Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 23

Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 23
Ish Smith is hot, while LeBron's Cavs play 2 games this week. Wired looks at alternatives, many that play 4 games in Week 23, including Smith.
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Chris Perez was removed from Sunday's Cactus League game with a minor right ankle sprain.

The veteran right-hander recorded just one out before he succumbed to the injury. The Brewers are expected to make a decision early in the week whether or not Perez will win a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen.
Mar 29 - 6:41 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Sunday that Edward Mujica would begin the season as his team's closer with Koji Uehara sidelined.

Uehara is battling a hamstring injury and isn't likely to be ready for Opening Day. While Mujica had a disappointing season with the Red Sox in 2014, he excelled while filling in for Uehara down the stretch, posting a 2.12 ERA and 14/5 K/BB ratio while making good on all six of his save chances over his final 17 appearances. As long as he has the job to begin the season, he's worthy of starting in all mixed leagues.
Source: WEEI.com
Mar 29 - 6:38 PM

Jason Marquis notched a quality start on Sunday, yielding three runs in six innings as the Reds won 8-6 over the Angels.

Marquis, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013, has already locked up a spot in the Reds' starting rotation. He's had a decent spring showing, posting a 3.46 ERA with a 14/10 K/BB ratio in 26 innings. The 36-year-old holds very little fantasy value.
Mar 29 - 6:33 PM

Orioles reassigned INF Chris Parmelee, OF Dariel Alvarez and RHP Chaz Roe to minor league camp.

With this round of cuts the Orioles have 37 players remaining in big league camp. The 27-year-old Parmelee could have secured a spot on the Opening Day roster with a strong spring, but hit just .160 (4-for-25) with one RBI and eight strikeouts in Grapefruit League competition. He should get a chance with the big league club at some point during the upcoming season.
Mar 29 - 6:31 PM

Andrew Heaney struggled in Sunday's start against the Reds, surrendering six runs in five innings of work.

Four of the runs scored in the third inning, including three on a Chris Dominguez home run. Heaney, who will start the season at Triple-A Salt Lake, gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out five. In Cactus League action, he has a 9.00 ERA in 19 innings this spring along with a 16/7 K/BB ratio.
Mar 29 - 6:30 PM

Brennan Boesch continued to swing a hot bat on Sunday against the Angels, finishing 2-for-5 with an RBI double.

Boesch has hit in four consecutive spring games, three of which included multiple hits. He's hitting .385 (20-for-52) with three doubles, four home runs, and 14 RBI. The Reds are almost certain to include him as a bench player on the 25-man roster when spring training ends.
Mar 29 - 6:27 PM

Chris Dominguez had a fantastic day at the plate on Sunday against the Angels, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a three-run home run.

Dominguez crushed a three-run home run off of Andrew Heaney in the third inning, then added an RBI double in the top of the ninth to polish off a terrific afternoon. He's currently batting .340 (17-for-50) with three home runs and 13 RBI in Cactus League play. Dominguez's strong spring may be enough for the Reds to give him one of the final spots on their 25-man roster.
Mar 29 - 6:25 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Sunday that Andrew Heaney will likely begin the season at Triple-A Salt Lake.

Scioscia said that the team won't need a fifth starter until April 14, and will "most likely" head north with just four starting pitchers. The 23-year-old could have solidified his rotation spot with a strong showing in the spring, but surrendered 19 runs in his 19 innings of work. Heaney could still get his opportunity when a fifth starter is needed, depending on the availability of Garrett Richards.
Mar 29 - 6:18 PM
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