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Mookie Betts ripped a two-RBI double and a two-run homer on Tuesday versus the Pirates.

Betts took Drew Hutchison deep in the first inning and then got to the right-hander again in the fourth when he plated a pair with a two-bagger. The outfielder has belted two home runs this spring and has batted .340 with a .981 OPS. He appears ready to get the season started.
Mar 28 - 10:29 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is considering batting Nick Castellanos lower in the batting order rather than second.

Castellanos has been hitting second regularly this spring and has been viewed as the favorite to stay in the spot for the regular season. It might still happen, but Ausmus is a little worried about the middle of the order while J.D. Martinez (foot) is out. That could mean batting him sixth instead of second, which really doesn't make sense. Hopefully Ausmus comes to his senses.
Mar 28 - 10:03 PM

Cubs re-assigned 2B Jemile Weeks and OF Chris Dominguez to minor league camp.

Both players are currently injured. Weeks will try to come back as depth at Triple-A Iowa after he recovers from a knee ailment.
Mar 28 - 9:20 PM

Rule 5 pick LHP Caleb Smith has been returned to the Yankees.

The Cubs took a shot on Smith, but he never had a really good shot of cracking their roster. The southpaw posted a 4.26 ERA with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings this spring.
Mar 28 - 9:08 PM

Jesus Aguilar has made the Brewers' roster.

There wasn't any doubt, as Aguilar is out of options and has mashed the ball to the tune of a .463 average, six homers and 16 RBI this spring. The former Indians prospect should see some starts against left-handed pitching and it's not out of the question that he could push Eric Thames for the first base job if Thames gets off to a rough start.
Mar 28 - 8:13 PM

Rockies signed C Ryan Hanigan to a minor league contract.

Hanigan caught on quickly after being cut loose by the Phillies on Monday. MLB.com's Thomas Harding says the deal is worth $1.25 million if Hanigan is in the majors. It's unclear whether the plan is for the Rockies to immediately add him to the big league roster, but he could serve as Tony Wolters' backup while Tom Murphy (forearm) recovers.
Mar 28 - 7:56 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers are willing to eat the entirety of Mike Pelfrey's $8 million salary in order to move him in a trade.

Pelfrey never had a real shot at a rotation spot this spring, and he's struggled with a 7.36 ERA. It appears the Tigers would rather just free up the roster spot than try him out in long relief. While Detroit might be trying to deal him, he'll probably just wind up being released. Pelfrey held a 5.07 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 2016.
Mar 28 - 7:54 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Matt Boyd will open the season as the Tigers' fifth starter.

He beat out veteran Anibal Sanchez for the gig. Sanchez had an awful start this spring but came on really strong of late after tweaking his mechanics. However, Boyd has been arguably the Tigers' best pitcher all camp, putting up a 2.49 ERA and 21/0 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. The left-hander holds a 5.64 ERA over his first 154 2/3 frames in the majors, but he's been excellent in the minors and is a worthy late-round flier in fantasy formats. Sanchez will pitch in long relief.
Mar 28 - 7:48 PM
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