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Mike Leake fired off two scoreless innings in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the White Sox.

A nice scoreless opening to spring training for Leake, who allowed just one hit on the afternoon. Splitting time between the Cardinals and Mariners a year ago, the veteran right-hander posted a 3.92 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 130/37 K/BB ratio across 186 innings. He was sharp sharp sharp after being traded over to the M's at the end of August -- 2.53 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 27/2 K/BB ratio in five starts -- and will hope for similar success this upcoming season.
Feb 24 - 7:06 PM

Hector Santiago tossed two innings of scoreless ball while surrendering five hits in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Mariners.

Santiago struck out one and walked none on the afternoon. The White Sox signed him to a minor league contract with a spring training invite just 10 days ago. He was roughed up to the tune of a 5.63 ERA in 70 1/3 innings with the Twins last season. Back and shoulder issues caused him to miss significant time. With the White Sox, his best case scenario would be to make the Opening Day roster as a back-end starter to fill innings.
Feb 24 - 7:00 PM

Carlos Martinez struggled with his control and allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings against the Mets on Saturday.

He walked three batters and threw just nine strikes out of 23 pitches. He also fanned two batters and allowed just one knock. Martinez is gearing up for another season as the Cardinal's ace after going 12-11 with a 3.64 ERA in 32 starts last season. He piled up 217 punchouts against 71 walks in 205 innings.
Feb 24 - 6:59 PM

Martin Maldonado went 1-for-2 with a two-run single in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Brewers.

Maldonado came through with a two-run single off Chase Anderson in the bottom of the first inning. The veteran backstop hit just .221/.276/.368 a year ago, but augmented those subpar numbers via a career-best 14 home runs, 19 doubles and Gold Glove-winning defense. The 2017 campaign was his first receiving more than 250 at-bats. He finished with 429 of them for the season.
Feb 24 - 6:55 PM

Keon Broxton went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, a stolen base and two runs scored in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Angels.

Broxton spoiled the debut party of Shohei Ohtani in the second inning, when he mashed a solo home run off the highly-hyped MLB newcomer. While the outfielder does have a decent bit of pop to his bat -- he swatted 20 home runs a year ago -- Broxton slashed an underwhelming .220/.299/.420 across 414 at-bats during the 2017 season. He'll be fighting it out for a backup role this spring, but does have one option remaining should the Brewers choose to ship him down to the minors in a month.
Feb 24 - 6:54 PM

Adolis Garcia went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in a 10-5 win over the Mets in Saturday's Grapefruit League action.

He went yard off reliever Marcos Molina with Luke Voit and Carson Kelly on base in the third inning. He also doubled and walked in the ballgame. Garcia was signed out of Cuba a year ago. The 24-year-old split last season between Double-A and Triple-A, batting a combined .290/.340/.476 with 15 home runs, 65 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 124 games. He is the younger brother of former Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia, who will play in Korea this year.
Feb 24 - 6:53 PM

Making his MLB debut in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Brewers, Shohei Ohtani surrendered two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out two over 1 1/3 innings.

As far as Cactus League games go, this one had all the intrigue in the world. Ohtani -- who shined as both a pitcher and hitter in Japan -- signed on with the Angels in December. The 23-year-old turned in a mostly solid spring debut on Saturday, marred only by a Keon Broxton solo home run which he allowed in the second inning. Pitching debut now in the books, Ohtani will likely see his first work as a hitter in the coming days, though no exact date has been stamped on that. The Angels will be rolling with a six-man rotation this year, which will keep Ohtani on the same kind of schedule he kept in Japan.
Feb 24 - 6:52 PM

Chase Anderson yielded two runs on two hits over one inning in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Angels.

Anderson walked one and struck out none in his spring debut. Martin Maldonado drove in both runs on his line via a two-run single in the first inning. Anderson was signed to a two-year, $11.75 million extension near the end of October after posting a respectable 2.74 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 133/41 K/BB ratio across 141 1/3 innings covering 25 starts in 2017. Prior to that campaign, he had not logged an ERA lower than 4.00 in a season. Don't expect fantasy pyrotechnics from the 30-year-old right-hander during the coming campaign, but he's plenty capable of solid work.
Feb 24 - 6:50 PM

Andrew Triggs (hip) surrendered three runs on three hits over 1 2/3 innings in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Padres.

Not the cleanest of starts for Triggs, but given that this was his first appearance on the mound since undergoing season-ending hip surgery last summer, that rust is understandable enough. If he shows out healthy this spring, the right-hander should be in line for a rotation spot.
Feb 24 - 6:50 PM

Franchy Cordero went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the A's.

Cordero got the scoring party started via a two-run home run off Andrew Triggs in the first inning. He would go on to strike out once and walk once before calling it a day. The 23-year-old outfielder impressed early with the Padres last season -- hitting .313/.371/.563 over the course of his first 70 at-bats -- before falling off to serious degree. All told, he slashed .228/.276/.424 in 30 games with the big league team. He'll likely start the 2018 campaign at Triple-A El Paso.
Feb 24 - 6:46 PM

Mason Williams received stitches after a foul ball entered the Reds dugout Saturday and hit him on the chin.

Williams, a non-roster invite, was hit by the Phil Ervin foul ball during Saturday's Grapefruit League action. A few stitches shouldn't keep him sidelined for long. The 26-year-old has an outside shot at winning a bench job with the club this spring.
Feb 24 - 6:45 PM

Kevin Plawecki drove in three runs in a loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.

He drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning to plate Dominic Smith with the game's first run. He drove in two more runs with a third-inning single and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Plawecki will serve as the back-up to starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud this year. He slashed .260/.364/.400 in 118 plate appearances last season.
Feb 24 - 6:43 PM

Hanser Alberto left Saturday's Cactus League game due to left hamstring tightness.

It's one thing after another for the beleaguered infielder, who missed all but five minor league games in 2017 due to a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery. Unlike that injury, this one seems to be fairly minor. He's shooting to win a job with the Rangers as a utility player.
Feb 24 - 6:41 PM

Franklin Barreto went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two total RBI in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Padres.

Barreto went yard off Tyson Ross in the first inning. The 21-year-old infielder struggled in 25 games with the A's last season, his first foray into big league action. In that 25-game space, he managed a paltry .197/.250/.352 triple-slash while punching in just five extra-base hits in 71 at-bats. He should receive opportunities to fill in here and there as needed during the upcoming season, but figures to begin his year with Triple-A Nashville.
Feb 24 - 6:40 PM

Seth Lugo notched two scoreless innings in his start against the Cardinals on Saturday.

He recorded one strikeout and allowed just one base hit and no walks. He is battling for a rotation slot this spring after going 7-5 with a 4.71 ERA in 18 starts and one relief appearance in 2017. If he doesn't make the roation he will likely start the season in Triple-A rather than pitch out of the major league bullpen.
Feb 24 - 6:37 PM


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