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Matt Stroup breaks down some late-season lineup options, including Ish Smith, Chase Budinger and Jason Terry, in the latest Roundball Stew.
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Carlos Gonzalez was removed from Friday's Cactus League contest against the Padres with a sore left knee.

The oft-injured outfielder walked off with the team trainer in the middle of the fourth inning. The Rockies announced that he was pulled for precautionary reasons, so at the moment it doesn't sound to be a serious concern. This shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season.
Mar 27 - 11:51 PM

Eric Hosmer blasted a two-run homer in the first inning on Friday, powering the Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Mariners in Cactus League play.

He victimized opposing starter James Paxton with the towering drive to right field. It was Hosmer's lone hit in three at-bats, striking out in his other two trips. The 25-year-old is having a strong spring, hitting .319 (15-for-47) with three homers and 10 RBI. The former top prospect could be in line for a breakout season in 2015.
Mar 27 - 11:45 PM

Yordano Ventura was outstanding in Friday's Cactus League start against the Mariners, hurling seven innings of no-hit ball.

Ventura whiffed four on the evening, while the only baserunners he allowed were on a pair of walks. It was far and away the best start of the spring for the young right-hander who sports a 5.14 ERA and 13/6 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. Recently tabbed as the Royals' Opening Day starter, Ventura will look to carry over this dominating effort into the regular season.
Mar 27 - 11:41 PM

Mike Zunino went 0-for-1 and drew a pair of walks as the Mariners fell to the Royals in Cactus League play on Friday.

He was actually one of the lone bright spots for the Mariners offense in this one as they tallied just one hit against Yordano Ventura and company. The 24-year-old backstop is having a strong spring, hitting .282 (11-for-39) with four homers and eight RBI.
Mar 27 - 11:40 PM

James Paxton struggled in a losing effort against the Royals on Friday, surrendering five runs (two earned) on four hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.

While his defense did him no favors, Paxton certainly didn't help his own cause by issuing three free passes. The 26-year-old southpaw wasn't quite as sharp as he was in his first Cactus League start and now owns a troublesome 1.86 WHIP through eight spring innings.
Mar 27 - 11:37 PM

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday that he will wait until after Monday's off day to announce his leadoff hitter.

The most likely scenario is that Scooter Gennett gets the job while Carlos Gomez is moved down into a run-producing spot. The issue holding things up is whether Roenicke and company can trust Gennett enough against left-handed pitching to produce in that role. If he is indeed named the leadoff hitter, it will be a nice boost to his overall fantasy value.
Mar 27 - 11:35 PM

The Diamondbacks received good news on Friday when MRI results revealed no ligament damage in the elbow of reliever Matt Stites.

It's the second MRI that Stites has undergone as he had been bothered by a sore elbow since the beginning of spring camp. This one, as well as the first, revealed only inflammation. He's still likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but should be an option for the Diamondbacks bullpen early in the season.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 27 - 10:42 PM

Homer Bailey (elbow) went three solid innings in a Triple-A game on Friday, allowing just one run on three hits.

The 28-year-old right-hander threw 41 pitches on the afternoon, 25 of them for strikes. He continues to progress in his recovery from a tear in the flexor tendon of his right elbow. While he won't be ready for Opening Day, he should be ready to join the Reds rotation in mid-April.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 27 - 10:31 PM
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