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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • JP Sears gives up three runs Thursday vs. Rangers
    JP Sears was charged with three runs (one earned) over 4 2/3 innings on Thursday in a Cactus League start against the Rangers.

    Advice: Sears remains in contention for a spot in the Athletics' season-opening starting rotation. His odds have increased recently with Paul Blackburn (finger) starting the year on the injured list and Drew Rucinski (hamstring) also dealing with an injury issue. Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Cal Quantrill spins 5 2/3 scoreless against Giants
    Cal Quantrill recorded five strikeouts over 5 2/3 scoreless innings on Thursday in a Cactus League start against a Giants split-squad.

    Advice: Quantrill authored a brilliant performance in this one, retiring 17 consecutive batters before issuing a two-out walk to Joey Bart in the sixth inning. The 28-year-old righty has allowed seven runs on 10 hits with a 10/3 K/BB ratio across 12 innings (four starts) this spring in the Cactus League. It was a nice bounce-back after getting roughed up his last time out against the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Anthony DeSclafani allows two homers vs. Guardians
    Anthony DeSclafani was lit up for six runs over four innings on Thursday in a Cactus League start against the Guardians.

    Advice: DeSclafani served up a three-run homer to Josh Bell in the opening frame and also coughed up a two-run blast to Oscar Gonzalez in the fourth inning. He finished with four strikeouts and didn't hand out a free pass. The 32-year-old righty has given up just six runs on eight hits with a 12/1 K/BB ratio across 9 2/3 innings (three starts) this spring in the Cactus League. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Report: Alex Cobb (knee) might open season on IL
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports Alex Cobb (knee) might not be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Nothing official yet from the Giants, who didn't list Cobb on their official injury report earlier this week. The 35-year-old right-hander, who is scheduled to start the Giants' second regular-season game, suffered a left knee contusion when he was struck by a comebacker on March 11 during a spring training start. It sounds like the knee is still bothering him and there's a chance he might open the year on the injured list. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Velo steady, still getting Ks
    Giolito was sitting between 91 and 94 mph with his fastball in his Cactus League start Tuesday, Scott Merkin of reports.

    Advice: For much of Giolito's career, he's averaged around 94 mph with his fastball. That number dipped to 92.7 during a subpar 2022 campaign, so it's slightly concerning that he's struggled to ramp his velocity back up. On the other hand, he's racked up 15 strikeouts across only 9.1 frames while maintaining a respectable 3.86 ERA in Cactus League games this spring. Overall, Goilito will be hoping to bounce back from last season's 4.90 ERA and 1.44 WHIP, which he posted across 161.2 frames. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Trevor Williams solid on Thursday against Astros
    Trevor Williams allowed one run over six innings on Thursday in a Grapefruit League start against the Astros.

    Advice: It was a strong effort from Williams, who piled up five strikeouts and only handed out a pair of free passes. A sixth-inning solo homer from reigning World Series MVP Jeremy Peña represented the lone tally against him. The 30-year-old righty is coming off a strong performance last year with the Mets and will kick off his Nationals debut in their starting rotation. Yesterday, 8:16 pm