Billy Butler clubbed his fourth Cactus League home run as the Athletics topped the Brewers 7-0 on Sunday.
He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk, with his solo blast coming off Tyler Thornburg in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old hit just nine home runs during the 2014 season, so the power outburst this spring is certainly a welcomed sight. He's now hitting .250 with four homers and 11 RBI on the spring season.
Kendall Graveman was outstanding in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Brewers, hurling 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball.
The 24-year-old allowed just three hits on the afternoon while punching out three. He has had an unbelievable spring, registering a 0.42 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. While nothing has been made official, he's considered a favorite to land one of the final spots in the Athletics' Opening Day rotation and a very intriguing target in the late rounds of mixed league drafts.
Jonathan Lucroy went 1-for-3 and swiped his first base of the spring as the Brewers fell to the Athletics in Cactus League play on Sunday.
He was one of the few bright spots for the Brewers offense who were shutout on just four hits on the day. It's especially encouraging to see Lucroy active on the bases after being sidelined early in camp with a hamstring injury. He's having a monster spring, hitting .414 with three homers and eight RBI in 26 at-bats.
Tyler Thornburg struggled in Sunday's Cactus League outing against the Athletics, surrendering three runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings.
Thornburg walked one and struck out one on the day. He's considered a favorite to land a spot in the Brewers' Opening Day bullpen where he's expected to work in middle relief.
Rays manager Kevin Cash admitted Sunday that Brad Boxberger is expected to be the Rays primary fill-in at closer while Jake McGee is sidelined.
Cash elaborated, "With some other guys, but for what Box did last year and the confidence we have in him, I would definitely anticipate him pitching in those leverage situations." While it's unclear if he has any chance of holding the job once McGee is up and running, Boxberger should have plenty of mixed league value for the first month-plus of the season.
Brewers released RHP David Herndon.
The 29-year-old hurler hasn't appeared in a major league game since the 2012 season and has been limited to just 31 appearances the past three seasons due to various injuries. He'll look to latch on elsewhere.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that Juan Uribe was held out of action on Sunday with an upper respiratory ailment.
Mattingly expects Uribe to be back in the lineup on Monday and doesn't expect the issue to be recurring. The 36-year-old will begin the year as the Dodgers starting third baseman, but with Alex Guerrero and Hector Olivera breathing down his neck, it's unclear how long they'll keep him at the hot corner if he comes out of the gates slowly.
Micah Johnson continued his impressive Cactus League season, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the White Sox topped the Indians 4-1 on Sunday.
The speedy infielder has all but locked up the team's starting job at second base, hitting .347 (17-for-49) with a homer, six RBI and three stolen bases. While he'll hit near the bottom of the White Sox lineup, his speed alone should provide plenty of mixed league value.