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  • Rays acquire Erasmo Ramirez from Mariners
    Rays acquired RHP Erasmo Ramirez from the Mariners in exchange for LHP Mike Montgomery.

    Advice: Ramirez wasn't going to make the Mariners' Opening Day roster and was out of options, but he's a nice little under-the-radar pickup for the Rays. The right-hander will likely slide right into Tampa's rotation with Alex Cobb (forearm), Matt Moore (elbow), Drew Smyly (shoulder) and Alex Colome (pneumonia) slated to begin the season on the disabled list. Ramirez could have some fantasy value in deeper formats.
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  • Tim Lincecum struggles again vs. Rockies
    Tim Lincecum struggled again in Tuesday's Cactus League start against the Rockies, surrendering three runs on eight hits over his 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Lincecum also issued three free passes while punching out three on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came on one swing of the bat by Nolan Arenado in the fifth inning. Despite a 6.27 spring ERA, he'll open the season as the fifth starter in the Giants' Opening Day rotation.
    Today, 6:55 pm
  • Tyler Matzek gives up two runs against Giants
    Tyler Matzek wasn't at his best in Tuesday's Cactus League tuneup against the Giants, allowing two runs on four hits over his four frames.

    Advice: The 24-year-old hurler walked a pair and struck out two in the contest. Despite his 6.00 ERA this spring, he has already secured a spot in the Rockies' Opening Day rotation. While he's difficult to trust at home, he'll provide NL-only value when skimming his road starts.
    Today, 6:49 pm
  • Wieland pitches decently in loss to White Sox
    Joe Wieland pitched decently in a losing effort against the White Sox on Tuesday, surrendering two runs on nine hits over his five innings.

    Advice: Wieland whiffed one and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. The 25-year-old is currently the leading candidate to open the season in Hyun-Jin Ryu's rotation spot, and this start shouldn't do anything to dissuade that thinking. He boasts a 1.93 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio across 14 innings on the spring and should be a worthwhile addition in mixed leagues until Ryu returns.
    Today, 6:19 pm
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  • O'Sullivan the favorite to be No. 5 starter's Todd Zolecki reports that Sean O'Sullivan "is the in-house favorite" to be the Phillies' No. 5 starter.

    Advice: O'Sullivan was sent to minor league camp a couple weeks ago but is now back with the big leaguers, allowing four runs over four innings in a start versus the Blue Jays Tuesday. Many figure the Phils will find someone outside the organization, although general manager Ruben Amaro was being coy Tuesday, saying he didn't have interest in any of the recently released pitchers. O'Sullivan has a career 5.91 ERA over 231 1/3 frames in the majors and would be a candidate for worst starter in the big leagues should he make the rotation. Philly hopes to get Chad Billingsley (elbow) back by the end of April, so they might not need a No. 5 starter for more than a couple turns.
    Today, 5:53 pm
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  • Blue Jays name Hutchison Opening Day starter
    The Blue Jays have named Drew Hutchison their Opening Day starter.

    Advice: R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle have a big experience edge on Hutchison, but the young right-hander is the easy choice here. Hutchison posted a 4.48 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 184/60 K/BB ratio for the Jays last season and could take another step forward in 2015.
    Today, 5:01 pm
  • Crain (shoulder) still not throwing off mound
    Jesse Crain (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing off a mound.

    Advice: Crain felt soreness in his shoulder following a minor league appearance on March 18 and has been limited to playing catch since then. He'll stay back in extended spring training and it's unclear how long he'll be out. "But I'm moving forward again," said Crain. "Obviously, when you first come in, you feel like there's a chance, as I was doing so well. ... I don't want to rush it, and [I want to] make sure I'm there and there for good when it happens."
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  • Matt Albers, Geovany Soto make team
    Matt Albers and Geovany Soto have been informed that they've made the White Sox' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Neither move comes as a surprise, as they both basically just had to stay healthy this spring and they were going to make the team. Albers held a 5.14 ERA this spring but struck out nine over seven innings, while Soto hit .286/.444/.500 with one homer. Albers will work in middle relief, while Soto will back up Tyler Flowers.
    Today, 4:12 pm
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  • Lincecum confirmed as Giants' fifth starter
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Tuesday that Tim Lincecum will begin the season as the team's No. 5 starter.

    Advice: Lincecum entered camp as the clear favorite for the role but then stumbled with a 6.27 ERA. Luckily for him, Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong have been arguably just as bad or worse. Lincecum will still get strikeouts for fantasy owners, but that's all they can count on from him at this point.
    Today, 4:05 pm
  • Mijares gets 50-game drug suspension
    Major League Baseball has suspended Jose Mijares for 50 games for a drug of abuse.

    Advice: Mijares was released by the Reds on March 23 and now may struggle to find another opportunity with an MLB-affiliated club. The 30-year-old left-hander had a 5.06 ERA in 5 1/3 innings this spring in the Cactus League.
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  • Aaron Sanchez walks six, gives up five runs
    Aaron Sanchez gave up five runs and walked six in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in a non-decision versus the Phillies.

    Advice: It's the first time Sanchez's old control woes have surfaced this spring. He walked 57 batters in 101 1/3 innings in the minors last year, but after joining the Blue Jays pen, he walked just nine in 33 innings, partly because he was able to simplify his arsenal. This spring, he had walked four in 18 1/3 innings, which boded well for his chances of being a decent starting pitcher. We're still a bit skeptical that'll happen, but he's talented enough to prove us wrong.
    Today, 2:06 pm
  • Tolleson (forearm) throws perfect inning
    Shawn Tolleson (forearm) threw a perfect inning in a Triple-A game on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: Tolleson needed only seven pitches to get through the frame. He's been slowed in Rangers camp by some forearm tightness, but an MRI taken last week showed no structural damage. The 27-year-old is expected to begin the season the disabled list, but he should be activated by the middle of April.
    Today, 2:04 pm
  • Jon Niese goes six scoreless in win
    Jon Niese blanked the Nationals for six innings in the Mets' 2-0 victory Tuesday.

    Advice: Niese's shoulder just isn't trustworthy, but he seems to find a way to put up solid numbers anyway. He's 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA this spring, even though he admitted to fatigue in the area last week. He'll probably miss at least a few weeks over the course of the year, but he should have some NL-only value anyway.
    Today, 1:53 pm
  • Wainwright named Cards' Opening Night SP
    Adam Wainwright has officially been named the Cardinals' Opening Night starter.

    Advice: The announcement came after he pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed two runs -- one earned -- Tuesday against the Marlins. A late-February abdominal strain threatened to alter Waino's schedule, but he was able to make up for lost time over the past three-plus weeks. Wainwright will take the hill this Sunday night at Wrigley Field.
    Today, 1:28 pm
  • Ken Giles pulled from game with pain in back
    Ken Giles was lifted from Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after experiencing pain in his back.

    Advice: The discomfort was in the mid-to-lower part of the 24-year-old right-hander's back. Giles had a terrific rookie season in 2014 and had been pitching well this spring. He expects to be fine for Opening Day.
    Today, 1:24 pm
  • Kevin Gausman gives up four runs to Rays
    Kevin Gausman yielded four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: If the Orioles were already leaning towards putting Gausman in the pen, then nothing they saw today is going to change their minds. Even if it happens, Gausman still figures to make at least 25 starts and amass some mixed-league value this year. We imagine it's a decision being made more with September and October in mind than anything else.
    Today, 1:24 pm
  • Luke Gregerson officially named Astros closer
    Luke Gregerson has been named the Astros' closer.

    Advice: It was a predictable decision. Gregerson posted a 2.12 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings last season for the A's and should carry considerable fantasy value this year on a quickly-improving Astros team.
    Today, 1:12 pm
  • David Price gives up seven runs in loss
    David Price surrendered seven runs in six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Price struck out five and walked none today. He has a 29/5 K/BB ratio in 25 innings for the spring, but his ERA stands at 5.76 anyway. It'd just be a curiosity if it weren't for the fact that he had similar troubles last year, when he finished with an ERA higher than his career average despite an incredible 271/38 K/BB ratio. Price might need to pound the strike zone a little less this year in order to achieve optimum results.
    Today, 1:07 pm
  • Mets reassign Alvarez to minors camp
    Mets reassigned LHP Dario Alvarez to minor league camp.

    Advice: This probably won't be the last we've heard from Alvarez, who skyrocketed through the Mets' minor league system in 2014, rolling from Double-A to the majors. He struggled a bit with his control this spring, walking five over 7 and 1/3 innings. Should he prove that he doesn't need much more minor league marination (1.10 ERA and 114/17 K/BB over 73 1/3 innings in the minors last season) , the 25-year-old could see a mid-season call-up.
    Today, 12:23 pm
  • Gaudin (arm) to start season in extended ST
    Chad Gaudin (arm) will begin the season in extended spring training.

    Advice: Gaudin has been shut down with a nerve injury in his neck that's caused his fingers to tingle. In addition to the neck injury, he also has been battling arm soreness. He'll continue to rest in Arizona until doctors clear him for baseball activities.
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  • Dodgers release RHP Dustin McGowan
    Dodgers released RHP Dustin McGowan.

    Advice: Because of a slew of arm injuries, McGowan has logged only 128 2/3 innings over the last six seasons. In 2014, he finally avoided the DL, posting a 4.17 ERA with a 61/33 K/BB ratio over eight starts and 45 relief appearances for the Blue Jays. But he then allowed six runs in eight innings this spring in Dodgers camp after signing a one-year, $507,500 contract in late February.
    Today, 11:28 am
  • Mike Adams to start season in minors
    Mike Adams told reporters that he will begin the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The Dodgers will pay Adams a $100,000 retention bonus. Adams has battled shoulder injuries over the last two season. This spring, he's allowed five runs in 4+ innings. "Health-wise I've been good. I haven't had any outings I've felt bad at all. I've just been inconsistent with performance," said Adams. The team is going slow with him because of his injury history, but if he's able to prove his health, he could serve as bullpen depth later in the season.
    Today, 10:39 am
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  • Tillman to start Opening Day for O's
    Chris Tillman has been tagged as the Orioles' Opening Day starter.

    Advice: No surprise here. The 26-year-old Tillman is Baltimore's ace and pitched to a 3.34 ERA over a career-high 207+ innings in 2014, marking the second-straight year he's gone over 200 IP. Over the last three seasons, he holds a 3.42 ERA and 1.195 WHIP.
    Today, 9:44 am
  • Red Sox release Felipe Paulino
    Red Sox released RHP Felipe Paulino.

    Advice: Paulino would have been owed a $100,000 retention bonus if the Red Sox had opted to keep him. The righty has dealt with a myriad of shoulder issues over the last two seasons. While he was healthy this spring, he pitched just four innings in competition for a bullpen role.
    Today, 9:39 am
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  • Phillies release Kevin Slowey
    Phillies released RHP Kevin Slowey.

    Advice: In his last two outings, Slowey had allowed nine runs over three innings. He was also part of a benches-clearing incident on Monday. Slowey should be able to latch on with another club, as he's a veteran arm who began Spring Training with a 2.08 ERA in two starts and three relief appearances.
    Today, 9:00 am
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  • Pirates option Scahill to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned RHP Rob Scahill to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: The team acquired Scahill from the Rockies in November. He has a career 4.42 ERA and a 35/21 K/BB ratio over 57 innings in the majors. The right-hander will serve as organizational depth for the Pirates.
    Today, 5:42 am
  • Adams allows two more runs vs. D'Backs
    Mike Adams allowed two more runs in an inning of work facing the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Adams has allowed runs in three of his five appearances so far this spring. The Dodgers could use bullpen help, but the 36-year-old right-hander is coming off of a rotator cuff injury. The Dodgers have to tell him by noon EST on Tuesday if he's made the active roster, if he's been cut, or if he'll begin the season in the minors, per SB Nation's Eric Stephen.
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  • Kevin Slowey gives up six runs to Pirates
    Kevin Slowey was pounded for six runs -- five earned -- in two innings by the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: Slowey also played a role in the benches-clearing incident in the game, apparently because he quick-pitched Sean Rodriguez, who took exception. Slowey, who opened the spring with a 2.08 ERA in two starts and three relief appearances, has put his roster spot in jeopardy by allowing nine runs -- seven earned -- in three innings his last two times out.
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
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  • Tolleson (forearm) to appear in minors game
    Shawn Tolleson (forearm) will appear in a minor league game Sunday.

    Advice: An MRI on Tolleson's forearm revealed no structural damage, but he's still expected to begin the season on the disabled list. By pitching him in minor league games, the Rangers can backdate a DL move.
    Sunday, 8:33 am
  • Ken Giles throws perfect inning
    Ken Giles bounced back from Thursday's poor outing with a perfect inning Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Giles gave up four runs against the Blue Jays two days ago. He had walked a total of seven batters in 7 1/3 innings this spring, but he managed to find the strike zone today.
    Saturday, 12:48 pm
  • Chad Gaudin (neck) shut down for now
    The Dodgers have shut down Chad Gaudin (arm) for the time being and are awaiting his MRI results.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander has dealt with a variety of ailments in spring camp, including a tweak in his throwing arm and tingling in his fingers due to nerve issues in his neck. He will remain shut down until the team can determine the cause of his ailments.
    Friday, 3:45 pm
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  • Drew Hutchison strikes out six against Tigers
    Drew Hutchison pitched five strong innings, allowing just one run, Friday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Hutchison struck out six and walked one. He's been strong all spring, going 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA. He rates as at least a fringe mixed-league starter this year, even though he's not in a great situation for pitchers in Toronto.
    Friday, 1:09 pm
  • Shawn Tolleson's MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Shawn Tolleson's right forearm showed no structural damage.

    Advice: Tolleson will be examined by Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister on Friday to determine his next step. The MRI news is obviously good, but Tolleson is still expected to begin the season on the disabled list. "In our minds it was very positive news," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We don’t think he’s lost any significant arm strength."
    Friday, 9:13 am
  • Kevin Gausman to start on Tuesday
    Kevin Gausman will start Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that he was considering using Gausman in shorter stints just in case he's needed in relief, but the righty will be stretched out to around five innings Tuesday. While Gausman could still be the favorite for the No. 5 starter spot, it's possible the O's will pull a surprise and give the job to Ubaldo Jimenez.
    Friday, 8:30 am
  • Niese has had shoulder fatigue this spring
    Jon Niese admitted Thursday to battling fatigue in his left shoulder this spring.

    Advice: He tweaked his delivery during an intrasquad game Thursday and said the shoulder "actually felt a lot better. I wasn’t fatigued at the end." Niese has dealt with shoulder problems each of the last two seasons and it seems clear at this point that he's probably never going to pitch at 100 percent again. There's been no indication that the shoulder will affect his readiness for Opening Day, but the ailment certainly lowers Niese's ceiling and makes him susceptible to stints on the disabled list.
    Friday, 8:08 am
  • Tim Lincecum offers mixed bag Thursday
    Tim Lincecum struck out seven but permitted four runs -- three earned -- over five innings of work Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: He allowed four hits and walked a pair in what really was a pretty typical Lincecum performance. The right-hander has recorded 14 strikeouts over 13 Cactus League innings but also holds a 6.92 ERA. Lincecum has pitched better than Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong, which means he'll likely begin the season in the rotation. His leash will be short, though.
    Thursday, 8:51 pm
  • Orioles could use Kevin Gausman as reliever
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that he could shorten Kevin Gausman's appearances in the final two weeks of camp to prepare him to possibly be used as a reliever.

    Advice: Gausman threw one inning in Thursday's game and it appears he may continue to be used in short spurts rather than be stretched out more. "Until everything shakes out, I want him to be ready to do both things," Showalter said of Gausman. It's really disappointing news, as this is the first we've heard of the possibility of Gausman potentially not being a part of the rotation. He's out-pitched Ubaldo Jimenez this spring, but it sounds like the latter might beat him out for a rotation spot, anyway. Gausman is a potential breakout fantasy performer if he's given a starting job, so keep close tabs on this one.
    Thursday, 4:50 pm
  • Chad Gaudin (neck) to be examined
    Chad Gaudin will be examined after feeling tingling in his fingers due to the ongoing nerve issues in his neck.

    Advice: Gaudin had surgery a couple years ago but has never been able to totally shake the nerve problems, as this is the second time in the last week he's had issues. He's been shut down and will be sent for an exam before the next course of action is determined.
    Thursday, 4:41 pm
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  • Adam Wainwright gives up four runs to Marlins
    Adam Wainwright gave up four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Wainwright wasn't sharp today, but the stuff looked fine, and it didn't appear that his abdominal strain was any sort of factor while he was taking a couple of big cuts at the plate. He's still expected to be the Cardinals' Opening Night starter.
    Thursday, 2:43 pm
  • Aaron Sanchez strong in no-decision
    Aaron Sanchez held the Phillies to one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Sanchez's rotation spot appears secure. He's not a great bet in AL-only leagues, but he'd certainly make sense as a late-round pick if he lasts. He has a 3.93 ERA this spring, with a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.
    Thursday, 2:30 pm
  • Ken Giles gives up four runs to Jays
    Ken Giles was charged with four runs in two-thirds of an inning Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Giles walked two and allowed two hits, one of them a three-run homer off the bat of Steve Tolleson. We still don't imagine Giles' shaky spring will cost him a roster spot, but he's up to seven walks in 7 1/3 innings. He does need to be better over this next week.
    Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Tolleson to be examined by Dr. Meister Fri.
    Shawn Tolleson will be examined by Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician, on Friday.

    Advice: Tolleson has been bothered by right forearm tightness since late last week. The exam Friday will include an MRI, which should help the Rangers map a path for the 27-year-old setup man. Tolleson had an impressive 2.76 ERA in 71 2/3 innings last season.
    Thursday, 1:02 pm
  • David Price strikes out seven Orioles
    David Price yielded three runs in 6 2/3 innings Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Price struck out seven and walked none. He allowed three hits, but they were bunched together, resulting in three runs in the fourth inning.
    Thursday, 12:56 pm
  • Kevin Gausman limited to one inning in relief
    Kevin Gausman threw just one inning against the Tigers on Thursday and gave up a two-run homer.

    Advice: Gausman came in for the eighth, and he would have pitched the bottom of the ninth as well, except the game was over. We're assuming this was just about rearranging Gausman's schedule a bit. Even though the Orioles have six starters with Ubaldo Jimenez throwing better, Gausman is likely to be a part of the rotation. It'd be really disappointing if they go in a different direction.
    Thursday, 12:51 pm
  • Tillman won't discuss extension during season
    Chris Tillman said Thursday that he doesn't want to discuss his contract with the Orioles beyond Opening Day.

    Advice: So that's the deadline for the current negotiations between the O's and Tillman's agent. Tillman can't become a free agent until 2018, but the Orioles are interested in buying out his arbitration years (at the very least). The 26-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.42 ERA and 1.195 WHIP in 499 2/3 innings over the last three seasons.
    Thursday, 12:11 pm
  • Tolleson set to have MRI on right forearm
    Shawn Tolleson will have an MRI on his right forearm.

    Advice: Tolleson was scratched from an appearance Sunday with forearm tightness, so the Rangers are obviously concerned about the reliever's health. Tolleson played catch Tuesday without issue. The results of the MRI will be known Thursday, at which point the club will know more about his outlook. His chances of being ready for Opening Day grow less likely by the day.
    Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Kevin Slowey gives up three runs in relief
    Kevin Slowey gave up three runs -- two earned -- in one inning of relief Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: We're not sure why Slowey got booted from the rotation mix; he allowed one hit over five scoreless innings in his first two starts, but he's made four straight relief appearances since, throwing a total of 4 2/3 innings. He has a good shot of making the Phillies as a reliever, but he probably would have been their best internal option for the fifth spot in the rotation.
    Wednesday, 1:25 pm
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  • Tigers, Price had preliminary extension talks
    David Price said Wednesday that his agent and the Tigers have had preliminary extension talks.

    Advice: Price met with his agent on Tuesday night to discuss the situation and it doesn't appear as though anything is imminent, as the southpaw said that he "wouldn't even call it groundwork" on an extension. He's owed $19.75 million this season before hitting free agency.
    Wednesday, 7:02 am
  • Mariners will try to trade Erasmo Ramirez's Greg Johns reports that the Mariners "certainly will pursue trade options" involving Erasmo Ramirez.

    Advice: Ramirez is out of options and, as Johns writes, "remains a long shot at making the 25-man roster." He had pitched well in Cactus League play before being knocked around on Monday and could have some untapped potential despite a 4.62 ERA over 206 2/3 innings in the majors. Ramirez will turn just 25 in May and might make for a nice under-the-radar trade addition.
    Mar 23, 7:18 pm
  • Sanchez, Norris unlikely to have IP limits's Gregor Chisholm doesn't expect Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris to have strict innings limits this season.

    Advice: Sanchez threw a career-high 133 1/3 innings in 2014, while Norris threw a career-high 137 frames. Chisholm suspects that the Blue Jays will have a similar plan with the two youngsters as they did last season with Drew Hutchison, who threw 184 2/3 innings. Sanchez and Norris seem unlikely to reach that mark, but it sounds like they won't be shut down at any point if the Jays are in the playoff hunt. Sanchez and Norris are expected to fill the last two spots in Toronto's rotation.
    Mar 23, 6:02 pm
  • Ken Giles throws perfect inning
    Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for a save Monday against the Twins.

    Advice: Giles was wild early this spring, giving up a run his first time out and five walks total in his first four innings. It looks like he's settling down now, though, pitching 2 2/3 innings without a free pass in his last two appearances. As long as it keeps up, his role as the Phillies' eighth inning guy will be safe.
    Mar 23, 1:37 pm
  • Reds release LHP Mijares
    Reds released LHP Jose Mijares.

    Advice: Mijares, a non-roster invitee this spring, posted a 5.06 ERA with 4/1 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings during Cactus League action. The 30-year-old will attempt to latch on elsewhere.
    Mar 23, 1:24 pm
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  • Joe Wieland 'leading candidate' for rotation
    According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, right-hander Joe Wieland is the "leading candidate" to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu in the Dodgers' rotation.

    Advice: Ryu is again dealing with shoulder problems and is expected to have a lengthy disabled list stint to open the 2015 season. That leaves a big opportunity for the 25-year-old Wieland, who was acquired from the Padres in December as part of the Matt Kemp trade and could suddenly take on deep-league fantasy relevance. Wieland owns a cool 3.27 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 8.4 K/9 in 476 2/3 career minor league innings.
    Mar 23, 8:06 am
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  • Tolleson scratched with forearm soreness
    Shawn Tolleson was scratched from a scheduled appearance Sunday with forearm soreness.

    Advice: The Rangers are saying they're not concerned and don't think it's serious. Tolleson was an effective reliever for the club last year, posting a 2.76 ERA in 71 2/3 innings.
    Mar 22, 9:29 am
  • Tillman, Orioles discussing long-term deal
    The Orioles and Chris Tillman's representatives are discussing a long-term contract extension, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    Advice: The two sides likely won't negotiate after the season starts, Sherman said. The right-hander has been very good for the O's since 2012, winning 38 games and posting a 3.42 ERA in 82 starts. Tillman won't be a free agent until 2018, so there's no great urgency to get something done quickly.
    Mar 22, 6:20 am
  • Lincecum tosses four effective innings vs LAA
    Tim Lincecum was effective over four innings, allowing one run, Saturday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Lincecum had missed his last scheduled start due to a stiff neck, but appeared fine on Saturday. The right-hander limited the Angels to two hits and a walk but didn't record a strikeout. Lincecum will slot into the back of the Giants' rotation, but given his past results, expect the Giants to have a shorter-than-average leash on him.
    Mar 21, 5:00 pm
  • Gaudin alright after 'a little tweak' in arm
    Chad Gaudin said he's alright after feeling "a little tweak" in his upper right arm Saturday.

    Advice: Gaudin was removed from his Saturday start in the third inning due to the injury, but it appears to be a false alarm. The right-hander has been given a window of opportunity to win a starting job with the Dodgers with Hyun-Jin Ryu set to begin the season on the disabled list. He's likely to take his next turn.
    Mar 21, 2:45 pm
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  • David Price gives up two runs to Mets
    David Price allowed two runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Kind of like his starts with the Tigers last year, Price racked up the strikeouts -- seven in all -- but still gave up a bunch of hits in the process. He has a 4.38 ERA this spring, even though he's struck out 17 in 12 1/3 innings. Of course, he didn't have Jose Iglesias behind him at shortstop today.
    Mar 21, 2:30 pm
  • Gaudin leaves start with undisclosed injury
    Chad Gaudin left his Cactus League start Sunday with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Gaudin had dealt for two innings before getting hit hard in the third. Ultimately, catcher A.J. Ellis came out and called for the trainer. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly opted to remove Gaudin, and the Dodgers should provide an update on his injury shortly.
    Mar 21, 2:06 pm
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  • Adam Wainwright goes four innings in debut
    Making his spring debut, Adam Wainwright (abdomen) pitched four scoreless innings against a Braves split-squad in the Cardinals' 1-0 win Saturday.

    Advice: We might be more impressed by four scoreless innings in a minor league game. Wainwright passed the big test, though, and by throwing four innings and 64 pitches (41 strikes) his first time out, he made it clear that, barring a setback, he'll be ready for Opening Night.
    Mar 21, 1:01 pm
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