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Ryan Knaus looks at team schedules, updated ranking and injured player outlooks to help owners prepare for the fantasy playoffs.
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Marcus Semien stayed hot Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI in a Cactus League win over the Giants.

Semien is now 5-for-5 with six RBI in six plate appearances this spring. The infielder was one of the focal points for the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija trade, and he's showing why early in camp. The 24-year-old is penciled in as the Athletics' starting shortstop and he should be on AL-only radars -- if not as a flier in deep mixed leagues -- this draft season.
Mar 4 - 6:58 PM

Jesse Chavez allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings in a win over the Giants in the Cactus League Wednesday.

Chavez struck out one batter on the afternoon. The 31-year-old thrived as a starter in the first half of 2014, posting a 3.14 ERA in 19 starts, but he faded down the stretch, was removed from the rotation after July and was scarcely used in September. Chavez will likely start the year in the bullpen but his starting experience makes him a valuable member of the Athletics' staff.
Mar 4 - 6:52 PM

Casey McGehee went 2-for-2 in the Giants' Cactus League loss to the Athletics Wednesday.

The Giants acquired McGehee from the Marlins this winter to fill the void left by Pablo Sandoval. The third baseman batted .287/.355/.357 with the Fish last year, and he'll look to continue that career resurgence in San Francisco.
Mar 4 - 6:47 PM

Jake Peavy allowed two runs on four hits in one inning of work Wednesday in a Cactus League loss to the Athletics.

Too much shouldn't be gleaned from anything this early, but it's certainly not the start Peavy wanted. The 33-year-old will be a mid-rotation starter this year after re-signing with the Giants in December on a two-year deal. Peavy owned a 3.73 ERA over 202 2/3 innings last season.
Mar 4 - 6:44 PM

Matt Kemp was hitless in three at-bats in Wednesday's 4-3 Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

Kemp struck out once and also grounded out and grounded into a double-play. The 30-year-old outfielder was quite productive in a bounce-back season for the Dodgers last year, finishing with a .287 average, 25 home runs, and 89 RBI. The Padres are hoping he comes close to replicating those numbers in a more pitcher-friendly home ballpark.
Mar 4 - 6:42 PM

Jesus Montero singled twice in two at-bats in his spring debut on Wednesday against the Padres.

Montero, who showed up to camp 45 pounds lighter, is hoping to make an impression after years of failing to live up to his hype as a top prospect. It's difficult to see him opening the season in the majors with the Mariners, but a hot spring from Montero may make manager Lloyd McClendon rethink some things about his bench.
Mar 4 - 6:39 PM

Taijuan Walker began his spring with a pair of scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Padres.

The right-hander struck out two, walked none, and allowed one hit. Walker is competing with Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the last spot in the Mariners' starting rotation, so he has plenty of incentive to show his best stuff this spring. The 22-year-old battled shoulder issues last year and accrued only 38 innings in the big leagues en route to a 2.61 ERA.
Mar 4 - 6:35 PM

D.J. LeMahieu went 2-for-2 in Wednesday's Cactus League loss to the Diamondbacks.

LeMahieu won a Gold Glove at second base last season so his job is pretty safe, but a good spring would ease some minds after he hit .267/.315/.348 last year. The 26-year-old was a good hitter in the minors, and he holds some NL-only value if he can keep the position locked down all year.
Mar 4 - 6:33 PM
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