Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 23

Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 23
Ish Smith is hot, while LeBron's Cavs play 2 games this week. Wired looks at alternatives, many that play 4 games in Week 23, including Smith.
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Edwin Jackson threw the ball well on Sunday against the Royals, racking up 4 2/3 scoreless frames.

The right-hander yielded just one hit and one walk while punching out three batters. Jackson has allowed 15 runs in 15 1/3 innings this spring, but six of them are unearned. The Cubs are hoping Jackson's turnaround has come just in time for the start of the regular season.
Mar 29 - 7:16 PM

Edinson Volquez fanned eight while allowing two runs in five innings in his start on Sunday against the Cubs.

Volquez finally had a positive outing, entering the afternoon having allowed 13 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings. He limited the Cubs to six hits and a walk along with the eight strikeouts. The right-hander should get one more spring tune-up before the regular season begins.
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM

Athletics reassigned INF Andy Parino, C Luke Carlin and 1B Max Muncy to minor league camp.

The 29-year-old Parrino hit just .196 (9-for-46) with 11 strikeouts in Cactus League play. He'll continue to function as organizational infield depth for the A's. Carlin is expected to return to big league camp on Tuesday where he'll catch for Barry Zito.
Mar 29 - 6:55 PM

Bruce Rondon (neck) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Monday.

That all depends on how the big right-hander is feeling on Monday however. Rondon woke up with a crick in his neck on Saturday which caused him to take a couple of days off. He should have no problems getting himself ready in time for the start of the regular season.
Mar 29 - 6:52 PM

Chris Perez was removed from Sunday's Cactus League game with a minor right ankle sprain.

The veteran right-hander recorded just one out before he succumbed to the injury. The Brewers are expected to make a decision early in the week whether or not Perez will win a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen.
Mar 29 - 6:41 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Sunday that Edward Mujica would begin the season as his team's closer with Koji Uehara sidelined.

Uehara is battling a hamstring injury and isn't likely to be ready for Opening Day. While Mujica had a disappointing season with the Red Sox in 2014, he excelled while filling in for Uehara down the stretch, posting a 2.12 ERA and 14/5 K/BB ratio while making good on all six of his save chances over his final 17 appearances. As long as he has the job to begin the season, he's worthy of starting in all mixed leagues.
Source: WEEI.com
Mar 29 - 6:38 PM

Jason Marquis notched a quality start on Sunday, yielding three runs in six innings as the Reds won 8-6 over the Angels.

Marquis, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013, has already locked up a spot in the Reds' starting rotation. He's had a decent spring showing, posting a 3.46 ERA with a 14/10 K/BB ratio in 26 innings. The 36-year-old holds very little fantasy value.
Mar 29 - 6:33 PM

Orioles reassigned INF Chris Parmelee, OF Dariel Alvarez and RHP Chaz Roe to minor league camp.

With this round of cuts the Orioles have 37 players remaining in big league camp. The 27-year-old Parmelee could have secured a spot on the Opening Day roster with a strong spring, but hit just .160 (4-for-25) with one RBI and eight strikeouts in Grapefruit League competition. He should get a chance with the big league club at some point during the upcoming season.
Mar 29 - 6:31 PM
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