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Jake Junis allowed two runs -- one earned -- while striking out four over four innings in a 5-5 Cactus League tie against the Rangers on Saturday.

The Rangers didn't hit Junis hard, registering only one extra-base hit in his four innings of work. The second run scored on a fielding error. Junis has now struck out 14 while posting a 1.80 ERA and 0.60 WHIP over 10 innings this spring, and is a lock for the Royals rotation. With the caveat that spring numbers mean very little, he's turned some heads and is a viable late-round flier for deeper mixed leagues.
Mar 18 - 1:01 AM

Yohander Mendez allowed one run over three innings, striking out four, in a Cactus League start against the Royals on Saturday.

The Rangers prospect gave up three hits and a walk, but allowed just one baserunner after the first four hitters of the game. He's not going to be in the Rangers' rotation out of spring but he's close, and there's not much blocking his way when he's ready. We should see the 23-year-old sometime in 2018.
Mar 18 - 12:57 AM

Ryan O'Hearn hit his fifth home run of the spring in Saturday's tie with the Rangers.

O'Hearn entered as a sub and bopped a solo dong in the eighth inning. He's now hitting .414 with a 1.572 OPS in Cactus League play. The 24-year-old still isn't being mentioned as a candidate to break camp with the club, but he's sure making his case.
Mar 18 - 12:50 AM

Bartolo Colon said Saturday he's "ready to do whatever possible" to break camp with the Rangers.

"I'm ready to do whatever possible to make the team," Colon said. "No matter what happens, my goal is to pitch in the major leagues." The 44-year-old is with the Rangers on a minor-league deal and may be on the outside looking in for a rotation spot. If that's the case, the team may be more inclined to put him on the Opening Day roster if he's flexible in his role. Colon will turn 45 in May.
Mar 17 - 8:37 PM

Brandon Finnegan (biceps) threw a "light bullpen" session Friday and will throw another Sunday, manager Bryan Price said.

The Friday session was roughly 15 pitches, Price said. "If all goes well, we can anticipate sliding him into a game," Price said Saturday. Opening Day is less than two weeks away, making it hard to envision Finnegan being ready for a starting role as he recovers from the biceps strain sustained earlier in camp, but he could be close behind. The Reds have a number of pitchers vying for starting spots, including Cody Reed, Tyler Mahle, Sal Romano and Amir Garrett, in Finnegan's anticipated absence.
Mar 17 - 8:30 PM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 and drove in a run against the Yankees on Saturday.

He poked an RBI-single to left that scored Jeimer Candelario in the third inning. The 39-year-old DH is a natural-born hitter. The only thing that can stop him from being a good fantasy asset is his health. He missed a good chunk of last season with a heart issue but is back in action now and expected to play nearly every day.
Mar 17 - 8:02 PM

Jane Lee of reports the Athletics and free agent Trevor Cahill have an agreement on a one-year, major league deal, pending a physical.

No word on the terms. Cahill was one of a dwindling number of free agent pitchers who had a shot at getting a major league deal after an up and down 2017 season that began with a 3.69 ERA in his first 11 starts with the Padres. The A's have a need after losing starter Jharel Cotton to Tommy John surgery. Cahill is an interesting AL-only flier.
Mar 17 - 8:00 PM

Matt Boyd allowed three runs -- two earned -- in three innings in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Yankees.

He balked in the first run then allowed an RBI single to Miguel Andujar. The last run scored on a fielding error by first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Boyd struck out five batters, walked two and surrendered five base hits. He is not a lock to make the rotation but has a good chance of securing a slot. He went 6-11 with a 5.27 ERA in 25 starts and one relief appearance last year.
Mar 17 - 7:56 PM

Roberto Perez launched a grand slam in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League win over the Cubs.

Perez stepped up for his fun little spring moment in the fourth inning, clocking an offering from Jordan Minch for the granny. He's up to three homers in Cactus League action. While the 29-year-old backstop is expected to start for the Indians during the coming season, he's just a .216 career hitter in the bigs over the course of 233 games played. There no fantasy intrigue, here, outside of the deepest of formats.
Mar 17 - 7:50 PM

Tom Murphy (head) is expected to play in Sunday's Cactus League game.

Murphy left Thursday's game against the Angels after taking a backswing off his helmet, a scary proposition given the serious and uncertain nature of concussion recovery, but it seems as though he dodged a bullet. Murphy is vying for the backup job to starter Chris Iannetta.
Mar 17 - 7:47 PM

Brandon Drury went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in a Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

The young third baseman has been hitting well this spring as he battles Miguel Andujar for the starting job at the hot corner. Drury's .286/.390/.514 slash line and longer track record give him the leg up but he needs a good start to the regular season to keep the job for long.
Mar 17 - 7:46 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League loss to the Indians.

Schwarber picked up both of hits on the afternoon against Trevor Bauer. The double was his third of the spring, the triple his first. Seven of the slugger's 13 hits since the start of spring training have been of the extra-base variety. He's run very hot/cold during his major league career, but it's important to remember that Schwarber is just now entering his age-25 season.
Mar 17 - 7:44 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was touched up for four runs in 2 2/3 innings during a spring training loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

He got eight outs and six of them were strikeouts but he got burned by the longball in this one. Perennial MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera smacked a solo homer in the first inning, then lead-off batter Leonys Martin drilled a two-run shot in the third. Tanaka has struggled to round into form this spring as his 11.25 ERA through three starts attests. He went 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA in his 30 starts last year but was very good down the stretch and in the post-season.
Mar 17 - 7:40 PM

Trevor Bauer fanned seven batters over five innings in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League win over the Cubs.

Bauer has revved up with the strikeout over his last two spring outings, whiffing a combined 15 batters across 10 innings pitched. While he's struggled with consistency in the past, when he's on, Bauer has as much ability to induce swings and misses as most any pitcher in the game. He notched 196 strikeouts in 176 1/3 innings last season. Though to the point on consistency, that sterling strikeout number was paired with a ho-hum 4.19 ERA.
Mar 17 - 7:39 PM

Ryan McMahon went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Brewers.

This spring, McMahon has made a strong case to open as the Rockies' starting first base for the 2018 campaign. He came into Saturday's game hitting a sharp .321/.357/.491 with six doubles and a homer across 21 spring games. He's intriguing for fantasy purposes, though Colorado's decision to re-sign Carlos Gonzalez will push Ian Desmond to heavier first base action, potentially limiting McMahon's statistical upside in the process.
Mar 17 - 7:34 PM

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