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2012 Draft Prep: Mixed League 5x5 auction

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After branching out for the American League and National League auctions, we kept our 5x5 mixed-league auction in house. So as you might expect, the 12 participants more or less went by the book.

No player went more than $11 over his (admittedly conservative) projected auction value, and the two who went most over -- Starlin Castro and Troy Tulowitzki -- just so happen to play the thinnest position in Fantasy. So if you came hoping to see a bunch of reaches, better luck next time. Nobody did anything to make anybody fall out of his chair.

Perhaps that's a good thing. After all, if this auction is meant to serve as an example to the masses, it should be as middle-of-the-road as possible. But the danger in an auction that follows the projected values so closely is it might give you a false sense of security. Not every auction -- particularly not every mixed-league auction -- has the highest player go for only $42. In leagues where everyone subscribes to the studs-and-duds approach, the first-round types might all go off the board in the $45-50 range, which will of course lead to dwindling dollars later in the auction, thereby creating value picks.

Even with this more conservative approach, a few bargains stand out. The winners of Andre Ethier and Melky Cabrera (both $5) benefited from the lack of money in circulation late in the auction, as did the winners of Ricky Romero ($10), Anibal Sanchez ($5) and Jeremy Hellickson ($4). Brian Wilson ($11) isn't really $6 better than Jose Valverde ($5) or $7 better than Joel Hanrahan ($4). And Billy Butler going for $7 after Eric Hosmer went for $23 is just wacky. Of course, Josh Hamilton at $12 stands out as well, but for a different reason. He was the first player nominated, when everyone was still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes.

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2. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
3. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
4. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
5. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
7. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
8. Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer
9. Scott White, Fantasy Writer
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
11. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
12. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

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
139Carlos Pena, TB1B$2Adam Aizer
92Michael Morse, WAS1B$21Adam Aizer
4Miguel Cabrera, DET1B$40Adam Moore
114Ryan Howard, PHI1B$11Al Melchior
259Justin Smoak, SEA1B$1Dave Richard
60Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$29Dave Richard
234Daniel Murphy, NYM1B$4Jamey Eisenberg
16Joey Votto, CIN1B$31Jamey Eisenberg
215Adam Lind, TOR1B$4Jeff Lippman
5Adrian Gonzalez, BOS1B$30Jeff Lippman
230Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$3Jeff Tobin
3Albert Pujols, LAA1B$38Jeff Tobin
98Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$6Kevin Goodwin
22Prince Fielder, DET1B$33Kevin Goodwin
274Adam Dunn, CHW1B$1Michael Hurcomb
251Justin Morneau, MIN1B$2Michael Hurcomb
219Ike Davis, NYM1B$8Michael Hurcomb
151Gaby Sanchez, MIA1B$3Peter Madden
70Eric Hosmer, KC1B$23Peter Madden
130Paul Konerko, CHW1B$12Scott White
43Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17Adam Aizer
138Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$13Adam Moore
66Neil Walker, PIT2B$9Adam Moore
36Ben Zobrist, TB2B$22Al Melchior
116Chase Utley, PHI2B$12Dave Richard
256Omar Infante, MIA2B$1Ed Gauna
165Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$5Ed Gauna
227Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$3Jamey Eisenberg
156Kelly Johnson, TOR2B$8Jeff Lippman
54Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$10Jeff Lippman
30Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$29Jeff Tobin
29Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$13Kevin Goodwin
125Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$12Michael Hurcomb
166Aaron Hill, ARI2B$3Peter Madden
137Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$12Peter Madden
27Robinson Cano, NYY2B$33Peter Madden
273Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$1Scott White
8Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$33Scott White
84Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$22Adam Aizer
222Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$1Adam Moore
67Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$17Adam Moore
42Kevin Youkilis, BOS3B$18Adam Moore
275Edwin Encarnacion, TOR3B$1Al Melchior
95David Freese, STL3B$6Al Melchior
52Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$23Dave Richard
87Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$18Ed Gauna
76Michael Young, TEX3B$19Ed Gauna
72David Wright, NYM3B$29Ed Gauna
163Mat Gamel, MIL3B$5Jamey Eisenberg
132Mike Moustakas, KC3B$4Jamey Eisenberg
131Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$1Jeff Lippman
89Mark Reynolds, BAL3B$10Jeff Tobin
117Ryan Roberts, ARI3B$9Kevin Goodwin
101Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$13Michael Hurcomb
207Chase Headley, SD3B$3Peter Madden
21Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$23Scott White
7Evan Longoria, TB3B$33Scott White
82Miguel Montero, ARIC$19Adam Aizer
23Mike Napoli, TEXC$21Adam Aizer
90Kurt Suzuki, OAKC$7Adam Moore
44J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12Adam Moore
119Devin Mesoraco, CINC$5Al Melchior
51Alex Avila, DETC$21Al Melchior
197A.J. Pierzynski, CHWC$1Dave Richard
12Carlos Santana, CLEC$27Dave Richard
55Matt Wieters, BALC$17Ed Gauna
38Brian McCann, ATLC$22Ed Gauna
238John Buck, MIAC$1Jamey Eisenberg
180Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$1Jamey Eisenberg
167Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$3Jeff Lippman
115Salvador Perez, KCC$4Jeff Lippman
161Yadier Molina, STLC$6Jeff Tobin
58Joe Mauer, MINC$18Jeff Tobin
94Russell Martin, NYYC$12Kevin Goodwin
83Chris Iannetta, LAAC$3Kevin Goodwin
264Nick Hundley, SDC$1Michael Hurcomb
202Geovany Soto, CHCC$4Michael Hurcomb
155Ryan Doumit, MINC$4Peter Madden
77Buster Posey, SFC$15Peter Madden
81Wilson Ramos, WASC$8Scott White
57Jesus Montero, SEAC$15Scott White
184Billy Butler, KCDH$7Jeff Lippman
147David Ortiz, BOSDH$10Kevin Goodwin
223Cameron Maybin, SDOF$6Adam Aizer
195Lucas Duda, NYMOF$4Adam Aizer
177Carlos Beltran, STLOF$5Adam Aizer
65Matt Holliday, STLOF$21Adam Aizer
10Ryan Braun, MILOF$41Adam Aizer
228Josh Willingham, MINOF$2Adam Moore
210Vernon Wells, LAAOF$3Adam Moore
150Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$7Adam Moore
141Martin Prado, ATLOF$12Adam Moore
86Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$17Adam Moore
272Alex Presley, PITOF$1Al Melchior
260Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$1Al Melchior
178Jason Heyward, ATLOF$9Al Melchior
106Shane Victorino, PHIOF$21Al Melchior
6Jose Bautista, TOROF$41Al Melchior
2Matt Kemp, LADOF$34Al Melchior
170Drew Stubbs, CINOF$9Dave Richard
164Austin Jackson, DETOF$9Dave Richard
153Matt Joyce, TBOF$8Dave Richard
142Adam Jones, BALOF$11Dave Richard
135Corey Hart, MILOF$14Dave Richard
47Bryce Harper, WASOF$2Dave Richard
263Ben Revere, MINOF$2Ed Gauna
248Alex Rios, CHWOF$2Ed Gauna
239Torii Hunter, LAAOF$2Ed Gauna
193Angel Pagan, SFOF$5Ed Gauna
50Lance Berkman, STLOF$16Ed Gauna
49Nick Markakis, BALOF$15Ed Gauna
149Brett Gardner, NYYOF$13Jamey Eisenberg
120Jay Bruce, CINOF$19Jamey Eisenberg
118Carl Crawford, BOSOF$14Jamey Eisenberg
108Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$3Jamey Eisenberg
96B.J. Upton, TBOF$15Jamey Eisenberg
24Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$32Jamey Eisenberg
237Mike Trout, LAAOF$3Jeff Lippman
203Jason Kubel, ARIOF$1Jeff Lippman
179Brandon Belt, SFOF$3Jeff Lippman
68Mike Stanton, MIAOF$22Jeff Lippman
14Hunter Pence, PHIOF$19Jeff Lippman
258Brennan Boesch, DETOF$2Jeff Tobin
257Ryan Raburn, DETOF$1Jeff Tobin
249Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$1Jeff Tobin
205Yonder Alonso, SDOF$3Jeff Tobin
126Ichiro Suzuki, SEAOF$13Jeff Tobin
48Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$25Jeff Tobin
39Justin Upton, ARIOF$28Jeff Tobin
200Nick Swisher, NYYOF$3Kevin Goodwin
191Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$4Kevin Goodwin
190Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$7Kevin Goodwin
91Chris Young, ARIOF$14Kevin Goodwin
56Carlos Lee, HOUOF$3Kevin Goodwin
214Logan Morrison, MIAOF$6Michael Hurcomb
112Shin-Soo Choo, CLEOF$23Michael Hurcomb
53Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$35Michael Hurcomb
45Desmond Jennings, TBOF$20Michael Hurcomb
18Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$34Michael Hurcomb
217Delmon Young, DETOF$5Peter Madden
208Andre Ethier, LADOF$5Peter Madden
162Coco Crisp, OAKOF$8Peter Madden
159Jayson Werth, WASOF$10Peter Madden
145Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$11Peter Madden
1Josh Hamilton, TEXOF$12Scott White
271Dexter Fowler, COLOF$2Scott White
266Jose Tabata, PITOF$1Scott White
254Melky Cabrera, SFOF$5Scott White
103Alex Gordon, KCOF$16Scott White
69Michael Bourn, ATLOF$20Scott White
240Shaun Marcum, MILP$4Adam Aizer
236Justin Masterson, CLEP$3Adam Aizer
218Brandon Morrow, TORP$4Adam Aizer
198Joel Hanrahan, PITP$4Adam Aizer
182J.J. Putz, ARIP$6Adam Aizer
169Chris Perez, CLEP$3Adam Aizer
146Mark Buehrle, MIAP$5Adam Aizer
109Gio Gonzalez, WASP$12Adam Aizer
35Brian Matusz, BALP$3Adam Aizer
252Max Scherzer, DETP$6Adam Moore
244Gavin Floyd, CHWP$1Adam Moore
233Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Adam Moore
181Bruce Chen, KCP$2Adam Moore
158Henderson Alvarez, TORP$3Adam Moore
129Andrew Bailey, BOSP$10Adam Moore
93Mariano Rivera, NYYP$13Adam Moore
40Jered Weaver, LAAP$26Adam Moore
11Roy Halladay, PHIP$35Adam Moore
270Kenley Jansen, LADP$2Al Melchior
269Vance Worley, PHIP$1Al Melchior
255Huston Street, SDP$3Al Melchior
245Jonathon Niese, NYMP$1Al Melchior
134Trevor Cahill, ARIP$6Al Melchior
113John Axford, MILP$15Al Melchior
104Josh Beckett, BOSP$14Al Melchior
78Zack Greinke, MILP$23Al Melchior
75Mat Latos, CINP$18Al Melchior
243Chris Sale, CHWP$1Dave Richard
232Tim Stauffer, SDP$1Dave Richard
221Chad Billingsley, LADP$1Dave Richard
188Jose Valverde, DETP$5Dave Richard
174Clay Buchholz, BOSP$6Dave Richard
172Ervin Santana, LAAP$10Dave Richard
111Brandon Beachy, ATLP$9Dave Richard
63Cole Hamels, PHIP$25Dave Richard
19Felix Hernandez, SEAP$26Dave Richard
189Carlos Marmol, CHCP$2Ed Gauna
176Matt Garza, CHCP$10Ed Gauna
173Sergio Santos, TORP$5Ed Gauna
136Tommy Hanson, ATLP$11Ed Gauna
133Adam Wainwright, STLP$15Ed Gauna
110John Danks, CHWP$4Ed Gauna
64Ian Kennedy, ARIP$20Ed Gauna
61James Shields, TBP$22Ed Gauna
13Joe Nathan, TEXP$8Ed Gauna
224Matt Capps, MINP$4Jamey Eisenberg
220Wandy Rodriguez, HOUP$3Jamey Eisenberg
209Doug Fister, DETP$3Jamey Eisenberg
196Anibal Sanchez, MIAP$5Jamey Eisenberg
192Derek Holland, TEXP$4Jamey Eisenberg
148Drew Storen, WASP$10Jamey Eisenberg
144Madison Bumgarner, SFP$16Jamey Eisenberg
88David Price, TBP$22Jamey Eisenberg
79Yovani Gallardo, MILP$22Jamey Eisenberg
226Johnny Cueto, CINP$3Jeff Lippman
213Kyle Farnsworth, TBP$3Jeff Lippman
211Jason Motte, STLP$6Jeff Lippman
124Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$11Jeff Lippman
107Jake Arrieta, BALP$1Jeff Lippman
102Yu Darvish, TEXP$16Jeff Lippman
71Stephen Strasburg, WASP$20Jeff Lippman
31Tim Lincecum, SFP$26Jeff Lippman
17Clayton Kershaw, LADP$33Jeff Lippman
253Brandon McCarthy, OAKP$2Jeff Tobin
241Bud Norris, HOUP$1Jeff Tobin
235Tim Hudson, ATLP$2Jeff Tobin
194Jair Jurrjens, ATLP$3Jeff Tobin
171Jaime Garcia, STLP$5Jeff Tobin
122Mike Minor, ATLP$5Jeff Tobin
99Michael Pineda, NYYP$16Jeff Tobin
59Matt Moore, TBP$17Jeff Tobin
25Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$20Jeff Tobin
206Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$4Kevin Goodwin
157Heath Bell, MIAP$13Kevin Goodwin
154Daniel Hudson, ARIP$13Kevin Goodwin
152Ryan Madson, CINP$10Kevin Goodwin
128Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$9Kevin Goodwin
121Dan Haren, LAAP$22Kevin Goodwin
80Jordan Walden, LAAP$7Kevin Goodwin
32Ivan Nova, NYYP$3Kevin Goodwin
28CC Sabathia, NYYP$27Kevin Goodwin
268Javy Guerra, LADP$1Michael Hurcomb
250Ryan Dempster, CHCP$1Michael Hurcomb
242Frank Francisco, NYMP$1Michael Hurcomb
231Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Michael Hurcomb
216Rafael Betancourt, COLP$4Michael Hurcomb
199Brian Wilson, SFP$11Michael Hurcomb
187Ricky Romero, TORP$10Michael Hurcomb
123Matt Cain, SFP$17Michael Hurcomb
100Jon Lester, BOSP$18Michael Hurcomb
267Matt Thornton, CHWP$1Peter Madden
262Jim Johnson, BALP$1Peter Madden
247Jeff Niemann, TBP$1Peter Madden
225Neftali Feliz, TEXP$3Peter Madden
204Joakim Soria, KCP$6Peter Madden
105Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$14Peter Madden
97Josh Johnson, MIAP$17Peter Madden
34Cliff Lee, PHIP$32Peter Madden
15Justin Verlander, DETP$35Peter Madden
276Addison Reed, CHWP$1Scott White
261Colby Lewis, TEXP$2Scott White
246Francisco Liriano, MINP$1Scott White
229Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$2Scott White
201Brandon League, SEAP$3Scott White
185Cory Luebke, SDP$5Scott White
168Chris Carpenter, STLP$7Scott White
140C.J. Wilson, LAAP$14Scott White
62Brett Myers, HOUP$2Scott White
127Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$13Adam Aizer
74Marco Scutaro, COLSS$3Adam Aizer
33Dee Gordon, LADSS$11Adam Aizer
186Yunel Escobar, TORSS$4Adam Moore
265Alcides Escobar, KCSS$1Al Melchior
175Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$3Al Melchior
143Jed Lowrie, HOUSS$2Dave Richard
37Jose Reyes, MIASS$28Dave Richard
160Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$10Ed Gauna
73Emilio Bonifacio, MIASS$16Jamey Eisenberg
46Starlin Castro, CHCSS$26Jeff Lippman
85Derek Jeter, NYYSS$9Jeff Tobin
212Erick Aybar, LAASS$11Kevin Goodwin
26J.J. Hardy, BALSS$5Kevin Goodwin
183Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$8Michael Hurcomb
20Hanley Ramirez, MIASS$29Michael Hurcomb
41Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$15Peter Madden
9Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$42Scott White

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Report: Mets' Daniel Murphy dealing with bruised hand
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:18 pm ET) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is dealing with a bruised right hand, according to ESPN.

X-rays reportedly came back "OK," and Murphy shouldn't miss much time. Murphy was hit in the hand during Friday's game against the Tigers. He stayed in the game to run the bases, but was replaced at the start of the next inning. 

The 29-year-old Murphy hit .289/.332/.403 over 596 at-bats last season. 


Diamondbacks' Chris Owings takes batting practice on Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:10 pm ET) Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings was able to take batting practice on Friday, according to MLB.com.

Owings is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and has been limited early in camp. Manager Chip Hale said he was happy with Owings progress, and noted it was a big day for the infielder.

"Everything he's done has been right on time," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We've slowed him down, because it's important that that swing is right. This was a huge day for him."

Owings will likely go through another round of BP before he's ready for game action. The team may also opt to give him at-bats in minor-league games before using him during actual spring training games.

The 23-year-old Owings hit .261/.300/.406 over 310 at-bats last season. He's expected to open the year as the team's starting shortstop. 


Angels' Matt Lindstrom feeling 100 percent this spring
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:03 pm ET) Angels reliever Matt Lindstrom is feeling pretty good after having ankle surgery last season, according to the Los Angeles Times

Lindstrom struggled with oblique and ankle injuries last season, but has drawn some rave reviews during camp. "Right now, his stuff is very similar to when he was throwing the ball well early last year," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's exciting. This guy has closer's stuff. It's just a matter of how consistent he is and if he can keep it going."

Lindstrom admitted he came back from ankle surgery too soon last year, and it impacted his numbers. He was able to rehab the injury during the offseason, though, and feels much better now. "I can tell the ball is coming out of my hand better, the way it's supposed to," Lindstrom said. "It wasn't right last year, but now, I don't have any reservations. I can concentrate on getting people out."

The 35-year-old posted a 5.03 ERA over 34 innings last season. He's competing for a role in the Angels bullpen this spring. 


Orioles sign Elih Villanueva to a minor-league deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:54 pm ET) The Orioles have signed pitcher Elih Villanueva to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com.

Villanueva has played in just one game in the majors. He gave up eight runs over three innings in a start for the Marlins back in 2011. Villanueva had a strong showing in the Dominican League, leading the circuit with a 2.63 ERA.


Reds' Stephenson hoping to make an impact this season
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:49 pm ET) Reds pitcher Robert Stephenson is hoping to make an impact in the majors this season, according to MLB.com.

Stephenson may not open the year in the majors, but is hoping he arrives sooner rather than later. "My goal by the end of the year is to be in Cincinnati," Stephenson said. "It's your dream growing up as a kid. It would be awesome to be there but at the same time, I want to get to a point where I deserve to be there and belong there."

Stephenson is considered the team's top prospect. He dealt with shoulder issues earlier in camp, but is cleared for action now. 

Manager Bryan Price said Stephenson has a few things to work on, but seemed optimistic about his long-term outlook. With Robert, it's command -- not necessarily throwing strikes, but the quality of the strikes," Price said.

The 22-year-old should start the year in the minors, but could earn a promotion based on how well he pitches.


Mariners' Chris Taylor homers, triples on Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:42 pm ET) Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor hit a home run and tripled on Friday against the Dodgers.

Taylor came into camp competing for the team's shortstop position with Brad Miller. While Miller likely has the upper hand, he's coming off a down season. Taylor, on the other hand, played well in the minors in 2014, and hit .287 in a brief major-league debut. It's believed whoever loses out on the starting role will be sent to the minors. 


Reds' Tony Cingrani goes two scoreless innings in debut
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:36 pm ET) Reds pitcher Tony Cingrani tossed two scoreless innings in his spring debut on Friday.

Cingrani allowed two hits in two innings of work. He walked one and struck out two during the outing. After an injury-riddled 2014, Cingrani has received a clean bill of health, and is competing for a spot in the team's rotation. 

The 25-year-old posted a 4.55 ERA over 63 1/3 innings last season. 


Athletics' Graveman tosses two scoreless innings in debut
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:20 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman tossed two scoreless innings in his spring debut on Friday.

Graveman was acquired by the club during the offseason, and is one of the few pitchers competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation. He gave up two hits over two scoreless innings in his debut. Graveman struck out one and did not issue any walks.

Graveman came away satisfied with the outing. I thought it went well," he said. "Stuff felt good, and thought I located well today. All in all I thought it was a good first outing."

Graveman appeared in five games last season, putting up a 3.86 ERA. 


Rangers' Nick Tepesch gets crushed in first spring start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:15 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch got destroyed in his first spring start on Friday.

Tepesch allowed seven runs on seven hits over just 1 1/3 innings. He walked one and did not strike out any batters during the outing. Tepesch is competing for a spot in the team's rotation, but didn't make the best impression. It's still early in camp, and Tepesch admitted he was trying to be aggressive during the outing.

"I was just trying to attack hitters and get ahead of hitters," Tepesch said. "They took advantage of my mistakes. I didn't really have good command. They put some good swings on some balls."

The 26-year-old posted a 4.36 ERA over 126 innings last year. 


Padres' Despaigne, Morrow impress in bid to win fifth spot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:09 pm ET) Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne and Brandon Morrow impressed during their first taste of spring action, according to MLB.com.

"I thought they threw the ball well," said Padres manager Bud Black. Both Despaigne and Morrow are competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation. While Despaigne got the start, Morrow came on and pitched two innings in relief.

Both players were effective, keeping the White Sox off the board for four innings. Despaigne struck out two batters to Morrow's one, but they posted identical stat lines otherwise. 

Despite the strong performances, Black said it was far too early to draw any conclusions about who will open the season in the rotation.


 
 
 
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