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Brody Chernof, the son of Indians' general manager Mike Chernof, told Tom Hamilton during Sunday's broadcast that his father is trying to lock up Francisco Lindor for seven years.

Chernof was a guest in the booth and was asked by the veteran announcer if the elder Chernof was working on any deals at the moment. The Indians just finalized a contract extension with Jose Ramirez, and locking up Lindor would certainly be high on their list of priorities.
Mar 26 - 8:40 PM

Jefry Marte went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI as the Angels fell to the Royals in Cactus League play on Sunday.

Marte's bases-clearing double off Jason Hammel capped off a six-run fifth inning but wouldn't be enough to lead the Angels to victory. Marte has done a nice job at the dish this spring, hitting .300 with three homers and 13 RBI. He'll open the season in a reserve role for the Halos.
Mar 26 - 8:35 PM

J.C. Ramirez struggled in Sunday's Cactus League start against the Royals, surrendering five runs on eight hits over his 4 2/3 innings of work.

Pitching to perhaps secure a spot in the club's opening day rotation, Ramirez turned in perhaps his worst start of the spring. He was tagged for a pair of homers in the contest, with Paulo Orlando and Brandon Moss each leaving the yard during a four-run fourth inning. He now sports a 5.91 ERA in Cactus League competition.
Mar 26 - 8:33 PM

Athletics optioned C Bruce Maxwell to Triple-A Nashville.

The 26-year-old went out on a high note, blasting his first two homers of the Cactus League season on Sunday prior to his demotion. He finishes the spring hitting .282 with seven RBI. He'll assuredly get an opportunity with the A's during the 2017 season.
Mar 26 - 7:48 PM

Brandon Moss finished 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Royals' 8-7 Cactus League win over the Angels on Sunday.

Moss took J.C. Ramirez yard in the fourth inning and also added two singles. He is projected to serve as the Royals' primary designated hitter in 2017 after signing a two-year, $12 million free agent contract in late January. The veteran slugger has some deep-league fantasy appeal.
Mar 26 - 7:41 PM

Nolan Arenado smashed a two-run homer in the top of the first inning Sunday as the Rockies beat the Padres 4-1 in the Cactus League.

Arenado mostly struggled at the plate for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but he doubled in his first game back with the Rockies on Friday and the star third baseman took Padres starter Jarred Cosart deep on Sunday. Arenado, 25, should be a top-seven pick in most standard fantasy leagues leading into the 2017 regular season.
Mar 26 - 7:33 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Sunday's Cactus League game that Scott Kazmir (hip) will not open the season in the starting rotation.

Kazmir struggled again in Sunday's start against the Rangers and continues to show severely diminished fastball velocity. The veteran southpaw admitted after the start that he's still bothered by his hip issue and doesn't feel like he has his lower half. Expect him to begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 26 - 7:23 PM

Jabari Blash finished 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and four RBI in the Padres' 9-4 win over a Cubs split-squad on Sunday.

Blash singled and scored in the first inning, led off the third inning with a ground-rule double, and then slugged a grand slam in the top of the fourth off Cubs prospect Jonathan Martinez. Blash boasts a 1.056 OPS with six home runs and 17 RBI in 23 games this spring. He's played his way into a share of the left field job in San Diego.
Mar 26 - 7:22 PM

Brandon Morrow is scheduled to pitch in Monday's Cactus League game.

That's important to note, because the veteran right-hander also worked in Sunday's game and it will be the first time he has worked in back-to-back contests. If he's up to the task, he should have a good shot at securing a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.
Mar 26 - 7:19 PM

Brewers acquired C Tyler Heineman from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

With the injury to Andrew Susac, the Brewers were hurting for organizational catching depth, so the addition of Heineman will help. The 25-year-old hit .259/.344/.351 with three homers and 14 RBI in 73 games at Triple-A Fresno in 2016.
Mar 26 - 7:17 PM

Nomar Mazara finished 2-for-4 in the Rangers' 3-2 Cactus League win over the Dodgers on Sunday.

Mazara is now batting .306 in 52 plate appearances this spring. The talented 21-year-old outfielder carries tantalizing fantasy upside into 2017 after delivering 20 home runs and 64 RBI in 145 games as a rookie in 2016.
Mar 26 - 7:10 PM

Melky Cabrera went 2-for-3 as the White Sox beat the Giants 4-3 in Cactus League play on Sunday.

Cabrera singled in the first and sixth. He still has a weak .245 batting average and .588 OPS in this year's Cactus League, and he doesn't carry much fantasy upside into the 2017 regular season. Melky did nearly post a career-high in RBI last year with 86, but that came with only 14 home runs.
Mar 26 - 7:05 PM

Jason Hammel was blasted for seven earned runs over six innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Angels.

This was the first bad outing of the spring for Hammel, who entered with a 3.14 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in four starts covering 14 1/3 innings. He gave up eight hits and walked two while striking out three. The new Royals starter is lined up to pitch the third game of the regular season.
Mar 26 - 6:46 PM

Ryan Raburn left Sunday's Cactus League game with a left hip contusion.

He should be considered day-to-day. In camp as a non-roster invitee, the lefty-masher has hit .226/.314/.516 with three homers and seven RBI this spring.
Mar 26 - 6:38 PM

Jharel Cotton worked 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in his Cactus League start versus the Brewers.

Cotton served up a solo homer to Ryan Braun in the bottom of the fourth but he was otherwise excellent, striking out seven batters against just one walk. The young right-hander is looking like a strong late-round fantasy value for 2017 after posting a 2.15 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and 23/4 K/BB ratio over his first 29 1/3 major league innings (five starts) in 2016. He'll open as Oakland's third starter.
Mar 26 - 6:34 PM


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