Adam Jones
Orioles' Adam Jones: Doubles in spring debut
Adam Jones, CF, BAL
2/25/2017
News: Jones went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout in his spring debut on Saturday against the Pirates.

Jones, batting cleanup, doubled in his second at-bat and had an assist from the outfield in the fifth inning. He's getting into Grapefruit League action early this spring to prepare for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The veteran is set to join Team USA after next weekend's exhibition games.

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Michael Bourn
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Out four weeks with broken finger
Michael Bourn, CF, BAL
2/25/2017
News: Bourn broke his right ring finger playing football on Friday and will be out four weeks, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

It's devastating news for Bourn, who signed a minor league contract with the Orioles this offseason and was competing for a reserve outfield role on the roster. The 34-year-old was traded to Baltimore by Arizona last August and ended the year hitting .264 with 38 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 113 games. Bourn's injury opens the door for Craig Gentry or Joey Rickard to earn more outfield playing time as spring camp continues.

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Taylor Motter
Mariners' Taylor Motter: Slowed by sore back
Taylor Motter, RF, SEA
2/25/2017
News: Motter is dealing with a sore back and won't play for a couple of days, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Despite the hindrance, Motter is still hitting and working on the field, so it doesn't seem to be a major concern. The 27-year-old is competing for a utility role on the Seattle roster after being acquired in a trade from the Rays this offseason. Motter, who hit just .188 in 34 games last year, likely needs to impress in spring games to earn the spot over veteran incumbent Shawn O'Malley.

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Brett Gardner
Yankees' Brett Gardner: Aiming for more stolen bases
Brett Gardner, LF, NYY
2/25/2017
News: Gardner will make an effort to be more aggressive on the base paths in the upcoming season, Brandon Kuty of NJ.com reports.

After swiping 47 bags in 2010 and then a personal-best 49 bases in 2011, Gardner hasn't even reached half of that mark in a single season in the five years since, and he was limited to just five stolen bases (seven attempts) in the second half of 2016. Being able to regain that weapon would be a huge plus for the 33-year-old, as there otherwise isn't much there from a fantasy perspective following a 2016 campaign that resulted in just seven home runs and a .261/.351/.362 slash line.

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Andrew Benintendi
Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi: Bats second in spring debut
Andrew Benintendi, LF, BOS
2/25/2017
News: Benintendi was slotted into the second spot in the batting order when he made his spring debut Friday against the Mets, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Normally, you can toss out spring-training lineups as nothing more indicative than a manager trying to get at-bats for all his players, but having Benintendi hit second was something manager John Farrell openly discussed during the offseason. The 22-year-old was introduced to the majors last season in the low-pressure environment of the bottom of Boston's order, but profiles as a No. 2 hitter in that he gets on base at a high rate, often makes contact and runs well. Additionally, his left-handed bat breaks up what should be a run of right-handed hitters at the top of the order. He was expected to get more at-bats this season just by playing in more games, but hitting second means Benintendi is on track for more opportunities on a daily basis.

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J.D. Martinez
Tigers' J.D. Martinez: Dealing with pectoral tightness
J.D. Martinez, RF, DET
2/25/2017
News: Martinez was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League game with pectoral tightness, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

The move is likely precautionary from a management standpoint. Martinez is expected to once again be a big part of the Tigers' offense, so they won't risk any health issues in spring training. Juan Perez will take over in right field. Consider Martinez day-to-day unless something changes.

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George Springer
Astros' George Springer: Spring debut coming Monday
George Springer, RF, HOU
2/25/2017
News: Springer will make his first game appearance Monday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie (Fla.), Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Springer, who played 148 games in right field last season, will start in center field against the Mets. Center field is his projected position for 2017 as Josh Reddick, a free-agent acquisition during the offseason, will man right field.

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Josh Reddick
Astros' Josh Reddick: Moving Springer to center field
Josh Reddick, LF, HOU
2/25/2017
News: Reddick will make his spring debut Monday, starting in right field against the Mets at Port St. Lucie (Fla.), Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Reddick, who signed a four-year deal with Houston during the offserason, is a gold-glove caliber defender in right field. As such, George Springer, who played 148 games in right last season, will move to center field.

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Jarrod Dyson
Mariners' Jarrod Dyson: In line for expanded opportunity in 2017
Jarrod Dyson, CF, SEA
2/24/2017
News: Dyson, who arrived in Seattle in a Jan. 6 trade, is in line for expanded opportunities in both playing time and on the basepaths in spring training, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "I talked to him yesterday and said, 'Hey, be ready,'" Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It's not going to be just straight platoon. I'd like to see what he can do against left-handed pitchers in Spring Training. It is the spring and keep that in context, but I'm curious to see what it looks like."

The veteran outfielder, who'll lead off in Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Padres, will have the green light on the bases in spring training. Dyson swiped 30 bags in a part-time role for the Royals in 2016, and 176 overall in parts of seven major league seasons. Servais is ready to give his offseason acquisition a chance to take some hacks versus southpaws as well, a handedness against which the 32-year-old hit .379 against in a modest sample of 29 at-bats last season. If Dyson can hold his own against lefties, it would give the Mariners an opening to boost his playing time beyond that of a a straight platoon and incorporate his speed into the lineup on a more frequent basis.

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Kevin Kiermaier
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Renewed focus on offense for 2017
Kevin Kiermaier, CF, TB
2/24/2017
News: Kiermaier, whose stellar defense has already won him two Gold Glove and one Platinum Glove award in his first three big league campaigns, is focused on becoming a more consistent offensive player this season, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. "I've got to find consistency," Kiermaier said. "I've had some really bad stretches, and some really good stretches. When I can balance that out -- and I've had times when I've done that. Moving up to the 2-hole last year I think was the most consistent I've been in my Major League career since I came up in 2014."

Kiermaier owns a respectable .258/.313/.425 line with 61 doubles, 22 triples, 32 homers and 112 RBI over his major league career, along with 44 stolen bases in 56 attempts. However, after topping out at a .263 average in both 2014 and 2015, Kiermaier is seeking to take things to the next level at the plate and maximize one of his best attributes -- speed. The 27-year-old is prioritizing the improvement of his OBP by any means necessary this coming season, emphasizing that he'll look to draw more walks, work deeper into counts, and up his overall aggression at the plate. He's also on record as stating that he'll definitely look to do a lot more bunting in 2017, which would serve as another avenue for the fleet Kiermaier to get on base.

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