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  • J.C. Ramirez hit hard by Royals on Sunday
    J.C. Ramirez struggled in Sunday's Cactus League start against the Royals, surrendering five runs on eight hits over his 4 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Pitching to perhaps secure a spot in the club's opening day rotation, Ramirez turned in perhaps his worst start of the spring. He was tagged for a pair of homers in the contest, with Paulo Orlando and Brandon Moss each leaving the yard during a four-run fourth inning. He now sports a 5.91 ERA in Cactus League competition. Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Arenado slugs two-run homer against Padres
    Nolan Arenado smashed a two-run homer in the top of the first inning Sunday as the Rockies beat the Padres 4-1 in the Cactus League.

    Advice: Arenado mostly struggled at the plate for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but he doubled in his first game back with the Rockies on Friday and the star third baseman took Padres starter Jarred Cosart deep on Sunday. Arenado, 25, should be a top-seven pick in most standard fantasy leagues leading into the 2017 regular season. Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Jabari Blash slugs grand slam versus Cubs
    Jabari Blash finished 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and four RBI in the Padres' 9-4 win over a Cubs split-squad on Sunday.

    Advice: Blash singled and scored in the first inning, led off the third inning with a ground-rule double, and then slugged a grand slam in the top of the fourth off Cubs prospect Jonathan Martinez. Blash boasts a 1.056 OPS with six home runs and 17 RBI in 23 games this spring. He's played his way into a share of the left field job in San Diego. Yesterday, 4:22 pm
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  • Melky goes 2-for-3 in win over Giants
    Melky Cabrera went 2-for-3 as the White Sox beat the Giants 4-3 in Cactus League play on Sunday.

    Advice: Cabrera singled in the first and sixth. He still has a weak .245 batting average and .588 OPS in this year's Cactus League, and he doesn't carry much fantasy upside into the 2017 regular season. Melky did nearly post a career-high in RBI last year with 86, but that came with only 14 home runs. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Hammel blasted for seven runs by LAA
    Jason Hammel was blasted for seven earned runs over six innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Angels.

    Advice: This was the first bad outing of the spring for Hammel, who entered with a 3.14 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in four starts covering 14 1/3 innings. He gave up eight hits and walked two while striking out three. The new Royals starter is lined up to pitch the third game of the regular season. Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • Bauer yields three earned versus Arizona
    Trevor Bauer yielded three earned runs over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bauer struck out eight, but he walked three and gave up seven hits, including a David Peralta home run in the bottom of the third. The right-hander holds a 4.74 ERA in 24 2/3 innings (six starts) this spring, after finishing with a 4.26 ERA in 2016 and a 4.55 ERA in 2015. There are better fantasy options out there. Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Cahill fans eight batters versus Cubs
    Trevor Cahill struck out eight batters over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Cubs.

    Advice: Chicago plated a pair of (unearned) runs in the bottom of the third on a Jeimer Candelario single and a Munenori Kawasaki groundout, after Matt Szczur reached base on a fielding error by Ryan Schimpf. Cahill gave up just two total hits over his five frames, though he did walk four. The right-hander is expected to open the 2017 season in the Padres' starting rotation after posting a 2.74 ERA in one start and 49 relief appearances last year for the Cubs. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Maikel Franco hits fifth home run
    Maikel Franco hit his fifth homer of the spring Sunday in the Phillies' 6-3 win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Franco has just a .215 average and one double in 65 at-bats, so he's added nothing aside from the homers. Still, the Phillies seem set to proceed with him as their cleanup hitter this year. Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • Chad Bettis placed on 60-day DL
    Rockies placed RHP Chad Bettis on the 60-day disabled list with testicular cancer.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Mark Reynolds. Bettis began chemotherapy last week and is slated to miss most of the season. Yesterday, 1:02 pm
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  • Corey Dickerson likely to lead off versus RHP
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times expects Corey Dickerson to begin the season as the Rays' leadoff hitter against right-handers.

    Advice: Topkin projects Kevin Kiermaier to remain in the No. 2 spot and Dickerson to precede him. It's obviously very favorable news for Dickerson for fantasy purposes, as he slugged 22 home runs against righties last season and is a career .288/.335/.552 hitter against them. Dickerson entered Grapefruit League play on Sunday batting .367/.392/.633 with four longballs this spring. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Jesus Sucre expected to make OD roster
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Jesus Sucre is likely to make the Rays' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: He and new addition Derek Norris will form the Rays' catching duo until Wilson Ramos (knee) is ready. Curt Casali or Luke Maile will be the odd men out, with Casali possibly being trade bait. Sucre is a defense-first catcher who probably won't play a ton, so he can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 12:37 pm
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  • Matt Bowman goes two scoreless in relief
    Matt Bowman pitched two scoreless innings Sunday to maintain his flawless spring ERA.

    Advice: Bowman has allowed just an unearned run over nine innings. He has a 7/0 K/BB ratio. The Cardinals carried him throughout last season after taking him from the Mets in the Rule 5 draft. They're able to send him back to the minors now, but they have absolutely no plans to do so. Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Dexter Fowler hits first homer
    Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 and hit his first homer of the spring Sunday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Fowler is off to a fine start with his new team, hitting .351 with a 1.063 OPS this spring. He's expected to be a fixture in the leadoff spot ahead of Aledmys Diaz and Matt Carpenter in the Cardinals' order. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Wong would rather be traded than platooned
    Kolten Wong said Sunday that he would "100 percent" rather be traded than be platooned at second base.

    Advice: It was one of a host of scathing comments from Wong in the wake of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny saying Saturday that the club would consider a platoon at second base. "I honestly don't give a (censored)," Wong said when asked about the team mulling over a platoon. Wong added that he doesn't want to be "wasting my time" with the Cards if they don't have faith in him. They're words Wong probably shouldn't have aired in public, but you can understand his frustration after the club essentially committed to him as the regular second baseman this winter. That said, Wong could make it all a moot point if he simply played better. He sports an underwhelming career .248/.309/.370 batting line and entered Sunday hitting just .182/.265/.250 this spring. Yesterday, 12:00 pm
  • Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) out for Opening Day
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday that it's very unlikely Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) will be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: That has been the expectation for a while now, as Mesoraco simply hasn't gotten enough work this spring with just 14 at-bats and zero full games under his belt. He would seem to have a chance to be ready sometime in April, although the Reds will ease him into action once he's on the active roster. Cincy is slated to open the year with Tucker Barnhart and Rule 5 pick Stuart Turner at catcher. Yesterday, 8:55 am
  • Yankees cut ties with veteran SP Jon Niese
    Yankees released LHP Jon Niese.

    Advice: Niese got a late start to spring training while working his way back from knee surgery, which kept him from ever being under real consideration for one of the open spots in the Yankees' rotation. The club is open to the left-hander sticking around as depth at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he builds up stamina, although it's unclear whether Niese is considering that. Yesterday, 8:48 am
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  • Hanser Alberto (shoulder) has setback
    Hanser Alberto underwent an MRI after having a setback with his ailing right shoulder.

    Advice: The results aren't available yet. Even if they reveal relatively good news, you'd have to think there's still a decent chance Alberto opens the season on the disabled list. Yesterday, 8:42 am
  • Anthony Gose to give pitching a try
    Anthony Gose will begin throwing bullpen sessions as a conversion to pitcher is considered.

    Advice: Gose will play the outfield for Triple-A Toledo, but he could also eventually get into games as a pitcher if he looks good in side sessions. The 26-year-old threw in the mid-90s in high school. Yesterday, 8:02 am
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  • John Gant (groin) to miss a week of action
    John Gant (groin) could be sidelined for the next week.

    Advice: Which means his spring training is over. Gant impressed this spring with a 1.50 ERA over seven appearances before tweaking his groin Saturday. Once healthy, he'll be part of Triple-A Memphis' rotation. The righty will get a shot with the Cardinals at some point, whether it's as a starter or reliever. Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Hanley Ramirez running out of time to play 1B
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that he remains hopeful of Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) playing some first base this spring, but he conceded that they may run out of time.

    Advice: Ramirez's throwing has been limited this spring by a sore shoulder. He's been playing catch for a few weeks without any apparent issues but has yet to test things out in a game. It's not a huge concern given that he's slated to see most of his at-bats in the designated hitter spot this season, but the Red Sox might not be able to play Ramirez at first base against lefties initially as they had planned. Yesterday, 7:00 am
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