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Dodgers optioned OF Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City; reassigned 1B Ike Davis, 1B Cody Bellinger, SS Charlie Culberson, 1B O'Koyea Dickson, OF Tyler Holt and RHP Brandon Morrow to minor league camp.

Segedin played well in Cactus League action this spring, going 13-for-32 (.406) while posting a 1.285 OPS. Alas for the 28-year-old outfielder, this strong work was not quite enough to land him on the Opening Day roster. He will serve as organizational depth moving forward, but could see time with the big league club down the road. In 73 at-bats with the Dodgers last season, Segedin hit .233/.301/.370.
Mar 29 - 8:34 PM

Tyler Holt led the Dodgers with three hits Wednesday in their Cactus League tie with the Mariners.

He also added a stolen base. Holt singled home a run in the first and later scored to give L.A. the lead on Mike Ahmed’s eighth-inning double to center field. The 28-year-old has had a terrific spring, hitting .375 over 40 Cactus League at-bats. Despite his efforts, Holt will likely begin the year at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Mar 29 - 7:37 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma didn’t have it Wednesday in the Mariners’ Cactus League tie with the Dodgers, allowing three hits, two runs and four walks over just 1 2/3 innings.

Only 26 of his 52 pitches went for strikes. The Dodgers sent six men to the plate in the first inning, scoring one run on two hits and two walks. It could have been worse for Iwakuma but Scott Van Slyke bailed him out by getting thrown out at home plate to end the inning. Iwakuma was in the midst of another difficult frame before finally getting the hook from manager Scott Servais with two outs in the second inning. Coming off his worst season as a big leaguer, Iwakuma will finish the spring with a dismal 7.13 ERA over six Cactus League starts. For fantasy, he’s only an option in deeper mixed leagues and AL-only formats.
Mar 29 - 7:36 PM

Clayton Kershaw wasn’t himself Wednesday in the Dodgers’ Cactus League tie with the Mariners, scattering two hits, two runs and two walks over three uncharacteristically shaky innings.

Navigating a tough Mariners lineup, Kershaw struggled through a difficult first inning, walking two batters and giving up a pair of base hits. He was much better after that, only allowing one base runner over his final two frames (it came on an error by Mike Ahmed). Even after Wednesday’s clunker, Kershaw’s spring ERA still sits at a masterful 2.63. Expect the three-time Cy Young winner to go full throttle in his Opening Day start Monday against the Padres.
Mar 29 - 7:34 PM

Kyle Schwarber clubbed two homers Wednesday in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Athletics.

Schwarber led off the game with a solo homer to deep center field. He left the yard again in the fourth, hammering a two-run shot off Daulton Jefferies. The Cubs’ leadoff man has hit .275 with five homers and 14 RBI over 51 Cactus League at-bats this spring. The 24-year-old offers considerable fantasy value, even in leagues where he’s only eligible as an outfielder.
Mar 29 - 7:31 PM

John Lackey unraveled Wednesday in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Athletics, surrendering seven hits and seven runs over 3 2/3 ineffective frames.

He struck out three and walked one. Lackey was spotted a five-run lead but couldn’t hold onto it, allowing two runs in the third and five more in the fourth. If it’s any consolation, only two of the seven hits he gave up went for extra bases. Wednesday certainly wasn’t how Lackey wanted to end the spring but he should be in for another strong season after earning a terrific 3.35 ERA over 29 starts for the Cubs in 2016.
Mar 29 - 7:29 PM

Santiago Casilla fell flat Wednesday in the Athletics’ Cactus League loss to the Cubs, allowing two hits, five runs and two walks in only 1/3 of an inning.

We’re not sure why Casilla started—he’s never started a game in his big league career—but obviously he should stick to his day job. Casilla began his outing by serving up a home run to Kyle Schwarber. It only got worse from there as Casilla proceeded to walk two batters, hit one and allow a three-run homer to Albert Almora Jr. before finally getting the hook with one out in the inning. After flaming out in San Francisco last year, Casilla was looking to rebound on the other side of the bay in 2017. That plan is off to a rough start.
Mar 29 - 7:28 PM

Danny Duffy spanned four scoreless innings Wednesday in the Royals’ Cactus League tie with the Rangers, surrendering three hits while adding a pair of strikeouts.

He didn’t walk anyone. The Rangers got to Duffy for two singles in the first but he was bailed out by an inning-ending double play. Duffy settled down after that, retiring eight hitters in a row to end his outing. Fresh off getting a five-year, $65 million extension, Duffy has pitched to a relatively disappointing 4.30 ERA over four Cactus League starts. He excelled at the World Baseball Classic, however, allowing just one earned run over eight strong innings for the United States. He’ll get the ball Opening Day against Minnesota.
Mar 29 - 7:22 PM

Carlos Gomez tallied two hits Wednesday in the Rangers’ Cactus League tie with the Royals.

He was the only player on either team to log more than one hit. Of the nine total hits in Wednesday’s scoreless tie, none went for extra bases. Gomez has had a productive spring and may be getting overlooked in fantasy drafts. The two-time All-Star holds an impressive .361 average across 36 Cactus League at-bats.
Mar 29 - 7:21 PM

Dillon Gee turned in a strong outing Wednesday in the Rangers’ Cactus League tie with the Royals, yielding just two hits over six shutout innings.

He struck out nine and didn’t walk anyone. 51 of the right-hander’s 67 pitches went for strikes. Gee didn’t give up a hit until the fifth when Whit Merrifield finally broke through for a two-out single. The only other hit he allowed came in the sixth on an infield single by Peter O’Brien. Neither team scored a run in this game with Danny Duffy twirling four shutout frames for Kansas City. Gee will likely fill a long relief role for the Rangers this year.
Mar 29 - 7:19 PM

Dylan Covey drew the start for the White Sox in Wednesday’s Cactus League tie with the Padres, allowing three hits and two runs over one inning of work.

It was an unusually brief outing for Covey, though that was Chicago’s plan all along. Covey allowed hits to three of the five batters he faced with Wil Myers taking him deep for a two-run jack. The right-hander was used almost exclusively as a starter in the minor leagues but is hoping to crack the White Sox Opening Day roster as a middle/long reliever. He’s posted a lousy 7.82 ERA over nine Cactus League appearances.
Mar 29 - 7:16 PM

Austin Hedges went ballistic on Wednesday, homering twice and plating four runs in the Padres’ Cactus League tie with the White Sox.

Hedges had been homerless in 39 Cactus League at-bats prior to Wednesday. His first round-tripper was a solo blast off Anthony Swarzak with the second coming off Dan Jennings with two men on in the fourth inning. Wednesday’s outburst brought Hedges’ Cactus League average up from .256 to .310. The 24-year-old only logged 24 at-bats in the big leagues last year but is penciled in as the Padres’ Opening Day catcher.
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM

Jhoulys Chacin imploded Wednesday in the Padres’ Cactus League tie with the White Sox, scattering eight hits, six runs and two walks over three miserable innings.

He added a pair of strikeouts for good measure. This is your Opening Day starter, Padres fans. Chacin took it on the chin Wednesday, allowing four straight hits to open his outing. Two of them went for home runs including a three-run bomb by cleanup hitter Jose Abreu. Chacin got beat for another homer in the third, this time on a two-run blast from Nicky Delmonico. Wednesday’s meltdown brought Chacin’s spring ERA from 3.86 to 7.30. It’s going to be a long year for the rebuilding Padres.
Mar 29 - 7:13 PM

Brandon Finnegan struggled in his final spring start, yielding seven hits, four runs (three earned) and three walks over four lackluster innings in the Reds’ Cactus League loss to the Indians.

He also tacked on three strikeouts. Things seemed to be going fine for Finnegan until the second inning. The Indians got to him for four runs in that frame including three on a home run by Yandy Diaz. Finnegan finished the outing on a high note by holding the Tribe scoreless over his last two innings. We’re still waiting for Finnegan to put it all together, but at least he has youth on his side. Finnegan turns 24 two weeks from Friday.
Mar 29 - 7:10 PM

Carlos Carrasco didn’t look sharp in his final start of the spring, allowing nine hits, four runs and one walk over four sluggish innings Wednesday in the Indians’ Cactus League win over the Reds.

He also contributed five strikeouts. Carrasco let up three runs in the opening frame including two on Jose Peraza’s homer to left field. Adam Duvall took him deep for a solo blast later in the same inning. Carrasco ran into trouble again in the second but benefited from a caught stealing. He wasn’t as lucky in the fourth, allowing another run to cross on Billy Hamilton's single to left field. Fantasy owners are drafting Carrasco to be an ace but he certainly hasn’t pitched like one this spring. He posted a hideous 10.80 ERA over six Cactus League starts.
Mar 29 - 7:09 PM


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