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  • Eibner makes nice impression with homer
    Brett Eibner hit a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Now that's how you make a first impression. Eibner is a very new member of the Dodgers' family, having just been traded over from the A's in late January. He struggled to a .193/.266/.353 batting-line in 208 plate appearances with the Athletics last season, but offers outfield versatility and should see time in the bigs this season even if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster. Today, 4:32 pm
  • Betts goes 2-for-3 and scores twice Sat.
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs to lead the Red Sox over the Twins 8-7 on Saturday.

    Advice: One of the hits was a double. The superstar hit third in the lineup and played right field. He put up a monster fantasy line of .318/.363/.534 with 31 home runs, 122 runs scored, 113 RBI and 26 stolen bases last year. He is worth a first-round draft pick in all fantasy formats. Today, 3:22 pm
  • Boom Stick, baby: Cruz hits three-run homer
    Nelson Cruz launched a three-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Padres.

    Advice: Cruz unloaded for a three-run shot off Paul Clemens in the first inning. As David Byrne once sang, same as it ever was. Cruz belted 43 homers a year ago. He has crushed at least 40 dingers in each of the last three seasons. Today, 3:18 pm
  • Travis Jankowski smacks solo home run
    Travis Jankowski went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners were having a fun enough time, teeing off for 17 hits and 13 runs, but Jankowski had his own little moment in the sun, too, swatting his first home run of the spring. The 25-year-old worked to an underwhelming .245/.332/.313 triple-slash in 335 at-bats last season. He does offer alluring wheels, though, swiping 31 bases when he did manage to find his way on base. Today, 3:14 pm
  • Jon Jay picks up pair of hits in spring work
    Jon Jay went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League win over the A's.

    Advice: Nice work by Jay. The two-bagger was his first of the young spring. The Cubs signed him to a one-year, $8 million contract in November. While he figures to see his fair share of playing time this coming season, he doesn't offer much on the fantasy front beyond average and on-base percentage. For his career, he is a .287/.352/.384 hitter. Today, 3:04 pm
  • Matt Joyce slugs solo home run vs. Cubs
    Matt Joyce smacked a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The dinger was Joyce's first of the spring. The A's signed him near the end of November. Playing with the Pirates in 2016, he posted a .242/.403/.463 triple-slash to pair with 13 home runs across 140 games played. Those in deep AL-only leagues might consider Joyce as a late draft option. He holds a career .803 OPS vs. right-handers. Today, 2:59 pm
  • Fowler walks twice, scores twice vs Marlins
    Dexter Fowler walked twice, stole a base and scored twice in his debut with the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: He came to the plate twice but didn't get an official at-bat. He walked and scored both times. The center-fielder signed an $82.5 million contract with the Cardinals after winning the World Series with the Cubs last year. He ability to work a walk was a big reason why he had a stellar .393 on-base percentage last year, which was the highest of his career. Today, 2:37 pm
  • Aoki goes 2-for-4 with a stolen base Sat.
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a stolen base as the leadoff batter versus the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: He figures to start in left field and lead off for the Astros this season. He made a good first impression today after coming over from the Mariners this off-season. The veteran had a .283 batting average with four home runs and 63 runs scored in 118 games in 2016. Today, 2:27 pm
  • Harper goes deep in spring debut vs Mets
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-2 with a home run against the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: The star right-fielder will try to bounce back from an injury-plagued 2016 season in which he hit just 24 home runs with a .243 batting average. He had a season for the ages in 2015 -- batting .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs, 118 runs and 99 RBI. Today, 1:57 pm
  • Cespedes goes 1-for-2 with a double Sat.
    Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-2 with a double against the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: He batted third and played left field. He is fresh off signing a huge new contract following a big 2016 season in which he batted .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI. Today, 1:44 pm
  • Jones goes 1-for-3 in spring debut
    Adam Jones went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in his spring debut against the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: He was batting in the fourth slot after finishing last season in the leadoff role. The power hitter seems more suited to bat it the heart of the lineup. He hit .265/.310/.436 with 29 home runs and 83 RBI last year. Today, 1:28 pm
  • Gregory Polanco goes 3-for-3, steals 2 bases
    Gregory Polanco finished 3-for-3 with a pair of steals as the Pirates topped the Orioles 6-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Polanco opened last year looking like a possible top-20 fantasy outfielder. He couldn't maintain it, in part due to injury, but he has a good chance of getting there and staying there this year. Today, 1:27 pm
  • Polanco goes 2-for-2 with a steal vs Orioles
    Gregory Polanco went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a stolen base versus the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a strong start to the spring for the 25-year-old star. He is shifting from right field to left field this season. He batted .258 with 22 home runs 86 RBI and 17 stolen bases a yeag ago. Today, 1:16 pm
  • Wong dealing with inflammation in shoulder
    Kolten Wong continues to deal with inflammation in his shoulder from the injury he sustained last season.

    Advice: While he has been doing strengthening work, they still need to address inflammation in the joint. There's also a possibility that the injury will require surgery, though the club has said "not yet" when asked directly about it. This is certainly a situation worth monitoring this spring. Today, 12:48 pm
  • Bourn will miss four weeks with broken finger
    Michael Bourn is expected to miss the next four weeks due to a broken ring finger on his right hand.

    Advice: Bourn just re-signed with the O's this week and was expected to compete for a reserve outfielder role. He should still have enough time to get ready for the regular season, but this could impact his chances to crack the Opening Day roster. Today, 9:46 am
  • Taylor Motter sidelined with back soreness
    Taylor Motter will be sidelined for the next couple of days due to soreness in his back.

    Advice: The 27-year-old is already facing an uphill battle in trying to land a spot on the club's Opening Day bench, and any missed time isn't going to help his cause. Motter hit just .188/.290/.300 with two bombs and nine RBI in 93 plate appearances with the Rays in 2016. Today, 9:24 am
  • Ichiro Suzuki (knee, back) progressing nicely
    Ichiro Suzuki is progressing nicely in his recovery from a bruised right knee and stiff back.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder has been playing catch and doing light hitting drills the past couple of days and should return to full baseball activities soon. He sustained the injuries during a collision with teammate Brandon Barnes during an outfield drill on Tuesday. Today, 8:52 am
  • Andre Ethier (leg) looks healthy this spring
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Andre Ethier looks healthy and is showing no signs of last year's broken leg.

    Advice: Ethier missed almost the entire 2016 season due to a fractured right fibula, but has had ample recovery time. He's expected to function as the strong side of a platoon in right field and could be a candidate to hit leadoff for the Dodgers. Today, 8:43 am
  • Eric Thames batting fifth in Brewers debut
    Eric Thames is batting fifth in his Cactus League debut with the Brewers on Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: This marks Thames' unofficial return to the big leagues after spending the previous three seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization. Ryan Braun is the lone Brewers' regular who isn't in the lineup on Saturday. Travis Shaw is starting at third base and batting third while Hernan Perez draws the start in left field and is batting cleanup. Today, 8:13 am
  • Dariel Alvarez not ready to give up hitting
    Dariel Alvarez confirmed Saturday that he remains focused on being a hitter and an outfielder and isn't interested in switching to pitching at this time.

    Advice: There have been reports that the O's might try to convert him to a pitcher. Alvarez possesses a strong arm and did pitch years ago in his native Cuba. The 28-year-old hit .288/.324/.284 with four homers, 49 RBI and seven stolen bases in 130 games at Triple-A Norfolk in 2016. Today, 7:14 am
  • Brandon Moss batting sixth in Royals debut
    Brandon Moss is batting sixth in his Cactus League debut with the Royals on Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It looks as though Mike Moustakas is the lone projected regular that isn't in Saturday's lineup, so this could be a close approximation to the Opening Day lineup. Obviously, the closer Moss is to the middle of the lineup, the better his fantasy outlook becomes. Alex Gordon is slotted in the second spot on Saturday. Today, 7:08 am
  • Haniger bats sixth in Opening Day preview
    Mitch Haniger is starting in right field and batting sixth for the Mariners in Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Padres.

    Advice: M's manager Scott Servais had indicated that Saturday's lineup could be a preview of the Opening Day alignment, and having Haniger bat sixth would be a boost to his already soaring fantasy value. The biggest loser in this potential lineup appears to be Leonys Martin, who is stuck in the ninth spot. Today, 6:56 am
  • Ian Desmond batting fifth in Rockies debut
    Ian Desmond is batting fifth in his Cactus League debut with the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: Aside from having Gerardo Parra in for David Dahl, and utilizing a designated hitter, this looks as though it could be a preview of the Opening Day lineup for the Rockies. Desmond, coming off of a monster 2016 campaign with the Rangers, is poised for even greater heights in the tremendous hitting environment that Coors Field provides. Today, 6:51 am
  • Manuel Margot batting leadoff for Padres
    Manuel Margot is batting leadoff for the Padres in Saturday's Cactus League showdown against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Padres used Travis Jankowski primarily out of that spot in 2016, but Jankowski is hitting seventh in Saturday's lineup. It would certainly be a huge boost to Margot's fantasy value if he's slotted at the top of the lineup to begin the regular season. Also of note, is that Hunter Renfroe is batting cleanup, with Yangervis Solarte hitting fifth. Today, 6:34 am
  • J.D. Martinez scratched from Saturday lineup
    J.D. Martinez was scratched from the Tigers' starting lineup on Saturday due to tightness in his pectoral muscle.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though it's anything serious, but at this point in the spring there's no reason to take any chances. Mikie Mahtook will slide into the starting lineup in his place, with Juan Perez shifting over to right field. Today, 6:15 am
  • Howie Kendrick hits second in home opener
    Howie Kendrick is batting second on Saturday as the Phillies deploy a probable Opening Day preview in their Grapefruit League home opener against the Yankees.

    Advice: Kendrick is set to open the season as the Phillies' everyday left fielder and should be able to generate plenty of fantasy value if he remains in a premium lineup spot. Michael Saunders is hitting fifth on Saturday with Tommy Joseph slotted behind him in the sixth spot. Today, 5:18 am
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  • Mitch Haniger thinks he can steal 20 bases
    Mitch Haniger said Friday that he believes he's capable of stealing 20 bases this season.

    Advice: Mariners manager Scott Servais added that he's given the outfielder the green light on the basepaths. Haniger has stolen double-digit bases a few times in the minors but hasn't come close to 20, so it would be a nice surprise if he's able to get to that number. The 26-year-old is a former compensation round draft pick but bloomed late as a prospect following a swing change. He has the potential to be an interesting power/speed flier late in your fantasy draft. Yesterday, 8:16 am
  • Mitch Haniger impressing at spring training
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said he's been most impressed by Mitch Haniger in the early portion of spring training.

    Advice: "He has a plan every time he’s in the outfield, on the bases or in the batter’s box," said Servais. "It’s a very professional approach." Haniger finally made the big leagues with the Diamondbacks last year, hitting .229 with five homers and 17 RBI over 34 appearances. After trading Seth Smith, letting Franklin Gutierrez walk in free agency and waiving Nori Aoki this offseason, Haniger should open the year as Seattle's starting right fielder. Haniger may not develop into a fantasy asset right away but he's someone to keep an eye on. Thursday, 3:06 pm
  • Bourn could make additional $3.5 MM
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Michael Bourn could make up to $3.5 million in incentives based on plate appearances.

    Advice: The Orioles re-signed Bourn to a minor-league contract on Monday. Should he crack the major league roster, he will make $2 million. There is a March 25 opt-out clause on that minors contract. Bourn, 34, played in 24 games with the O's in 2016, slashing .283/.358/.435 with a pair of homers, eight RBI and two steals. He is currently in spring camp competing to land on the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Suzuki (knee, back) could miss a few days
    Ichiro Suzuki could miss a few days due to a bruised right knee and a stiff back.

    Advice: He suffered the injuries in a collision with outfielder Brandon Barnes. We're mostly providing this update to note that Ichiro claims that his was the first time he has had to go to an MLB trainers room for treatment. Yes, really. The 43-year-old wonder should be back to normal soon. Tuesday, 9:36 am
  • Orioles re-sign veteran OF Michael Bourn
    Orioles re-signed OF Michael Bourn to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Bourn will receive $2 million if in the majors, and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that the deal includes a March 25 opt-out. The 34-year-old hasn't had an effective full season in a while, but he played well in his brief time with the Orioles last year with a .283/.358/.435 with two home runs, eight RBI and two steals in 24 games. Bourn will compete for a reserve outfielder role. Monday, 4:28 pm
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