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Date: Team: Pos:

Twins reassigned 1Bs Ben Paulsen and Matt Hague and INF Benji Gonzalez to minor league camp.

Paulsen couldn't force his way onto the Opening Day roster despite hitting .314/.400/.457 with a homer and five RBI in Grapefruit League competition. He'll function as depth at Triple-A to begin the season.
Mar 26 - 4:45 PM

Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-4 and hit his third homer of the spring Sunday in Boston's 7-2 win against Minnesota.

He also had an outfield assist, connecting with Dustin Pedroia on a strong relay to retire Brian Dozier at home plate. Benintendi is hitting .315 with a .980 OPS. The Red Sox gave some thought to hitting him third initially, but it appears they'll stick with the original plan to bat him second and Mookie Betts third, at least against righties. Benintendi could be dropped in the order in favor of Xander Bogaerts versus lefties.
Mar 26 - 4:34 PM

Chris Sale tossed five scoreless innings and struck out six Sunday against the Twins.

Sale has cruised this spring. Even more impressive than his 2.57 ERA is his 26/2 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Mar 26 - 4:32 PM

Kyle Gibson shut out the Red Sox for six innings Sunday in his latest strong effort this spring.

Gibson has a 1.59 ERA and a 19/5 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings. He's yet to allow a single homer, which is a big change after he gave up 20 in 147 1/3 innings during the regular season last year. Gibson is far more likely to be solid than spectacular for the Twins, but they'll take it.
Mar 26 - 4:30 PM

Steve Selsky hit a three-run homer in his lone at-bat off the bench Sunday against the Twins.

It's between Marco Hernandez, Josh Rutledge and Selsky for one spot on the Red Sox bench. The team would certainly prefer to have someone there who can play a quality shortstop; Brock Holt can serve as the backup there, but he's not ideal. Selsky can't do that, but the Red Sox love that he's 13-for-40 with three homers and three doubles this spring. It also helps his case that he's a legitimate option at first base, potentially giving the Red Sox more flexibility to pinch-hit for Mitch Moreland against lefty relievers.
Mar 26 - 4:28 PM

Max Kepler went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday and is hitting just .156 this spring.

Paul Molitor has been experimenting with new lineup combinations every day. Most of them have had Kepler hitting in the middle of the order, but Kepler found himself down at seventh today, and one wonders if he might not start off there after his ice-cold spring. It'd make him a less attractive option in mixed leagues, at least for the short term.
Mar 26 - 4:23 PM

Eddie Rosario finished 3-for-3 from the ninth spot in the order Sunday against the Red Sox.

Rosario played well for Puerto Rico in the WBC and is 10-for-22 in Grapefruit League games. He still figures to bat at the bottom of the lineup, but if he hits, he could get a chance to start against lefties. It helps his case there that he is a strong defensive left fielder.
Mar 26 - 4:22 PM

Christian Lopes hit a walkoff homer off Francisco Rodriguez to give a Blue Jays split-squad a 4-3 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

Lopes, a 2011 seventh-round pick out of high school, hit .295/.357/.401 in Double-A last year to keep himself on the fringes of prospectdom. It's still going to be a difficult path for him, since he's yet to demonstrate any real versatility beyond second base. His path in Toronto hinges on Devon Travis continuing to have difficulties staying healthy.
Mar 26 - 4:18 PM

Jordan Zimmermann yielded one run in 5 1/3 innings Sunday against a Blue Jays split-squad.

Kendrys Morales and Ezequiel Carrera were the only major leaguers the Jays brought for this one, so Zimmermann's performance probably wasn't as encouraging as the line suggests. He'll take it, though; he had given up nine earned runs over two innings in his previous two outings. We have little faith that Zimmermann will rebound to the point of having mixed-league value this year.
Mar 26 - 4:13 PM

Francisco Rodriguez gave up a pair of homers to minor leaguers in the ninth to take a blown save and a loss Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Rodriguez has gotten lit up in both of his official spring appearances and he suffered some groin tightness while pitching in the WBC, but we're not overly worried at this point. He's not an elite closer these days, but he should do well enough for Detroit.
Mar 26 - 4:11 PM

Nicholas Castellanos homered, doubled and walked Sunday against the Blue Jays.

It's pretty much certain now that Castellanos will open up as the Tigers' No. 2 hitter. It's not the ideal spot for him, but it does give his fantasy value a boost. He's a nice late-round option in mixed leagues.
Mar 26 - 4:09 PM

Miguel Cabrera singled in a run and struck out in two at-bats Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Cabrera was making his first appearance since suffering some back tightness in the WBC. He's not going to need many at-bats this week to ensure his presence in the Tigers' Opening Day lineup.
Mar 26 - 4:08 PM

Joe Musgrove held the Nationals to one run over five innings in the Astros' 5-1 victory Sunday.

Musgrove struck out four and walked one while improving to 3-0 this spring. He'll fill in for Collin McHugh in the rotation early next month, and while that might be a short stay, there should be plenty of opportunities for him as the season goes on. He's a fine AL-only pick, and he'll be a streaming option in mixed leagues at times.
Mar 26 - 4:05 PM

Yuli Gurriel went 2-for-4 with a double Sunday, raising his spring average to .333.

Gurriel started off quietly this spring, but he's 7-for-12 with two homers and three doubles in his last four games. Not that his starting job at first base was in any doubt entering the season, but the strong finish here should leave him less vulnerable to frequent off days (probably in favor of Marwin Gonzalez) early on.
Mar 26 - 4:02 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times expects Corey Dickerson to begin the season as the Rays' leadoff hitter against right-handers.

Topkin projects Kevin Kiermaier to remain in the No. 2 spot and Dickerson to precede him. It's obviously very favorable news for Dickerson for fantasy purposes, as he slugged 22 home runs against righties last season and is a career .288/.335/.552 hitter against them. Dickerson entered Grapefruit League play on Sunday batting .367/.392/.633 with four longballs this spring.
Mar 26 - 3:49 PM



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