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Trevor Bauer had his good stuff Monday, whiffing seven batters while tossing 6 1/3 frames of one-run ball in a Cactus League win over the White Sox.

Bauer walked just one and was unscathed other than the solo shot he served up to Tyler Flowers. Shockingly, it was the first walk Bauer has issued all spring, as he's often had trouble with his control. He could really take a step forward in 2015 if he can improve his control.
Mar 30 - 8:16 PM

Hector Noesi struck out five but allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Indians.

He yielded five hits -- including a pair of home runs -- and issued two walks. Noesi holds a solid 3.68 ERA this spring, which you'd think would be good enough to cement the fifth spot in the rotation. However, the White Sox for some reason might give Brad Penny the job.
Mar 30 - 8:12 PM

Tyler Flowers had a single and a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Indians.

The longball came in the third inning off of Trevor Bauer. It was Flowers' third tater this spring, although he's hitting just .233. In other words, he's being Tyler Flowers.
Mar 30 - 8:08 PM

Drew Pomeranz held the Rockies scoreless over six innings in Monday's start.

The lefty allowed only two hits and a walk while punching out six batters. The effort will likely help Pomeranz officially notch the No. 5 spot in the Athletics' starting rotation. In 17 2/3 innings this spring, Pomeranz has allowed four earned runs in 14 hits and eight walks while striking out 25.
Mar 30 - 7:49 PM

Billy Burns went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Monday's Cactus League game against the Rockies.

Burns raised his MLB spring-leading hits total to 27, and his average to .403 (in 67 at-bats) with the effort. He's making about as good a case for inclusion on the Athletics' 25-man roster as possible.
Mar 30 - 7:45 PM

Brett Lawrie walked, swatted a pair of home runs, and drove in four runs in four trips to the plate on Monday against the Rockies.

Lawrie ripped a solo home run to left in the fifth inning against Ryan Arrowood, then added a three-run shot in the sixth off of LaTroy Hawkins. He now has four dingers on the spring along with 10 RBI and a .244 average (10-for-41). Lawrie is hoping to rack up in excess of 500 at-bats this season, which would be a first in the majors for him.
Mar 30 - 7:42 PM

Jason Vargas allowed four home runs over five innings of work in Monday's 11-7 loss to the Rangers.

The four who went yard off of Vargas: Adam Rosales, Leonys Martin, Jake Smolinski, and Ryan Rua. Luckily, all four were solo homers. Vargas gave up "only" five runs on the afternoon on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. It's been a rough spring for the lefty, as he sports a 9.68 ERA in 17 2/3 innings, but his spot in the Royals' rotation is secure.
Mar 30 - 7:38 PM

Lisalverto Bonilla was taken for seven runs in just one-third of an inning in Monday's start against the Royals.

Bonilla served up five hits and a walk before being removed with one out in the first inning. The young right-hander is competing for a role as a long man now that Nick Martinez has won the No. 5 spot in the Rangers' rotation. It's safe to say Monday's outing hurts Bonilla's chances. He has allowed 21 runs (20 earned) in 13 1/3 innings this spring.
Mar 30 - 7:34 PM

Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in Monday's slugfest with the Rangers.

Gordon ripped a line drive home run in the sixth inning against Alex Claudio, his first round-tripper of the spring. The two-time All-Star needed the outing, as he entered hitting just .125 (3-for-24). Gordon had wrist surgery in January, but will be ready to go on Opening Day.
Mar 30 - 7:31 PM

Leonys Martin finished 3-for-3 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Monday's Cactus League game with the Royals.

Martin hit a solo home run to center field in the third inning (his third of the spring), then added an RBI single in the fourth. The effort brought his spring average up to .306 (15-for-49). Martin should certainly rack up the steals this season, and has an outside shot at reaching double-digits in home runs.
Mar 30 - 7:29 PM

Coco Crisp (elbow) will not play the field during an appearance in a minor league game Tuesday.

The A's are protecting Crisp's elbow, so they'll only have him take some at-bats so he doesn't have to do any throwing. The club is still hoping to have him ready for Opening Day, but they're playing Crisp in minor league contests just in case they have to make a backdated disabled list move.
Mar 30 - 7:20 PM

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are not expected to trade Allen Craig before the start of the season.

Speier says that "at least three teams" have inquired on Craig this spring, but those clubs "have treated him as a distressed asset" and the Red Sox aren't interested in selling low. The report adds that "evaluators have seen a different hitter this spring" after his struggles last year and the Red Sox have "been impressed with how Craig has handled a potentially challenging situation." Craig doesn't look to be in line for much playing time in 2015, but he could potentially take over at first base in 2016 if Mike Napoli departs as a free agent.
Source: Boston Globe
Mar 30 - 7:11 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Monday that Josh Fields (groin) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

Fields hasn't thrown off a mound in a week due to a groin malady and it's not clear when he'll be cleared to throw off the bump. "It's getting tough," Hinch said. "At some point, we're going to run out of time. Now that we're a week away from Opening Day and [Fields] hasn't been on the mound for a long time, it's getting dangerously close. At the same time, we have to make sure that there are no setbacks and no length into the season that he wouldn't be available."
Mar 30 - 7:04 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



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