Salvador Perez went 2-for-3 with four RBI and a home run in a 14-3 thrashing of the Mariners on Monday.
He laced a two-run double to left field in the first inning. He trumped that by homering off Mark Rzepczynski with a runner aboard in the third inning. The five-year veteran is still only 26 years old. He hit 22 home runs and drove in 64 RBI with a .247 batting average in 2016.
Jason Vargas was touched up for three runs in two innings in a start versus the Mariners on Monday.
He gave up two walks and four hits, including a two-run homer by Jean Segura. Vargas is safely ensconced in the middle of the Royals' rotation unless he has a run of poor games like this one. He missed almost all of the last two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 34-year-old journeyman has a 4.18 ERA in 1221 2/3 career innings since 2005.
Jean Segura went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI on Monday versus the Royals.
He delivered a run-scoring double in the first inning and followed that with the two-run longball in the second frame. He was acquired by the Mariners in the Taijuan Walker trade with Arizona back in November. He had an excellent season in 2016 with a .319 batting average, 20 home runs, 102 runs scored and 33 stolen bases. He also had a big year in 2013 but his other three seasons were woeful. He has been batting second in the Mariners' order so far this spring and will be their everyday shortstop.
Yovani Gallardo was pounded for four runs in one inning of work in a start against the Royals on Monday.
He gave up three hits and two walks without striking out a batter. Gallardo projects as the Mariners' fifth starter. He is coming off a rough 5.42 ERA in 118 innings with the Orioles last year. Today's effort did not make a good first impression with his new team.
Willson Contreras went 1-for-2 with a solo home run against the White Sox on Monday.
Contreras hit .282/.357/.488 with 12 home runs across 76 games in part-time duty as a rookie in 2016. He will be the Cubs' primary catcher this year for the first time. He will be one of the first catchers off the board in fantasy drafts this year after the elite trio of Buster Posey, Gary Sanchez and Jonathon Lucroy are taken.
Brett Anderson started against the White Sox on Monday and tossed a scoreless inning while allowing one hit.
He struck out one batter and did not allow a walk. Anderson missed all but four games of last season with the Dodgers and signed a free agent deal with the Cubs this winter. He will battle Mike Montgomery for the final slot in the Cubs starting rotation this spring. He has a 3.86 ERA in 685 2/3 career innings. He has a long injury history but has pitched well when healthy. Pitching in front of the Cubs' fantastic defensive alignment and supported by their elite offense, he would make a strong late-draft sleeper if he wins a rotation slot.
Jose Abreu went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer as the White Sox and Cubs played to a 4-4 tie on Monday.
His power production has been trending downward each season of his three-year career. Even so, he still hit 25 home runs and drove in 100 RBI to go with a .293 batting average last season. Now 30 years old, Abreu remains a solid run producer in the middle of the White Sox lineup. He is expected to miss the next day or two of camp due to a personal matter.
Lucas Giolito gave up one run on three hits in a two-inning start versus the Cubs on Monday in Arizona.
The run came on a homer by Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. Giolito was making his first start with the White Sox after being acquired in the Adam Eaton trade with the Nationals in December. Giolito is an elite prospect despite the 6.75 ERA in 21 1/3 innings in his cup of coffee with Washington last year. He will compete for a rotation slot this spring but is more likely to begin the season at Triple-A in preparation for a mid-season call to the majors.