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

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Angels' Gordon Beckham working at multiple infield positions
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:52 pm ET) Gordon Beckham's main goal this spring training is to win the Angels' starting second baseman position. 

But for now, the Angels are planning to use him at multiple positions in the infield during Cactus League play, according to MLB.com. This is somewhat new for Beckham, as he played second base during his first five-plus Major League seasons with the White Sox. 

Though Beckham is looking to earn the starting job at second base, he seems to be enjoying playing multiple spots so far. 

"I'm actually kind of enjoying running around," Beckham said. "I like popping around the infield. I know the coaches and the people making the decisions know I can play second base and know I can play it well. There has been an emphasis on them just telling me to get some work in other places."

Beckham actually played shortstop in college at the University of Georgia and played that position, as well as third base, after the White Sox traded him to the Angels. 

Beckham hit a single-season worse .226 for both the Angels and White Sox a season ago. 


Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens fighting for spot in bullpen
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:16 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens has been told he has a great arm. But Clemens, who posted a 5.51 ERA in 48 appearances with the Astros over the last two years, knows it'll take more than that.

"Some pitching coaches tell me how incredible my arm is and that I could play for a long time, so I think I've been showing some guys what I bring to the table," Clemens said. "I had a couple really good conversations with front office and some guys around here, so it's definitely motivating."

He wants to be able to pick out his spots better during spring training, knowing he has to impress as a non-roster invitee.

"Sometimes I think I get too overzealous with my fastball and I just pound it and pound it and pound it. So picking my spots more, being smarter. You can't really challenge guys at this level. Once in a while you've got to pick your spots, but you can't challenge too many guys, even the guys you don't really know their names as much. You've still got to pitch."


Athletics to ease Coco Crisp into action this spring
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:08 pm ET) Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants to take things slow with veteran outfielder Coco Crisp this spring, reports MLB.com.

"I'll probably hold him out the first few because I'm going to cut down on his workload," Melvin said Sunday.

Crisp, who is dealing with a case of pinkeye, was held out of an intrasquad scrimmage, even though he was able to take part in batting practice.


Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta hoping to recreate 2014 season in 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:05 pm ET) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta wants to be able to do a lot of the things he succeeded doing in 2014. 

"I think what I did last year was pretty good for my first year in the National League," Peralta said. "I felt good about the home runs I hit. I know the average wasn't at .300, but I finished better than I started."

Peralta hit .263 with 21 home runs and 75 RBI in 560 plate appearances. His manager, Mike Matheny, wants to see a similar guy in 2015.

"He's been very consistent with getting himself ready and what he needs to do and who he needs to be. He came in here last year with a very workmanlike approach and went about it to build up for opening day," Matheny said.


Braves' Tanner Murphy drawing praise from bullpen coach
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:43 pm ET) Braves catcher Tanner Murphy is feeling the love this spring. The second-year player is being tabbed by bullpen coach Eddie Perez as the guy to watch in spring training.

"He's my number one guy so far," Perez said. "It's nice to have somebody like him because you don't know what's going to happen. When you look at this kid, you know something good is going to happen."

Murphy played just 82 games of rookie ball last year.

"He's got some talent and he's got some ability," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I saw him throw to the bases. (Catching instructor) Joe Breeden has seen him the most and Joe likes him a lot."


Jim Henderson throws off mound Sunday where season ended last year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:02 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Jim Henderson completed his first session against live batters Sunday and felt a weight lift off his shoulders, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"That same mound I threw on just now was the same mound that I realized the season was over on last year, so I was thinking about that when I got out there," Henderson said.

"I was like, ‘Forget this mound.’ It was kind of one of those moments where it was like this is where it ended and this is where it's going to begin again."

Henderson threw against three batters in Sunday's practice.

"It went well," he said. "It was just more of getting the feel out there today. Seeing the hitters and getting on a game mound again, just trying to get the feel back. That’s what I was looking for out of it – that competitiveness – and that’s what I got out of it."


Cubs' Joe Maddon impressed by Kris Bryant
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:59 pm ET) Cubs manager Joe Maddon said third baseman Kris Bryant has been one of the most impressive position players this spring, reports MLB.com

"He's solid, he's motivated," Maddon said. "He's got a really nice way about him. He's really good, he knows he's really good, but he carries that very well. I like that. False humility doesn't do anything. It's kind of a worthless quality. I think his humility is sincere, but he also knows that he's good."

Despite Maddon's endorsement of Bryant, Maddon would not commit to Bryant making the Opening Day roster.

"Somewhere," Maddon said. "There's all kinds of Opening Days."


Nationals' Nate McLouth nearly done with throwing program
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:56 pm ET) Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth is getting towards the end of his throwing program to rehab his injured shoulder, reports MLB.com. But, manager Matt Williams doesn't want to take any chances with the injury flaring back up for McLouth.

"Once he gets sore, then we got to shut him down for a few days," Williams said. "So we don't want to get there."

McLouth is recovering from shoulder surgery that took place in August to repair a torn labrum. He is getting close to adding more distance to long toss.

"It doesn't hurt, and nothing I've done has made it hurt at all," McLouth said. "So it's fine. Now it's just a matter of getting more distance."


Nationals' Bryce Harper says he has to step up production
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) With the Nationals losing first baseman Adam LaRoche to free agency, outfielder Bryce Harper knows he needs to increase his production, reports MLB.com.

"I'll help out for sure," Harper said. "After losing LaRoche, I have to step up a little bit. I have to do what I need to do. Our pitching is going to take us to the top, hopefully, but we still have to have offense. We have to do the things we need to do. I'm ready to go. I'll be feeling good."

Harper said the key to his success in 2015 will be sticking to his approach and not trying to overdo it.

"I have to see what [pitchers] are going to do to me, see how they approach me, really just working my pitch and not go out of my comfort zone," Harper said. "If I can do that, stay within myself and have a little bit of fun at the plate, that will go a long way."


Orioles' Jason Garcia turns heads in spring training debut Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Jason Garcia is battling to make the major-league roster this spring. If Sunday was any indication, he's got a good chance.

"He got a couple of our guys from the bench up to the top step," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Garcia threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts in the team's intrasquad scrimmage Sunday.

"It felt good. It's what you work for, throwing against those guys," Garcia said, who has never pitched above the Triple-A level. "Definitely it was a thrill. Pretty nervous out there, but it was awesome."


 
 
 
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