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Orioles placed OF Aneury Tavarez on outright waivers.

The Orioles selected Tavarez from the Red Sox using the No. 12 pick in December's Rule 5 draft. Assuming he manages to pass through waivers unclaimed, he will remain in the Orioles' organization -- though not as part of the active 40-man roster. The soon-to-be 25-year-old outfielder slashed a marvelous .335/.379/.506 with seven homers, 47 RBI and 18 steals over the course of 385 at-bats with Double-A Portland in 2016.
Mar 29 - 5:50 PM

Tony Zych (biceps) threw 10 pitches in a perfect inning during a minor league game on Wednesday.

Zych fanned one in his economical showing. He is next scheduled to throw on Saturday. Offseason biceps surgery precipitated the need to work him along slowly this spring, but he looks to be on track for Opening Day -- or close to it -- barring setback.
Mar 29 - 5:40 PM

Blue Jays reassigned RHP Dominic Leone and C Juan Graterol to minor league camp.

Leone's reassignment is noteworthy, as he had been competing with Mike Bolsinger, Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen. The Jays figure to whittle down that competition further within the next few days. Leone, 25, landed with the Blue Jays after being claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks in November. With a career ERA of 4.07 across 108 1/3 innings pitched, he could potentially earn a call to the big league club as needed during the season.
Mar 29 - 5:35 PM

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
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