According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Jesse Chavez has secured a spot in the Angels' Opening Day rotation.
The right-hander has pitched decently in Cactus League play, compiling a 4.32 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 8 1/3 innings. He joins Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker and Ricky Nolasco as locks to start the season in the rotation, while the fifth spot could be a revolving door until Tyler Skaggs is ready.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday that Matt Duffy's recent setback may not be with his surgically-repaired left heel.
Instead, it may simply be that the ankle and calf around the area need more strengthening. While it doesn't help to cut down his timeline for a return, it would be an encouraging development if there was no new issue with his heel. Tim Beckham is expected to hold down the shortstop position until Duffy is ready.
Indians manager Terry Francona confirmed Friday that Corey Kluber will start on Opening Day.
The veteran right-hander has been brought along slowly this spring after shouldering such a large workload on the Tribe's run to the seventh game of the World Series last year, but he looks ready to go now. When asked about it on Friday, Francona quipped, "There's no doubt in his mind he's pitching Opening Day, That's good enough for me."
Steve Pearce is making his first start in the outfield on Saturday in an exhibition against the Canadian junior team.
It isn't quite Grapefruit League action, but it's a very encouraging sign. Pearce is hitting cleanup and playing left field in that lineup. Barring any setbacks, he should be able to play the outfield on Opening Day as he has been targeting.
Miguel Rojas went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI on Friday, leading the Marlins to a 3-0 victory over the Nationals in Grapefruit League play.
It's just the ninth win for the Marlins on the spring season. Rojas' RBI double plated Ichiro Suzuki in the fourth inning, increasing the Marlins' lead to 2-0. He's hitting a robust .424 with a 1.096 OPS in limited action this spring and should secure a bench spot on the club's Opening Day roster.
Jose Urena was outstanding in Friday's Grapefruit League victory over the Nationals, scattering three hits over four shutout innings.
The right-hander punched out five and didn't issue a walk in the contest. While he came into camp likely to make the Opening Day bullpen as a middle reliever, it appears as though Urena could open the season in the starting rotation. He could be worth a late-round flier in NL-only formats.
Wilmer Difo went 1-for-4 and stole a base as the Nationals fell to the Marlins in Grapefruit League action on Friday.
Difo was hitting out of the leadoff spot in this one. He has had an impressive spring, hitting .318 with a .809 OPS and could give the Nats a reason to keep him on the roster instead of Stephen Drew.
Jacob Turner suffered a loss against the Marlins in Grapefruit League play on Friday, allowing two runs on four hits over his 4 1/3 frames.
The right-hander walked one and struck out three on the night. The former top prospect owns a 5.14 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 14 innings for the Nationals this spring. He'll open the year as rotation depth at Triple-A Syracuse.