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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays remain interested in free agent Derek Norris but are likely "on the outside looking in."

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported last week that as many as six teams were in on Norris with Tampa Bay being one of them. The Rays will be without Wilson Ramos for at least the first month and a half, which gives them some incentive to add a catcher. Norris matched a career-high with 14 homers last year but did it while hitting just .186 with 139 strikeouts in 415 at-bats.
Mar 23 - 8:42 PM

Willson Contreras went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Thursday's tie with the Diamondbacks.

The sophomore catcher is now batting .333 with three home runs through 39 at-bats. He turned in a very promising rookie season in 2016, notching a .282 batting average with 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 76 games. He figures to benefit from a much larger share of the playing time behind the plate in Chicago this season. He is going as one of the top five catchers in fantasy drafts this month.
Mar 23 - 8:41 PM

Jake Arrieta allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings of work as the Cubs and Diamondbacks dueled to a 5-5 tie on Thursday.

He struck out four and issued one free pass. He also helped himself at the plate by launching a solo home run off Zack Greinke in the third inning. Last year Arrieta wasn't quite as dominant as he was the previous two years, but he still managed a near-elite season with an 18-8 record and 3.10 ERA in 31 starts. He finished with 190 strikeouts and 76 walks in 197 1/3 innings.
Mar 23 - 8:35 PM

Jake Lamb went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer against the Cubs on Thursday.

He took Cubs ace Jake Arrieta deep in the first inning for his third longball of the spring. He carries a .378 batting average after 37 at-bats. He batted .249/.332/.509 with 29 home runs, 81 runs scored and 91 RBI in his breakout 2016 campaign. The 26-year-old will look to build on those stats as he enters the new year with an unchallenged grip on the third base job.
Mar 23 - 8:29 PM

Zack Greinke gave up three runs over five innings as the Diamondbacks and Cubs played to a 5-5 tie on Thursday.

He surrendered six hits and two walks while striking out four. He suffered the indignity of allowing a home run to the opposing pitcher, Jake Arrieta. This was just his second official start in Cactus League action. He has also pitched in intra-squad games and in exhibition games against Team Netherlands and Team Mexico. He raised some eyebrows early in camp by showing reduced velocity, but that has since improved enough to alleviate any worries. Greinke's first campaign after signing a $206.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks was a big disappointment. He finished the season with a 4.37 ERA in 26 starts after turning in a 1.66 ERA in 32 starts with the Dodgers the year prior.
Mar 23 - 8:23 PM

Gregor Blanco was scratched from Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs after experiencing tightness in his right side.

He'll be reevaluated on Friday. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is calling him day-to-day. The 33-year-old has had a quiet spring, hitting just .225 with two RBI and one steal over 40 Cactus League at-bats. This injury obviously won't help Blanco's chances of making the Opening Day roster.
Mar 23 - 8:22 PM

Yasmany Tomas (oblique) hit in the batting cage on Thursday.

He hasn't played in a Cactus League game since injuring his left oblique on March 6. Tomas is expected to ramp up his activity on Friday. "I feel very comfortable in saying that if he has another good day on [Friday] that he's going to be ready for Opening Day," said manager Torey Lovullo. Tomas led the Diamondbacks with 31 homers last year and remains a solid option in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 23 - 8:15 PM

Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs in a win over the Angels on Thursday.

He had an RBI single in the seventh inning and an RBI double in the eighth. He is now the owner of a .298 batting average with two home runs in 57 Cactus League at-bats. He made an 11-game cameo in the majors last year and slugged .371/.389/.800 with four homers and 14 RBI in just 36 plate appearances. The 25-year-old's strong spring has solidified his job as the Padres' starting right fielder on Opening Day.
Mar 23 - 8:13 PM

Ricky Nolasco turned in a solid outing against the Padres on Thursday, yielding two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.

He walked one and fanned four, bringing his ERA to 3.52 in 15 1/3 innings. He began last season with the Twins and ended it with the Angels, notching a combined 8-14 record with a 4.42 ERA in 197 2/3 frames. He is solidly entrenched in the starting rotation and makes a serviceable back-end fantasy starter in mixed leagues.
Mar 23 - 8:07 PM

Ryan Schimpf went 1-for-2 with a walk and hit his first home run of the spring on Thursday against the Angels.

It has been a rough camp for Schimpf. He has battled an oblique injury that has limited him to just 16 at-bats so far, and only three of those have resulted in base hits. The 28-year-old finally reached the majors last season for the first time and hit the ground running. He was called up mid-season and promptly whacked 20 home runs in 89 games. On the flip side he registered a lowly .217 batting average. He figures to be the Padres' primary second baseman this season.
Mar 23 - 8:00 PM

Ben Zobrist said his neck was feeling better on Thursday.

Zobrist missed his second game in a row on Thursday but is targeting Saturday for his return. There was never much doubt about his availability for Opening Day. The reigning World Series MVP has hit .200 over 30 Cactus League at-bats this spring.
Source: cubs.mlb.com
Mar 23 - 7:54 PM

Luis Perdomo started versus the Angels on Thursday, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings in a 6-2 Padres victory.

The 23-year-old now brandishes a cool 2.87 ERA with nine strikeouts in 15 2/3 spring innings. As a rookie last season he turned in 20 starts and 15 relief appearances. He had a rough 5.71 ERA in 146 2/3 innings but seemed to be learning on the job. He struggled with a 7.48 ERA in the first half of the season and a much better 4.30 ERA after the All Star break. He will likely begin the year in the Padres' starting rotation.
Mar 23 - 7:53 PM

Abraham Almonte went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored during a win over the Rockies on Thursday.

All three hits were singles, including a grounder to right field that drove in a pair of runs. He is now batting .385 with two homers and 10 RBI so far this spring. Almonte missed the first 80 games of last season to a PED suspension before returning to hit .264/.294/.401 with one home run and 22 RBI in 194 plate appearances. He hopes his performance in Cactus League action will earn him a roster slot as a backup outfielder.
Mar 23 - 7:43 PM

Miguel Cabrera (back) admitted he isn't sure if he'll be ready for Opening Day.

"I don't know," said Cabrera on Thursday. "I will play when I am ready to play." Cabrera said he tweaked the right side of his back in his first game at the World Baseball Classic but now his left side hurts from overcompensating. He mostly played through the injury at the WBC but didn't look like himself, batting .190 over 21 at-bats. Cabrera still has a week and a half to get ready, but his health is something fantasy owners need to be aware of heading into drafts.
Mar 23 - 7:42 PM

Bronson Arroyo allowed two runs on four hits over four innings in a loss to the White Sox on Thursday.

One of the hits was a two-run homer by Nick Delmonico. Arroyo walked one and struck out two while making his third start of the spring. He carries a 4.70 ERA with six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of action. Injuries to Homer Bailey and Anthony DeSclafani have granted Arroyo a strong chance of nabbing a rotation slot to begin the season. The 40-year-old missed the last two campaigns due to Tommy John surgery.
Mar 23 - 7:37 PM



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