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2012 Draft Prep: American League 5x5 auction

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A 12-team, AL-only Rotisserie league is about as deep as it gets in Fantasy, and as you might expect, the bidding behavior changes as a result.

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Not a single player reached the $40 threshold in this auction. In fact, the elite players all went for less than you'd generally see in a mixed league. Did we get it backward? Not really. In mixed leagues, you can afford to take a studs-and-duds approach -- shelling out $45 and $50 for the best of the best and filling out the rest of your roster with $1 and $2 sleepers -- because you know that if those sleepers don't pan out, you'll still find plenty of fallback options on the waiver wire.

But in a league this deep, there are no fallback options. What you draft is what you get, which means you're better off not taking so many chances. The more evenly you spread your money, the better you'll be able to survive whatever misfortunes come your way over the 162-game grind.

As usual, the dollar values here don't necessarily match up with the rankings. Timing and shortages (either at a position or within a category) explain why Brett Gardner went for $28 while Josh Hamilton only went for only $24. In general, steals were in short supply in this auction, leading to inflated price tags for players like Gardner, B.J. Upton ($30), Alejandro De Aza ($17) and Ben Revere ($13).

Scoring for Batting Categories

BA - Batting Average
HR - Home Runs
R - Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases

Pitching Categories

ERA - Earned Run Average
K - Strikeouts (Pitcher)
S - Saves
W - Wins
WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning

The owners ...

1. Tom Kephart, Baseball HQ
2. Mike Gianella, Patton & Co.
3. Jeff Boggis, FantasySportsEmpires.com
4. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
5. Scott Pianowski, Yahoo! Sports
6. Jamey Eisenberg, CBSSports.com
7. Scott White, CBSSports.com
8. Ryan Carey, Mastersball.com
9. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
10. Derek Carty, Baseball Prospectus
11. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
12. Dean Peterson, Stats LLC

Editor's note: Utilize the sortable functionality to get a sense of the auction. View by team, dollar amount and position.

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2012 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
1CC Sabathia, NYYP$24Yahoo! Sports
2Albert Pujols, LAA1B$39FanDuel.com
3Miguel Cabrera, DET1B$39Baseball HQ
4Robinson Cano, NYY2B$33Mastersball.com
5Carl Crawford, BOSOF$23Patton & Co
6Josh Hamilton, TEXOF$24Patton & Co
7Sergio Santos, TORP$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
8Yu Darvish, TEXP$18FanDuel.com
9Justin Verlander, DETP$30CBSSports.com (Melchior)
10Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$35Patton & Co
11Adrian Gonzalez, BOS1B$36Yahoo! Sports
12Andrew Bailey, BOSP$17Stats LLC
13Jose Bautista, TOROF$38CBSSports.com (Melchior)
14Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$36CBSSports.com (Melchior)
15Joe Mauer, MINC$16Patton & Co
16Evan Longoria, TB3B$33Razzball
17Matt Moore, TBP$17Baseball HQ
18Prince Fielder, DET1B$31CBSSports.com (White)
19Wilson Betemit, BAL3B$3CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
20Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$32CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
21Jered Weaver, LAAP$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
22Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$28Stats LLC
23Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$29Yahoo! Sports
24Johnny Giavotella, KC2B$8Baseball Prospectus
25Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$21Razzball
26Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$25Stats LLC
27Mike Napoli, TEXC$21Baseball Prospectus
28Felix Hernandez, SEAP$25Mastersball.com
29Eric Hosmer, KC1B$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
30Ben Zobrist, TB2B$24CBSSports.com (White)
31Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$17CBSSports.com (White)
32Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$15Patton & Co
33Dan Haren, LAAP$25Patton & Co
34David Price, TBP$26CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
35Billy Butler, KCDH$19Yahoo! Sports
36Ryan Raburn, DETOF$11Baseball Prospectus
37B.J. Upton, TBOF$30Baseball HQ
38Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$22Patton & Co
39Justin Morneau, MIN1B$7Razzball
40Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$15Patton & Co
41Carlos Santana, CLEC$27Mastersball.com
42Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$24FanDuel.com
43Jordan Walden, LAAP$19Stats LLC
44James Shields, TBP$21CBSSports.com (White)
45Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$22Fantasy Sports Empires.com
46Desmond Jennings, TBOF$26Stats LLC
47Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$25Mastersball.com
48Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$9Stats LLC
49Shin-Soo Choo, CLEOF$25CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
50Mariano Rivera, NYYP$21Baseball Prospectus
51Jon Lester, BOSP$22FanDuel.com
52Mark Trumbo, LAA1B$7Mastersball.com
53Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$30Fantasy Sports Empires.com
54Kevin Youkilis, BOS3B$20Baseball HQ
55Mike Trout, LAAOF$7Stats LLC
56Paul Konerko, CHW1B$21Patton & Co
57Ichiro Suzuki, SEAOF$23Baseball Prospectus
58Coco Crisp, OAKOF$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
59Ryan Doumit, MINC$14FanDuel.com
60Kelly Johnson, TOR2B$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
61Brett Gardner, NYYOF$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
62Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$30Yahoo! Sports
63Josh Beckett, BOSP$17FanDuel.com
64Matt Wieters, BALC$26Baseball HQ
65Brandon Morrow, TORP$18CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
66Delmon Young, DETOF$20CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
67Austin Jackson, DETOF$17Yahoo! Sports
68Michael Pineda, NYYP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
69Derek Jeter, NYYSS$18Baseball Prospectus
70Alex Gordon, KCOF$23CBSSports.com (White)
71Grady Sizemore, CLEOF$8FanDuel.com
72Joe Nathan, TEXP$17Fantasy Sports Empires.com
73Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$17Stats LLC
74C.J. Wilson, LAAP$20CBSSports.com (White)
75Jose Valverde, DETP$19Mastersball.com
76Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$19Yahoo! Sports
77Nick Swisher, NYYOF$20Razzball
78Adam Jones, BALOF$29Baseball HQ
79Matt Harrison, TEXP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
80Joakim Soria, KCP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
81Michael Young, TEX3B$22Mastersball.com
82Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$15Baseball HQ
83Michael Brantley, CLEOF$13Razzball
84Brandon League, SEAP$16CBSSports.com (White)
85Alex Rios, CHWOF$16Mastersball.com
86Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$14Yahoo! Sports
87Chris Perez, CLEP$14CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
88Jesus Montero, SEAC$18CBSSports.com (White)
89Ricky Romero, TORP$21Fantasy Sports Empires.com
90Neftali Feliz, TEXP$14Stats LLC
91Erick Aybar, LAASS$19CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
92Ervin Santana, LAAP$14CBSSports.com (White)
93J.J. Hardy, BALSS$18CBSSports.com (White)
94Yunel Escobar, TORSS$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
95Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$12FanDuel.com
96Matt Capps, MINP$13Mastersball.com
97Mark Reynolds, BAL3B$19Razzball
98Brandon McCarthy, OAKP$13Mastersball.com
99Kyle Farnsworth, TBP$15Baseball Prospectus
100Derek Holland, TEXP$15CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
101Francisco Liriano, MINP$10Yahoo! Sports
102Mike Moustakas, KC3B$15CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
103Ben Revere, MINOF$13CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
104Jim Johnson, BALP$12Razzball
105Nick Markakis, BALOF$19Razzball
106David Ortiz, BOSDH$18Fantasy Sports Empires.com
107Matt Thornton, CHWP$13FanDuel.com
108Torii Hunter, LAAOF$16Fantasy Sports Empires.com
109Adam Lind, TOR1B$16CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
110Alex Avila, DETC$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
111Clay Buchholz, BOSP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
112Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$12Yahoo! Sports
113Josh Willingham, MINOF$16Baseball HQ
114Doug Fister, DETP$13CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
115Rajai Davis, TOROF$5CBSSports.com (White)
116Max Scherzer, DETP$16Baseball Prospectus
117Kendrys Morales, LAA1B$9Stats LLC
118Alcides Escobar, KCSS$12Stats LLC
119Denard Span, MINOF$14FanDuel.com
120Sean Rodriguez, TBSS$9CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
121Carlos Pena, TB1B$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
122Adam Dunn, CHW1B$11Baseball Prospectus
123Justin Masterson, CLEP$13Razzball
124Edwin Encarnacion, TOR3B$14Baseball Prospectus
125Scott Baker, MINP$14Baseball HQ
126Ivan Nova, NYYP$8Razzball
127Mike Aviles, BOS3B$8Yahoo! Sports
128Kurt Suzuki, OAKC$9Baseball HQ
129Matt Joyce, TBOF$16Stats LLC
130Colby Rasmus, TOROF$12Patton & Co
131Chris Sale, CHWP$12Razzball
132Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$10Patton & Co
133Phil Hughes, NYYP$7CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
134Daniel Bard, BOSP$11FanDuel.com
135Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$19Baseball HQ
136Cliff Pennington, OAKSS$10Patton & Co
137Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$10FanDuel.com
138Bobby Abreu, LAAOF$4Baseball Prospectus
139Jonathan Sanchez, KCP$9Mastersball.com
140Chris Davis, BAL1B$10FanDuel.com
141Chone Figgins, SEA3B$5Mastersball.com
142Vernon Wells, LAAOF$8Patton & Co
143Alberto Callaspo, LAA3B$4Razzball
144Brent Morel, CHW3B$11Stats LLC
145Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$17FanDuel.com
146Carl Pavano, MINP$2Mastersball.com
147Brennan Boesch, DETOF$21Mastersball.com
148Wei-Yin Chen, BALP$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
149John Danks, CHWP$14Baseball Prospectus
150Henderson Alvarez, TORP$9Mastersball.com
151Franklin Gutierrez, SEAOF$7Yahoo! Sports
152Brent Lillibridge, CHWOF$4Baseball Prospectus
153Mitch Moreland, TEX1B$9Baseball Prospectus
154Miguel Olivo, SEAC$7Baseball Prospectus
155Casey Kotchman, CLE1B$5Patton & Co
156Seth Smith, OAKOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
157J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12Stats LLC
158Addison Reed, CHWP$7CBSSports.com (White)
159Russell Martin, NYYC$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
160Justin Smoak, SEA1B$11Stats LLC
161Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$13Razzball
162Chris Iannetta, LAAC$9Razzball
163Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$14CBSSports.com (White)
164Colby Lewis, TEXP$14Baseball Prospectus
165Eric Thames, TOROF$8Razzball
166Gavin Floyd, CHWP$8Baseball Prospectus
167Luke Hochevar, KCP$6Patton & Co
168Jeff Niemann, TBP$6CBSSports.com (White)
169Salvador Perez, KCC$5CBSSports.com (White)
170Brian Fuentes, OAKP$6Razzball
171Jake Peavy, CHWP$8Razzball
172Trevor Plouffe, MINSS$6FanDuel.com
173Felipe Paulino, KCP$4Stats LLC
174Wade Davis, TBP$5CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
175Kevin Slowey, CLEP$2Baseball HQ
176Travis Snider, TOROF$5Stats LLC
177Alexi Casilla, MIN2B$9Razzball
178Nolan Reimold, BALOF$9Yahoo! Sports
179Bruce Chen, KCP$2Yahoo! Sports
180Josh Reddick, OAKOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
181Brian Roberts, BAL2B$4FanDuel.com
182Josh Tomlin, CLEP$4Baseball Prospectus
183A.J. Pierzynski, CHWC$6Yahoo! Sports
184Brad Peacock, OAKP$4Razzball
185Aaron Crow, KCP$3Razzball
186Kelly Shoppach, BOSC$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
187Fautino De Los Santos, OAKP$3Stats LLC
188Philip Humber, CHWP$5Patton & Co
189Eduardo Nunez, NYYSS$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
190David Murphy, TEXOF$5Baseball Prospectus
191Rick Porcello, DETP$4FanDuel.com
192Jason Hammel, BALP$1Stats LLC
193Maicer Izturis, LAA2B$4Yahoo! Sports
194Jason Vargas, SEAP$7Baseball Prospectus
195Yorvit Torrealba, TEXC$4CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
196Jamey Carroll, MIN2B$9FanDuel.com
197Octavio Dotel, DETP$1Yahoo! Sports
198Ryan Sweeney, BOSOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
199Travis Hafner, CLEDH$1CBSSports.com (White)
200Alexi Ogando, TEXP$4Mastersball.com
201Jose Molina, TBC$3Razzball
202Grant Balfour, OAKP$5Baseball Prospectus
203Chris Getz, KC2B$2Fantasy Sports Empires.com
204Tyler Flowers, CHWC$3Stats LLC
205Freddy Garcia, NYYP$1Baseball HQ
206Bartolo Colon, OAKP$3CBSSports.com (White)
207Hideki Matsui, OAKOF$2Fantasy Sports Empires.com
208Danny Valencia, MIN3B$7CBSSports.com (White)
209Danny Duffy, KCP$2Baseball HQ
210Kyle Seager, SEA3B$2Stats LLC
211Jarrod Parker, OAKP$3Stats LLC
212David Robertson, NYYP$5Razzball
213Brendan Ryan, SEASS$7Razzball
214Mike Carp, SEA1B$14Baseball Prospectus
215Joaquin Benoit, DETP$2Baseball HQ
216Zach Britton, BALP$6Stats LLC
217Scott Sizemore, OAK3B$4Baseball HQ
218Alfredo Aceves, BOSP$2Yahoo! Sports
219Brett Cecil, TORP$2CBSSports.com (White)
220Scott Downs, LAAP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
221Brian Matusz, BALP$4FanDuel.com
222Andruw Jones, NYYOF$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
223Joey Devine, OAKP$2Yahoo! Sports
224Mark Melancon, BOSP$2Yahoo! Sports
225Luke Scott, TBOF$3Baseball Prospectus
226Jonny Gomes, OAKOF$1FanDuel.com
227Raul Ibanez, NYYOF$4Baseball HQ
228Jesse Crain, CHWP$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
229Mike Adams, TEXP$2Baseball HQ
230Craig Gentry, TEXOF$3Mastersball.com
231John Jaso, SEAC$1Yahoo! Sports
232Cody Ross, BOSOF$2Baseball HQ
233Chris Parmelee, MIN1B$1CBSSports.com (White)
234Jacob Turner, DETP$2Baseball HQ
235Hector Noesi, SEAP$1FanDuel.com
236Ramon Santiago, DET2B$3Baseball HQ
237Derek Lowe, CLEP$1Patton & Co
238Tommy Milone, OAKP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
239Lou Marson, CLEC$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
240Robert Andino, BAL2B$2Yahoo! Sports
241Leonys Martin, TEXOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
242Dallas Braden, OAKP$1CBSSports.com (White)
243Matt LaPorta, CLE1B$1Mastersball.com
244Andy Dirks, DETOF$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
245Hisanori Takahashi, LAAP$1Baseball HQ
246Jonathan Broxton, KCP$1Patton & Co
247Francisco Cordero, TORP$4Yahoo! Sports
248Jack Hannahan, CLE3B$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
249Hisashi Iwakuma, SEAP$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
250Vinnie Pestano, CLEP$1Mastersball.com
251Trayvon Robinson, SEAOF$1FanDuel.com
252Jeff Keppinger, TB2B$2Mastersball.com
253Hank Conger, LAAC$1Patton & Co
254Brett Anderson, OAKP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
255Jason Marquis, MINP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
256Manny Ramirez, OAKDH$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
257Ryan Lavarnway, BOSC$1Mastersball.com
258Vladimir Guerrero, BALDH$1FanDuel.com
259Nick Punto, BOS2B$1Baseball HQ
260Jake Arrieta, BALP$1Patton & Co
261Ronny Paulino, BALC$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
262Casper Wells, SEAOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
263Tsuyoshi Wada, BALP$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
264Endy Chavez, BALOF$1Mastersball.com
265Glen Perkins, MINP$1Patton & Co
266Yuniesky Betancourt, KCSS$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
267Don Kelly, DETOF$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
268Sam Fuld, TBOF$1Mastersball.com
269Joel Peralta, TBP$1Patton & Co
270Julio Borbon, TEXOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
271Greg Holland, KCP$1Patton & Co
272Brandon Inge, DET3B$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
273Magglio Ordonez, DETOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
274Brian Duensing, MINP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
275Nick Blackburn, MINP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
276Fausto Carmona, CLEP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com

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Giants experimenting with Norichika Aoki in the leadoff spot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:43 pm ET) The Giants are experimenting with using outfielder Norichika Aoki in the leadoff spot, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Aoki will hit leadoff on Tuesday with Angel Pagan sidelined. While Pagan is expected to claim the role once the regular season begins, manager Bruce Bochy said he would consider using Aoki in the leadoff role occasionally. When that happens, Pagan would hit in the third spot in the order. 

Aoki, 33, hit .285/.349/.360 over 491 at-bats last year. 


Twins' Glen Perkins feeling healthy heading into games
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:34 pm ET) Twins reliever Glen Perkins is feeling healthy heading into spring games, according to the Pioneer Press.

Perkins was shut down at the end of last season due to forearm and elbow issues. He hasn't experienced any of those issues this spring. "Really the barometer on how my arm feels is the bite on my slider," Perkins said. "If my slider is loopy, then my arm is probably tired, especially my forearm."

Perkins added that he threw a few sliders during a recent bullpen session, and was happy with how they looked. "I told them it was coming and they swung and missed at a few," he said. "It's got good movement right now. That means obviously I'm fresh, but also I'm strong and healthy."

Perkins is expected to pitch during an exhibition game on Wednesday. He posted a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings last season. 


Red Sox OFs Betts, Castillo to share time in CF this spring
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:30 pm ET) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo will get equal playing time in center field this spring, MLB.com reports.

"Like we said at the outset of camp, we'll take all of camp to determine that," said Farrell. "They're going to get equal playing time. But I think it's important they both get comfortable with the combination of the guys on the flank because of communication, the responsibilities for balls in the gap, fly ball communication and those priorities."

While Betts had ample time to make an impression on the team during his rookie season, the Red Sox are still getting to know Castillo and his capabilities.

"With Rusney, I think it's a matter of frequent at-bats, more games played," Farrell said. "Particularly after our season concluded, he went to the [Arizona] Fall League and Puerto Rico, and through repetition, I think he's just gotten better timing and consistent routes in the outfield and he's looked very good here in camp so far."

Castillo went 12 for 36 in his short time with the Red Sox last season.


Report: Red Sox, Phillies haven't made progress on Hamels' deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:16 pm ET) The Red Sox and Phillies have not made progress on a deal for pitcher Cole Hamels, according to the Boston Herald. 

The Red Sox have been mentioned as a contender for Hamels in the past, but the club is hesitant to give up their top prospects for the pitcher. Though Phillies' special assistant to the general manager Charley Kerfeld was spotted at Red Sox facilities on Monday, two sources told the Herald that no progress has been made on a deal. 

The Phillies are said to covet either Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart, but Boston has refused to include either player in a deal.

Hamels, 31, posted a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings last year.


Cardinals' Carpenter seeks to balance aggressiveness, patience
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:04 pm ET) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hopes to combine the aggressiveness he displayed in 2013 with the patience he showed in 2014, MLB.com reports.

"I've had both extremes of it," Carpenter said. "I've had it where I've led the leagues in walks [2014], and I've had where I've led the league in hits [2013]. I'm trying to search for that perfect balance where you're aggressive, but you're still patient.

"In the postseason, I felt that I was more aggressive than I had been at any point in my career, but at the same time, I wasn't flailing at balls. I didn't lose anything. Now, it's finding the perfect balance to where I'm swinging the bat, I'm being aggressive, I'm trying to do damage, but at the same time, I'm a guy who can walk a lot, get on base and set the tone as a leadoff hitter. I think that's part of growing up as a baseball player. You learn and you adapt and you continue to try to figure out who you are as a hitter."

Carpenter homered four times during last year's postseason after hitting just eight home runs during the regular season, with his first two postseason blasts coming on the first pitch of his at-bats. He's looking to capture that approach more often this season.

"I think he's a smart enough guy to do it because he knows what he does really well," hitting coach John Mabry said. "That's what you take pride in -- those guys who put in all the work to get to where they are and then say, 'I'm not happy.' They want to put in the extra work to get to that next step, the next level."

Carpenter is looking to build off a 2014 season in which he hit .272/.375/.375 with eight home runs and 59 RBI in 595 at-bats.


Mariners' Dustin Ackley to get a lot of playing time this spring
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:01 pm ET) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley will get a ton of playing time this spring, according to MLB.com.

Manager Lloyd McClendon said he wants Ackley to get off to a strong start, and will give the outfielder a lot of at-bats in March. Ackley seemed happy with the arrangement. "I think that's good," Ackley said. "The more at-bats you get, the better your timing gets and the more comfortable you feel. I think everybody wants to get at-bats and get ready."

Ackley had a tough first half of the season in 2014, but seemed to come on strong late. He stressed that being strong mentally should help in 2015. "I just need to stay consistent and don't start pressing if I don't get a hit for a couple games or don't do this or that," he said. "It's not being result-oriented and just going out there and playing and trusting in my swing and my mental standpoint."

The 27-year-old hit .245/.293/.398 over 502 at-bats last year. He's expected to open the season in a platoon role with Rickie Weeks. 


Nationals' Williams on Zimmerman: 'His athleticism is key for us'
(6:54 pm ET) After playing most of his career at third base, Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman is set to serve as the team's regular first baseman in 2015, and the team has continued to be impressed with how quickly he's learning the position, Comcast SportsNet reports.

"His athleticism is key for us," manager Matt Williams said. "He catches everything. He doesn’t miss a ball."

Zimmerman's Monday workouts had a new twist, as the team timed him to see how long he takes to get to first base after the point of contact with the ball. He also continued his work on throwing to second base, specifically gauging the positioning of shortstop Ian Desmond.

"It’s just comfort level for him," Williams said. "I’m always impressed by his athleticism and what he can do with his glove. The challenge is going to be him being comfortable over there, and the throws to second base, because it’s just backwards."

Zimmerman hit .280/.342/.449 with five home runs and 38 RBI in 214 at-bats last season.


Brewers' Taylor Jungmann taking new approach into this season
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(6:44 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Taylor Jungmann is taking a new approach into this season, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Jungmann got off to a slow start last season, but a change in approach prompted him to reverse his fortunes. Triple-A pitching coach Fred Danby suggested Jungmann shift from the left side of the pitching rubber to the right side. Jungmann said he had always been told his stuff played better from the left side, but felt a change instantly after switching spots.

"I can’t explain it but I started throwing more strikes," he said. "My mechanics were a little more fluid. I didn’t change a whole lot; I just moved to the other side of the rubber. It felt natural. It made it a little easier to be consistent with my (pitching) motion. The biggest thing was getting my breaking ball back."

Jungmann comes into camp fighting for a spot in the team's rotation. He's already been listed as sixth on the starting pitching depth chart.


Angels' Scioscia: Kole Calhoun's 'intensity' a key strength
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:39 pm ET) Angels manager Mike Scioscia praised the intensity and enthusiasm of outfielder Kole Calhoun Monday as part of what makes him such a valuable part of the team's lineup, MLB.com reports.

"I think part of what makes Kole a good player is his intensity," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "You need that focus, that intensity to know this is real and it's how you compete. With Kole, it's in him and it bubbles out. He pumps his teammates up and he does a great job setting the tone for us."

"It's how I was raised," Calhoun said. "I'm a pretty passionate person in most everything that I do. I think at this level, you've got to be. You've got to compete on every pitch because that's your livelihood. Everyone's fighting for the same thing and you want to come out on top."

Calhoun excelled as the team's leadoff batter in 2014, hitting .281/.336/.471 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI in 448 at-bats while slotted first.


Rangers' Lewis, Gallardo to throw on Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:36 pm ET) The Rangers will throw both Colby Lewis and Yovani Gallardo on Wednesday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The Rangers will take on the Royals during the contest. It's unclear how long either player will throw during the outing. Both players are expected to open the year in the team's rotation. 


 
 
 
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