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3/8/2018 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Tor, 3B
Guerrero Jr. had four singles in his spring training debut for the Toronto Blue Jays, a 9-3 win at the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. The 18-year-old third baseman, whose father Vladimir will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, signed with Toronto in July 2015 for a $3.9 million bonus.

Analysis: He was the designated hitter and had hits in the second inning off Nestor Cortes Jr., in the sixth and seventh against Tim Melville and in the ninth versus Asher Wojciechowski. He also flied out in the fourth against Darren O'Day. He hit .323 with 13 homers and 76 RBIs at a pair of Class A teams last year with a .910 OPS.
3/8/2018 Eduardo Núñez, Bos, 3B
Nunez is likely to be the opening-day second baseman for the Boston Red Sox while Dustin Pedroia recovers from offseason knee surgery.

Analysis: Nunez would be the first player other than Pedroia to start a Boston opener at second since Mark Loretta in 2006. Pedroia made his major league debut Aug. 22 that year.
3/8/2018 José De León, TB, P
De Leon has a torn UCL and will have to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Analysis: De Leon made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and was 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in four starts. Acquired the following January by the Rays, he pitched in one game for Tampa Bay last season, winning at the Texas Rangers on May 29, when he allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings.
3/7/2018 Danny Valencia, Bal, 3B
Danny Valencia drove in three runs with a pair of doubles on Wednesday.

Analysis: Valencia is making a case to have a role, raising his spring batting average to .411 for the Orioles.
3/7/2018 Billy McKinney, NYY, CF
McKinney, who has been part of trades for both Jeff Samardzija and Aroldis Chapman, hit a grand slam on Wednesday.

Analysis: McKinney has four homers on the spring, making a strong case to stick with the Yankees.
3/7/2018 Lewis Brinson, Mia, CF
Brinson, acquired from Milwaukee in the Christian Yelich trade, continued to make a strong case for a major league roster spot by getting two hits on Wednesday.

Analysis: Brinson, one of the Brewers' top prospects, has five doubles on the spring.
3/7/2018 George Springer, Hou, RF
Springer got a hit for the Astros on Wednesday.

Analysis: The World Series MVP is batting .368 this spring.
3/7/2018 J.D. Martinez, Bos, RF
Martinez went 0 for 2 in his Boston debut, hitting a pair of flyballs.

Analysis: Martinez, who signed with the Red Sox in late February, batted cleanup and played left field.
3/7/2018 Ricky Nolasco, KC, P
The Royals have signed Nolasco to a minor league contract that contains a spring training invite.

Analysis: The 35-year-old Nolasco spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, where he went 6-15 with a 4.92 ERA a year ago. He'll compete for a starting job on a Royals team that has a few question marks in its rotation.
3/7/2018 Luke Gregerson, StL, P
Gregerson is expected to be sidelined several days with tightness in his oblique.

Analysis: Gregerson, a top candidate to be St. Louis' closer, has worked just one inning this spring, so there's a chance he isn't ready for the start of the regular season if the injury lingers. The Cardinals have declared the injury as "minor", so it doesn't seem to be a long-term concern.
3/7/2018 Tyler Clippard, Tor, P
Clippard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Blue Jays that includes a spring training invite.

Analysis: Clippard isn't coming off a good 2017 season, having compiled a 2-8 record and a 4.77 ERA over 67 appearances with three teams. The 33-year-old's experience and track record could still earn him a spot in Toronto's bullpen should he pitch well in Grapefruit League games.
3/7/2018 Ichiro Suzuki, Sea, RF
The Mariners have finalized a one-year contract with Suzuki that will bring the future Hall of Famer back to the organization where he once starred.

Analysis: One of the greatest players in team history, Suzuki spent his first 11 major league seasons with Seattle and won the 2001 AL MVP and Rookie of the Year as well as two batting titles in a Mariners uniform. The 44-year-old will be ticketed for a bench role in his return, though injuries to outfielders Ben Gamel, Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia could lead to a more significant role during the early part of the season.
3/6/2018 Alex Dickerson, SD, RF
Dickerson won't be ready for the start of the season due to left elbow soreness and will continue to be evaluated by doctors.

Analysis: Dickerson missed the entire 2017 season because of a lingering back injury. He hit .257 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs in 84 games in 2016.
3/6/2018 Francisco Liriano, Det, P
Liriano threw two scoreless innings against the New York Yankees in his first start with a new team. Liriano allowed one hit, walked two and struck out three in the Tigers' 7-2 loss Tuesday. He worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the first by striking out Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez. He induced a double-play grounder from Miguel Andujar to end the second.

Analysis: The Tigers agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with Liriano on Feb. 23, giving the Tigers added pitching depth. The 34-year-old was 6-7 with a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts last season with Toronto and 20 relief appearances with World Series champion Houston, which acquired him at the July 31 trade deadline. He is 102-99 in a 12-year big league career. ''I'm just happy to be healthy and go out there and pitch and have fun,'' Liriano said.
3/6/2018 Jesse Hahn, KC, P
Hahn was placed on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday with a sprained right UCL.

Analysis: The Royals acquired Hahn and minor league pitcher Heath Fillmyer from the A's in January in exchange for designated hitter Brandon Moss and reliever Ryan Buchter. Hahn showed flashes of potential during his first two seasons but has really struggled in the last two, compiling a 5-10 record and 5.59 ERA in 22 starts and one relief appearance over that span. The right-hander was expected to compete for a rotation spot in spring training.
3/5/2018 Ben Gamel, Sea, RF
The injuries continue to mount for the Seattle Mariners, who will be without Gamel for four to six weeks due to a strained right oblique muscle.

Analysis: The Mariners were hopeful that Gamel would miss only a few days but an MRI revealed a more extensive injury after it was reviewed by team physicians. Gamel first felt the injury after batting practice late last week. Gamel is added to a growing list of ailments for the Mariners. Seattle has already seen first baseman Ryon Healy (hand), outfielder Mitch Haniger (hand) and pitcher Felix Hernandez (bruised forearm) slowed by injuries during spring training.
3/5/2018 Paul DeJong, StL, SS
DeJong and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $26 million, six-year contract, a deal that includes team options for 2024 and 2025.

Analysis: The 24-year-old made his major league debut last May 28 and hit .285 with a team-high 25 homers and 65 RBIs in 108 games. He was selected by St. Louis from Illinois St. in the fourth round of the 2015 amateur draft.
3/4/2018 Troy Tulowitzki, Tor, SS
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says he isn't counting on having shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in the lineup for opening day. Tulowitzki has been slowed by a bone spur in his right heel and hasn't played in any spring training games.

Analysis: The Blue Jays open on March 29 at home against the New York Yankees. If Tulowitzki can't play, Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte are potential replacements. The 33-year-old Tulowitzki batted .249 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs in 66 games last season. Sidelined by injuries, he hasn't played more than 131 games in any of the last six seasons.
3/4/2018 Brandon Moss, Oak, 1B
The Oakland Athletics designated Moss for assignment Sunday.

Analysis: Oakland had acquired Moss from Kansas City in January for a second stint with the club after playing for the A's from 2012-14. Moss' best days are likely behind him, however. Though he hit 22 home runs in 362 at-bats in 2017, he finished with a .207 average and struck out 128 times.
3/3/2018 Carlos Gómez, TB, CF
Gomez and the Rays have finalized a one-year, $4 million contract.

Analysis: The 32-year-old batted .255 with 17 home runs, 23 doubles, 51 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 105 games for the Texas Rangers last season. With the Rays, Gomez likely will move into the right-field job vacated when Steven Souza Jr. was traded to Arizona last month.
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