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  • Fowler knocks in two runs vs. Indians
    Athletics prospect outfielder Dustin Fowler knocked in two runs with a ground rule double in Friday’s 7-3 win over the Indians in Cactus League action on Friday.

    Advice: Coming off a brutal knee injury, Fowler has struggled to get it going this spring, batting just .185 (5-for-27) over 11 games. His main competition for the starting center fielder gig is Boog Powell, who is hitting .258 (8-for-31) with a .698 OPS. Fowler was the favorite coming into the spring and makes for the more appealing fantasy flier. Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Zimmer swats solo homer vs. A's
    Bradley Zimmer went 2-for-3 with a solo homer against the Athletics on Friday.

    Advice: Zimmer took Daniel Mengden deep to begin the game. The 25-year-old had a bit of an uneven rookie season, hitting just .241 with a .692 OPS while missing time down the stretch with a fracture in his hand. The strikeouts might continue to hurt his batting average upside, but he offers useful pop and elite speed. He could be worth a late-round look in mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Castillo doubles, scores run Friday
    Welington Castillo went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored against the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: Despite playing in just 96 games last year, Castillo slugged a career-high 20 homers while posting a .282/.323/.490 batting line. While Castillo left the Orioles for a two-year, $15 million contract with the White Sox over the winter, he still finds himself in a favorable situation for power hitters. Consider him inside the top-12 options among fantasy catchers. Yesterday, 6:36 pm
  • Lamb delivers two-run double Friday
    Jake Lamb delivered a two-run double and drew a walk in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Dodgers in Cactus League play.

    Advice: The double was part of a three-run third inning against Wilmer Font which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Many fantasy prognosticators have forecasted a drop in production for Diamondbacks’ hitters now that a humidor is coming to Chase Field. Lamb isn’t much of an asset in batting average, so it would be bad news for fantasy owners if his power is impacted. Yesterday, 6:07 pm
  • Bellinger slugs solo homer vs. D-Backs
    Cody Bellinger went 2-for-3 with a solo homer against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: His fourth-inning blast off Michael Blazek was the only offense of the day for the Dodgers. Despite beginning last season in the minors, Bellinger set an NL rookie record with 39 homers while batting 267/.352/.581 over 132 games. In addition to the historic power production, he also stole 10 bases. He’s going to be an early-round selection in mixed leagues this spring, but it could very well be worth it. Yesterday, 6:06 pm
  • Barnes singles, draws walk Friday
    Austin Barnes singled and drew a walk against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: Barnes has had a rough go of it this spring. Not only was he limited to DH duties for a bit due to an elbow issue, but he’s hitting just .136 (3-for-22) during Cactus League action. Barnes appeared to be gaining momentum in fantasy leagues after emerging as the primary catcher late last season, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts now appears inclined to give Yasmani Grandal most of the starts against right-handed pitchers. Yesterday, 6:05 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
  • Franklin goes 2-for-2 with a homer, three RBI
    Nick Franklin went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI in Friday's 16-13 Cactus League win over the Reds.

    Advice: This one was a real barn-burner. Franklin hit a two-run bomb off reliever Dylan Floro in the sixth inning and added an RBI-double in the seventh. The former Mariner, Ray and Angel is making a push to snag a roster spot on the strength of a .379/.424/.724 batting line with two homers and nine RBI in 15 games this spring. Both of his homers have come against the Reds. Franklin has a career .214 batting average with 24 homers and 96 RBI in 300 games. Yesterday, 5:32 pm
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  • 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
  • Josh Donaldson returns to lineup
    Josh Donaldson had a single in three at-bats in his return to Toronto's lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Donaldson sat out the previous few days with some calf soreness. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Denard Span knocks in three runs
    Denard Span tripled, doubled, knocked in three runs and walked Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: The Rays went with a different look yesterday, batting Span third and Kevin Kiermaier in the leadoff spot. Span was back leading off today, though, and he still projects to fill that spot on Opening Day. He'll be a lineup fixture early on, but with his stolen base totals down, he's probably through as a useful mixed-league outfielder. Yesterday, 1:15 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
  • Brito one of several D-Backs optioned
    Diamondbacks optioned OF Socrates Brito, INF Jack Reinheimer, and INF Ildemaro Vargas to Triple-A Reno; and reassigned OF Ramon Flores and RHP Jake Buchanan to minor league camp.

    Advice: The signing of Jarod Dyson essentially guaranteed that Brito was going to begin the year in Triple-A. Now 25, Brito has shown flashes of brilliance in his time with the Diamondbacks, but he's struggled to stay on the field, which makes him hard to trust. An injury to an Arizona outfielder could allow him to see time with the D-Backs, but outside of that he likely spends most of the year in the Pacific Coast League. Yesterday, 10:17 am
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  • Davis (elbow) expected to return on Sunday
    Chris Davis (elbow) is expected to return to the lineup for the Orioles on Sunday.

    Advice: There was some hope that Davis might be able to return on Saturday -- which is Davis's birthday -- but Baltimore will reportedly give him one extra day of rest before putting him in the lineup. He'll be ready for Opening Day, and he'll look to bounce back from his disappointing 2017 campaign. Yesterday, 9:24 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
  • 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
  • Conforto (shoulder) to play in minors game
    Michael Conforto (shoulder) will play in a minor league game on Friday.

    Advice: Conforto is scheduled to get four at-bats in the contest. It will be the first time he'll play in a game since undergoing surgery to repair a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder. This is certainly a positive development, and it's becoming more and more likely that he'll be able to return earlier than his original May 1 timetable. Yesterday, 6:15 am
  • Sano scratched from lineup with bruised knee
    Miguel Sano was scratched from Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays with a bruised right knee.

    Advice: Sano is listed as day-to-day. The 24-year-old infielder also suffered a stress reaction in his left shin in 2017 that required surgery, but assuming the knee issue isn't serious, he should be ready to go for Opening Day. He also could be facing a suspension related to a sexual assault accusation brought against him, however. Yesterday, 6:11 am
  • Pence leads Giants with three hits Thursday
    Hunter Pence contributed three hits Thursday in the Giants’ Cactus League loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Pence legged out a triple in the fourth and came around to score on Evan Longoria’s RBI single to right field. He later drove in a run of his own with an RBI single in the fifth inning. Pence entered Thursday’s action with a .167 average in Cactus League play, so he really needed this. Thursday, 10:02 pm
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