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  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits two-run homer
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer Sunday to give the Jays their only runs against the Yankees.

    Advice: The Jays released Salty's only real competition (longtime prospect A.J. Jimenez) for a backup gig, so barring a late acquisition, his roster spot seems assured. Still, the team won't want him playing a whole lot behind Russell Martin. 37 minutes ago
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  • Todd Frazier (oblique) to resume hitting Mon.
    Todd Frazier (oblique) will resume hitting on Monday.

    Advice: Frazier tweaked his left oblique a week ago, but it's considered a minor strain and the third baseman is evidently feeling much improved. He's also felt some lingering effects of a sprained finger that he suffered late last season, but that doesn't appear to be an issue anymore. Frazier should be a top-10 fantasy third baseman in 2017 if he can stay healthy. Today, 10:37 am
  • Albert Pujols (foot) now fielding grounders
    Albert Pujols (foot) has begun fielding grounders hit right to him.

    Advice: He's also running with increased weight on the treadmill. Pujols hasn't been cleared for lateral movement or running on the field yet as he works his way back from December surgery for right plantar fasciitis, but he's coming along well. The future Hall of Famer won't be game-ready for a while, but he has a good shot to be ready for Opening Day. Today, 9:08 am
  • Lucas Duda (back) says he's day-to-day
    Lucas Duda said Sunday that he doesn't think his back spasms will linger more than a few days.

    Advice: It's good that he's optimistic, but it's not encouraging that Duda is already having back issues after his back sabotaged his 2016 campaign. He's been given cortisone shots in hopes that it will help speed up the healing process. Today, 5:47 am
  • Sean Rodriguez (shoulder) lands on 60-day DL
    Braves placed INF Sean Rodriguez on the 60-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim Christian Walker. Rodriguez won't play this season after injuring his shoulder in a car crash and having surgery to repair a badly torn rotator cuff and labrum damage as well as relocating a biceps tendon. Today, 5:17 am
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    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
  • Encarnacion settles in with pair of singles
    Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Reds.

    Advice: Encarnacion was one of the biggest free agents on the market entering the offseason. The defending American League champs inked him to a three-year, $60 million contract at the beginning of January. The 34-year-old slugger has bashed at least 30 home runs in each of the last five seasons. Presumably, Father Time will come calling for him eventually, but as matters stand right now, Encarnacion is an elite fantasy option. Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Jonthan Lucroy warms up with two-run double
    Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run double in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Royals.

    Advice: The double was Lucroy's first of spring training. In terms of fantasy, he is one of the best in the bigs and could be in for a huge offensive season if he can stay healthy. After the Brewers traded him to the Rangers last summer, he socked 11 home runs in just 152 at-bats. Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Park goes yard vs Red Sox on Sat.
    Byung Ho Park went 1-for-2 with a home run on Saturday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: He took a Roenis Elias offering over the wall in the 2nd inning. The slugger suffered the indignity of being removed from the Twins' 40-man roster over the winter. He will try to salvage his reputation this spring and is off to a strong start. He went 2-for-2 in yesterday's game. Yesterday, 3:14 pm
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  • Martinez goes deep vs Astros on Saturday
    Victor Martinez went 1-for-3 three with a home run as the Tigers beat the Astros 11-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: The home run was the Tigers' third in a row in the third inning. Miguel Cabrera came up next and was drilled by Astros' reliever Edison Frias, touching off a benches-clearing incident. Now 38 years old, Martinez still wields a potent bat. He hit .289/.351/.476 with 27 home runs and 86 RBI last season. Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Updating: Lucas Duda dealing with hip issues
    Updating an earlier report, Lucas Duda is actually healing with hip stiffness.

    Advice: Duda was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals with what was believed to a back injury but apparently it's his hip that's bothering him. In fact, Duda received cortisone shots in both hips on Friday and will be out of commission for at least the next 48 hours. Duda hasn't been on the field since Wednesday. The 31-year-old is seemingly always hurt but can be a nice source of power when healthy. Yesterday, 1:43 pm
  • Rhys Hoskins homers, doubles off bench
    Rhys Hoskins homered and doubled in two at-bats off the bench Saturday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Hoskins hit .281/.377/.566 with 38 homers in Double-A last year, putting him in prime position to capitalize if Tommy Joseph can't establish himself as a quality regular first baseman this year. Hoskins will bide his time in Triple-A to start the year. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
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  • Braves claim Christian Walker off of waivers
    Braves claimed 1B/OF Christian Walker off of waivers from the Orioles.

    Advice: The 25-year-old hit .264/.321/.437 with 18 homers and 64 RBI in 131 games at Triple-A Norfolk for the O's in 2016. Given his versatility, he could carve out a bench spot on the Braves' Opening Day roster with a strong showing in the spring. Yesterday, 11:21 am
  • Todd Frazier to ramp up activity on Monday
    Todd Frazier (oblique) is expected to ramp up his baseball activities on Monday.

    Advice: Frazier has been slowed by a minor oblique strain, but is progressing nicely and is nearing a return to game action. He's on track to debut in Cactus League play near the end of next week. While oblique injuries can be tricky, this doesn't appear serious and shouldn't impact Frazier's draft stock. Yesterday, 8:46 am
  • Lucas Duda battling continued back stiffness
    Lucas Duda is not in the Mets starting lineup on Saturday due to continued back stiffness.

    Advice: Duda missed a large portion of the 2016 due to back stiffness and it's a discouraging development that he's continuing to deal with the issue after having an entire offseason to rest and rehab. The 31-year-old hit just .229/.302/.412 with seven homers and 23 RBI in 153 at-bats in 2016. The more time that he misses, the greater the opportunity for Michael Conforto to seize at-bats, either at first base or in right field with Jay Bruce manning first. Yesterday, 7:48 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. Yesterday, 7:08 am
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    Brandon Moss KC - 1B,LF,RF
  • 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. Yesterday, 5:18 am
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    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,LF
  • Mitch Moreland batting fifth in Red Sox debut
    Mitch Moreland is batting fifth in the lineup for his Red Sox debut on Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Sandy Leon are the only projected regulars who aren't in the lineup, all of whom played in Friday's game against the Mets. It'll be interesting to see if Moreland remains near the middle of the lineup once their full complement of players are in there, as it would lead to ample RBI chances. Yesterday, 5:08 am
  • Tim Beckham paces Rays in Grapefruit victory
    Tim Beckham went 2-for-2 with a double, triple and a run scored as the Rays bested the Twins 3-1 in Grapefruit League play on Friday.

    Advice: Beckham doubled to lead off the game but was stranded. He then tripled and scored in the third inning as the game's first run. He is slated to function in a utility role with the Rays this season, though that could change if he continues to light the world on fire throughout the spring. Friday, 7:08 pm
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    Tim Beckham TB - 1B,2B,SS
  • Byung Ho Park has two hits in loss to Rays
    Byung Ho Park went 2-for-2 with a single and a double as the Twins fell to the Rays in Grapefruit League competition on Friday.

    Advice: Serving as the club's designated hitter in this one, Park singled in his first at-bat then nearly missed a home run with a line drive double off the wall. While it's a nice start, Park is no longer on the 40-man roster, so it'll take a very strong showing in the spring for him to crack the Opening Day roster. Friday, 7:07 pm
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  • Cody Bellinger to play all three OF spots
    Dodgers prospect Cody Bellinger will play all three outfield spots in addition to first base this spring.

    Advice: Bellinger is a natural first baseman, but he's played some center and left field some the last two seasons in the minors. If the top prospect proves to be capable in the outfield, it could potentially speed up his arrival in the majors. The 21-year-old is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 7 prospect in the game. Friday, 12:18 pm
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  • Rangers aren't in talks with Jonathan Lucroy
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers have not discussed a contract extension with Jonathan Lucroy.

    Advice: The sides aren't talking yet but Heyman believes they will in the near future. Lucroy was arguably the league's top offensive catcher last season, collecting a .292 average to go with a career-high 24 homers and 81 RBI. If a deal isn't reached, Lucroy will hit the market next offseason. Thursday, 1:48 pm
  • Sam Travis hits three-run homer for Red Sox
    Sam Travis delivered a three-run homer to help the Red Sox top Northeastern 9-6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Mitch Moreland also had a three-run shot. It's Travis's hope to overtake Moreland sometime this summer, and he could have a shot. The torn ACL that ended his 2016 season at the end of May was a big blow, but he's a solid first-base prospect with improving power. Thursday, 12:54 pm
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  • Todd Frazier's oblique injury is mild
    White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Todd Frazier's oblique injury is mild.

    Advice: Frazier strained his left oblique Monday in White Sox camp, but it sounds like he'll be ready for Cactus League action sometime near the end of next week. The hard-hitting third baseman should be 100 percent for Opening Day. He tallied a career-high 40 home runs and 98 RBI in 158 games last season. Thursday, 11:48 am
  • Miguel Cabrera likely to bat third
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he has considered batting Miguel Cabrera second but probably won't do it.

    Advice: "I know the theories behind hitting your best hitter second," the skipper told "But I don't know if it applies if your best hitter's not really a runner. Miggy's been pretty successful hitting third." Nick Castellanos will probably open the 2017 season as the Tigers' primary No. 2 hitter. Thursday, 8:27 am
  • Carlos Santana not currently slated for OF
    Indians manager Terry Francona said that for the time being, the team has no plans to utilize Carlos Santana as an outfielder.

    Advice: Santana, himself, said in a radio interview earlier in February that he planned on playing the outfield at times this coming season. That may still come to fruition, but it is not in the Indians' immediate plans. For his career, the 30-year-old has seen just two plate appearances as a left fielder, none in right or center. Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • Dodgers' prospect Bellinger repped by Boras
    Dodgers prospect first baseman Cody Bellinger is now represented by Scott Boras.

    Advice: As Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register notes, Boras also represents fellow Dodgers youngsters Corey Seager and Julio Urias. Bellinger, 21, slugged 23 homers with an .843 OPS over 114 games in Double-A last season and is quickly emerging as one of the game's top prospects. Wednesday, 12:17 pm
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  • Todd Frazier dealing with oblique strain
    Todd Frazier suffered an oblique strain on Monday.

    Advice: The issue was originally described as soreness in his lower left side. Either way, he's likely to be shut down for a few days. There's no need to take a chance with him this early in the spring. Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • Bell ahead of schedule from knee surgery
    Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Josh Bell (knee) is ahead of schedule and has been cleared for everything except for full-speed running.

    Advice: Great news. Bell underwent knee surgery three weeks ago, but he already progressed to taking some swings against Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow on Tuesday. The Pirates will ease him back into running, but it shouldn't take him long to get ready for game action. Wednesday, 9:57 am
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    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,RF
  • Orioles designate Walker for assignment
    Orioles designated 1B/OF Christian Walker for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Richard Bleier on the 40-man roster. There's no clear path for Walker in the outfield or at first base, so the Orioles deemed him expendable. He turns 26 next month and batted .264/.321/.437 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 131 games last season at Triple-A Norfolk. Tuesday, 11:03 am
  • Bell (knee) faces live pitching Tuesday
    Josh Bell faced live pitching Tuesday for the first time since his knee surgery three weeks ago.

    Advice: Bell took some swings against Jameson Taillon to test his knee. It's unclear when he'll be ready to make his spring debut, but he's obviously moving in the right direction. Barring any setbacks, he should be fine for the start of the regular season. Tuesday, 9:08 am
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    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,RF
  • Gonzalez's elbow now pain-ree
    Adrian Gonzalez's right elbow is now pain-free.

    Advice: Gonzalez was recently shut down for two weeks due to tendinitis in his right elbow, but apparently he's already feeling a lot better. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he's still planning on playing for Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Tuesday, 9:03 am
  • Bell (knee) participates in baserunning
    Josh Bell (knee) participated in some light baserunning drills on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bell underwent surgery about three weeks ago to remove a loose body from his left knee, but he's slowly beginning to ramp things up. He's also fielding grounders and hitting in the indoor batting cage. It's unclear when he'll be ready to hit on the field or face live pitching, but he's making encouraging progress. Tuesday, 7:56 am
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    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,RF
  • Greg Bird (shoulder) says he feels terrific
    Greg Bird (shoulder) said Monday that he feels better now than he did at the end of the 2015 season.

    Advice: That's obviously encouraging given that he had labrum surgery between now and then. Bird missed all of the 2016 campaign while recovering, but he played in the Arizona Fall League and is participating fully in spring training. He belted a long home run during a simulated game Monday. "Today I felt like I got out there and just got in the box and thought about what I needed to think about," Bird said. "That's huge, being confident in the shoulder every day, coming to the park confident in the shoulder and being able to just focus on what I need to focus on." Monday, 4:24 pm
  • Bell (knee) fields grounders, hits in cage
    Josh Bell (knee) fielded grounders and hit in an indoor batting cage for the third straight day on Monday.

    Advice: He hasn't taken swings on the field or faced live pitching yet, but Bell looks to be coming along nicely for a guy who's less than three weeks removed from left knee surgery. When he'll be ready for Grapefruit League action remains to be seen, but Bell has a good shot to be available for Opening Day. Feb 20, 1:17 pm
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    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,RF
  • Kennys Vargas takes advice from Manny Ramirez
    Kennys Vargas spent a week over the winter taking hitting lessons in the Dominican Republic from Manny Ramirez.

    Advice: Vargas was introduced by teammate Miguel Sano who declined Ramirez' invitation. Along with working on the mental aspect of hitting, the 26-year-old slugger was encouraged by Ramirez to elevate the ball more. While it isn't a guarantee of success, taking the advice of future Hall of Famers can't hurt Vargas' chances in 2017. Feb 19, 5:42 pm
  • Eric Hosmer discussing extension with Royals
    Eric Hosmer said Sunday that he and his agent were discussing a long-term contract extension with the Royals.

    Advice: Hosmer understands the nature of the business though and has said that if the two sides don't reach a deal before Opening Day, that he'll test out the free agent market next winter. Hosmer joins a long list of Royals veterans who are entering their walk year, making it a strong possibility that the club could sell off and start rebuilding if they fall out of playoff contention. Feb 19, 4:09 pm
  • Rodriguez's shoulder surgery details revealed
    Sean Rodriguez's left shoulder surgery involved the repair of a badly torn rotator cuff, labrum damage and a biceps tendon that had to relocated.

    Advice: It's no wonder that he's essentially already been ruled out for the season. Rodriguez, who suffered the injuries during a car crash in late January, is under contract with the Braves through 2018. Feb 19, 11:36 am
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    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
  • Albert Pujols (foot) feels 'really good'
    Albert Pujols (foot) said Sunday that his surgically-repaired right foot feels "really good" so far in early workouts.

    Advice: Pujols has been hitting in the cage and doing agility drills, as well as running on an Ultra G treadmill. He can't run on the field yet and it will be a while before he's cleared for game action, but Pujols still has a good chance to be ready for Opening Day. "As long as you get your work, hitting and ground balls, that’s what gets you ready," Pujols said. "I don't think taking three or four at-bats in a game is what gets you ready. It’s the ground balls the first couple weeks and the extra hitting and when we do the sessions down around the (practice) field. Those are the things that get you ready. I'm more focused on the things I do in the cage than what I do in the game." Feb 19, 9:43 am
  • Roberts has mild concern over Adrian Gonzalez
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that he's only mildly concerned over Adrian Gonzalez' elbow injury.

    Advice: While it doesn't sound like it's going to be a lingering issue, Roberts did say that he didn't want Gonzalez to start as many games in 2017 in an effort to keep him fresh later in the season. Gonzalez has averaged 159 games per year over his 11 full seasons in the big leagues. Feb 18, 8:58 am
  • Don Kelly joins Tigers as professional scout
    The Tigers announced Saturday that Don Kelly has joined the organization as a professional scout and assistant to player development.

    Advice: While not an official announcement on his retirement, it would appear that Kelly's playing career is over. The 37-year-old slashed .230/.294/.334 with 23 homers and 98 RBI over 1220 big league plate appearances with the Pirates, Tigers and Marlins over his nine-year MLB career. Feb 18, 8:02 am
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  • A-Gone sidelined two weeks with tennis elbow
    Adrian Gonzalez won't swing a bat for two weeks due to a bout with tennis elbow.

    Advice: It shouldn't be a long-term concern for the veteran first baseman, but Gonzalez's ability to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic is now in doubt. The Dodgers should have more on Gonzalez's status early next month. He batted .285/.349/.435 with 18 homers and 90 RBI for Los Angeles last season. Feb 17, 11:38 am
  • Todd Frazier says finger no longer an issue
    Todd Frazier said Friday that his sprained finger feels fine and that he's been hitting every day since he arrived in White Sox camp.

    Advice: Frazier suffered a sprained finger on his left hand late last season and was still feeling symptoms during offseason workouts. Just a few weeks ago, the third baseman was wearing a splint on the finger. However, it appears for now that the issue might be behind him. Still, it's something to keep an eye on as he gets into Cactus League action. Feb 17, 8:50 am
  • Josh Bell (knee) cleared to hit off tee
    Josh Bell (knee) has been cleared to hit off a tee.

    Advice: Bell is easing back into baseball activities after having surgery earlier this month to remove a loose body from his left knee. It's unclear when he might be ready for Grapefruit League action, but Bell should have enough time to get ready for Opening Day. Feb 17, 7:59 am
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    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,RF
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