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  • Anderson Espinoza stellar in victory over Rockies
    Anderson Espinoza was stellar in Tuesday's Cactus League victory over the Rockies, allowing just one hit and one walk over four shutout innings.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out five batters in the impressive outing. The only hit that he allowed was a leadoff single to Kris Bryant in the fourth inning. It's a great effort in what has otherwise been a rough spring for Espinoza, who sports a 7.20 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over five innings in Cactus league action. He'll open the season at Triple-A El Paso. Today, 12:39 am
  • Jameson Taillon fans nine in victory over Royals
    Jameson Taillon delivered a dominant performance in Tuesday night's victory over the Royals, racking up nine strikeouts over five innings of two-run baseball.

    Advice: Taillon surrendered just two runs on four hits in the ballgame and didn't issue a base on balls. The only blemish on his entire day was a two-run homer that he served up to MJ Melendez in the third inning. His numerous strikeout victims on the night included Melendez, Vinnie Pasquantino (twice), Hunter Dozier (twice), Tyler Gentry (twice), Jackie Bradley Jr. and Michael Massey. Through his first four starts of the spring, Taillon has compiled a 5.40 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and an 18/0 K/BB ratio across 13 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • Jordan Lyles surrenders three runs against Cubs
    Jordan Lyles wasn't at his best in Tuesday night's Cactus League start against the Cubs, giving up three runs on three hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The 32-year-old right-hander struggled with his command in this one, issuing four free passes while striking out three. The Cubs got to him for a pair of runs in the opening inning on a two-run single by Patrick Wisdom. Lyles then served up a solo homer to Christopher Morel in the second. Despite this rocky outing, Lyles has actually pitched decently in Cactus League play -- registering a 3.52 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and a 13/10 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings in his five starts. Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • Set to start Wednesday
    Pepiot (side) is listed as the Dodgers' probable starter for Wednesday's spring game against the Mariners.

    Advice: The right-hander exited his previous Cactus League start Friday due to side discomfort but will make his next turn through the rotation Wednesday. Pepiot made his big-league debut last season and had a 3.47 ERA across 36.1 frames in nine outings (seven starts), and he's making a strong push for a rotation spot to open 2023 with just two runs allowed and a 13:3 K:BB over nine innings during spring training. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Merrill Kelly struggles in WBC final against Japan
    Merrill Kelly struggled against Japan in the Final of the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday night, giving up two runs on three hits in just 1 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Kelly also issued a pair of walks while striking out one in the contest. After navigating a scoreless first inning, the right-hander served up a mammoth 432-foot homer to Munetaka Murakami on the first pitch of the second inning. He then allowed a couple of singles and a walk to load the bases before turning the ball over to Aaron Loup. Kelly was fortunate that only one of the inherited runners came around to score. He got just two swings and misses on 36 pitches in the game, posting a CSW of 25 percent. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Walks an issue this spring
    Moran threw a scoreless inning with two walks in Tuesday's spring training win over Tampa Bay. He's thrown four scoreless innings with four walks this spring. Moran reached 98 mph on the radar gun while pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, reports.

    Advice: Moran gave up one earned run with five strikeouts and two walks in 2.2 innings in the WBC. Moran improved in his second season in the majors to become an impact reliever in the Minnesota bullpen due to his strikeout rate (32.9% in 2022). A big part of his success last season was due to improving his control (allowing just a 11% walk rate from 18.4% in 2021). His six walks in 6.2 innings between the two teams this spring is thus a concern. However, he's set to begin the season as a second lefty setup man in the Minnesota bullpen. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Continues sharp spring
    Lopez threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout in Tuesday's spring training win over Tampa Bay. It was his first outing since throwing three scoreless innings in three games for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: Lopez has looked sharp this spring between the WBC and Grapefruit League action (three scoreless innings with three strikeouts and one walk). Twins manager Rocco Baldelli hasn't given any indications about how he plans to use his bullpen this spring, but Lopez figures to be in the mix for saves. While Jhoan Duran may be the best reliever, Baldelli usually runs his bullpen with disregard to the save statistic. Duran may be used in high-leverage matchups with Lopez pitching the ninth inning, for example. Griffin Jax and Jorge Alcala could also figure into the mix to finish games. Lopez struggled with a 4.37 ERA and just a 18:14 K:BB ratio in 22.2 innings after his trade to Minnesota, so it's encouraging to see him have a strong spring. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Lengthy time between starts
    Gonzales hasn't started an official Cactus League game since March 3 but threw four innings in a "B" game against the Padres on Thursday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    Advice: Gonzales was supposed to log a start Wednesday until rain washed out that opportunity, but he was able to get his work in with the four frames on the Padres side of the Peoria training complex the following morning. Gonzales' most recent time on the mound in official Cactus League action went well, as he'd fired 3.2 scoreless innings against Diamondbacks on March 3. However, the veteran left-hander does have some formidable competition for the No. 5 starter job in Chris Flexen, who's posted a 2-0 record, 2.08 ERA and 1.15 WHIP across 13 innings this spring. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Sonny Gray strikes out five in victory over Rays
    Sonny Gray looked sharp in Tuesday night's Grapefruit League victory over the Rays, racking up five strikeouts over five innings of two-run baseball.

    Advice: Gray scattered five hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. All of the damage done against him came in the third inning as Rene Pinto and Luke Raley clubbed back-to-back solo home runs. The 33-year-old hurler has looked good through his first two Grapefruit League starts -- posting a 2.70 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and an 8/0 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:03 pm