Jordan Montgomery
Yankees' Jordan Montgomery: In rotation mix after impressive spring start
Jordan Montgomery, SP, NYY
3/23/2017
News: Montgomery was impressive in his first start of spring training Thursday against Tampa Bay as he gave up two runs over 4.1 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. "I liked what I saw - a lot," manager Joe Girardi told Newsday.

Montgomery has gone from a dark horse candidate to make the bullpen to the thick of the competition to win a spot in the rotation. He has a 3.68 ERA with a 13:2 K:BB in 14.2 innings this spring. He's competing with Luis Severino, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell and Luis Cessa for the final spot in the rotation.

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Matt Joyce
Athletics' Matt Joyce: Two RBI in Wednesday win
Matt Joyce, RF, OAK
3/23/2017
News: Joyce went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in Wednesday's 5-3 Cactus League victory over the White Sox.

Joyce has struggled overall this spring but factoring in his clutch single Wednesday, he now has six RBI. He's shown great patience at the plate as well, with his 10 walks helping boost his OBP to .421 despite his poor batting average. The veteran is expected to serve as the left-handed side of a right field platoon with Mark Canha in 2017.

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Khris Davis
Athletics' Khris Davis: Two hits in Wednesday win
Khris Davis, LF, OAK
3/23/2017
News: Davis went 2-for-4 with a run in Wednesday's 5-3 Cactus League win over the White Sox.

The slugging outfielder got his spring average up to a modest .250 with Wednesday's production, but he's yet to hit a home run after blasting a career-high 42 round-trippers in 2016. Davis does have four doubles and has struck out 10 times in 36 at-bats. Despite the rather pedestrian spring, he carries tremendous power upside heading into the regular season and has hit no fewer than 22 homers in any of the three major league campaigns in which he's played at least 121 games.

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Dustin Pedroia
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Perfect Thursday against Bucs
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
3/23/2017
News: Pedroia went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and two runs scored in Thursday's game against the Pirates.

Pedroia batted leadoff in a lineup that looked pretty much like how it will look when these two teams square off Opening Day in Boston. He thrived atop the order last season, slashing .362/.394/.457/.852 in 47 games, and is 13-of-26 this spring.

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Steven Wright
Red Sox's Steven Wright: Maintains spring scoreless streak
Steven Wright, SP, BOS
3/23/2017
News: Wright allowed two hits and one walk while striking out three over 4.1 scoreless innings Thursday against the Pirates. He threw 62 pitches.

The Red Sox have to worry about David Price's elbow and Drew Pomeranz's triceps, but Wright's shoulder, the one that ended his 2016 season prematurely, has not been a problem. He remains as constant as ever and represents a stabilizing element in a rotation that faces some uncertainty. The knuckle-baller has yet to give up a run over 9.1 spring innings, allowing just four base-runners.

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Xander Bogaerts
Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Makes first start since returning from WBC
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
3/23/2017
News: Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's game against the Pirates.

Bogaerts batted sixth on a day the Red Sox fielded a lineup representative of one they could use in the regular season. The shortstop hit primarily out of the second and third spots last season when he was third in MLB with 652 at-bats. Opportunities will be fewer batting this low in the order where protection could also become an issue.

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Rick Porcello
Red Sox's Rick Porcello: Throws 98 pitches Thursday
Rick Porcello, SP, BOS
3/23/2017
News: Porcello allowed one run on two and one walk while striking out nine over six innings in a minor league game Thursday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Porcello is cruising toward his Opening Day start April 3 against the Pirates. He'll dial it back to about 60-75 pitches in his final spring start next Wednesday against the Nationals.

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Zack Burdi
White Sox's Zack Burdi: Gives up two runs Thursday
Zack Burdi, RP, CHW
3/23/2017
News: Burdi allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one over one-third of an inning Thursday.

Burdi's expected to the start the season at Triple-A Charlotte, but the fact he's still in major league camp is a good sign. The 2016 first-round pick (26th overall) should make it up to Chicago at some point this season, but first he'll work on commanding his 100 mph in Charlotte.

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Jose Quintana
White Sox's Jose Quintana: Muy bien Thursday against the Reds
Jose Quintana, SP, CHW
3/23/2017
News: Quintana allowed two hits without a walk and struck out three over seven brilliant innings Thursday against the Reds, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

With more than a dozen scouts looking on, Quintana filled their notebooks as he retired the first 17 batters faced and needed just 79 pitches. He tossed a few more in the bullpen to get up around 90. He's ahead of most pitchers because he prepared himself to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. With one final outing next week before the start of the regular season, Quintana still hasn't been named the White Sox's starter for Opening Day, though he's on schedule for that honor. By not naming him, the team leaves open the possibility of trading him.

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Chris Archer
Rays' Chris Archer: Tabbed as Opening Day starter
Chris Archer, SP, TB
3/23/2017
News: Archer was named the Rays' Opening Day starter Thursday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

For the third consecutive year, Archer will take the mound on Opening Day as Tampa Bay's ace. Archer got off to a rocky start last season, notching a 4.66 ERA with 18 home runs allowed in the first half of the year before settling down with a 3.25 ERA and 1.01 WHIP after the All-Star break. He has looked sharp this spring, striking out 13 batters over 10.2 innings. Archer and the Rays will host the Yankees to start the season.

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