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Brock Stassi went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk as a Phillies split-squad topped the Tigers 8-2 on Wednesday.

The Phillies signaled that they'd keep Stassi when they made the move to release Chris Coghlan. Stassi has had an awesome spring, hitting .339 with six homers in 56 at-bats. The power outburst is somewhat out of character; he finished with 12 homers in 375 at-bats in Triple-A last year and his career high is 15 homers. He has a nice approach at the plate and he could contribute in the majors in a limited role, but not a whole lot should be expected.
Mar 29 - 5:24 PM

Justin Verlander gave up four runs in three innings Wednesday in a loss to a Phillies split-squad.

Verlander said afterwards that he was happy with the way he threw, but that he missed with a couple of sliders. A three-run homer off the bat of Daniel Nava did most of the damage. Verlander still had a nice spring on the whole, finishing with a 3.16 ERA. He'll face the White Sox on Monday.
Mar 29 - 5:22 PM

Mikie Mahtook struck out all three times he was up Wednesday against the Phillies.

The plan appears to be for Mahtook to serve as the Tigers' right fielder against left-handers with J.D. Martinez out. An expanded role was also his for the taking, but he's hit just .204 with no homers and a 19/6 K/BB ratio in 54 at-bats this spring.
Mar 29 - 5:20 PM

Derek Fisher hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Astros and Marlins played to a 5-5 tie Wednesday.

Fisher's remarkable spring now includes two homers and 12 RBI to go along with his 11 steals. He needs some more Triple-A time and he'll get it, but he might have a chance of hitting his way into the left-field picture later on.
Mar 29 - 5:14 PM

Dan Straily pitched six innings and allowed just one run Wednesday against the Astros.

That brings his spring ERA down to 4.58. Straily would have been an awful bet to match his 2016 numbers had he remained in Cincinnati. In the much friendlier ballpark in Miami, he has a shot. Still, he's not one of our favorite targets.
Mar 29 - 5:09 PM

A.J. Ramos walked two and gave up a run to blow a lead in the seventh inning Wednesday against the Astros.

Ramos has allowed five runs, walked four and given up a couple of homers in his 5 2/3 innings this spring. He's going to open the season as the Marlins' closer, but the bad spring could lead to Don Mattingly having less patience if he blows a couple of saves early on.
Mar 29 - 5:07 PM

Peter Bourjos went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI as the Rays crushed the Orioles 15-6 on Wednesday.

Bourjos is a shiny new toy for the Rays, so it'll be interesting to see how much he plays early on with Colby Rasmus out. He's been a pretty terrible hitter three years running, finishing with OBPs between .290 and .294 each season, and while he's still an asset defensively, he's not the all-world defender he was when he entered the league. The Rays should treat him as a fifth outfielder, not anything more.
Mar 29 - 5:01 PM

Alex Colome surrendered a pair of solo homers in his inning versus the Orioles on Wednesday.

The wins was blowing out and Colome hadn't had any previous issues with the home run ball this spring, so this probably isn't of much concern. He was one of the AL's best closers last year, and there's no reason that should change this year.
Mar 29 - 4:58 PM
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