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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

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

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Athletics' Jesse Chavez happy with spring showing
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:55 am ET) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings while striking out one in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Giants.

Chavez, who was on the mound just two days after the birth of his daughter, is happy with his performance this spring, the Bay Area News Group reports.

"I feel good," Chavez said. "I’ve put some men on, but I’ve pitched out of some jams. I’ve showed them I won’t let it snowball."

Chavez believes he needs to improve at changing the eye level of batters.

"I’ve got to get them to change eye levels better," Chavez said. "The last two or three starts, I haven’t been able to do that. The pitches that I’m trying to elevate they’re fouling off (instead of swinging and missing) and that runs up my pitch count."

Chavez has posted a 4.50 ERA in 16 innings as he competes for a spot in the rotation.


Giants' Bochy: Joe Panik pressing, remains starter at second base
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:09 am ET) Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that while infielder Joe Panik might be pressing, he remains the team's starter at second base without reservations, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Panik is just 8 for 50 this spring after going hitless in four at-bats Thursday, though he has delivered three doubles and two home runs. He's looking for a strong follow-up to an impressive rookie season in which he hit .305/.343/.368 in 269 at-bats.


Pirates P A.J. Burnett changes tune about shifting
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(12:38 am ET) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has not had the highest of opinions when it comes to infield-shifting in the past. In 2013, he let some reporters know what he thought about shifting at the time.

When asked about a shift of shortstop Clint Barmes that year, Burnett stated, “I do not have a problem with (Barmes), I had a problem with the (expletive) shift. We play people in the wrong spot.”

But Burnett seemed to change his tune when reflecting upon the subject.

“As much as I complained about the shifts, they helped,” Burnett said. “They really did. It's that one a game, you've got a no-hitter for four or five innings and one gets through, and where you're like … ‘(expletive) shift.'

“But (shifts) saves you more than anything, and that's the truth.”

The 38-year-old has lost some steam on his fastball at this point in his career and he knows that.

“It took me getting a little older to realize that I'm not able to blow it by guys anymore and ground balls are just as good,” he said.

Burnett has posted a 6.39 ERA with nine earned runs, eight walks and 12 strikeouts in four starts this spring.


Time running out for Matt Lindstrom to win spot with Angels
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(12:35 am ET) Angels pticher Matt Lindstrom can opt out of his contract if he's not placed on the active roster five days before the regular-season opener, and he believes he may not have an opening to fill in the bullpen, MLB.com reports.

"There's a ton of guys in here that have shown they can compete at this level," Lindstrom said. "I just hope I can be one of those guys that breaks camp with the team. It'd be fun to be on a team like this, that has so much potential, especially with how many games they won last year. The pitching staff's going to be solid no matter which way they go, but I'm hoping to be a part of that."

Lindstrom has given up seven runs in 4 2/3 spring innings but is excited about how his arm feels this spring.

"I can just tell the ball's coming out better," Lindstrom said. "Hopefully, that can just translate to outs."


Giants' Tim Lincecum strikes out seven Thursday
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(12:22 am ET) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks in five innings while racking up seven strikeouts in Thursday's spring start against the A's.

"It comes down to one or two pitches per inning," Lincecum said on alternating good and bad innings, per MLB.com. "I just have to keep my pitches down. The ones that they're hitting are the ones that are up. Leadoff batters are locking in to some of the first pitches."

Lincecum has dealt with neck issues and mediocre performances but has looked much better over the last week, following a one-run outing Saturday by matching his seven strikeouts in his previous four outings. He appears on track to open the season as the team's No. 5 starter.


Rockies' Brandon Barnes displays new swing this spring
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(12:16 am ET) Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes brought a brand-new swing to spring training that features a high leg kick as he looks to cut down the strikeouts and "be the best version of me," the Denver Post reports.

"I tried to refine who I am and what type of player I am in the box," Barnes said Thursday. "I'm not a guy who's going to hit 30 home runs. I know that. I'm the big guy who needs to be a pest, drive the ball into gaps, hit doubles, use my speed to my advantage, bunt, all those things."

Barnes lost 10 pounds this offseason as he looked to come to camp more athletic and less stiff in the batter's box.

"We have this tremendous athlete, and you see him in the outfield and it shows up daily," manager Walt Weiss said. "But you saw him in the box last season, and there was some stiffness to his approach. And I'm saying, 'Be that guy in the box.' It made sense to him."

Barnes indicated that he's committed to the new approach that pulls the focus away from home runs.

"I had to go back and do some soul-searching to figure out who I was," Barnes said. "I'm the guy who goes out and plays really hard."


Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo goes hitless in return Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (triceps) returned to the lineup Thursday, going 0 for 4 while serving as the designated hitter in his team's 6-3 win over the Rockies.

Choo had been sidelined since March 15 due to a triceps injury and was reported to be targeting a return Saturday, but he was able to remain in for the entire game Thursday, picking up four at-bats in his role as DH. He's managed just four hits in 22 at-bats this spring.


Rangers' Fujikawa confident in return from Tommy John surgery
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa is scheduled to pitch Friday, and the Rangers will be keeping a close eye on the pitcher to determine if he has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery or if he'll need time in the minors to open the season, MLB.com reports.

Fujikawa hasn't allowed a run in four Cactus League outings but has struggled a bit in two camp games. He remains confident his recovery is on track.

"This is still spring training, not the regular season," Fujikawa said. "It's only going to get better. Coming into spring training, the surgery was out of my mind. As a player, I am really confident. I am not sure what my role will be, but I'll be confident whatever the situation is."

Manager Jeff Banister is looking for the pitcher to build off his spring success.

"The guy is coming off Tommy John," Banister said. "There are good days and bad days. He has logged a couple of good ones. Let's see that continue."


Twins Trevor Plouffe wants to cement his place at third
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is completely aware of the threat that Miguel Sano brings when it comes to the third base spot. Sano is considered by many to be a can't-miss player. But Plouffe is trying not to let that affect him or his play. 

“You can’t think about anything like that,” Plouffe said. “You can’t worry about what other people are saying about you. I’m more focused on getting this organization out of this rut that we’ve dug ourselves over the last four years.”

After moving around the infield for years, Plouffe seems to have found his place at third. The 28-year-old has a batting average of .245 with 62 home runs, 224 RBI and 398 strikeouts in five seasons.


Rangers' Ross Ohlendorf (groin) leaves Thursday's game
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Ross Ohlendorf was removed from Thursday's game against the Rockies due to recurring tightness in his right groin, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Ohlendorf tossed a scoreless inning and struck out two Thursday in his first appearance since March 15 but continued to battle groin issues. He's competing for a spot in the bullpen.


 
 
 
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