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Hit Parade for Week 18

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All stats are updated through Wednesday, July 24.

Catcher

Most Added Hitters (as of 7/26)
Player Name % change
1. Junior Lake, OF, Cubs 29
2. Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins 28
3. Marlon Byrd, OF, Mets 20
4. Carlos Quentin, OF, Padres 11
5. Justin Smoak, 1B, Mariners 10
6. Kelly Johnson, OF, Rays 9
7. Jonathan Villar, SS, Astros 9
8. Andre Ethier, OF, Dodgers 7
9. Luke Scott, DH, Rays 6
10. Jake Marisnick, OF, Marlins 6
Miguel Montero has been out since Monday with inflammation in his back, and though he isn't expected to go on the DL, he might not be quite 100 percent heading into Fantasy Week 18 (July 29-Aug. 4). Considering he's been a colossal disappointment this season, batting just .226, this injury gives you all the incentive you need to sit him even with him showing small signs of improvement recently. The Diamondbacks don't have the greatest matchups this week anyway, facing David Price, Yu Darvish and Jon Lester in a six-game span.
Worth a second look: Evan Gattis, Braves
Sure enough, Gattis has gotten to play virtually every day in the outfield with B.J. Upton sidelined by a strained adductor, and with Upton showing no clear signs of returning, Gattis has a good chance of playing all seven of the Braves' games this week. That's reason enough to start a player with his power potential at the weak catcher position. The four lefties -- against whom he's batting .314 with a .987 OPS -- and favorable matchups against the Rockies and Phillies rotations are just icing on the cake.
Approach with caution: Wilson Ramos, Nationals
Ramos has been a nice find off the waiver recently, batting .327 (16 for 49) with three homers in 14 games since returning from the DL to become the Nationals' primary catcher July 4. But the Nationals are one of four teams playing only five games this week, and three of them are against Anibal Sanchez, Justin Verlander and Kyle Lohse. He's not an automatic sit because of it, but you'll want to prioritize other catchers over him.

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

After looking like he was finally ready to make good on his potential when he first came off the DL in early June, Logan Morrison has fallen into a rut, batting .147 (5 for 34) with just one extra-base hit in his last nine games. And perhaps in part because of that, the Marlins have resorted to platooning him, sitting him in five of their last six vs. lefties. It won't make much of a difference this week, with six righties on the schedule, but it certainly limits his value going forward.
Worth a second look: Adam Lind, Blue Jays
Lind hasn't been especially productive lately. He went on a doubles binge just before the All-Star break but is 3 for 20 (.150) in six games since. A week on the road -- where he has a .921 OPS -- should help him get back on track, especially since six of the seven pitchers on tap are right-handed. He's batting .302 with a .903 OPS against righties this season.
Approach with caution: Daniel Nava, Red Sox
Though he's a switch-hitter, Nava has taken to sitting against lefties recently, which isn't too surprising considering he's batting .224 with a .606 OPS against them this year. The problem is the Red Sox have three on tap in their six games this week -- including Patrick Corbin -- and of the three righties they face, two are All-Stars in Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez. You shouldn't expect much production from Nava even in the games he does play.

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

Second base

Best Five Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Mets @MIA4, KC3
2. Braves COL4, @PHI3
3. Orioles HOU3, SEA3
4. Pirates STL5, COL3
5. Royals @MIN3, @NYM3
After sitting out 2 1/2 weeks with a strained oblique, the Pirates' Neil Walker returned to the lineup Tuesday. He hasn't contributed much yet, and considering he's normally just an iffy mixed-league option anyway, you don't have much incentive to force him into your lineup. But the Pirates are one of three teams playing eight games this week, and considering seven are against right-handers, he's not such a bad option.
Worth a second look: Dan Uggla, Braves
Walker isn't quite the play Uggla is right now, though. With two homers since the All-Star break, the Braves second baseman now has seven in his last 20 games, making him plenty productive at a weak position even with a .203 batting average during that stretch. Of course, the power surge has to end eventually, but I'm betting it won't this week against pitchers like Juan Nicasio, Drew Pomeranz, Jonathan Pettibone and John Lannan.
Approach with caution: Kelly Johnson, Rays
With a .375 (12 for 32) batting average and four home runs in his last nine games, Johnson does seem to be heating up again, continuing an up-and-down tendency that contributed to him hitting .299 with 10 homers in his first 44 games and .132 (12 for 91) with one homer in his next 27. But he's not back to starting against lefties, and unfortunately, that's what the Rays are facing in three of their five games this week. Continue to avoid him.

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

Third base

Even though Miguel Cabrera has already missed three straight games with a sore hip flexor, the Tigers say they'll continue to play it safe with him. They haven't ruled out a Friday return, but if the weekend comes and goes without him getting an at-bat, you'll have a difficult decision to make with the best hitter in Fantasy, especially given the Tigers' tough matchups in the upcoming five-game week. Most likely, unless you just happen to have an advisable start wasting away on your bench, you'll stick with him.
Worth a second look: Mike Moustakas, Royals
While Eric Hosmer has been the bigger beneficiary of the Royals' change in hitting coach, Moustakas has shown improvement since late May as well, batting .313 (30 for 96) with three homers, eight doubles and an .843 OPS over his last 27 games. It's not enough to make him a trustworthy option in mixed leagues, but in a week the Royals are facing pitchers like Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia, Scott Diamond, Carlos Torres and Jeremy Hefner, he'll probably do some damage.
Approach with caution: Mark Reynolds, Indians
After a tremendous start to the season, Reynolds is batting just .175 (37 for 212) with four homers since May 10, but that's not the worst thing going for him this week. With the DH spot unavailable for the Indians' three games in Miami, Reynolds figures to be the odd man out. That might be reason enough for even AL-only owners to stay away.

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

Shortstop

Worst Five Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Tigers WAS2, CHW3
2. White Sox @CLE4, @DET3
3. Red Sox SEA3, ARI3
4. Diamondbacks @TB2, @TEX1, @BOS3
5. Rockies @ATL4, @PIT3
Junior Lake isn't playing shortstop for the Cubs, but he's eligible there in Fantasy. And with a .519 (14 for 27) batting average and two home runs in six games, he's off to a great start in the big leagues. He doesn't have the pedigree to maintain anywhere close to that pace and, in the end, will probably settle into being an NL-only option. But at a weak position, no one would blame you for riding the hot hand, especially with eight games on tap for the Cubs this week.
Worth a second look: Andrelton Simmons, Braves
Good week to be a Braves fan, huh? It just so happens that some of their fringier players are hot heading into a week of favorable matchups, and Simmons is no exception. The recent power surge is a little unexpected, but you'll take what you can get at shortstop. Against Juan Nicasio, Tyler Chatwood, Drew Pomeranz, Jonathan Pettibone and John Lannan this week, he's likely to sprinkle in some singles and doubles.
Approach with caution: Jhonny Peralta, Tigers
For now, Peralta is still batting over .300, but his track record suggests a downfall is coming as long as he keeps striking out at his current rate. Even if he manages to continue the hot hitting against Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Hector Santiago and Jake Peavy this week -- which seems unlikely -- the five-game schedule figures to mute his production.

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

Outfield

Matt Holliday, who has been out since before the All-Star break with a strained hamstring, completed a series of running drills Tuesday and says he has no restrictions, which makes him a near lock to return when first eligible Saturday. Fortunately, he'll have a chance to prove his health before you have to activate him, but right now, he looks like an advisable start. Curtis Granderson's situation is a little more up in the air. He was set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday, but considering he's been out since May 24 with a broken pinkie, it figures to be a lengthy one. Maybe he'll return before the end of Fantasy Week 18 (July 29-Aug. 4), but you clearly shouldn't bank on it.
Worth a second look: Christian Yelich, Marlins and Nate Schierholtz, Cubs
Yelich is the latest of the minor leagues' best to arrive in the big leagues, and though no one can say for sure if his talents will translate right away, his 3-for-4 performance Wednesday was obviously a good sign. Though billed as a future batting title contender, he hit only .275 between three stops in the minors this year, but most of his issues were against left-handed pitchers. Unless he bombs over the weekend, he's worthy of getting the benefit of the doubt in a week the Marlins are facing six righties. Schierholtz still isn't an everyday player, which makes him an iffy start in standard mixed leagues, but by homering both Tuesday and Wednesday, he showed he's over the 7-for-50 (.140) slump that ended his first half. Plus, with the Cubs playing eight games this week, he figures to come close to a full workload even with three lefties on tap.
Approach with caution: Torii Hunter, Tigers and Leonys Martin, Rangers
Even though he offers minimal power and no speed at this stage of his career, Hunter has remained a productive Fantasy option in part because he's been able to put together streaks like this latest 18-game stretch in which he has hit .372 (29 for 78) with five homers and a 1.048 OPS. Can't expect him to keep that up much longer, can you? His matchups in a short five-game week against Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Hector Santiago and Jake Peavy should be enough to cool him off. Though Martin hasn't exactly gone back to platooning since Craig Gentry returned from the DL July 19, he has sat in favor of Gentry a couple times. The timeshare isn't as predictable as it was before, which makes Martin a risky option in mixed leagues even with the Rangers facing mostly righties this week. Considering Martin is 2 for 21 (.095) over his last seven games, you'd probably want to avoid him regardless.

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


Black: Shawn Kelley 'brings talent' to Padres bullpen
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:56 pm ET) Padres pitcher Shawn Kelley was traded to San Diego this offseason, and manager Bud Black spoke Thursday about the talent and experience the lefty brings to the Padres bullpen, U-T San Diego reports.

"You've got some guys now who are starting to get some tenure, some experience, in (Dale) Thayer and (Nick) Vincent and (Kevin) Quackenbush," Black said. "Shawn brings a little bit of that service time, but more importantly, he brings talent. He's got a good arm, he's got a good, live fastball, he's got a good slider, he's pitched at the backend of bullpens, he's been around some good closers, he's been in good bullpens."

Kelley threw his slider 57.7 percent of the time last season, second among all qualified relievers, but has confidence throwing his pitches in any situation.

"I have no problem throwing both pitches (fastball and slider) of the plate, up and down to lefties," Kelley said. "I think with the advanced scouting reports and all the information we have, every lefty has at least one hole or two against a righty, and I feel like I have something I'm comfortable doing to match that. ... I'll do whatever I have to do to exploit a lefty's weakness."

Set to become a free agent after the season, Kelley went 3-6 with a 4.53 ERA and 67:20 K:BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings with the Yankees last season.


Diamondbacks encouraged by Yasmany Tomas
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:54 pm ET) The Diamondbacks were encouraged by Yasmany Tomas' play at third on Thursday, according to azcentral.com.

Tomas didn't make every play, but was able to convert on five of his six chances at the hot corner. Manager Chip Hale said the team was "encouraged" by what Tomas showed during the game. 

Hale also complimented Tomas at the plate, even though the infielder doesn't have a hit yet this spring. "He's much lighter on his feet than you would think he is," Hale said. "Even running down the line, he doesn't get hits every time but when he hits it, he hustles down the line and looks like he can get down there pretty good."

Tomas is attempting to win the third base job during camp. He's expected to open the year in the majors even if the team converts him back to the outfield. 


Mariners designate Ji-Man Choi for assignment
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:46 pm ET) The Mariners have designated first baseman Ji-Man Choi for assignment on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

Choi fractured his fibula during Wednesday's game, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. He will be replaced by Edgar Olmos on the 40-man roster. 


Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw pitches two perfect innings Thursday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:40 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw's first spring training game had him retire all six batters he faced in two innings. 

In Thursday's 6-1 win over the White Sox, Kershaw recorded three strikeouts. 

"It felt good. The first one is just good to get out there and make sure you feel good physically," Kershaw said, via the Associated Press. "The results are obviously something that you look for, but maybe not the most important thing.


Mariners place Edgar Olmos back on the 40-man roster
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:38 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Edgar Olmos has been placed on the team's 40-man roster, according to MLB.com.

Olmos went over to the Rangers briefly, but was sent back to the Mariners after it was revealed he had a shoulder issue. Olmos will replace Ji-Man Choi on the 40-man roster.


Braves sign Peter Moylan to minor-league deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:23 pm ET) The Braves have signed pitcher Peter Moylan to a minor-league deal, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

Moylan had Tommy John surgery last season, but is hoping to be able to pitch in games in April or May. The 36-year-old posted a 6.46 ERA over 15 1/3 innings in 2013. 


 
 
 
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