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Greg Bird doubled in a run Friday as the Yankees topped the Phillies 4-1.

Bird, the Arizona Fall League MVP, is 3-for-7 with two doubles this spring. The Yankees' pickup of Garrett Jones made Bird much less of an AL-only sleeper this year, but he still might be a candidate to reach the majors this summer if he continues to kill the ball in Double-A. He hit .253/.379/.558 with seven homers in 95 at-bats after moving up to Double-A last year.
Mar 6 - 5:10 PM

Cole Hamels worked two scoreless innings, allowing just a single, Friday versus the Yankees.

Hamels struck out two and walked none with a number of scouts looking on. Even though his track record is pretty much spotless, he'll be watched as closely as any pitcher this spring.
Mar 6 - 5:08 PM

Marco Gonzales started and pitched a pair of scoreless innings Friday in the Cardinals' 5-2 defeat of the Astros.

The 23-year-old Gonzales is competing with Jaime Garcia and Carlos Martinez for one opening in the St. Louis rotation. He's also a possibility to begin the season in the bullpen. We're guessing the Cards will go with Garcia if he's healthy, but Gonzales has plenty of fantasy potential should he become the choice.
Mar 6 - 4:57 PM

Tommy Pham went 4-for-4 as the Cardinals' center fielder Friday against the Astros.

Pham made his major league debut last September, but he was given just two at-bats (striking out in both) with the Cardinals trying to lock off a postseason berth. In Triple-A, he hit .324/.395/.491 with 10 homers and 20 steals in 346 at-bats. Pham turns 27 in two days and he doesn't have anything left to prove in the minors, but he still doesn't figure to make the Cardinals as a bench player. He'd probably be better off in a different organization.
Mar 6 - 4:55 PM

Evan Gattis made his spring debut as a DH on Friday and had a double in three at-bats.

Gattis had some issues with dehydration earlier in the week, but he's just fine.
Mar 6 - 4:52 PM

Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored as the Marlins' leadoff man Friday in a 5-3 win over the Red Sox.

Valdespin probably won't have a spot on the Marlins' Opening Day roster, but his bat remains intriguing. Last year, he had a really impressive 29/36 K/BB ratio in 265 plate appearances while hitting .270/.374/.437 in Triple-A. That's a huge improvement from, say, 2011, when he came in at 110/32 in 670 plate appearances for the Mets' Triple-A club. If he gets another chance at some point, he could surprise.
Mar 6 - 4:43 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Josh Rutledge is viewed as the favorite for the Angels' second base job.

It's not really a revelation, as Rutledge has looked like the obvious favorite since camp opened. He's competing with Johnny Giavotella, Taylor Featherston and Grant Green for the gig. Rutledge doesn't have nearly as much fantasy appeal in Anaheim as he did in Denver, but he could still carve out some usefulness in fantasy leagues as a middle infielder.
Mar 6 - 4:41 PM

Koji Uehara allowed one run and three hits in his inning Friday against the Marlins in his spring debut.

The Red Sox failed to land a shutdown eighth-inning guy this winter, keeping all of their eggs in Uehara's basket. He was so great prior to last August that it'd be crazy to write him off. Still, it'd be nice if Boston had a better backup plan.
Mar 6 - 4:40 PM
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