Use It or Lose It

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David Buchanan gave up a run and five hits over two innings in his start versus the Yankees on Tuesday.

A better first baseman than Ryan Howard might have had a chance at two of the hits that led to a run in the first. Much like the departed Kyle Kendrick, Buchanan will give up plenty of balls in play in front of a mediocre Phillies defense. He might be good enough to last in the rotation all season long, but it's unlikely he'll offer fantasy value at any point.
Mar 3 - 5:33 PM

Yankees prospect Luis Torrens needs season-ending surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Torrens missed the final two months of the 2014 season with a shoulder injury and an offseason of rehab didn't yield enough improvement. The 18-year-old catcher owns a .249/.338/.347 batting line in 109 professional games -- half of them in rookie ball. He's a decent prospect because of his defense, but the kid will now miss an entire spring and summer of potential offensive development.
Mar 3 - 5:08 PM

Pedro Alvarez had a three-run homer and an RBI double as the Pirates held on to beat the Blue Jays 8-7 on Tuesday.

Alvarez went opposite field off Aaron Sanchez in the first. The double also dropped down the left field line. Dalton Pompey lost that one in the sun, though since he was shading Alvarez to pull, he might not have gotten to it anyway. Since he's set to be platooned, Alvarez's fantasy upside might not quite be what it once was. Still, he's a candidate for 30 homers anyway, and he should hit for a higher average since he won't start against lefties.
Mar 3 - 4:58 PM

Joakim Soria threw a successful round of live batting practice Tuesday in Tigers camp.

"By all accounts, he threw very well," manager Brad Ausmus told reporters after the workout. Soria did not exactly shine down the stretch last season for the Tigers, but he'll probably be the next man up for saves this year in Detroit if veteran closer Joe Nathan has more problems.
Mar 3 - 4:57 PM

Aaron Sanchez gave up five runs -- two earned -- and four hits in 1 1/3 innings Tuesday in his start against the Pirates.

Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer off him after a tough error on Josh Donaldson in the first (it was a soft dribbler and not an easy play), leading to the unearned runs. The Blue Jays haven't yet committed to Sanchez as a starter or a reliever, and one bad outing won't factor into their thinking overly much. We're guessing he begins the year in the pen, perhaps in the closer's role.
Mar 3 - 4:56 PM

Jung-Ho Kang homered off the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada in his second at-bat of the spring Tuesday.

The right-handed-hitting Kang took the ball out to right-center, showing some of the power than allowed him to hit 40 homers in Korea last year. He also grounded out and walked in the contest. The plan appears to be for him to open the season as a utilityman, but if he shows a potent bat all spring, it will be difficult to keep him out of the lineup.
Mar 3 - 4:53 PM

Ryan Goins singled twice Tuesday before striking out bunting in the ninth of Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

Goins was sent up to sacrifice with two men on in the ninth, but he showed poor technique and failed three times to get the bunt down, erasing any good feelings left over from his two knocks earlier in the contest. Goins is battling Maicer Izturis and Devon Travis for the second base job in Toronto, with Ramon Santiago and Steve Tolleson on the fringes of the race. Goins offers the best glove of the group, but he's mostly gotten the bat knocked out of his hands during previous major league stints.
Mar 3 - 4:51 PM

Yoenis Cespedes crushed a grand slam in the Tigers' 15-2 rout of the Orioles on Tuesday.

The homer came off Oliver Drake in the fourth inning. Cespedes hit cleanup, something he'll probably do a lot of this spring. Of course, the Tigers are going to want Victor Martinez in that spot on Opening Day, which could result in Cespedes hitting fifth if everyone is healthy.
Mar 3 - 4:39 PM
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