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  • Miguel Rojas has two hits in Marlins victory
    Miguel Rojas went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI on Friday, leading the Marlins to a 3-0 victory over the Nationals in Grapefruit League play.

    Advice: It's just the ninth win for the Marlins on the spring season. Rojas' RBI double plated Ichiro Suzuki in the fourth inning, increasing the Marlins' lead to 2-0. He's hitting a robust .424 with a 1.096 OPS in limited action this spring and should secure a bench spot on the club's Opening Day roster. Today, 9:18 pm
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    Miguel Rojas Mia - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Kennys Vargas leaves with left foot contusion
    Kennys Vargas was forced to leave Friday's Grapefruit League contest with a left foot contusion.

    Advice: The Twins are calling him day-to-day and this isn't expected to put his Opening Day in jeopardy. He fouled a ball off of his foot and was hobbling around afterwards so he was lifted for precautionary reasons. Today, 6:04 pm
  • Gonzalez (elbow) singles in return to action
    Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk, and two runs scored in his return to action Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It was his first game since tweaking his elbow on a check swing last Sunday. Gonzalez hasn’t had the smoothest spring, but he should be ready for the season if he can avoid setbacks. He still carries the name appeal in fantasy leagues, but his sharp drop in fly ball rate (and home runs) last season can’t be ignored. Today, 5:55 pm
  • Plouffe has RBI single win over ChiSox
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-2 with an RBI single and a run scored Friday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Signed to a one-year, $5.25 million contract over the winter, Plouffe is hitting a cool .395 (15-for-38) with two homers and 10 RBI during Cactus League play. He served as the designated hitter on Friday with Ryon Healy playing third base, but we should see the opposite on most days this season. Today, 5:34 pm
  • Aguilar has four hits against Reds
    Jesus Aguilar continued his red-hot spring on Friday by going 4-for-4 with three runs scored against the Reds.

    Advice: All four hits were singles. Claimed off waivers from the Indians over the winter, the 26-year-old Aguilar has had a ridiculous spring, hitting .500 (23-for-46) with five home runs and a 1.457 OPS over 19 games. The Brewers signed Eric Thames to be their starting first baseman, but it’s no sure that that his KBO success will translate. Aguilar is poised to win a spot on Milwaukee’s bench, but there could be the opportunity for more. Today, 5:23 pm
  • Belt slugs three-run homer in win
    Brandon Belt socked a three-run homer off Jon Gray in a 6-5 win over the Rockies in Cactus League action on Friday.

    Advice: It was his third homer of the spring. The 28-year-old has never hit more than 18 homers in a season before and it’s tough to forecast a major improvement given where he plays half of his games, but his strong on-base ability still offers considerable value. He was fifth in the majors in walk percentage and ninth in on-base percentage last season. Today, 4:32 pm
  • Myers triples, scores run in loss to Rangers
    Wil Myers went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored Friday against the Rangers in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Myers was the big bright spot for the Padres during their last-place finish in 2016 and he’s poised to play a similar role this year. The 26-year-old is hitting .370 (17-for-46) with a 1.112 OPS over 18 games this spring. Today, 4:17 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) back in lineup Friday
    Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Gonzalez has dealt with an elbow issue on and off during camp, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go again. The first baseman has been limited to just 10 Cactus League plate appearances this spring, but he also got 12 at-bats during the World Baseball Classic. Today, 9:46 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) to return Friday
    Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) expects to play in Friday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Gonzalez hasn't been in the lineup since Sunday when he tweaked his elbow on a check swing. Between injuries and a brief stint at the World Baseball Classic, Gonzalez has been limited to just four Cactus League appearances this spring. Luckily he still has a week and a half to dust off the cobwebs before the regular season starts. Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Plouffe goes 2-for-3 with three runs scored
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three runs scored against the Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: He now owns a .361 batting average in Cactus League play. Plouffe joined the Athletics as a free agent over the winter after spending his entire seven-year career with the Twins. He battled through an injury-plagued campaign last year, playing in only 84 games while batting .260/.303/.420 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI. Throughout his career he has been a jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none. The sort of guy who does a little bit of everything but not quite well enough to be a coveted fantasy asset. He is slated to serve as the Athletics' regular third baseman this season. Yesterday, 6:14 pm
  • Alonso goes deep twice against Brewers
    Yonder Alonso went 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored as the Athletics trounced the Brewers 15-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: He drilled a two-run shot off Brewers ace Junior Guerra in the second inning, then took him yard again with a solo blast in the third frame. Alonso is now batting .382 with four homers and 11 RBI in 34 at-bats. He figures to split time at first base and designated hitter this season. He has an unappealing .253/.316/.367 career slash line with a paltry 39 home runs in 2343 plate appearances spread over 664 games. Yesterday, 6:05 pm
  • Miggy on status for Opening Day: I don't know
    Miguel Cabrera (back) admitted he isn't sure if he'll be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: "I don't know," said Cabrera on Thursday. "I will play when I am ready to play." Cabrera said he tweaked the right side of his back in his first game at the World Baseball Classic but now his left side hurts from overcompensating. He mostly played through the injury at the WBC but didn't look like himself, batting .190 over 21 at-bats. Cabrera still has a week and a half to get ready, but his health is something fantasy owners need to be aware of heading into drafts. Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) to miss 4-6 weeks
    Luis Valbuena will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right hamstring.

    Advice: It's a Grade 1 strain, which is considered the least serious. It's still going to keep Valbuena out for at least the first month, which should allow C.J. Cron to settle in as the everyday first baseman. Valbuena's injury also increases Jefry Marte's chances of making the Opening Day roster. When healthy, Valbuena will platoon with Cron at first base. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • Daniel Vogelbach optioned to Triple-A Tacoma
    Mariners optioned 1B Daniel Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: This comes as a stunner. Vogelbach was expected to platoon with Danny Valencia at first base but will instead begin in the minors after hitting just .228 with 19 strikeouts over 57 Cactus League at-bats. The 24-year-old went 1-for-12 with six strikeouts in his first taste of the big leagues last September. Obviously he needs a little more seasoning. Yesterday, 1:26 pm
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  • Valbuena sent for MRI on sore left hamstring
    Luis Valbuena has been sent for an MRI on his sore left hamstring.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he's confident the injury is minor, but the club wants to make sure with Opening Day fast approaching. Valbuena left Wednesday's split-squad Cactus League game against the Rangers after experiencing some hamstring soreness. There should be an update on his status Friday. Yesterday, 10:28 am
  • Rays reassign Casey Gillaspie, others
    Rays reassigned 1B Casey Gillaspie, OF/1B Jake Bauers, OF Johnny Field, INF Jake Hager, INF/OF Patrick Leonard, OF Dayron Varona, RHP Andrew Kittredge, and RHP Neil Wagner to minor league camp.

    Advice: A big round of cuts from Rays camp. Gillaspie is on track to make his MLB debut at some point in 2017 after batting .284/.388/.479 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 132 games last season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. The 24-year-old first base prospect was selected 20th overall by the Rays in the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft. Yesterday, 8:13 am
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  • Chris Johnson hits two-run homer off Archer
    Chris Johnson went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's Grapefruit League showdown with the Rays.

    Advice: Johnson bopped a two-run home run off Chris Archer with one out in the fourth inning for his lone hit on the evening. The tater was his second of the spring. The Orioles signed him to a minor league contract in mid-February. He spent the 2016 season with the Marlins, when he saw 243 at-bats. In that space, the 32-year-old first baseman slashed a meager .222/.281/.329 with five homers and 24 RBI. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Wednesday, 5:52 pm
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  • Luis Valbuena lifted with hamstring soreness
    Luis Valbuena was taken out of Wednesday's split-squad Cactus League game against the Rangers due to left hamstring soreness.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries -- especially at this time of the year -- are troublesome enough in their own right, but in the case of Valbuena, soreness could be of particular concern. The veteran first baseman underwent season-ending hamstring surgery last August. He will be reevaluated in the coming days. Should this injury force him to miss games at the start of the regular season, C.J. Cron would be in line to see additional playing time. Wednesday, 4:57 pm
  • Reds opt to ship OF Walker down to minors
    Reds optioned 1B/OF Christian Walker to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Walker has had himself a busy few weeks of late, as the Orioles designated him for assignment on February 21, after which he was claimed off waivers from the Braves on February 25. Atlanta subsequently designated him for assignment only for the Reds to pick the 25-year-old up off waivers on March 6. Plying his trade for Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles' system last season, he slashed .264/.321/.437 with 18 homers and 64 RBI across 131 games played. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
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  • Lucroy to start over Posey in WBC final
    Jonathan Lucroy will draw the start over Buster Posey for the World Baseball Classic final against Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

    Advice: This one is for all the marbles. Outside of the Posey for Lucroy swap, the rest of Wednesday's lineup is expected to be the same one that the United States trotted out against Japan for Tuesday's semifinal showdown. Wednesday, 2:05 pm
  • Greg Bird homers twice in Yankees' victory
    Greg Bird slammed two homers off Vincent Velasquez as the Yankees beat the Phillies 7-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bird's two- and three-run shots gave him six homers for the spring, and the Yankees' starting first baseman has a decent enough 1.584 OPS. The hype could get out of control here in a hurry, given the spring outburst. He figures to be good enough to hold down the starting job, but his minor league numbers never portended greatness. He's a late-round option in mixed leagues, but not someone to reach for. Wednesday, 1:57 pm
  • Matt Carpenter knocks in four runs
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBI against the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Carpenter seems over the back soreness now, having played four of the last six days. He's 5-for-15 with a homer this spring. Wednesday, 1:01 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
  • Profar to see some time in CF
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Wednesday that Jurickson Profar will see some game action in center field.

    Advice: Profar played there during the World Baseball Classic, so Banister wants to get a look at him. As of now, Profar figures to see most of his time in left field this season, but he's essentially in a utility role. Wednesday, 12:27 pm
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Miguel Cabrera (back) held out until Friday
    Miguel Cabrera (back) will be held out of action until Friday as a precaution.

    Advice: Cabrera left a game in the World Baseball Classic last Thursday with some back tightness. It's not a major concern, and the Tigers are wise to play things safe with their veteran slugger. Wednesday, 9:28 am
  • Adams could play some OF on Wednesday
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny hinted that Matt Adams could see his first action in the outfield on Wednesday.

    Advice: The slimmed-down Adams has been practicing in the outfield of late in an effort to test his versatility. As of now, he's behind Matt Carpenter on the depth chart at first base. It wouldn't hurt to give him a look. Wednesday, 8:14 am
  • Greg Bird named Yanks' starting first baseman
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi has named Greg Bird as the starting first baseman.

    Advice: Well, duh. There were actually some questions about the situation coming into camp, as Bird is coming back from labrum surgery and the club signed Chris Carter just before spring training, but the 24-year-old has proved his health by batting .421 with four homers and a 1.447 OPS over 16 games this spring. He's an appealing late-round pick in mixed fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 7:02 am
  • John Jaso hits third homer in victory
    John Jaso's third spring homer was a two-run shot Tuesday in the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Jaso, who was playing third base today, hit a long bomb to left off Alex Cobb in the first. He's sporting a .310 average and an 1.107 OPS this spring, so it'll be interesting to see how the Pirates carve out a role for him in the early going. Josh Bell is expected to get the bulk of the time at first base, with David Freese likely playing third until Jung Ho Kang is cleared to join the club. Jaso belongs in more just a pinch-hitting role, so it still seems like a trade is the best option here. Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Astros option 1B White to Triple-A
    Astros optioned 1B Tyler White to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: The Astros are poised to go into the season with Yuli Gurriel and Marwin Gonzalez handling first base duties. White got off to a red-hot start last year, but he finished with a lowly .217/.286/.378 batting line. He'll serve as depth in Triple-A. Tuesday, 5:39 am
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  • Astros option 1B A.J. Reed to Triple-A
    Astros optioned 1B A.J. Reed to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: It's not a surprise, as Yuli Gurriel has been the expected starter at first base all along, but Reed really impressed this spring by batting .306/.444/.667 with four homers and 11 RBI over 21 games. His 2016 was somewhat disappointing, but he could make things interesting if he continues to produce in Triple-A. Tuesday, 5:36 am
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    AJ Reed Hou - 1B
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  • Jaso to play third base on Tuesday
    John Jaso will play third base on Tuesday.

    Advice: It will be his first time playing third base as a professional. Josh Bell is expected to see the bulk of the time at first base this season, so the Pirates are looking at expanding Jaso's versatility. Tuesday, 5:33 am
  • O'Hearn homers, drives in three vs. Reds
    Royals prospect Ryan O’Hearn went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Monday’s loss to the Reds in Cactus League action.

    Advice: O’Hearn got the Royals on the board first with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning. He later slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth, but the Reds pulled away in the eighth. O’Hearn, 23, batted .275/.351/.478 with 22 homers and 78 RBI over 134 games last season between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Arkansas. His strikeout rate is an issue, but he has emerged as one of the Royals’ better hitting prospects. He’s worth watching as Eric Hosmer goes into his walk year. Monday, 4:40 pm
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  • Ronald Guzman optioned to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned 1B Ronald Guzman to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Guzman, 22, has played just 25 games above Double-A and didn't have a real shot at a roster spot. He's ranked by as the team's No. 4 prospect. Monday, 2:33 pm
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  • Matt Holliday hits two-run homer in win
    Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer Monday in the Yankees' 9-3 drubbing of the Nationals.

    Advice: The homer, Holliday's third of the spring, came off Jeremy Guthrie in the fifth inning. Holliday is batting .306 with a 1.026 OPS. He's no sure bet to stay healthy, even while being used mostly as a DH, but he should have mixed-league value while he's in the lineup. Monday, 2:25 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) down until Thursday
    Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) plans to rest until Thursday.

    Advice: Gonzalez tweaked his elbow on a check swing Sunday and has a bit of lingering soreness. The veteran first baseman fully expects to be ready for Opening Day, but it's worth checking back in on the situation this weekend. Monday, 11:47 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) sitting Monday
    Adrian Gonzalez felt something in his elbow on a check swing Sunday and is sitting out Monday.

    Advice: But the Dodgers have been assured by their medical staff that everything is fine, and Gonzalez said he plans to return to Cactus League action on Tuesday. It's something to monitor, but the veteran first baseman should be ready for Opening Day. Monday, 10:07 am
  • Tyler White diagnosed with bruised hand
    Tyler White was diagnosed with a bruised hand after being hit by a pitch during Sunday's Cactus League contest.

    Advice: White went for precautionary X-rays to ensure there was no structural damage but everything checked out fine. He should return to action in a couple of days. Sunday, 3:50 pm
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  • Matt Adams homers, steals base
    Matt Adams went 2-for-3 and homered Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: Adams has been getting some practice work in the outfield of late, but he's yet to play there in a Grapefruit League game. It doesn't seem likely that he'll see any meaningful action there during the regular season, but it'd be handy to have him as an option. He must be working on his mobility, since he stole a base in today's game (he has four steals in 455 regular-season games). Sunday, 1:33 pm
  • Jaso goes 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI
    John Jaso finished the day 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored.

    Advice: He drilled a three run home run off Joaquin Benoit in the sixth inning and added an RBI double to boot. He also walked in the game. He owns a .320 batting average with 2 home runs and seven RBI in 25 at-bats this spring. It remains to be seen how much playing time Jaso will receive this season. He sits behind Josh Bell on the depth chart at first base. He will likely play a bit of outfield, see some DH time in interleague games and spend the rest of his time as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman. Saturday, 2:11 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera out with stiff back Saturday
    Miguel Cabrera (back) wasn't in the lineup for Team Venezuela Saturday against Puerto Rico.

    Advice: Hernan Perez is filling in at first base. Cabrera left Thursday's game against the Dominican Republic with back tightness and there wasn't much point in risking further injury by putting him out there Saturday in a game that means nothing. We should have a better idea of Cabrera's status when he returns to Tigers camp. Saturday, 1:22 pm
  • Matt Adams getting exposure to left field
    Matt Adams will play left field in a minor league game on Saturday.

    Advice: The club is looking to make Adams more versatile, as Matt Carpenter is locked in as their everyday first baseman. If he can prove to at least play a passable left field, it could open up a few more at-bats for the 28-year-old slugger. Saturday, 7:20 am
  • Guzman slugs go-ahead two-run HR
    Ronald Guzman slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the split-squad Rangers’ 6-5 win over the Angels in Cactus League action on Friday.

    Advice: Guzman took a nice step forward on the power front last year in Double-A before scuffling in his first stint at the Triple-A level. He figures to spent the full season there in 2017. The Rangers added the 22-year-old to their 40-man roster back in November. Friday, 5:35 pm
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  • Miguel Cabrera likely to miss rest of WBC
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Miguel Cabrera (back) is likely to miss the remainder of the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: Cabrera was removed from Thursday's game due to tightness in his back and now it sounds like it could be more than just a minor issue. His focus will now be getting healthy and ready in time for the start of the regular season. Friday, 4:24 pm
  • Wil Myers rejoins starting lineup
    Wil Myers is playing first base Friday after leaving Thursday's game with neck tightness.

    Advice: Myers said afterwards that he had just had a neck spasm. Friday, 12:15 pm
  • Matt Carpenter returns to Grapefruit League
    Matt Carpenter is in the Cardinals starting lineup and playing first base for Friday's Grapefruit League showdown against the Mets.

    Advice: Carpenter was held out of action, and had to miss the World Baseball Classic, due to a back injury. He said Thursday that he now feels "100 percent" and barring any setbacks he shouldn't have any trouble being ready for the start of the regular season. Friday, 5:11 am
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    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
  • Cabrera leaves WBC game with back tightness
    Miguel Cabrera was removed from Thursday's World Baseball Classic game against the Dominican Republic due to back tightness.

    Advice: His manager Omar Vizquel called his removal purely precautionary. It doesn't sound as though the injury is serious or that the 33-year-old slugger will miss any time because of it. In 18 at-bats in the tournament, Cabrera is hitting .222/.364/.389 with a homer and three RBI. Friday, 5:04 am
  • Wil Myers 'completely fine' after neck spasm
    Wil Myers' neck injury was a muscle spasm.

    Advice: Myers had to come out of Thursday's Cactus League game with what was thought to be neck stiffness but was actually a spasm. Manager Andy Green said the spasm has been "resolved" and doesn't imagine it being an issue going forward. "The report I got was he's completely fine," said Green. Myers might not miss any time. Thursday, 5:15 pm
  • Neck tightness sends Wil Myers to early exit
    Wil Myers left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Royals with neck tightness.

    Advice: Dusty Coleman pinch-ran for Myers after he reached on a fielding error during the fourth inning. Coleman also took his place at first base. Myers was hitless in his two plate appearances before exiting. It sounds like his departure was probably precautionary, but it's something to keep an eye on. Myers has had an excellent spring, hitting .370 over 27 Cactus League at-bats. Thursday, 3:12 pm
  • Matt Carpenter (back) says he feels '100%'
    Matt Carpenter (back) says he feels "100 percent" and will return to Grapefruit League action Friday.

    Advice: Carpenter has been kept away from strenuous activity for nearly two weeks because of a back injury, and he also had to pull out of the World Baseball Classic. But the 31-year-old first baseman has ample time now to prepare himself for the opening of the 2017 regular season and he makes for a safe early-round pick in fantasy drafts. Thursday, 5:49 am
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    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
  • Come fly away with me: Bird homers again
    Greg Bird went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Bird connected for a solo home run off Clay Buchholz in the second inning. Already, he has mashed four homers in spring play. He missed the 2016 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and subsequently underwent surgery, but has had no setbacks with his health this spring. At this juncture, the 24-year-old first baseman looks ready to rock 'n' roll for Opening Day. Wednesday, 6:05 pm
  • Valbuena (leg) back in Wednesday's lineup
    Luis Valbuena (leg) is back in Wednesday's Cactus League lineup.

    Advice: Valbuena has been nursing some soreness in his left leg recently, but he's finally ready to return to action. If healthy, he should see a good amount of time at first base this season. Wednesday, 9:06 am
  • Belt drives in two in Giants' win over Tribe
    Brandon Belt finished 2-for-2 with two RBI in the Giants' 6-5 Cactus League win over the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Belt led off the game's scoring with an RBI double in the Giants' five-run first inning and added a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the top of the second. The first baseman is batting .333 with a 1.091 OPS in 27 at-bats this spring. Tuesday, 4:26 pm
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