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Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts rips eighth double of spring training
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:32 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts continues to rip through pitchers in spring training. Bettes went 2 for 3 with a double, one RBI and three runs scored for Boston against Minnesota Monday. 

Betts now has eight doubles this spring with a blistering .467 average in 45 plate appearances.


Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson gives up one run in outing Monday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:21 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson went 5 2/3 innings Monday, allowing just one run on five hits with four strikeouts against the Twins.

Masterson is now 2-1 this spring with a 3.50 ERA in five appearances.


Royals P Jason Vargas gives up five runs in win over Rangers
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(10:12 pm ET) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas gave up five earned runs in five innings in Monday's 11-7 win over the Rangers. 

Vargas surrendered seven hits, one walk while striking out five batters. His ERA this spring is now 9.68. Vargas struck out five batters but gave up four home runs. 


Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris posts eight strikeouts Monday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:08 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris recorded eight strikeouts over six innings of work Monday against the Astros. Norris allowed four runs on five hits in the outing.

"I'm actually glad that happened tonight, just being able to bounce back and make the adjustment in-game," Norris said to MLB.com. "It was a good finish. It was one of those nights where 90 percent of the mistakes I made got hit. That's baseball, I guess."

Norris has posted a 3.28 ERA in 24 2/3 innings of work with a team-leading 29 strikeouts in spring training.


White Sox pitcher Zach Putnam tosses straight scoreless appearance
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:03 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Zach Putnam continues to make a push for a role in the bullpen. That journey continued Monday, throwing his fourth consecutive scoreless appearances after giving up eight runs over 3 2/3 innings in his first four games of spring training.

"I feel as if it's been there since the start of camp, but what changed was the frequency with which I was throwing it," Putnam said to MLB.com. "I was going into at-bats early on trying to kind of work on my fastball and polish my cutter just a little bit.

"When you are not fine with those pitches and guys are coming in taking massive hacks trying to hit homers, as they are sometime in Spring Training, I got hurt a lot. As soon as I figured it out and started throwing it more and setting up hitters the same way I set them up during the season, things fell into place for me."


Orioles comfortable with Everth Cabrera at short
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(9:58 pm ET) Orioles GM Dan Duquette gave Everth Cabrera a vote of confidence on Monday. 

With expected starting shortstop J.J. Hardy missing the start of the season with a strained muscle in his shoulder, Duquette was asked if the team was in the market to acquire a shortstop. 

"We signed one just before camp opened," Duquette said, per MASN Sports. Cabrera signed with the team as a free agent in late February. 

Cabrera has hit .238 this spring. 


Angels pitcher Huston Street still hopeful to get contract extension
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:54 pm ET) Angels relief pitcher Huston Street heads towards the beginning of the season hoping to get a contract extension completed, reports MLB.com.

Street, who has posted a 3.18 ERA in 5 2/3 innings pitched this spring, will be a free agent when the season ends, but has a mutual interest to reach an extension.

"I'm not afraid of being a free agent; I think I help a team win," Street said. "But you need a team to help you win. A closer needs an organization that's committed to winning. The Angels are clearly committed to winning, year in and year out. It starts at the top, with ownership. As a player, you fall in love with an organization because they win and because they're committed to you and your teammates."


Mariners C Mike Zunino improving on hitting with two strikes
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:52 pm ET) A year ago, Mariners catcher Mike Zunino showcased the power he can bring at the plate with 22 home runs. However, his .199 batting average did not do him much good otherwise. 

Part of the problem was Zunino's inability to put the ball in play with two strikes. This spring, Zunino has done a better job of being patient with two strikes against him. On Monday, Zunino hit a home run and a two-run double in Seattle's 5-3 win over the Angles. 

The double came with Zunino down 1-2 in the count, before working it up to 3-2. 

"That's what he's been working on all spring, the ability to put the ball in play with two strikes," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said, via MLB.com. "The knowledge and understanding to know what they're trying to do to you in those situations. He's continues to grow in that. He's gotten better this spring with it."


Blue Jays considering eight-man bullpen to begin season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:46 pm ET) Blue Jays manager Jon Gibbons is putting the finishing touches on the team's roster for the beginning of the season. Gibbons is considering going with eight men in the bullpen, which would give pitchers Todd Redmond and Liam Hendriks spots on the rosters, reports MLB.com.

"We're looking at possibly going with eight guys in the 'pen to start the season, when your regulars don't need as much rest," Gibbons said. "Of course, we've got an off-day on the second day of the year. That's something we're debating now, too."

Redmond and Hendriks would have to clear waivers if they were sent down to the minors. Redmond has posted a 1.80 ERA in seven appearances this spring with five strikeouts in 10 innings. Hendriks has a 3.52 ERA with nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings pitched this spring.


No vote of confidence from Yankees on Didi Gregorius
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(9:30 pm ET) In his career, Didi Gregorius has hit 34 points lower against left-handed pitchers, but the Yankees were confident he'd be able to hit southpaws well enough to be an every-day player. 

General manager Brian Cashman didn't seem as confident on Monday. Asked by MLB.com's Bryan Hoch if Gregorius had shown enough in camp to play against left-handers, Cashman said, "It’s something we could consider but (Brendan) Ryan’s also here for a reason."

Gregorius is hitting .300 this spring. Brendan Ryan is hitting .200. Over his career, Ryan hits 15 points higher against southpaws than against right-handers. 


 
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