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    • Pedro Alvarez homers, knocks in four runs
      Pedro Alvarez had a three-run homer and an RBI double as the Pirates held on to beat the Blue Jays 8-7 on Tuesday.

      Advice: Alvarez went opposite field off Aaron Sanchez in the first. The double also dropped down the left field line. Dalton Pompey lost that one in the sun, though since he was shading Alvarez to pull, he might not have gotten to it anyway. Since he's set to be platooned, Alvarez's fantasy upside might not quite be what it once was. Still, he's a candidate for 30 homers anyway, and he should hit for a higher average since he won't start against lefties. Rotoworld.com
      44 minutes ago
    • Castellanos hit in hand by pitch, day-to-day
      Nick Castellanos left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after suffering a left hand hand contusion.

      Advice: Castellanos was hit in the hand by a pitch, but fortunately X-rays came back negative. He's considered day-to-day, so it's not a major concern. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:58 am
    • Iglesias to play three innings on Wednesday
      Brad Ausmus plans to let Jose Iglesias play three innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

      Advice: Iglesias played one inning when the Tigers matched up against Florida Southern on Monday, so his workload is ramping up gradually. The talented shortstop is recovering from two stress fractures in each of his shins, and the Tigers are hopeful he'll be ready by Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:33 am
    • Iglesias (shins) plays one inning in field
      Jose Iglesias (shins) played one inning in the field Monday in the Tigers' exhibition game against Florida Southern.

      Advice: Iglesias, who missed the entire 2014 season with stress fractures in both of his shins recorded one put-out on a pop-up and grounded out in his lone at-bat. It wasn't much, but he was thrilled. "I was really excited to get back on the field," said Iglesias. "Really happy." He's not feeling any soreness so far, but the Tigers plan to take it easy with him early in the spring. He's slated to return to the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:56 pm
    • A-Rod to make Grapefruit debut Wednesday
      Alex Rodriguez will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Phillies.

      Advice: The Yankees will open their exhibition schedule on Tuesday against the Phillies in Clearwater, but A-Rod won't make the trip. He's expected to be the designated hitter on Wednesday and receive two or three at-bats. It will be his first game action since September of 2013. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:54 pm
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) takes on-field BP
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) took on-field batting practice Monday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: He's been hitting without pain for a while, but this was his first true live outdoor BP since he arrived at the Tigers' spring training complex. Cabrera is also running at about 75 percent on an anti-gravity treadmill and aiming to get into Grapefruit League games around the middle of March. The Tigers are hoping he'll be fully rehabbed from his foot and ankle surgeries by the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:43 pm
    • A-Rod goes 0-for-2 in intrasquad game Mon.
      Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-2 with a groundout and flyout in Monday's intrasquad game.

      Advice: It was against a pitching machine, not a live thrower. A-Rod served as the designated hitter, which is where he'll get the majority of his playing time this season. He's expected to take some reps at first base this spring in the Grapefruit League. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:33 am
    • D'Backs open to moving Hill, Ross, and Cahill
      According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Diamondbacks are shopping Aaron Hill, Cody Ross, and Trevor Cahill.

      Advice: D'Backs general manager Dave Stewart has denied Heyman's source, for what that's worth. Hill was very good in 2012 and 2013, but he had a rough 2014 season and is owed a total of $24 million in 2015-2016. These aren't exactly blockbuster trade chips for the Diamondbacks, who are rebuilding under new chief baseball officer Tony La Russa. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:48 am
       
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    • A-Rod serving as DH in intrasquad game
      Alex Rodriguez is serving as the designated hitter Monday in an intrasquad game.

      Advice: The game will be played with pitching machines rather than live throwers, so it's more of a drill than a scrimmage. A-Rod arrived at Yankees camp last Monday and seems to be getting along with the other players and coaches just fine. He's been taking some reps at first base but will likely get most of his playing time at DH in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:08 am
    • Plouffe (illness) back to work Monday
      Trevor Plouffe (illness) got back to work Monday morning in Twins camp.

      Advice: Plouffe sat out of team workouts Saturday and Sunday due to a mild illness. It wasn't a serious concern. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:29 am
    • Gordon Beckham getting work all over infield
      While he's competing for the team's starting job at second base, Gordon Beckham is seeing work all over the infield early in the spring.

      Advice: The former top prospect is getting work at shortstop and third base as well, as he prepares for what could wind up being a super utility role for the White Sox. Even if he loses out to Micah Johnson or Carlos Sanchez in the battle at second base, the more time that he sees on the field, the better his chances of carving out value as a middle infielder in AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:04 pm
    • Chris Johnson reverts to former swing path
      Chris Johnson is working on a mechanical adjustment to his swing, lowering his hands to allow for a more consistent swing path.

      Advice: It's an effort to return to the form he displayed in 2013 when he competed for the National League batting title. The 30-year-old is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2014 season where he hit just .263/.292/.361 with 10 homers and 58 RBI. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:35 pm
    • Yasmany Tomas to get reps in OF
      Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Yasmany Tomas will see some playing time in the outfield during Cactus League play.

      Advice: The D'Backs want Tomas to handle third base well enough to start there, but they'll give him reps in the outfield just in case. "We have to prioritize who gets all these at-bats in spring training," Hale said. "He's one we want to get a lot of at-bats to get a good (look) at his offense, too." Jake Lamb will be in line to start at third base if Arizona ends up having to put Tomas in left field. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:16 am
    • Plouffe (illness) misses workout Saturday
      Trevor Plouffe missed Saturday's workout due to illness.

      Advice: Plouffe attended the team's morning meeting before being sent home. He'll probably take it easy for a couple of days, but it certainly isn't anything that will impact his availability for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:52 am
    • Alex Rodriguez getting reps at first base
      Alex Rodriguez received reps at first base on Friday for the first time in his big league career.

      Advice: The Yankees are trying to determine if A-Rod can be a serviceable backup behind Mark Teixeira at the position. Rodriguez has been open to the idea and is said to be "anxious to learn" the new position. While he's slated to see most of his action out of the designated hitter spot, increasing his versatility would provide manager Joe Girardi with more options to getting his bat in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:19 am
    • Gillaspie bulks up, quits chewing tobacco
      Conor Gillaspie bulked up over the offseason and quit chewing tobacco in an effort to get stronger and help get through the grind of the long season.

      Advice: Gillaspie added 15-20 pounds of muscle to prevent the late-season swoon that he endured in 2014, where he slashed just .208/.259/.333 with three homers over his final 47 contests. He's expected to bat sixth in a much-improved White Sox lineup, which should provide plenty of RBI chances. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:10 am
    • Jake Lamb wants to battle for third base job
      Jake Lamb admitted Saturday that he plans to battle Yasmany Tomas for the Diamondbacks starting job at third base.

      Advice: "It doesn't matter who it is, I'm going to give them a battle at third base" Lamb said Saturday. He also noted that he'll do whatever he can to help the team, even if Tomas secures the starting job. Lamb slashed .230/.263/.373 with four homers and 11 RBI in 37 games as a rookie in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:01 am
    • Chris Davis to get some work in RF
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Chris Davis will get some playing time in right field this spring.

      Advice: Davis has made 39 starts in the outfield during his career, though none of them have come over the last two seasons. It's just a matter of giving him some reps there just in case he might be needed at the position, as Davis is slated to be the regular first baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 am
    • Aramis Ramirez likely to retire after 2015
      Aramis Ramirez said Friday that the 2015 season will likely be his final one.

      Advice: Ramirez, who exercised a $14 million option for this season, will turn 37 in late June. While injuries have hampered him the last couple years, the third baseman has had an incredibly productive career, sporting a .285/.344/.496 batting line with 369 homers and 1,342 RBI across 17 seasons. He's a three-time All-Star and has also finished in the top-10 in National League MVP voting on three occasions. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:44 am
    • Danny Valencia to see some action in LF
      Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Danny Valencia will see some time in left field this spring.

      Advice: Toronto is scrambling all of its internal options to replace Michael Saunders, who was expected to open the 2015 season as the Blue Jays' starting left fielder but suffered a torn meniscus Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler. Saunders is expected to miss the entire first half. Valencia has never played the outfield at the major league level and is not a good bet to win the job outright, but he could see a bit of action there against left-handed starters if the Jays don't add anybody. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:31 am
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) running on treadmill
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) is running on an anti-gravity treadmill at about 65 percent of his body weight.

      Advice: He's also able to set the treadmill at a slight incline without experiencing any discomfort in his surgically-repaired right foot. Cabrera underwent a procedure last October to remove painful bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. He's hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to get a clear picture at this point on whether that's realistic. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:46 am
    • Yasmany Tomas 'bobbled balls' in 3B drills
      According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Yasmany Tomas "bobbled some balls, misplayed others and at times did not appear to have proper technique" during third base drills Wednesday.

      Advice: Tomas played a bit of third base in Cuba, but he was primarily a corner outfielder. Arizona signed him to a six-year, $68.5 million contract in late November and the hope is that he'll become the club's starter at the hot corner, but it's very much a work in progress. "At some point when we start evaluating whether he can play third base in the major leagues, we're just going to have to leave him alone and his game is either going to play or not play," said Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:52 am
    • Report: NYY confident they can avoid bonuses
      A source tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that the Yankees are confident they can avoid paying Alex Rodriguez for home run milestone bonuses.

      Advice: The presumption has long been that the club will have to pay A-Rod the money, which could reach as much as $30 million in bonuses, but wording in the marketing agreement and perhaps the ability to put A-Rod under oath in a potential grievance hearing could let the team off the hook. It's just one of the issues on which the team and the player have disagreed in recent weeks. It could be a long year in the Bronx. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:10 pm
    • Iglesias (shins) could DH early in spring
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Jose Iglesias (shins) could DH early in the spring to get more at-bats and stay off his feet.

      Advice: Iglesias missed all of last season with stress fractures in both of his shins, so the Tigers are easing him back into things. The Tigers could also potentially have him play on the minor league side, where he could lead off each inning. He still has some hurdles to cross, but the Tigers are optimistic he'll be ready to be the regular shortstop at the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:40 am
    • Chris Davis has TUE for Vyvanse
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Chris Davis was granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Vyvanse, not Adderall.

      Advice: Davis received a 25-game suspension last September after a second positive test for unauthorized use of Adderall. Initial reports this winter said that he received a new therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Adderall, but it was actually for Vyvanse, another stimulant medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Davis ultimately opted for Vyvanse because it lasts longer and is less likely to be abused for non-therapeutic reasons. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:46 am
    • Iglesias not wearing spikes all the time
      Jose Iglesias (shins) is alternating between using spikes, turf shoes and sneakers during his workouts.

      Advice: Iglesias is doing what he can to lessen the impact on his legs after missing all of last season with stress fractures in both shins. "When I do some activities where I don't want to slip, I'll use my spikes," Iglesias said. The shortstop is feeling great so far but obviously will eventually have to start using his spikes all the time. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:52 pm
    • Alex Rodriguez has arrived at Yankees camp
      Alex Rodriguez arrived at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida on Monday.

      Advice: He took a physical at George M. Steinbrenner Field and then headed over to the minor league side of camp for his first workout. Rodriguez released a hand-written apology to baseball fans last week and is hoping to turn over a new leaf after serving a season-long PED suspension in 2014. If all goes well this spring, the 39-year-old will open the 2015 campaign as the Yankees' primary designated hitter. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 10:03 am
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) hitting with no pain
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that Miguel Cabrera (foot) has been hitting without any pain.

      Advice: Cabrera was cleared a few days ago by doctors to begin limited baseball activities, and it appears all is well so far. The Tigers are optimistic that the first baseman will be ready to go come Opening Day, but we won't have a better idea until he ramps things up. Cabrera had surgery last October to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:34 am
    • Jose Iglesias (shins) says he's 100 percent
      Jose Iglesias (shins) said Saturday that he feels 100 percent.

      Advice: The defensive wizard is only running at 85-90 percent currently as he doesn't want to rush things. While he'll be a tremendous addition to the Tigers defensively, he offers very little in the way of fantasy value outside AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 11:22 am
    • Aramis Ramirez could receive extra rest days
      Brewers manager Ron Roenicke admitted Saturday that Aramis Ramirez could receive extra days off during the 2015 season as a way to keep him fresh.

      Advice: The 36-year-old has had his share of injuries in his career and has been limited to just 225 games the past two seasons. If an extra day off here and there will help keep him healthy for the entire season, both the Brewers and fantasy owners would benefit greatly. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 10:07 am
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