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2012 Draft Prep: National League 5x5 auction

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The National League may not have the overall offensive firepower of the American League, but it offers NL-only owners a bevy of top outfield options. In our 12-team, NL-only Rotisserie league auction, many of those elite outfielders, like Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun and Justin Upton, came off the board early and set the tone for big spending at the position. Six of the first nine players nominated were outfielders, and they cost their owners a collective $188, even though the group included a $5 Bryce Harper.

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In fact, the highest bids came for players who qualify at what are arguably the NL's three deepest positions at the upper levels: outfield, shortstop and pitcher. Of the 16 players who fetched at least $30, only Joey Votto ($44) and Brandon Phillips ($30) played a position other than one of those three. This is not to say that position scarcity didn't matter, though. Votto has a greater advantage over his fellow elites at first base as compared to the top players at other positions, and he wound up being the most expensive player in the auction. Meanwhile, there are many similarly-productive options at the top of the second base, third base and catcher rankings, so owners were typically willing to wait to fill those positions, rather than spend $25 or more for the likes of Rickie Weeks or Brian McCann.

Scarcity also drove prices up as players were coming off the board. Phillips and Dee Gordon ($25) were both nominated relatively late, and both saw their values inflated compared to some similar alternatives. There weren't many late-auction bargains, as a few owners held onto their dollars deep into the auction, though Tim Hudson ($5) and Jason Kubel ($10) likely came more cheaply than they would have if they were nominated earlier.

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. Scott White, CBSSports.com
2. Scott Swanay and Steve Parsons, OptimalBaseball.com
3. John Toczydlowski and Mike Gianella, Patton & Co.
4. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
5. Andrew Fiorentino, RotoWire.com
6. Patrick Davitt, Baseball HQ
7. Marc Normandin, FakeTeams.com
8. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
9. Tim McLeod, RotoRob
10. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
11. Christopher Kreush and Todd Zola, Mastersball.com
12. Bernie Pleskoff, RotoWire.com

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 NL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
276Adam Kennedy, LAD1B$1Baseball HQ
275Derrek Lee, PIT1B$1Baseball HQ
274Daniel Descalso, STL3B$1Baseball HQ
273Paul Maholm, CHCP$1Baseball HQ
272Domonic Brown, PHIOF$1Baseball HQ
271Matt Belisle, COLP$1Baseball HQ
269Skip Schumaker, STL2B$1Baseball HQ
265Nate McLouth, PITOF$1Baseball HQ
260Chris Coghlan, MIAOF$1Baseball HQ
254Jeff Karstens, PITP$1Baseball HQ
223Edward Mujica, MIAP$1Baseball HQ
207Sean Marshall, CINP$2Baseball HQ
192Edwin Jackson, WASP$5Baseball HQ
138Wilin Rosario, COLC$7Baseball HQ
68Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$30Baseball HQ
64Matt Garza, CHCP$18Baseball HQ
58Buster Posey, SFC$20Baseball HQ
52Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Baseball HQ
43Drew Storen, WASP$19Baseball HQ
39Corey Hart, MILOF$24Baseball HQ
37Tim Lincecum, SFP$28Baseball HQ
32Shane Victorino, PHIOF$24Baseball HQ
2Joey Votto, CIN1B$44Baseball HQ
246Clayton Richard, SDP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
237Darwin Barney, CHC2B$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
224Tim Federowicz, LADC$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
202Tyler Clippard, WASP$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
187Allen Craig, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
184Nyjer Morgan, MILOF$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
176Ryan Dempster, CHCP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
170Jon Jay, STLOF$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
159Mike Minor, ATLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
158Brett Wallace, HOU1B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
143Homer Bailey, CINP$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
133Zack Cozart, CINSS$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
127Kenley Jansen, LADP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
125Carlos Quentin, SDOF$10CBSSports.com (Melchior)
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
92Ryan Roberts, ARI3B$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
71Yadier Molina, STLC$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
62Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21CBSSports.com (Melchior)
61Andre Ethier, LADOF$24CBSSports.com (Melchior)
53Mat Latos, CINP$19CBSSports.com (Melchior)
20Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
19Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$23CBSSports.com (Melchior)
5Cliff Lee, PHIP$31CBSSports.com (Melchior)
248Taylor Green, MIL2B$4CBSSports.com (White)
238David Hernandez, ARIP$1CBSSports.com (White)
226Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$1CBSSports.com (White)
219Randy Wolf, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
214Welington Castillo, CHCC$1CBSSports.com (White)
211Casey Blake, COL3B$2CBSSports.com (White)
208Jason Bourgeois, HOUOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
205Rod Barajas, PITC$5CBSSports.com (White)
199Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
173R.A. Dickey, NYMP$3CBSSports.com (White)
165Placido Polanco, PHI3B$2CBSSports.com (White)
141John Mayberry, PHIOF$15CBSSports.com (White)
112Wandy Rodriguez, HOUP$8CBSSports.com (White)
106Martin Prado, ATLOF$17CBSSports.com (White)
82Logan Morrison, MIAOF$19CBSSports.com (White)
35Ian Kennedy, ARIP$20CBSSports.com (White)
34Dan Uggla, ATL2B$28CBSSports.com (White)
29Yovani Gallardo, MILP$21CBSSports.com (White)
28Lance Berkman, STLOF$21CBSSports.com (White)
23Josh Johnson, MIAP$18CBSSports.com (White)
22Ike Davis, NYM1B$24CBSSports.com (White)
12J.J. Putz, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
10Emilio Bonifacio, MIASS$26CBSSports.com (White)
236Juan Uribe, LAD3B$2FakeTeams.com
209David Ross, ATLC$2FakeTeams.com
194Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$2FakeTeams.com
186Tim Stauffer, SDP$6FakeTeams.com
183Aroldis Chapman, CINP$4FakeTeams.com
182Jonny Venters, ATLP$7FakeTeams.com
181Garrett Jones, PITOF$7FakeTeams.com
179Jeremy Guthrie, COLP$2FakeTeams.com
177Dillon Gee, NYMP$2FakeTeams.com
168Mark Ellis, LAD2B$5FakeTeams.com
161Tim Hudson, ATLP$5FakeTeams.com
151David DeJesus, CHCOF$5FakeTeams.com
147Chipper Jones, ATL3B$9FakeTeams.com
139Rafael Furcal, STLSS$7FakeTeams.com
115Chris Heisey, CINOF$6FakeTeams.com
104Lucas Duda, NYMOF$20FakeTeams.com
90Jayson Werth, WASOF$21FakeTeams.com
48Ryan Madson, CINP$19FakeTeams.com
40Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$43FakeTeams.com
30Adam Wainwright, STLP$23FakeTeams.com
24Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$12FakeTeams.com
18Michael Bourn, ATLOF$28FakeTeams.com
15Stephen Strasburg, WASP$23FakeTeams.com
268Jesus Flores, WASC$1FanDuel.com
263Casey McGehee, PIT3B$1FanDuel.com
258Kyle Blanks, SDOF$1FanDuel.com
252Charlie Morton, PITP$1FanDuel.com
243Carlos Gomez, MILOF$1FanDuel.com
232Francisco Rodriguez, MILP$1FanDuel.com
204Mike Leake, CINP$4FanDuel.com
203Erik Bedard, PITP$3FanDuel.com
200Jason Castro, HOUC$3FanDuel.com
196Barry Zito, SFP$1FanDuel.com
146Ian Stewart, CHC3B$9FanDuel.com
136Jaime Garcia, STLP$14FanDuel.com
121Carlos Lee, HOUOF$14FanDuel.com
96Drew Stubbs, CINOF$22FanDuel.com
93Stephen Drew, ARISS$11FanDuel.com
88Ian Desmond, WASSS$17FanDuel.com
72Jason Heyward, ATLOF$19FanDuel.com
59Heath Bell, MIAP$18FanDuel.com
47David Wright, NYM3B$29FanDuel.com
41Zack Greinke, MILP$24FanDuel.com
38Daniel Murphy, NYM1B$15FanDuel.com
14Michael Morse, WAS1B$26FanDuel.com
13Cole Hamels, PHIP$25FanDuel.com
266Shelby Miller, STLP$1Mastersball.com
255Eric Surkamp, SFP$1Mastersball.com
247Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Mastersball.com
245Scott Rolen, CIN3B$2Mastersball.com
225Brian Bogusevic, HOUOF$3Mastersball.com
218Brandon Crawford, SFSS$2Mastersball.com
212Chris Snyder, HOUC$3Mastersball.com
156Josh Collmenter, ARIP$3Mastersball.com
154A.J. Burnett, PITP$5Mastersball.com
148Jesus Guzman, SD1B$3Mastersball.com
144Jimmy Paredes, HOU3B$8Mastersball.com
105Johan Santana, NYMP$6Mastersball.com
103Alex Presley, PITOF$10Mastersball.com
84Jason Motte, STLP$15Mastersball.com
75Neil Walker, PIT2B$18Mastersball.com
74Miguel Montero, ARIC$20Mastersball.com
73Joel Hanrahan, PITP$17Mastersball.com
67Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Mastersball.com
65Melky Cabrera, SFOF$15Mastersball.com
60Chris Young, ARIOF$23Mastersball.com
31Chase Utley, PHI2B$20Mastersball.com
8Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$32Mastersball.com
7Roy Halladay, PHIP$33Mastersball.com
257Ryan Theriot, SFSS$1OptimalBaseball.com
250Brad Lincoln, PITP$1OptimalBaseball.com
228James McDonald, PITP$1OptimalBaseball.com
190Roy Oswalt, PHIP$2OptimalBaseball.com
174Chris Capuano, LADP$4OptimalBaseball.com
160Ty Wigginton, PHI3B$4OptimalBaseball.com
150Edinson Volquez, SDP$6OptimalBaseball.com
137Andres Torres, NYMOF$9OptimalBaseball.com
123John Buck, MIAC$9OptimalBaseball.com
120Huston Street, SDP$14OptimalBaseball.com
108Ramon Hernandez, COLC$11OptimalBaseball.com
99Yonder Alonso, SDOF$10OptimalBaseball.com
85Chris Carpenter, STLP$15OptimalBaseball.com
80Marco Scutaro, COLSS$10OptimalBaseball.com
78Brandon Belt, SFOF$12OptimalBaseball.com
57Matt Cain, SFP$23OptimalBaseball.com
50Aubrey Huff, SF1B$10OptimalBaseball.com
42Brett Myers, HOUP$10OptimalBaseball.com
36Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$14OptimalBaseball.com
26Ryan Howard, PHI1B$14OptimalBaseball.com
25Hanley Ramirez, MIASS$36OptimalBaseball.com
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$39OptimalBaseball.com
6Bryce Harper, WASOF$5OptimalBaseball.com
242Joe Blanton, PHIP$1Patton & Co
231Jordan Lyles, HOUP$1Patton & Co
195Ted Lilly, LADP$6Patton & Co
180Chad Billingsley, LADP$9Patton & Co
171Orlando Hudson, SD2B$3Patton & Co
164Josh Thole, NYMC$3Patton & Co
157Mark Buehrle, MIAP$5Patton & Co
152Shaun Marcum, MILP$11Patton & Co
149Will Venable, SDOF$11Patton & Co
142Marlon Byrd, CHCOF$7Patton & Co
130Vance Worley, PHIP$8Patton & Co
126Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$9Patton & Co
117Johnny Cueto, CINP$12Patton & Co
114Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$6Patton & Co
110Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$21Patton & Co
107Chase Headley, SD3B$13Patton & Co
102Carlos Beltran, STLOF$17Patton & Co
95Dexter Fowler, COLOF$14Patton & Co
81Jose Tabata, PITOF$15Patton & Co
55Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$21Patton & Co
49Madison Bumgarner, SFP$23Patton & Co
27James Loney, LAD1B$14Patton & Co
17Jose Reyes, MIASS$30Patton & Co
251Luke Gregerson, SDP$8Razzball
241Chris Narveson, MILP$1Razzball
230Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$1Razzball
227Brett Jackson, CHCOF$4Razzball
217Clint Barmes, PITSS$6Razzball
193Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$3Razzball
191Aaron Harang, LADP$2Razzball
175Juan Nicasio, COLP$4Razzball
167Ryan Hanigan, CINC$4Razzball
163Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$4Razzball
124Geovany Soto, CHCC$11Razzball
118Tony Campana, CHCOF$5Razzball
113Anibal Sanchez, MIAP$14Razzball
111Jason Kubel, ARIOF$10Razzball
109Daniel Hudson, ARIP$19Razzball
100Jay Bruce, CINOF$27Razzball
94Javy Guerra, LADP$11Razzball
91Aaron Hill, ARI2B$13Razzball
89Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$26Razzball
76Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$24Razzball
66Trevor Cahill, ARIP$10Razzball
44Gaby Sanchez, MIA1B$17Razzball
9Justin Upton, ARIOF$36Razzball
1Matt Kemp, LADOF$42RotoRob
244Juan Rivera, LADOF$4RotoRob
240Sergio Romo, SFP$2RotoRob
234Randall Delgado, ATLP$1RotoRob
222Rex Brothers, COLP$1RotoRob
220Nolan Arenado, COL3B$4RotoRob
216Fernando Salas, STLP$2RotoRob
213Jordan Schafer, HOUOF$9RotoRob
210Bryan LaHair, CHCOF$10RotoRob
206Jason Bartlett, SDSS$9RotoRob
198Tyler Greene, STL2B$5RotoRob
189Nick Hundley, SDC$7RotoRob
188Omar Infante, MIA2B$4RotoRob
172Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$14RotoRob
166Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$3RotoRob
162Bud Norris, HOUP$11RotoRob
153J.D. Martinez, HOUOF$10RotoRob
132David Freese, STL3B$14RotoRob
87Carlos Marmol, CHCP$18RotoRob
86Devin Mesoraco, CINC$10RotoRob
83Cameron Maybin, SDOF$19RotoRob
77Gio Gonzalez, WASP$18RotoRob
21Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$34RotoRob
264Tyler Colvin, COLOF$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
259Mike Nickeas, NYMC$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
253Jordan Pacheco, COL1B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
235Jerry Sands, LADOF$2RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
233Drew Pomeranz, COLP$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
221Nate Schierholtz, SFOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
197Ruben Tejada, NYM2B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
185Carlos Zambrano, MIAP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
178Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$6RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
169Jair Jurrjens, ATLP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
145Jason Bay, NYMOF$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
140Jed Lowrie, HOUSS$13RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
129Jonathon Niese, NYMP$6RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
128Wilson Ramos, WASC$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
122Cory Luebke, SDP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
97Rafael Betancourt, COLP$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
79Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
70Dee Gordon, LADSS$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
69Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
54Brian Wilson, SFP$13RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
51Hunter Pence, PHIOF$30RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
45Tommy Hanson, ATLP$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
4Matt Holliday, STLOF$30RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
270Chris Johnson, HOU3B$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
267Norichika Aoki, MILOF$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
262Juan Pierre, PHIOF$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
261Kyle Lohse, STLP$2RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
256Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
249John Lannan, WASP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
239Joe Saunders, ARIP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
229Freddy Sanchez, SF2B$3RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
215Mike Pelfrey, NYMP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
201A.J. Ellis, LADC$3RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
155Bronson Arroyo, CINP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
135Mat Gamel, MIL3B$13RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
134Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$9RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
131Frank Francisco, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
119Todd Helton, COL1B$8RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
116Jose Altuve, HOU2B$15RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
98Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$24RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
63John Axford, MILP$18RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
56Brandon Beachy, ATLP$22RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
46Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$22RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
33Brian McCann, ATLC$21RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
11Clayton Kershaw, LADP$34RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
3Ryan Braun, MILOF$43RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)

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Report: Orioles in 'continuous dialogue' with pitcher Chris Tillman
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) 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
(3/28/2015) 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
(3/28/2015) 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 up three runs in loss to Dodgers
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) 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
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) 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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(3/28/2015) 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 Robertson, Petricka back by Opening Day
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) 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
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) 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
(3/28/2015) 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
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) 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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