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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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:52 pm
  • Jimmy Paredes doubles twice
    Jimmy Paredes doubled twice Sunday in the Orioles' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It'll be easier for the Orioles to carry Paredes if either David Lough or J.J. Hardy starts off on the disabled list. The switch-hitter is batting .383/.388/.681 with 12 RBI in 47 at-bats. He's out of options, and since he can hit for average and play multiple positions, he'd probably be picked up quickly if the Orioles let him go. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:30 pm
  • Josh Donaldson hits fourth home run
    Josh Donaldson hit his fourth homer of the spring Sunday off the Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez.

    Advice: It's the first time he's hit four spring homers in his career. Donaldson is batting .318 in 44 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:23 pm
  • Steve Tolleson's X-rays are clean
    X-rays on Steve Tolleson's right hand came back negative.

    Advice: Tolleson was hit by a pitch during Saturday's game. The 31-year-old has a shot to crack the Opening Day roster as a utility player with Maicer Izturis (groin) slated to open the year on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:40 am
  • David Freese (elbow) back in lineup
    David Freese (elbow) is back in the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Freese hadn't played since suffering a hyperextended left elbow during a collision in Wednesday's game. He's batting .282 with a homer and seven RBI in 14 games this spring and will be fine for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:03 am
  • Report: Aaron Hill drawing trade interest
    Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:31 am
  • Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) to take BP
    Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) will take batting practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Zimmerman banged up his left shoulder on a diving attempt Saturday, but there appears to be no concern, as he's expected back in the lineup Monday. The Nationals can't afford any more injuries to their regulars. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:56 am
  • Matt Dominguez optioned to Triple-A
    Astros optioned 3B Matt Dominguez to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: He batted just .250/.282/.250 this spring. With Luis Valbuena at the hot corner now and Colin Moran on the way, Dominguez's days as a starter in Houston are likely over. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:31 am
  • Royals grant Roberts unconditional release
    Royals released INF Ryan Roberts.

    Advice: Roberts was in camp trying to make the team as a non-roster invitee, but the infielder batted just .219/.265/.313 in Cactus League play. He was granted his release by the club, and he'll look for another opportunity elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:44 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
  • Frazier blasts his fourth homer of the spring
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a three-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League game versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Frazier homered on Thursday as well, now sitting on four spring blasts along with 12 RBI. His spring has been indicative of what to expect during the regular season: a mediocre average (.262, 11-for-42) with good power and occasional speed. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:01 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Kelly Johnson reaches three times
    Kelly Johnson doubled and walked twice Saturday as the Braves beat a Blue Jays split-squad 5-3.

    Advice: Despite starting off 2-for-19, Johnson is up to .273/.385/.523 with two homers in 44 at-bats this spring. He's made a very good case for a bench spot, but if the Braves would prefer to go younger, perhaps Johnson will catch on elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Tolleson (hand) getting precautionary X-rays
    Steve Tolleson will have precautionary X-rays taken of his right hand after being hit by a pitch Saturday.

    Advice: "I'm not too worried about it," Tolleson told reporters Saturday. Indications are that it's not broken, but the Jays just want to be sure. More will be known about his injury status after the results of the test come back. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Mark Reynolds in 1-for-19 slump
    Mark Reynolds went 0-for-3 on Saturday and is in a 1-for-19 slump.

    Advice: He's fanned 11 times during the slump. Overall, he's hitting .129 with two homers in 31 at-bats this spring. The Cardinals are certain to carry him on their bench, but he's not making much of a case to start over Matt Adams against left-handed pitching. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:59 pm
  • Zimmerman (shoulder) likely to miss 2-3 days
    Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be sidelined for the next 2-3 days after jamming his left shoulder on a diving play in Friday's Grapefruit League contest.

    Advice: The Nationals don't believe that the injury is serious and do not have an MRI scheduled. Zimmerman remains fully confident that he will be in the team's lineup on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:40 pm
  • David Freese (elbow) expected to play Sat.
    David Freese (elbow) is expected to return to action on Saturday.

    Advice: Freese suffered a hyperextended left elbow during a collision in Wednesday's game and is taking a couple days off as a precaution. He's batting .282 with a homer and seven RBI in 14 games this spring. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:53 am
  • Frazier clubs third Cactus League HR vs. CLE
    Todd Frazier clubbed his third Cactus League home run, his only hit in three at-bats, in Thursday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: Frazier went yard against Danny Salazar in the first inning, staking his team to an early lead. It was only his ninth hit in 38 spring at-bats (.237). Frazier likely won't hit for a high average in 2015, but his combination of power and speed makes him a valuable fantasy asset. He hit 29 home runs and stole 20 bases last season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:11 pm
  • Steve Tolleson hits three-run homer
    Steve Tolleson hit a three-run homer off Ken Giles to lead the Jays past the Phillies 4-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: With Devon Travis looking probable for the second base job, it'll probably be between Tolleson and Ryan Goins for a utility gig, with Tolleson having the advantage of being out of options. Tolleson is hitting .259/.310/.556 in 27 at-bats this spring. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:33 pm
  • Freese out next few days with elbow injury
    David Freese will be out for the next couple of days with a hyperextended left elbow.

    Advice: Freese suffered the injury Wednesday in a collision. He told reporters that he's not concerned about it affecting his readiness for the Angels' season-opener. The third baseman is 11-for-39 (.282) with a homer and seven RBI in 14 games this spring. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:45 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:51 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:06 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:33 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 22, 4:08 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. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 22, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 21, 4:49 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. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 20, 1:55 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. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 20, 12:58 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 20, 6:07 am
  • Kelly Johnson reaches four times
    Kelly Johnson reached all four times he was up Thursday in the Braves' 6-3 defeat of the Marlins.

    Advice: Johnson, who entered the day 4-for-24 this spring, went 2-for-2 with two walks. He'd seem to be a sentimental choice for a Braves roster that could certainly use some additional power off the bench. We're not sure whether that will be enough to get him a spot. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 19, 2:00 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 19, 10:29 am
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