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  • Keeps raking in Thursday's tie
    Smith went 3-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring singles that netted three RBI, a double and a run in a Cactus League tie with the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Smith's torrid spring continued with his fourth multi-hit effort of Cactus League play, which pushed his average to .385 and his RBI total to 14. The 26-year-old does have 15 strikeouts in 46 plate appearances, but the upside he's flashed when putting the ball in play seemingly gives him job security as a reserve infielder who could progressively work himself into a solid amount of playing time. Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Ramón Urías day-to-day with right thumb contusion
    Ramón Urías is day-to-day with a right thumb contusion.

    Advice: Urías was scratched from the Orioles' lineup for Thursday's spring training contest against the Tigers after taking a grounder off his right thumb during batting practice. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told reporters afterwards that he doesn't anticipate it being a major issue. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Rodolfo Castro homers in loss to Red Sox
    Rodolfo Castro homered in one of his two at-bats off the bench Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It's the second homer of the spring for Castro. His 17/1 K/BB ratio in 46 at-bats leaves a great deal to be desired, but none of the Pirates' options for second base have been any more impressive. as is, Castro has a .646 OPS, Ji Hwan Bae is at .586 and Tucupita Marcano is at .466. Mark Mathis is at .661, but his best moments came before he was picked up from the Rangers. Yesterday, 5:20 pm
  • Eduardo Escobar goes 0-for-4 against Braves
    Eduardo Escobar went 0-for-4 on Thursday, leaving him 3-for-26 this spring.

    Advice: Escobar also went just 1-for-10 for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. He's leaving the door open for the Mets to choose Brett Baty as their primary third baseman. However, that maneuver would require some roster juggling on a team with seemingly no open spots. Either Luis Guillorme would have to be sent down (unlikely) or Darin Ruf would be released. Yesterday, 4:46 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
  • 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
  • Reassigned to minor-league camp
    The Twins reassigned Soto to minor-league camp Thursday, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

    Advice: Soto spent all of last season with Triple-A St. Paul, finishing with a .223/.320/.342 slash line and 32 RBI. The 33-year-old infielder has struggled to get past Triple-A for the majority of his career, and he will likely continue to struggle to do so in 2023. Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • Urías, Tellez back in Brewers' lineup on Thursday
    Luis Urías and Rowdy Tellez will return to the Brewers' lineup on Thursday against the Padres. 

    Advice: Urías and Tellez participated in the World Baseball Classic with Mexico, who lost a thrilling semifinal matchup against Japan. However, they are now ready to get geared up for the regular season. Devin Williams, who played with Team USA, is expected to get back in action on Friday or Saturday. Yesterday, 1:20 pm
    New Player Note
    Luis Urías MIL - 2B,3B,SS
  • Moncada, Anderson expected in White Sox lineup Fri
    Yoán Moncada and Tim Anderson are expected to return to the White Sox lineup on Friday. 

    Advice: Both players have returned from their respective teams -- Moncada with Cuba and Anderson with Team USA -- in the World Baseball Classic. The news on Moncada is encouraging, as he had a minor scare in a collision with teammate Roel Santos in the WBC semifinals on Sunday. He was left with a bruised rib, but fortunately a concussion was ruled out. Yesterday, 1:03 pm