Drew Pomeranz held the Rockies scoreless over six innings in Monday's start.
The lefty allowed only two hits and a walk while punching out six batters. The effort will likely help Pomeranz officially notch the No. 5 spot in the Athletics' starting rotation. In 17 2/3 innings this spring, Pomeranz has allowed four earned runs in 14 hits and eight walks while striking out 25.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Phil Coke has made the Cubs' Opening Day roster.
Rosenthal adds that Coke actually opted out of his minor league deal last Friday because he hadn't been added to the roster yet, but he's now been informed he's made the team. It comes as no surprise, as Coke was essentially a shoo-in for the bullpen even though he was on a non-guaranteed deal. He's unscored upon in eight appearances this spring.
Billy Burns went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Monday's Cactus League game against the Rockies.
Burns raised his MLB spring-leading hits total to 27, and his average to .403 (in 67 at-bats) with the effort. He's making about as good a case for inclusion on the Athletics' 25-man roster as possible.
Brett Lawrie walked, swatted a pair of home runs, and drove in four runs in four trips to the plate on Monday against the Rockies.
Lawrie ripped a solo home run to left in the fifth inning against Ryan Arrowood, then added a three-run shot in the sixth off of LaTroy Hawkins. He now has four dingers on the spring along with 10 RBI and a .244 average (10-for-41). Lawrie is hoping to rack up in excess of 500 at-bats this season, which would be a first in the majors for him.
Jason Vargas allowed four home runs over five innings of work in Monday's 11-7 loss to the Rangers.
The four who went yard off of Vargas: Adam Rosales, Leonys Martin, Jake Smolinski, and Ryan Rua. Luckily, all four were solo homers. Vargas gave up "only" five runs on the afternoon on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. It's been a rough spring for the lefty, as he sports a 9.68 ERA in 17 2/3 innings, but his spot in the Royals' rotation is secure.
Lisalverto Bonilla was taken for seven runs in just one-third of an inning in Monday's start against the Royals.
Bonilla served up five hits and a walk before being removed with one out in the first inning. The young right-hander is competing for a role as a long man now that Nick Martinez has won the No. 5 spot in the Rangers' rotation. It's safe to say Monday's outing hurts Bonilla's chances. He has allowed 21 runs (20 earned) in 13 1/3 innings this spring.
Marlins placed LHP Andrew McKirahan on waivers.
The Rule 5 pick will have to clear waivers before being offered back to the Cubs. McKirahan could get claimed, as it was reported last week that a few teams were interested him. The southpaw held a 3.00 ERA with six strikeouts over nine innings this spring.
Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in Monday's slugfest with the Rangers.
Gordon ripped a line drive home run in the sixth inning against Alex Claudio, his first round-tripper of the spring. The two-time All-Star needed the outing, as he entered hitting just .125 (3-for-24). Gordon had wrist surgery in January, but will be ready to go on Opening Day.