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Salvador Perez went 2-for-3 with four RBI and a home run in a 14-3 thrashing of the Mariners on Monday.

He laced a two-run double to left field in the first inning. He trumped that by homering off Mark Rzepczynski with a runner aboard in the third inning. The five-year veteran is still only 26 years old. He hit 22 home runs and drove in 64 RBI with a .247 batting average in 2016.
Feb 28 - 12:12 AM

Jason Vargas was touched up for three runs in two innings in a start versus the Mariners on Monday.

He gave up two walks and four hits, including a two-run homer by Jean Segura. Vargas is safely ensconced in the middle of the Royals' rotation unless he has a run of poor games like this one. He missed almost all of the last two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 34-year-old journeyman has a 4.18 ERA in 1221 2/3 career innings since 2005.
Feb 28 - 12:06 AM

Jean Segura went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI on Monday versus the Royals.

He delivered a run-scoring double in the first inning and followed that with the two-run longball in the second frame. He was acquired by the Mariners in the Taijuan Walker trade with Arizona back in November. He had an excellent season in 2016 with a .319 batting average, 20 home runs, 102 runs scored and 33 stolen bases. He also had a big year in 2013 but his other three seasons were woeful. He has been batting second in the Mariners' order so far this spring and will be their everyday shortstop.
Feb 28 - 12:00 AM

Yovani Gallardo was pounded for four runs in one inning of work in a start against the Royals on Monday.

He gave up three hits and two walks without striking out a batter. Gallardo projects as the Mariners' fifth starter. He is coming off a rough 5.42 ERA in 118 innings with the Orioles last year. Today's effort did not make a good first impression with his new team.
Feb 27 - 11:52 PM

Willson Contreras went 1-for-2 with a solo home run against the White Sox on Monday.

Contreras hit .282/.357/.488 with 12 home runs across 76 games in part-time duty as a rookie in 2016. He will be the Cubs' primary catcher this year for the first time. He will be one of the first catchers off the board in fantasy drafts this year after the elite trio of Buster Posey, Gary Sanchez and Jonathon Lucroy are taken.
Feb 27 - 11:47 PM

Brett Anderson started against the White Sox on Monday and tossed a scoreless inning while allowing one hit.

He struck out one batter and did not allow a walk. Anderson missed all but four games of last season with the Dodgers and signed a free agent deal with the Cubs this winter. He will battle Mike Montgomery for the final slot in the Cubs starting rotation this spring. He has a 3.86 ERA in 685 2/3 career innings. He has a long injury history but has pitched well when healthy. Pitching in front of the Cubs' fantastic defensive alignment and supported by their elite offense, he would make a strong late-draft sleeper if he wins a rotation slot.
Feb 27 - 11:41 PM

Jose Abreu went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer as the White Sox and Cubs played to a 4-4 tie on Monday.

His power production has been trending downward each season of his three-year career. Even so, he still hit 25 home runs and drove in 100 RBI to go with a .293 batting average last season. Now 30 years old, Abreu remains a solid run producer in the middle of the White Sox lineup. He is expected to miss the next day or two of camp due to a personal matter.
Feb 27 - 11:34 PM

Lucas Giolito gave up one run on three hits in a two-inning start versus the Cubs on Monday in Arizona.

The run came on a homer by Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. Giolito was making his first start with the White Sox after being acquired in the Adam Eaton trade with the Nationals in December. Giolito is an elite prospect despite the 6.75 ERA in 21 1/3 innings in his cup of coffee with Washington last year. He will compete for a rotation slot this spring but is more likely to begin the season at Triple-A in preparation for a mid-season call to the majors.
Feb 27 - 11:28 PM

Tony Wolters went 1-for-3 with a three-run jack in a 7-1 win over the Dodgers on Monday.

Wolters is battling Tom Murphy for the starting gig behind the plate in Coors Field. The winner of this battle will have fantasy owners lining up to draft him. Wolters may have the leg up as an excellent defensive catcher whereas Murphy has the better bat. Murphy went 0-for-3 as the designated hitter in this game.
Feb 27 - 11:21 PM

Jon Gray allowed two hits but held the Dodgers off the scoreboard in his two innings of work in a start on Monday.

He struck out two batters without a walk. Gray punched out 185 batters in 168 innings last season. His 4.61 ERA was quite good considering he pitched half his games in Coors Field. Still just 25 years old, he will make a good fantasy streamer in his road starts this year.
Feb 27 - 11:17 PM

Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 and scored a run in a loss to the Rockies on Monday.

He singled in the fourth inning and came around to score on an error in the outfield. Grandal broke out in the power department last year, slugging 27 home runs and driving in 72 RBI in 126 games. Fantasy owners hope he finds a way to improve his .228 batting average though.
Feb 27 - 11:12 PM

Kenta Maeda gave up one run on two hits in his two-inning start versus the Rockies on Monday.

He walked two and struck out one. Maeda had a successful rookie season after coming over from Japan last year. He finished with a 16-11 record and a 3.48 ERA in 175 2/3 innings. He added bulk over the winter in the hope of pitching deeper into games this season.
Feb 27 - 11:08 PM

Junior Guerra struck out two and allowed one hit in a scoreless inning of work in a start versus a Rangers split squad on Monday.

Guerra will likely be the Brewers' starter on Opening Day. He delivered a stellar 2.81 ERA with a 9-3 record in 20 starts in 2016. The 32-year-old's breakout campaign was one of the most unlikely success stories in recent memory.
Feb 27 - 11:03 PM

Lewis Brinson went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 5-0 win over the Rangers on Monday.

He doubled in the first inning and was promptly picked off second base. The elite prospect has an outside shot to win the starting job in centerfield this spring, but is more likely to begin the season at Triple-A in preparation for a mid-season call-up. He displays both power and speed in his all-around package.
Feb 27 - 10:58 PM

Matt Joyce went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a 5-4 win over the Giants on Monday.

He took Jeff Samardzija deep in the first inning. Joyce is pegged as the starting right fielder in Oakland this year. He had a .242 batting average and a fantastic .403 on-base percentage in 140 games with the Pirates last year. He added 13 home runs and 42 RBI -- his lowest figures in those categories since 2010.
Feb 27 - 10:51 PM



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