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  • Volquez gives up a run in one-inning start
    Edinson Volquez gave up a run in his lone inning of work in a start against the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: This will be his first season with the Marlins after spending the last two years with the Royals. His 5.37 ERA in 34 starts last year was not good. He was a quality pitcher before that, delivering a 3.55 ERA in 2015 and a 3.04 ERA in 2014. He has a rotation slot locked down in a good pitcher's park in Miami. Fantasy owners should expect Volquez to bounce back somewhat this year. Rotoworld.com 17 minutes ago
  • Weaver gives up one run in two innings Sat.
    Luke Weaver allowed one run in two innings while facing the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out one. Weaver may be the guy who benefits from Alex Reyes' season-ending arm surgery. He figures to be the fifth starter in the Cardinals' rotation to begin the season. He had a 5.70 ERA but struck out 45 batters in 36 1/3 frames in his first taste of the majors last year. Rotoworld.com 27 minutes ago
  • Peacock fires two scoreless innings vs Tigers
    Brad Peacock started against the Tigers on Saturday and delivered two scoreless innings on two hits while fanning one.

    Advice: He figures to begin the season in the bullpen but will try to beat out Mike Fiers and Joe Musgrove for the fifth rotation slot early in the spring. He finished last season with a 3.69 ERA in 31 2/2 innings split between five starts and five relief appearances. Rotoworld.com 36 minutes ago
  • Verlander throws two scoreless frames Sat.
    Justin Verlander gave up a hit and a walk but did not allow a run in his two innings versus the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out a pair in his first start of the spring. After a down season in 2015, he bounced back last year with a 3.04 ERA and 16-9 record. His 10.04 strikeouts per nine innings was the second-best mark of his career. He doesn't throw as hard as he used to but he remains one of the best pitchers in the American League. Rotoworld.com 43 minutes ago
  • Gonzalez tosses one scoreless inning vs Mets
    Gio Gonzalez drew the start and tossed one scoreless inning as the Nationals defeated the Mets 8-6 on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out one batter and didn't allow any hits. He has a rotation slot locked down and will gear up slowly for the regular season. The veteran's 4.57 ERA last season was his worst since 2009 with the Athletics. He gave up a career-high 19 home runs last season after allowing a remarkably-low eight longballs in 2015. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:53 pm
  • Gilmartin allows one run in two innings Sat.
    Sean Gilmartin started versus the Nationals on Saturday and allowed one run on one hit in two innings.

    Advice: He gave up a home run to Bryce Harper in his second inning of work to account for the only blemish on his line. He is unlikely to make the Mets' rotation and will need a sterling spring to earn a spot in the bullpen. He pitched in 14 games for the Mets last year, finishing with a brutal 7.13 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. The left-hander will try to regain his 2015 form in which he put up a 2.67 ERA in 57 1/3 frames. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:39 pm
  • Gerrit Cole to start Opening Day for Pirates
    Gerrit Cole has been announced as the Pirates' Opening Day starter.

    Advice: He'll toe the rubber against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 3. This marks Cole's first career Opening Day start. Cole was an absolute stud in 2015 before injuries caused him to unravel last season. He's a strong bounce-back candidate. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:30 pm
  • Daniel Hudson gives up run against Orioles
    Daniel Hudson, who is contending for the closing gig in Pittsburgh, allowed a run in his inning against the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two. Ideally, Hudson would have a strong spring and open the season as the Pirates' closer, allowing the team to use Tony Watson in more of a matchup role. Still, it remains to be seen how that will work out. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:23 pm
  • Ynoa allows a run in two innings vs Pirates
    Gabriel Ynoa surrendered one run on three hits during his two-inning start versus the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out one without issuing a walk. He was acquired from the Mets over the winter after struggling to a 6.38 ERA in 18 1/3 innings last season. He has a good minor-league track record and is likely to spend time at Triple-A until a rotation slot opens up in Baltimore. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:22 pm
  • Brault tosses scoreless inning vs Orioles
    Steven Brault started versus the Orioles on Saturday, tossing one scoreless inning was the Pirates won 5-2.

    Advice: He fanned one batter and didn't allow a hit or walk. The 24-year old saw major league time last season, delivering a 4.86 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. He is battling with Chad Kuhl and Drew Hutchison for the fifth slot in the Pirates rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:12 pm
  • Hector Neris blows save in ninth
    Hector Neris took a blown save after giving up a run in the ninth Saturday against the Yankees.

    Advice: He got the win after the Phillies scored in the bottom of the ninth. Still, Neris didn't do his job in this one. Neris was the Phillies' best reliever last year, but the team has already indicated that Jeanmar Gomez will re-assume the closer's role to open this season. That still leaves Neris one of the most intriguing setup men for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:10 pm
  • Adam Warren perfect against Phillies
    Adam Warren retired all six Phillies he faced in his start Saturday.

    Advice: Warren seems more likely to open the season as a middle reliever than as a starter, but he'll make sense at the end of AL-only drafts. He could vulture several wins while often coming into games a run or two down. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:08 pm
  • Montgomery and Anderson could share spot
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday that Mike Montgomery and Brett Anderson could share the fifth starter's role, rather than either winning it outright this spring.

    Advice: Neither hurler is stretched out to 200 innings, so they could alternate in the role throughout the season with the other serving as as long man in the bullpen. While the idea makes sense from the Cubs' perspective, it detracts from the potential fantasy value of both left-handers. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:51 am
  • Eduardo Rodriguez throws live BP Saturday
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) made it through a live batting practice session without any issues on Saturday.

    Advice: It's the first live session that he's had this spring and a big step in the right direction for the southpaw. The next step is for him to complete a side session early in the week and if all goes well he'll make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Rays. Rodriguez is locked in a battle with Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz for the final two spots in the club's Opening Day rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:39 am
  • Ryu will throw one more bullpen before game
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will complete one more bullpen session before he'll pitch in Cactus League play.

    Advice: Ryu felt fine after his simulated game on Friday, but he and Scott Kazmir both need to be slotted into the spring rotation which will take a few days. It will be interesting to watch how things play out regarding the Dodgers rotation if everyone is healthy, as there are seven viable arms competing for five spots. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:08 am
  • Orioles outright T.J. McFarland to Triple-A
    Orioles sent LHP T.J. McFarland outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: McFarland cleared outright waivers, but must now either accept his outright assignment or can opt for free agency. The club hopes to keep him in camp to compete for a spot in their Opening Day bullpen. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:03 am
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  • Cueto not expected to arrive this weekend
    Johnny Cueto is not expected to arrive to Giants' spring camp this weekend.

    Advice: Cueto is still working on getting a visa for his father, who is battling illness in his native Dominican Republic. The right-hander has been throwing at a facility in the Dominican Republic and shouldn't be far behind the team's other starters once he finally arrives. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:00 am
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  • Jeff Locke MRI reveals no structural damage
    Jeff Locke's recent MRI revealed no structural damage.

    Advice: While that's encouraging news, the left-hander will be shut down from throwing for the next seven days. The more time that he misses this spring, the harder his chances will be of securing a spot in the club's Opening Day rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:50 am
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  • Chris Sale set for Red Sox debut on March 6
    Chris Sale is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start with the Red Sox on March 6 against the Astros.

    Advice: Sale logged 226 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 2016, so the Red Sox are doing the wise thing and easing him into action this spring. He joins David Price and Rick Porcello to form as formidable a threesome as exists in the American League heading into 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:34 am
  • Iwakuma scheduled for side session Tuesday
    Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to throw a side session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Mariners have Iwakuma on what is termed a "go slower" plan this spring, easing the veteran right-hander into action. He isn't expected to make his Cactus League debut until March 3 at the earliest. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:29 am
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