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  • Karns throws four scoreless frames
    Nate Karns fired four scoreless frames in Friday’s victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Another encouraging outing for Karns, who owns a 2.08 ERA and 11/5 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings of work this spring. The 30-year-old was showing real signs of a breakout last year prior to undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. HIs velocity reportedly looked good Friday, but there aren’t many examples of success stories for players who had this sort of surgery. Still, he projects to begin the year with a rotation spot if healthy. Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • McCullers fans five in 4 1/3 shutout vs Yanks
    Lance McCullers punched out five batters and allowed just one knock while throwing 4 1/3 shutout frames in a 2-0 spring training win over the Yankees.

    Advice: McCullers has been dominant through four Grapefruit League games. He has allowed just one run with 15 strikeouts and three walks in 12 2/3 innings so far. The 24-year-old has ace-caliber stuff but has had big trouble staying on the mound due to injury throughout his professional career. He is a high-risk, high-reward pitcher to own in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Rosario goes 1-for-4 with an RBI vs Red Sox
    Eddie Rosario went 1-for-4 and drove in a run in a loss to the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: It's been a slow go for Rosario this spring. He's misssed most of the team's games due to triceps tendiinitis and hasn't hit very well when he has been able to play. He is slated to be the Twins' starting left fielder again this year. Yesterday, 6:33 pm
  • Simmons doubles, scores run Friday
    Andrelton Simmons went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored Friday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Simmons suffered a left shoulder strain last Thursday, but he only ended up missing a week of action. The defensive whiz had a nice year with the bat in 2017, slugging 14 home runs while posting career-bests with a .752 OPS, 69 RBI, 19 stolen bases, and 77 runs scored. Shortstop is deeper these days than it used to be, but Simmons should do enough to be relevant in deeper mixed formats. Yesterday, 5:34 pm
  • Winker goes 3-for-4, drives in four runs Fri.
    Jesse Winker went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs in Friday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: He plated two runners with a double in the first inning, slapped an RBI-single in the second frame and drove in another run with a fielder's choice grounder in the sixth. He has a healthy .406/.459/.656 slash line with one homer and eight RBI in 14 spring games. He will serve as part of a four-man outfield rotation with Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler and Billy Hamilton to open the season. Yesterday, 5:13 pm
  • Segura goes 3-for-3 in return to lineup
    Jean Segura went 3-for-3 with two RBI in Friday's Cactus League win over the Rangers.

    Advice: All three hits were singles as his monster spring training continues. Segura sat out on Thursday after being pulled out of Wednesday's game with a tight hamstring. He is slashing .400/.472/.733 in 12 games. Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Vogelbach goes 2-for-4 with a homer vs TEX
    Daniel Vogelbach went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Friday's 9-7 Cactus League win over the Rangers.

    Advice: He took starter Matt Moore deep with a runner aboard in the third inning. He added an RBI double in the seventh. Ryon Healy's hand injury may give Vogelbach a chance to start every day and the big slugger is giving it his best shot. He is slashing an amazing .405/.532/.811 with three homers and nine RBI so far this spring. Yesterday, 4:37 pm
  • Gennett expected to return in a couple days
    Scooter Gennett missed Friday's spring game against the Brewers with a sore right shoulder but expects to be back soon.

    Advice: Mark Sheldon of reports Gennett's injury is not serious despite missing the last two games. Gennett himself said "It's not worth an MRI, I will be back in there, pain free" in a couple of days. The former Brewer will serve as the starting second baseman for the Reds this season after hitting .295 with 27 home runs and 97 RBI in just 461 at-bats last year. Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Cameron Rupp hits first homer
    Cameron Rupp hit a two-run homer off the bench Friday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: That's something. Neither Rupp (5-for-24, 11 strikeouts) or Andrew Knapp (3-18, 1 HR) has stepped up this spring to seize a job alongside Jorge Alfaro behind the plate. Given his veteran status and $2 million salary, Rupp has always been the favorite for the job. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Jameson Taillon goes five for victory
    Jameson Taillon notched his first win of the spring after allowing one run and one hit in five innings Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: The one hit was an Ozzie Albies homers. Taillon allowed two hits and struck out five. He was a disappointment last year, but he seems a little undervalued in fantasy leagues now. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Rob Brantly homers twice against Pirates
    Rob Brantly homered twice Friday in a losing cause against the Pirates.

    Advice: Brantly expected to be the Braves' fallback in the catcher spot when he signed a minor league deal in December, but the team later went and added Chris Stewart on a major league contract, making Brantly the team's No. 4 catcher now. The veteran is 8-for-18 with three homers this spring. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
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  • Miles Mikolas goes five scoreless
    Miles Mikolas pitched five scoreless innings Friday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Mikolas was awful his first two times out, but he's thrown nine scoreless innings since, lowering his ERA to 6.59. We like him as a bottom-of-the-rotation starter in deeper mixed leagues (14 teams or more). Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Michael Wacha pitches six strong in win
    Michael Wacha limited the Marlins to one run in six innings for a victory Friday.

    Advice: A Derek Dietrich homer in the first was the only damage. Wacha struck out three and walked none. He has a 4.20 ERA and eight strikeouts in 15 innings for the spring. Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Cameron Maybin goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Cameron Maybin went 0-for-3 on Friday and is hitting .130 in 23 at-bats this spring.

    Advice: Maybin will be a regular for the Marlins, but still to be determined is whether he'll lead off or bat in the bottom half of the order. He's sporting a .300 OBP right now, compared to .405 for Lewis Brinson. Maybin did have a .383 OBP in 2016, but he finished at .315 last year and is at .321 for his career. He makes the most sense batting seventh, though he'd have a much better chance of helping fantasy teams from the top of the lineup. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Gomes dealing with 'minor' arm soreness
    Yan Gomes is currently sidelined with what is being described as "minor" arm soreness.

    Advice: Gomes will reportedly not catch again until Monday, and will not join the team in their trip to Las Vegas. He'll get some at-bats in the minor league backfields as a DH, so it sounds like Cleveland is just playing it safe with the 30-year-old backstop. He should get the bulk of the starts to begin the year, but you have to be cognizant of Francisco Mejia getting reps behind the plate, too. Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • Cespedes (wrist) expects to play Sun. or Mon.
    Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) told reporters he expects to play either Sunday or Monday in the Grapefruit League.

    Advice: Cespedes is out of the lineup on Friday and didn't travel to Sarasota. X-Rays were negative on the 32-year-old outfielder's wrist, so this is about keeping Cespedes healthy as we get closer to the regular season. He'll hit in the middle of the New York lineup, and 30-plus homers and 100-plus RBIs are realistic possibilities for the outfielder. Yesterday, 9:19 am
  • Miller (toe) to return for Rays on Saturday
    Brad Miller (toe) will return to the lineup for the Rays on Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Miller played in a minor league game on Thursday, striking out twice and going 0-for-4. It'll be his first Grapefruit League action since February 23. Assuming there are no setbacks, he should be good to go for Opening Day. Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • Reds sign 3B Suarez to seven-year extension
    Reds signed 3B Eugenio Suarez to a seven-year, $66 million extension with a club option for 2025.

    Advice: The option for 2025 is for $15 million, and it comes with a buyout for $2 million. Suarez, 27, is coming off his best season as a member of the Reds, hitting 26 homers and driving in 82 runs for Cincinnati in 2017. He'll likely hit in the middle of the order in 2018, and should be a solid -- if not spectacular -- fantasy option over the next few seasons. Yesterday, 8:30 am
  • Eaton (knee) making Grapefruit debut Saturday
    Adam Eaton (knee) will be in the lineup for the Nationals on Saturday in their Grapefruit League contest against the Mets.

    Advice: Eaton has been working on the backfields, and estimates that he's gotten around 60 at-bats in minor league games so far this spring. He also was able to play left field for the first time in Florida on Thursday and told reporters that he "felt great." The Nationals are justifiably taking things slow with Eaton, but it looks like he's going to be ready for Opening Day, and he should score plenty of runs hitting at the top of the Washington lineup. Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Leury Garcia shreds Angels for three hits
    Leury Garcia chipped in with three hits Thursday in the White Sox’s Cactus League win over the Angels.

    Advice: All three of his hits went for extra bases including an RBI triple in the ninth inning. Garcia also plated a run with an RBI double in the third. He did commit a fielding error, his second of the spring, but it didn’t matter much as the White Sox won in convincing fashion. Thursday’s breakout raised Garcia’s spring average from .250 to .289. Thursday, 9:03 pm
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