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  • 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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  • Brian Anderson knocks in two in win
    Brian Anderson singled, walked and knocked in two runs in the Marlins' 15-7 win over the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: Anderson will get to serve as the Marlins' third baseman at least until Martin Prado comes off the DL. He's hit .277//375/.617 with four homers in 47 at-bats this spring. We're skeptical that he'll have much fantasy value, but he won't be the Marlins' weakest link. Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Camargo could return when first eligible
    Johan Camargo (oblique) could return from the disabled list when first eligible.

    Advice: Chase Whitley (foot) is also on track to return when first eligible, which would be April 6 against the Rockies. Rio Ruiz will begin the year at third base while Camargo works back from a strained oblique. Yesterday, 3:04 pm
  • Moustakas homer helps Royals beat Indians
    Mike Moustakas hit his third homer of the spring in a 12-8 win over the Indians on Wednesday in the Cactus League.

    Advice: Moustakas's homer came in the fifth inning off of Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco with no one on. You wouldn't know that he was a late signing by the way he's swung the bat this spring, as his Cactus League OPS now sits at a robust 1.444. Even if he doesn't put up the impressive power numbers he did in 2017, he can still be a fantasy starter. You just have to be prepared for some volatility. Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Ruiz picks up RBI in win over Tigers
    Rio Ruiz went 1-for-3 with an RBI in a victory over the Tigers on Wednesday in the Grapefruit League.

    Advice: The hit puts Ruiz's Cactus League average at .241. There's a good chance that he opens as the starter third baseman if Johan Camargo has to start the year on the disabled list (oblique), but even if that's the case he won't offer much fantasy value. Wednesday, 5:56 pm
  • Kris Bryant belts first Cactus League homer
    Kris Bryant was in midseason form Wednesday in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Rangers, reaching in three of his four plate appearances while collecting his first home run of the spring.

    Advice: Bryant staked Chicago to a 4-0 lead in the second by drilling a three-run shot off Texas lefty Matt Moore. He also contributed a single and a walk before giving way to Tommy La Stella at third base. The former MVP hasn’t missed a beat this spring, batting a robust .367 over 30 Cactus League at-bats. Wednesday, 4:19 pm
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    Kris Bryant ChC - 3B,OF
  • 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
  • Urshela out for 10-14 days with hammy strain
    Giovanny Urshela will miss 10-14 days with a right hamstring strain.

    Advice: Urshela suffered the injury on Monday, and while it isn't considered serious, it's a little worse than anticipated. He'll begin the year on the disabled list now, but should be able to return to Cleveland around early April. Wednesday, 2:51 pm
  • Esocbar to get time at short rest of spring
    Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters that Eduardo Escobar will get most of the playing time at shortstop in place of Jorge Polanco (suspension).

    Advice: The other option for the Twins on the 40-man roster is Ehire Adrianza, but he's more of a utility-type player in talent. Escobar has shown quality power in his time with the Twins (21 homers in 129 games in 2017), but his career .301 on-base percentage helps illustrate how little patience he has at the plate. Don't be surprised if a prospect like Nick Gordon gets a chance to play over the summer until Polanco returns from his suspension. Wednesday, 2:17 pm
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    Eduardo Escobar Min - 2B,3B,SS
  • Brock Holt reaches three times in win
    Brock Holt doubled, singled, walked and scored twice in Boston's 8-3 win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

    Advice: If the Red Sox are keeping Blake Swihart as a utilityman, that will really put the squeeze on Holt, who missed much of last year and was ineffective when healthy. Holt is having a nice spring, batting .345/.472/.448 in 29 at-bats. It might be best for everyone if he made his way to the NL. Wednesday, 1:48 pm
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    Brock Holt Bos - 2B,3B,OF
  • Matt Duffy reaches twice in loss
    Matt Duffy singled and walked in his two plate appearances against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: Duffy has his average up to .306, though it's an empty .306, with no extra-base hits and two walks in 36 at-bats. The Rays would like to hit him second or third this year, but he was down in the eighth spot today and they'll likely keep doing a fair amount of experimenting there. Duffy isn't going to rack up the homers or RBI, so it's imperative that he bat near the top of the order to be of much use in deeper fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 1:32 pm
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    Matt Duffy TB - 2B,3B
  • 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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  • Rafael Devers goes 2-for-2, homers
    Rafael Devers finished 2-for-2 with a homer, a walk and three runs scored in Boston's 12-6 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

    Advice: Devers is batting .349 with three homers, a triple and three doubles in 43 at-bats. He's commanding quite a price tag for a 21-year-old, and and we're not sure he's ready to earn that back just yet. He's going to be an All-Star in time, though. Tuesday, 1:31 pm
  • Josh Harrison fans twice
    Josh Harrison struck out in both of his at-bats Tuesday and is down to .188/.297/.281 this spring.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Adam Frazier has an 1.101 OPS in 37 at-bats. If the Pirates had gotten any decent offers for Harrison, they would have happily turned second base over to Frazier. However, in a market in which Neil Walker had to settle for a few million, there wasn't anyone interested in taking on Harrison's deal. Tuesday, 1:17 pm
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    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
  • Justin Turner won't require surgery on wrist
    Justin Turner will not require surgery for his fractured left wrist.

    Advice: Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture Monday night when he was hit by a pitch in a Cactus League game. He'll be in a brace for a couple of days but can then begin range of motion exercises. "Good news," the veteran third baseman told reporters Tuesday in Dodgers camp. This is still going to be a lengthy absence, but the timetable might be closer to four or five weeks than eight or nine. Logan Forsythe is expected to open the season at the hot corner for Los Angeles, with Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley sharing time at second base. Tuesday, 10:44 am
  • Logan Forsythe expected to cover third base
    Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Monday that he expects Logan Forsythe to slide over and cover third base while Justin Turner (wrist) is sidelined.

    Advice: That means that some combination of Chase Utley and Enrique Hernandez will fill in at second base for at least a couple of weeks while Turner is on the shelf. The club could also use backup catcher Austin Barnes there on occasion to help patch it together. Tuesday, 5:37 am
  • Reds reassign Nick Senzel to minors camp
    Reds reassigned INF Nick Senzel to minor league camp.

    Advice: It was always viewed as a longshot that the 22-year-old would crack the Opening Day roster, but now it's official. Reds' manager Bryan Price told him that he has to be ready to cover anywhere except first base in the event of an injury. He hit .286 (8-for-28) with three RBI in Cactus League competition. Monday, 3:21 pm
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  • Dietrich slaps three-run bomb vs. Nationals
    Derek Dietrich hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs in Monday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Dietrich's bomb came off two-time defending National League Cy Young Max Scherzer. The Marlins' left fielder is now slashing .342/.409/.711 through 44 Grapefruit League plate appearances. Likely to hit around the No. 5 or 6 spot in the Marlins' "lineup," Dietrich has some deep-league appeal as a player eligible in both the infield and outfield. Monday, 2:27 pm
    Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B
  • Miguel Sano goes 3-for-3, homers
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-3 and hit his third homer Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: There were plenty of concerns about Sano coming off shin surgery, but he's tearing it up this spring, hitting .345/.441/.793 in 29 at-bats, and he hasn't appeared limited at third base. Still unclear is whether he'll be suspended after a sexual assault allegation, but strictly on a performance basis, he seems like a strong bet. Monday, 1:54 pm
  • Indians make cuts, Yandy Diaz to Triple-A
    Indians optioned INF Yandy Diaz, C Eric Haase, and INF Eric Stamets to Triple-A Columbus; reassigned OF Brandon Barnes, RHP Preston Claiborne, RHP Stephen Fife, RHP Cam Hill, RHP Neil Ramirez, and INF Richie Shaffer to minor league camp.

    Advice: Diaz went 14-for-34 (.412) with 10 RBI in 18 games this spring in the Cactus League, but there's no spot for him in the majors at the moment. The 26-year-old will get a little more seasoning in the minor leagues and could be the Indians' first call-up if there's an injury to one of their infielders. He posted a stellar .350/.454/.460 batting line in 374 plate appearances last season at Triple-A. Indians camp is down to 39 players. Monday, 9:33 am
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