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3/22/2015 Justin Verlander, P (Det), P
Two days after being told he would not be the Tigers' opening day starter, Verlander gave up three home runs in less than five innings of a 7-7 tie Sunday between Detroit's split squad and the Washington Nationals.

Analysis: His ERA inflated to 6.08. "I have work to do on my slider," Verlander said. "My slider has been about 50-50. I still have some tinkering to do before opening day." Fantasy players may want to tinker and look elsewhere for a starter.
3/22/2015 Jose Pirela, SS (NYY), SS
Pirela was taken to a hospital after crashing into the center field wall on a play in the first inning that ended up an inside-the-park home run for the Mets' Juan Lagares. Lagares' drive off CC Sabathia - the left-hander's third pitch of the game Sunday - was just out of Pirela's reach on the warning track. The center fielder's momentum carried him into the wall, where he appeared to crash face first. Pirela then fell and hit the back of his head on the track.

Analysis: Lagares' drive off CC Sabathia - the left-hander's third pitch of the game Sunday - was just out of Pirela's reach on the warning track. The center fielder's momentum carried him into the wall, where he appeared to crash face first. Pirela then fell and hit the back of his head on the track. He was taken by ambulance from the Mets' complex.
3/22/2015 Christian Yelich, LF (Mia), LF
Yelich has signed a seven-year contract extension said to be worth $49.5 million. The Marlins have a club option for an eighth year with the 2010 first-round draft pick. They have now locked up two-thirds of their outfield through 2021. Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year deal worth $325 million in November.

Analysis: The 23-year-old Yelich hit .284 last year in his first full major league season. He had nine homers and 54 RBIs and also won a Gold Glove. He is the latest homegrown product Miami has secured for the long term.
3/22/2015 Marco Estrada, P (Tor), P
Estrada was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays after slightly injuring his ankle during fielding practice. Roberto Osuna will pitch in his place. Manager John Gibbons says he expects Estrada to start Tuesday against Minnesota or Wednesday against Baltimore.

Analysis: Estrada, a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, is 1-1 with a 9.39 ERA in four outings this spring. The right-hander was acquired by the Blue Jays last November for first baseman Adam Lind.
3/21/2015 Victor Martinez, DH (Det), DH
Detroit Tigers sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are back on the field after rehabbing injuries.

Analysis: Both played in minor league games against the Houston Astros on Saturday for their first live pitching of the spring. Cabrera singled in his first three at-bats and Martinez hit a long home run.
3/21/2015 Miguel Cabrera, 1B (Det), 1B
Cabrera and Victor Martinez are back on the field after rehabbing injuries.

Analysis: Both played in minor league games against the Houston Astros on Saturday for their first live pitching of the spring. Cabrera underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his right ankle and had a stress fracture repaired in his right foot.
3/21/2015 Stephen Strasburg, P (Was), P
Strasburg will miss Sunday's scheduled spring training start after injuring his left ankle during conditioning work Friday.

Analysis: ''He twisted his ankle a little bit, so we're going to have to see how he goes in the next couple of days and push him (back),'' Nationals manager Matt Williams said. ''He's a little sore, so we don't want to have any issues with him not feeling 100 percent.'' Williams did not think the injury was serious. Strasburg has not had an MRI.
3/21/2015 Sam Fuld, CF (Oak), CF
Fuld can smile now, even with swelling on the left side of his face. Back in the clubhouse a day after being hit in jaw by an errant throw during the Athletics' 3-2 victory over Colorado on Friday, Fuld was going over the options that will allow him to return to the field as soon as possible.

Analysis: A's manager Bob Melvin said Saturday Fuld would not participate in any baseball-related activities. Running to first base, Fuld was hit by a throw from Cristhian Adames, who was trying to complete a double play with pitcher Eddie Butler covering first. He was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, where CT scans showed no signs of a fracture or concussion.
3/21/2015 Chris Sale, P (CWS), P
Sale threw a bullpen session and says he's making progress while recovering from a broken foot.

Analysis: He threw from the mound on Friday, just three weeks after injuring his foot. Sale says he hopes to be back soon - maybe the second week of the regular season. Sale says he started throwing against a wall on one knee just four days after the broken foot was diagnosed on Feb. 27, but he needs to work on the other aspects of the game before he can return.
3/21/2015 Matt Wieters, C (Bal), C
Wieters, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, is "unlikely" to begin the season with the team, manager Buck Showalter said.

Analysis: Wieters played catcher for the first time on Tuesday and reported no ill effects after the game. However on Wednesday, the Orioles shut him down from catching for at least a week. Showalter said that if Wieters is unable to catch the team's opening game on April 6 at Tampa Bay, he would not be on the roster as a designated hitter.
3/21/2015 Jon Lester, P (ChC), P
Lester will miss his scheduled start Saturday because of arm fatigue.

Analysis: Lester, who signed a $155 million, six-year contract during the offseason, is not experiencing pain, according to manager Joe Maddon, and has gone through similar periods in previous spring trainings. Erick Jokisch will start in Lester's place Saturday against Seattle in Mesa.
3/20/2015 Hyun-jin Ryu, P (LAD), P
Ryu is out with inflammation in his left shoulder.

Analysis: Ryu is expected to start the season on the disabled list.
3/20/2015 Jim Henderson, P (Mil), P
Henderson is recovering from right shoulder surgery.

Analysis: It's unclear when Henderson will return, but he's expected to start the season on the disabled list.
3/20/2015 Chris Heston, P (SF), P
The San Francisco Giants have optioned right-hander Chris Heston to Triple-A Sacramento.

Analysis: Heston made his major league debut in September and had a 5.06 ERA in three games, one start.
3/20/2015 Justin Verlander, P (Det), P
David Price is getting the nod as opening-day starter for the Detroit Tigers, ending Verlander's run of having that honor at seven straight seasons.

Analysis: After a dominant run in which Verlander won the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award, he struggled last year, going 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA. Price went 4-4 with a 3.59 ERA for Detroit and had a 3.26 ERA overall.
3/20/2015 David Price, P (Det), P
Price is getting the nod as opening-day starter for the Detroit Tigers, ending Justin Verlander's run of having that honor at seven straight seasons.

Analysis: Price was acquired from Tampa Bay at the July 31 trade deadline and had a better season than Verlander.
3/20/2015 Adam Eaton, CF (CWS), CF
Eaton and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $23.5 million, five-year contract that includes team options for 2020 and `21.

Analysis: Eaton hit .300 with 26 doubles, 10 triples, one homer, 35 RBIs, 76 runs and 15 steals last season, his first with the White Sox following a trade from Arizona. The deal replaces a $560,000, one-year deal agreed to March 11. The 26-year-old gets $850,000 this year, $2.75 million in 2016, $4 million in 2017, $6 million in 2018 and $8.4 million in 2019.
3/20/2015 Johnny Cueto, P (Cin), P
Cueto has returned to the Dominican Republic to be with a family member having health issues. Manager Bryan Price said on Friday it's unclear when Cueto will rejoin the club. He's scheduled to pitch the season opener in Cincinnati on April 6 against Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Cueto was scheduled to start on Friday against the Giants in Scottsdale. Anthony DeSclafani took his place. Price said Cueto is fine physically and will continue throwing in the Dominican Republic. The 20-game winner is entering the final year on his contract. He's been hoping to have a new deal before opening day.
3/20/2015 Clayton Kershaw, P (LAD), P
Kershaw was hit in the face by a soft liner off the bat of Oakland's Andy Parrino in the bottom of the third inning, but the NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner remained in the game. Kershaw turned his head before being hit Friday. He slumped to his knees for a few seconds while teammates and trainers rushed to help.

Analysis: After being examined for several minutes, Kershaw stayed in the game. He got the next batter, Coco Crisp on a lineout to second base then gave up an RBI single to Craig Gentry.
3/20/2015 Franklin Gutierrez, CF (Sea), CF
Gutierrez is among 11 players assigned to minor league spring training camp by the Seattle Mariners camp Friday.

Analysis: The 32-year-old, a Gold Glove centerfielder in 2010, has a minor league contract. After hitting 30 homers with 134 RBIs, 146 runs and 41 steals for Seattle 2009 and `10, Gutierrez was limited to 173 games during the past three years because of injuries. He did not play last season because of a gastrointestinal problem. Gutierrez has not played since March 7 because of a strained right groin.
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