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  • C.J. Cron homers in Rays' win
    C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer in the Rays' 5-3 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Advice: Cron's place in the middle of the Rays lineup is secure, which has to be a nice change from what he was looking at in Anaheim. He's hit .262/.311/.571 in 42 at-bats this spring. He might not be a shallow mixed-league guy this year, but he'll definitely have some value in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 4:22 pm
  • Jace Peterson goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Jace Peterson went 0-for-4 on Thursday and is batting just .115 this spring.

    Advice: Peterson hasn't been able to open any eyes with the Yankees this spring after getting non-tendered by the Braves over the winter. He might be looking at spending most of 2018 in Triple-A. Yesterday, 4:10 pm
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    Jace Peterson NYY - 1B,2B,3B,OF
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  • Myers homer helps Padres beat Indians
    Wil Myers hit his third homer of the spring in a 7-6 victory over the Indians on Thursday in the Cactus League.

    Advice: Myers also singled. The homer was a two-run shot off of Evan Marshall in the seventh inning. He's had an excellent showing so far in the Cactus League, and now has his OPS up to a healthy .918. He's going to make the move to the outfield this season, and he's well worth a starting spot in a fantasy lineup thanks to his power and speed combination. Yesterday, 3:58 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera goes 2-for-4, homers
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 and hit his second homer Thursday in the Tigers' 6-2 win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Cabrera might be managing his back all season, but he's still a pretty good bet to be a top-10 first baseman, even if his old ceiling is gone. He's hit .333/.358/.542 in 48 at-bats this spring. Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Cody Bellinger (leg) back in Dodgers' lineup
    Cody Bellinger (leg) is back in the Dodgers' lineup for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Angels.

    Advice: Bellinger left a game earlier this week after fouling a ball off his leg but obviously it was nothing serious. He'll play first base and bat cleanup against Angels right-hander Jaime Barria Thursday night at Camelback Ranch. Yesterday, 2:31 pm
  • Indians release first baseman Mike Napoli
    Indians released 1B Mike Napoli.

    Advice: The veteran first baseman will reportedly be welcomed back on a minor league contract if he can't find a major league opportunity elsewhere. Napoli still has a good amount of pop, but he batted just .193/.285/.428 last season for the Rangers and he was slashing .218/.310/.431 this spring in the Cactus League. Yesterday, 11:53 am
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  • Reds claim Kennys Vargas from the Twins
    Reds claimed 1B Kennys Vargas off waivers from the Twins.

    Advice: It's not the most ideal landing spot for Vargas, who can't play anywhere but first base and isn't exactly a great defender there. Joey Votto appeared in all 162 games during the 2017 regular season. The 27-year-old Vargas will presumably operate as a switch-hitting bench bat for Cincinnati this year. Yesterday, 11:15 am
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  • Belt has three hits in win over Arizona
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 and scored three runs in a drubbing of the Diamondbacks on Wednesday in the Cactus League.

    Advice: Two of the hits were doubles, which gives Belt six in the Cactus League. He's destroyed pitching in Arizona to the tune of a .400 average and a 1.224 OPS. There are certainly better fantasy first baseman to pick than Belt -- he's not even the best option in his division -- but if he falls late, he's certainly worth a flier. This could be his breakout season. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Morrison goes 2-for-3 in win over Pirates
    Logan Morrison went 2-for-3 with an RBI in a 3-1 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday in the Grapefruit League.

    Advice: Morrison's RBI came on a single in the first. The 30-year-old first baseman is having a fantastic spring, and now has his Grapefruit League batting average up to .381. Wednesday, 5:49 pm
  • Eric Thames connects on second spring homer
    Eric Thames clobbered his second home run of the spring Wednesday in the Brewers’ Cactus League win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Thames’ two-run shot off Daniel Mengden in the sixth accounted for his only hit of the afternoon. The 31-year-old got off to a monster start with 23 first-half homers last season but struggled badly down the stretch. With Ryan Braun expected to serve as the everyday first baseman, Thames may struggle for at-bats this year. Wednesday, 4:41 pm
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    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,OF
  • Eric Hosmer tallies fourth spring home run
    Eric Hosmer went yard Wednesday in the Padres’ Cactus League win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Hosmer broke a 1-1 tie by taking Reynaldo Lopez deep for a two-run homer in the fifth. He walked, reached on a fielder’s choice and grounded out in his other three plate appearances. The 28-year-old has struggled to a .255 average this spring but has shown off his power stroke by crushing four long balls in 47 Cactus League at-bats. Wednesday, 4:14 pm
  • Matt Carpenter goes 2-for-3, homers
    Matt Carpenter finished 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Carpenter is 6-for-13 with two homers since returning from his back injury. The Cardinals used him at second base today, and it seems clear that they'd like to move him around the infield in order to free up at-bats for Jose Martinez at first base. Wednesday, 3:00 pm
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    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
  • Rhys Hoskins homers twice in tie
    Rhys Hoskins homered twice and walked Wednesday as the Phillies and Blue Jays played to a 7-7 tie.

    Advice: Hoskins hit second today, swapping spots with Carlos Santana. It's seemed all spring as though the Phillies wanted Santana to hit second and Hoskins to fill the cleanup spot. That still seems the likely arrangement, but the team has plenty of flexibility. Hoskins is hitting .279/.415/.651 with four homers in 43 at-bats. Wednesday, 2:53 pm
  • O'Hearn, eight others sent to minors by Royal
    Royals reassigned 1B Ryan O'Hearn, INF Cody Asche, INF Erick Mejia, C Nick Dini, C Parker Morin, RHP Richard Lovelady, RHP Josh Staumont, RHP Glenn Sparkman, and RHP Kevin Lenik to minor league camp.

    Advice: O'Hearn might have had a chance to earn the first base job at some point this spring if not for the signing of Lucas Duda. Staumont has some of the best stuff of any pitcher in the Kansas City system, but his awful control likely limits him to a bullpen role. Wednesday, 1:49 pm
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  • Jose Abreu (hamstring) aims to return Friday
    Jose Abreu (hamstring) is hoping to return to Cactus League action by Friday.

    Advice: Abreu suffered a mild hamstring tweak in Tuesday's game against the Rangers, but White Sox manager Rick Renteria has downplayed the injury and Abreu was in good spirits when he returned to camp Wednesday. It sounds like this won't affect his availability for the start of the regular season. Great news. Wednesday, 10:27 am
  • Trevor Plouffe will not be on Rangers' roster
    Trevor Plouffe has been informed that he will not be on the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Plouffe was brought into Rangers camp in mid-February as insurance for veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre, but Beltre has held up well all spring. Plouffe is reportedly mulling whether to ask for his release or accept an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. Wednesday, 9:53 am
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  • Gurriel fields grounders, does light hitting
    Yuli Gurriel (hand) fielded grounders, ran the bases, and did some light hitting Tuesday in Astros camp.

    Advice: Gurriel underwent surgery in late February to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand. The original timetable called for him to be sidelined for 5-6 weeks, and it appears that will turn out to be fairly accurate. He could be ready to rock around the second or third week of the regular season as long as there are no setbacks. Gurriel still has to serve a five-game suspension for his insensitive gesture toward Yu Darvish in last year's World Series. Wednesday, 8:02 am
  • Kendrys Morales goes 0-for-2 in loss
    Kendrys Morales went 0-for-2 against the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morales leads the Jays with 44 at-bats this spring, but he's not doing much with them, having hit .205/.255/.364 with one homer. It seems he's lost the cleanup spot he occupied for much of last year, and he just doesn't project of being much of a mixed-league asset at the moment. Tuesday, 1:00 pm
  • Albert Pujols has three hits to lead Angels
    Albert Pujols went 3-for-3 and drove in a run on Monday as the Angels topped the Mariners 8-4 in Cactus League play.

    Advice: His run-scoring single came during a seven-run uprising in the fifth inning, increasing the Angels' lead to 4-1. The veteran slugger is now hitting .278 with seven RBI on the spring, though he has yet to hit his first home run. Monday, 9:57 pm
  • Vogelbach goes deep again in loss on Monday
    Dan Vogelbach belted his fifth home run of the Cactus League season as the Mariners fell to the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Vogelbach tagged Felix Pena for the solo shot in the fourth inning. He finished the night 1-for-4 with a strikeout. The 25-year-old is making a strong case for inclusion on the Opening Day roster, hitting .400 (18-for-45) with five long balls, 11 RBI and a 10/9 K/BB ratio. Monday, 9:49 pm
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