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  • Goldschmidt goes deep as D'Backs top Angels
    Paul Goldschmidt blasted his second Cactus League homer on Tuesday, helping to propel the Diamondbacks to an 8-7 victory over the Angels.

    Advice: He also picked up a pair of singles, finishing the contest 3-for-5. The 27-year-old slugger is now hitting .255 (13-for-51) with two long balls and five RBI on the spring. Goldschmidt appears to be fully recovered from the fractured hand that cut his 2014 season short, and should be one of the first few names called in all fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Mark Canha goes deep again for Athletics
    Mark Canha launched a three-run homer on Tuesday, leading the Athletics to a 13-10 victory over the Angels in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Canha and teammate Luke Carlin each left the yard against Angels closer Huston Street in the third inning. Canha, a Rule 5 Draft selection, has earned his way onto the A's roster this spring by hitting .275 with five homers and 12 RBI. But it will require an injury to Billy Butler or Ike Davis though for him to find his way into significant at-bats.
    Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • David Freese blasts second home run of spring
    David Freese launched a two-run homer off Barry Zito as the Angels fell to the Athletics in a slugfest during Tuesday's Cactus League tilt.

    Advice: Freese's blast was one of three long balls off the veteran southpaw in the third inning, joined by Kole Calhoun and Collin Cowgill. He finished the afternoon 1-for-2, raising his spring average to .326 (14-for-43). A forgotten man in most mixed league drafts, Freese could return a tidy profit as a reserve round selection hitting in the middle of the Angels lineup.
    Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Brandon Moss swats fourth homer to lead Tribe
    Brandon Moss swatted his fourth home run of the Cactus League season, powering the Indians to an 8-6 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: His two-run blast put an exclamation point on a four-run uprising in the first inning against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. He would later add an RBI single, finishing the day 2-for-3 with three RBI plus a walk. He's enjoying a solid spring in his first season as an Indian, batting .297 (11-for-34) with four homers and eight RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Braves add Kelly Johnson to roster
    Braves purchased the contract of INF/OF Kelly Johnson from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Johnson hit .286 with a couple homers this spring. The 33-year-old gives the Braves a utility option capable of filling in at first base, second base, third base and the corner outfield spots.
    Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • Arenado blasts fifth homer in loss to Giants
    Nolan Arenado blasted his fifth Cactus League home run in a losing effort against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: He got the Rockies on the board in the fifth inning with a three-run shot off Giants starter Tim Lincecum, providing the extent of the Rockies offense on the day. That was his lone hit in five at-bats in the ballgame. The 23-year-old is having a strong spring, hitting .286 (16-for-56) with five homers and 14 RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • Abreu goes 4-for-4 as White Sox top Dodgers
    Jose Abreu went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI as the White Sox topped the Dodgers 2-1 in Cactus League action on Tuesday.

    Advice: Abreu has been on an absolute tear all spring, hitting .519 (27-for-52) with a homer and eight RBI. It's scary to think that he could be even better than the .317/.383/.581 he slashed with 36 bombs and 107 RBI in his first season stateside in 2014. He shouldn't last past the middle of the first round in all fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion hits two-run homer
    Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer and walked in the Blue Jays' 10-6 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the first spring homer for EE, who entered the day just 1-for-15 after missing a couple of weeks with back soreness. In part because of the back, it looks like he'll DH a lot more than he plays first base, at least in the early going. Justin Smoak and Danny Valencia figure to share first-base duties, with Smoak playing versus righties.
    Yesterday, 2:11 pm
  • Eduardo Escobar homers, doubles in win
    Eduardo Escobar homered and doubled to lead the Twins to a 3-1 defeat of the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Escobar isn't making things easy for the Twins. The team wants to take a long look at Danny Santana at shortstop, but Escobar was just fine as a starter there last year and he's kept hitting this spring, with four homers in 54 at-bats. There seems little doubt that the Twins would be better for the short-term by starting Escobar at short and Santana in center field. However, it is in the franchise's best interests to see if Santana can cut it at short, particularly since Byron Buxton is lined up as the center fielder of the future.
    Yesterday, 1:41 pm
  • Jays reassign Kawasaki to minors camp
    Blue Jays reassigned INF Munenori Kawasaki to minor league camp.

    Advice: Kawasaki hit well this spring, but he was on the outside looking in for a spot on the Blue Jays' bench. The 33-year-old will function as organizational infield depth.
    Yesterday, 1:36 pm
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  • James Loney goes 0-for-4 against Orioles
    James Loney went 0-for-4 on Tuesday and is hitting .208/.224/.313 in 48 at-bats this spring.

    Advice: With his power numbers well down, Loney was merely adequate for the Rays last year, hitting .290/.336/.380 with 69 RBI in 600 at-bats. It's safe to assume the Rays would prefer now not to have to pay him $15 million these next two years, but they'll play him regularly until someone better comes along, or at least until someone offers to take the contract.
    Yesterday, 1:18 pm
  • Francisco Cervelli hits fourth spring homer
    Francisco Cervelli had a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Pirates' 7-3 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cervelli has four homers in 32 at-bats this spring after hitting just two in 146 at-bats for the Yankees last season. Then again, he has also had four homers in 37 at-bats last spring, so perhaps it's a good idea not to read very much into it. He should be a solid regular for the Pirates after being brought in to replace Russell Martin, but it's not likely to result in a whole lot of fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 1:09 pm
  • Victor Martinez 2-for-21 since returrning
    Victor Martinez went 0-for-4 on Tuesday and is 2-for-21 since rejoining Detroit's starting lineup after knee surgery.

    Advice: Martinez has admitted to some knee soreness, and the Tigers still haven't committed to putting him into the Opening Day lineup, though it'd be quite a surprise if they didn't. He still has a few more days to find his swing before then.
    Yesterday, 12:59 pm
  • Anthony Rendon to seek third opinion on knee
    Anthony Rendon will seek a third opinion from Dr. Steven Singleton regarding his knee injury.

    Advice: It should be noted that Rendon, and not the team, has chosen to look for the third opinion. He saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday and a left MCL sprain was the confirmed diagnosis. Rendon has been dealing with this sprain since March 9 and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Yunel Escobar is tentatively slated to take his place at the hot corner, though Escobar has not played third since 2007.
    Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Ryan Rua wins starting OF job with Rangers
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that Ryan Rua had been awarded the starting left field job out of spring training.

    Advice: Rua's spring numbers back it up, as he hit .302/.351/.509 with a homer, two triples and nine RBI during spring games prior to the final decision. With the starting job locked up, Rua is an interesting player for deeper AL-only drafts. He slashed .306/.378/.488 in the minors last season and also contributed at the major league level.
    Yesterday, 10:11 am
  • Rockies option Charlie Culberson to minors
    Rockies optioned INF Charlie Culberson to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Culberson's chances of breaking camp with the big club were somewhat hampered by a bulging disk in his back. He missed a stretch from March 8 to March 25. Even had he been healthy, he was a long-shot to make the Opening Day roster. He'll serve as organizational depth for the Rockies.
    Yesterday, 9:56 am
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  • Brignac opts out of contract
    Reid Brignac has elected free agency.

    Advice: Brignac, a non-roster invitee this spring, was among the Marlins' final cuts. He hit .222/.300/.346 in 81 at-bats with the Phillies last season. At best, he'll find work as a backup utility infielder, but he's not fantasy relevant.
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
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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.
    Monday, 4:42 pm
  • Travis Ishikawa's MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Travis Ishikawa's back came back negative.

    Advice: Ishikawa had to be lifted from Sunday's game after his back tightened up on him, but it appears he'll be fine. He's expected to return to game action on Thursday.
    Monday, 4:18 pm
  • Red Sox expected to hang on to Allen Craig
    Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are not expected to trade Allen Craig before the start of the season.

    Advice: Speier says that "at least three teams" have inquired on Craig this spring, but those clubs "have treated him as a distressed asset" and the Red Sox aren't interested in selling low. The report adds that "evaluators have seen a different hitter this spring" after his struggles last year and the Red Sox have "been impressed with how Craig has handled a potentially challenging situation." Craig doesn't look to be in line for much playing time in 2015, but he could potentially take over at first base in 2016 if Mike Napoli departs as a free agent.
    Monday, 4:11 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.
    Monday, 2:10 pm
  • 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.
    Monday, 2:04 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.
    Monday, 1:52 pm
  • 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.
    Monday, 1:19 pm
  • 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.
    Monday, 1:15 pm
  • Juan Uribe (illness) back in lineup Monday
    Juan Uribe (illness) is in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Uribe was held out of action Sunday due to an upper respiratory issue. It was not a major concern.
    Monday, 8:13 am
  • Juan Uribe sidelined with respiratory ailment
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that Juan Uribe was held out of action on Sunday with an upper respiratory ailment.

    Advice: Mattingly expects Uribe to be back in the lineup on Monday and doesn't expect the issue to be recurring. The 36-year-old will begin the year as the Dodgers starting third baseman, but with Alex Guerrero and Hector Olivera breathing down his neck, it's unclear how long they'll keep him at the hot corner if he comes out of the gates slowly.
    Sunday, 5:57 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.
    Sunday, 5:29 pm
  • 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.
    Sunday, 1:12 pm
  • 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.
    Sunday, 9:27 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.
    Sunday, 8:03 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.
    Saturday, 4:55 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.
    Saturday, 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.
    Saturday, 2:16 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mark Canha blasts three-run walkoff homer
    Mark Canha blasted a three-run walkoff home run off Phil Klein on Friday, propelling the Athletics to a 7-6 victory over the Rangers in Cactus League play.

    Advice: It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon, but certainly the critical knock in the ballgame. The 26-year-old Rule 5 pick is hitting .267 (16-for-60) with four homers and eight RBI on the spring. He's expected to win a bench spot on the A's Opening Day roster.
    Friday, 6:05 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
  • 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.
    Friday, 10:53 am
  • Weather forces V-Mart to be scratched
    Victor Martinez (knee) was scratched from Friday's lineup due to weather-related concerns.

    Advice: It's currently sunny in Florida, but showers are expected so the Tigers are playing it safe with V-Mart's surgically-repaired left knee. Martinez admitted to feeling a bit of soreness in the knee during Thursday's game, but it wasn't a cause for concern. Things are pointing towards him being ready for Opening Day.
    Friday, 9:17 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Goldschmidt hitless in four AB's vs. Padres
    Paul Goldschmidt went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's 3-3 Cactus League tie with the Padres.

    Advice: Goldschmidt hasn't registered a hit since March 20, a span of four hitless games. The first baseman missed a large chunk of last season with a fractured hand, but still should be held in extremely high regard as he was in 2013, when he led the league in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and OPS.
    Thursday, 4:48 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion reaches twice in return
    Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-1 with two walks in his return to Toronto's lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion hadn't played since March 8 because of back soreness. He started hitting in minor league games Tuesday.
    Thursday, 2:24 pm
  • V-Mart felt some knee soreness Thursday
    Victor Martinez said that he dealt with some soreness in his surgically-repaired knee on Thursday.

    Advice: V-Mart homered Thursday, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that he felt something in the knee while stretching to try to beat out a throw to sixth base in the first inning. The 36-year-old said it's just something he will likely have to deal with. It's not the best sign, but it doesn't sound like something that will impact his readiness for the season.
    Thursday, 1:26 pm
  • Victor Martinez hits first home run
    Victor Martinez homered off the Orioles' Kevin Gausman in Thursday's win.

    Advice: Martinez was playing for the second straight day and making his third start at DH since returning from knee surgery last week. He's 2-for-10.
    Thursday, 12:47 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.
    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.
    Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Culberson (back) plays in minor league game
    Charlie Culberson (back) played in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Culberson hasn't played in the Cactus League since March 8 due to a bulging disk in his back, but he got in four innings in the minors game. Culberson played defense and batted in the game. His extended absence has hurt his chances of breaking camp with the club.
    Wednesday, 7:40 pm
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  • Red Sox, Giants not making progress on Craig
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that there's "no progress" in a possible Allen Craig trade between the Red Sox and Giants.

    Advice: With the Giants expected to be without Hunter Pence (forearm) for all of April, Peter Gammons recently reported that the club inquired about the availability of Craig. However, the Red Sox didn't want to sell low and the Giants could prefer to just go with Gregor Blanco as a stopgap. Craig had a nightmare 2014, but he was hitting .275/.325/.417 across 40 plate appearances this spring coming into Wednesday's action.
    Wednesday, 12:35 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
  • V-Mart (knee) to DH on Wednesday
    Victor Martinez (knee) will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday.

    Advice: Martinez, who is about six weeks removed from knee surgery, made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday and played in a minor league game Tuesday. Things are looking good for him and Miguel Cabrera (foot) to both be in the Opening Day lineup.
    Wednesday, 7:38 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Encarnacion (back) playing in minors game Tue
    Edwin Encarnacion (back) will play in a minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: Encarnacion has been sidelined for about two weeks with back soreness, but he's doing much better now. The plan calls for him to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday, which should give him plenty of time to get tuned up for the season.
    Tuesday, 8:18 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
  • Arenado swats his fourth homer of the spring
    Nolan Arenado doubled and hit a solo home run in three at-bats Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Arenado took Tyler Thornburg out to left center to put the Rockies on the board in the second inning for his fourth home run of the spring. The 23-year-old third baseman has been terrific this spring, batting .308 (12-for-39) with 11 RBI.
    Monday, 4:27 pm
  • Uribe knocks in a pair of runs as Dodgers win
    Juan Uribe went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles as the Dodgers topped the Diamondbacks 7-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Uribe pushed the Dodgers' lead to 3-1 with an RBI single in the fourth inning. His sixth-inning RBI single made it a 6-4 Dodgers lead. The 36-year-old has otherwise had a quiet spring, as Monday's performance drags his average up to .250 in 32 at-bats.
    Monday, 4:12 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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