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  • Daniel Robertson homers twice for Rays
    Rays prospect Daniel Robertson hit three-run and two-run homers Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Quite a game for a kid who only started because Alexi Casilla, originally expected to play shortstop, was released just before the game. The 21-year-old Robertson was the top prospect the Rays picked up from the A's in the Ben Zobrist deal. He'll spend this year in Double-A, and he could challenge for a starting job in 2016.
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  • Danny Espinosa hitting .137
    Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 on Tuesday, lowering his spring average to .137.

    Advice: Espinosa, now exclusively a right-handed hitter after giving up switch-hitting, has looked so bad this spring that he probably won't be a part of the starting lineup even with Anthony Rendon bound for the disabled list. Most likely, he'll back up Dan Uggla at second and Yunel Escobar at third.
    Today, 1:46 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.
    Today, 1:41 pm
  • Rockies option Charlie Culberson to minors
    Rockies optioned 3B 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.
    Today, 9:56 am
  • Andrus (back) to resume baseball activities
    Elvis Andrus (back) is set to resume baseball activities on Wednesday.

    Advice: Said Andrus, "There's nothing to worry about." He was scratched from the lineup on Monday with a stiff lower back, but it doesn't sound major. The shortstop has been raking this spring, slashing .389/.410/.639 in 39 plate appearances.
    Today, 9:18 am
  • Gregorius (wrist) still experiencing swelling
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that there was no timetable for the return of Didi Gregorius (wrist).

    Advice: The Yankees need to see the swelling in Gregorius' left wrist subside before they're able to give an estimate for his return. He suffered the injury diving for a ball on Saturday. Gregorius previously indicated that he thought he'd be ready to play on Opening Day.
    Today, 9:11 am
  • Franklin (oblique) handles grounders
    Nick Franklin (oblique) was able to handle straight-on grounders on Tuesday.

    Advice: Franklin's left oblique is progressing well enough that he's able to take the field for some activity, but he's still bound for the DL. There's no concrete timetable for the infielder as of yet. Logan Forsythe is likely to start at second in Franklin's absence, with Alexi Casilla, Tim Beckham and Jake Elmore also options depending on the situation.
    Today, 8:47 am
  • J.J. Hardy says shoulder is feeling better
    J.J. Hardy said that his shoulder was feeling "a lot better" than on Monday.

    Advice: Hardy underwent an MRA on the left shoulder on Monday, which revealed a muscle strain. He's being shut down from baseball activities for the next ten days. While it's feeling better, Hardy won't be swinging a bat until the swelling is reduced. He should be able to field grounders while he waits. In the meantime, Everth Cabrera should fill in as starter. In deeper AL-only leagues, Cabrera's speed could make him a short-term asset.
    Today, 5:53 am
  • Castro extends spring hitting streak to 5 gms
    Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's 8-5 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: Castro has hit in five consecutive Cactus League games dating back to March 19. He had been slowed recently by minor groin tightness, but he should be ready for the start of the regular season. Castro had arguably his best offensive season last year, batting .292 with 14 home runs.
    Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Rollins doubles, scores in Dodgers' win
    Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored as the Dodgers topped the Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday.

    Advice: Rollins maintains his .333 Cactus League average (18-for-54) with the effort. He now has seven doubles, two triples, and a home run this spring, showcasing his offensive potential for his new team. The 36-year-old can still provide plenty of value with his speed and power.
    Yesterday, 4:10 pm
  • Everth Cabrera goes 3-for-4
    Everth Cabrera went 3-for-4 on Monday, raising his average to .283.

    Advice: Cabrera is likely to be the Orioles' Opening Day shortstop with J.J. Hardy bound for the disabled list. It should be a short-term assignment, but if he plays well, he'll hang around the Orioles bench and amass AL-only value.
    Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Freddy Galvis goes 2-for-3, homers
    Freddy Galvis went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer versus the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: It was his first extra-base hit in 59 at-bats this spring. If Odubel Herrera were a right-handed hitter, he'd probably bat second for the Phillies. However, he's yet another lefty, so the Phillies aren't going to sandwich him in between Ben Revere and Chase Utley at the top. For that reason, Galvis could find himself in the spot, despite his pathetic .259 OBP in 514 major league at-bats. It'd make him more valuable in NL-only leagues for however long it lasts.
    Yesterday, 1:58 pm
  • Blue Jays release INF Santiago
    Blue Jays released INF Ramon Santiago.

    Advice: Santiago, a non-roster invitee this spring, suffered a broken left collarbone earlier this month and is expected to miss 10 weeks. He'll attempt to latch on with a new team once he's back to full health.
    Yesterday, 1:42 pm
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    Ramón Santiago Tor - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Adeiny Hechavarria goes 0-for-2
    Adeiny Hechavarria went 0-for-2 on Monday, leaving him with a .175/.195/.200 line in 40 at-bats.

    Advice: Well, Hechavarria isn't in there for his bat. The Marlins should be hoping he duplicates last year's .276/.308/.356 line, rather than reverts to 2013 form (.227/.267/.298). Even though he's still young -- he turns 26 next month -- we don't think improvement is very likely.
    Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • Cubs option 2B Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs optioned INF Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Baez batted just .173/.218/.231 with 20 strikeouts in 16 games this spring in the Cactus League, looking like the very same hitter who hit .169/.227/.324 with 95 strikeouts in 52 games last season as a rookie. Tommy La Stella and Arismendy Alcantara will see time at second base until the powerful but inconsistent Baez improves his plate discipline.
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
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  • Brad Miller (stomach) back in lineup Monday
    Brad Miller (illness) is back in the Mariners' Cactus League lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Miller missed three games with a stomach virus. He'll be at shortstop for the M's on Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
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    Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS
  • Athletics reassign three to minor league camp
    Athletics reassigned INF Andy Parino, C Luke Carlin and 1B Max Muncy to minor league camp.

    Advice: The 29-year-old Parrino hit just .196 (9-for-46) with 11 strikeouts in Cactus League play. He'll continue to function as organizational infield depth for the A's. Carlin is expected to return to big league camp on Tuesday where he'll catch for Barry Zito.
    Sunday, 3:55 pm
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  • Cardinals option Dean Anna to Triple-A
    Cardinals optioned INF Dean Anna to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: The 28-year-old was expected to secure a reserve infielder job on the team's Opening Day roster, but hit a paltry .200 (4-for-20) with no homers and three RBI in Grapefruit League play. He'll function as organizational depth at Triple-A, and should be called upon at some point during the season.
    Sunday, 2:38 pm
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  • Jung Ho Kang homers, knocks in three
    Jung Ho Kang delivered a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Pirates' 4-2 win over the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer was Kang's first since March 3, when he took Marco Estrada deep in his second at-bat of the spring. The Pirates will carry him as a backup at shortstop and second base. He'll also likely add third base to his arsenal as time goes on.
    Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Barmes drives in two in win over Rangers
    Clint Barmes went 2-for-3 with two RBI in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Barmes smacked a two-run single to tie the game. The Padres' likely Opening Day shortstop is hitting .233 in Cactus League action, but he's in the lineup for his glove.
    Saturday, 4:15 pm
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