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|3/12/2018||Kevin Pillar, Tor, CF|
|Pillar pounded out three hits in Monday's spring game against the Red Sox.
Analysis: Pillar is riding hot during the spring with a .520 average.
|3/12/2018||Blake Swihart, Bos, C|
|Swihart connected on a home run for the Red Sox on Monday.
Analysis: Swihart is opening some eyes this spring, batting .371.
|3/12/2018||Starling Marte, Pit, CF|
|Marte doubled for Pittsburgh in Monday's spring game.
Analysis: Marte is tearing it up for the Bucs, hitting .478 on the spring. He should be in line for a big season.
|3/12/2018||Chase Anderson, Mil, P|
|The Brewers have picked Anderson to start on opening day on March 29 at San Diego.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Anderson had the best season of his four-year career in 2017, going 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 25 starts. He will be making his first career opening day start when he takes the mound in San Diego. Anderson will be the fifth different opening day starter for the Brewers in the last five seasons. Junior Guerra got the honor last year, and he was preceded by Wily Peralta, Kyle Lohse and Yovani Gallardo.
|3/11/2018||Jake Arrieta, Phi, P|
|Arrieta and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a three-year deal. The deal is reportedly worth $75 million.
Analysis: The 32-year-old righty was among several top free agents didn't get a deal for six or seven years in a changing free-agent market. The Phillies, who have plenty of money to spend, waited until the price was right for them. Arrieta won the 2015 NL Cy Young Award with the Chicago Cubs and helped them win the World Series the next season. He was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA last year.
|3/11/2018||Anthony DeSclafani, Cin, P|
|DeSclafani has a strained left oblique, the third year in a row that the Cincinnati Reds starter has been hurt during spring training.
Analysis: Manager Bryan Price said DeScalfani felt discomfort during his last spring appearance and an exam found the problem. It's unclear how long the right-hander might be sidelined. The Reds open the season in a little over two weeks. DeSclafani also suffered a strained left oblique before the 2016 season and was sidelined until June. He missed all of last season with a sprained elbow.
|3/10/2018||Jorge Bonifacio, KC, RF|
|Major League Baseball has suspended Bonifacio 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Analysis: Bonifacio stood a good chance of entering the season as Kansas City's starting right fielder after producing 17 homers and a .255 average in 113 games as a rookie last year. Michael Saunders and Paulo Orlando are among those who will be in the mix to fill in for the 24-year-old.
|3/10/2018||Daniel Murphy, Was, 2B|
|Murphy took part in his first on-field batting practice session Saturday as he makes his way back from offseason knee surgery.
Analysis: The three-time All-Star is still in a race against the clock to be ready for opening day, but he reported no problems afterward and shouldn't miss much time if any. In his two seasons since joining the Nationals as a free agent, Murphy has hit a combined .334 with 48 homers and 197 RBIs.
|3/10/2018||Luis Robert, CWS, CF|
|Robert, one of the White Sox's most highly rated prospects, is expected to miss around 10 weeks after spraining his left thumb on a stolen-base attempt.
Analysis: White Sox GM Rick Hahn said the team is hopeful that Robert will be able to play in extended spring training games by early May. Signed out of Cuba last year to a $26 million bonus, the 20-year-old Robert is still a long way from reaching the majors but has impressed in training camp. He had a grand slam in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Reds and is 3 for 10 with two walks in spring training.
|3/8/2018||Mike Moustakas, KC, 3B|
|Moustakas and Kansas City have agreed to a one-year contract that keeps him with the Royals and guarantees the third baseman $6.5 million.
Analysis: The deal could be worth up to $22.7 million over two seasons, the person said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical.
|3/8/2018||Billy Hamilton, Cin, CF|
|Hamilton was hitless in two at-bats on Thursday, leaving him 0 for 16 on the spring.
Analysis: We don't think spring stats translate much into the regular season, but this is getting worrisome.
|3/8/2018||Kendall Graveman, Oak, P|
|Graveman's spring struggled continued Thursday when he allowed three hits, three hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings.
Analysis: The ace has a 12.00 ERA on the spring, but we're urging potential owners not to take his spring stats too seriously.
|3/8/2018||Lorenzo Cain, Mil, CF|
|Cain continued his strong spring for the Brewers with two hits, including his third double, on Thursday.
Analysis: Cain raised his average to .409 on the spring.
|3/8/2018||Ryan Cordell, CWS, CF|
|White Sox prospect Ryan Cordell batted third and had a pair of doubles on Thursday.
Analysis: Cordell also drove in two runs, raising his average to .389. Time to keep an eye on this guy.
|3/8/2018||Ian Happ, ChC, 2B|
|Happ stayed hot with an RBI triple on Thursday.
Analysis: Happ, batting .429 on the spring, appears to have taken hold of the leadoff and center field jobs in Chicago.
|3/8/2018||Dansby Swanson, Atl, SS|
|Swanson went 0 for 2 on Thursday.
Analysis: Swanson's average dropped to .182 on the spring after he hit .232 last year and spent time in the minors.
|3/8/2018||Noah Syndergaard, NYM, P|
|Syndergaard struck out his last seven batters, allowing two hits over 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his third start for New York.
Analysis: He struck out the side in consecutive innings, including Trea Turner, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon in the third.
|3/8/2018||Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Tor, 3B|
|Guerrero Jr. had four singles in his spring training debut for the Toronto Blue Jays, a 9-3 win at the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. The 18-year-old third baseman, whose father Vladimir will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, signed with Toronto in July 2015 for a $3.9 million bonus.
Analysis: He was the designated hitter and had hits in the second inning off Nestor Cortes Jr., in the sixth and seventh against Tim Melville and in the ninth versus Asher Wojciechowski. He also flied out in the fourth against Darren O'Day. He hit .323 with 13 homers and 76 RBIs at a pair of Class A teams last year with a .910 OPS.
|3/8/2018||Eduardo Núñez, Bos, 3B|
|Nunez is likely to be the opening-day second baseman for the Boston Red Sox while Dustin Pedroia recovers from offseason knee surgery.
Analysis: Nunez would be the first player other than Pedroia to start a Boston opener at second since Mark Loretta in 2006. Pedroia made his major league debut Aug. 22 that year.
|3/8/2018||José De León, TB, P|
|De Leon has a torn UCL and will have to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Analysis: De Leon made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and was 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in four starts. Acquired the following January by the Rays, he pitched in one game for Tampa Bay last season, winning at the Texas Rangers on May 29, when he allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings.
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