Byron Buxton, hitting out of the third spot in the Twins' lineup, went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Friday's Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles.
He has spent most of his time batting leadoff this spring, but Brian Dozier was there on Friday as manager Paul Molitor looks to be tinkering with potential lineups. The boost to his counting stats if he were to open the season hitting third could be substantial.
Ervin Santana was dominant in Friday's Grapefruit League start against the Orioles, racking up six strikeouts while not allowing an earned run over four innings.
The right-hander allowed just an unearned run on four hits and a pair of walks on the night. He looks to be in mid-season form already and is expected to take the ball on Opening Day for the Twins.
Trey Mancini clubbed his third home run of the Grapefruit League season on Friday as the Orioles and Twins played to a 5-5 tie.
His three-run shot off Drew Rucinski tied the game in the seventh inning. He finished the night 2-for-4 and is now hitting .333 with three bombs and 11 RBI on the spring. At this rate, it's hard to see him not winning a spot on the Opening Day bench.
Mike Wright was knocked around in Friday's Grapefruit League start against the Twins, surrendering five runs on seven hits in just two innings of work.
All of the damage against him came during a five-run uprising in the second inning. Wright is expected to reprise his role as a swing man in the O's bullpen to start the year while being the next man up should anyone in the rotation sustain an injury. His fantasy value is minimal.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Indians and Jose Ramrirez have reached an agreement on a four-year, $26 million contract extension.
The deal will also include two club options at $11 million and $13 million respectively. In total, the deal could be worth more than $50 million over the six years and keep Ramirez in Cleveland through the 2023 season. Ramirez hit .312/.363/.462 with 11 homers, 76 RBI and 22 swipes during a breakout 2016 campaign.
Kennys Vargas was forced to leave Friday's Grapefruit League contest with a left foot contusion.
The Twins are calling him day-to-day and this isn't expected to put his Opening Day in jeopardy. He fouled a ball off of his foot and was hobbling around afterwards so he was lifted for precautionary reasons.
Logan Forsythe had a two-run single, walked twice, and scored a run in the Dodgers’ 13-6 win over the Diamondbacks in Cactus League action on Friday.
While a deal for Brian Dozier almost looked like a foregone conclusion at one point over the winter, the Dodgers acquired Forysthe instead in January and appear prepared to go into the season with him as their primary leadoff hitter. The 30-year-old hasn’t provided any reason to change their minds. He’s hitting .424 (15-for-34) with a .472 on-base percentage this spring.
Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk, and two runs scored in his return to action Friday against the Diamondbacks.
It was his first game since tweaking his elbow on a check swing last Sunday. Gonzalez hasn’t had the smoothest spring, but he should be ready for the season if he can avoid setbacks. He still carries the name appeal in fantasy leagues, but his sharp drop in fly ball rate (and home runs) last season can’t be ignored.