Athletics' Matt Joyce: Two RBI in Wednesday win
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(3/23/2017) 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.

Athletics' Khris Davis: Two hits in Wednesday win
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(3/23/2017) 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.

Orioles' Mark Trumbo: Frustrated with spring performance
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(3/23/2017) Trumbo admitted to feeling frustrated with his spring performance, but he's confident that a minor adjustment will get him "rolling," Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Trumbo, who signed a three-year deal this offseason to remain in Baltimore, is hitting a measly .162 (6-for-37) with just one extra-base hit (a double back on March 5). "The results haven't been there," Trumbo said. "I've been through things like this more times than I can count in my career, and it's something that will improve." Expecting the slugger to repeat last season's performance -- one in which he led MLB with 47 homers -- is a bit bullish, but owners shouldn't worry about a savvy veteran like Trumbo based on unimpressive spring stats.

Blue Jays' Jose Bautista: Wednesday's late scratch not related to injury
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(3/23/2017) Bautista (back) went to manager John Gibbons and requested to be scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup, but the slugger claimed it had nothing to do with an injury, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.

Bautista said he's not concerned about the stiff lower back ailment that kept him out of the Dominican Republic's final game of the WBC. With the Jays not in action Thursday, it's reasonable to believe that the 36-year-old figured he could benefit from missing Wednesday's game to pack a couple more days of rest under his belt. Assuming all is well with his back, Bautista will be in the lineup on Friday against the Red Sox.

Blue Jays' Darrell Ceciliani: Making late push for roster spot
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(3/23/2017) Ceciliani has heated up this spring and put himself back in the conversation for an Opening Day outfield role, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports.

After a slow start to the Grapefruit League season, Ceciliani has earned a seat at the table with a recent stretch of solid production. He leads the Jays in RBI (8) this spring while managing the second-most hits on the team (14). In fairness, Ceciliani's 51 at-bats significantly exceeds most of the other players and there's no hiding the 29 percent strikeout rate he's racked up. Realistically, a platoon in left field is the best it will get for the 26-year-old, and even for that, Ceciliani will need to beat out trusted veteran Ezequiel Carrera. On the positive side, the former fourth-round pick of the Mets is at least garnering some attention that could earn him some MLB playing time later in 2017.

Twins' Eddie Rosario: Set for Friday lineup
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(3/23/2017) Rosario is expected to start Friday's Grapefruit League game, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports.

Like teammate Kennys Vargas, Rosario represented Team Puerto Rico during its run to the finals of the World Baseball Classic, though Rosario played much more frequently. The left fielder compiled a respectable 6-for-19 run with five RBI and two stolen bases during the international tournament. Rosario boasts some fantasy sleeper appeal because he contributes adeptly in home runs and stolen bases, though every other category remains tenuous because of the Twins' potentially erratic lineup and his own shaky plate discipline.

Athletics' Jaff Decker: Aiming for minors game Saturday
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(3/23/2017) Decker (oblique) took 60 swings in the batting cage Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He hopes to participate in batting practice Friday and suit up for a minor league game Saturday.

Decker is ramping up his activity in his quest to break camp with Oakland. The former prospect had been hitting well this spring (.304/.407/.478 in 23 at-bats) before this setback.

Athletics' Jaff Decker: Doing field work Thursday
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(3/23/2017) Decker (oblique) will participate in on-field baseball activities except batting practice Thursday, though he's hit off a tee, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports.

The once hyped prospect is making progress in rehabbing his injury and has handled the bat well this spring, owning a .304/.407/.478 line that includes four doubles, two RBI, four walks and four runs over 23 at-bats. If he can return to action and sustain that performance, Decker should lock down a roster spot when the A's break camp.

Indians' Tyler Naquin: Returning to spring lineup
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(3/23/2017) Naquin (knee) is back in the Indians' Cactus League lineup Thursday.

The outfielder was scratched from Saturday's contest with bilateral knee soreness but appears to be over it. Manager Terry Francona has expressed his desire to hand Cleveland's everyday center fielder job to Naquin, despite his shaky numbers against left-handed pitching. The 25-year-old has about a week to cement that gig, which would give him stronger value in deep mixed fantasy leagues.

Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi: Could hit second
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(3/23/2017) Benintendi could hit second to start the 2017 regular season, Ian Browne of reports.

After previously considering Benintendi to hit third, manager John Farrell has shifted and may put the hyped prospect second ahead of Mookie Betts, which would help Benintendi see plenty of pitches to hit. Though some questions exist over what the dynasty league gem can offer out of the gate, the 22-year-old will occupy a prime spot in what again should be one of the league's best lineups. His 2017 line likely will contribute significantly across all five standard offensive fantasy categories, which makes him a valuable middle-rounds mixed league pick for single-year players.

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