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Hit Parade for Week 14

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All stats are updated through Wednesday, June 26.

Catcher

Wilson Ramos, who has been sidelined since May 15 with a hamstring injury, has been catching bullpen sessions and is aiming to return July 4. You'd have to be in a desperate situation to start him in a week he'll play no more than four games -- and likely fewer than that with Kurt Suzuki around -- but considering the power potential he showed as a rookie in 2011, before his injury troubles began, he'll be a nice find in Fantasy if he eventually displaces the light-hitting Suzuki.

Worth a second look: Jason Castro, Astros
At a position hurting for depth, Castro has emerged as a reliable option, batting .314 with seven homers and a .970 OPS over his last 32 games. He has let up a bit over his last seven, batting .259 (7 for 27) with just two extra-base hits, which might cause some Fantasy owners to shy away from him, but chances are he'll come roaring back this week with six righties -- including hittable types like Roberto Hernandez, Chris Archer, Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm -- on tap. Castro is batting .289 against righties compared to .204 against lefties this year.
Approach with caution: Yasmani Grandal, Padres
After missing the first 50 games because of a PED suspension, Grandal might be close to regaining the trust of Fantasy owners with his .375 (6 for 16) batting average and four doubles over his last five games. But his timing isn't the greatest. He's in line to face Jose Fernandez, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg this week. If you've been making due without him all this time, might as well stay away just a little longer.

No-brainers: Buster Posey, Joe Mauer, Yadier Molina, Carlos Santana, Matt Wieters, Wilin Rosario, Mike Napoli
Advisable starts: Jason Castro, Jonathan Lucroy, Salvador Perez, Brian McCann, A.J. Pierzynski, Russell Martin
Shaky starts: J.P. Arencibia, Ryan Doumit (ankle), Miguel Montero, Yasmani Grandal, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Zunino, Carlos Ruiz
Strictly AL/NL-only: John Jaso (hand), John Buck, Welington Castillo, Chris Iannetta, A.J. Ellis, Tyler Flowers, Derek Norris, Wilson Ramos (hamstring), Yan Gomes, Devin Mesoraco, Kurt Suzuki
Don't bother: Jose Lobaton, Ryan Hanigan, Rob Brantly, Chris Stewart, Geovany Soto, Hank Conger, Nick Hundley, Evan Gattis (oblique), Erik Kratz (knee), Alex Avila (forearm), Francisco Cervelli (hand), Travis d'Arnaud, Jesus Montero

First base

The few players who qualify only at DH now appear alongside the first basemen so that their owners might have some context for how to approach them this week. If you see an asterisk (*) next to a player's name, it means he's DH-only and not a legitimate first baseman.
Best Five Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Reds SF4, SEA3
2. Yankees @MIN4, BAL3
3. Rays @HOU4, CHW3
4. Diamondbacks @NYM4, COL3
5. Nationals MIL4, SD3

Just when the Mets had finally resigned to making Lucas Duda their everyday first baseman, the 27-year-old slugger landed on the DL with an intercostal strain, leaving them with a gaping hole at the most demanding offensive position. The simple solution would be to bring back Ike Davis, who seems to have rediscovered his stroke during his two weeks at Triple-A Las Vegas, but with a bunch of left-handers on tap in the days ahead, the Mets will make due with Josh Satin for now. Davis could return to the lineup Wednesday, when the Mets begin a string of games against right-handed pitchers, but with so much ambiguity surrounding him, you should probably avoid him for now.
Worth a second look: Adam LaRoche, Nationals
If you missed out on LaRoche's hot streak in mid-to-late May, fear not. History suggests he has plenty more in store. He's showing early signs of another, batting .440 (11 for 25) with a homer over his last seven games, and his matchups against Wily Peralta, Johnny Hellweg, Donovan Hand and Jason Marquis this week only help his cause. You want to catch him at the beginning of those streaks, not the end, so this week isn't a bad time to get him in your lineup.
Approach with caution: Brandon Belt, Giants
Turns out those nine straight starts for Brandon Belt earlier this month were just a tease. Brett Pill may not be around to spell him against lefties anymore, but catcher Buster Posey is back to stealing starts at first base, like he did much of last year. Of the Giants' seven games this week, you should expect Belt to start only five or so, and he'll have a hard time getting the most out of his at-bats against Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw.

No-brainers: Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, Edwin Encarnacion, Chris Davis, Prince Fielder, Allen Craig, Albert Pujols, Buster Posey, David Ortiz*, Anthony Rizzo, Adrian Gonzalez
Advisable starts: Freddie Freeman, Mark Trumbo, Joe Mauer, Matt Carpenter, Billy Butler, Carlos Santana, Adam Lind, Michael Cuddyer, Adam LaRoche, Adam Dunn, Eric Hosmer, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava
Shaky starts: James Loney, Kyle Blanks, Mitch Moreland, Ryan Howard, Todd Frazier, Brandon Belt, Kendrys Morales, Nick Swisher, Justin Morneau, Mark Reynolds, Brandon Moss, Victor Martinez*, Michael Young, Daniel Murphy
Strictly AL/NL-only: Lance Berkman, Chris Carter, Lyle Overbay, Travis Hafner*, Logan Morrison, Paul Konerko (back), Carlos Pena, Chris Johnson, Todd Helton, Justin Smoak, Matt Adams, Juan Francisco, Garrett Jones, Tyler Colvin
Don't bother: Gaby Sanchez, Yan Gomes, Mike Carp, Chris Parmelee, John Mayberry, Jeff Keppinger, Jordan Pacheco, Nate Freiman, Michael Morse (quadriceps), Mark Teixeira (wrist), Kevin Youkilis (back), Yonder Alonso (hand), Lucas Duda (side), Corey Hart (knee), Ike Davis, Mike Olt, Jonathan Singleton

Second base

After taking the long road back from yet another injury, Brian Roberts is set to return to the Orioles lineup over the weekend. His surgically repaired right hamstring has held up over a minor-league rehab stint, and in theory, he should get back to being the Orioles' everyday second baseman. Then again, he's been trying to do that for the better part of four seasons now. With his patient approach, plus speed and doubles pop, Roberts still has something to offer Fantasy owners at age 35. But you'll want to give him more than a week to prove his health before trusting in him in mixed leagues.
Worth a second look: Rickie Weeks, Brewers
But at least you can trust in Weeks again, right? The chronic underachiever performed so well under the threat of losing his job to Scooter Gennett that the Brewers decided they no longer needed Gennett, optioning him to the minors Thursday. With some decent matchups in a seven-game week, Weeks should be able to prolong the hot streak that has him hitting .467 (14 for 30) with four home runs over his last nine games.
Approach with caution: Josh Rutledge, Rockies
Rutledge has been playing mostly every day since returning from the minors June 15, but he's showing why the Rockies sent him there in the first place, batting .129 (4 for 31) in his last nine games. And his matchups against the top of the Dodgers and Diamondbacks rotations this week likely won't change his course. His power-speed potential is still intriguing, especially since he qualifies at the two weakest positions in Fantasy, but you can avoid Rutledge for now.

No-brainers: Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, Brandon Phillips, Ben Zobrist, Jose Altuve, Matt Carpenter
Advisable starts: Chase Utley, Howard Kendrick, Anthony Rendon, Nick Franklin, Aaron Hill, Rickie Weeks, Martin Prado
Shaky starts: Daniel Murphy, Neil Walker, Jed Lowrie, Marco Scutaro, Jurickson Profar, Jedd Gyorko (groin), Brian Roberts (hamstring), Dan Uggla, Josh Rutledge, Kelly Johnson, Omar Infante
Strictly AL/NL-only: Dustin Ackley, Logan Forsythe, Gordon Beckham, Darwin Barney, Mark Ellis, Emilio Bonifacio, Derek Dietrich, Brian Dozier, DJ LeMahieu, Jordy Mercer, Mike Aviles
Don't bother: David Adams, Willie Bloomquist (hand), Ryan Flaherty, Daniel Descalso, Elliot Johnson, Jordany Valdespin, Omar Quintanilla, Jeff Keppinger, Chris Getz, Eric Sogard, Maicer Izturis, Jemile Weeks, Danny Espinosa, Kolten Wong

Third base

Turns out those 2 1/2 weeks he missed with a back issue weren't the cure for Will Middlebrooks' struggles. After he went 4 for 29 in his first seven games off the DL, the Red Sox decided he was better suited for the minors and will go with the slick-fielding -- and at least so far, hot-hitting -- Jose Iglesias at third base. Iglesias has shown he's capable of making good, solid contact, but he has little power or speed and obviously won't maintain a .419 batting average. Better leave him for AL-only leagues.
Worth a second look: Anthony Rendon, Nationals
Though the home runs are obviously lacking, Rendon has only gotten better and better since rejoining the Nationals' lineup June 5. He has multiple hits in five of his last six games, making him 29 for 74 (.392) with nine doubles in 18 games during that stretch. Certainly in Head-to-Head points leagues, that's enough to earn him a starting nod at either second or third base, especially in a week he's facing the Brewers and Padres pitching staffs.
Approach with caution: Jedd Gyorko, Padres
Gyorko was all set to return to the lineup this weekend after missing three weeks with a strained groin, but he tweaked the injury at the start of his rehab assignment Wednesday. The Padres don't consider it a major setback, but even if he returns at Miami as planned, you have to be wary of him tweaking it again. Given his upcoming matchups against the best the Red Sox and Nationals have to offer, perhaps you should give him a week to prove his health before activating him in Fantasy.

No-brainers: Miguel Cabrera, Edwin Encarnacion, Evan Longoria, David Wright, Adrian Beltre, Ryan Zimmerman, Hanley Ramirez, Manny Machado, Matt Carpenter, Josh Donaldson
Advisable starts: Kyle Seager, Anthony Rendon, Chase Headley, Pedro Alvarez, Pablo Sandoval, Martin Prado
Shaky starts: Aramis Ramirez, David Freese, Todd Frazier, Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds, Jedd Gyorko (groin), Michael Young
Strictly AL/NL-only: Mike Moustakas, Matt Dominguez, Chris Johnson, Trevor Plouffe, Alberto Callaspo, Jose Iglesias, Juan Francisco, Lonnie Chisenhall, Luis Valbuena, Eric Chavez (oblique), Jayson Nix, Pedro Ciriaco, Mike Aviles
Don't bother: David Adams, Daniel Descalso, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Keppinger, Placido Polanco, Jordan Pacheco, Maicer Izturis, Kevin Youkilis (back), Brett Lawrie (ankle), Alex Rodriguez (hip), Wilson Betemit (knee), Will Middlebrooks, Nick Castellanos

Shortstop

Worst Five Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Angels STL3, BOS3
2. Padres @MIA1, @MIN3, BAL3
3. Athletics CHC3, @KC3
4. Rockies LAD3, @ARI3
5. Giants @CIN4, LAD3
A couple of high-profile shortstops recently came back from lengthy DL stints. The enormity of Jose Reyes' return goes without saying. He has the potential to be the top shortstop in Fantasy from this point forward and is back to being a must-start even before he gets his legs under him. You might be able to take a more cautious approach with Asdrubal Cabrera, who's a step down from Reyes in terms of potential impact and may have rushed back from his injury, but shortstop being as weak as it is, he's likely your best option in most formats.
Worth a second look: Zack Cozart, Reds
Cozart's year-to-date numbers are still pretty miserable, but he's had some productive weeks lately, scoring 17-plus Head-to-Head points in three of his previous four. When he's going right, he has more pop than the average shortstop, and his matchups this week against Michael Kickham, Barry Zito, Aaron Harang, Jeremy Bonderman and Joe Saunders -- all at home -- are likely to get him right. You shouldn't start him over a high-profile shortstop, obviously, but he's among the better fringy options.
Approach with caution: Erick Aybar, Angels
Aybar, who typically sees a spike in production about midseason, has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, batting .365 (19 for 52) with two homers and three steals during that stretch. Time to get him active in mixed leagues? Well, maybe not this week. The Angels have arguably the toughest matchups in baseball, facing Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller, Adam Wainwright, Ryan Dempster, Allen Webster and John Lackey in their six games.

No-brainers: Jean Segura, Hanley Ramirez, Ben Zobrist, Ian Desmond, Jose Reyes
Advisable starts: J.J. Hardy, Elvis Andrus, Nick Franklin, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jimmy Rollins, Jhonny Peralta, Starlin Castro, Zack Cozart
Shaky starts: Jed Lowrie, Alcides Escobar, Marco Scutaro, Alexei Ramirez, Erick Aybar, Stephen Drew, Yunel Escobar, Andrelton Simmons, Josh Rutledge, Didi Gregorius, Brandon Crawford
Strictly AL/NL-only: Derek Dietrich, Brian Dozier, Jordy Mercer, Pete Kozma, Jayson Nix, Pedro Ciriaco, Mike Aviles
Don't bother: Willie Bloomquist (hand), Elliot Johnson, Daniel Descalso, Pedro Florimon, Adeiny Hechavarria, Omar Quintanilla, Marwin Gonzalez, Eric Sogard, Maicer Izturis, Troy Tulowitzki (ribs), Everth Cabrera (hamstring), Ruben Tejada (quadriceps), Eduardo Nunez (rib), Derek Jeter (ankle), Danny Espinosa, Dee Gordon, Billy Hamilton

Outfield

A trio of potentially Fantasy-relevant players have recently come into regular playing time in the outfield. Dustin Ackley and Eric Young are too low-end to add in standard mixed leagues just yet, but both could eventually matter if they meet the full extent of their potential. Right now, though, the priority off the waiver wire is Leonys Martin, who was confined to a platoon role earlier this year but is getting an opportunity to play every day with Craig Gentry sidelined by a broken hand. And so far, he's meeting the five-category potential everyone attributed to him, batting .421 (16 for 38) with two homers and five steals during an 11-game hitting streak.
Worth a second look: Shane Victorino, Red Sox and Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees
Victorino has been in and out of the lineup with various injuries since late May but finally seems to have settled back into an everyday role, having started nine of the team's last 10 games, including both halves of a doubleheader June 18. And with a .394 (13 for 33) batting average, five extra-base hits and three steals during that stretch, he's showing signs of regaining his former high-end standing in Fantasy. Time to put your faith in him again. Putting your faith in Suzuki might be a bit more of a challenge considering he's quite obviously on the decline at age 39, but much like last year, when he hit .305 with 20 steals over his final 95 games, he seems to have found another gear in late June, batting .373 (19 for 51) with three homers and seven steals over his last 13 games. Even if you don't expect it to last, you might as well take advantage of it this week, when he faces off against the ever-hittable Twins and Orioles rotations.
Approach with caution: Nate McLouth, Orioles and Zoilo Almonte, Yankees
McLouth has gotten more opportunities against left-handed pitchers recently, but because he still sits against them more often than not, you have to be wary of using him with four on tap for the Orioles in a six-game week. He hasn't been especially productive of late anyway, batting .219 (14 for 64) with just three stolen bases over his last 17 games. Almonte is the Yankees' latest attempt to get some kind of production out of left field, and his 7-for-12 start earned him plenty of attention right out of the gate. But Yasiel Puig he's not. As a third- or fourth-tier prospect putting up only so-so numbers at Triple-A at the time of his promotion, he's a long shot to make a significant contribution in Fantasy, regardless of the Yankees' matchups. Already he's showing signs of slowing down, going 0 for 7 over his last two games.

No-brainers: Mike Trout, Chris Davis, Carlos Gonzalez, Jose Bautista, Andrew McCutchen, Jay Bruce, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Adam Jones, Allen Craig, Yasiel Puig, Hunter Pence, Matt Holliday, Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Beltran, Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz, Domonic Brown, Alex Rios, Justin Upton
Advisable starts: Ben Zobrist, Matt Carpenter, Desmond Jennings, Mark Trumbo, Alex Gordon, Bryce Harper (knee), Brett Gardner (illness), Austin Jackson, Michael Cuddyer, Starling Marte, Carlos Gomez (shoulder), Matt Kemp, Gerardo Parra, Yoenis Cespedes, Jason Heyward, Coco Crisp, Shane Victorino, Michael Bourn, Wil Myers, Josh Hamilton, Norichika Aoki, Daniel Nava, Jayson Werth
Shaky starts: Leonys Martin, Ben Revere, Kyle Blanks, Martin Prado, Alejandro De Aza, Ichiro Suzuki, Nate McLouth, Nick Swisher, Matt Joyce, Melky Cabrera, Josh Willingham, Michael Brantley, Torii Hunter, Brandon Moss, Alfonso Soriano, Colby Rasmus, Ryan Doumit (ankle), Nate Schierholtz, Dexter Fowler (wrist), B.J. Upton, Josh Reddick, Raul Ibanez, Eric Young, Denard Span, Drew Stubbs
Strictly AL/NL-only: Zoilo Almonte, Carlos Quentin, Kelly Johnson, David Murphy, Chris Carter, Marcell Ozuna, Oswaldo Arcia, Andre Ethier, Logan Morrison, Dayan Viciedo, Peter Bourjos (thumb), Marlon Byrd, Lorenzo Cain, Juan Pierre, Gregor Blanco, Jon Jay, Justin Ruggiano, Jason Kubel, Will Venable, Michael Saunders, Seth Smith, J.D. Martinez, Garrett Jones, Cody Ross, A.J. Pollock, Jarrod Dyson, Tyler Colvin, Chris Denorfia, Andy Dirks, Emilio Bonifacio, Rajai Davis, J.B. Shuck, Chris Young, Travis Snider
Don't bother: Delmon Young, Ryan Flaherty, John Mayberry, Justin Maxwell (concussion), Vernon Wells, Mike Carp, Jordany Valdespin, Chris Parmelee, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Braun (thumb), Carl Crawford (hamstring), Michael Morse (quadriceps), Curtis Granderson (hand), Evan Gattis (oblique), Angel Pagan (hamstring), Corey Hart (knee), Adam Eaton (elbow), Lucas Duda (side), Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring), David DeJesus (shoulder), Aaron Hicks (hamstring), Ryan Ludwick (shoulder), Cameron Maybin (knee), Darin Mastroianni (ankle), Nolan Reimold (hamstring), Oscar Taveras, Christian Yelich, George Springer, Jackie Bradley, Avisail Garcia, Anthony Gose

The Hit Parade is your guide to setting your lineup for the upcoming scoring period. Looking at matchups for the week ahead and considering other factors such as streaks, injuries and lineup changes, we sort all Fantasy-relevant hitters at each position into five categories: "no-brainers," "advisable starts," "shaky starts," "strictly AL/NL-only" and "don't bother."

These designations rate each player's Fantasy value for the current week only and have no bearing on his value for the season as a whole. Injuries are shown in parentheses.

Any players not appearing on these lists are presumed to be below "don't bother" status and are obvious sits in Fantasy.

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Pirates' Jeff Locke wants to remain with team if he doesn't start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:00 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke said he prefers to remain with the club even if he loses out on the fifth starter spot, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Locke is stuck in a battle with Vance Worley, but Worley is considered to have a leg up in the competition. Both players are out of options, and would be considered for the bullpen if they lose out on the rotation spot. While a trade is possible, Locke said he would rather remain in Pittsburgh.

"If it comes to them saying, 'Would you rather be a starting pitcher on (another) team or be a (reliever) on the Pirates?' this is where I'd want to be," Locke said. "This is where my loyalty sits. This is the team I want to win with. It's never going to be about anything more than that."

The 27-year-old Locke posted a 3.91 ERA over 131 1/3 innings last year. 


Orioles' Chris Davis goes yard on Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:51 pm ET) Orioles infielder Chris Davis crushed a home run on Thursday against the Blue Jays. 

Davis, who is coming off a poor season, is attempting to get back to his previous level of performance. His ability to hit for power has never been a question, and he proved that again on Thursday. With two men on, Davis took a fastball out to right center for a three-run shot in the third inning. 

Manager Buck Showalter said Davis' hard work has paid off thus far. "He's been working real hard," Showalter said. "Get a little return on it. Nothing wind-aided tonight, thick air. He had to square it up."

The 28-year-old Davis hit .196/.300/.404 over 450 at-bats last year. 


Rays' Alex Colome still not in camp
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:26 pm ET) Rays pitcher Alex Colome still hasn't reported to camp due to a visa issue, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Colome was a candidate for the fifth spot in the team's rotation, at least until Matt Moore was able to return from Tommy John surgery. He's been able to put in work at the club's facility in the Domincan Republic, and manager Kevin Cash doesn't want to rule him out just yet. 

"Colome is getting his work in. We know that. We’ve had communication on that," Cash said. "As I’ve said the whole time, we’d like to have him here. I don’t think it’s fair to punish a guy for being held up, so he’s still very much a factor."

Colome, 26, posted a 2.66 ERA over 23 2/3 innings last year. 


Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia 'I knew I was back to normal'
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:21 pm ET) Red Sox infielder Dustin Pedroia is over last season's wrist injury, according to the Boston Herald

Pedroia got to prove that on Thursday, going 3 for 3 with a grand slam. Following the game, Pedroia told the media that his performance proves he's feeling good right now. "I knew I was back to normal in the offseason," he said. "Obviously I told you guys that, but you can only believe me if you see it. So there you go." 

The 31-year-old hit .278/.337/.376 over 551 at-bats last year. 


Mets' Juan Lagares taking it easy with his elbow
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:14 pm ET) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares is taking it easy with his elbow thus far, according to MLB.com.

Lagares missed the final two weeks of 2014 due to an elbow injury, but said he doing well now. "I feel great right now," Lagares said. "I feel 100 percent. I just want to take it easy -- not easy, but I don't want to throw everything I've got right now."

Lagares has had opportunities to throw out some base-runners this spring, but has erred on the side of caution. Manager Terry Collins said he's completely fine with that strategy. 

"He did it the right way and I'm real proud of him," Collins said. "He could have sent a message to everybody -- 'Look, I'm fine.' And he was smart enough to say, 'I'll worry about it in April.'"

Lagares, 25, hit .281/.321/.382 over 416 at-bats last year. 


Tolleson, Feliz, Scheppers likely to make Rangers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:09 pm ET) The Rangers are likely to put Shawn Tolleson, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers in the bullpen this season, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Manager Jeff Banister implied that all three players would make the team out of camp. That's not necessarily a surprise for Tolleson, who led the team in relief appearances last year, but both Feliz and Scheppers had been mentioned as fringe candidates thus far. 


Padres' Wil Myers hoping to prove the doubters wrong
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:43 pm ET) Padres outfielder Wil Myers is hoping he can prove the doubters wrong this season, according to MLB.com.

Myers not only has a lot to prove at the plate, but he also wants to show that he can handle his new defensive position. "Going into this year, I have a lot of doubters out there. I not only want to prove them wrong but prove to myself that I can play a good center field," Myers said.

He continued, "I've played a lot there in the minor leagues. And hearing everyone say, 'I don't think he can play center field,' is going to motivate me to play a great center field."

Manager Bud Black seems encouraged by Myers' defensive play thus far. "He's looking good, good angles, good routes, good hands, athletic," Black said. "His speed is fine. His strides look good tracking fly balls. He's an athletic guy. From what we've seen so far [it's been] all good."

The 24-year-old hit .222/.294/.320 over 325 at-bats last season. 


Red Sox SP Kelly on spring debut: 'I know what I need to work on'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:04 pm ET) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings in his spring debut Thursday, striking out two and walking none.

"Stuff wasn't as crisp as it usually is," Kelly said after his outing. "88 mile fastball, don't think I've done that since I was 13. I know what I need to work on. ... I threw 44 pitches, will look to build up to 100 pitches. I'm not going to beat myself up. Will watch some video, work on things. ... Four-seam not as crisp as I would like. Just not there yet, but that will come. I threw all four pitches today, that's a plus."

Kelly said during the offseason that he planned on winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2015. He went 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA and 66:42 K:BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings between the Cardinals and Red Sox last season.


P Yoan Lopez to make debut for Diamondbacks on Saturday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:03 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Yoan Lopez will make his spring training debut this Saturday, according to MLB.com. 

The 21-year-old Cuban right-hander is competing for a spot in Arizona's rotation this spring. Lopez signed a deal that included a signing bonus of over $8 million. 


Twins' Michael Tonkin hoping to catch on with the club
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:03 pm ET) Twins pitcher Michael Tonkin is hoping to break camp on the 25-man roster, according to MLB.com.

Tonkin has been up and down the past two seasons, but is competing for a bullpen spot this spring. He has one option year left on his contract, but he's hoping he can break camp with the major-league club.

"It would be huge," Tonkin said. "It's a pretty important year for me. Just the business side of it, having just one option left. It's important to show them I can be a big leaguer. I feel like I'm ready."

Tonkin, 25, posted a 4.74 ERA over 19 innings last season. 


 
 
 
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