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  • Lawrie homers twice as A's rout the Rockies
    Brett Lawrie walked, swatted a pair of home runs, and drove in four runs in four trips to the plate on Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Lawrie ripped a solo home run to left in the fifth inning against Ryan Arrowood, then added a three-run shot in the sixth off of LaTroy Hawkins. He now has four dingers on the spring along with 10 RBI and a .244 average (10-for-41). Lawrie is hoping to rack up in excess of 500 at-bats this season, which would be a first in the majors for him.
    Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • Panik has another good day at the plate
    Joe Panik went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's Cactus League matinee with the Cubs.

    Advice: Panik sparked a rally, as his solo shot off of Kyle Hendricks sparked a five-run outburst against the Cubs. The young second baseman has not hit much this spring, but has back-to-back multi-hit games which has pushed his Cactus League average up to .220 (13-for-59).
    Yesterday, 4:17 pm
  • Cano goes deep for the first time this spring
    Robinson Cano hit his first home run of the spring, finishing 2-for-4 Monday afternoon versus the Angels.

    Advice: Cano homered in the bottom of the eighth off of Joe Smith. He hit no home runs in Cactus League play last spring, so there's that. He's otherwise been hitting well, carrying a .364 average (16-for-44). After hitting at least 25 home runs from 2009-13, Cano hit only 14 last year, so the Mariners are hoping for a bit more pop from the second baseman in 2015.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Kolten Wong goes 0-for-2
    Kolten Wong went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks Monday, leaving him with a .139 average this spring.

    Advice: Well, Wong hit .375 last spring and then struggles so much in April that the Cardinals chose to send him down. Maybe it'll work out the other way this year. Wong's power-speed combination makes him very intriguing as a fantasy second baseman this year, but it's worth noting that he'll likely open up as a No. 8 hitter, which is going to really hurt his run and RBI numbers.
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Murphy (hammy) no sure thing for opener
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is "touch and go" to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: Murphy was slated to get some at-bats in another minor league game Monday, but he's not ready to run the bases and Opening Day isn't the be-all and end-all. If he's not quite ready, look for the Mets to use Danny Muno at second base. The Mets could backdate a stint on the DL for Murphy, so he could return as soon as April 11.
    Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • Josh Harrison homers, triples
    Josh Harrison homered and tripled Monday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Entering spring training assured of a job for the first time in his life, Harrison has quietly hit .302 with two homers in 43 at-bats. He'll be the Pirates' third baseman and leadoff man.
    Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • Jace Peterson goes 3-for-5 against Tigers
    Jace Peterson went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the Braves' 4-2 defeat of the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: With his .352 average, Peterson is in line to open the season as the Braves' second baseman and No. 2 hitter. He's not going to hit for much power, but he can maintain a decent average and steal bases, giving him some value in NL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Blue Jays release INF Santiago
    Blue Jays released INF Ramon Santiago.

    Advice: Santiago, a non-roster invitee this spring, suffered a broken left collarbone earlier this month and is expected to miss 10 weeks. He'll attempt to latch on with a new team once he's back to full health.
    Yesterday, 1:42 pm
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  • Rendon sees Dr. James Andrews about knee
    Anthony Rendon saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get a second opinion on his left knee.

    Advice: Rendon suffered what was termed as a minor MCL sprain in his knee on March 9, but he continues to feel discomfort and went to Andrews to get some answers. The Nationals are still waiting on his diagnosis, but obviously they need to prepare themselves for the possibility that they will be without him for the early part of the season.
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Cubs option 2B Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs optioned INF Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Baez batted just .173/.218/.231 with 20 strikeouts in 16 games this spring in the Cactus League, looking like the very same hitter who hit .169/.227/.324 with 95 strikeouts in 52 games last season as a rookie. Tommy La Stella and Arismendy Alcantara will see time at second base until the powerful but inconsistent Baez improves his plate discipline.
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
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  • Brad Miller (stomach) back in lineup Monday
    Brad Miller (illness) is back in the Mariners' Cactus League lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Miller missed three games with a stomach virus. He'll be at shortstop for the M's on Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Jedd Gyorko plates two as Padres top Mariners
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs on Sunday as the Padres bested the Mariners 8-5 in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Gyorko plated a run with an RBI single in the first inning then repeated the process again in the third. The two-hit effort raises his spring average to .250 (12-for-48), though he has just one homer and three RBI. He's looking to rebound from a dreadful 2014 season where he hit just .210/.280/.333 with 10 long balls in 111 games.
    Sunday, 7:14 pm
  • Panik's three-hit day spurs Giants to a win
    Joe Panik went 3-for-3 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and three runs scored on Sunday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Panik appeared to be heating up, but went hitless in three consecutive games entering Sunday afternoon. His performance against the Dodgers is, hopefully for the Giants, a good sign. He picked his spring average up to .200 (11-for-55). Panik impressed in his rookie campaign, batting .305 in 287 plate appearances last season.
    Sunday, 4:55 pm
  • Rougned Odor leaves game with bruised shin
    Rougned Odor was removed from Sunday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers with a bruised shin.

    Advice: Odor appeared to get spiked as Adrian Gonzalez slid into second base on his fourth inning double. The Rangers have listed him as day-to-day, so the minor injury shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season.
    Sunday, 3:03 pm
  • Brad Miller still battling stomach bug
    Brad Miller missed a third straight game Sunday with a stomach virus.

    Advice: Miller said he was feeling better, so he should be back out there in a day or so. The 25-year-old will be the Opening Day shortstop for the Mariners.
    Sunday, 12:28 pm
  • Dan Uggla doesn't want to be bench player
    Dan Uggla indicated Sunday that he's not interested in being a bench player.

    Advice: "I’d have to say no," he said. "I’ve never done it before. It’s not where I feel like I’m at in my career. That’s not what I’m looking to do." Uggla is being unrealistic here. He's 35, has hit .171/.291/.326 over the last two seasons and signed a minor league deal over the winter. To his credit, he's batting .278/.422/.500 with a couple homers this spring, but it's highly unlikely anyone sees him as starting material anymore. He has a shot to make the Nats' roster in a reserve role and is expected to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract if he doesn't make the club.
    Sunday, 7:53 am
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  • Report: Aaron Hill drawing trade interest
    Robert Murray of reports that the Diamondbacks are "getting trade calls" regarding Aaron Hill.

    Advice: Murray adds that it's "unclear who has expressed interest in Hill, but at least a few teams have come calling about him." CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the D'Backs were shopping Hill, so this comes as no surprise. With the club considering going with Nick Ahmed at shortstop and Chris Owings at second base, they'd probably be better off moving Hill if they can find a taker. He's owed $24 million through the end of next season.
    Sunday, 7:31 am
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    Aaron Hill Ari - 2B,3B
  • 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.
    Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • Rendon (knee) does lateral jogging Friday
    Anthony Rendon (knee) did light jogging on Friday with an emphasis on lateral movement.

    Advice: Rendon was testing his left knee as he's attempting to rehab from a minor MCL sprain that has shut him down since March 9. The young infielder has no issues when running straight ahead, but continues to have trouble when moving side to side. He still has his sights set on being a part of the Nationals lineup on Opening Day, and barring any setbacks that goal could be realistic.
    Friday, 7:21 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.
    Friday, 2:40 pm
  • Jace Peterson in line to win Braves' 2B job
    Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Jace Peterson "is in line to play second base" for the Braves.

    Advice: Alberto Callaspo has played better recently, but Peterson has looked better all spring and appears poised to wrestle the second base job away from the veteran. The news potentially has notable consequence in fantasy leagues, as Peterson stole 148 bases in 389 games in the minors and has hit over .300 there over the last two seasons. He's a deep league middle infield target.
    Friday, 6:12 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rendon (knee) in doubt for Opening Day
    Anthony Rendon underwent another MRI Tuesday which showed that the MCL in his left knee is healing, but still sprained.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL sprain on March 9 and he's not back to 100 percent yet, as he told James Wagner of the Washington Post that he still felt something in the knee while doing rotational exercises. The Nationals haven't ruled out the possibility completely, but it's increasingly clear that Rendon will not be ready for the start of the season. Those who were considering Rendon as a late first-round or early second-round pick in mixed fantasy leagues might have to think twice.
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Lawrie out for second straight day
    Brett Lawrie is out of the Athletics' Cactus League lineup for the second straight day Tuesday.

    Advice: Lawrie felt a little sore after doing extra defensive work on Sunday, so the Athletics don't want to take any chances given his history. Consider him day-to-day right now.
    Tuesday, 10:13 am
  • 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
  • Rendon (knee) might not be ready for opener
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Anthony Rendon's left knee remains sore.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL spain on March 9 and it still causes him discomfort when he tries to hit. Opening Day is just two weeks away and Rendon has logged only nine Grapefruit League at-bats. He could begin the season on the disabled list.
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • Rendon (knee) cleared for baseball activities
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Anthony Rendon (knee) has been cleared to do baseball activities.

    Advice: "He'll start to throw. He'll start to run. He'll start to do the things he needs to do ... but with that type of nagging injury, it can stay around a while. The good thing about it is that structurally, he's fine," Williams said. Rendon suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in camp and he's been sidelined for much of spring. Despite the injury, the team is hopeful he'll be ready for Opening Day.
    Mar 22, 11:52 am
  • Peterson fighting infection on right pinkie
    Jace Peterson is fighting an infection in his right pinkie finger.

    Advice: Peterson had it stepped on a few days ago, but the second baseman said the injury isn't serious. Peterson is the heavy favorite to win the Braves' starting job at the keystone. Peterson was one of the prospects acquired in the Justin Upton trade this winter.
    Mar 22, 7:25 am
  • Lawrie's three-run homer powers A's to a win
    Brett Lawrie went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Lawrie gave the A's an early 3-0 lead when he took Raisel Iglesias deep with two runners on base in the first inning for his first Cactus League home run. He's had an unremarkable spring, now batting just .179 (5-for-28). The Athletics hope he'll be able to be both healthy and productive, something Lawrie has had trouble with over his career.
    Mar 21, 4:02 pm
  • Dan Uggla hits second spring homer
    Dan Uggla went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer off the Marlins' Henderson Alvarez on Saturday.

    Advice: Feasting on his former team, Uggla has doubles off Steve Cishek and Mat Latos and now a homer in three games against the Marlins this spring. He's up to .333/.471/.630 in 27 at-bats.
    Mar 21, 1:10 pm
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