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    • Semien drives in three more runs Wednesday
      Marcus Semien stayed hot Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI in a Cactus League win over the Giants.

      Advice: Semien is now 5-for-5 with a walk and six RBI in six plate appearances this spring. The 24-year-old shortstop was one of the focal points for the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija trade, and he's showing why early in camp. Semien is penciled in as the Athletics' starting shortstop and he should be on AL-only fantasy radars -- if not as a flier in deep mixed leagues -- this draft season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:58 pm
    • McGehee has two hits in loss to Athletics
      Casey McGehee went 2-for-2 in the Giants' Cactus League loss to the Athletics Wednesday.

      Advice: The Giants acquired McGehee from the Marlins this winter to fill the void left by Pablo Sandoval. The third baseman batted .287/.355/.357 with the Fish last year, and he'll look to continue that career resurgence in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:47 pm
    • Jace Peterson reaches three times
      Jace Peterson reached all three times he was up Wednesday, doubling and walking twice.

      Advice: Peterson, a product of the Justin Upton trade, has a chance to win a spot on the Braves as a part-time second baseman and utilityman. The Melvin Upton Jr. injury likely helps his case, since Eric Young Jr. is now being viewed as more of an outfielder than a part-time second baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:01 pm
    • Iglesias (shins) ran 'full bore' on Wednesday
      Jose Iglesias told reporters that he "ran full bore" for the first time in Wednesday's game.

      Advice: Iglesias played three innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League tilt against the Orioles. He grounded out in both of his at-bats, but the throw only got him by about a half-a-step each time. "Three weeks from now, I will beat those," the shortstop said. He missed the entire 2014 season because of dual stress fractures in his shins. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:01 pm
    • Castellanos (hand) hits two-run homer vs. O's
      Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer in the Tigers' 5-4 win over the Orioles on Wednesday.

      Advice: The hand contusion that knocked Castellanos out of Tuesday's game obviously wasn't a lingering issue. The sophomore hit cleanup for the Tigers today, though he'll probably open the regular season in the seventh spot in the lineup if everyone is healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:38 pm
    • A-Rod singles and walks in Grapefruit debut
      Making his exhibition debut, Alex Rodriguez singled and walked in his three plate appearances Wednesday versus the Phillies.

      Advice: Rodriguez swung through Kevin Slowey's first two fastballs in the first before getting a third at 89-mph and sending a little liner into left field. He grounded out on the first pitch of his second at-bat and then walked on a full count before getting pulled for a pinch-runner in the sixth inning. Rodriguez's bat didn't exactly look fast in the game, but he came through day one just fine. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:42 pm
    • Harrison leaves game with ankle discomfort
      Josh Harrison exited Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays with left ankle discomfort.

      Advice: Harrison led off the game with a single, but was later doubled off second base and then departed. No word yet on the severity of the injury. The Pirates should provide an update on his status soon. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:35 am
    • Cabrera (foot) takes BP on the field again
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the second straight day.

      Advice: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Cabrera felt really good. He still has to progress with his running program, but the Tigers couldn't ask for much more at this stage of his rehab. He still has some work to do, but Opening Day isn't unrealistic. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:14 am
    • Carlos Santana goes 0-for-3 in Cactus debut
      Carlos Santana went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the Indians' loss to the Reds on Tuesday in Arizona.

      Advice: Santana got ahold of a pitch in the first inning and sent into deep right-center field, but Billy Hamilton was able to track it down. Santana will try to avoid getting off to slow start in 2015 after batting just .159/.327/.301 over his first 50 games of the 2014 regular season. He went on to register an .872 OPS between the beginning of June and end of September. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:30 pm
      Player Note
      Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    • Pedro Alvarez homers, knocks in four runs
      Pedro Alvarez had a three-run homer and an RBI double as the Pirates held on to beat the Blue Jays 8-7 on Tuesday.

      Advice: Alvarez went opposite field off Aaron Sanchez in the first. The double also dropped down the left field line. Dalton Pompey lost that one in the sun, though since he was shading Alvarez to pull, he might not have gotten to it anyway. Since he's set to be platooned, Alvarez's fantasy upside might not quite be what it once was. Still, he's a candidate for 30 homers anyway, and he should hit for a higher average since he won't start against lefties. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:58 pm
    • D'Backs open to moving Hill, Ross, and Cahill
      According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Diamondbacks are shopping Aaron Hill, Cody Ross, and Trevor Cahill.

      Advice: D'Backs general manager Dave Stewart has denied Heyman's source, for what that's worth. Hill was very good in 2012 and 2013, but he had a rough 2014 season and is owed a total of $24 million in 2015-2016. These aren't exactly blockbuster trade chips for the Diamondbacks, who are rebuilding under new chief baseball officer Tony La Russa. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:48 am
      Player Note
      Aaron Hill Ari - 2B,3B
    • Plouffe (illness) back to work Monday
      Trevor Plouffe (illness) got back to work Monday morning in Twins camp.

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

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

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

      Advice: The D'Backs want Tomas to handle third base well enough to start there, but they'll give him reps in the outfield just in case. "We have to prioritize who gets all these at-bats in spring training," Hale said. "He's one we want to get a lot of at-bats to get a good (look) at his offense, too." Jake Lamb will be in line to start at third base if Arizona ends up having to put Tomas in left field. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:16 am
    • Gillaspie bulks up, quits chewing tobacco
      Conor Gillaspie bulked up over the offseason and quit chewing tobacco in an effort to get stronger and help get through the grind of the long season.

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

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

      Advice: Davis has made 39 starts in the outfield during his career, though none of them have come over the last two seasons. It's just a matter of giving him some reps there just in case he might be needed at the position, as Davis is slated to be the regular first baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 am
      Player Note
      Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B
    • Aramis Ramirez likely to retire after 2015
      Aramis Ramirez said Friday that the 2015 season will likely be his final one.

      Advice: Ramirez, who exercised a $14 million option for this season, will turn 37 in late June. While injuries have hampered him the last couple years, the third baseman has had an incredibly productive career, sporting a .285/.344/.496 batting line with 369 homers and 1,342 RBI across 17 seasons. He's a three-time All-Star and has also finished in the top-10 in National League MVP voting on three occasions. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:44 am
    • Callaspo shows up to camp out of shape
      Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that Alberto Callaspo showed up to camp with an "unimpressive physique."

      Advice: Callaspo hired a personal trainer over the offseason, but Bowman writes that the infielder "certainly didn't have any reason to come to camp proclaiming that he is in the best shape of his life." The feeling when Callaspo inked a $3 million deal in December was that he'd hold down second base until top prospect Jose Peraza is ready. That might still be the case, but if he has a poor camp he could open the door for Phil Gosselin, Jace Peterson or possibly even Peraza to swoop in and steal the job. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday that the second base competition is "wide open." Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:59 pm
      Player Note
      Alberto Callaspo Atl - 1B,2B,3B
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