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Antonio Senzatela gave up three earned runs over five innings Tuesday in his Cactus League start against the Rangers.

Senzatela was doing fine until the top of the fifth, when the Rangers plated three runs on two singles and two doubles. The 22-year-old right-hander has allowed nine runs -- seven earned -- in 10 1/3 innings since Rockies manager Bud Black named him a legitimate candidate for the Opening Day rotation. The final spot is probably going to go to Kyle Freeland.
Mar 28 - 5:32 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Tuesday in his Cactus League start against the Rockies.

Both tallies came on a two-run shot in the fourth inning by Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds. Griffin walked three and gave up six hits while striking out only two batters. He is expected to make the Rangers' season-opening starting rotation, but the 29-year-old right-hander can be ignored in most standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 28 - 5:29 PM

Tanner Scheppers (abdomen) will return to game action Wednesday.

Scheppers exited an appearance Friday with a left abdominal strain, but it was a minor issue. He could still make the Opening Day roster if he doesn't have a setback.
Mar 28 - 5:22 PM

Brian McCann hit his third homer of the spring off Edinson Volquez as the Astros beat the Marlins 7-3 on Tuesday.

McCann also walked in the game. With a .279 average and an .831 OPS, it's been his best spring since 2010, back when he was with the Braves. His fantasy upside is lower now that he's left Yankee Stadium, but maybe the change will be good for his game offensively; he never hit for any sort of average while always taking aim at that short porch in right field.
Mar 28 - 5:16 PM

Dallas Keuchel surrendered three runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Marlins.

Keuchel seemed happy afterwards. He gave up a homer to Giancarlo Stanton and six hits overall, but he also got seven outs on the ground to go along with his four strikeouts. He doesn't appear to be a likely Cy Young contender right now, but since he's healthy again, he should be a mixed-league asset.
Mar 28 - 5:13 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan writes that Delino DeShields could be the Rangers' everyday left fielder and leadoff man.

DeShields has batted .302/.448/.321 with 12 steals this spring, which might have been enough to push Jurickson Profar back into a utility role and Carlos Gomez down in the order. "I tell guys, make me put you in the lineup," manager Jeff Banister said. "Let your game put you in the lineup. Delino has made us do that. How it plays on Opening Day or the day after that … just continue to play the game." DeShields entered 2016 as the Opening Day center fielder and leadoff man, but he lost those jobs quickly and ultimately hit .209/.275/.313. However, the 24-year-old had a good rookie season and could make a dent in fantasy leagues with his on-base skills and running ability.
Mar 28 - 5:13 PM

Giancarlo Stanton homered off Dallas Keuchel and walked Tuesday against the Astros.

It doesn't quite seem like Stanton has found his swing yet, but he hasn't been all that bad, either. He is 6-for-26 with a couple of homers in Marlins camp. He was 5-for-22 with one homer for Team USA in the WBC. Fortunately, he hasn't complained of any physical issues, and there's nothing to suggest he'll need frequent off days during the regular season.
Mar 28 - 5:10 PM

Craig Gentry had another nice game Tuesday, collecting a double, two walks and two steals in the Orioles' 5-4 win over the Braves.

Gentry is hitting .333 with a .992 OPS in 51 at-bats, which is going to have to be good enough to get him a spot on the Orioles' roster. If they surprise and choose not to carry him, he'll be of interest to several teams.
Mar 28 - 5:04 PM

Jaime Garcia turned in six innings of three-run ball Tuesday against the Orioles.

Garcia struck out six in the outing against mostly backups and minor leaguers. He ends the spring with a nice 3.20 ERA and, more importantly, no health red flags at all. He's a fringy mixed-league starter, but he'll at least be a streaming option.
Mar 28 - 5:02 PM

Freddie Freeman went 2-for-2 on Tuesday, raising his spring average to .524.

Freeman was one of the NL's very best hitters last year, and he is 22-for-42 with just five strikeouts and four walks this spring. With any sort of boost from the Braves' new ballpark, he should be a top-20 overall player this season.
Mar 28 - 5:01 PM

Reds re-assigned OFs Desmond Jennings and Sebastian Elizalde to minor league camp.

Jennings has an opt-out clause in his contract, so he figures to exercise it rather than accept a minor league assignment. He batted just .195 this spring and lost out on a bench spot to Patrick Kivlehan.
Mar 28 - 4:56 PM

Matt Adams went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run homer Tuesday as the Cardinals and Mets played to a 3-3 tie.

Even though he's fanned 19 times in 47 at-bats, Adams has hit .340 with five homers this spring. The Cardinals seem to think he'll be usable in left field, but it's hard to imagine him outhitting Randall Grichuk enough to make up for what should be a pretty huge difference defensively. Grichuk projects as the better hitter anyway; he has a .797 to .770 edge when it comes to their career OPSs.
Mar 28 - 4:38 PM

Tyler Thornburg has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement and will be shut down from throwing for 10 days.

He'll be re-evaluated after that, but it's an injury that figures to keep Thornburg on the shelf for a while even if all goes well from here on out. Acquired via trade from the Brewers over the winter, Thornburg had been in line to be the club's Opening Day setup man. However, he was limited to just two appearances this spring due to a "dead arm" and now the shoulder issue.
Mar 28 - 4:38 PM

Adam Wainwright pitched five innings and allowed three runs Tuesday in his start against the Mets.

Wainwright had just one bad inning, when he surrendered two singles and then gave up a three-run bomb to Lucas Duda on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the fourth. Still, he ends a rather discouraging spring with a 7.78 ERA. There were times when his control was lacking and others when he was just too easily hittable. We're not writing him off a mixed-league starter this year, but his ceiling isn't all that high at this point.
Mar 28 - 4:35 PM

Robert Gsellman yielded three runs in six innings and struck out six Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Gsellman figures to start the Mets' fourth game of the season with Steven Matz likely DL bound. He's worth trying in mixed leagues, even though the Mets defense won't be much help behind him.
Mar 28 - 4:32 PM



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