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Date Player
3/29/2015 David Ortiz, DH (Bos), DH
Ortiz was 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts Sunday, lowering his average to .208.

Analysis: Ortiz recently vehemently denied he uses performing-enhancing drugs in an illuminating interview with Derek Jeter's celebrity website.
3/29/2015 J.J. Hardy, SS (Bal), SS
Hardy's left shoulder is feeling better.

Analysis: Hardy collided with Jonathan Schoop on Friday, and he's scheduled for an MRA on Monday.
3/29/2015 Josmil Pinto, C (Min), C
Pinto underwent his second concussion test on Sunday. Pinto was injured by Adam Jones' backswing on March 21.

Analysis: Pinto is competing with Eric Fryer and Chris Herrmann to be Kurt Suzuki's backup.
3/29/2015 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B
Rodriguez played first base for the first time in his professional career Sunday, handling three chances in three innings during the New York Yankees' 7-0 win over the Houston Astros.

Analysis: The 39-year-old, who lost his third-base job to Chase Headley during a season-long drug suspension, caught Headley's throw following Jose Altuve's grounder leading off the bottom of the first. A-Rod has played 1,272 games at shortstop and 1,189 at third in his big league career.
3/29/2015 Taijuan Walker, P (Sea), P
Left-hander pitcher Roenis Elias has been optioned by the Seattle Mariners to Triple-A Tacoma, a decision that likely means right-hander Taijuan Walker will be the Mariners' fifth starter.

Analysis: Manager Lloyd McClendon would not confirm that Walker has earned the spot as the fifth starter, saying there are still six in camp. The other option is righty Erasmo Ramirez.
3/29/2015 Roenis Elias, P (Sea), P
Elias has been optioned by the Seattle Mariners to Triple-A Tacoma, a decision that likely means right-hander Taijuan Walker will be the Mariners' fifth starter.

Analysis: Elias had a strong rookie season last year, going 10-12 with a 3.89 ERA, but had options remaining giving Seattle the flexibility to have him start the season in the minors.
3/29/2015 Josh Tomlin, P (Cle), P
Cleveland optioned Josh Tomlin to Triple-A Columbus

Analysis: Tomlin should not make your fantasy team.
3/29/2015 TJ House, P (Cle), P
House and Zach McAllister have won the two open jobs in the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation.

Analysis: The left-handed House and McAllister will follow Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in a rotation the Indians hope can keep them in contention this season. House went 5-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 18 starts for the Indians last year.
3/29/2015 Zach McAllister, P (Cle), P
McAllister and T.J. House have won the two open jobs in the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation.

Analysis: McAllister will follow Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in a rotation the Indians hope can keep them in contention this season.
3/29/2015 Mark Teixeira, 1B (NYY), 1B
Teixeira has left a minor league intrasquad game after being hit on a leg by a pitch.

Analysis: Teixeira was the designated hitter Sunday's game between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton when the ball struck his right kneecap. After he returned Steinbrenner Field from the minor league complex, Teixeira said he was "fine." He said no tests were planned.
3/29/2015 Jaime Garcia, P (StL), P
Garcia was scratched from Sunday's start by the St. Louis Cardinals because his surgically-repaired shoulder doesn't feel right, making it unlikely he will start the season on the active roster.

Analysis: Garcia, who had been among three pitchers competing for the fifth starter's job, told the Cardinals on Saturday that his shoulder hadn't recovered from Tuesday's simulated game. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday "it's going to put a halt to Jaime being part of that competition right now."
3/29/2015 Henderson Alvarez, P (Mia), P
Alvarez has been picked to start the Miami Marlins' opener against the Atlanta Braves on April 6.

Analysis: Alvarez went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA for Miami last season. The right-hander, who turns 25 on April 18, was the favorite because Jose Fernandez is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Alvarez pitched a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 season. Marlins manager Mike Redmond called the decision a "no brainer."
3/29/2015 James Russell, P (Atl), P
Russell has been released by the Atlanta Braves.

Analysis: Acquired last season at the trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs, the 29-year-old reliever avoided arbitration during the offseason by agreeing to a one-year deal for $2,425,000 that was not guaranteed. Instead of his salary, he receives $596,311, which is 45 days termination pay. Russell had a 10.57 ERA in spring training, giving up 10 runs - nine earned - 10 hits and three homers in 7 2-3 innings.
3/28/2015 Felix Hernandez, P (Sea), P
Hernandez is all set to start on opening day for the seventh straight year. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made it official on Saturday. Hernandez will pitch April 6 in Seattle against the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels.

Analysis: This will be the eighth career opening-day start for Hernandez. He is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous openers. McClendon had previously said he was ''99.999 percent'' sure Hernandez would be the starter, and now has made it 100 percent certain.
3/28/2015 James Shields, P (SD), P
San Diego Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day, manager Bud Black announced Saturday.

Analysis: San Diego opens the season on April 6 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium. Shields signed a $75 million, four-year deal with the Padres last month. The 33-year-old righty became a free agent after pitching for Kansas City in the World Series last October. This will be Shields' seventh season opening assignment. He pitched the last two for the Royals and did it four times with Tampa Bay.
3/28/2015 Sam Freeman, P (Tex), P
The pitching-depleted Texas Rangers acquired left-hander Sam Freeman from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Analysis: The 27-year-old Freeman was 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in a career-high 44 relief appearances last season with the Cardinals. He pitched once against the Dodgers in the playoffs. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he expects Freeman, who is out of minor league options, to make the opening day roster.
3/28/2015 Didi Gregorius, SS (NYY), SS
Gregorius sprained his left wrist going for a groundball in a spring training game and has been taken out for precautionary reasons.

Analysis: Gregorius hurt himself Saturday when he awkwardly landed going for the grounder in the second inning against Baltimore. He was checked out by trainers, stayed in the game for a while and left after the fourth. The Yankees said Gregorius would have precautionary X-rays.
3/28/2015 Stephen Strasburg, P (Was), P
Strasburg will start for the Washington Nationals in the third game of the season on April 9 in a likely showdown with New York Mets ace Matt Harvey. Nationals manager Matt Williams made the announcement Saturday.

Analysis: Barring any setbacks from a twisted ankle, Strasburg will face Harvey, who was bypassed as his team's opening day starter in favor of Bartolo Colon.
3/28/2015 Brandon League, P (LAD), P
League is expected to miss at least two months due to a shoulder injury.

Analysis: An MRI revealed the damage Friday, but the club has not revealed the specifics of the injury.
3/28/2015 Carlos Gonzalez, LF (Col), LF
Gonzalez acknowledges he was "scared" when he felt pain again in his surgically repaired left knee. The Colorado outfielder declared himself healthy on Sunday and was a little disappointed he wasn't in the starting lineup against Arizona. The Rockies decided to give him a second day off as a precaution; Gonzalez expects to play Monday.

Analysis: The two-time All-Star left Friday's game against San Diego with what he called "fatigue" in the knee. He had season-ending surgery last August to repair the patella tendon. A series of injuries has limited Gonzalez to 180 of a possible 324 games the past two seasons. Gonzalez says a doctor told him there would be occasional pain during his recovery.
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