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  • Infante has three-hit day against D'backs
    Omar Infante went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Infante batted leadoff in the game, reaching all three times he came to the plate. The three-hit day raised his spring average to .375 in 32 at-bats. Infante has talked about having elbow surgery after the season, but he'll play in 2015 and will be the Royals' starter at second base.
    Today, 5:15 pm
  • Hoes headed for X-rays on right hand, wrist
    L.J. Hoes will have X-rays taken of his right hand and wrist after being hit by a pitch Saturday.

    Advice: Hoes was hit by Marlins reliever Aaron Crow in the eighth inning of Saturday's Grapefruit League game. The outfielder had his hand and wrist wrapped after the game, saying it "hurts pretty bad." More will be known after the tests, but it certainly doesn't look good for the outfielder trying to win a bench job with the Astros.
    Today, 4:57 pm
  • McBride hits second spring homer Saturday
    Matt McBride hit a solo home run, his second of the spring, in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: McBride hit the shot off Cubs reliever Jason Marquis. The outfielder now has two homers and seven RBI in Cactus League play, batting .262 in 42 at-bats. He may still get sent out when the Rockies cut their roster down, but he hasn't hurt his cause with his showing this spring.
    Today, 4:54 pm
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  • Seager homers as Mariners lose slugfest to SF
    Kyle Seager went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in a slugfest with the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Seager homered off of Jake Peavy in the fourth inning, tying the game at four apiece at the time. The third baseman, who signed a $100 million extension over the winter, is hitting .300 (12-for-40) with three home runs and 10 RBI this spring. Seager had the best season of his young career last year, belting 25 home runs and driving in 96 runs.
    Today, 4:34 pm
  • Zunino homers twice in slugfest loss to SFG
    Mike Zunino swatted a pair of solo home runs in his three at-bats Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Zunino homered to left field off of Jake Peavy in the second inning, then skied a Jeremy Affeldt offering over the fence in left-center in the sixth. The catcher now has six spring homers along with a .310 average (13-for-42) and 10 RBI. Zunino broke out with 22 home runs last season, but hit just .199.
    Today, 4:31 pm
  • Kipnis drills first spring homer vs. Brewers
    Jason Kipnis hit a two-run home run, his first of spring, in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Kipnis has been sidelined by back spasms recently, but he's back and showed no signs of lingering issues Saturday. The second baseman hit a two-run shot off Brewers starter Wily Peralta in the third inning. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Assuming he stays feeling alright, Kipnis should be just fine for Opening Day.
    Today, 4:18 pm
  • Barmes drives in two in win over Rangers
    Clint Barmes went 2-for-3 with two RBI in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Barmes smacked a two-run single to tie the game. The Padres' likely Opening Day shortstop is hitting .233 in Cactus League action, but he's in the lineup for his glove.
    Today, 4:15 pm
  • Fielder collects two hits in loss to Padres
    Prince Fielder went 2-for-2 with an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Fielder had an RBI single off Tyson Ross in the first inning, and he was one of the few Rangers hitters who didn't get victimized by Ross on the afternoon. Fielder has 11 hits in 34 at-bats (.324) this spring. He appears to be feeling fine after missing most of 2014 due to neck surgery.
    Today, 4:14 pm
  • Didi Gregorius (wrist) to take three days off
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) will take the next three days off.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on the wrist, which Gregorius sprained diving for a ball, and the Yankees hope a few days of rest will go a long way. Yanks manager Joe Girardi said he hopes to get Gregorius back in the lineup on Wednesday. If that timetable holds true, the 25-year-old should be in the Yankees' lineup on Opening Day.
    Today, 4:04 pm
  • Murphy (hamstring) has at-bats in minors game
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) took five at-bats in a minor league game Saturday.

    Advice: Murphy is trying to get back for the start of the regular season, but he hasn't progressed to playing the field and time is running out. That he's able to hit is a good sign that he's not far off from a return, though. Even if Murphy starts the year on the disabled list, it isn't likely to be a long stay.
    Today, 2:30 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts has ugly game versus Rays
    Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-3 and made a costly error at shortstop Saturday against the Rays.

    Advice: The error on a routine play kickstarted a five-run inning for the Rays. Bogaerts homered in two of his first three games of the spring, but he's 5-for-27 with no homers since. On the plus side, he still has a nice 5/6 K/BB ratio for the spring. There won't be as much pressure on him in Boston this year, as he's facing no competition at shortstop and he's being asked to hit towards the bottom of a productive lineup. He's still being counted on to step up his play, though.
    Today, 1:40 pm
  • Jonathan Schoop knocks in three runs
    Playing for the first time in six days, Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: Schoop missed time after having his wisdom teeth removed Wednesday. He hasn't quite had a terrific spring, with his .268 average and his 10/1 K/BB ratio in 41 at-bats, but he's done enough to hold on to his starting job over Everth Cabrera.
    Today, 1:16 pm
  • Alex Rodriguez hits third spring homer
    Alex Rodriguez hit his third spring homer Saturday off the Orioles' Brian Matusz.

    Advice: All spring it's looked like the Yankees would start off with Carlos Beltran hitting third and Mark Teixeira in the cleanup spot, with A-Rod and Chase Headley hitting sixth and seventh, in either order. Based on how they've all looked this spring, it'd seem to make a lot more sense to hit Headley and A-Rod third and fourth, in either combination, and stick Beltran and Teixeira lower in the order. Really, though, manager Joe Girardi should just be content to play the hot hand all year. Rodriguez is hitting .306/.405/.583 in 36 at-bats.
    Today, 1:13 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera homers against Cardinals
    Miguel Cabrera homered in his second straight game Saturday as the Tigers edged the Cardinals 4-3.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot that accounted for all of the Tigers' damage against Lance Lynn. Cabrera is 5-for-13 since debuting Sunday. Each of his last three starts have come at first base.
    Today, 1:05 pm
  • Joe Mauer hits first spring homer
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run homer as the Twins topped the Phillies 7-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Mauer was hitting just .188/.257/.250 in 32 at-bats this spring. The Twins tried a brief experiment with Mauer in the two hole last week, but even though he'd make a lot of sense there, it appears he'll assume his usual third spot in the order this year.
    Today, 12:54 pm
  • Gregorius (wrist) heading for X-rays on wrist
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) sprained his left wrist in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest and is heading for precautionary X-rays.

    Advice: The Yankees don't believe that the injury is serious, but are sending him for X-Ray to be sure. If he isn't available for the start of the regular season, the Yankees could slide Stephen Drew over to shortstop.
    Today, 12:08 pm
  • Padres reassign three to minor league camp
    Padres reassigned INF/OF Jake Goebbert, INF Brett Wallace and C/1B Cody Decker to minor league camp.

    Advice: All three were longshots to crack the Opening Day roster in reserve roles. Goebbert should get a chance with the Padres at some point during the upcoming season.
    Today, 10:33 am
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  • J.J. Hardy undergoing MRA exam on Monday
    J.J. Hardy is scheduled to undergo an MRA exam on his injured left shoulder on Monday.

    Advice: Hardy has been receiving treatment in recent days, but the Orioles want to ensure that there is no structural damage. He's expected to be held out of action until Tuesday.
    Today, 9:38 am
  • Crisp (elbow) likely to return on Tuesday
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Coco Crisp (elbow) is expected to return to game action on Tuesday.

    Advice: Barring any further setbacks, Melvin believes that the oft-injured outfielder will be ready to go on Opening Day. He always carries substantial injury risk, but hitting atop the A's lineup his combination of power and speed should provide ample fantasy value.
    Today, 9:16 am
  • Nate Freiman (back) starting to feel better
    Nate Freiman (back) is starting to feel better after undergoing aggressive treatment on his back strain.

    Advice: He still hasn't been cleared for baseball activity. With Mark Canha expected to make the Opening Day roster, Freiman may have been squeezed out of a roster spot regardless. He isn't expected to return until mid-April.
    Today, 8:31 am
  • Span (abdomen) throws successful long toss
    Denard Span (abdomen) threw a successful long toss session on Saturday with distances up to 150 feet.

    Advice: Span continues to progress nicely in his recovery from core muscle surgery, but still isn't quite ready for game action. He isn't expected to rejoin the Nationals lineup until the end of April.
    Today, 7:45 am
  • Twins option struggling Hicks to Triple-A
    Twins optioned OF Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Once again, Hicks had an opportunity to seize the team's starting job in center field with a strong spring, but hit just .206/.300/.324 with a 9/5 K/BB ratio in 34 spring at-bats. It appears as though Jordan Schafer will function as the team's starting center fielder to begin the season.
    Today, 6:12 am
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  • Mets reassign Alex Castellanos to minors camp
    Mets reassigned INF/OF Alex Castellanos and RHP Chase Bradford to minor league camp.

    Advice: The 28-year-old was in camp competing for a spot on the Mets bench, but struggled to the tune of .222/.263/.472 with one homer, four RBI and a 12/1 K/BB ratio in 36 at-bats. He'll function as organizational depth at Triple-A for the time being.
    Today, 6:06 am
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  • Hardy says shoulder still sore on Saturday
    J.J. Hardy indicated Saturday that his left shoulder was more sore than it was on Friday when he was removed from a Grapefruit League contest after sustaining the injury on a dive up the middle.

    Advice: Hardy received treatment for the injury and will be held out of team workouts on Saturday. The injury is still believed to be minor and isn't expected to effect his availability for the start of the regular season.
    Today, 5:55 am
  • Blackmon goes 2-for-3, scores twice in loss
    Charlie Blackmon had a nice day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Padres, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.

    Advice: Blackmon also drew a walk in the contest, reaching safely in three of his four plate appearances atop the order. The 28-year-old is hitting .290 (9-for-31) with a homer and three RBI. As long as he's hitting in the second slot of the Rockies lineup, he should once again provide plenty of mixed league value in 2015.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Andrew Susac homers as Giants top Dodgers
    Andrew Susac belted his first Cactus League home run as the Giants topped the Dodgers 8-4 on Friday.

    Advice: His solo blast off Yimi Garcia in the sixth inning increased the Giants advantage to 5-3. Susac also drew a walk in the contest, finishing 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. He has been scuffling at the dish this spring, hitting just .222 (4-for-18) with one homer and one RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez plates two in loss to Giants
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI as the Dodgers fell to the Giants in Cactus League play on Friday.

    Advice: His first inning double off Chris Heston plated the Dodgers first two runs of the evening. The reigning National League RBI Champion is off to a slow start this spring, hitting .244 (11-for-45) with two homers and nine RBI. He should once again be a solid source of run production in the middle of the Dodgers lineup.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Zunino draws pair of walks in loss on Friday
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-1 and drew a pair of walks as the Mariners fell to the Royals in Cactus League play on Friday.

    Advice: He was actually one of the lone bright spots for the Mariners offense in this one as they tallied just one hit against Yordano Ventura and company. The 24-year-old backstop is having a strong spring, hitting .282 (11-for-39) with four homers and eight RBI.
    Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Alex Rodriguez to debut at first base Sunday
    Alex Rodriguez will make his Grapefruit League debut at first base on Sunday against the Astros.

    Advice: Rodriguez has been working at the position this spring in an effort to increase his versatility, though it's very unlikely that he'll see much time there during the regular season. The 39-year-old is having himself a fine spring, slashing .290/.389/.516 with a pair of homers and three RBI in 31 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Murphy (hamstring) likely headed for DL stint
    Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Friday that Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

    Advice: "He's running out of time," Collins said. "... We don't have a lot of time. I'm going to talk to Dan tomorrow. We don't have a lot of time to get him ready. I got word of what he did today, and we certainly have to speed it up a little bit. So I'm getting a little concerned he's not going to have enough time." General manager Sandy Alderson expressed a similar sentiment, saying it "would be a little surprising" if Murphy made it back "sooner than roughly Opening Day." Alderson added that Murphy is likely to play in minor league games next week even if plays in games at all. That would allow the Mets to backdate his DL stint, potentially setting him up to miss as few as six games.
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Aaron Hicks goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Aaron Hicks went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Friday and misplayed a ball in center field.

    Advice: Barring a very surprising reversal putting Danny Santana back in the outfield, the Twins lack a quality alternative to Hicks in center field. Still, they might opt to go to Jordan Schafer if they get frustrated enough. Hicks started off hot this spring, but he's in a 2-for-22 slump, leaving him with a .206/.300/.324 line this spring.
    Yesterday, 2:14 pm
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  • J.J. Hardy suffers shoulder injury
    J.J. Hardy left Friday's game against the Rays with a sore left shoulder.

    Advice: Hardy banged his shoulder on the ground on a dive up the middle. He's expected to be fine, though, as he wanted to take his next at-bat before Orioles manager Buck Showalter overruled him. Consider Hardy day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 11:52 am
  • Denard Span (abdomen) to take light swings
    Denard Span (abdomen) will take light swings with a fungo bat on Friday.

    Advice: Span also ran sprints on Friday and has been playing catch for over a week. The outfielder is coming along nicely from core muscle surgery but isn't close to game action and is still expected to miss the first few weeks of the season.
    Yesterday, 8:53 am
  • Jason Kipnis (back) returns to action
    Jason Kipnis (back) returned to Cactus League play on Thursday.

    Advice: Kipnis singled in his first at-bat and also made a diving play in the field. Most importantly, he didn't have any issues with his back. The second baseman got a late start while working his way back from finger surgery and also missed over a week with back spasms, but he fully expects to be fine for Opening Day. "Some guys need 30 at-bats, some guys need 80 at-bats," said Kipnis. "If you're going good, you want to get going faster. I'm feeling good at the plate so I'm ready to start whenever we get there. If I get 20 or 30 more at-bats, that will be great for me."
    Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • Crisp (elbow) could return to action Saturday
    Coco Crisp (elbow) could return to game action on Saturday.

    Advice: The cortisone injection he was given Tuesday for his sore right elbow must have worked, as Crisp unexpectedly did some workouts prior to Thursday's contest and could be back in the lineup Saturday. The A's are moving Crisp to left field this season in hopes of keeping him on the field, but he'll remain a health risk no matter where he plays.
    Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera homers, knocks in three
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBI to lead the Tigers past the Orioles 6-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: With Cabrera and Victor Martinez back, the Tigers essentially went with their starting lineup today. The only likely exception was that Rajai Davis was leading off against a right-hander. He'll probably have that spot versus lefties, but Anthony Gose should be there against righties during the regular season. Cabrera is 4-for-10 with four strikeouts since returning to Detroit's lineup Sunday. He's played first base the last two days.
    Thursday, 12:58 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) ran Thursday
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) ran Thursday without issue.

    Advice: He also made it through some light baseball drills on Wednesday. Murphy pulled his hamstring a week ago but seems likely to be fine for the start of the season.
    Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Kipnis (back) could see game action Thursday
    Jason Kipnis (back) could get into a Cactus League game Thursday.

    Advice: "The plan is, if he feels good, we'll play him tomorrow," Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday. "But, you want to kind of reserve the right to [change your mind], if he needs a day. But, I think all signs are pointing that he was moving around pretty good." Kipnis played in a minor league game Wednesday and came out of it feeling good. He's been sidelined for over a week with back spasms but should still be good to go for Opening Day.
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • Murphy (hamstring) doing limited activity
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) did limited baseball activities for a second straight day Wednesday and said he's cautiously optimistic about being ready for the season.

    Advice: "Each day is getting better," said Murphy, who pulled his hamstring last Thursday. As long as he continues to make progress, being in the Opening Day lineup is realistic. The Mets are looking at Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno as alternatives for second base if he needs to start the year on the DL.
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Kipnis (back) playing in minors game Wed.
    Jason Kipnis (back) will play in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Kipnis has been sidelined for a little over a week with back spasms, but he'll get some at-bats on the minor league side Wednesday and play five innings on defense. The hope is that he'll be cleared to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday. The Indians remain optimistic that he'll be ready for the start of the season.
    Wednesday, 9:28 am
  • Cashman: A-Rod showing he can be regular DH
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Alex Rodriguez has shown that he can be the team's regular designated hitter this season.

    Advice: After his year-long PED suspension, Rodriguez is batting .286/.394/.536 with two home runs, a double, and 5/5 K/BB across 33 plate appearances this spring. Most importantly, he has looked healthy. Rodriguez turns 40 later this year and is playing on two surgically-repaired hips, so who knows if he'll hold up for a full season, but he's suddenly an interesting late-round flier in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Schoop having wisdom teeth removed
    Jonathan Schoop is unavailable Wednesday because he's having wisdom teeth removed.

    Advice: The Orioles might give him a couple of days of rest, but he should be back to normal soon. The 23-year-old batted .209/.244/.354 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI across 137 games last season and should at least have a share of the starting second base job this season.
    Wednesday, 8:06 am
  • Cabrera (foot) starting at 1B on Wednesday
    Miguel Cabrera (foot) will start at first base Wednesday.

    Advice: Surprising but encouraging news for Cabrera, who just played in his second Grapefruit League game on Tuesday. The plan calls for him to play about four innings in the field. It's no sure thing yet, but Miggy appears to be on track for Opening Day.
    Wednesday, 7:26 am
  • Jason Kipnis (back) takes 50 swings Monday
    Jason Kipnis (back) took 50 swings in the batting cages on Monday without any issues.

    Advice: Kipnis felt good a day after Monday's session and could return to action in a minor league game as early as Wednesday. The Indians and Kipnis remain optimistic on the second baseman's availability for Opening Day.
    Tuesday, 5:18 pm
  • Coco Crisp (wrist) receives cortisone shot
    Coco Crisp is expected to be sidelined for several days after a receiving a cortisone shot in his wrist on Tuesday.

    Advice: The oft-injured outfielder has been battling a sore triceps for the past several weeks, with the wrist ailment just the latest in a serious of problems. The A's are going to take every possible precaution to ensure that he remains healthy. Expect him to return to game action at the end of the week.
    Tuesday, 5:14 pm
  • Crisp scratched Tuesday with elbow soreness
    Coco Crisp was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League lineup due to soreness in his throwing arm.

    Advice: The Athletics have been extra cautious with Crisp this spring, who deal with a sore triceps earlier this month, so they aren't going to take any chances this close to the season. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Tuesday, 12:24 pm
  • Mets encouraged by Murphy's progress
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that they are getting encouraging signs on Daniel Murphy's hamstring.

    Advice: Murphy pulled his hamstring last Thursday and is expected to be shut down until later this week. It depends on how he progresses, but the Mets haven't ruled him out for Opening Day. Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno are options to fill in at second base if he needs extra time.
    Tuesday, 7:33 am
  • Kipnis (back) not yet cleared for activities
    Jason Kipnis (back) missed a fifth straight Cactus League game Monday and has yet to be cleared for baseball activities.

    Advice: Kipnis is nursing a back issue and has been limited to indoor exercises to this point. There's been no indication to this point that the ailment could affect his availability for Opening Day, but Kipnis has been limited to just 22 plate appearances this spring due to his recovery from finger surgery and now the back issue.
    Monday, 4:54 pm
  • Crisp hitless as Athletics fall to the Tribe
    Coco Crisp went 0-for-3 as the Athletics were stomped 10-1 by the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: Crisp has had 0-for-3 performances in back-to-back games. He's been slowed this spring by a sore triceps. The speedy outfielder is carrying a lackluster .133 average over 15 at-bats so far.
    Monday, 4:17 pm
  • Infante helps out with a two-run double vs SF
    Omar Infante went 2-for-3 with a two-run double in Monday's Cactus League match-up with the Giants.

    Advice: Infante brought the Royals back to within a run at 4-3 with a two-run double in the fifth inning. The second baseman hasn't hit for much power in 24 at-bats this spring, as the double was only his second extra-base hit. It's likely due to the bone spur in his right elbow, which he says he'll have surgery on after the season. Infante's fantasy prospects are minimal at this point.
    Monday, 4:02 pm
  • Seager belts three-run homer as M's top TEX
    Kyle Seager went 1-for-2 with a walk and a three-run home run as the Mariners bested the Rangers in Sunday's Cactus League match-up.

    Advice: Seager put the Mariners up 3-0 early with a three-run homer off of Yovani Gallardo, one of the two three-run blasts the right-hander allowed. Seager is one of many Mariners hitting the ball well early, as he's sitting on two home runs with eight RBI and a .407 average (11-for-27). The 27-year-old signed a seven-year, $100 million extension with the Mariners over the winter and will be expected to post big numbers at third base this season.
    Sunday, 4:08 pm
  • Cabrera beter than 50/50 for Opening Day
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that Miguel Cabrera had a "better than 50/50" to be in the lineup on Opening Day.

    Advice: Cabrera served as the Tigers designated hitter in his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday and came through without any difficulty. Barring any setbacks, he and Victor Martinez should each be in their rightful places in the Tigers lineup when the season opens on April 6.
    Sunday, 2:03 pm
  • Seager (oblique) back in M's lineup Sunday
    Kyle Seager (oblique) returned to the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Seager was scratched from Saturday's Cactus League contest due to mild tightness in his side, but that was obviously just precautionary. The side shouldn't be an issue for Seager going forward.
    Sunday, 10:11 am
  • Seager scratched with mild tightness in side
    Kyle Seager was scratched from Saturday's Cactus League game due to mild tightness in his side.

    Advice: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said the move was largely precautionary and not a big issue. The Mariners are smart to be cautious with their $100 million man. Seager is expected to hit in the middle of the Mariners' lineup this season after mashing 25 homers and 96 RBI last year.
    Saturday, 4:49 pm
  • Blackmon hits first spring homer versus Tribe
    Charlie Blackmon homered and scored twice in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Indians.

    Advice: The homer was Blackmon's first of the spring, also giving him his first RBI. The outfielder broke out in 2014, hitting .288/.335/.440 with 19 homers and 28 steals, but some regression is expected in his follow-up campaign. Still, the combination of power and speed in Coors Field makes him plenty mixed league worthy.
    Saturday, 4:19 pm
  • Gonzalez homers twice in shutout of TEX
    Adrian Gonzalez belted a pair of home runs in Saturday's exhibition shutout of the Rangers.

    Advice: Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the third inning off of Anthony Ranaudo and another solo shot in the fifth against Lisalverto Bonilla. They're Gonzalez's first two homers of the spring. He's been a bit slow to start, entering Saturday's action batting .161 (5-for-31) but he should still be counted on for elite offense in 2015.
    Saturday, 2:12 pm
  • Castellanos day to day with right foot bruise
    Alex Castellanos is day-to-day with a bruised right foot.

    Advice: The outfielder left Saturday's Grapefruit League game after rolling his ankle in a collision at first base. It doesn't seem to be serious, and it likely won't cost him too much time. The non-roster invite likely won't break camp with the club regardless.
    Saturday, 1:52 pm
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  • Miguel Cabrera feels good after running
    Miguel Cabrera (foot) admitted feeling great after hitting and running on Saturday and wants to make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

    Advice: Cabrera is even petitioning manager Brad Ausmus to let him start at first base instead of designated hitter so that his ankle doesn't tighten up on him. It's certainly encouraging news and looks to be a major step in the right direction of Cabrera being in the Tigers lineup on Opening Day.
    Saturday, 12:32 pm
  • Alex Castellanos departs with apparent injury
    Alex Castellanos was forced to leave Saturday's Grapefruit League game with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Castellanos was involved in a collision at first base as he reached into the runner's path on an errant throw from the catcher. It appeared to have been an issue with his right ankle, but the Mets should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Saturday, 12:23 pm
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  • Kipnis (back) to remain out through weekend
    Jason Kipnis will be sidelined for the remainder of the weekend due to back spasms.

    Advice: Kipnis was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup and was held out on Friday as well. The Indians aren't yet concerned that the injury will effect his availability for the start of the regular season. He will receive extra at-bats in minor league contests next week provided the issue clears up.
    Saturday, 11:38 am
  • Zunino blasts pair of home runs on Friday
    Mike Zunino blasted a pair of home runs on Friday as the Mariners and Rangers played to a 4-4 tie in Cactus League action.

    Advice: He took Jon Edwards deep for a solo shot in the fourth inning then added a two-run bomb off Spencer Patton in this sixth. He's having a very strong spring at the dish, slashing .348/.400/.783 with three homers and seven RBI. While he carries batting average risk, the power is legit, and should lead to Zunino being a solid value in the middle rounds of mixed league drafts.
    Saturday, 10:47 am
  • Cabrera and Martinez could play on Sunday
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Miguel Cabrera (foot) and Victor Martinez (knee) could both make their Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

    Advice: Ausmus said that it would depend on how they fared running the bases on Saturday. Each of them have remained hopeful that they would be ready for Opening Day, and barring any setbacks both appear on track to do so.
    Saturday, 7:33 am
  • Alex Rodriguez hits second spring homer
    Alex Rodriguez homered off Bruce Rondon in the Yankees' 11-2 drubbing of the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Getting around on a Rondon fastball -- even if it wasn't quite all of the way around (it was an opposite field homer) -- is the most impressive feat of the spring so far for A-Rod. His bat seemed slow at times in his early plate appearances, so making contact against a guy throwing in the high-90s is a good sign.
    Friday, 2:21 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) shut down a week
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) will be shut down for at least the next week.

    Advice: Murphy was given an MRI, with the Mets only saying that the second baseman suffered a pulled right hamstring. It's too soon to say whether he might require a stint on the disabled list, but it's certainly a possibility. The Mets don't plan to bring back Dilson Herrera back from minor league camp, which means Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno would be options at second base should Murphy need to go on the DL.
    Friday, 1:55 pm
  • Andrew Susac (wrist) takes swings
    Andrew Susac (wrist) took some swings on Thursday.

    Advice: Susac was given a cortisone injection to combat an impingement in his right wrist. He's hoping to be back in games early next week.
    Friday, 1:49 pm
  • Daniel Murphy undergoes MRI on hamstring
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) underwent an MRI Friday.

    Advice: The results of the exam are not yet available. Murphy was removed from Thursday's game with tightness in his right hamstring, and while he reported improvement Friday, the Mets want to make sure the ailment isn't worse than expected. An update on his status should be available later Friday or Saturday.
    Friday, 12:58 pm
  • Aaron Hicks goes hitless against Pirates
    Aaron Hicks went 0-for-3 on Friday and is 1-for-11 in his last four games.

    Advice: Hicks got off to a 5-for-12 start this week, but he's cooled off over the last week. The Twins probably wish they had more competition for Hicks in center field, but there isn't really anyone to start over him, not unless they reverse course and move Danny Santana back to center.
    Friday, 12:53 pm
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  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) day-to-day
    Daniel Murphy reported improvement with his tight right hamstring on Friday.

    Advice: Murphy was lifted from Thursday's game with the ailment. He's considered day-to-day, but the Mets will surely play it cautiously with him so he doesn't have a setback prior to Opening Day.
    Friday, 6:07 am
  • Jason Kipnis scratched with back spasms
    Jason Kipnis was scratched from Thursday's game versus the Mariners with mid-back spasms.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how long the ailment might sideline him. Kipnis already got a late start to the Cactus League season as he worked his way back from surgery in December to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger. The Indians should have more on his status later Thursday.
    Thursday, 4:48 pm
  • Daniel Murphy leaves game with tight hammy
    Daniel Murphy was lifted from a Grapefruit League game Thursday due to right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Murphy singled up the middle and came around to score in the top of the first inning, but he didn't take the field in the bottom half. As long as it's not a hamstring strain, the second baseman should be fine for the beginning of the regular season. Expect updates on Murphy throughout the weekend.
    Thursday, 10:29 am
  • Span (abdomen) played catch on Thursday
    Denard Span (abdomen) played catch on Thursday.

    Advice: It's a step in the right direction for the rehabbing outfielder, who is expected to miss the first month of the 2015 regular season. Span underwent surgery on March 9 to repair a right core muscle injury. Michael Taylor should to be the Nationals' starting center fielder on Opening Day.
    Thursday, 8:50 am
  • Susac (wrist) could return to action Sunday
    Andrew Susac (wrist) could return to Cactus League play on Sunday.

    Advice: Susac was given a cortisone shot earlier this week after complaining of soreness in his right wrist. He is competing with Hector Sanchez this spring for the backup job behind Giants starting catcher Buster Posey.
    Thursday, 8:47 am
  • Jonathan Schoop hits second spring homer
    Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer off Ervin Santana as part of the Orioles' 3-2 win over a Twins split-squad on Wednesday.

    Advice: Schoop is hitting .207/.207/.483 with two homers and nine strikeouts in 29 at-bats. With neither Everth Cabrera nor Ryan Flaherty stepping up, he remains the clear favorite to start at second base for Baltimore. The on-base skills aren't there, but he has power and defense working in his favor.
    Wednesday, 1:42 pm
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