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  • Yankees re-sign reliever Jared Burton
    Yankees re-signed RHP Jared Burton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Burton was just released on Thursday but is now back in camp. It's an unusual occurrence, but it's not a surprise that Burton didn't take long to find work -- even if it's at the same place he had been. The veteran reliever has been dealing with a strained lat but played catch on Sunday. He's likely to make the team but begin the season on the disabled list.
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  • Didi Gregorius (wrist) feeling much better
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) said he felt much better Sunday.

    Advice: Gregorius injured his left wrist when he dove for a ball during Saturday's game. He'll rest for three days but believes he'll be fine come Opening Day. Gregorius is slated to be the Yankees' primary shortstop.
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  • Braves release lefty reliever James Russell
    Braves released LHP James Russell.

    Advice: By releasing him now, the Braves will only have to pay Russell $606,000 of the $2.425 million he's owed. Still, it's a surprising decision given how steady the southpaw has been the last few seasons. Russell posted a 2.97 ERA and a 42/20 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings while pitching out of the bullpen for the Cubs and Braves. The 29-year-old will catch on elsewhere in short order.
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  • Max Stassi optioned to Triple-A
    Astros optioned C Max Stassi to Triple-A Fresno; re-assigned SS Carlos Correa, LHP Darin Downs, C Tyler Heineman, RHP James Hoyt and INF Gregorio Petit to minor league camp.

    Advice: Correa is the biggest name here, but it's obviously no surprise that the top prospect didn't crack the Opening Day roster. He'll begin the season at Double-A and could possibly push to debut before the end of 2015.
    Today, 5:36 am
  • Jake Buchanan optioned to Triple-A
    Astros optioned RHP Jake Buchanan to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: He posted a 5.40 ERA over 8 1/3 innings this spring. Buchanan will be part of Fresno's rotation.
    Today, 5:32 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.
    Today, 5:31 am
  • Hector Neris optioned to Triple-A
    Phillies optioned RHP Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley; re-assigned RHP Paul Clemens, C Koyie Hill and INFs Chris McGuiness and Chris Nelson to minor league camp.

    Advice: Clemens had an outside shot at a rotation spot this spring but didn't pitch well with a 5.19 ERA and six walks over 8 2/3 innings. Neris should get a shot in the Phillies' bullpen at some point this season.
    Today, 5:28 am
  • Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez optioned to Triple-A
    Phillies optioned RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Gonzalez will never get a better opportunity to make the Opening Day rotation than the one he had this spring, but he blew it by posting a 7.54 ERA with 25 hits allowed over 14 1/3 innings. The Cuban defector is looking like a big-time bust to this point.
    Today, 5:25 am
  • Abreu adds two more hits in a loss to the A's
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with a run scored as the White Sox fell to the Athletics 10-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Humorously enough, the 2-for-5 performance actually lowered Abreu's spring average to .479 (23-for-48), which shows just how well he's hit in the Cactus League. Both hits were singles, which has been emblematic of his spring -- 19 of his 23 hits are singles -- but the power should reveal itself on a frequent basis during the regular season. Abreu belted 36 home runs and knocked in 107 runs en route to winning the AL Rookie of the Year award last year.
    Yesterday, 4:55 pm
  • Bryant keeps hitting, delivers four-hit day
    Kris Bryant continued his assault on Cactus League pitching Saturday, finishing 4-for-5 with three runs scored in a win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Bryant doubled in the first inning and later added three singles. The third baseman now has 17 hits in 37 at-bats (.459) during spring. He's not expected to open the season at the major league level, though, and is still ticketed for Triple-A Iowa.
    Yesterday, 4:54 pm
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  • McAllister fans nine Brewers in Indians win
    Zach McAllister struck out nine Brewers batters over five innings, allowing two runs Saturday.

    Advice: McAllister allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter, posting an impressive 9/0 K/BB ratio in the game. With Danny Salazar in Triple-A, McAllister has a good shot at winning a rotation spot with the Indians. Saturday's effort certainly helps that cause.
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Didi Gregorius (wrist) to take three days off
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) will take the next three days off.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on the wrist, which Gregorius sprained diving for a ball, and the Yankees hope a few days of rest will go a long way. Yanks manager Joe Girardi said he hopes to get Gregorius back in the lineup on Wednesday. If that timetable holds true, the 25-year-old should be in the Yankees' lineup on Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Ranaudo optioned to Triple-A Round Rock
    Rangers optioned RHP Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Ranaudo was a candidate for the Rangers rotation, but a 5.02 ERA in spring dashed those chances. The 25-year-old will serve as rotation depth at Triple-A and should see the majors at some point this season.
    Yesterday, 1:27 pm
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  • Alex Rodriguez hits third spring homer
    Alex Rodriguez hit his third spring homer Saturday off the Orioles' Brian Matusz.

    Advice: All spring it's looked like the Yankees would start off with Carlos Beltran hitting third and Mark Teixeira in the cleanup spot, with A-Rod and Chase Headley hitting sixth and seventh, in either order. Based on how they've all looked this spring, it'd seem to make a lot more sense to hit Headley and A-Rod third and fourth, in either combination, and stick Beltran and Teixeira lower in the order. Really, though, manager Joe Girardi should just be content to play the hot hand all year. Rodriguez is hitting .306/.405/.583 in 36 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera homers against Cardinals
    Miguel Cabrera homered in his second straight game Saturday as the Tigers edged the Cardinals 4-3.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot that accounted for all of the Tigers' damage against Lance Lynn. Cabrera is 5-for-13 since debuting Sunday. Each of his last three starts have come at first base.
    Yesterday, 1:05 pm
  • Gregorius (wrist) heading for X-rays on wrist
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) sprained his left wrist in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest and is heading for precautionary X-rays.

    Advice: The Yankees don't believe that the injury is serious, but are sending him for X-Ray to be sure. If he isn't available for the start of the regular season, the Yankees could slide Stephen Drew over to shortstop.
    Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Blackmon goes 2-for-3, scores twice in loss
    Charlie Blackmon had a nice day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Padres, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.

    Advice: Blackmon also drew a walk in the contest, reaching safely in three of his four plate appearances atop the order. The 28-year-old is hitting .290 (9-for-31) with a homer and three RBI. As long as he's hitting in the second slot of the Rockies lineup, he should once again provide plenty of mixed league value in 2015.
    Friday, 10:36 pm
  • Ranaudo pitches well against A's on Friday
    Anthony Ranaudo pitched well in Friday's Cactus League start against the Athletics, allowing two runs on five hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: The young right-hander struck out three and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. He's keeping hope alive to secure one of the final spots in the Opening Day rotation, despite holding a 5.02 ERA in Cactus League play.
    Friday, 5:52 pm
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  • Alex Rodriguez to debut at first base Sunday
    Alex Rodriguez will make his Grapefruit League debut at first base on Sunday against the Astros.

    Advice: Rodriguez has been working at the position this spring in an effort to increase his versatility, though it's very unlikely that he'll see much time there during the regular season. The 39-year-old is having himself a fine spring, slashing .290/.389/.516 with a pair of homers and three RBI in 31 at-bats.
    Friday, 3:18 pm
  • Abreu goes 3-for-3 in a loss to the Dodgers
    Jose Abreu singled three times in as many at-bats as the White Sox fell 9-6 to the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: Abreu hit his first spring home run on Tuesday, which might have given one the impression he was having a slow spring. That is certainly not the case, as Thursday's effort brings his Cactus League average up to .488 (21-for-43). The lack of power -- two doubles, one triple, one homer -- shouldn't be concerning unless it persists into May.
    Thursday, 5:00 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera homers, knocks in three
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBI to lead the Tigers past the Orioles 6-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: With Cabrera and Victor Martinez back, the Tigers essentially went with their starting lineup today. The only likely exception was that Rajai Davis was leading off against a right-hander. He'll probably have that spot versus lefties, but Anthony Gose should be there against righties during the regular season. Cabrera is 4-for-10 with four strikeouts since returning to Detroit's lineup Sunday. He's played first base the last two days.
    Thursday, 12:58 pm
  • Yankees release Burton from minors contract
    Yankees released RHP Jared Burton.

    Advice: Burton strained his lat on March 19, ending any outside shot he had at making the Yankees' Opening Day roster. He was in camp on a non-guaranteed minors deal.
    Thursday, 12:23 pm
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  • Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez gives up four runs
    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez surrendered four runs and eight hits in four innings Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: This should just about settle matters as far as Gonzalez opening the season in Triple-A. He has a 7.53 ERA this spring, having allowed a whopping 25 hits in 14 1/3 innings.
    Wednesday, 1:26 pm
  • Cashman: A-Rod showing he can be regular DH
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Alex Rodriguez has shown that he can be the team's regular designated hitter this season.

    Advice: After his year-long PED suspension, Rodriguez is batting .286/.394/.536 with two home runs, a double, and 5/5 K/BB across 33 plate appearances this spring. Most importantly, he has looked healthy. Rodriguez turns 40 later this year and is playing on two surgically-repaired hips, so who knows if he'll hold up for a full season, but he's suddenly an interesting late-round flier in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Cabrera (foot) starting at 1B on Wednesday
    Miguel Cabrera (foot) will start at first base Wednesday.

    Advice: Surprising but encouraging news for Cabrera, who just played in his second Grapefruit League game on Tuesday. The plan calls for him to play about four innings in the field. It's no sure thing yet, but Miggy appears to be on track for Opening Day.
    Wednesday, 7:26 am
  • Kris Bryant launches ninth spring homer Tues.
    Kris Bryant launched his ninth home run of the Cactus League season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bryant's towering solo shot came off A's starter Drew Pomeranz in the third inning. It was his lone hit in three at-bats on the afternoon, painfully lowering his spring average to .464 (13-for-28). He has a Cactus League-leading nine homers to go along with 15 RBI. Bryant is going to be sent to Triple-A Iowa when camp breaks, but he'll get the callup about two weeks in and could be a fantasy monster out of the gate.
    Tuesday, 6:13 pm
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  • Jose Abreu blasts first spring homer Tuesday
    Jose Abreu blasted his first Cactus League home run in a losing effort against the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: The reigning American Rookie of the Year launched a solo shot off Jairo Diaz in the fifth inning. While it was his first time leaving the yard, he has been hammering the ball all over the field in Cactus League play, hitting .459 (17-for-37) with seven RBI. He looks like a very strong pick in the opening round of fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 5:37 pm
  • McAllister tosses four solid innings vs. A's
    Zach McAllister limited the Athletics to one unearned run over four innings in Monday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: McAllister held the A's to two hits and two walks while striking out four on the afternoon. He lowered his spring ERA to 3.21 in the process, helping his bid to make the back of the Indians' starting rotation. He still ranks behind Danny Salazar and T.J. House, but he still has some time to pad his case.
    Monday, 4:17 pm
  • Abreu extends hitting streak to nine games
    Jose Abreu went 1-for-3 with a walk in Monday's 10-1 loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Abreu extended his Cactus League hitting streak to nine games with an eighth-inning single. The slugger has been on fire this spring, now hitting .471 (16-for-34) with two doubles and a triple. He has yet to homer, though.
    Monday, 4:10 pm
  • Cabrera beter than 50/50 for Opening Day
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that Miguel Cabrera had a "better than 50/50" to be in the lineup on Opening Day.

    Advice: Cabrera served as the Tigers designated hitter in his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday and came through without any difficulty. Barring any setbacks, he and Victor Martinez should each be in their rightful places in the Tigers lineup when the season opens on April 6.
    Mar 22, 2:03 pm
  • Cubs to get Kris Bryany work in the outfield
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that Kris Bryant would see work in the outfield before the end of spring camp.

    Advice: The plan is for Bryant to do defensive drills with the outfielders on Tuesday and should see some game action out there before the spring is through. The young slugger is setting the Cactus League on fire with eight homers and 14 RBI to date, and could be forcing his way into the Cubs' Opening Day lineup.
    Mar 22, 1:52 pm
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  • Bryant hits two more homers in a slugfest
    Kris Bryant hit his seventh and eighth home runs of the spring, finishing 2-for-2 with a walk Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Bryant swatted a two-run home run off of Felix Hernandez in the first inning, then went yard against Kevin Correia for a three-run blast in the fourth. The uber-prospect has eight official Cactus League home runs (plus another one in a B-game) along with 14 RBI and a .480 average (12-for-25). Bryant may be forcing the Cubs' hand with his hot spring, as the club intended to have him start the season at Triple-A.
    Mar 21, 4:42 pm
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  • Blackmon hits first spring homer versus Tribe
    Charlie Blackmon homered and scored twice in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Indians.

    Advice: The homer was Blackmon's first of the spring, also giving him his first RBI. The outfielder broke out in 2014, hitting .288/.335/.440 with 19 homers and 28 steals, but some regression is expected in his follow-up campaign. Still, the combination of power and speed in Coors Field makes him plenty mixed league worthy.
    Mar 21, 4:19 pm
  • Ranaudo struggles in exhibition start vs. LAD
    Anthony Ranaudo yielded four runs (three earned) in four innings against the Dodgers in an exhibition start on Saturday.

    Advice: Ranaudo was making his first start in nine days as he had been dealing with some minor elbow soreness. The Dodgers had no problems, socking three home runs against the right-hander. Overall, he allowed six hits and two walks while striking out two. Elbow aside, Ranaudo has not had a good spring so far and could be on the outside looking in with regards to a spot in the Rangers' starting rotation.
    Mar 21, 2:12 pm
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  • Miguel Cabrera feels good after running
    Miguel Cabrera (foot) admitted feeling great after hitting and running on Saturday and wants to make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

    Advice: Cabrera is even petitioning manager Brad Ausmus to let him start at first base instead of designated hitter so that his ankle doesn't tighten up on him. It's certainly encouraging news and looks to be a major step in the right direction of Cabrera being in the Tigers lineup on Opening Day.
    Mar 21, 12:32 pm
  • Cabrera and Martinez could play on Sunday
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Miguel Cabrera (foot) and Victor Martinez (knee) could both make their Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

    Advice: Ausmus said that it would depend on how they fared running the bases on Saturday. Each of them have remained hopeful that they would be ready for Opening Day, and barring any setbacks both appear on track to do so.
    Mar 21, 7:33 am
  • Alex Rodriguez hits second spring homer
    Alex Rodriguez homered off Bruce Rondon in the Yankees' 11-2 drubbing of the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Getting around on a Rondon fastball -- even if it wasn't quite all of the way around (it was an opposite field homer) -- is the most impressive feat of the spring so far for A-Rod. His bat seemed slow at times in his early plate appearances, so making contact against a guy throwing in the high-90s is a good sign.
    Mar 20, 2:21 pm
  • Miguel Gonzalez holds Pirates to one run
    Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run and five hits in 3 1/3 innings Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gonzalez struck out one and walked one. He hasn't exactly been impressive this spring, but he has gotten gradually better with each outing. The encouraging thing is that the walk today is the only one he's allowed in 10 1/3 innings. Less encouraging is that he's allowed three homers and 17 hits. Even as desperate as the Phillies are for pitching, starting Gonzalez off in Triple-A still makes the most sense.
    Mar 20, 1:39 pm
  • Kris Bryant tests out shoulder Thursday
    Kris Bryant tested out his shoulder with some throws Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: Bryant homered in a "B" game Thursday while serving as the designated hitter and could return to third base soon. He's had six longballs this spring (not including Thursday's unofficial bomb" but remains likely to begin the season at Triple-A so the Cubs can gain an extra year of control.
    Mar 19, 5:25 pm
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  • Jared Burton diagnosed with strained lat
    Jared Burton has been diagnosed with a strained lat.

    Advice: Burton was already on the outside looking in for an Opening Day bullpen spot, and now it looks like he may be headed for the disabled list. The 33-year-old right-hander signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in February after posting a 4.36 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio in 64 innings for the Twins last season.
    Mar 19, 11:44 am
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