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Johnny Cueto became the National League's first 16-game winner on Saturday by limiting the Cubs to two runs over eight innings as part of a 5-3 victory.

Cueto gave up a two-run homer to Alfonso Soriano in the top of the first inning, but held the Cubs scoreless the rest of the way. All told, he allowed just three hits while walking none, striking out eight and hitting a batter. He's currently second in the National League behind Jordan Zimmermann with a 2.44 ERA and is improving his case for the Cy Young award by the minute.
Sat, Aug 18, 2012 04:18:00 PM

Devin Mesoraco (quad) is not in the Reds' Cactus League lineup on Monday afternoon.

Mesoraco was lifted from Sunday's game after pulling up lame while rounding third base on a double by teammate Brennan Boesch. The injury was initially called a cramp, but Mesoraco's absence Monday suggests it might be more serious. Or maybe the Reds are just being careful.
Source: MLBlogs
Mar 30 - 11:08 AM

According to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch, "every indication is that" Carlos Martinez will open the 2015 regular season as the Cardinals' fifth starter.

Jaime Garcia was probably the frontrunner for the spot as recently as last week, but his shoulder issues have suddenly resurfaced. Martinez possesses terrific raw stuff and is worth a flier in pretty much every standard mixed fantasy league. Marco Gonzales will presumably be optioned to Triple-A Memphis when camp breaks.
Mar 30 - 10:38 AM

Red Sox placed C Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

This feels like confirmation that Vazquez is going to need season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Boston acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals on Monday morning to back up Ryan Hanigan. And top prospect Blake Swihart may be put on the fast track.
Mar 30 - 10:06 AM

Drew Smyly (shoulder) has been cleared to throw live batting practice this Wednesday.

If that workout goes well, he'll face live hitters again on Saturday. And the next step would be a minor league rehab start. Smyly had to be shut down in early March with shoulder discomfort, but he is on track to join the Rays' starting rotation in mid-April. The 25-year-old left-hander posted a 1.70 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings last season for the Rays.
Mar 30 - 9:47 AM

Red Sox acquired C Sandy Leon from the Nationals for cash considerations.

Leon was out of options and doubtful to make the Nationals' Opening Day roster. A much better opportunity awaits him in Boston, where he will serve as the backup to starting Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan. Christian Vazquez may be facing elbow surgery.
Mar 30 - 8:57 AM

Kendall Graveman was outstanding in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Brewers, hurling 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

The 24-year-old allowed just three hits on the afternoon while punching out three. He has had an unbelievable spring, registering a 0.42 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. While nothing has been made official, he's considered a favorite to land one of the final spots in the Athletics' Opening Day rotation and a very intriguing target in the late rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 29 - 9:35 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash admitted Sunday that Brad Boxberger is expected to be the Rays primary fill-in at closer while Jake McGee is sidelined.

Cash elaborated, "With some other guys, but for what Box did last year and the confidence we have in him, I would definitely anticipate him pitching in those leverage situations." While it's unclear if he has any chance of holding the job once McGee is up and running, Boxberger should have plenty of mixed league value for the first month-plus of the season.
Mar 29 - 9:08 PM

Brewers released RHP Chris Perez.

The former closer was in camp as a non-roster invitee and attempting to earn a spot in the team's bullpen. With the team granting his unconditional release with a week remaining in camp, it gives Perez an opportunity to find a bullpen job elsewhere.
Mar 29 - 8:17 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Sunday that Edward Mujica would begin the season as his team's closer with Koji Uehara sidelined.

Uehara is battling a hamstring injury and isn't likely to be ready for Opening Day. While Mujica had a disappointing season with the Red Sox in 2014, he excelled while filling in for Uehara down the stretch, posting a 2.12 ERA and 14/5 K/BB ratio while making good on all six of his save chances over his final 17 appearances. As long as he has the job to begin the season, he's worthy of starting in all mixed leagues.
Source: WEEI.com
Mar 29 - 6:38 PM

David Robertson (forearm) felt good after his scoreless inning of work in Sunday's Cactus League contest.

Robertson got three ground ball outs and allowed a double in his inning of work. After the White Sox closer indicated he was "feeling better than I did earlier in camp. Just needed some time to get the soreness out." It looks as though he should be ready to go for Opening Day and can safely be selected among the second tier of closers in fantasy drafts.
Mar 29 - 6:07 PM

Casey Janssen is set to undergo an MRI exam on his ailing shoulder.

Janssen reported soreness in his shoulder and had difficulty getting loose before his last outing. The Nationals should have an update on his status after the exam, though he appears likely to begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 29 - 4:24 PM




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