ByungHo Park
Twins' Byungho Park: Sent to the minors
ByungHo Park, DH, MIN
8:51 AM
News: Park was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Park had a chance to open the year as the team's starting DH, so it's surprising to see him sent down after a spring in which he had six home runs and a 1.159 OPS. The expectation is that he'll be back with the club at some point this season, though before that happens, the team will need to purchase his contract and add him to the 40-man roster.

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Carlos Santana
Indians' Carlos Santana: Set to hit leadoff
Carlos Santana, DH, CLE
3/29/2017
News: Santana is expected to open the season as the leadoff hitter for the Indians, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

It's a role that could change with the return of Michael Brantley, but is certainly a well-deserved spot for the first baseman. Santana led the Indians with 34 home runs last season (19 from the leadoff spot) and is set to help form a powerful lineup alongside Edwin Encarnacion, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor.

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Joey Gallo
Rangers' Joey Gallo: Back in action
Joey Gallo, DH, TEX
3/28/2017
News: Gallo (hamstring) is back in the lineup Tuesday as the DH, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.

The Rangers have said they would prefer Gallo to be playing every day than to be sitting on the major league bench, so it sounds like he will be optioned to Triple-A Round Rock in the coming days, but nothing is official. Gallo was humbled last season, as he struggled to make contact at an acceptable clip at Triple-A or in the majors. He is still young enough and talented enough, however, to bounce back and put his 80-grade power to work, perhaps with a mediocre batting average, if an opportunity for consistent at-bats opens up.

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Nelson Cruz
Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Back in lineup
Nelson Cruz, DH, SEA
3/28/2017
News: Cruz is hitting fourth and playing DH Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

He battled a head cold recently, but is back in his typical spot in the Mariners' lineup and is poised to be ready for the start of the season.

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Preston Tucker
Astros' Preston Tucker: Optioned to Triple-A
Preston Tucker, DH, HOU
3/28/2017
News: Tucker was optioned to minor league camp Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan reports.

This was simply a formality, as Tucker had no chance of making the 25-man roster out of camp, given the Astros' outfield depth. He received just two at-bats in Grapefruit League play after dealing with a shoulder injury for most of camp, which also played a role in him not being considered for a big league roster spot out of spring training.

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Avisail Garcia
White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Locking down right field job
Avisail Garcia, DH, CHW
3/26/2017
News: Garcia started in right field and went 1-for-3 in Sunday's game against the Giants.

Garcia has cooled off some after a hot start to spring training, going 0-for-15 before hitting safely in the last two games. Despite the downturn, Garcia is expected to open the regular season as the White Sox's primary right fielder.

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