switch in time.
    Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Doug Fister gives up three homers to Marlins
    Doug Fister gave up six runs in four innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Fister started off nicely enough this spring, but he's allowed 10 runs and five homers in his last two starts. The wind was definitely a major factor in his poor showing today, so we won't make too much of it.
    Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Anibal Sanchez strikes out 10 Phillies
    Despite striking out 10, Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings Sunday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Sanchez surrendered three homers, two of them off the bat of Chase Utley, on a day in which the wind wasn't much of a factor. He's given up six homers in 24 2/3 innings overall this spring, an especially high total for a Florida pitcher.
    Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Ubaldo Jimenez strong for six innings
    Ubaldo Jimenez turned in another nice performance Sunday, allowing one run over six innings versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Jimenez walked one and struck out three against something very close to the Jays' regular-season lineup. The Orioles are clearly giving a lot of thought to going with Jimenez in the rotation and putting Kevin Gausman in the pen. The problem there is less about Jimenez and more about Gausman having the highest ceiling on the staff. Jimenez, at least, is looking like a better bet that he was a few weeks ago. He's walked just two batters over 19 innings in his last four starts.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Shaun Marcum agrees to report to Triple-A
    Shaun Marcum said Sunday that he will report to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander remains in big league camp, but has already been informed by manager Terry Francona that he will not make the Opening Day roster. He has pitched well in Cactus League play, compiling a 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 2/0 K/BB ratio over seven innings of work.
    Yesterday, 1:20 pm
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  • Dillon Gee goes seven to beat Cardinals
    Dillon Gee yielded two runs in seven innings Sunday in the Mets' 3-2 defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Despite some rumors last week that the Mets could shift to Rafael Montero at the back of their rotation, Gee has done plenty to secure the spot. Since Zack Wheeler went down, he's pitched 14 2/3 innings, surrendering just the two runs he allowed today. We actually would prefer Montero from a fantasy perspective, but Gee deserves the chance to sink or swim.
    Yesterday, 1:18 pm
  • Marco Gonzales holds Mets to one run
    Marco Gonzales pitched 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in his start against the Mets.

    Advice: This was supposed to be Jaime Garcia's start, but he was scratched due to his shoulder. Before Garcia's setback, Gonzales seemed to be essentially out of the mix for a rotation spot in the three-way battle with Carlos Martinez. He'd still be plenty intriguing if given the nod, but we imagine that Martinez is going to be the choice.
    Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • Nick Martinez wins spot in Rangers' rotation
    Nick Martinez has won the fifth spot in the Rangers' rotation.

    Advice: The news was expected and was officially announced by manager Jeff Banister on Sunday. Martinez posted an ordinary 4.55 ERA with just 77 strikeouts over 140 1/3 innings last season but boasts a 0.84 ERA this spring. He's not recommended for fantasy purposes.
    Yesterday, 11:15 am
  • Roenis Elias optioned to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned LHP Roenis Elias to Triple-A Tacoma; re-assigned RHPs Mark Lowe, Jordan Pries, Mumba Rivera and Kevin Correia, LHP Joe Saunders, OFs Shawn O'Malley and Endy Chavez and C John Baker to minor league camp.

    Advice: Elias getting sent down means Taijuan Walker has officially won the fifth starter spot, although the M's reportedly could use a modified six-man rotation. The left-hander struggled this spring with a 6.75 ERA over 14 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:23 am
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  • Cole Hamels gets Opening Day nod for Phils
    The Phillies have named Cole Hamels their Opening Day starter.

    Advice: Now there's a shocker (not really). Hamels holds a 5.17 ERA this spring, but obviously zero stock should be placed into that. The lefty could struggle for wins on the rebuilding Phillies, but he's a good bet to be traded at some point before the deadline.
    Yesterday, 10:12 am
  • Josh Tomlin optioned to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Josh Tomlin to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Tomlin dealt with a sore shoulder early on in camp and allowed four runs over eight innings when healthy. He'll be part of Columbus' rotation.
    Yesterday, 10:10 am
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  • Brandon Morrow (blister) to pitch Tuesday
    Brandon Morrow (blister) is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday.

    Advice: It will either be a Cactus or minor league game, with Odrisamer Despaigne getting the ball in the other contest. Morrow had to be scratched from his last outing due to a blister, but he's evidently experienced improvement. The former Blue Jay is looking like the favorite to open the season as the Padres' fifth starter.
    Yesterday, 9:46 am
  • Chris Bassitt optioned to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned RHP Chris Bassitt to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Bassitt had a shot to win the final spot in the A's rotation but really struggled this spring, posting an 8.78 ERA across 13 1/3 innings. He still has a chance to spend a good amount of time in the majors this season.
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
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  • Seattle could use modified six-man rotation
    Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that "signs point" to the Mariners using "what amounts to a modified six-man rotation" this season.

    Advice: The main reasoning behind the idea would be to hold Taijuan Walker's and James Paxton's innings down, although it would serve to keep all of the Mariners' first five starters more fresh down the stretch. Roenis Elias would be in line to serve as Seattle's "sixth" starter after losing out on the fifth spot to Walker (the Mariners have yet to officially name Walker the No. 5 guy), although Jordan Pries and Danny Hultzen could get a look at some point, as well.
    Yesterday, 9:15 am
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  • Joe Blanton unsure on using opt-out
    Joe Blanton is unsure whether he'll use the opt-out clause in his minor league contract.

    Advice: Blanton will not make the Royals' Opening Day roster, but they hope he'll report to Triple-A Omaha. The veteran right-hander can opt-out of this deal on April 1 or May 15 if he's not in the majors. "We’ll see when that comes," Blanton said. "I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it yet, to be honest with you." Blanton holds a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings this spring.
    Yesterday, 8:46 am
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  • Cory Luebke (elbow) to throw off mound
    Cory Luebke (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since having a second Tommy John surgery last February. Luebke hasn't appeared in a game since April of 2012 and still has a long road ahead of him, but he could potentially be a factor for the Padres around midseason.
    Yesterday, 8:28 am
  • Bailey (elbow) to make two more minors starts
    Homer Bailey (elbow) will make two more minor league starts on April 1 and April 6.

    Advice: He'll then likely begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Pensacola or Triple-A Louisville. That means Bailey won't make his season debut until at least April 17 and possibly later if the Reds think he needs more than one rehab start. The right-hander hasn't had any setbacks as he works his way back from last September's flexor tendon surgery, but the Reds are understandably proceeding cautiously with him.
    Yesterday, 8:26 am
  • Verlander (triceps) plays catch, feels better
    Justin Verlander did some light tossing on Sunday and reported improvement with his ailing right triceps.

    Advice: He was lifted from an appearance Friday due to soreness in his triceps but is starting to feel a bit better. The Tigers don't appear overly concerned here, but Verlander could still potentially miss his first start of the season with Opening Day so close. It's not known yet whether he'll be able to make his next scheduled Grapefruit League start.
    Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Scott Baker released by Yankees
    Yankees released RHP Scott Baker.

    Advice: They're hoping to re-sign him, but Baker is now free to negotiate with any team. The righty holds a 7.84 ERA this spring, but it's come along with a nice 10/0 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings. He won't be out of work long.
    Yesterday, 7:11 am
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  • Verlander (triceps) to do some light tossing
    Justin Verlander (triceps) will do some light tossing in the next day or two to see how he feels.

    Advice: Verlander was removed from Friday's game with triceps soreness, and the arm felt the same Saturday. It's still not a terribly worrisome ailment, but the timing isn't ideal with Opening Day so close. Still, he should be fine for the start of the season.
    Saturday, 1:35 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.
    Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • No MRI scheduled for Justin Verlander yet
    Justin Verlander indicated that his triceps soreness was the same on Saturday as it was on Friday.

    Advice: The Tigers have yet to schedule an MRI, so they believe the issue is relatively minor and shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season. They'll wait and see how he feels in a day or two before deciding when he'll throw next, but are optimistic that he'll make his scheduled start on Thursday.
    Saturday, 8:37 am
  • Ausmus optimistic on Verlander's arm issue
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that he's optimistic Justin Verlander's triceps cramp will not be a long-term issue.

    Advice: Verlander left Friday's Grapefruit League start with what the team is calling a right triceps cramp. While it doesn't sound as though it's a serious issue, any arm trouble for a starting pitcher definitely concerning. As of now, he's still expected to make his final spring start next week.
    Saturday, 7:26 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.
    Saturday, 6:42 am
  • Bailey (elbow) goes three innings in minors
    Homer Bailey (elbow) went three solid innings in a Triple-A game on Friday, allowing just one run on three hits.

    Advice: The 28-year-old right-hander threw 41 pitches on the afternoon, 25 of them for strikes. He continues to progress in his recovery from a tear in the flexor tendon of his right elbow. While he won't be ready for Opening Day, he should be ready to join the Reds rotation in mid-April.
    Friday, 7:31 pm
  • Roenis Elias will get another spring start
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Friday that Roenis Elias will get another start this spring.

    Advice: McClendon said it might come in a minor league game. All signs are pointing towards Taijuan Walker winning the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation, but the skipper isn't ready to declare a winner just yet. Elias has struggled this spring with a 6.75 ERA and 8/7 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings.
    Friday, 2:15 pm
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  • Justin Verlander dealing with triceps cramp
    Justin Verlander has been diagnosed with a right triceps cramp.

    Advice: Verlander had to exit Friday's game with the ailment. Obviously any injury to a pitcher's arm is far from ideal, but the Tigers are convinced it's no big deal and expect the right-hander to be ready for his final spring training start next week. Verlander will be re-evaluated on Saturday.
    Friday, 11:22 am
  • Justin Verlander exits with apparent injury
    Justin Verlander left Friday's game versus the Blue Jays with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Verlander called out the trainer after having to cover first base on a play. It was rainy in Florida, so he probably slipped and tweaked something. The Tigers will provide an update on Verlander's status later Friday. He allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings before exiting.
    Friday, 11:00 am
  • Nick Martinez dominates over six innings
    Nick Martinez recorded four strikeouts while spinning six scoreless frames Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: He yielded five hits (four of them were singles) while walking one. It's a performance that just might be enough to wrap up the fifth spot in the rotation for Martinez, who now boasts a microscopic 0.84 ERA this spring. He's competing primarily with Nick Tepesch for the job.
    Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Elias falters in latest bid for rotation spot
    Roenis Elias struggled in Thursday's start against the Brewers, yielding six runs in three innings.

    Advice: Elias may have lost his shot at a spot in the Mariners' rotation with the flimsy performance. He was taken for eight hits while walking three and striking out one on the afternoon. Taijuan Walker has been lights out this spring and has all but wrapped up the No. 5 spot in the rotation. Elias is likely headed to Triple-A Tacoma to begin the season.
    Thursday, 4:21 pm
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  • Nick Martinez leading for No. 5 spot
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News believes that Nick Martinez leads the competition for the Rangers' No. 5 starter job.

    Advice: He cautions that "nothing is decided" but thinks that Martinez is the "front runner." Martinez's main competitors for the gig are Nick Tepesch, Anthony Ranaudo and Lisalverto Bonilla. The 24-year-old made 24 starts for Texas last season, posting a 4.55 ERA with just 77 strikeouts over 140 1/3 innings overall.
    Thursday, 3:15 pm
  • Cole Hamels goes five scoreless
    Cole Hamels finally had a strong outing Thursday, going five scoreless against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Hamels entered with a 7.59 ERA in four starts, but we didn't think it was anything to worry about at all. What we are concerned about is the Phillies' ability to provide him with any run support at all.
    Thursday, 2:32 pm
  • Tomlin goes four innings against the Angels
    Josh Tomlin yielded two runs in four innings versus the Angels in Wednesday's start.

    Advice: Tomlin allowed a whopping nine hits along with one walk while striking out two on the afternoon. The 30-year-old right-hander has been slowed this spring by a minor issue with his right shoulder and appears headed to Triple-A to start the season.
    Wednesday, 4:10 pm
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  • Morrow (blister) has start pushed back
    Brandon Morrow (blister) will have Thursday's scheduled start pushed back.

    Advice: Morrow is currently dealing with a blister on his right ring finger and the Padres aren't going to push him. However, it isn't expected to be a long-term issue. He's competing with Odrisamer Despaigne for the fifth starter job this spring.
    Wednesday, 10:14 am
  • Brandon Morrow dealing with blister
    The Padres will decide Wednesday morning whether Brandon Morrow (finger) will make Thursday's scheduled start.

    Advice: Morrow came out of his last start with a blister on his right ring finger. He was able to throw a bullpen session Monday, but his status for Thursday is up in the air at the moment. The 30-year-old has a 4.26 ERA and 8/3 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings this spring as he competes with Odrisamer Despaigne for the fifth starter job.
    Wednesday, 9:36 am
  • Andrew Cashner fans four against Mariners
    Andrew Cashner struggled in Tuesday's Cactus League tuneup against the Mariners, giving up three runs on six hits over four innings.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander whiffed four while issuing a pair of free passes on the afternoon. The M's scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings, highlighted by a solo homer off the bat of Seth Smith. Even with the rough outing, he sports a solid 3.00 ERA and 8/3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings on the spring.
    Tuesday, 6:58 pm
  • J.A. Happ hit hard in loss to Padres Tuesday
    J.A. Happ was hit hard in Tuesday's loss to the Padres, surrendering six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Happ also issued three free passes while striking out three. The Padres struck for three runs each in the second and third frames, with Justin Upton belting a two-run homer along the way. While he's locked into a spot in the Opening Day rotation, Happ has posted a disappointing 7.27 ERA over 8 2/3 innings in Cactus League action.
    Tuesday, 6:52 pm
  • Marcum, Chen, Downs won't make Indians
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Shaun Marcum, Bruce Chen and Scott Downs would not make the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Each of the three veteran hurler's were informed of such on Tuesday but we're told they could remain in big league camp. It's unclear if any of the trio will want to seek opportunities elsewhere.
    Tuesday, 4:19 pm
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  • Dillon Gee goes four scoreless
    Dillon Gee held the Astros scoreless for four innings in his start Tuesday.

    Advice: Gee's pitch count is still a little short of where it might be had he been used as a starter since the beginning of the camp, but he'll be ready to throw 90-100 pitches during the first week of the season. He has a 3.38 ERA in 10 2/3 innings this spring.
    Tuesday, 2:44 pm
  • Ubaldo Jimenez goes five scoreless in win
    Ubaldo Jimenez shut out the Pirates for five innings Tuesday in the Orioles' 9-2 victory.

    Advice: What most pitchers want in spring training is just to gradually improve with each outing, and Jimenez has certainly done that in lowering his ERA from 33.75 to 6.06. He's gone from walking five and giving up two homers in his first two starts to walking one and allowing one homer over 13 innings in the last three. The Orioles still don't figure to put him into their rotation, but he's there if disaster strikes.
    Tuesday, 1:39 pm
  • 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
  • Morrow had blister issue after start
    Brandon Morrow had a blister issue coming out of his last start.

    Advice: It hasn't slowed him down much, as Morrow was able to throw a bullpen session Monday and is still penciled in to pitch Thursday. Odrisamer Despaigne, his competition for the fifth starter job, is also slated to pitch that day. It's a close race.
    Tuesday, 10:05 am
  • Bassitt struggles vs. Indians in rotation bid
    Chris Bassitt was hit around for five runs in 4 1/3 innings in Monday's start facing the Indians.

    Advice: The Indians jumped on Bassitt early with three runs in the first inning, and Carlos Santana tacked on in the third with a two-run homer. Overall, the right-hander allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out three. He's had a poor spring, having allowed 12 runs in 12 1/3 innings, hurting his chances of making the Athletics' starting rotation.
    Monday, 4:17 pm
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  • Volquez done in by Giants' big second inning
    Edinson Volquez's fortunes did not improve in Monday's start versus the Giants, as he surrendered four runs over four innings.

    Advice: All four runs came in the second inning. Overall, he allowed seven hits, walked four, and struck out two. Volquez actually slightly lowered his ERA with the outing, from 9.72 to 9.49, which speaks to just how poorly he has pitched this season. He has allowed 23 hits and six walks along with six strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. Spring stats should always be taken with a grain of salt, but the Royals have to be concerned that he hasn't pitched well in any of his four outings so far.
    Monday, 4:02 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
  • Justin Verlander gives up three homers
    Justin Verlander was pounded for three homers and five runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Verlander said all of the right things afterwards, but hitters haven't had much trouble hitting his fastball his last two starts, with nine runs and five homers allowed in 8 1/3 innings. For all of the talk of him being healthier and able to put in a full offseason in the gym, there's nothing so far this spring that suggests he'll reemerge as an elite starter.
    Mar 22, 2:51 pm
  • Marco Gonzales throws two innings in relief
    Marco Gonzales, who threw 4 2/3 innings last time out, pitched two scoreless innings out of the pen Sunday versus the Orioles.

    Advice: There hasn't been anything definitive yet, but it looks like Gonzales is being eliminated from the rotation competition, through absolutely no fault of his own. Gonzales has a 0.71 ERA this spring, and he'd probably be just fine at the back of the St. Louis rotation if needed. It's just that Jaime Garcia and Carlos Martinez have been ahead of him all along.
    Mar 22, 2:28 pm
  • Morrow hit hard in start vs. Diamondbacks
    Brandon Morrow was hit around in Saturday's start facing the Diamondbacks, serving up five runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Morrow also walked one and struck out one on the afternoon. The outing certainly hurts the oft-injured right-hander's chances at making the back of the Padres' rotation, but he still has some time to turn things around.
    Mar 21, 4:34 pm
  • Blanton limits White Sox to one run Saturday
    Joe Blanton held the White Sox to one run on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in Saturday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Blanton walked two while striking out three. A non-roster invite, Blanton is trying to win a spot in the Royals' bullpen. His 2.79 ERA in 9 2/3 innings will certainly give Royals management something to think about.
    Mar 21, 4:08 pm
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  • Cole Hamels gives up two homers to Jays
    Cole Hamels allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings and struck out five against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels gave up homers to Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista in the first inning, but he improved after that and he ended up lowering his spring ERA to 7.59. We still have no concerns at all about his poor showing this month.
    Mar 21, 2:16 pm
  • Marcum away from team for birth of his child
    Shaun Marcum was scratched from a four-inning minor league appearance Saturday to be with his wife for the birth of his child.

    Advice: Marcum returned to Kansas City for the birth, which will be his third child. He should rejoin the Indians in short order to continue his quest to win a roster spot.
    Mar 21, 2:14 pm
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  • Rangers still talking to Phils about Hamels
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers and Phillies "continue to remain in contact" regarding Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Heyman cautions that the two sides are "said to be still far apart" and "weren't necessarily expressing great optimism the gap could be closed," but they also "aren't closing the door, either." The report adds that the Phillies "have been said to be seeking three good prospects, with one top-flight one" in a deal involving Hamels. The Rangers have a big need for pitching and the prospects to get something done if they want, but thus far they've balked at taking on Hamels' contract and also giving up a bevy of prospects.
    Mar 20, 2:28 pm
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