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Dodgers signed RHP Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract.

Garcia, 38, pitched in Taiwan last season after failing to make the Braves' Opening Day roster. He held a 4.37 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 17 appearances -- 13 starts -- for the Orioles and Braves in 2013. Garcia will give the Dodgers some rotation depth in the minors with Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) out indefinitely and Brandon Beachy (elbow) working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Mar 30 - 10:45 PM's Alden Gonzalez reports that Huston Street isn't expected to complete a contract extension until after Josh Hamilton's situation is resolved.

Hamilton won't be paid while suspended, and the Angels could use those savings on a new deal for Street. It's unclear at this point how long Hamilton -- who is slated to make $23 million in 2015 -- will be suspended, but a resolution is expected prior to Opening Day. Both Street and the Halos appear optimistic that they'll get something done. The closer will make $7 million in 2015 and turns 32 in August.
Mar 30 - 9:26 PM

Koji Uehara said his ailing left hamstring felt the "same as last time" when he tried to throw a bullpen session Monday.

Uehara hasn't pitched in a game since March 14 and remains unable to throw at 100 percent effort off a mound without his hamstring bothering him. The reliever is expected to begin the season on the disabled list and will likely hang back in extended spring training for a bit. Edward Mujica will be the Red Sox' primary closer while Uehara is on the shelf.
Mar 30 - 9:17 PM

Roberto Hernandez has been named the Astros' No. 5 starter.

Manager A.J. Hinch hasn't decided whether Hernandez will start the third, fourth or fifth game, but the veteran has been told he'll be part of the rotation. The veteran right-hander managed to post a decent 3.71 ERA this spring despite a 5/7 K/BB ratio over 17 innings. He's not a bad guy to have to eat innings, but there's no fantasy value to be had here.
Mar 30 - 9:03 PM

Ian Kennedy was superb Monday, recording seven strikeouts over six scoreless frames in a Cactus League victory over the Reds.

Kennedy issued just one free pass and only one of the six hits he allowed went for extra bases. The right-hander has a solid 3.78 ERA with a strikeout per inning this spring and should continue to be a nice fantasy option while calling Petco Park home.
Mar 30 - 8:47 PM

Anthony DeSclafani was touched up for six runs over six innings of work on Monday against the Padres.

He walked just one and struck out four, but DeSclafani was undone by the longball, serving up three homers. It's a hiccup in what has otherwise been a great spring, as the soon-to-be 25-year-old entered the day with a 1.83 Cactus League ERA. DeSclafani will open the season in the Reds' rotation.
Mar 30 - 8:45 PM

Matt Kemp launched a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Reds.

The dinger came in the fourth inning off of Anthony DeSclafani. Kemp has mashed the ball all spring, as he's now hitting .375 with four homers, five doubles, a triple and 13 RBI. Perhaps even more importantly, he's looked healthy after whispers over the winter that he has arthritis in both of his hips.
Mar 30 - 8:42 PM

Jeff Todd of reports that Scott Downs will only accept a major league contract.

Downs was released by the Indians Monday after failing to make the team as a non-roster invitee. The 39-year-old isn't interested in going to Triple-A, which is understandable given his track record. It's not clear whether he might consider retirement if he doesn't get a major league job relatively soon.
Mar 30 - 8:36 PM

Astros purchased the contract of LHP Joe Thatcher from Triple-A Fresno.

Thatcher pretty much just had to not get hurt in order to make the team, and he cemented his case with a 1.23 ERA this spring. The veteran southpaw will be a lefty specialist.
Mar 30 - 8:32 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of LHP Phil Coke from Triple-A Iowa.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Monday that Coke had made the roster, and now the team has made it official. He'll earn $2.25 million on his one-year contract. The left-hander held a 3.88 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 58 innings with the Tigers in 2014.
Mar 30 - 8:27 PM

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

LaTroy Hawkins was shelled in one-third of an inning, allowing five runs to the Athletics as the Rockies lost 11-2 on Monday.

The A's scored two runs on a Ben Zobrist double and a Billy Butler single, then added three more on a Brett Lawrie three-run homer. Hawkins has pitched well in four of his six outings this spring, but has been hit hard in the two others. He's entering what will be his final year in baseball, and the mix of his age (42), home ballpark, and vanishing strikeout rate makes him a risky play for fantasy purposes.
Mar 30 - 7:55 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

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