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Roberto Hernandez has been named the Astros' No. 5 starter.

Manager A.J. Hinch hasn't decided whether Hernandez will start the third, fourth or fifth game, but the veteran has been told he'll be part of the rotation. The veteran right-hander managed to post a decent 3.71 ERA this spring despite a 5/7 K/BB ratio over 17 innings. He's not a bad guy to have to eat innings, but there's no fantasy value to be had here.
Mar 30 - 9:03 PM

Ian Kennedy was superb Monday, recording seven strikeouts over six scoreless frames in a Cactus League victory over the Reds.

Kennedy issued just one free pass and only one of the six hits he allowed went for extra bases. The right-hander has a solid 3.78 ERA with a strikeout per inning this spring and should continue to be a nice fantasy option while calling Petco Park home.
Mar 30 - 8:47 PM

Anthony DeSclafani was touched up for six runs over six innings of work on Monday against the Padres.

He walked just one and struck out four, but DeSclafani was undone by the longball, serving up three homers. It's a hiccup in what has otherwise been a great spring, as the soon-to-be 25-year-old entered the day with a 1.83 Cactus League ERA. DeSclafani will open the season in the Reds' rotation.
Mar 30 - 8:45 PM

Matt Kemp launched a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Reds.

The dinger came in the fourth inning off of Anthony DeSclafani. Kemp has mashed the ball all spring, as he's now hitting .375 with four homers, five doubles, a triple and 13 RBI. Perhaps even more importantly, he's looked healthy after whispers over the winter that he has arthritis in both of his hips.
Mar 30 - 8:42 PM

Jeff Todd of MLBTradeRumors.com reports that Scott Downs will only accept a major league contract.

Downs was released by the Indians Monday after failing to make the team as a non-roster invitee. The 39-year-old isn't interested in going to Triple-A, which is understandable given his track record. It's not clear whether he might consider retirement if he doesn't get a major league job relatively soon.
Mar 30 - 8:36 PM

Astros purchased the contract of LHP Joe Thatcher from Triple-A Fresno.

Thatcher pretty much just had to not get hurt in order to make the team, and he cemented his case with a 1.23 ERA this spring. The veteran southpaw will be a lefty specialist.
Mar 30 - 8:32 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of LHP Phil Coke from Triple-A Iowa.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Monday that Coke had made the roster, and now the team has made it official. He'll earn $2.25 million on his one-year contract. The left-hander held a 3.88 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 58 innings with the Tigers in 2014.
Mar 30 - 8:27 PM

Trevor Bauer had his good stuff Monday, whiffing seven batters while tossing 6 1/3 frames of one-run ball in a Cactus League win over the White Sox.

Bauer walked just one and was unscathed other than the solo shot he served up to Tyler Flowers. Shockingly, it was the first walk Bauer has issued all spring, as he's often had trouble with his control. He could really take a step forward in 2015 if he can improve his control.
Mar 30 - 8:16 PM
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