Mariners OF Seth Smith (ankle) returns to spring lineup
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(11:41 am ET) Mariners outfielder Seth Smith returned to the starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against the White Sox in Cactus League play, per the Tacoma News Tribune. Smith missed two days with a sore ankle. He is hitting .222/.326/.389 with one home run in 36 spring at-bats.

Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury returns to starting lineup Wednesday
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(11:23 am ET) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the starting lineup at the leadoff spot Wednesday against the Rays in Grapefruit League play, per ESPN. Ellsbury was sidelined since March 15 with an oblique injury, He is 6 for 27 with one RBI this spring.

Delino DeShields Jr. beats out Carlos Peguero for final roster spot
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(11:10 am ET) Rangers outfielder Carlos Peguero will start the season in Triple-A, which means Delino DeShields Jr. has earned the final spot on the 25-man active roster, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday.

DeShields, a Rule 5 draft choice, is hitting .235/.278/.382 with one RBI this spring. Peguero is hitting .350/.435/.500 over 40 at-bats in Cactus League.


Red Sox hints that Shane Victorino will open season in RF
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(10:33 am ET) Without formally announcing it, Red Sox manager John Farrell hinted that Shane Victorino will open the season in right field, according to ESPN on Wednesday. Victorino slashed .188/.278/.250 with two RBI over 32 at-bats this spring.

Orioles release OF Matt Tuiasosopo
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(10:02 am ET) The Orioles released outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo so that he can pursue other Triple-A opportunities, per MASN Sports. Tuiasosopo, 28, was a non-roster invitee and was reassigned to minor-league camp on March 15 before he was released on Wednesday.

Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia sidelined again due to illness
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(10:02 am ET) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was held out of Wednesday's spring game against the Red Sox due to an illness, per the Pioneer Press. Arcia missed time earlier this spring due to a stomach illness.

Arcia is batting .295 (13 for 44) with one triple, one home run, three doubles and seven RBI in 14 spring games.


Jake Marisnick, Jonathan Villar, Will Harris crack Astros' roster
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(9:33 am ET) Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick, utility man Jonathan Villar and pitcher Will Harris have all been informed they will break camp with the big-league club, according to the Houston Chronicle.

It will be the first time Marisnick has cracked the Opening Day roster. The 24-year-old hit .306/.395/.500 this spring and is a candidate to play regularly at center field.

"It's going to feel like Christmas," Marisnick said.

Villar, 23, batted .209 during his second season in the majors in 2014. This spring, he slashed .256/.356/.436 over 39 at-bats.

"He's made some of the most spectacular plays of the spring, both in the outfield and in the infield," general manager Jeff Luhnow said of Villar. "It's a great story."

Harris, 30, will join Houston's bullpen this season after posting a 4.34 ERA last season with the Diamondbacks. He registered a 2.45 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and 5:2 K:BB ratio over 11 innings this spring.


Astros send Singleton, Chapman to Triple-A; DFA Alex Presley
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(9:21 am ET) The Astros have optioned first baseman Jon Singleton and left-hander Kevin Chapman down to Triple-A Fresno, and designated outfielder Alex Presley for assignment, according to the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday.

According to MLB.com, the Astros may try to trade Presley if they are unable to keep him. Presley, 29, slashed .212/.316/.333 with three RBI over 33 spring at-bats.

Singleton, 23, made his debut in 2014 and hit .168 over 310 at-bats in his first season in the majors. He hit .213 this spring.

"There are definitely things I need to improve on," Singleton said. "This move was necessary."

Chapman, 27, registered a 4.64 ERA in his second season in the majors last year. This spring, he posted a 2.16 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and 10:3 K:BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings.

"I just need to just polish up a little bit," Chapman said.


Athletics' Coco Crisp feels soreness in elbow Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp felt some soreness in his injured elbow while taking swings Tuesday, Comcast SportsNet California reports.

Crisp was playing in an intrasquad game Tuesday after missing time with the elbow injury, and he appears likely to be shut down again to give the elbow time to heal. Crisp is a candidate to open the season on the disabled list.


Rangers' Gallo, Alfaro, Manzara to start season in Double-A
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(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.


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