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Victor Martinez is back in the Tigers' lineup Thursday.

Martinez missed the previous three games due to soreness in his rib cage area. It's an injury that can be aggravated easily, so hopefully V-Mart is past it. The designated hitter is sporting a .323/.384/.589 batting line with 20 homers and 52 RBI over 78 games this season.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 05:18:00 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

Amir Garrett and Rookie Davis have earned the final two spots in the Reds' rotation.

Bronson Arroyo is also expected to join them, Brandon Finnegan and Scott Feldman in the rotation, although Arroyo will have to make it out of his final tune-up with no issues first. If he falters, Cody Reed could get a spot. Robert Stephenson will be part of the bullpen. Garrett is a former college basketball player who has turned himself into a nice pitching prospect, having put up a 2.55 ERA and 132/59 K/BB ratio over 144 2/3 frames between Double- and Triple-A last season. His upside makes him a worthy deep-league flier, but he probably shouldn't be trusted in standard mixed leagues yet.
Mar 28 - 7:00 PM

Adam Duvall finished 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI in the Reds' 9-3 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday in Cactus League play.

Duvall hit an RBI single in the first inning, a solo homer in the fifth inning, and a two-run shot in the seventh inning. He's up to five home runs this spring, after delivering 33 homers and 103 RBI in 150 games last season for the Reds. The 28-year-old outfielder should again be a reliable source of power in 2017.
Mar 28 - 6:44 PM

Zack Greinke surrendered three earned runs over four innings Tuesday in his final Cactus League outing against the Mariners.

Greinke sat mostly in the 88-89 mph range with his fastball and topped out at 90.4 mph, per beat writer Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. That's not good for a guy who averaged 91.3 mph on that pitch in 2016 and 91.8 mph in 2015. He is still owed $172.5 million from the Diamondbacks.
Mar 28 - 6:01 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan writes that Delino DeShields could be the Rangers' everyday left fielder and leadoff man.

DeShields has batted .302/.448/.321 with 12 steals this spring, which might have been enough to push Jurickson Profar back into a utility role and Carlos Gomez down in the order. "I tell guys, make me put you in the lineup," manager Jeff Banister said. "Let your game put you in the lineup. Delino has made us do that. How it plays on Opening Day or the day after that … just continue to play the game." DeShields entered 2016 as the Opening Day center fielder and leadoff man, but he lost those jobs quickly and ultimately hit .209/.275/.313. However, the 24-year-old had a good rookie season and could make a dent in fantasy leagues with his on-base skills and running ability.
Mar 28 - 5:13 PM

Tyler Thornburg has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement and will be shut down from throwing for 10 days.

He'll be re-evaluated after that, but it's an injury that figures to keep Thornburg on the shelf for a while even if all goes well from here on out. Acquired via trade from the Brewers over the winter, Thornburg had been in line to be the club's Opening Day setup man. However, he was limited to just two appearances this spring due to a "dead arm" and now the shoulder issue.
Mar 28 - 4:38 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that he hasn't decided yet whether Aaron Judge or Aaron Hicks will be the starter in right field.

Judge entered spring training as the presumed favorite and has batted .321/.390/.509 with two homers and a solid 12/6 K/BB ratio over 53 at-bats. If that's not enough to win the job, then perhaps the intention all along was to send him back to Triple-A for more seasoning. Hicks has also had a nice spring with a .286/.375/.571 line and three longballs. Worth noting is that Hicks is in the Yanks' Grapefruit League lineup Tuesday and Girardi said it could be similar to the one he'll use Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 4:16 PM

Lorenzo Cain was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League game against the White Sox due to tightness in his left side.

Alex Gordon will take his place in center field with Brandon Moss handling left. Cain felt tightness during batting practice and was scratched as a precaution. Until the Royals update his status, consider Cain day-to-day.
Mar 28 - 4:13 PM

Raisel Iglesias (elbow, hips) threw a side session without issue on Tuesday.

MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports that Iglesias will break camp with the team. Iglesias slipped in the shower a few weeks ago, injuring his right elbow as well as both of his hips. The Reds haven't announced a closer but Iglesias is the favorite for the majority of ninth-inning work out of the gate.
Mar 28 - 3:53 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he hasn't considered placing Addison Russell (back) on the disabled list.

"I'm certain he's going to be fine," said Maddon. Russell has missed the past week with back soreness but is on the mend and could return to game action before the end of spring training. Among major league shortstops, only Carlos Correa drove in more runs than Russell last season.
Mar 28 - 3:20 PM




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