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Todd Frazier doubled and connected for a solo homer in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers on Monday.

Frazier came into Monday’s action hitting just .161 (5-for-31) with zero homers this spring, so it was nice to see some of signs of life with Opening Day rapidly approaching. The 31-year-old is going to be a batting average risk unless he cuts down on the strikeouts, but he provides enough power and speed to be one of the first half-dozen third basemen off the board in fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 7:14 PM

Yasmani Grandal had a two-run single Monday against the White Sox.

While Grandal has cooled down a bit in recent days, he has enjoyed a fine spring, hitting .314 (16-for-51) over 18 games. We don’t expect the .238 career hitter to maintain an average like that during the regular season, but his power and on-base ability comes in handy out of the catcher position.
Mar 27 - 7:14 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will be part of the team's rotation.

The Dodgers really had no idea what to expect from Ryu as they entered spring training after he missed virtually all of the last two seasons with shoulder and elbow injuries. However, he's gone out and posted a 2.57 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio across 14 Cactus League innings and, most importantly, feels great physically. Ryu obviously remains a big health risk, but the lefty put up a 3.17 ERA over 56 starts in his two healthy seasons with the Dodgers so he needs to be considered in mixed leagues. Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood will battle for the final spot in the Dodgers' rotation.
Mar 27 - 7:14 PM

Derek Holland yielded two runs in six innings of work against the Dodgers on Monday.

Holland gave up a two-run single to Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the first, but otherwise he kept the Dodgers off the board. The southpaw allowed five hits and a pair of walks while striking out one. The White Sox signed Holland with the idea of eating up some innings while their young pitchers get some seasoning in the minors, but he’s off the mixed league radar.
Mar 27 - 7:13 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed three runs over five innings Monday against the White Sox.

Ryu surrendered a pair of homers, but he was fine otherwise, striking out four and walking none. The southpaw has managed to stay healthy this spring while putting up a 2.57 ERA. He's on track to begin the year with a rotation spot.
Mar 27 - 7:12 PM

Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 oblique strain and will be held out of baseball activities for a week.

It's the mildest of the strains, and the Royals haven't even officially made a decision on a disabled list stint for Soler yet even though Opening Day is in a week. Ultimately, a stay on the DL is virtually a given here, although it sounds like there's hope that he won't miss much time.
Mar 27 - 7:08 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona announced Monday that Carlos Carrasco will pitch the second game of the regular season.

Francona also confirmed that Corey Kluber would pitch Opening Day and that Carrasco would be followed by Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer. Carrasco underwent an MRI on his right elbow earlier this month after he experienced some swelling, but everything came back clean and he threw three scoreless frames in a Cactus League appearance last Friday. The righty has never thrown 200 innings in his career and that's why he doesn't qualify as a fantasy ace, but it doesn't appear the elbow is a concern at all as we approach Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 6:57 PM

Madison Bumgarner yielded two runs over seven innings Monday in a 14-2 victory over the Reds in Cactus League play.

Bumgarner gave up a sacrifice fly and a solo homer in the fifth inning, but otherwise he was on point. The Giants’ ace struck out nine and walked none and also went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk at the plate. Like pretty much everyone, he’s ready for the real games to begin
Mar 27 - 6:57 PM

Cody Reed was blasted for 10 runs over 3 2/3 innings in Monday’s start against the Giants.

Reed didn’t get much help from his defense, but it was still a bad outing. He gave up 10 hits (including a homer to Jae-gyun Hwang) while walking four. The 23-year-old came into Monday’s outing with a 3.24 ERA this spring, so one disaster outing isn’t going to change the Reds’ plans to give him a rotation spot. If anything, Monday shined a light that there will likely be some bumps in the road.
Mar 27 - 6:55 PM

Jae-gyun Hwang continued his hot spring by going 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBI in Monday’s win over the Reds.

Hwang clubbed a two-run homer in a seven-run fourth inning before tacking on two more runs with a single in the eighth. After coming over from Japan over the winter, the 29-year-old has impressed during Cactus League action by hitting .349 (15-for-43) with five homers and an 1.100 OPS. Despite the strong showing, he could begin the year with Triple-A Sacramento.
Mar 27 - 6:55 PM

Aaron Hill was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored Monday versus the Reds.

Hill, a non-roster invitee, plated a run with a single in the first inning and had a two-run double in the Giants’ seven-run fourth. The 35-year-old has been relatively quiet at the plate recently, but he brings more versatility to the table than Jae-gyun Hwang. He should begin the year with a bench spot.
Mar 27 - 6:54 PM

Jake Petricka will undergo an X-ray after being hit on the right hand by a comebacker.

Petricka said that everything "seems OK," but we'll have to wait and find out what the exam says. He'll be a middle reliever for the Pale Hose this season.
Mar 27 - 6:45 PM

X-rays on Tyler Saladino's left wrist came back negative.

Saladino was hit on the wrist by a pitch in a minor league game Monday. He's probably sore but should be fine. Saladino is slated to be the White Sox' Opening Day second baseman.
Mar 27 - 6:44 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and Yadier Molina are "making progress" in extension talks and "may be getting closer to a deal."

There's been no word on the potential terms of the contract, although Heyman says Molina has reportedly been looking for a four-year extension, while St. Louis had been offering two years. He's currently set to make $14 million in 2017 before hitting free agency once a mutual option is declined. Molina turns 35 in July and the Cards have top catching prospect Carson Kelly almost ready, so it's possible he won't be an everyday player by the end of the deal. However, he remains one of the best defensive catchers in baseball and is coming off a season when he batted .307/.360/.427.
Mar 27 - 6:28 PM

Jarrod Dyson (hamstring) is hoping to return to Cactus League action on Wednesday.

Dyson has dealt with a right hamstring issue for over a week, although the Mariners have insisted that it's merely fatigue and not any kind of strain. The speedster said he had six hits -- including a home run -- in 10 at-bats in a minor league game Monday. There's been no indication that Dyson is in danger of missing Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 6:21 PM


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