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    • Kirk Nieuwenhuis goes 4-for-4 in Mets' win
      Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 4-for-4 as the Mets defeated the Braves 8-2 on Wednesday.

      Advice: Nieuwenhuis is probably going to be the Mets' fourth outfielder, and with his defense, he could be an asset in that role for a long time. It'll be interesting to see how Terry Collins divvies up playing time between he and John Mayberry Jr. when Michael Cuddyer inevitably gets hurt. If Nieuwenhuis gets the call against right-handers, he should have a little value in NL-only fantasy leagues over the course of the year. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:12 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
    • Anthony Gose goes 2-for-3 against Orioles
      Anthony Gose went 2-for-3 and scored from the leadoff spot Wednesday versus the Orioles.

      Advice: Brad Ausmus knows that baseball's dirtiest word is "platoon," so he hasn't committed to starting Gose in center field against right-handers and Rajai Davis against left-handers, even though that would seem to make the most sense. It's also not yet certain where Gose will hit when he does play. Given his track record, he should hit eighth or ninth until he shows he's worth moving up. However, he might make some appearances batting first or second early on. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:32 pm
    • 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
    • Boesch goes 2-for-2 as Reds rout Indians
      Brennan Boesch finished 2-for-2 with an RBI as the Reds routed the Indians 10-0 in Tuesday afternoon's Cactus League opener.

      Advice: Boesch singled up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring Chris Dominguez for the Reds' eighth run of the game. Boesch played right field in this one. He'll see action at all three outfield spots and first base this spring as he tries to make a case for an Opening Day roster spot. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:34 pm
       
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    • Aaron Judge hits three-run homer
      Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer off Mario Hollands in the ninth inning Tuesday as the Yankees came back to tie the Phillies 5-5.

      Advice: The 6-foot-7 Judge, a 2013 first-round pick, rates as the Yankees' top position prospect with his big-time power potential. He's set to open this year in Double-A and he probably won't reach the majors before 2016, but he could start getting Yankees fans excited with a couple of more bombs this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:38 pm
       
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    • 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
    • Raburn (knee) to make Cactus debut Wednesday
      Ryan Raburn (knee) will make his Cactus League debut Wednesday.

      Advice: Raburn underwent arthroscopic surgery last September to repair a tear in his left lateral meniscus, but he entered spring training without any restrictions. After a big first season with the Indians in 2013, the veteran outfielder batted just 200/.250/.297 with four homers and 22 RBI across 74 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:09 am
    • Phillies not interested in Victorino reunion
      The Phillies are not interested in acquiring Shane Victorino in any trade with the Red Sox, as they are intent on bringing back younger, cheaper talent, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

      Advice: The Phillies are in rebuilding mode, so Victorino wouldn't make much sense for them despite sporting an incomplete outfield. Victorino missed large chunks of time last season due to hamstring and back issues, but is John Farrell's favorite to claim the starting job in right field. When he's healthy, he provides speed and power, but it remains to be seen if his recent bout with injuries has sapped him of either. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:39 am
    • Nationals ink Tony Gwynn Jr. to minors deal
      Nationals signed OF Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Gwynn, 32, hit just .152/.264/.190 over 80 games for the Phillies last season and had to wait it out until March to find a job, but he finally has one. He'll face a major uphill battle to win an Opening Day roster spot but offers the Nats some veteran depth in the minors. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:59 pm
       
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    • Nick Swisher (knees) not close to game-ready
      Indians manager Terry Francona indicated on Monday that Nick Swisher (knees) is likely a couple weeks away from game action.

      Advice: Brandon Moss (hip) is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut in mid-March, and Francona noted that he "might be a little ahead" of Swisher. "I don't want those guys to feel like there's a deadline, because there's not," the skipper added. Swisher is coming back from surgery on both knees, and while he's been able to hit with no issues, he's not yet running at nearly 100 percent. The veteran should still have enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have setbacks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:35 pm
    • Lagares (elbow) due to make spring debut Wed.
      Juan Lagares (elbow) is due to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Braves.

      Advice: Lagares had to be shut down early last season due to a sprained right elbow and the Mets reportedly have concerns that the injury might pop back up in 2015. But everything looks fine for now. The 25-year-old center fielder is a .262/.302/.368 hitter in 237 major league games. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:54 pm
    • Michael Taylor has some neck discomfort
      Michael Taylor has complained of some minor neck discomfort.

      Advice: Taylor described it as a "twinge," but he was able to work out Sunday and should be a full participant in drills and games this week. "Anytime that happens, especially early in the spring, we make sure that we take it easy on him," manager Matt Williams said Monday. "He is full go. He is ready to play." The 23-year-old should be busy this spring in the Grapefruit League with Jayson Werth recovering from shoulder surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:11 am
    • Grichuk (back) resumed workouts Monday
      Randal Grichuk (back) resumed workouts Monday.

      Advice: Grichuk took it easy this weekend due to some mild lower back soreness and might be held out of the Cardinals' first few Grapefruit League games, but the discomfort doesn't seem like a huge concern. Grichuk is due to open the 2015 season in a backup role behind starting outfielders Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Jason Heyward. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:48 am
    • McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for OD
      Nate McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.

      Advice: And he could start in left field on Opening Day if Jayson Werth (shoulder) isn't ready. McLouth underwent surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He's nearly up to speed with the other position players in Nats camp this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:37 am
    • Randal Grichuk (back) working out again
      Randal Grichuk (back) took swings off a tee and off soft toss on Sunday.

      Advice: He expects to go through a full workout on Monday. Grichuk rested for a couple days due to lower back soreness, but it was never considered to be a big deal. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:49 am
    • Mets will monitor Juan Lagares' elbow
      Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger reports that the Mets have concerns that Juan Lagares' right elbow "will be bothersome" this season.

      Advice: Lagares was shut down with a couple weeks left in last season due to a sprain in the elbow. He didn't require surgery, but apparently a winter of rest hasn't totally alleviated concerns. The Mets will monitor Lagares' elbow closely in hopes of keeping the ailment under control. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:30 am
    • 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
    • Juan Lagares is Mets preferred leadoff hitter
      Mets manager Terry Collins admitted Saturday that Juan Lagares is the team's preferred leadoff hitter.

      Advice: That's predicated on Lagares proving that he can handle the role this spring. The 25-year-old is a career .265/.315/.357 hitter in 185 at-bats out of the leadoff spot. Curtis Granderson has also been mentioned as a possible candidate to hit atop the Mets lineup, and may get the job if Lagares struggles during Grapefruit League play. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:40 am
    • Boesch to work at all three outfield spots
      Reds manager Bryan Price said that non-roster invitee Brennan Boesch will see work at all three outfield spots, as well as first base, as he competes for a bench spot on the team's Opening Day roster.

      Advice: If he can adequately cover center field and first base defensively, the added versatility would go a long way toward earning Boesch a spot on the roster. The 29-year-old is a career .256/.309/.412 hitter and would represent a nice left-handed bat off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:37 am
       
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    • Victorino wants to return to switch-hitting
      Shane Victorino said Thursday that he wants return to switch-hitting this season.

      Advice: Victorino gave up hitting from the left side at the end of the 2013 season due to thumb and hamstring injuries, but he's ready to give it another try. "Yeah, absolutely," explained Victorino. "Everything feels great. It's something I've been successful at and that I would like to go back to. The body feels good, and we'll go from there. It's a good thing to have in your back pocket, being able to switch-hit. I came into camp, I spoke to them about it and I told them I would like to try it again and they were all for it." Red Sox manager John Farrell recently said that Victorino will be the starting right fielder this season as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:35 pm
    • Grichuk (back) sits out workouts Thursday
      Randal Grichuk sat out of workouts Thursday in Cardinals camp due to lower back soreness.

      Advice: He expects to get back on the field Friday. Grichuk will serve as an active fourth outfielder this season in St. Louis behind starters Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Jason Heyward. Peter Bourjos is also in the mix. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:47 am
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