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  • Willson Contreras goes deep on Saturday
    Willson Contreras belted a solo home run as the Cubs routed the Athletics 12-2 in Cactus League play on Saturday.

    Advice: The hard-hitting backstop victimized Lou Trivino for a solo shot in the second inning, opening the scoring in the ballgame. The 27-year-old is coming off a nice season offensively where he slashed .272/.355/.533 with 24 homers and 64 RBI in 105 games. He's currently being drafted as the fifth catcher off the boards in fantasy drafts -- behind only J.T. Realmuto, Gary Sanchez, Yasmani Grandal and Mitch Garver. Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • David Bote scores twice in win over Athletics
    David Bote went 2-for-2 and scored a pair of runs as the Cubs crushed the Athletics in Cactus League competition on Saturday.

    Advice: Bote, who served as the designated hitter for the Cubs in this one, singled and came around to score during a three-run uprising in the second inning. He then led off the fourth with a single and scored later in the frame as well. He's likely to function in a platoon with Jason Kipnis at second base to begin the season, with Bote getting his work against left-handed pitching. Yesterday, 8:49 pm
  • Alec Mills works scoreless inning on Saturday
    Alec Mills walked one in a scoreless inning of work against the Athletics in Cactus League play on Saturday.

    Advice: Mills surrendered a two-out walk to Mark Canha, but that was the only blemish on his spring debut. It's a big spring for the 28-year-old right-hander, who is in competition to secure a spot in the Cubs' Opening Day rotation. Veteran right-hander Tyler Chatwood looks to be his biggest competition for that role. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Franklin Barreto gets first start at second
    Franklin Barreto started at second base on Saturday and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in a losing effort to the Cubs in Cactus League play.

    Advice: Barreto came through with an RBI single in the sixth inning, trimming the Athletics' deficit to 6-2. The 23-year-old former top prospect has struggled during his limited time in the big leagues, slashing a putrid .189/.220/.378 with an 85/7 K/BB ratio in 209 plate appearances. Tony Kemp appears to be his biggest competition for the starting job at second base, while Jorge Mateo and Sheldon Neuse could be in the mix as well. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • A.J. Puk impresses in Cactus League debut
    A.J. Puk was impressive in his Cactus League debut on Saturday, striking out one in a scoreless inning of work against the Cubs.

    Advice: The highly-touted right-hander struck out Kris Bryant to begin the inning then got Anthony Rizzo on a ground out. After issuing a walk to Javier Baez, he battled back to get Jason Heyward to fly out to end the inning. He's fighting to secure one of the final spots in the club's Opening Day rotation. Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • Chris Sale hopes to be ready for Opening Day
    Chris Sale (elbow, illness) is hopeful that he'll be ready to go for Opening Day.

    Advice: The left-hander has thrown off the mound twice already since rejoining the team and is scheduled to throw a side session on Monday. After that session, he'll meet with coaches and the training staff to map on the next steps in his recovery, but he remains optimistic that he'll be able to take the hill when the regular season begins. Yesterday, 6:37 pm
  • Chris Taylor homers, scores twice in victory
    Chris Taylor had a nice afternoon to begin the Cactus League season on Saturday, going 1-for-2 with a homer, walk and two runs scored in a victory over the Giants.

    Advice: Taylor slugged one of three Dodgers' home runs on the day -- his coming off of Jake Jewell with two outs in the fourth inning. The versatile Taylor started at shortstop and batted leadoff for the Dodgers in this one, but he'll once again traverse all over the diamond during the 2020 season. Yesterday, 5:47 pm
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    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,SS,OF
  • Max Muncy goes deep in Cactus League opener
    Max Muncy went 2-for-2 and clobbered a solo home run on Saturday as the Dodgers opened the Cactus League season by defeating the Giants 10-4.

    Advice: Muncy got the Dodgers on the board with a run-scoring single in the first inning then took Melvin Adon deep for a solo shot leading off the third inning. He also drew a walk in the contest, reaching safely in all three of his plate appearances. Muncy has blasted 35 home runs in each of the past two seasons and remains one of the finest sources of power and positional versatility in all fantasy formats. Yesterday, 5:47 pm
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    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
  • Enrique Hernandez leaves the yard Saturday
    Enrique Hernandez blasted his first Cactus League home run on Saturday as the Dodgers walloped the Giants.

    Advice: Hernandez clubbed his solo homer off of Melvin Adon in the third inning, extending the Dodgers' lead to 5-0. He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 with a strikeout. With the addition of Mookie Betts, Hernandez is going to see less time in the outfield in 2020, though he should still land somewhere between 400 and 500 plate appearances. Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Tony Gonsolin fires perfect inning in debut
    Tony Gonsolin fired a perfect inning in his Cactus League debut against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Saturday that the 25-year-old righty is competing for a spot on the team’s Opening Day roster as a reliever. The Dodgers have a plethora of firmly entrenched veteran starters -- Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, David Price and Alex Wood -- and have also committed a rotation spot to electrifying southpaw Julio Urias. Gonsolin has two options remaining, so there’s a chance that he opens the 2020 campaign in the minors. He recorded a spectacular 2.93 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 37/15 K/BB ratio across 40 innings of work in 11 appearances (six starts) last year and represents an excellent speculative stash candidate, especially in NL-only fantasy formats. Yesterday, 5:40 pm
  • Joey Bart goes deep in first spring at-bat
    Joey Bart slugged an opposite-field solo home run on his first swing of the Cactus League season on Saturday.

    Advice: Bart greeted Dodgers' hurler Luis Vazquez with the solo blast leading off the seventh inning, pulling the Giants to within three runs at 6-3. The top catching prospect walked in his only other place appearance. The 22-year-old is already knocking on the door of the big leagues and could become a fixture in the Giants' lineup before season's end. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
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  • Dereck Rodriguez struggles in Cactus debut
    Dereck Rodriguez was victimized by his defense in his Cactus League debut on Saturday, surrendering a pair of unearned runs on a hit and a walk in 2/3 of an inning.

    Advice: Rodriguez allowed a leadoff walk and then a single to Max Muncy, on which Chris Taylor scored on an error. He went on to punch out the next two hitters before the next two each reached on errors, pushing a second run across. The 27-year old righty is vying for a back-end spot in Giants’ starting rotation along with Tyler Beede and a pair of veteran offseason additions -- Kevin Gausman and Drew Smyly -- this spring. He recorded a 5.64 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 71/36 K/BB ratio across 99 innings in 28 appearances (16 starts) last year. Barring an unexpected injury, he’s likely destined to end up either in the big-league bullpen or minor leagues to begin the 2020 campaign. Yesterday, 5:38 pm
  • Cristian Javier pitches well in Cactus debut
    Cristian Javier pitched well in his Grapefruit League debut against the Nationals on Saturday, striking out three over two perfect innings.

    Advice: The 22-year-old right-hander struck out Michael Taylor in the opening inning, then set down Yan Gomes and Andrew Stevenson to end the second. The 22-year-old hurler posted a stellar 1.74 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 170/59 K/BB ratio over 113 2/3 innings across three minor league levels in 2019. He's expected to begin the season at Triple-A Round Rock, but should see time with the big league club as well. Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • Max Scherzer fires two scoreless innings
    Max Scherzer fired two scoreless innings against the Astros in his unofficial Grapefruit League debut on Saturday.

    Advice: It's unofficial because the game was wiped out by rain in the third inning. Scherzer allowed a two-out single to Taylor Jones in the first inning and a leadofff walk to Ronnie Dawson in the second, but no damage would come from it. He struck out two on the evening. The right-hander threw 13 of his 22 pitches for strikes and his fastball topped out at 98 mph. If he continues to look like this in the coming weeks, there's still room for his draft stock to rise. Yesterday, 5:15 pm
  • Fernando Romero delayed due to customs issue
    Fernando Romero has yet to arrive to Twins' spring traning due to a customs issue.

    Advice: Romero was expected to compete for a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen, but it sounds like he may not make it to camp at all -- which would lead to him beginning the season in the minor leagues. The 25-year-old hurler owns a 5.17 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over 69 2/3 innings in his big league career. Yesterday, 5:02 pm
  • Scherzer to start Grapefruit opener on Sat.
    Max Scherzer is expected to start the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener on Saturday versus the Astros.

    Advice: Scherzer battled a neck injury in the playoffs last year and had some back trouble during the regular season, but he told reporters Wednesday in Nationals camp that he feels "really good right now ... right on target." The veteran ace should again be treated as a top-tier fantasy starter in drafts this spring as the Nats prepare to defend their World Series title. Scherzer posted a 2.92 ERA and 243/33 K/BB ratio over 172 1/3 innings in 2019, along with a 2.40 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 30 postseason frames. Wednesday, 7:36 pm
  • Barreto has best shot at making MLB roster
    Martin Gallegos of believes that Franklin Barreto has a great chance of making the Athletics' Opening Day roster out of spring training.

    Advice: In fact, Barreto has a real shot to win the starting second base job with a strong camp, per Gallegos. A former top prospect who was the biggest get in the trade that shipped Josh Donaldson to Toronto way back when, the soon-to-be 24-year-old has struggled at the highest level but has flashed brilliance at Triple-A. And the Athletics have a clear need at second. If it's not Barreto, it could be Jorge Mateo, Tony Kemp, Sheldon Neuse or Rule 5 pick Vimael Machin. This one could take all spring to sort out. Tuesday, 6:48 pm
  • Sale (elbow, illness) now ready for drills
    Chris Sale (elbow, illness) said he has recuperated from his bout with pneumonia and also reported that his elbow feels "good, really good."

    Advice: Sale has begun participating in on-field exercises and will throw off a mound on Monday. He got a late start in camp after battling the flu and pneumonia. His 2019 season ended in mid-August when he was shut down after experiencing pain in his left elbow. He then received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the elbow. Sale said he threw about a half-dozen times over the winter. He remains one of the best pitchers in the game but there is quite a bit of uncertainty over the health of his elbow. Fantasy owners with early drafts would be advised to hold off on drafting Sale in the early rounds until he proves he is healthy and effective during spring training games. Sunday, 7:56 am
  • Sale (illness) getting late start at camp
    Chris Sale is battling pneumonia and will be behind the other pitchers at Red Sox camp.

    Advice: The Red Sox are already discussing the possibility of Sale not being ready to go on Opening Day. Manager Ron Roenicke said Sale doesn't have his full strength back and is currently not participating in drills. He is limited to indoor cardio work and games of light catch. The health of Sale's elbow is still up in the air, although he was given the okay to start throwing after visiting Dr. James Andrews in late November. Sale received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his throwing elbow in August. He was shut down for the season after making a start on August 13th. Sale went 6-11 with a career-worst 4.40 ERA last year. On the positive side, he struck out 218 batters and walked just 37 in 147 1/3 innings. Sale will be a high risk, high reward selection on fantasy draft day. Saturday, 12:51 pm
  • Chris Sale recovering from pneumonia
    Chris Sale (illness) is expected to report to Red Sox camp Friday.

    Advice: Sale had been battling the flu, which turned into a mild case of pneumonia. Despite his illness, Sale claims to be feeling much better and resumed throwing Tuesday. He's expected to throw again Wednesday before joining the team in Fort Myers later this week. The stud left-hander labored through a career-worst year in 2019 (6-11, 4.40 ERA), though even in a down season, his strikeout rate (13.32 K/9) was still among the league's highest. After a tumultuous offseason that saw Boston move on from manager Alex Cora as well as perennial MVP candidate Mookie Betts, the Red Sox desperately need a bounce-back year from their staff ace. Wednesday, 9:05 am
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