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  • Alex Cobb will begin season in minors
    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Alex Cobb will begin the season in the minor leagues to get stretched out.

    Advice: Cobb has a minor league option remaining and has given his approval on it. He'll need a couple of weeks before he's ready to join the Orioles' rotation. Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Guerra gives up three over 5 1/3 vs. Rockies
    Junior Guerra gave up three runs in his 5 1/3 innings of work against the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Guerra gave up runs in the second, third and fourth innings, and gave up eight hits on the afternoon. He was able to strike out four at least, and he only walked one hitter. He's pitched relatively well this spring, but it remains to be seen if he will be a member of the Milwaukee rotation to begin the 2018 season. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Anderson throws five solid against Brewers
    Tyler Anderson was solid on Tuesday, giving up two runs in five innings against the Brewers while striking out five.

    Advice: Anderson really struggled in his previous start against the Angels, so it was nice to see him rebound with this outing. He can probably be avoided in drafts in anything but NL-Only leagues, but because he has as swing-and-miss arsenal and has shown flashes of effectiveness, he's worth keeping an eye on during the 2018 season. Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Stephen Strasburg gives up three runs in loss
    Stephen Strasburg gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Strasburg did not impress today, giving up eight hits and walking three while striking out just two. He was better in his two previous starts, and there wouldn't seem to be much reason for concern at the moment. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Luke Gregerson pitches perfect inning
    Luke Gregerson struck out two in a perfect inning against the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gregerson, who missed a couple of weeks with a minor oblique injury, has yet to allow a hit in three innings this spring. Barring a setback, it looks like he'll be the Cardinals' closer to begin the year. Yesterday, 1:58 pm
  • David Price strong for five in win
    David Price held the Pirates to two runs and three hits over five innings in a win Tuesday.

    Advice: Price struck out four and walked one in his second start of the spring. He's been effective both times out, and with no elbow setbacks, he should be climbing up draft lists. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
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  • Joe Musgrove gives up six runs to Red Sox
    Joe Musgrove was tagged for six runs in four innings by the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Musgrove has struggled in a pair of starts since returning from shoulder discomfort, but it's not a big concern that he's behind the hitters as long as he's healthy. He has a chance to be a helpful mixed-league starter. Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • Ben Lively goes five scoreless in win
    Ben Lively struck out four over five innings as the Phillies beat the Jays 2-0 in seven innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lively allowed three hits and walked none. He was already in good position to be the Phillies' fifth starter in light of Jerad Eickhoff's injury, and his primary competition for the spot, Mark Leiter Jr., also seems likely to begin the year on the DL. Lively could be of some limited usefulness in NL-only leagues. Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • Marco Estrada gives up two runs in loss
    Marco Estrada took his first loss of the spring after allowing two runs in five innings Tuesday.

    Advice: Estrada still has a 2.08 ERA and an 11/1 K/BB ratio in 13 innings this spring. He's lined up to start the third game of the season for the Jays, and he should have steady AL-only value. Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • John Axford pitches scoreless inning
    John Axford worked a scoreless inning Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Axford seems to be in good position to claim a spot in the Jays pen; he's allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight this spring. Yesterday, 1:02 pm
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  • A's agree to minors deal with Brett Anderson
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A's have agreed to a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.

    Advice: It's not official just yet, but an announcement could be coming shortly. Anderson began his major league career with the Athletics back in 2009 and had some successful seasons before injuries seriously derailed things. The 30-year-old left-hander posted a rough 6.34 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and 38/21 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings (13 starts) last summer between the Cubs and Blue Jays. Yesterday, 11:08 am
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  • Tim Lincecum doubtful for Opening Day
    Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail said Tuesday that he doesn't think Tim Lincecum will be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Lincecum signed a one-year, $1 million free agent contract with the Rangers on March 6 and there was talk of him competing for the team's closer role this spring, but the 33-year-old right-hander has yet to appear in a Cactus League game. This is more about building him up properly than anything injury-related. He threw live batting practice Tuesday and should be ready to go by mid-April. Yesterday, 10:16 am
  • Graveman named Opening Day starter for A's
    Kendall Graveman has been named the Opening Day starter for the Athletics.

    Advice: It'll be the second straight Opening Day start for Graveman. He has struggled this spring in the Cactus League and threw only 105 1/3 innings last season because of shoulder troubles, but the 27-year-old right-hander is the most experienced pitcher in the Oakland rotation. He might have some appeal as a streamer in deeper mixed fantasy leagues but isn't worth draft-day consideration. Yesterday, 9:44 am
  • Mariners sign Erik Goeddel to minors deal
    Mariners signed RHP Erik Goeddel to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Goeddel was released by the Rangers on Monday evening and quickly scooped up by Seattle on Tuesday morning. The 29-year-old reliever holds a solid 3.96 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 104 2/3 career major league innings, though he struggled in 2017 with the Mets and had not looked good this spring in the Cactus League. Yesterday, 8:45 am
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  • Happ named Blue Jays' Opening Day starter
    J.A. Happ has been officially named the Blue Jays' Opening Day starter.

    Advice: The situation had been trending in this direction for a couple weeks with Marcus Stroman slowed in camp by a shoulder injury. It's the first career Opening Day nod for Happ, who owns a strong 3.33 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 8.1 K/9 in 340 1/3 innings over the last two seasons. The 35-year-old left-hander should again be a useful mid-to-late round fantasy starter. Yesterday, 7:14 am
  • Marlins option Sandy Alcantara to Triple-A
    Marlins optioned RHPs Sandy Alcantara and Nick Wittgren and OF Braxton Lee to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: With this batch of cuts, the Marlins are down to 42 players remaining in big league camp. There had been speculation that Alcantara, the prize of the trade that sent Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals, could begin the season in the Marlins' rotation, but he'll get a bit more seasoning in the minors first. The 22-year-old posted a 3.38 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 11/6 K/BB ratio over 16 innings in Grapefruit League play. Yesterday, 6:30 am
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  • Alex Wood dominates Athletics on Monday
    Alex Wood was in dominant form against the Athletics on Monday, striking out seven over five shutout frames.

    Advice: The left-hander walked two and struck out four on the night. Wood has been tremendous this spring, registering a 2.92 ERA and 16/5 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings. Currently going off the board in the ninth round of mixed league drafts, Wood looks like he could be undervalued. Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Blake Parker struggles again on Monday
    Blake Parker struggled again in Monday's Cactus League outing against the Mariners, allowing a run on two hits in his lone inning of work.

    Advice: Parker surrendered a solo homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The 32-year-old owns a disastrous 16.20 ERA on the spring and is doing his best to lose the closer's job before the regular season begins. Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Jon Lester logs quality start against Reds
    Jon Lester logged a quality start in Cactus League play against the Reds on Monday, allowing three runs on nine hits across 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw walked one and punched out six on the night. Lester looks to be in mid-season form already, sporting a 3-1 record and 2.81 ERA on the spring. His Opening Day assignment against the Marlins can't come soon enough. Monday, 9:38 pm
  • Robert Stephenson fans five on Monday
    Robert Stephenson racked up five strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings against the Cubs in Cactus League play on Monday.

    Advice: The right-hander surrendered two runs on five hits and a pair of walks in the ballgame. He has had a very difficult time this spring, pitching to a 7.71 ERA in 11 2/3 innings. Given his struggles, he's likely to begin the season at Triple-A. Monday, 9:31 pm
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