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

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Report: Orioles in 'continuous dialogue' for Chris Tillman's extension
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:10 pm ET) The Orioles and pitcher Chris Tillman are reportedly engaged in "continuous dialogue" for a long-term extension and have been for the past several weeks, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Tillman signed a one-year, $4.315 million deal in January to avoid arbitration and the discussions for a new deal are still considered preliminary, according to the report.

Tillman posted a 13-6 record in 2014 with a 3.34 ERA in 34 starts.


Tigers bullpen decision coming down to Ian Krol, Kyle Ryan
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:03 pm ET) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is running out of time to finish off his bullpen for Opening Day. The final bullpen role will likely be a left-handed pitcher and is expected to come down to Kyle Ryan and Ian Krol, according to MLB.com.

"If I'm there, hopefully it's a good situation, whether it's long or short," Ryan said. "For them to have enough confidence in me to go into Spring Training as a reliever, and actually for them to believe that I might be able to make the team as a reliever, that makes me proud."

Ryan has given up seven runs on seven hits in 11 innings of work this spring. 

"When he throws it right, it's good," Ausmus said of Krol. "He has a tendency to occasionally slow his arm down on his cutter and curveball. He did it a couple times today. But when he doesn't slow his arm down, it's very good."


Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson continues to make his case
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:55 pm ET) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson still doesn't know what his role will be when Opening Day rolls around, but he's showing he belongs on the roster, reports MLB.com.

"There's always stuff I need to work on, and I need to continue to impress," Pederson said after launching his fifth home run of the spring Saturday, boosting his batting average to .373.

Manager Don Mattingly remains quiet on what he will do when the decision has to be made, but Pederson is doing what he can to impress.

"[Opening Day] is out of my control," Pederson said. "It's something you dream about as a kid, playing in the big leagues, and you do anything you can to make that dream come true."


Angels P Matt Shoemaker gives three runs in loss to Dodgers
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(10:52 pm ET) After pitching six scoreless innings in his last start, Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker struggled a bit in the team's 5-4 to the Dodgers, reports MLB.com.

Shoemaker gave up three runs on four hits in six innings, striking out two. One of the hits he surrended was to Joc Pederson on a two-run homer.

The 28-year-old completed last season with a 3.04 ERA, 124 strikeouts and only 24 walks.


Reds third baseman Todd Frazier feels ready for Opening Day
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(10:49 pm ET) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier feels his swing has come back and is ready to tackle the long haul ahead of the regular season, reports MLB.com.

"It comes quick, like usual," Frazier said on Saturday morning. "I get goose bumps thinking about it right now -- another year, it's crazy."

Frazier struggled early in spring training, but has rebounded to go 8 for 23 in his last seven games.

"I hit in the Minor Leagues for about 10 at-bats [on Friday], just to try and feel it back-to-back. I do, and I feel really well," said Frazier, who is batting .262 in 14 games this spring. "I feel like if I had to play tomorrow [in the regular season], I'd be ready to go. It's all about preparation, and offseason stuff. I feel like it's so far, so good."


Angels OF Mike Trout homers in loss to Dodgers
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(10:47 pm ET) Angels outfielder Mike Trout homered in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers, reports MLB.com.

Trout, 23, robbed the Dodgers' Alex Guerrero of an extra-base hit in the first inning, making it a successful day for him, despite the loss. 

This spring he has a batting average of .477 with four home runs and 14 RBI. 


White Sox hope to have David Robertson, Jake Petricka back by Opening Day
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(10:45 pm ET) Two key members of the White Sox bullpen are working their way back from forearm injuries, but manager Robin Ventura is confident he'll have both back by opening day. 

Closer David Robertson is scheduled to pitch on Sunday. 

“We’re trying to make sure we’re extra careful with him,” Ventura said, per Comcast's Dan Hayes. “He doesn’t seem to be concerned about it as much as we do."

Setup man Jake Petricka isn't as far along as Robertson. He played catch on Saturday for the first time in five days.

The Sox are taking it slow, so that the team will have both pitchers for Opening Day as well as the rest of the season. 

"You’re just making sure you’re cautious enough that you feel good about when (they go) out there that there won’t be any setbacks,” Ventura said. 


Indians pitcher Zach McAllister fans nine in outing Saturday
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(10:30 pm ET) Indians pitcher Zach McAllister went five innings Saturday against the Brewers, allowing two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts. McAllister, who is expected to make one more start before Opening Day, touched 97 mph with his fastball in the appearance, according to Cleveland.com.

"He's been impressive and he's been doing it all spring," said Francona. "He's not just throwing strikes, he's down in the zone when he wants to and then he can elevate with some velocity. I think his hard work is really paying off."

McAllister has felt he always had the added velocity.

"Throughout my career I've always felt I've had a little more (velocity) in there if I could maintain it," said McAllister. "For whatever reason, whether it's being more consistent with my delivery or my arm action, I'm just trusting that when I let it go it's going to go where I want it to go. I'm not trying to place anything."


Pirates Pedro Alvarez looking to stick at first base
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(10:27 pm ET) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is hoping to stick at his new position after converting from third base, reports triblive.com.

On opening day, Alvarez will be the team's 54th first baseman in its 129-year history.

“It's a matter of getting used to seeing the field from that point of view,” Alvarez said. “I need to get the reps in so the responsibilities that come with playing that position become second nature to me.”

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington talked about the team's past efforts of platooning the position.

“You can't develop something you don't have. You can't buy something you can't afford,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “That's why we've tried to platoon. Over the last couple of years, we've realized that's a challenge for a National League manager. Platoons are much harder here than they are in the American League, especially with a one-dimensional player who can only play one position.”

The hope around the organization is that they can get quality production from Alvarez.

“Our hope that is between Pedro Alvarez and Corey Hart, we'll get quality major league production,” Huntington said.

The 28-year-old is batting .306 with two home runs, nine RBI and eight strikeouts this spring.


Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton can't find a rhythm Saturday
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(10:22 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton tossed six innings Saturday against the Blue Jays, allowing six hits, including two home runs and no strikeouts. Morton, who is fighting for a spot in the starting rotation, is still recovering from labrum surgery six months ago.

"Physically, Charlie is in a good place," manager Clint Hurdle said to MLB.com. "He is trying to make some mechanical adjustments in his delivery, but we don't have any health concerns about him."

Morton isn't worried about fixing mechanical issues just yet.

"Now is a tough time to put a lot of emphasis on mechanics," said Morton. "I gotta go pitch, adjustments or no adjustments."


 
 
 
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