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Bruce Chen pitched two perfect innings in the Indians' 9-3 win against the Reds on Thursday.

Chen, vying for a big league role with the Indians, whiffed three batters in the process. The 37-year-old left-hander posted a 7.45 ERA in 48 1/3 innings for the Royals last year before he was released. It isn't very likely he makes the Opening Day roster, but a productive spring could lead to something later in the season.
Mar 5 - 6:59 PM

Yan Gomes went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Indians' win over the Reds Thursday.

Gomes took Burke Badenhop deep in the fifth inning, capping off a five-run frame for the Tribe. The 25-year-old backstop is coming off of a very productive 2014 campaign, his first as an everyday player, and should be counted on for similar numbers going into 2015.
Mar 5 - 6:48 PM

Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored Thursday versus the Padres.

Cano singled and scored in the first inning, then doubled and scored in the third. The 32-year-old's power dropped off last year, his first in Seattle, but posted robust numbers in the average and on-base percentage departments. The Mariners are hoping to see him get back into the 20-homer club this season, the second year of his ten-year contract.
Mar 5 - 6:37 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's Cactus League victory against the Padres.

Cruz made his 2015 Cactus League debut in style, homering off of Ian Kennedy in the third inning to bring in teammate Robinson Cano. Cruz led the majors in home runs with 40 last season. Despite a move to a more pitcher-friendly park, the slugger is still expected to provide plenty of offense this year.
Mar 5 - 6:33 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) will throw live batting practice on Saturday.

It will be the first time he's faced hitters since he tore his left patellar tendon last August. Richards won't be ready for Opening Day, but his rehab is coming along well and he's expected to miss only the first couple weeks of the season.
Mar 5 - 6:25 PM

Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-3 with an RBI, but the Rangers fell 5-4 to the Royals on Thursday.

Chirinos will be handling everyday catching duties for the Rangers this season with Carlos Corporan serving as his understudy while Jorge Alfaro waits in the wings. Though Chirinos left a bit to be desired in terms of hitting for average and drawing walks in 2014, the 30-year-old ripped 15 doubles and 13 home runs in 338 plate appearances.
Mar 5 - 6:15 PM

Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 and scored a run Thursday in a loss against the Royals.

Gallo, a non-roster invitee, is being given an opportunity to show his talents to the Rangers' major league coaching staff. He will not be breaking camp with the club, but he can improve his odds of a promotion with a good impression this spring.
Mar 5 - 6:12 PM

Ryan Rua went 1-for-2 with a triple and a pair of RBI in Thursday's loss to the Royals.

Rua tripled in the Rangers' second and third runs of the game in the third inning. The soon-to-be 25-year-old hits the ball hard and has decent power which could give him a leg up over his competition for the Rangers' job opening in left field.
Mar 5 - 6:09 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-3 with an RBI on Thursday against the Rangers.

Morales went 2-for-4 with a home run in Wednesday's win as well, so he's starting the spring off on the right foot. The Royals signed the slugger to take Billy Butler's place in the DH role. Morales is looking to improve on a sour 2014 campaign in which he compiled a meager .612 OPS with eight home runs.
Mar 5 - 6:05 PM

John Danks allowed a run in two innings of work Thursday against the Dodgers.

The lefty gave up a lead-off single followed by a double, which eventually led to a run, but settled down quickly. Danks has been either injured or ineffective in each of the last four seasons but is hoping for a return to productivity in 2015. Danks could eventually be traded if the White Sox are willing to cover a significant portion of his remaining $28.5 million salary.
Mar 5 - 5:49 PM

Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings in the Orioles' 3-2 win over the Rays on Thursday.

Garcia, who has been flashing a mid-90s fastball in camp, struck out two. It's going to be difficult for the Orioles to keep him, considering he hasn't pitched higher than A ball, but he has a pretty tantalizing arm. If he doesn't make the team, he'd go on waivers and potentially be offered back to the Red Sox.
Mar 5 - 5:17 PM

Nate Karns started and pitched two scoreless innings versus the Orioles on Thursday.

Karns is a candidate to make the Rays rotation, but it really hurts his chances that he has options and Alex Colome doesn't. Still, if Karns pitches well this spring and Colome doesn't, it's possible the Rays will stick Colome in the pen or trade him.
Mar 5 - 5:15 PM

Joey Butler doubled and homered off the bench to drive in both Rays runs Thursday against the Orioles.

The soon-to-be 29-year-old Butler had 12 at-bats with the Rangers in 2013 and five for the Cardinals in 2014 before spending the second half of last season in Japan. He's typically been an excellent OBP guy, but also a huge strikeout guy in the minors, and most teams have figured he didn't have the power to make up for all of the strikeouts. The Rays will probably start him off in Triple-A unless they can find a taker for David DeJesus this spring.
Mar 5 - 5:13 PM

Mike Trout said Thursday that he plans to be more aggressive early in the count this spring.

Trout led the American League with 184 strikeouts last season, so he believes that being more aggressive will lead to fewer strikeouts. "Gonna be locked and loaded on the first pitch," said Trout. Who knows if he'll stick with the approach, but it's worth following. He should be the no-doubt No. 1 overall pick in fantasy leagues regardless.
Mar 5 - 5:04 PM

Facing his former team, Garrett Jones went 2-for-2 with an RBI double and a walk as the Yankees edged the Pirates 2-1 on Thursday.

Jones could well end up with 300 at-bats for the Yankees this year, but he'll be at the mercy of injuries for playing time initially. Fortunately for him, as old as the Yankees lineup is, DL stints figure to be pretty common.
Mar 5 - 5:00 PM



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