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  • Hitless in first two games
    Witt went 0-for-4 during Saturday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Witt has yet to pick up a hit in his first two games of the season. There's obviously plenty of time left in the season, but it's possible there's some rust to shake off after not getting regular playing time for Team USA during the World Baseball Classic in March. There's no reason to panic at this point, but it's a disappointing start for one of the most talented players in baseball. 15 minutes ago
  • Gets Saturday off
    Kim will sit Saturday against the Rockies, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Advice: Kim started the first two games of the year at second base, going 4-for-7 with two doubles and a run scored. The Padres seemingly want to get everyone involved early, though, as Rougned Odor will start at the keystone Saturday. Today, 1:55 pm
  • Gunnar Henderson at 3B on Saturday for Orioles
    Gunnar Henderson is at third base and batting sixth on Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Henderson drew a pair of walks, but also went 0-for-3 at the dish, while serving as Baltimore's designated hitter in Thursday's season-opening victory at Fenway Park. The 21-year-old top prospect gets the nod at the hot corner for the first time this season to face lefty Chris Sale. It feels like only a matter of time before he's bumped up to a higher spot in the Orioles' lineup. Today, 1:43 pm
  • Padres extend Jake Cronenworth for 7-yrs, $80M
    Padres signed INF Jake Cronenworth to a seven-year, $80 million contract extension.

    Advice: The long-term agreement, which was first reported late on Friday evening, is now official. The versatile 29-year-old infielder will remain in San Diego through the 2030 season as the long-term extension buys out his two remaining arbitration-eligible seasons and five additional free-agent years. He's compiled a robust .255/.337/.429 triple-slash line with 42 homers and 10 steals over 366 games for the Padres since 2020. Today, 1:07 pm
  • Luis Urías (hamstring) likely to miss 6-8 weeks
    Luis Urías will miss 6-8 weeks with a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Saturday that he expects Urías to be more on the two-month end of the recovery timeline. It sounds like the 25-year-old third baseman suffered a serious left hamstring strain during his final at-bat during Thursday's season-opening contest, and might be out until late May or early June, in a best-case scenario. It'll be Mike Brosseau and Brian Anderson handling the hot corner with top prospect Joey Wiemer getting an extended opportunity in Milwaukee. Today, 12:20 pm
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    Luis Urías MIL - 2B,3B,SS
  • Wander Franco batting cleanup on Saturday for Rays
    Wander Franco is batting cleanup on Saturday against the Tigers.

    Advice: It's a notable development since Franco batted second on Opening Day with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound for Detroit. He's been moved to the cleanup spot to face righty Spencer Turnbull with slugger Brandon Lowe moved up the second spot on manager Kevin Cash's lineup card. We'll see if it sticks, but Franco would be in line for some extra run-producing opportunities if he's the Rays' primary cleanup hitter against right-handed pitching. Today, 12:09 pm
  • Sits against lefty
    Turang will hit the bench Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Turang made his MLB debut in the season opener Thursday, going 1-for-3. Owen Miller will take over at the keystone with lefty Justin Steele starting for the Cubs. A strict platoon may be the plan going forward at the position. Today, 10:09 am
  • Cleared from concussion protocol
    Ortiz (concussion) is playing in Florida and is expected to join Triple-A Norfolk for the affiliate's home opener Tuesday, Steve Melewski of reports.

    Advice: Ortiz sustained a concussion during a Grapefruit League game, which wiped out much of his chance to audition for a major-league roster spot. The 24-year-old should be expected to see significant playing time at Norfolk this season, and a strong showing could get him to the majors before the end of the campaign. Today, 10:08 am
  • Making second straight start
    Smith will start in left field and bat ninth in Saturday's game against Philadelphia.

    Advice: Smith is making his second straight start in left field, both coming against right-handers. He was projected for utility work, but center fielder Leody Taveras' oblique injury forced manager Bruce Bochy to adjust the outfield. For the second straight game, Adolis Garcia starts in center and be flanked by Smith in left and Robbie Grossman in right. The Phillies are scheduled to throw left-hander Bailey Falter on Sunday, which will offer a glimpse into Bochy's lineup preferences against southpaws. Bubba Thompson could enter the starting nine in place of Smith in Sunday's series finale. Today, 9:23 am