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  • Josh Bell clubs three-run homer against Giants
    Josh Bell blasted a three-run homer and collected four RBI on Thursday in the Guardians' blowout win over a Giants split-squad.

    Advice: Bell kicked off the scoring with a three-run blast to right-center field off veteran righty Anthony DeSclafani in the opening frame. The 30-year-old switch-hitting first baseman has gone deep three times in 14 Cactus League contests this spring. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Dominic Smith homers in second straight contest
    Dominic Smith went 2-for-4 with a solo homer on Thursday in the Nationals' 5-4 loss to the Astros in Grapefruit League action.

    Advice: Smith took righty Luis Garcia deep in the opening frame for his third round-tripper of the spring. The 27-year-old slugger is batting a robust .302 (13-for-43) with three homers and eight RBI in 15 games this spring in Grapefruit League play. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Rhys Hoskins out for season with torn ACL in knee
    Rhys Hoskins will miss the entire 2023 season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee.

    Advice: It's a significant loss for the Phillies and fantasy managers as well. Hoskins will undergo season-ending surgery after an MRI on Thursday revealed a torn ACL in his left knee. The 30-year-old impending free agent suffered the non-contact injury during Thursday's Grapefruit League contest against the Tigers. Darick Hall seems like the most likely internal option to take over at first base in his absence. Scott Kingery, Edmundo Sosa and Kody Clemens also figure to see increased playing time for Philadelphia. Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Letting opportunity slip
    Bethancourt has only two hits in 14 at-bats during Grapefruit League play.

    Advice: Bethancourt has a roster spot locked up, but his portion of playing time is undetermined. Francisco Mejia is the other half of the duo behind the plate for the Rays, and he has also struggled this spring. The result could be an even split of playing time between Mejia and Bethancourt to begin the regular season. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Triston Casas doubles twice against Pirates
    Triston Casas doubled twice Thursday in Boston's 7-4 victory over Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Casas was playing for the first time since being scratched Tuesday with finger pain. While Casas continues to be talked about as a leadoff option for the Red Sox, he's hit second and fourth recently, with Christian Arroyo often leading off. Still, as long as Casas is somewhere in the top four, that's good for those drafting him. Yesterday, 5:30 pm
  • Matt Olson hits seventh spring home run
    Matt Olson hit yet another homer and walked Thursday versus the Mets.

    Advice: The homer was a two-run shot off Mike Vasil. Olson has seven homers, two more than Mike Brosseau, Darick Hall and Luke Raley for the spring training lead. He's also tops with his 15 RBI. Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Brandon Donovan strikes out three times
    Brendan Donovan struck out all three times up as the Cardinals' No. 9 hitter Thursday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Tommy Edman led off today with the Yankees throwing a lefty. Donovan didn't start much against southpaws last year, but he likely will this year, unless maybe Paul DeJong really steps it up after returning from injury. Donovan figures to lead off for the most part against righties, with Edman presumably hitting in the bottom third of the order. Yesterday, 3:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Brendan Donovan STL - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • MIA not expected to keep both Gurriel, Iglesias
    According to Barry Jackson and Craig Mish of the Miami Herald, the Marlins are leaning toward keeping either Yuli Gurriel or Jose Iglesias, but not both players. 

    Advice: This would allow the Marlins to carry both Jesus Sanchez (who is out of options) and Bryan De La Cruz on the Opening Day roster. Iglesias would give the Marlins a bit of a safety net for Joey Wendle at shortstop, so there's a case to be made that he could have the leg up. The 38-year-old Gurriel isn't a perfect fit for the roster, though he makes for useful depth given Garrett Cooper's injury history. Neither Gurriel nor Iglesias has exactly distinguished themselves this spring, but something will have to give soon. Yesterday, 3:02 pm
  • Dozier scratched from Thursday's lineup
    Hunter Dozier has been scratched from Thursday's Cactus League lineup. 

    Advice: Dozier took a ball off his lip during batting practice, but it's not a major concern. He should be back to normal in the next day or two. Yesterday, 2:23 pm