Aason Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Yankees' 3-1 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
While he hasn't matched Greg Bird bomb for bomb, Judge has certainly done what he needed to do this spring to solidify a starting job that seemed to be his to lose. Still, the Yankees have hinted that they might send him to the minors anyway. If so, they'd be bypassing him in favor of someone in Aaron Hicks who was terrible last year and who hasn't quite matched him in the OPS department this spring (.975 to .889).
Twins manager Paul Molitor expressed confidence that Robbie Grossman (groin) will be ready for Opening Day.
Grossman has been working his way back from a groin injury suffered in mid-March. He went through a full workout on Monday and will serve as designated hitter in Grapefruit League action on Thursday. Unless word surfaces to the contrary, he should be available when the Twins take on the Royals in their regular-season opener on Monday.
Jordan Montgomery held the Blue Jays to one run in five innings on Wednesday.
Montgomery did nothing to hurt his case for a rotation spot today. The Yankees will name a fourth starter within the next day or two. They don't intend to pick a No. 5 until they need one in mid-April. Montgomery could get either spot, and if he does, he'll be worth trying in AL-only leagues.
J.A. Happ pitched four innings of one-run ball Wednesday against the Yankees.
Happ allowed two hits, walked none and struck out two to finish the spring with a 1.76 ERA. His season debut will come next Wednesday against the Orioles.
Dodgers signed RHP Jair Jurrjens to a minor league contract.
Jurrjens is coming off a spring stint with the Netherlands team in the World Baseball Classic. The veteran right-hander last pitched in the bigs back in 2014, when he was with the Rockies. During that brief stint, he surrendered 11 runs on 20 hits in just 9 1/3 innings. He was out a professional job this past season.
Melvin Upton Jr. went 0-for-3 as the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter Wednesday against the Yankees.
Upton is 6-for-32 with two homers and a 9/1 K/BB ratio this spring, so he hasn't done anything to earn himself extra playing time in left field. The Jays will probably keep him and use him against left-handers, but that's not going to lead to much value, even in AL-only leagues.
ByungHo Park had a two-run homer and an RBI groundout to lead the Twins past the Red Sox 5-3 on Wednesday.
Park is leaving nothing to chance; he's up to six homers and an 1.159 spring OPS now. The Twins will likely officially re-add him to their 40-man roster tomorrow or Friday. Then it will just be a matter of where he hits in Monday's opener.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com passes along that the Cardinals are "leaning toward" starting Lance Lynn (rib) against the Cubs on April 5.
Lynn suffered a rib injury in his last Grapefruit League start. He is set to start a minor league contest on Thursday. The Cardinals are waiting to see how his injury holds up in the minor league game before they officially lock Lynn's regular-season debut into place.