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  • Orioles option RHP Wright to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned RHP Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Wright struggled to the tune of an 8.38 ERA over four starts this spring. The 27-year-old will serve as rotation depth in Triple-A. 36 minutes ago
  • Gallo (hamstring) back in Tuesday's lineup
    Joey Gallo (hamstring) is back in Tuesday's Cactus League lineup.

    Advice: Gallo has been dealing with soreness in his left hamstring in recent days, but he's ready to get back into game action out of the DH spot. The young slugger is expected to begin the year in the minors. Today, 8:07 am
  • D-Backs re-sign OF Blanco to minors deal
    Diamondbacks re-signed OF Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks were forced to release Blanco on Monday, but it didn't take the two sides long to hammer out a new agreement. The veteran outfielder is expected to begin the season with Triple-A Reno. He's useful depth to have around. Today, 8:06 am
  • Rays officially acquire Bourjos from ChiSox
    Rays acquired OF Peter Bourjos from the White Sox for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

    Advice: The deal was reported on Monday night and is now official. Bourjos batted just .251/.292/.389 over 123 games with the Phillies last season, but he's a right-handed bat with experience at all three outfield positions. He'll begin the year with a spot on the Rays' bench. Today, 7:52 am
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  • Twins optioned LHP Boshers to Triple-A
    Twins optioned LHP Buddy Boshers to Triple-A Rochester; reassigned INF Tommy Field to minor league camp.

    Advice: Boshers was tagged for 11 runs in 9 1/3 innings of work this spring. The 28-year-old appeared in 37 games with the Twins last season and will serve as bullpen depth in the minors. Today, 7:49 am
  • MRI comes back clean on Matt Duffy's heel
    An MRI came back clean on Matt Duffy's surgically-repaired left heel.

    Advice: Duffy reported some improvement Tuesday after resting for four days in a cast, but he plans to take it "super slow" and there's no clear timetable for his return. It sounds like the Rays will have to get by without him for at least the first month of the season. Today, 7:40 am
  • Marlins option C Telis to Triple-A
    Marlins optioned C Tomas Telis to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: An expected cut with A.J. Ellis expected to serve as J.T. Realmuto's backup this season. Telis will provide some catching depth in Triple-A. Today, 7:34 am
  • Marlins option Nicolino to Triple-A
    Marlins optioned LHP Justin Nicolino to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: This is an indication that Adam Conley will get the nod for the fifth starter job. Nicolino posted a 3.86 ERA in three starts and three relief appearances this spring, but there's not much upside here. He owns a 4.52 ERA with just 3.5 K/9 in the majors. Today, 7:32 am
  • Marlins option LHP Cervenka to Triple-A
    Marlins optioned LHP Hunter Cervenka to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Cervenka put up a 4.66 ERA in 10 appearances during Grapefruit League action. The 27-year-old was acquired from the Braves last August and will serve as bullpen depth in the minors. Today, 7:27 am
  • Red Sox reassign RHP Kendrick to minors
    Red Sox reassigned RHP Kyle Kendrick to minor league camp.

    Advice: This is an indication that the Red Sox think Drew Pomeranz will be good to go for the start of the regular season. Kendrick enjoyed a really good spring, putting up a 2.17 ERA and 26/4 K/BB ratio over 29 innings. He'll represent rotation depth in Triple-A. Today, 7:06 am
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  • Braves option RHP Wisler to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP Matt Wisler to Triple-A Gwinnett; reassigned RHP Joel De La Cruz to minor league camp.

    Advice: Wisler has been a prominent part of the Braves' rotation over the past two seasons while putting up a 4.88 ERA, but there's no room for him right now. He'd likely be one of the first pitchers called up if there's an injury. Today, 6:34 am
  • Franklin (illness) scratched from lineup
    Nick Franklin was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup due to illness.

    Advice: Franklin should be fine in the next day or two. The 26-year-old is expected to begin the season in a utility role. Today, 5:48 am
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  • Hunter makes Rays' Opening Day roster
    Tommy Hunter was informed by Rays manager Kevin Cash that he has made the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Hunter, a non-roster invitee, won a bullpen spot on the strength of a 1.13 ERA over seven appearances this spring. The 30-year-old will provide an experienced arm in the Rays' bullpen. Today, 5:44 am
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  • Weeks makes Opening Day roster
    Rickie Weeks has been informed that he has made the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: It was pretty much a foregone conclusion already, but it's now official. Weeks is hitting .286/.342/.657 with three homers and 10 RBI over 14 games this spring and should see starts against left-handers to begin the year. Today, 5:43 am
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  • Beckham (hip) expects to return Wednesday
    Tim Beckham (hip) expects to return to the starting lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Beckham was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to an irritated hip flexor, but he's slated to go through a workout on Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, he should be cleared to return to action. Beckham is expected to begin the year as the Rays' starting shortstop with Matt Duffy (heel) on the mend. Today, 5:32 am
  • Report: Rays acquire Bourjos from White Sox
    Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports that the Rays have acquired Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for cash considerations.

    Advice: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported that the two sides were working on a deal. Bourjos gives the Rays the right-handed hitting outfielder they were seeking, and he's capable of backing up at all three outfield positions. Slated to turn 30 later this week, Bourjos sports a career .243/.300/.382 batting line. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
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  • Gregor Blanco released by Diamondbacks
    Diamondbacks released OF Gregor Blanco.

    Advice: Blanco has been battling an oblique injury that made him unlikely for the Opening Day roster, and the D'Backs have just decided to cut the veteran outfielder loose. However, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic says the club has interest in re-signing the outfielder if he can't find a big league contract elsewhere. He batted .225/.295/.400 this spring. It shouldn't take Blanco long to find a new gig, although it's possible he'll have to spend some time in the minors. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Gregor Blanco (oblique) still day-to-day
    Gregor Blanco is still considered day-to-day with his oblique injury.

    Advice: Diamondbacks manager Torey Louvullo said Sunday that Blanco would have to return to Cactus League action in order to be included on the Opening Day roster, so his time is quickly running out. The veteran outfielder was already on the bubble for a roster spot, so his injury came at the worst possible time. Sunday, 1:26 pm
  • Joey Gallo (hamstring) ramping up activities
    Joey Gallo (hamstring) will go through hitting and defensive drills Sunday and is working on ramping up his conditioning.

    Advice: Gallo tweaked his left hamstring a week ago and also had issues with the same hamstring during winter ball. It seems doubtful he'll be game-ready in a week, but he's slated to begin the season in the minors, anyway. Sunday, 8:52 am
  • Tim Beckham has hip flexor injury
    Tim Beckham was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to an irritated hip flexor.

    Advice: Beckham suffered the injury on Saturday. That he was originally in the lineup suggests it's a day-to-day thing. If healthy, Beckham is slated to be the Rays' Opening Day shortstop with Matt Duffy (heel) still sidelined. Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Kendrick gives up two runs in six innings Sat
    Kyle Kendrick gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings as the Red Sox and Phillies played to a 3-3 tie on Saturday.

    Advice: He punched out six batters without issuing a free pass. Kendrick has been nails this spring, recording a 2.17 ERA through 29 innings of work. He is still likely ticketed to start the season in the Triple-A rotation. The 32-year-old veteran spent all of last season in the Angels' minor league system and last pitched in the majors in 2015, going 7-13 with a 6.32 ERA for the Rockies. Saturday, 2:35 pm
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  • Nicolino tosses five shutout frames vs Cards
    Justin Nicolino hurled five shutout innings in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He gave up just three hits and a walk while fanning three, lowering his ERA to 3.86 in 16 1/3 innings of Grapefruit League action. Despite his solid body of work this spring the 25-year-old southpaw seems ticketed for Triple-A to begin the year. He registered a 4.99 ERA with only 37 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings for the Marlins in 2016. Saturday, 2:26 pm
  • Gregor Blanco (side) feels better Saturday
    Gregor Blanco indicated that his right side is feeling much improved on Saturday.

    Advice: He was removed from Thursday's game due to tightness in his side. The 33-year-old has struggled in Cactus League play, hitting just .225 with one stolen base in 40 at-bats. He needs all of the time possible to earn a reserve spot on the club's Opening Day roster. Saturday, 9:00 am
  • Matt Duffy setback may not be related to heel
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday that Matt Duffy's recent setback may not be with his surgically-repaired left heel.

    Advice: Instead, it may simply be that the ankle and calf around the area need more strengthening. While it doesn't help to cut down his timeline for a return, it would be an encouraging development if there was no new issue with his heel. Tim Beckham is expected to hold down the shortstop position until Duffy is ready. Saturday, 5:54 am
  • Mike Wright knocked around against Twins
    Mike Wright was knocked around in Friday's Grapefruit League start against the Twins, surrendering five runs on seven hits in just two innings of work.

    Advice: All of the damage against him came during a five-run uprising in the second inning. Wright is expected to reprise his role as a swing man in the O's bullpen to start the year while being the next man up should anyone in the rotation sustain an injury. His fantasy value is minimal. Friday, 7:13 pm
  • Gregor Blanco scratched with side tightness
    Gregor Blanco was scratched from Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs after experiencing tightness in his right side.

    Advice: He'll be reevaluated on Friday. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is calling him day-to-day. The 33-year-old has had a quiet spring, hitting just .225 with two RBI and one steal over 40 Cactus League at-bats. This injury obviously won't help Blanco's chances of making the Opening Day roster. Thursday, 5:22 pm
  • Matt Duffy to see doctor about heel
    Matt Duffy will travel to North Carolina on Thursday to see the doctor who did his heel surgery last September.

    Advice: Duffy has been stuck in neutral in his rehab in Rays' camp, so the hope is that the doctor doesn't see anything concerning and can readjust his plan to get him back on track. Either way, he's projected to begin the season on the disabled list. Wednesday, 12:07 pm
  • Gallo (hamstring) to do baseball activity Wed
    Joey Gallo (hamstring) will do baseball activities Wednesday.

    Advice: Gallo has been dealing with soreness in left hamstring, but the Rangers don't sound overly concerned. The young slugger is slated to begin the year in the minors. Wednesday, 8:31 am
  • Joey Gallo nursing hamstring soreness
    Joey Gallo is dealing with soreness in his left hamstring.

    Advice: Gallo strained the same hamstring during winter ball. The feeling right now is that it's not serious, but more will be known after he's examined by the Rangers' team doctor. Gallo is slated to begin the season in the minors. Tuesday, 1:29 pm
  • Duffy (heel) return up in the air
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that there's no target date for Matt Duffy (heel) to get into games.

    Advice: Cash told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that Duffy is still "status quo" in strengthening as he makes his way back from last September's Achilles surgery. He could go see his doctor for a follow-up and might try a different rehab program, so a timetable is up in the air right now. He's expected to begin the year on the DL. Tuesday, 8:15 am
  • Kyle Kendrick picks up third spring victory
    Kyle Kendrick moved to 3-0 after allowing two runs in five innings Monday against the Orioles.

    Advice: The Red Sox seem cautiously optimistic that Drew Pomeranz will be ready to go the first time they need a fifth starter, and if that's the case, then Kendrick figures to start off in the Triple-A rotation. He's had a great spring, but he's still Kyle Kendrick. Monday, 1:42 pm
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  • Joey Gallo whacks two-run homer vs. Reds
    Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League tie with the Reds.

    Advice: Gallo rocked a two-run home run off Bronson Arroyo with two outs in the first inning. The dinger was his third this spring. The slugging prospect struggled in 25 major league at-bats last season, striking out in a whopping 19 of them. He will most likely start the 2017 campaign at Triple-A, but has the potential to serve as an impact fantasy bat later in the season, assuming he makes the proper adjustments. Mar 18, 3:57 pm
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