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Carlos Carrasco gave up two runs on three hits in his two-inning start versus the Rangers on Monday.

The big blow was a two-run jack by young outfielder Nomar Mazara. Carrasco managed a couple of punchouts in the outing. The Indians are just happy to see their stud right-hander back on the mound after he missed their World Series run with a broken hand. He went 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 starts last year.
Feb 27 - 9:21 PM

Nomar Mazara went 1-for-2 and hit a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Indians.

To make it extra impressive he hit it off Carlos Carrasco. Mazara had a .266 batting average with 20 home runs and 64 RBI as a 20 year old last year. He has an extremely high upside, although it may take him a few years to reach it.
Feb 27 - 8:57 PM

Chi Chi Gonzalez started against the Indians on Monday, tossing two scoreless innings while notching two strikeouts.

He allowed one hit and no walks. Gonzalez started three games for the Rangers last season and they didn't go well. He had an 8.71 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. He is likely to pitch most of this season at Triple-A unless the big league club suffers a rash of injuries.
Feb 27 - 8:31 PM

Reymond Fuentes crunched a three-run bomb against the Reds on Monday.

The 26-year-old is trying to earn a roster spot as a backup outfielder. He had a .317 batting average in 13 games with the Royals last year. It was his first taste of the majors since a 23-game stint with the Padres in 2013. The home run is a rarity for Fuentes, who didn't hit a single longball in the majors or minors last year.
Feb 27 - 8:24 PM

Patrick Corbin led the Diamondbacks to a 6-1 victory over the Reds on Monday by firing two scoreless, hitless innings with three punchouts.

He is competing for the last slot in the Arizona starting rotation. Zack Greinke, Taijuan Walker and Robbie Ray seemingly have slots locked down. Archie Bradley and Shelby Miller have the inside track on the final two places. If Corbin stays strong and one of the others falters he will get the nod. He began last season in the rotation but was demoted to the bullpen in August. He finished with a 5.15 ERA in 155 2/3 innings.
Feb 27 - 8:18 PM

Phillip Ervin singled and scored in his only plate appearance in Monday's game versus the Diamondbacks.

The 2013 first round draft pick has not lived up to expectations yet in his minor league career but still carries some fantasy potential, particularly with his speed. He batted just .239/.362/.399 at Double-A Pensacola last year but stole 36 bases with 13 home runs.
Feb 27 - 8:11 PM

Scott Feldman faced the Diamondbacks in his start on Monday, allowing a pair of unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings of work.

He didn't give up a hit and he struck out a batter, but he issued two free passes. He was victimized by some shoddy Reds defense and a wild pitch in the second inning when both runs came around to score. The 34-year-old veteran split time between the Astros and Blue Jays last year, posting a decent 3.97 ERA in 77 innings. The Reds signed him this winter to serve as an innings-eater in their starting rotation.
Feb 27 - 8:02 PM

Kole Calhoun went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in Monday's 5-3 win over the Padres.

He promptly got picked off first base after his third-inning single. Calhoun figures to play every day and bat early in the lineup, making him a good bet to repeat the .271/.348/.438 slash line with 18 home runs, 91 runs scored and 75 RBI he produced last year.
Feb 27 - 7:55 PM

Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) is on track to begin throwing off a mound in two weeks.

It will be the first time he's thrown from the bump since last September. De La Rosa has twice undergone stem-cell treatment as he attempts to avoid a second Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He'll be used as a reliever this year. "It feels 100 percent right now," De La Rosa said. "No soreness, no tightness. I think it's good."
Feb 27 - 7:52 PM

J.C. Ramirez drew a start against the Padres on Monday and allowed one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings of work.

He walked two and punched out three. Ramirez pitched 78 2/3 innings of relief with a 4.35 ERA between the Reds and Angels last season. He is being stretched out as a starter this spring but seems to be a longshot to make the rotation. The Angels have several guys in front of him on the depth chart, but many of them are recovering from injuries. Ramirez will serve as an insurance policy in case the Angels run out of healthy starters. He is more likely to pitch from the bullpen once the regular season begins.
Feb 27 - 7:49 PM

Austin Hedges singled, doubled and drove in a run in three at-bats versus the Angels on Monday.

That makes him 4-for-5 so far this spring. The 24-year-old is slated to be the Padres' starting catcher this year after seeing brief action the past two seasons. Known primarily as a defense-first backstop he showed some progress with the bat last season, bashing 21 homers with a .326 batting average at Triple-A El Paso.
Feb 27 - 7:39 PM

Tyrell Jenkins fired two shutout innings without allowing a hit in his start against the Angels on Monday.

He registered one walk and one strikeout in his first outing of the spring. He is off to a strong start in his effort to earn a slot in the Padres' starting rotation. It will be an uphill battle. The Padres snagged Jenkins off waivers after he was released by the Reds and Braves this winter. He put up a 5.88 ERA in 52 innings with the Braves last year.
Feb 27 - 7:33 PM

Todd Frazier (oblique) took 30 swings and fielded 30 ground balls on Monday.

"Knock on wood we’re where we need to be,’’ Frazier said. "See how we feel [Tuesday], you never know. Some people don’t believe [it was a] mild strain, but it really was.’’ Frazier will probably be ready to return to game action soon as long as he doesn't suffer a setback, but White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Monday that "there is no rush."
Feb 27 - 7:27 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and Rougned Odor's agents, Danny Horwits and Rick Thurman, met again Monday to discuss a contract extension.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report last week that the two sides began talking about a long-term deal for the second baseman. Heyman added at the time that Texas is believed to have offered a deal similar to the six-year, $52.5 million one that Jason Kipnis received. It's unclear at this point how much momentum there is for something to get done, but it appears both sides are motivated.
Feb 27 - 7:12 PM

Trevor Rosenthal was sitting consistently at 97 mph and got a strikeout with his new slider during his Grapefruit League appearance on Monday versus the Nationals.

Rosenthal also mixed in his changeup and plans to incorporate a curveball this spring as the Cardinals stretch him out. It was a two-inning scoreless relief appearance for Rosenthal on Monday, but he could get an opportunity at some starts. Michael Wacha is the clear favorite to be the club's No. 5 starter, but Rosenthal's arm is intriguing enough to make things interesting if he gets a real opportunity.
Feb 27 - 7:07 PM



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