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Brett Anderson fired six scoreless innings in Monday's Cactus League start against the Diamondbacks.

The lefty only gave up four hits and a walk while fanning two on the afternoon. Anderson has racked up only 12 2/3 innings over four spring starts, but has allowed exactly zero runs in three of them. The Dodgers are happy to see the oft-injured veteran throwing well, as they are suffering from thin starting depth.
Mar 30 - 6:59 PM

Yankees pitching prospect Domingo German will undergo Tommy John surgery.

It was reported Sunday that German could need the procedure, and the pitcher posted on his Instagram account Monday that he'll indeed go under the knife. Acquired over the offseason from the Marlins in the Nathan Eovaldi deal, German will now likely be out until around midseason next year.
Mar 30 - 6:58 PM

Angels third base prospect Kaleb Cowart has resumed switch-hitting.

Cowart had tried batting just left-handed for a while, but the experiment didn't work. The former top prospect's stock has fallen rapidly the last couple years to the point that the Angels have discussed making him into a pitcher if his hitting doesn't improve.
Mar 30 - 6:55 PM

Padres manager Bud Black said Monday that he would "possibly" consider using Wil Myers some at first base during the season.

Myers played three innings at the position Sunday and also played two games at first base last season with the Rays. "Possibly," Black said when asked about using Myers at first during the season. "The versatility that Wil has shown in his entire professional career is something not to ignore." It seems unlikely that Myers will play a whole lot at first, but we could see it some against lefties, allowing the Padres to bench the left-handed hitting Yonder Alonso and put Cameron Maybin in center field.
Mar 30 - 6:46 PM

Terrance Gore (jaw) could resume playing in minor league games soon.

Gore suffered a fractured jaw when he was hit by a pitch last week. The jaw did not need to be wired shut, though, shortening the length of his absence. "I think he's OK," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The last time I checked, they said he would 'play to tolerance' [of the pain]. He got hit on one side of his face, but the fracture was on other side." The speedy Gore will begin the season in High- or Double-A.
Mar 30 - 6:39 PM

Taijuan Walker was again terrific, limiting the Angels to one run in seven innings as the Mariners won 5-3 on Monday.

The run, which came on a second-inning Matt Joyce home run, was the first run Walker had allowed all spring. The Angels were only able to scratch across two other hits, and the right-hander struck out five while walking none. Now with the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation secured, he's carrying a 0.36 ERA with a 24/4 K/BB ratio in 25 innings in Cactus League action.
Mar 30 - 6:31 PM

Nick Tropeano allowed four runs in six innings in Monday's start against the Mariners.

The right-hander yielded seven hits (including a home run to Mike Zunino) and a walk while striking out three. Tropeano was battling Andrew Heaney for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, but the Angels appear likely to open the season with a four-man rotation. He still remains an option when the Angels do need a fifth starter, however.
Mar 30 - 6:28 PM

Robinson Cano hit his first home run of the spring, finishing 2-for-4 Monday afternoon versus the Angels.

Cano homered in the bottom of the eighth off of Joe Smith. He hit no home runs in Cactus League play last spring, so there's that. He's otherwise been hitting well, carrying a .364 average (16-for-44). After hitting at least 25 home runs from 2009-13, Cano hit only 14 last year, so the Mariners are hoping for a bit more pop from the second baseman in 2015.
Mar 30 - 6:24 PM

Bruce Rondon (neck) didn't make a scheduled appearance on Monday.

Rondon has now been scratched from two straight appearances due to a neck injury. The ailment appears to be minor, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wouldn't commit to using Rondon on Tuesday. The big righty is running out of time as he tries to cement a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.
Mar 30 - 6:23 PM

Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and a solo home run in Monday's Cactus League match-up with the Angels.

Zunino knocked in two as part of a three-run fourth inning, then swatted a solo homer in the seventh inning. The catcher now sits by himself in second place with seven spring home runs behind Kris Bryant with nine. Zunino has had a terrific spring and hopes to translate his early success into the regular season.
Mar 30 - 6:21 PM

Carlos Rodon will begin the season in Triple-A Charlotte's rotation.

Rodon hasn't officially been re-assigned to minor league camp yet, but both White Sox manager Robin Ventura and general manager Rick Hahn indicated that the move was coming. Hahn did suggest that Rodon could eventually come up to help in relief if a need arises, but for now the left will stay stretched out as a starter. He stands a good chance to be in Chicago's rotation at some point this season. "He could survive in the bullpen right now, yes," Hahn said. "But is that the best move for his long-term development and long-term value to the Chicago White Sox, or having a front-end starter?"
Mar 30 - 6:20 PM

Rays signed LHP Scott Diamond to a minor league contract.

Diamond split time between the Twins' and Reds' Triple-A affiliates last season while posting an ugly 6.57 ERA over 123 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old will serve as organizational depth with Tampa Bay.
Mar 30 - 5:53 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Josmil Pinto (concussion) will likely play in another minor league game Tuesday.

Pinto, who suffered a concussion earlier this month, caught three innings on Monday and went 0-for-1 with two walks. The Twins will keep him on the minor league side in case there's a setback, but he's making strides to be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 30 - 5:51 PM

Carlos Martinez has been officially named as the Cardinals' fifth starter.

That was the speculation as soon as Jaime Garcia had a recurrence of shoulder issues, but it's now official. Meanwhile, Marco Gonzales will be optioned to Triple-A. Martinez has immense upside and is well worth a flier in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 30 - 5:46 PM

Daniel Hudson will pitch out of the bullpen to begin the season.

Hudson was competing with Chase Anderson and Trevor Cahill for a rotation spot this spring and showed good velocity while posting a 4.22 ERA and 8/4 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings in Cactus League action. However, he's on an 85-pitch limit and might have a better chance to hold up in relief. The 28-year-old has missed much of the last three seasons with a pair of Tommy John surgeries.
Mar 30 - 5:44 PM



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