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  • Lucroy enjoys a three-hit afternoon vs. SEA
    Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a run scored as the Brewers ran roughshod over the Mariners 15-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Lucroy has only racked up 23 at-bats this spring due to a hamstring injury, but he's hit well when he's been in the lineup, batting .435 with a pair of doubles, a pair of homers, and six RBI. Lucroy has been among the best at his position for several years and should once again provide tremendous fantasy value. He led the league in doubles with 51 last season while hitting .301 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI.
    Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Mesoraco homers as Reds drub the Indians
    Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-5 with a solo home run Thursday facing the Indians.

    Advice: Mesoraco hit a second-inning solo home run off of Danny Salazar, his second long ball of the spring. The catcher has been playing once every three days over the last week and a half, as he's been slowed a bit this spring since taking a foul ball off of his mask. Mesoraco should still be ready to go when the regular season begins.
    Yesterday, 4:13 pm
  • Cubs make series of roster cuts
    Cubs reassigned C/OF Kyle Schwarber, OFs Albert Almora, Mike Baxter, and Adron Chambers, INF Chris Valaika, RHPs Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, and Gonzalez Germen, and LHP Francisley Bueno to minor league camp.

    Advice: No big surprises in this group. Schwarber, last year's No. 4 overall pick, and 2012 first-round pick Almora are the biggest names to watch here as they make their way through Chicago's prospect-rich pipeline.
    Yesterday, 1:42 pm
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  • Vazquez (elbow) restricted in throwing
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Christian Vazquez (elbow) is still "restricted" in his throwing.

    Advice: Vazquez threw to bases Thursday, but not at full-intensity and Farrell said that he's not game-ready at this point. Still, the 24-year-old backstop is confident that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Padres place Federowicz on 60-day DL
    Padres placed C Tim Federowicz on the 60-day disabled list with a right knee injury.

    Advice: Federowicz could miss up to six months after completely tearing the meniscus in his right knee in early March. Wil Nieves will back up Derek Norris in San Diego.
    Yesterday, 11:24 am
  • Arencibia scratched with strained flexor mass
    J.P. Arencibia was scratched from a minor league game Thursday with a strained flexor mass.

    Advice: That's typically a serious injury, but the Orioles aren't putting out many details. Arencibia is in O's camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. He presumably will not be on the Opening Day roster.
    Yesterday, 9:47 am
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  • Wieters (elbow) to spend time in ext. spring
    Matt Wieters (elbow) will spend the first few days of the regular season at extended spring training.

    Advice: He's going to accompany the Orioles to Tropicana Park for their season-opener against the Rays on April 6, but that is only for ceremonial purposes. Wieters will be placed on the 15-day disabled list when camp breaks to give his surgically-repaired right elbow a little more time to heal. The hope is that he'll be ready to rock around April 11.
    Yesterday, 9:44 am
  • Bethancourt (flu) back in Braves' lineup Thu.
    Christian Bethancourt (flu) is back in the Braves' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Bethancourt missed a week -- and lost six pounds -- due to a bad case of the flu. But he should have just enough time to get back in shape before the Braves open their regular-season schedule on April 6.
    Yesterday, 9:08 am
  • Pinto (concussion) to hit in cage on Thursday
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) is planning to hit in a batting cage Thursday in Twins camp.

    Advice: Pinto suffered a concussion last Saturday when he was hit in the head by a backswing. He's hoping to get back into Grapefruit League action over the weekend and he should be fine for the start of the season.
    Yesterday, 7:23 am
  • John Buck retiring from baseball at age 34
    John Buck is retiring from baseball.

    Advice: Buck spent this spring in Braves camp, but he wasn't going to crack their Opening Day roster and the 34-year-old catcher announced Thursday that he is hanging up his cleats for good. Buck batted .234/.301/.398 with 844 hits and 134 home runs in parts of 11 major league seasons. He was an American League All-Star in 2010.
    Yesterday, 6:55 am
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  • Sucre (hip) better, ready for game action
    Jesus Sucre (hip) has declared himself ready for Cactus League action.

    Advice: "I feel a lot better," Sucre said Wednesday. "I practiced yesterday and I think I'm ready to go. I still feel it a little bit, but it's OK." Sucre missed a couple games due to a small hip injury, but it's nothing that should keep him out during the regular season.
    Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • Posey dealing with mild right scapula injury
    Buster Posey is dealing with a mild right scapula injury.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy called the injury "very mild." Posey was removed a few innings early in Wednesday's game and he'll play first base Thursday to get a bit of a rest, but it doesn't sound like anything too concerning.
    Wednesday, 4:04 pm
  • Norris lifts first spring homer in a loss
    Derek Norris swatted his first home run of the spring, but the Padres lost to the Dodgers 9-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Norris hit a two-run shot off of Sergio Santos in the fourth inning, helping bring the Padres back within 5-4 at the time. He finished 2-for-3 on the afternoon. The catcher hasn't hit much in the Cactus League after coming over from the Athletics in a December trade. He'll be counted on by the Padres on an everyday basis during the season.
    Wednesday, 3:55 pm
  • Bryan Holaday hits grand slam for Tigers
    Bryan Holaday went 2-for-3 and hit a grand slam to lead the Tigers to an 8-4 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holaday entered the day 3-for-22 with no extra-base hits this spring, while James McCann, the Tigers' other backup catcher option, was at .414 with two doubles in 29 at-bats. Still, even with that disparity, there was a good chance the Tigers were leaning towards sticking with Holaday as their backup, allowing McCann to continue to play regularly in the minors. That probably is the better option than letting McCann serve as a backup, but the Tigers should also look to the waiver wire and maybe grab a backup that way (the Yankees' Austin Romine being one possibility).
    Wednesday, 2:02 pm
  • White Sox option C Brantly to minors
    White Sox optioned C Rob Brantly to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Brantly was claimed off waivers from the Marlins over the winter, but hit just .167 (3-for-18) this spring and failed to secure the backup catcher job. Still, the 25-year-old is useful catching depth to have in the organization.
    Wednesday, 12:53 pm
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  • Vogt goes 3-for-3, homers to lead Athletics
    Stephen Vogt had a monster day at the plate on Tuesday as the Athletics routed the Cubs 14-2 in Cactus League play, going 3-for-3 with his first spring home run.

    Advice: Vogt blasted a two-run homer off Edwin Jackson in the third inning and tacked on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. The three-hit effort raised his spring average from .105 all the way to .227. He's being relied upon to function as the A's primary backstop this season and looks to be a solid value in the mid rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 6:31 pm
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  • Wilin Rosario collects two hits, scores twice
    Wilin Rosario had a nice day at the dish on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored as the Rockies topped the White Sox 7-6 in Cactus League play.

    Advice: He also plated a run with an RBI single as part of a six-run uprising in the fifth inning. Rosario got the start behind the plate in this one, but it appears that his time there will be limited in 2015. He'll share time between there, the corner outfield and first base, leaving his playing time projections as a major wild card heading into the season.
    Tuesday, 5:43 pm
  • Tony Sanchez doubles twice
    Tony Sanchez doubled twice Tuesday to raise is spring average to .464.

    Advice: With Chris Stewart likely DL bound to start the year, Sanchez figures to open up as Francisco Cervelli's backup. It'd just be a short-term assignment, though, even if Sanchez keeps hitting. The Pirates like Stewart's defense too much to bail on him.
    Tuesday, 1:25 pm
  • Padres send Hedges to minor league camp
    Padres reassigned C Austin Hedges to minor league camp.

    Advice: Tim Federowicz (knee) is out 3-6 months, but Hedges wasn't a consideration for the backup catcher job. However, he's considered one of the team's top prospects, mostly for his defense behind the plate, and isn't far off from making an impact.
    Tuesday, 9:40 am
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  • Evan Gattis homers against Braves
    Facing his former team, Evan Gattis homered Monday against the Braves in his return to the lineup.

    Advice: It's nice to see Gattis homer right away after he missed eight days with a sore wrist. It was his lone hit in three at-bats as a DH today.
    Monday, 2:33 pm
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