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  • Danny Duffy dominant over four scoreless
    Danny Duffy spanned four scoreless innings Wednesday in the Royals’ Cactus League tie with the Rangers, surrendering three hits while adding a pair of strikeouts.

    Advice: He didn’t walk anyone. The Rangers got to Duffy for two singles in the first but he was bailed out by an inning-ending double play. Duffy settled down after that, retiring eight hitters in a row to end his outing. Fresh off getting a five-year, $65 million extension, Duffy has pitched to a relatively disappointing 4.30 ERA over four Cactus League starts. He excelled at the World Baseball Classic, however, allowing just one earned run over eight strong innings for the United States. He’ll get the ball Opening Day against Minnesota. Today, 4:22 pm
  • Dillon Gee fans nine over six scoreless
    Dillon Gee turned in a strong outing Wednesday in the Rangers’ Cactus League tie with the Royals, yielding just two hits over six shutout innings.

    Advice: He struck out nine and didn’t walk anyone. 51 of the right-hander’s 67 pitches went for strikes. Gee didn’t give up a hit until the fifth when Whit Merrifield finally broke through for a two-out single. The only other hit he allowed came in the sixth on an infield single by Peter O’Brien. Neither team scored a run in this game with Danny Duffy twirling four shutout frames for Kansas City. Gee will likely fill a long relief role for the Rangers this year. Today, 4:19 pm
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  • Jhoulys Chacin shelled against Chicago
    Jhoulys Chacin imploded Wednesday in the Padres’ Cactus League tie with the White Sox, scattering eight hits, six runs and two walks over three miserable innings.

    Advice: He added a pair of strikeouts for good measure. This is your Opening Day starter, Padres fans. Chacin took it on the chin Wednesday, allowing four straight hits to open his outing. Two of them went for home runs including a three-run bomb by cleanup hitter Jose Abreu. Chacin got beat for another homer in the third, this time on a two-run blast from Nicky Delmonico. Wednesday’s meltdown brought Chacin’s spring ERA from 3.86 to 7.30. It’s going to be a long year for the rebuilding Padres. Today, 4:13 pm
  • Jays reassign Leone, Graterol to minors camp
    Blue Jays reassigned RHP Dominic Leone and C Juan Graterol to minor league camp.

    Advice: Leone's reassignment is noteworthy, as he had been competing with Mike Bolsinger, Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen. The Jays figure to whittle down that competition further within the next few days. Leone, 25, landed with the Blue Jays after being claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks in November. With a career ERA of 4.07 across 108 1/3 innings pitched, he could potentially earn a call to the big league club as needed during the season. Today, 2:35 pm
  • Blue Jays right-hander Schultz undergoes TJ
    Bo Schultz underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday.

    Advice: Schultz also had bone chips removed from the elbow during Wednesday's intensive surgery. With this procedure in the books, the 31-year-old right-hander is expected to miss the 2017 season. He posted a 5.51 ERA in 16 relief appearances during the past campaign. Today, 1:53 pm
  • Cards place Zach Duke (elbow) on 60-day DL
    Cardinals placed LHP Zach Duke on the 60-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

    Advice: No surprise here. Duke underwent Tommy John surgery -- plus a procedure to repair a flexor muscle -- in mid-October. He will miss the 2017 season as he attempts to work his way back from that major surgery. Duke initially joined the Cardinals in a trade from the White Sox at the deadline this past summer. Today, 1:44 pm
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  • Josh Collmenter goes five against Mets
    Josh Collmenter allowed one run over five innings Wednesday as the Braves and Mets played to a 2-2 tie.

    Advice: The Braves would prefer not to need Collmenter as a starter this year, but he'll be ready to step in if needed. In the meantime, he'll hope to vulture some wins in middle relief. Today, 1:44 pm
  • Trevor Williams goes four scoreless in relief
    Trevor Williams threw four scoreless innings in relief Wednesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: With Drew Hutchison and Steven Brault sent out, the fifth spot in Pittsburgh's rotation is between Williams and Tyler Glasnow. The team would have room for both if Williams were stashed in the pen, so that might be how they open the year. Williams isn't a big upside guy, but he has been impressive this spring, posting a 2.04 ERA and an 18/2 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings. Today, 1:26 pm
  • Rangers option RHP Martinez to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned RHP Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Martinez was roughed up with an 8.66 ERA over five starts and one relief appearance this spring. He'll serve as rotation depth in the minors. Today, 12:10 pm
  • Report: Jared Hughes on release waivers
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates have placed Jared Hughes on release waivers.

    Advice: Hughes has really struggled this spring, allowing 15 runs (12 earned) on 16 hits and four walks over 9 1/3 innings. The 31-year-old has compiled a 2.41 ERA over the past three seasons and induces plenty of ground balls, but he has averaged just 5.0 K/9 in that time. He's under contract for $2.825 million this season. Today, 9:58 am
  • Pirates option RHP Hutchison to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned RHP Drew Hutchison to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Hutchison was in the mix for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring, but he was blasted for nine runs over 3 2/3 innings in his final spring start Tuesday against the Red Sox. The Pirates will choose either Tyler Glasnow or Trevor Williams for the fifth spot. Today, 8:13 am
  • Tolleson (back) likely to begin year on DL
    Shawn Tolleson (back) will likely begin the season on the disabled list.

    Advice: Tolleson has been slowed by back issues this spring and just doesn't have enough time to get ready for the season. The competition to take his spot in the bullpen is wide open, with Jumbo Diaz and Chase Whitley among the possible alternatives. Today, 7:23 am
  • Rays option RHP Garton to Triple-A
    Rays optioned RHP Ryan Garton to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Garton appeared in 37 games with the Rays last season while putting up a 4.35 ERA and 33/11 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old should make it back to the majors before long. Today, 7:19 am
  • Nats make series of cuts in camp
    Nationals optioned RHP Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse; reassigned RHP Jacob Turner, LHP Neal Cotts, and C Jhonatan Solano to minor league camp.

    Advice: Gott made nine appearances for the Nationals last season and spent the majority of the year in Triple-A while posting a 4.35 ERA and 31/13 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. He figures to get another try in the major league bullpen at some point this year. Today, 6:11 am
  • Smith (elbow) felt tightness after bullpen
    Carson Smith (elbow) felt some tightness after his bullpen session last week.

    Advice: Despite the tightness, Smith said it's still possible he could throw another bullpen session next week. He's still hoping to make his return from Tommy John surgery in June, though he obviously has a bunch of hurdles to cross. Today, 5:35 am
  • Drew Hutchison rocked by Red Sox Tuesday
    Drew Hutchison was lit up for nine runs on 10 hits and two walks over just 3 2/3 frames against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: This isn't the last impression Hutchison was looking to make before the Pirates pick a No. 5 starter. Six of the runs came in the first inning, and the righty was touched up for three more in the fourth. Hutchison has been absolutely dreadful over his last three starts this spring, pushing his Grapefruit League ERA up to 10.02. It would be a surprise if he cracks the rotation at this point. Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Bo Schultz to undergo right elbow surgery
    Bo Schultz will undergo right elbow surgery on Wednesday.

    Advice: Schultz will have bone chips removed and a doctor will also check for ligament damage. Even if Schultz's ligament is in tact, it's a safe bet he won't be throwing a baseball any time soon. Schultz posted a nondescript 5.51 ERA at the big league level last season. Yesterday, 12:58 pm
  • Chacin to start Opening Day for Padres
    Jhoulys Chacin will start Opening Day for the Padres.

    Advice: Well, that is something. The Padres could have one of the worst rotations we've seen in a long time, so Chacin is the best option on the board. He'll be followed by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. The Padres have yet to make a final decision beyond that, but we will likely see plenty of names shuffled in and out all year. Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • Bo Schultz to have elbow examined in NYC
    Bo Schultz will have his right elbow examined by a specialist this week in New York.

    Advice: Mike Wilner of Sportsnet says surgery is "considered likely" for the 31-year-old right-hander. Schultz was trying to win back a spot in the Toronto bullpen this spring after posting a rough 5.51 ERA in 16 relief appearances last year. Monday, 12:43 pm
  • Nick Martinez strikes out six, yields two
    Nick Martinez pitched decently in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Mariners, surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits over four innings.

    Advice: Martinez coughed up a two-run double to Ben Gamel in the fourth inning, but was otherwise able to keep the Mariners at bay. He struck out six and walked one in the contest. While Saturday's outing was respectable enough, the 26-year-old right-hander has largely struggled this spring and looks to be on the outside of the Opening Day rotation at this juncture. Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • Danny Duffy will start Opening Day for Royals
    Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Saturday that Danny Duffy will get the ball on Opening Day against the Twins in Minnesota.

    Advice: Duffy has developed into the ace of the Royals' staff and is getting rewarded with the Opening Day nod after a terrific 2017 season where he registered a 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179 2/3 innings. He still isn't getting the love he deserves in many fantasy drafts. Saturday, 9:18 am
  • Chacin pitches into fifth against Rangers
    Jhoulys Chacin allowed two runs (one earned) over 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Both runs scored in his final inning of work. Chacin gave up four hits and walked four while striking out six batters, so he was at 91 pitches when he got pulled. After finishing strong with the Angels last season, Chacin increasingly looks like the frontrunner to start Opening Day for the Padres. It’s going to be a long year in San Diego. Friday, 4:17 pm
  • Duffy gives up three runs vs. Mariners
    Danny Duffy gave up three runs in six innings Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: This was his first start back in the Cactus League since pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. All three runs scored in the third inning, including a two-run homer off the bat of Kyle Seager. Duffy faded down the stretch last season and lost some velocity along the way, but the Royals are hoping he can be their ace for this 2017 and beyond after giving him a five-year, $65 million extension in January. Friday, 3:59 pm
  • Trevor Williams goes five scoreless in win
    Trevor Williams blanked the Rays for five innings in the Pirates' 4-0 win on Friday.

    Advice: Williams allowed three hits, walked none and struck out four. He entered camp as the longest shot of the four candidates for the fifth spot in the Pirates' rotation, but he's hanging tough with a 2.63 ERA and a 12/2 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. It remains likely that he'll head to Triple-A anyway. Friday, 2:15 pm
  • Smith's (elbow) bullpen 'surprisingly good'
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that Carson Smith's (elbow) first full bullpen session earlier this week was "surprisingly good."

    Advice: Smith has been throwing off a mound for a few weeks but earlier this week he threw his full arsenal of pitches at 100 percent effort. The Red Sox are hoping to add him to their bullpen in June after he completes his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Friday, 8:49 am
  • Drew Hutchison blown up by Red Sox
    Drew Hutchison was roughed up for six runs on 10 hits and two walks over 4 2/3 frames versus the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Seven of the 10 hits were singles, but that's not really comforting. Hutchison looked good in his first three starts this spring but has now been pummeled for six runs each of the last two times out, allowing a whopping 23 baserunners along the way. He'll have to shape up in a hurry if he wants a spot in the Pirates' rotation. Thursday, 3:28 pm
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