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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Saturday that Michael Fulmer will start the team's home opener against the Red Sox on Friday, April 7.

With Justin Verlander set to start on Opening Day, expect Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris to work in some order in the second and third games of the season. Matt Boyd continues to be the leading candidate for the fifth and final spot in the rotation to start the season.
Mar 25 - 11:10 AM

Chris Stewart (groin) is optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

The veteran backstop underwent a precautionary MRI after leaving Friday's Grapefruit League contest with a sore left groin. He felt much better on Saturday morning though and has been prescribed only rest and treatment for the injury. He'll serve as the primary backup behind starting catcher Francisco Cervelli in 2017.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 25 - 10:59 AM

Roberto Osuna (back) is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Monday.

The right-hander hasn't pitched since returning from the World Baseball Classic due to back soreness related to his mattress. He has since got a new one and feels much better, so don't expect this issue to linger heading into the regular season.
Mar 25 - 10:55 AM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are nearing a six-year contract extension with Rougned Odor that's expected to be around $50 million.

Odor has been reportedly seeking a six-year pact in the neighborhood of $52.5 million, which is the figure Jason Kipnis landed in a similar spot after the 2014 season. Kevin Kiermaier was in a similar situation this offseason and secured a six-year, $53.5 million extension from the Rays that Grant notes could serve as a blueprint for the Odor deal. The 23-year-old hit .271/.296/.502 with 33 homers, 88 RBI and 14 stolen bases in a breakthrough 2016 season.
Mar 25 - 10:50 AM

Gregory Polanco was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League lineup due to left shoulder discomfort.

While it doesn't sound like anything more than a minor issue, it's not the type of thing you want to be hearing so close to the start of the regular season, especially right in the thick of fantasy draft season. This shouldn't impact his availability for Opening Day, but could cause the risk-averse drafters to let him slide a few more picks.
Mar 25 - 10:45 AM

Tyrone Taylor is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after tweaking his hamstring during an outfield drill.

The Brewers have a wealth of young talent in the outfield both at the major league level and in the minor leagues, so it's hard to see Taylor breaking through to the big leagues in 2017. The 23-year-old hit .232/.303/.327 with nine homers, 34 RBI and nine stolen bases in 134 games at Double-A Biloxi in 2016.
Mar 25 - 10:31 AM

Braves released RHP Blaine Boyer.

The club informed him on Saturday that he wouldn't be making the Opening Day bullpen and have given him an opportunity to latch on elsewhere. If he's unable to land a big league job, they would love to have him back on a minor league deal to function as bullpen depth at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Mar 25 - 10:25 AM

The Astros informed Reid Brignac on Saturday that he won't be making the Opening Day roster.

He made a case for a reserve role with a strong showing in Cactus League play, hitting .326/.370/.512 with a homer and 10 RBI in 43 at-bats. He'll remain on the major league side of camp for now.
Mar 25 - 10:20 AM
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