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  • Productive in Thursday return
    Kelenic (quadriceps) went 1-for-3 with an RBI groundout, a walk and two runs in Thursday's Cactus League win over the Reds.

    Advice: Kelenic was able to draw the start in left field and apparently get through his time on the field without any setbacks. The talented outfielder stayed hot at the plate as well, pushing his Cactus League average to .405 with Thursday's production. Today, 12:10 am
  • Dominates Dodgers in latest start
    Kirby fired five no-hit innings in Wednesday's Cactus League win over the Dodgers, allowing one walk while recording nine strikeouts.

    Advice: Kirby's near-perfect showing was an excellent tune-up for the regular season, with the right-hander needing just 37 pitches to get through his five frames. Kirby has now pitched 8.1 scoreless frames overall in his last two spring training starts, potentially portending a standout second season following his impressive 8-5 record, 3.39 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across his first 25 big-league starts in 2022. Today, 12:06 am
  • Drives in three more Thursday
    Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a solo home run, a walk, three total RBI and three total runs in Thursday's Cactus League win over the Reds.

    Advice: Rodriguez's perfect day at the plate was preceded by a two-double, three-RBI day across three plate appearances Wednesday against the Dodgers, meaning the ultra-talented outfielder has been virtually impossible to put away the last two games. A sophomore slump looks like the last thing fantasy managers will have to worry about with Rodriguez, who's now hitting .464 across 30 Cactus League appearances. Today, 12:01 am
  • 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
  • Returns from sore leg
    Duran threw a scoreless inning in Thursday's spring training loss to Toronto. Duran was hit by a line drive in his leg Sunday during a minor league game.

    Advice: Duran only suffered a bruise and his leg shouldn't be an issue for Opening Day. He'll be a primary weapon in the Minnesota bullpen again, but manager Rocco Baldelli hasn't tipped his hand about his plan for the closer role this spring. While Duran may be Minnesota's best reliever, Baldelli usually runs his bullpen with disregard to the save statistic. Duran had eight saves and 18 holds with a 1.86 ERA over 67.2 innings as a rookie last season. Yesterday, 11:45 pm
  • Looks back to full strength
    Alcala threw a scoreless inning in Thursday's spring training loss to Toronto to lower his spring ERA to 2.35. He's averaging 95.4 mph average on tracked fastballs this spring, reports.

    Advice: After giving up two runs in his first appearance, he's thrown six scoreless innings. He has 11 strikeouts, three walks and just three hits allowed in 7.2 innings. Alcala underwent season-ending arthroscopic debridement surgery on his elbow in August, but looks back to full strength this spring. He's expected to be a key setup man and could figure in the mix for saves with the Twins possibly using a committee approach. Yesterday, 11:41 pm
  • Spring struggles continue
    Mahle gave up three earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 4.2 innings in Thursday's spring training loss to Tampa Bay. His spring ERA increased to 5.93. His fastball velocity did increase to a 92.1 to 94.6 mph range, however, from his last spring start when he was in the 89-93 mph range.

    Advice: Mahle's fastball velocity was noticeably down during his last spring start which was a little concerning, but it doesn't appear to be an issue. Mahle is having a rough spring with 23 hits and three home runs allowed in 13.2 innings. However, he also has a 12:5 K:BB ratio. Mahle is a veteran who has a set spot in the rotation, so his stats may not matter as he just builds up strength for the season. Most importantly, he looks healthy after an injury-plagued 2022 season. Mahle struggled with a sore shoulder last year, ending his season in early September. Yesterday, 11:30 pm
  • Plays in minor league game
    Kepler (hip) played in a minor league game Thursday, reports.

    Advice: Kepler was removed from Sunday's spring game against Atlanta due to left hip tightness. However, it doesn't sound like the injury is serious and he's expected to play in another minor league game Friday. Yesterday, 11:19 pm
  • Chris Flexen surrenders two runs against Reds
    Chris Flexen gave up two runs over four innings on Thursday in a Cactus League start against the Reds.

    Advice: Flexen allowed five hits, struck out two batters and only issued a pair of walks. The 28-year-old righty appears to be on the outside of the Mariners' season-opening starting rotation and will likely settle in as a versatile long reliever. Yesterday, 11:04 pm