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Mariners' Hernandez will be able to throw 100 pitches in opener
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:28 am ET) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that pitcher Felix Hernandez will be able to throw 100 pitches in his Opening Day start despite having a short outing on Tuesday, per MyNorthwest.com.

Hernandez logged only 24 pitches n 1 2/3 innings of work in his spring finale against the Indians. He finished camp 0-3 with a 10.22 ERA in 12 1/3 innings.


Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury returns to starting lineup Wednesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:23 am ET) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the starting lineup at the leadoff spot Wednesday against the Rays in Grapefruit League play, per ESPN. Ellsbury was sidelined since March 15 with an oblique injury, He is 6 for 27 with one RBI this spring.

Delino DeShields Jr. beats out Carlos Peguero for final roster spot
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:10 am ET) Rangers outfielder Carlos Peguero will start the season in Triple-A, which means Delino DeShields Jr. has earned the final spot on the 25-man active roster, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday.

DeShields, a Rule 5 draft choice, is hitting .235/.278/.382 with one RBI this spring. Peguero is hitting .350/.435/.500 over 40 at-bats in Cactus League.


Jose Pirela a non-factor if Didi Gregorius needs DL stint
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:49 am ET) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius remained out of the lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Rays with a wrist injury.

Gregorius tweaked his wrist on a check swing Saturday and was scheduled for two days of rest. He has been sidelined now for four days, and if he requires a stint on the disabled list to start the season, Jose Pirela would still be a non-factor to earn a roster spot, per the Journal News.

New York will have split-squad games against Detroit and Pittsburgh on Thursday.


Mets' Lagares in talks about four-year, $20M-plus contract extension
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:43 am ET) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares confirmed Wednesday he is in discussions about a contract extension, but nothing has been finalized. He added he wants to sign before Monday's season opener against the Nationals, per NJ.com.

Baseball insider Jim Bowden was the first to report Wednesday that Lagares has agreed to a four-year contract extension, which includes a club option. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed Lagares is in talks with the Mets.

Lagares' contract extension will net him more than $20 million. The contract covers all of Lagares' arbitration years and the team option covers his first year of free agency in 2020.

Lagares is considered one of the best defensive center fielders in the majors. Although, his offense is not quite up to par. Lagares has a career .262/.302/.368/.669 slash line over two seasons in the majors. He is having a good spring at the plate, however, batting .345 (19 for 55) with one triple, three home runs, six doubles, six RBI and 13 runs in 18 games.


Astros' A.J. Hinch hints that Chris Carter will be primary 1B
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:42 am ET) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that Chris Carter will be the team's primary first baseman to start the season, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Carter played 14 of his 145 games at first base last season. The 28-year-old slashed .227/.308/.491 with career-best 37 homers and 88 RBI over 507 at-bats last season. He has a .257 batting average with two home runs and 10 RBI this spring.


Astros finalize rotation plans for start of season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:37 am ET) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters his rotation will line up with Dallas Keuchel on Opening Day against Indians, followed by Scott Feldman on Wednesday and Asher Wojciechowski on Thursday. Collin McHugh will open a three-game set at Texas on Friday, followed by Roberto Hernandez on Saturday, per the Houston Chronicle.

Red Sox hints that Shane Victorino will open season in RF
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:33 am ET) Without formally announcing it, Red Sox manager John Farrell hinted that Shane Victorino will open the season in right field, according to ESPN on Wednesday. Victorino slashed .188/.278/.250 with two RBI over 32 at-bats this spring.

Farrell indicates that Wade Miley will pitch Red Sox's fourth game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:27 am ET) Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that Wade Miley will be his starter for Boston's fourth regular season game on Friday against the Yankees in New York, according to the Providence Journal.

Although it appears as if Justin Masterson is Boston's third starter, Farrell has not confirmed his pitcher for Thursday's game against the Phillies.


GM: Erasmo Ramirez could see 'meaningful innings' with Rays
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:22 am ET) Newly acquired Rays pitcher Erasmo Ramirez will make the Opening Day roster and pitch " meaningful innings," possibly as a starter, general manager Matt Silverman told reporters on Wednesday, per the team's official website.

Ramirez was acquired by the Rays in exchange for pitcher Mike Montgomery on Wednesday. The 24-year-old right-hander went 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA this spring.


 
 
 
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