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  • Pedro Alvarez homers twice in Pirates' rout
    Pedro Alvarez blasted two homers and drove in six runs as the Pirates pounded the Phillies 18-4 on Monday.

    Advice: After a fine start to his spring, Alvarez had cooled off, to the point at which he asked to get some extra at-bats in minor league camp last week. He's still hitting a fine .325 overall, with four homers and five doubles in 40 at-bats.
    Today, 2:04 pm
  • Blue Jays reassign Barton to minors
    Blue Jays reassigned 1B Daric Barton to minor league camp.

    Advice: This would seem to solidify Justin Smoak's status. Barton hit .250/.341/.389 with one home run and two doubles across 41 plate appearances this spring.
    Today, 1:48 pm
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  • Lucas Duda homers, knocks in five
    Lucas Duda drove in five runs with a homer and a double Monday in the Mets' 7-1 defeat of the Marlins.

    Advice: Duda started the spring 4-for-31 with one RBI. In his last three games, he's 7-for-11 with two homers and nine RBI. We'd call that a rapid improvement.
    Today, 1:19 pm
  • Terdoslavich gets injection for sore wrist
    Joey Terdoslavich was given an injection over the weekend for his sore wrist.

    Advice: Terdoslavich injured the wrist on March 21 when he dove for a ball in a Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. The hope is that he'll be able to return to exhibition games this week. He had been hitting well this spring in his bid for an Opening Day roster spot.
    Today, 11:43 am
  • O's reassign Arencibia to minor league camp
    Orioles reassigned C J.P. Arencibia to minor league camp.

    Advice: Arencibia is currently fighting through a flexor mass strain in his right arm. He wasn't expected to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster anyway and will presumably begin the 2015 season at Triple-A Norfolk.
    Today, 8:49 am
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  • Arencibia gets cortisone for right arm
    J.P. Arencibia was given a cortisone injection Monday for his injured right arm.

    Advice: Arencibia has been diagnosed with a flexor mass strain and will remain shut down for the next several days. He is not going to be on the Orioles' active roster when the regular season opens next week.
    Today, 6:15 am
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  • Morneau homers as Rockies top D'Backs
    Justin Morneau clobbered his second home run of the Cactus League season, helping to power the Rockies to a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Advice: He and teammate Daniel Descalso each contributed solo homers, combining for all of the Rockies offense on the afternoon. Morneau finished the game 2-for-3, raising his spring average to .167 (5-for-30). While he's unlikely to replicate his terrific 2014 season, he should continue to provide plenty of value hitting in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field.
    Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Billy Butler clubs fourth homer as A's roll
    Billy Butler clubbed his fourth Cactus League home run as the Athletics topped the Brewers 7-0 on Sunday.

    Advice: He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk, with his solo blast coming off Tyler Thornburg in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old hit just nine home runs during the 2014 season, so the power outburst this spring is certainly a welcomed sight. He's now hitting .250 with four homers and 11 RBI on the spring season.
    Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Ishikawa leaves game with back tightness
    Travis Ishikawa was removed from Sunday's Cactus League contest due to back tightness.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said afterwards that Ishikawa's back flared up during the game. He'll be re-evaluated on Monday. The injury appears to be minor and shouldn't affect his status for the start of the regular season.
    Yesterday, 5:29 pm
  • McBride clubs 2 more homers in 10-inning win
    Matt McBride singled and clubbed a pair of two-run home runs in four at-bats Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: McBride's first homer put the Rockies up 2-0 in the first inning against Aaron Blair. His second broke a 6-6 tie in the fourth inning against Vidal Nuno. McBride also homered on Saturday, now sitting with four on the spring along with a .298 average (14-for-47). There isn't any room for him on the Rockies' roster, but he should get immediate consideration for a mid-season call-up in the event of an injury.
    Yesterday, 4:42 pm
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  • Moreland homers in a losing effort vs Dodgers
    Mitch Moreland hit a solo home run on Sunday, his only success in four at-bats in a 10-5 loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Moreland went yard off of J.P. Howell in the eighth inning. It was nice to see that it was against a left-hander, as he owns a career OPS 141 points lower against lefties than against righties. Moreland, who has three Cactus League homers, should get the lion's share of the at-bats from the DH spot this season.
    Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • O's reassign Parmelee, two others to minors
    Orioles reassigned INF Chris Parmelee, OF Dariel Alvarez and RHP Chaz Roe to minor league camp.

    Advice: With this round of cuts the Orioles have 37 players remaining in big league camp. The 27-year-old Parmelee could have secured a spot on the Opening Day roster with a strong spring, but hit just .160 (4-for-25) with one RBI and eight strikeouts in Grapefruit League competition. He should get a chance with the big league club at some point during the upcoming season.
    Yesterday, 3:31 pm
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  • Chase Headley goes 3-for-4, homers
    Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and three RBI to lead the Yankees to a 7-0 win over the Astros on Sunday.

    Advice: Headley hit second today, which is something he's done frequently with Jacoby Ellsbury out. Before Ellsbury was hurt, the plan was to bat Headley sixth or seventh this season. We think he makes quite a bit more sense at the top of the order, in part because he can help break up the lefties, but he'll probably still bat lower if Ellsbury returns for the opener as planned.
    Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • J.P. Arencibia scratched again on Sunday
    J.P. Arencibia was scratched from Sunday's game due to a flexor mass strain.

    Advice: The injury has kept the veteran backstop out of action since Thursday. At this point, it's very unlikely that he'll be ready for the start of the season, and probably wasn't going to crack the Orioles' Opening Day roster even if he had been completely healthy.
    Yesterday, 1:17 pm
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  • Lucas Duda goes 3-for-4
    Lucas Duda went 3-for-4 with a couple of RBI against the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Advice: A nice day for Duda, starting against a lefty. John Mayberry Jr. will almost certainly outproduce Duda versus southpaws this season, but the Mets will go with Duda as an everyday guy anyway, at least initially. Duda has gone 5-for-8 the last two days to lift his spring average from .129 to .231.
    Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Blue Jays claim Andy Wilkins off waivers
    Blue Jays claimed 1B Andy Wilkins off waivers from the White Sox; optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Wilkins is coming off a big season at Triple-A, having batted .293 with 30 homers and an .896 OPS across 127 games. He could eventually be in the mix for at-bats with the Blue Jays between first base and designated hitter.
    Yesterday, 11:12 am
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  • Rua 'most likely' to start in LF for Rangers
    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the "most likely" scenario is Ryan Rua starting in left field for the Rangers.

    Advice: The Rangers uncluttered their left field situation some with Nate Schierholtz's release and Ryan Ludwick's likely impending release. Jake Smolinski would serve as the fourth outfielder and Rule 5 pick Delino DeShields Jr. the fifth outfielder behind Rua, Leonys Martin and Shin-Soo Choo. Rua has earned the job by batting .306/.358/.531 with a homer and eight RBI this spring. The 25-year-old also fared pretty well in spot duty with the Rangers in 2014 and has posted some big numbers in the minors, making him a deep league fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 9:27 am
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  • Joey Votto looking 'spry' this spring
    Reds manager Bryan Price said that Joey Votto has looked "spry" this spring.

    Advice: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer adds that Votto "looks to have more energy, more pep in his step" and is "driving the ball with authority." It's worth noting, though, that Votto has played nine innings in a Cactus League contest just once this spring. After being limited to 62 games in 2014 due to a distal quad strain, the first baseman has looked healthy this March and could be poised for a bounce-back season.
    Yesterday, 7:27 am
  • 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.
    Saturday, 4:54 pm
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  • Mets, Duda have had long-term extension talks
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Mets and Lucas Duda have had discussions about a long-term contract extension.

    Advice: Duda said the talks have been "preliminary stuff and still in the works," so it doesn't sound like anything is close. Duda's agent, Dan Horwits, said the sides will table talks if a deal doesn't get done before Opening Day. Duda enjoyed a breakout year in 2014, swatting 30 homers and driving in 92 runs, and he appears to be the Mets' best answer at first base for the long run. As it stands, Duda won't be a free agent until after the 2017 season.
    Saturday, 2:00 pm
  • Daric Barton hits first spring homer
    Daric Barton went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the spring Saturday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Barton might have had a chance to beat out Justin Smoak for a job with a big spring, but since he's hitting a modest .250/.341/.389 in 36 at-bats, he's most likely Triple-A bound.
    Saturday, 1:31 pm
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  • Arencibia scratched with strained flexor mass
    J.P. Arencibia was scratched from a minor league game Thursday with a strained flexor mass.

    Advice: That's typically a serious injury, but the Orioles aren't putting out many details. Arencibia is in O's camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. He presumably will not be on the Opening Day roster.
    Thursday, 9:47 am
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  • Morneau stays cold with an 0-for-3 game
    Justin Morneau went 0-for-3 with an RBI in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: Morneau hasn't registered a hit since March 15, as he's been slowed by a minor elbow injury. The 0-for-3 performance drops his spring average to .125 (3-for-24). The Rockies hope the reigning NL batting champion can get into the swing of things before the start of the regular season.
    Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • White Sox option Wilkins to minors
    White Sox optioned 1B Andy Wilkins to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Wilkins, 26, earned a September call-up last year after batting .293 with 30 homers and an .896 OPS across 127 games in Triple-A. He has power, but strikeouts are an issue for him and there's no room on the major league roster.
    Tuesday, 12:20 pm
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  • Collins: Duda won't be platooned vs. lefties
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Lucas Duda will play against lefties to start the season.

    Advice: There have been some whispers that Collins might platoon Duda after the first baseman hit .180/.264/.252 against southpaws last season, but the manager is sticking with Duda early on. Duda hit .253/.349/.481 with 30 homers and 92 RBI overall last year in a breakout season.
    Mar 22, 12:56 pm
  • Joey Votto swats first spring homer on Friday
    Joey Votto swatted his first Cactus League home run on Friday as the Reds topped the Giants 6-5.

    Advice: Votto took Tim Hudson deep to right to get the scoring started in the first inning. He finished the night 1-for-3, going down on strikes in each of his next two at-bats. While he's hitting just .232 on the spring, he boasts a .421 on-base percentage and looks to be fully recovered from the strained quadriceps that ended his 2014 season prematurely.
    Mar 21, 11:46 am
  • Pedro Alvarez homers, doubles twice
    Pedro Alvarez homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs as a Pirates' split-squad edged the Phillies 6-5 on Friday.

    Advice: Making Alvarez's day especially impressive is that the homer (Mario Hollands) and one of the doubles (Jake Diekman) came off left-handed relievers. The Pirates signed Corey Hart to platoon with Alvarez, but if Alvarez handles lefties well all spring, there'd be little harm in giving him one last chance to play full-time. It's not as though Hart projects as a big asset anyway.
    Mar 20, 1:42 pm
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