Rangers' Gallo, Alfaro, Manzara to start season in Double-A
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Rangers prospects Joey Gallo, Jorge Alfaro and Nomar Mazara will open the season with Double-A Frisco, reports MLB.com. 

Gallo, who was the team's first-round draft pick in 2012, hit .250 in 15 games this spring with two home runs and six RBI. Alfaro hit .313 with four RBI in 16 plate appearances while Mazara hit .286 in seven at-bats.


Yankees impressed with Alex Rodriguez fitting in quickly
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi was pleased to see third baseman Alex Rodriguez being able to re-join his teammates and reconnect so quickly this spring, reports MLB.com.

"I was never concerned about that, because he's always been a guy that people have turned to and loved being around," Girardi said. "But I've been impressed by the way he's played and the way he has been able to contribute."

Rodriguez has hit .324 this spring with three home runs and four RBI in 37 plate appearances.


Orioles' Manny Machado may slide to shortstop on occassion
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Orioles regular shortstop J.J. Hardy is on the shelf for awhile and the team is in need of a replacement for the beginning of the season. Manager Buck Showalter hinted Tuesday third baseman Manny Machado may slide over to shortstop to provide some additional help, reports the Baltimore Sun.

"We are looking at all possibilities, all possible scenarios," Showalter said. "I don't have any doubt that we have a number of guys that could do it, including Manny, but you've got to be careful about robbing Peter to pay Paul."

Machado was a shortstop before making it to the majors.


Rays release 2B Alexi Casilla
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Rays have released second baseman Alexi Casilla, the Tampa Tribune reports. Casilla was competing for a backup-infielder role with the team this spring, hitting .267/.303/.400 in 30 at-bats.

Blue Jays' Dayan Viciedo opts out of contract, becomes free agent
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said outfielder Dayan Viciedo has opted out of his contract and has become a free agent, per Sportsnet.ca. Viciedo, who signed a minor-league deal in early March, hit .233 with no home runs, four doubles and two RBI in 15 spring games.

A's 3B Brett Lawrie homers twice in win over Rockies
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie hit two home runs in Monday's 11-2 blowout win over the Rockies. 

Lawrie's first home run was of the solo variety hit off of Ryan Arrowood. His second was a three-run shot off of LaTroy Hawkins in the sixth inning. This gives Lawrie four home runs in his last eight games. 


Angels 3B prospect Kaleb Cowart back to switch-hitting
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The one-time Angels top prospect Kaleb Cowart is done with his experiment of being a left-handed batter only. 

According to the Orange County Register, Cowart will resume switch-hitting again, most likely in an attempt to spark his once promising career. Cowart is coming off of two poor seasons in the minors, which led to the Angels not inviting him to big league camp this spring training. 

The Angels are also discussing the possibility of converting Cowart into a pitcher if his hitting doesn't improve. Cowart hit just .223 with Double-A Arkansas a year ago. 


Blue Jays release Ramon Santiago, reassign Daric Barton
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Blue Jays trimmed their roster by two on Monday, SportsNet reported

The Jays released infielder Ramon Santiago . The 35-year-old Santiago was signed as a free agent in the offseason and hit .417 in spring training. 

The team also reassigned first baseman Daric Barton to its minor league camp. Barton signed as an offseason free agent and hit .250 this spring. 


Luis Valbuena to open season as Astros' starting third baseman
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) With the demotion of Matt Dominguez to the minors on Sunday, Luis Valbuena will officially open the season as the Astros' starting third baseman.

"One of our goals this offseason was to give ourselves more options," general manager Jeff Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. "Our infield production last year, with the exception of (Jose) Altuve, was below what we really needed it to compete in this division.

"So we went out to address upgrades at shortstop (accomplished with the signing of Jed Lowrie) and options at third and first base, and I think we're seeing the results of that. Valbuena had an amazing spring so far and is basically going to be our third baseman."

Valbuena is batting .405 (17 for 42) with two home runs, five doubles, four runs, eight RBI, four walks and six strikeouts in 15 spring games.


Tigers reassign six players to minor-league camp
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Tigers announced Monday they reassigned Jordan Lennerton, Xavier Avery, Manny Pina, Jefry Marte, Aaron Westlake and Jason Krizan to minor-league camp, per MLB.com.

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