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    Rangers' Nick Tepesch gets crushed in first spring start
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:15 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch got destroyed in his first spring start on Friday.

    Tepesch allowed seven runs on seven hits over just 1 1/3 innings. He walked one and did not strike out any batters during the outing. Tepesch is competing for a spot in the team's rotation, but didn't make the best impression. It's still early in camp, and Tepesch admitted he was trying to be aggressive during the outing.

    "I was just trying to attack hitters and get ahead of hitters," Tepesch said. "They took advantage of my mistakes. I didn't really have good command. They put some good swings on some balls."

    The 26-year-old posted a 4.36 ERA over 126 innings last year. 


    Padres' Despaigne, Morrow impress in bid to win fifth spot
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:09 pm ET) Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne and Brandon Morrow impressed during their first taste of spring action, according to MLB.com.

    "I thought they threw the ball well," said Padres manager Bud Black. Both Despaigne and Morrow are competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation. While Despaigne got the start, Morrow came on and pitched two innings in relief.

    Both players were effective, keeping the White Sox off the board for four innings. Despaigne struck out two batters to Morrow's one, but they posted identical stat lines otherwise. 

    Despite the strong performances, Black said it was far too early to draw any conclusions about who will open the season in the rotation.


    Indians' Danny Salazar gives up two runs in debut
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:03 pm ET) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar allowed two runs in his spring debut on Friday.

    Salazar gave up two runs on three hits over two innings of work. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. Despite the shaky outing, manager Terry Francona came away impressed

    "He made a couple mistakes along the way, but I thought he threw the ball really well," he said. "In the season, we can probably nitpick. But, in Spring Training for a first outing, I thought the ball came out of his hand really well and I thought he tried to drive it down with more intent. That's what he needs to do."

    The 25-year-old Salazar is expected to compete for a spot in the team's rotation this spring. He posted a 4.25 ERA over 110 innings last season. 


    Diamondbacks' Randall Delgado goes two scoreless innings
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (7:56 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Randall Delgado tossed two scoreless innings in his spring debut on Friday.

    Delgado allowed two hits over two scoreless innings. He struck out two and did not issue any walks. The 25-year-old is competing for a spot in the rotation this spring. He posted a 4.87 ERA over 77 2/3 innings last season. 


    Phillies' Carlos Ruiz staying fresh this spring
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (7:51 pm ET) Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz won't be used much this spring, according to MLB.com.

    The 36-year-old won't catch much during camp in order to keep him fresh. Manager Ryne Sandberg confirmed that the team has a plan with Ruiz. "We kind of have a program for him," Sandberg said. "I'm going to get him behind the plate as needed the first half of Spring Training here. Get him to DH the other games. We also have a chance to get him some at-bats when they start [in the Minor League camp]."

    Ruiz is on board with the move. "That's the plan until the middle of Spring Training, to be in good shape for the end of the season," Ruiz said. "I'm still catching bullpens in the morning and doing all my work. To keep fresh."

    Ruiz hit .252/.347/.370 over 381 at-bats last season. 


    Giants' Brandon Crawford to play on Monday or Tuesday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (7:08 pm ET) Giants infielder Brandon Crawford should play the field on Monday or Tuesday, according to CSN.

    Crawford is dealing with a sore shoulder, but was able to get through a full workout on Friday. He played during Friday's game, but was used as the designated hitter. Crawford, 28, hit .246/.324/.389 over 491 at-bats last season. 


    Royals' Yordano Ventura knocked around on Friday
    by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
    (7:02 pm ET) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was knocked around in his spring debut against the Indians.

    Ventura allowed four runs on four hits in just one inning of work. He issued two walks, and struck out one during the appearance. After a breakout season in 2014, Ventura is pretty much guaranteed a rotation spot, so there's no real reason to panic about the performance.

    The 23-year-old posted a 3.20 ERA over 183 innings last season. 


    Tigers' Alex Avila to return on Saturday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:54 pm ET) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is set to return to the club on Saturday, according to MLB.com.

    Avila missed the past three days while on paternity leave. His wife gave birth to the couple's second daughter on Wednesday. Avila will return to the lineup once he arrives at camp. Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Avila will be in the lineup on Saturday.

    The 28-year-old Avila hit .219/.327/.359 over 390 at-bats last season. 


    Reds' Homer Bailey tosses third bullpen session
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:50 pm ET) Reds pitcher Homer Bailey was able to toss his third bullpen session on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

    While he's made progress following offseason arm surgery, there's still no timetable for Bailey to face hitters. "Before he gets too far into the live BP, we'll probably want to start to integrate a few breaking balls and make sure his recovery is good," Reds manager Bryan Price said. He added that Bailey's recovery has been "so far, so good." 

    Bailey, 28, posted a 3.71 ERA over 145 2/3 innings last season. 


    Royals' Kendrys Morales looking slimmer this spring
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:34 pm ET) Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales is looking slimmer this spring, according to MLB.com.

    Morales lost about 12 pounds during the offseason after revamping his diet. Morales wouldn't reveal the specifics of his diet, just saying he consumed "less food" during the offseason. Morales added that he was happy with his current weight, and doesn't plan to lose any more.

    The 31-year-old hit .218/.274/.338 over 367 at-bats last season. 


     
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