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Stephen Gonsalves worked two scoreless innings Thursday as the Twins edged the University of Minnesota 2-1.

The Twins won on a walkoff wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth. Gonsalves allowed one hit, walked none and struck out one. One of the club's top prospects, he's expected to lead the Triple-A rotation this year after debuting for Rochester last August. He could see the majors come June or July.
Feb 22 - 9:56 PM

Chandler Shepherd started and pitched two scoreless innings Thursday as the Red Sox topped Boston College 4-2.

Shepherd earned a spot on Boston's 40-man roster while posting a 68/18 K/BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket last season. The 25-year-old is expected to get his first look as a starter in Triple-A to begin this year. Still, his best hope of turning into a useful major leaguer will be in middle relief.
Feb 22 - 7:25 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Thursday that he might not name a closer before the end of spring training.

"That’s not a goal at all," Matheny told Rick Hummel. "It will define itself in time. It’s completely different this year, where we have a number of different guys. Having a number of guys that could finish a game would be great." General manager John Mozeliak said last month that Luke Gregerson would occupy that role, but Matheny figures to get the chance to make the final call. Gregerson does seem like the team's best option, though, with Tyler Lyons perhaps stepping in if multiple lefties are due in the ninth. Bud Norris did have 19 saves for the Angels last year, but he seems like the weakest bet of the trio from a performance standpoint.
Feb 22 - 6:14 PM

The Rangers are the favorites to sign Cuban defector Juan Pablo Martinez, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

The Yankees and Marlins have also been in the running for the 21-year-old Martinez, who will be free to sign with a team on March 6. It's possible Martinez could see major league time this year, but the smart money says he's going to need a full year in the minors before he'll be ready to compete for a job.
Feb 22 - 5:02 PM

Jerad Eickhoff was perfect for two innings Thursday as the Phillies defeated the University of Tampa by a 6-0 score.

Eickhoff missed the final month of last season with nerve irritation in his throwing hand. Though he was disappointing before that, he's essentially promised a spot in the Phillies' rotation this year. He should be of some use in NL-only leagues.
Feb 22 - 4:26 PM

Alex Wilson struck out five of six batters in two perfect innings Thursday as the Tigers beat Florida Southern 6-1.

In all, Tigers pitchers struck out 18 batters today, allowing just one hit to the Mocs. The 31-year-old Wilson has started only one game in 231 major league appearances and hasn't regularly started games since he was in Double-A in 2011, but the Tigers have nothing to lose by giving him a chance at the rotation this spring.
Feb 22 - 4:23 PM

Blake Swihart tripled, walked twice and knocked in three runs as the Red Sox beat Northeastern 15-2 in seven innings Thursday.

Expected to be tried at a couple of positions this spring, Swihart was an interesting deep sleeper until a week ago. Now that the Red Sox have Eduardo Nunez and J.D. Martinez taking pretty much any non-catcher at-bats that would have been available to Swihart, there's no clear path to significant playing time. Swihart still has to make the team; he's out of options and the Red Sox aren't going to let him get away on waivers. He's set to serve as Christian Vazquez's backup.
Feb 22 - 4:19 PM

A source told the Pioneer Press's Mike Berardino that the Twins have placed J.T. Chargois on waivers.

The 27-year-old Chargois has long been trumpeted as having closer-type stuff, but he missed most of last year with elbow troubles and he's put in just two healthy seasons since being drafted in 2012. There's a decent chance that he'll clear waivers. A more talented righty in a similar situation, Mauricio Cabrera, just cleared waivers for the Braves.
Feb 22 - 4:16 PM

Matt Chapman left Athletics camp on Thursday to undergo a precautionary MRI on his right hand back in Oakland.

It's not believed to be a serious issue, but Chapman began experiencing some mild soreness in the palm of his right hand this week in Arizona and the A's want to be sure that he is safe to continue with his normal spring training regimen. The 24-year-old third baseman is set to meet with orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Steven Shin, who will review the MRI results and recommend a treatment plan. More should be known in the coming days.
Feb 22 - 3:18 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy named Madison Bumgarner his Opening Day starter on Thursday.

No surprise here. Bumgarner made a successful recovery last year from a scary off-field shoulder injury and finished with a 3.32 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 101/20 K/BB ratio in 111 innings. Assuming all goes well this spring, he'll take the mound March 29 on the road against the rival Dodgers.
Feb 22 - 2:36 PM

Elvis Andrus (back) is aiming to return to workouts in Rangers camp on Friday.

Andrus has been resting for the last couple of days after coming down with back spasms. The 29-year-old shortstop carries huge fantasy potential into the 2018 season after slashing .297/.337/.471 with 20 home runs, 88 RBI, 25 stolen bases, and 100 runs scored over 158 games in 2017.
Feb 22 - 2:34 PM

Jason Kipnis will sit out the Indians' first few Cactus League games due to a sore lower back.

It's not a major concern here in late February. Kipnis was shopped by the Indians this winter and nearly traded to the Mets at one point, per reports, but he is locked in as Cleveland's primary second baseman leading into 2018.
Feb 22 - 1:49 PM

Brandon Guyer (wrist) is expected to resume baseball activities Monday in Indians camp.

Guyer aggravated his surgically-repaired left wrist during one of the Indians' first full-squad workouts in Arizona, but an MRI taken Wednesday showed no new damage. It sounds like the veteran outfielder will be fine for Opening Day, though he still has some rehab hurdles to clear.
Feb 22 - 1:45 PM

Rays acquired INF Tristan Gray, RHP Daniel Hudson, and cash considerations from the Pirates for OF Corey Dickerson.

Gray, a first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft out of Rice University, batted .269/.329/.486 with seven home runs and five stolen bases over his first 53 professional games last season in Low-A Ball. The 21-year-old made 26 starts at second base and 18 starts at shortstop.
Feb 22 - 1:37 PM

Rays acquired RHP Daniel Hudson, INF Tristan Gray, and cash considerations from the Pirates for OF Corey Dickerson.

Hudson will ideally slide into a setup role behind Rays closer Alex Colome, though he struggled to a 4.38 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 66/33 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings last season in Pittsburgh. The 30-year-old right-hander is due a $5.5 million salary in 2018 -- the final year of a two-year, $11 million free agent contract he signed with the Pirates last winter.
Feb 22 - 1:34 PM



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