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  • Josh Thole optioned to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo; re-assigned LHP Jeff Francis and INF Munenori Kawasaki to minor league camp.

    Advice: That means Russell Martin will catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Thole could eventually get a shot as Martin's backup if the Jays ever trade Dioner Navarro.
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
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  • Mesoraco (quad) penciled into Wed. lineup
    Devin Mesoraco (quad) is tentatively scheduled to return to the lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I'm optimistically thinking that he'll be ready to play tomorrow," Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday morning. "[What I don't want to do with injured players] is to put them in there and find out they can't go, or shouldn't go." Mesoraco's left quad tightened up on him during Sunday's game, but he's improved since then and is expected to be fine for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 4:22 pm
  • Blake Swihart goes 2-for-3, triples
    Blake Swihart went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI as the Red Sox scored nine runs in the top of the ninth to beat a Rays split-squad 11-8 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sure, it was against a few pitchers who figure to play no role for the Rays this year, but it's not every day a team scores nine in the ninth to win. Swihart's triple was Boston's only extra-base hit of the game. He's hit .333 with a homer in 30 at-bats this spring. The Red Sox are making the right move in sending him down -- he had just a .659 OPS after moving up to Triple-A last year -- but it wouldn't be much of surprise to see him starting for the club come June or July.
    Yesterday, 2:22 pm
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  • John Jaso reaches three times in win
    John Jaso went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored as a Rays split-squad edged the Orioles 4-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Rays have been giving Jaso a look in left field this spring, but he hasn't been all that impressive. It's fine; he's set to DH most of the time anyway. He'll likely find himself in the leadoff spot against righties and on the bench versus lefties.
    Yesterday, 1:26 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
  • Laird signs five-day extension with D-backs
    According to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, Gerald Laird has signed a five-day extension with the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Laird had an opt-out in his contract that had to be exercised (or not) by Tuesday. He'll now remain in camp until Sunday. Arizona is desperate for catching options and despite a batting average of just .200 this spring, it's very likely that Laird will make the Opening Day roster.
    Yesterday, 12:12 pm
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  • Brewers option Juan Centeno to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned C Juan Centeno to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Centeno has a solid glove, though he lacks much pop in his bat (.289/.342/.340 in the minors last season). He'll serve as organizational depth.
    Yesterday, 12:08 pm
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  • Perez reportedly heading to Baltimore
    According to Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have acquired C Audry Perez from the Rockies.

    Advice: No word yet as to who the Rockies will be receiving in return. Perez will start his journey with the Orioles in Triple-A. With starting catcher Matt Wieters on the DL, the Orioles are clearly looking at as many options as possible. Caleb Joseph is currently slated to start, with Steve Clevenger, Ryan Lavarnway and J.P. Arencibia among the other catchers who could see at-bats if Joseph struggles.
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
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  • Humberto Quintero not opting out of contract
    Humberto Quintero will not be opting out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox.

    Advice: Manager John Farrell told Quintero that the team still had not settled on a second catcher. Quintero's struggled this spring, hitting only .188/.278/.250 in 16 at-bats, but he's apparently holding out hope that he could still make the big club. Ryan Hanigan is the team's projected starter, with Sandy Leon and Quintero acting as potential back-ups. Prospect Blake Swihart lurks in the background.
    Yesterday, 6:06 am
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  • Tyler Flowers cranks third spring homer
    Tyler Flowers had a single and a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: The longball came in the third inning off of Trevor Bauer. It was Flowers' third tater this spring, although he's hitting just .233. In other words, he's being Tyler Flowers.
    Monday, 5:08 pm
  • Zunino hits seventh spring homer vs. Angels
    Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and a solo home run in Monday's Cactus League match-up with the Angels.

    Advice: Zunino knocked in two as part of a three-run fourth inning, then swatted a solo homer in the seventh inning. The catcher now sits by himself in second place with seven spring home runs behind Kris Bryant with nine. Zunino has had a terrific spring and hopes to translate his early success into the regular season.
    Monday, 3:21 pm
  • Pinto (concussion) set for minors game Tue
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Josmil Pinto (concussion) will likely play in another minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: Pinto, who suffered a concussion earlier this month, caught three innings on Monday and went 0-for-1 with two walks. The Twins will keep him on the minor league side in case there's a setback, but he's making strides to be ready for Opening Day.
    Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Alex Avila goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Alex Avila went 0-for-4 on Monday, dropping his spring average to .184.

    Advice: Avila just doesn't hit singles these days, which is why it's curious that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has penciled him into the seventh spot in between Yoenis Cespedes and Nick Castellanos. It's largely because Avila is a left-hander, but if Ausmus thinks Avila will outhit Castellanos against righties... well, that doesn't bode well for Castellanos.
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • O's reassign Arencibia to minor league camp
    Orioles reassigned C J.P. Arencibia to minor league camp.

    Advice: Arencibia is currently fighting through a flexor mass strain in his right arm. He wasn't expected to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster anyway and will presumably begin the 2015 season at Triple-A Norfolk.
    Monday, 8:49 am
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  • Red Sox place C Vazquez on the 60-day DL
    Red Sox placed C Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

    Advice: This feels like confirmation that Vazquez is going to need season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Boston acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals on Monday morning to back up Ryan Hanigan. And top prospect Blake Swihart may be put on the fast track.
    Monday, 7:06 am
    60-Day DL
  • Red Sox acquire C Sandy Leon from Nats
    Red Sox acquired C Sandy Leon from the Nationals for cash considerations.

    Advice: Leon was out of options and doubtful to make the Nationals' Opening Day roster. A much better opportunity awaits him in Boston, where he will serve as the backup to starting Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan. Christian Vazquez may be facing elbow surgery.
    Monday, 5:57 am
  • Tigers option Bryan Holaday to AAA Toledo
    Tigers optioned C Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: James McCann will open the 2015 regular season as the backup to starting catcher Alex Avila.
    Monday, 5:39 am
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  • Lucroy singles, swipes bag in loss to A's
    Jonathan Lucroy went 1-for-3 and swiped his first base of the spring as the Brewers fell to the Athletics in Cactus League play on Sunday.

    Advice: He was one of the few bright spots for the Brewers offense who were shutout on just four hits on the day. It's especially encouraging to see Lucroy active on the bases after being sidelined early in camp with a hamstring injury. He's having a monster spring, hitting .414 with three homers and eight RBI in 26 at-bats.
    Sunday, 6:15 pm
  • Montero blasts second spring homer vs. Royals
    Miguel Montero walked, singled, and hit a solo home run in five plate appearances as the Cubs shut out the Royals 7-0 on Sunday.

    Advice: Montero gave the Cubs an early lead with a first-inning solo shot off of Edinson Volquez. The catcher has had a forgettable spring, as he's now batting a meager .189 (7-for-37) with two home runs and two RBI. Montero has posted subpar offensive numbers in the last two seasons but the Cubs are hoping for a resurgence in 2015.
    Sunday, 4:24 pm
  • Andrew Susac optioned to Triple-A
    Giants optioned C Andrew Susac to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Susac entered camp as the favorite to back up Buster Posey, but the Giants have elected to carry Hector Sanchez instead. The 25-year-old is probably better off playing regularly in the minors, anyway.
    Sunday, 10:02 am
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