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Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Chad Billingsley (elbow) is not expected to be game-ready for the Phillies until late April.

Billingsley is behind the other pitchers in camp after being limited to just two starts over the last two seasons following Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries. He'll be a part of the rotation once healthy, but the Phillies will need one of David Buchanan or Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to hold down a spot for a few weeks.
Mar 3 - 9:26 PM

Scott Merkin of MLB.com writes that Micah Johnson "might have a leg up" in the competition for the White Sox' second base job.

It's so early in camp that the proclamation probably doesn't mean a whole lot, but it's worth noting nonetheless. Johnson could potentially have ample fantasy value in a starting role, as he's hit .297/.366/.422 in the minors and had 84 stolen bases in 2013 before falling to 22 thefts in 2014 while battling hamstring issues. He's competing with Carlos Sanchez, Gordon Beckham and Emilio Bonifacio.

Wade Miley started and pitched two scoreless innings in Boston's 1-0 defeat of Boston College on Tuesday.

It seems the Red Sox's pitching is plenty good enough to compete in Division 1, having allowed five hits and one unearned run over 18 innings versus Northeastern and B.C. today. The offense, though, isn't quite in midseason form of yet. The Red Sox used backups in this one after going with starters in the first game, and the group combined for six hits, including two from Jemile Weeks.
Mar 3 - 7:00 PM

Madison Bumgarner was touched up for four runs over just 1 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

Bumgarner surrendered a double, a triple and a home run among the five hits he permitted. The lefty had a huge workload in 2014 between the regular and postseason, but we'll only become worried if he starts to have a few of these kinds of outings when the regular seasons begins.
Mar 3 - 6:58 PM

Marcus Semien homered twice and drove in four runs in Tuesday's Cactus League win over the Giants.

Not a bad way to kick off his Oakland career. Semien took World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner deep to center field in the first inning, singled in a run in the second and again went deep to center field in the fifth. He also tried to steal a base but was thrown out. Some scouts question whether Semien will be able to hit at the big league level, but there's no doubt he possesses an intriguing power/speed combo.
Mar 3 - 6:51 PM

Adam Duvall singled and launched a solo homer in Tuesday's Cactus League loss to the Athletics.

The longball came in the second innings off of left-hander Rudy Owens. Duvall, 26, didn't do much in his limited time with the Giants last season, but he's consistently displayed big power in the minors. He's hoping to earn an Opening Day bench spot.
Mar 3 - 6:41 PM

Brennan Boesch finished 2-for-2 with an RBI as the Reds routed the Indians 10-0 in Tuesday afternoon's Cactus League opener.

Boesch singled up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring Chris Dominguez for the Reds' eighth run of the game. Boesch played right field in this one. He'll see action at all three outfield spots and first base this spring as he tries to make a case for an Opening Day roster spot.
Mar 3 - 6:34 PM

Carlos Santana went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the Indians' loss to the Reds on Tuesday in Arizona.

Santana got ahold of a pitch in the first inning and sent into deep right-center field, but Billy Hamilton was able to track it down. Santana will try to avoid getting off to slow start in 2015 after batting just .159/.327/.301 over his first 50 games of the 2014 regular season. He went on to register an .872 OPS between the beginning of June and end of September.
Mar 3 - 6:30 PM

Jason Marquis tossed two scoreless innings Tuesday in the Reds' Cactus League opener versus the Indians.

Marquis fanned three Reds hitters and did not allow a hit, but he did issue to walks. The 36-year-old right-hander is doubtful to crack the Reds' Opening Day roster. He signed a non-guaranteed minor league contract with Cincinnati in late January.
Mar 3 - 6:23 PM

Zach McAllister allowed one run in two innings Tuesday in the Indians' Cactus League opener against the Reds.

He gave up three hits, but walked none and struck out three. McAllister is currently fighting for one of the final spots in the Indians' rotation, but he also has experience as a reliever so he should be on the Opening day roster no matter what.
Mar 3 - 6:20 PM

Orioles signed RHP Pedro Beato to a minor league contract.

He was not invited to spring training. Beato's time in the majors the last three seasons has been minimal, as he posted a 4.10 ERA with 45 strikeouts over 48 1/3 frames at Triple-A with the Braves in 2014. He's just a depth guy.
Mar 3 - 6:11 PM

Rusney Castillo felt some pain in his left side in his final at-bat of Tuesday's spring game.

Castillo will be examined by Red Sox doctors on Wednesday morning. The 27-year-old Cuban is battling Mookie Betts for the starting center field job. Betts played in the early game Tuesday against Northeastern University and Castillo played the late-afternoon tilt versus Boston College. A spring trade of Shane Victorino could open regular playing time for both Castillo and Betts.
Mar 3 - 6:00 PM

Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer off Mario Hollands in the ninth inning Tuesday as the Yankees came back to tie the Phillies 5-5.

The 6-foot-7 Judge, a 2013 first-round pick, rates as the Yankees' top position prospect with his big-time power potential. He's set to open this year in Double-A and he probably won't reach the majors before 2016, but he could start getting Yankees fans excited with a couple of more bombs this spring.
Mar 3 - 5:38 PM

Adam Warren drew the start versus the Phillies on Tuesday and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit.

Warren isn't hopeless as a starter, but all indications are that he'll return to the pen this year and battle David Carpenter for seventh-inning duties. He had a 2.97 ERA in 78 2/3 innings as a reliever last season.
Mar 3 - 5:35 PM

David Buchanan gave up a run and five hits over two innings in his start versus the Yankees on Tuesday.

A better first baseman than Ryan Howard might have had a chance at two of the hits that led to a run in the first. Much like the departed Kyle Kendrick, Buchanan will give up plenty of balls in play in front of a mediocre Phillies defense. He might be good enough to last in the rotation all season long, but it's unlikely he'll offer fantasy value at any point.
Mar 3 - 5:33 PM



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