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Yovani Gallardo was hit hard for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings Monday against the Padres.

Gallardo allowed nine hits, with three of them leaving the yard. His spring ERA now sits at 9.24, but the Mariners acquired him over the winter with the idea of plugging him in their rotation. That’s not going to change now, but fortunately most fantasy owners have more appealing alternatives to choose from.
Mar 27 - 8:50 PM

Delino DeShields went 2-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base, and a run scored in Monday’s 6-5 win over the Rockies.

DeShields is now up 12 steals on the spring to go along with .302 batting average and a .448 on-base percentage. The 24-year-old is coming off a disappointing 2016 where he spent time in the minors and batted just .209/.275/.313 over 74 games in the majors, but there’s opportunity in left field. He could be a sneaky speed option in deeper fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 8:17 PM

Greg Holland allowed two runs on three hits in one inning of work Monday against the Rangers.

While Holland struck out two in the frame, he allowed a single, a double, and a triple and also let in a run on a wild pitch which occurred on a third strike. He needed 27 pitches to get through the frame. The plan calls for Holland to pitch again on Tuesday, which would mark the first time this spring that he has appeared in back-to-back games. He’s looking like the favorite to begin the year as the closer, so obviously it’s a big test for him.
Mar 27 - 8:16 PM

Kyle Freeland yielded four runs over 4 2/3 innings in Monday’s start against the Rangers.

Freeland had allowed one earned run or fewer in each of his last four appearances, so this was a notable step back for him. The 23-year-old gave up seven hits (including a homer to Mike Napoli) while walking three. He still appears to be in decent shape to begin the year with a rotation spot, but this wasn’t the best timing for a shaky outing. There should be more clarity on the rotation in the next couple of days.
Mar 27 - 8:15 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-2 with a solo homer, a double, a walk, and two runs scored Monday against the Rockies.

Napoli has slugged three homers during Cactus League action with a .325/.378/.625 batting line. The 35-year-old faded down the stretch last year, but still ended up establishing new career-highs with 34 home runs and 101 RBI. There’s batting average risk here, but he’ll play half of his games in a great hitting environment during his third stint with Texas.
Mar 27 - 8:15 PM

Daniel Norris said he was dealing with a "dead arm" during Monday's outing versus the Braves in which he allowed nine runs on 13 hits and a walk over three innings.

"Tonight, even in warm-ups, could feel everything was out of whack," said Norris, who added that his arm "feels like it weighs a million pounds." It's obviously not the kind of thing you want to hear a week before the beginning of the season, but at least he doesn't seem to be dealing with any sort of injury. Norris had been pitching very well this spring until Monday and remains an intriguing option in fantasy leagues. You just might be better off benching him for his first start or two to see how he looks.
Mar 27 - 8:13 PM

Anthony Swarzak's fastball has been clocked on average at nearly 96 mph this spring.

Swarzak was around 93 mph last season with the Yankees as a full-time reliever, but this is easily the hardest the 31-year-old has ever thrown. The righty says the adjustment is a mental rather than physical one, as he's "getting to that age where nothing is guaranteed for me so I'm kind of letting it all out there and I think I found another gear somewhere." Swarzak has a 3.86 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings this spring and has a good shot to make the White Sox' bullpen as a non-roster invitee.
Source: CSN Chicago
Mar 27 - 7:49 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Justin Masterson to a minor league contract.

Masterson first started auditioning for clubs well over a month ago and has finally caught on somewhere. The big right-hander failed to make it up to the majors last season, posting a 4.97 ERA and 32/26 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings with the Triple-A affiliate of the Pirates. Masterson is 32 now and hasn't had any success at the big league level since 2013. He's strictly a no-risk flier.
Mar 27 - 7:43 PM

Jesse Chavez spun six scoreless frames in a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday in the Cactus League.

It was a strong outing against most of the Diamondbacks’ regulars. Chavez gave up just three hits on the afternoon and walked none while striking out three. The 33-year-old owns a 2.51 ERA and 12/0 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings this spring and has assured himself of a rotation spot. While Chavez pitched exclusively in relief last year between the Blue Jays and Dodgers, there could be some appeal here in deeper fantasy formats.
Mar 27 - 7:43 PM

Shelby Miller gave up two runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday in his start against the Angels.

Miller has compiled a 6.46 ERA and 22/6 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings over five starts this spring. While the ERA hasn’t been pretty, his velocity has been up and he’s missing bats. There’s risk here after his disastrous first year with Arizona, but he could be worth a late-round flier in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 7:41 PM

Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and two runs scored Monday against Arizona.

There were questions about Pujols’ readiness coming into the spring after he required surgery in December for plantar fasciitis, but he has proved his health by hitting .343 (12-for-35) with a .981 OPS during Cactus League action. The 37-year-old might not be the hitter he once was, but he’s still capable of piling up valuable counting stats, especially with Mike Trout hitting in front of him.
Mar 27 - 7:41 PM

A.J. Pollock went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Monday against the Angels.

This hasn’t been the smoothest spring for Pollock, as he’s batting just .160 (4-for-25) and was recently sidelined for nearly two weeks due to a groin injury. Fantasy owners will have to hope that he can use the remaining days of spring training to get back into the swing of things. There’s big-time upside if he can stay on the field.
Mar 27 - 7:40 PM

Cubs optioned LHP Rob Zastryzny to Triple-A Iowa; re-assigned 2B Ian Happ, OF John Andreoli and C Taylor Davis to minor league camp.

Zastryzny had a shot at a bullpen spot, but he struggled with a 7.36 ERA this spring. He'll be up at some point when a lefty reliever is needed.
Mar 27 - 7:37 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Eddie Butler to Triple-A Iowa.

Butler held a 3.07 ERA and 0.95 WHIP for the Cubs this spring, although he struck out just seven over 14 2/3 innings. The former top prospect will be part of Iowa's rotation.
Mar 27 - 7:34 PM

Jason Vargas yielded two runs in seven innings in a 10-3 win over the Athletics in Cactus League action on Monday.

It was easily his best outing of the spring. The veteran lefty scattered five hits — including a solo homer to prospect Matt Chapman — while walking none and striking out five. After missing most of 2016 while in rehab mode after Tommy John surgery, Vargas will begin the year with a rotation spot. He’s not the most exciting fantasy option at this stage.
Mar 27 - 7:28 PM



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