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  • Perez knocks in three in spring win over Zona
    Hernan Perez hit two doubles and knocked in three runs in a 5-1 win over Arizona on Sunday in the Cactus League.

    Advice: Perez was a disappointment in 2017 in which he posted a .289 on-base percentage and stole just 13 bases; well off his 34 steals in 2016. Fortunately for him, he does provide versatility with the ability to play all over the field, and he does have some pop with 27 homers in the last two seasons. It's tough to see him earning much playing time with the Brewers, but if there was an injury -- or a trade -- that opened things up, he'd be worth taking a flyer on. Today, 3:30 pm
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    Hernán Pérez Mil - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Story triples in Cactus League loss to Texas
    Trevor story went 1-for-2 with a triple and a strikeout in a loss to the Rangers on Sunday in the Cactus League.

    Advice: The triple came off of Matt Bush in the second inning. Story, now 25, is coming off a disappointing season where he struck out 191 times and hit just .239 in 145 games for the Rockies. He also hit 24 homers and drove in 82 runs while playing shortstop, so it certainly wasn't a completely lost season for Story, at least from a fantasy perspective. if he can cut the strikeouts down to a low roar, he'll be among the best at the position in 2018. Today, 2:52 pm
  • Marwin Gonzalez goes 2-for-2 in spring win
    Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in the Astros' exhibition win over the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Picking up right where he left off. Gonzalez posted a stellar .303/.377/.530 batting line with 23 home runs and 90 RBI over 134 regular-season games last season for the World Series-champion Astros. He'll again be used at several different positions in Houston this season and looks poised to continue raking. Today, 1:08 pm
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    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Trea Turner will have 'free rein' on bases's Jamal Collier writes that Nationals manager Dave Martinez has told Trea Turner he'll have "free rein" on the bases even though he's expected to bat second ahead of Bryce Harper.

    Advice: "Davey told me that it's kind of on me, for the most part," Turner said. "I take some pride in that. I'll be smart about it, don't want to make stupid outs, but at the same time you want to be aggressive." It could result in Harper getting pitched around a lot if Turner steals a base in front of him, but Martinez doesn't see that as an issue given that Anthony Rendon and Daniel Murphy will follow in the order. Turner figures to challenge for the league lead in steals if he can stay healthy. Today, 10:14 am
  • Troy Tulowitzki (heel) fields grounders
    Troy Tulowitzki (heel) fielded grounders with his teammates on Sunday.

    Advice: Tulo had been limited to individual drills with third base coach Luis Rivera. Most of the grounders Sunday were hit right at him, as he's not able to test his range much yet as he works his way back from a chronic bone spur in his right heel. Tulowitzki said recently that he wasn't sure whether he'd be ready for Opening Day. Today, 8:34 am
  • Alberto exits due to left hamstring tightness
    Hanser Alberto left Saturday's Cactus League game due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: It's one thing after another for the beleaguered infielder, who missed all but five minor league games in 2017 due to a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery. Unlike that injury, this one seems to be fairly minor. He's shooting to win a job with the Rangers as a utility player. Yesterday, 3:41 pm
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  • Franklin Barreto smacks solo homer vs. SDP
    Franklin Barreto went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two total RBI in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Padres.

    Advice: Barreto went yard off Tyson Ross in the first inning. The 21-year-old infielder struggled in 25 games with the A's last season, his first foray into big league action. In that 25-game space, he managed a paltry .197/.250/.352 triple-slash while punching in just five extra-base hits in 71 at-bats. He should receive opportunities to fill in here and there as needed during the upcoming season, but figures to begin his year with Triple-A Nashville. Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Engelb Vielma arrives in Orioles' spring camp
    Engelb Vielma arrived at Orioles' camp on Saturday.

    Advice: Vielma had been delayed for a couple of days due to issues with his visa, but all is well now. He'll compete for a utility spot on the O's Opening Day roster. Yesterday, 9:22 am
  • Rodgers homers, drives in two Friday
    Brendan Rodgers slugged a solo homer and drove in another run with a groundout Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Rodgers led off the bottom of the 10th with a solo homer, but the Rockies were unable to complete the comeback. One of the more attractive bats for dynasty league purposes, Rodgers produced a .336/.373/.567 batting line with 18 homers over 89 games last season between High-A and Double-A. The 21-year-old had a .737 OPS during his first test in Double-A, so repeating the level in 2018 should be a good test for him. Friday, 6:53 pm
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  • Anderson launches three-run homer Friday
    Tim Anderson clubbed a three-run homer in Friday’s Cactus League opener against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Anderson owns a flawed approach — with a scary 162/13 K/BB ratio last season — but he finally showed off his speed last September with nine steals. He amassed nine homers in 99 games as a rookie and 17 in 146 games last year, so he could be an interesting fantasy option if he can pick things up on the speed front over a full season. Getting on base more often would help. He has a lowly .289 on-base percentage over his first two seasons in the bigs. Friday, 5:27 pm
  • Twins sign Aybar to minor league contract
    Twins signed SS Erick Aybar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports the deal will pay him $1.25 million plus incentives if he makes the major league roster. He can opt out before the end of spring training. The 34-year-old spent last season batting .234/.300/.348 with seven homers, 22 RBI and 11 steals in 108 games with the Padres. The former Gold Glove winner will compete for a backup role with the Twins. Aybar may get a chance to fill in for Miguel Sano, who reported to camp out of shape and may also be subject to a disciplinary suspension. Friday, 5:03 pm
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  • Tatis Jr. goes yard against the Mariners
    Fernando Tatis Jr. belted a solo home run in a loss to the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: The 19-year-old hit a towering drive to the opposite field off reliever Shawn Armstrong in the eighth inning. Tatis leaped to the top of prospect lists by slugging .281/.390/.520 with 21 homers and 29 stolen bases in 117 games last year at the Single-A level. Friday, 4:36 pm
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  • Sogard has two-run triple in Brewers' win
    Eric Sogard had a two-run triple in Friday’s Cactus League victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: It was the difference in the ballgame. There’s a competition for second base this spring, with Sogard vying for playing time against Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez. Sogard, 31, enjoyed his most productive season to date last year with a strong .273/.393/.378 batting line with more walks (45) than strikeouts (37) over 94 games. He wasn’t nearly as productive as the year moved along — and Neil Walker eventually took over second base — but Sogard offers strong on-base ability. Villar is the more exiting fantasy option, but he had a .293 on-base percentage last season. Meanwhile, Perez owns a .283 career on-base percentage. Friday, 3:48 pm
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    Eric Sogard Mil - 2B,SS
  • Marco Hernandez has setback with shoulder
    Marco Hernandez recently had a follow-up procedure to remove pins from his surgically-repaired left shoulder.

    Advice: The additional operation was required because Hernandez was dealing with some discomfort. He will be sidelined for the rest of spring training and will get a late start to the season. Hernandez had been in the running for a utility job. Friday, 7:08 am
  • Andrus (back) aims to return to workouts Fri.
    Elvis Andrus (back) is aiming to return to workouts in Rangers camp on Friday.

    Advice: Andrus has been resting for the last couple of days after coming down with back spasms. The 29-year-old shortstop carries huge fantasy potential into the 2018 season after slashing .297/.337/.471 with 20 home runs, 88 RBI, 25 stolen bases, and 100 runs scored over 158 games in 2017. Thursday, 11:34 am
  • Baez can earn more time with better approach
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters on Wednesday that Javier Baez will have to show a better approach at the plate to earn more playing time.

    Advice: "[Baez] is at that point now (that) to get those 500 to 600 plate appearances, (he needs to) organize (his) strike zone, accept walks and use the whole field," Maddon said Wednesday. "That would be the next level for him." Baez is still just 25 years old, but his grand total of 64 walks in 1,267 plate appearances speaks to his lack of patience at the plate. He oozes talent, but if he's ever going to reach his ceiling, there has to be a reason for pitchers to throw him more strikes. If he does eventually find that groove, look out. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Bowman: Camargo expected to start at third's Mark Bowman confirms that Johan Camargo is expected to be the Braves' everyday third baseman to start the year.

    Advice: The 24-year-old had a solid first season with the Braves, slashing .299/.331/.452 with 21 doubles in 82 games. There has been speculation that Atlanta could be players for free agent Mike Moustakas, but Camargo showed enough with the bat last year along with solid defense to earn his spot at the hot corner. He could be a fantasy sleeper if some of those doubles turn into homers this summer. Wednesday, 1:20 pm
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    Johan Camargo Atl - 2B,3B,SS
  • Seager (elbow) to DH in first spring games
    Corey Seager (elbow) will DH this weekend in the Dodgers' first few Cactus League games.

    Advice: Seager had no issues with his right elbow during offseason workouts, but the Dodgers are easing him into full-intensity throwing this spring just to be safe. The 23-year-old star shortstop should be 100 percent on Opening Day. Wednesday, 9:10 am
  • A's Jorge Mateo dealing with knee soreness
    Athletics prospect Jorge Mateo is dealing with left knee soreness.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like a major concern, but he'll be held out of the early Cactus League games. It's too bad, as the 22-year-old speedster likely would have seen a lot of playing time early on. Acquired as part of the Sonny Gray deal with the Yankees, Mateo batted .267/.322/.549 with 12 homers and 52 steals over 129 games between High-A and Double-A last year. Tuesday, 8:45 am
  • Chris Owings (finger) behind schedule
    Chris Owings (finger) will be limited at the beginning of spring training.

    Advice: Owings required a second surgery on his fractured right middle finger in November. He's on track to be ready for Opening Day but enters spring training behind the other Diamondbacks position players. Owings is the favorite to start at second base but could ultimately play a number of positions again. Sunday, 7:45 am
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    Chris Owings Ari - 2B,SS,OF
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