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J.A. Happ Headshot

Happ pitched 5.1 strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and no walks while striking out five in Friday's game against the Red Sox.

Happ, a 20-game winner during a career-best season in 2016 that saw him finish sixth in the American League Cy Young Award voting, primarily focused on fine-tuning his changeup with catcher Russell Martin on Friday. Once the Jays get into the regular season, the southpaw hopes to use the pitch more than he has in recent years. "We were trying to see how that changeup would play," Happ said. "And I think we felt pretty good about it, so we threw that quite a bit. Just tried to get some more live looks on it." Through three Grapefruit League starts (11.1 innings), the 34-year-old left is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA and has notched eight strikeouts without walking a single batter.
11:36 am (EST)
Miguel Cabrera Headshot

Cabrera (back) is set to take batting practice Saturday and will start at first base Sunday if all goes well, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Manager Brad Ausmus says the slugger has been steadily progressing and will get two at-bats Sunday if he ends up playing. Cabrera has been held out of action since experiencing tightness during the World Baseball Classic, though it appears he's nearly back to full strength and ready to continue Opening Day preparations. In just seven Grapefruit League games this spring, the All-Star has six hits in 18 at-bats.
11:34 am (EST)
Braden Holtby Headshot

Holtby will take on the Coyotes as Saturday's home starter, JJ Regan of CSNMA reports.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has only seen the Desert Dogs twice in his career, but he's undefeated against them with spectacular peripherals (1.46 GAA, .941 save percentage). In daily fantasy settings, expect him to be one of the most expensive goalies on Saturday's 12-game slate -- if not the priciest.
11:33 am (EST)
Kevin Jepsen Headshot

Jepsen was released by the Diamondbacks on Saturday, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports.

The 32-year-old reliever posted a 12.27 ERA in 3.2 innings this spring, so it's no surprise that he was cut loose. It's possible that he catches on elsewhere, but it's hard to see him earning high-leverage innings anytime soon.
11:32 am (EST)
Eric O'Flaherty Headshot

O'Flaherty struck out two in a perfect inning of relief during Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

The 32-year-old lefty's now got a 1.86 ERA and 14:2 K:BB through 9.2 spring innings and while he'll still need to be added to the Braves' 40-man roster, O'Flaherty has done more than enough to win a spot in their bullpen. Injuries have limited his innings and effectiveness in recent years, but if he can re-discover the form that allowed him to rack up 60 holds between 2011-12 for Atlanta he could work his way back into a high-leverage role.
11:31 am (EST)
Craig Anderson Headshot

Anderson will tend twine on the road against the Canadiens on Saturday, Dean Brown of TSN 1200 reports.

This will be Anderson's third time facing the rival Habs in a one-week span. He's struggled against them, totaling 62 saves on 69 shots on the way to a pair of losses -- including dropping an overtime decision in Sunday's road tilt -- but backup tender Mike Condon took care of the Penguins last time out and Ottawa wants to make sure there's no mathematical chance of missing the postseason, so the top dog named Anderson shall be rolled out in this next contest.
11:28 am (EST)
Phil Kessel Headshot

Kessel tallied a pair of assists and recorded five shots in Friday's loss to the Islanders.

He's scored just one goal in his last 18 games, playing with a revolving cast of linemates. Kessel's effort to win Friday's game in overtime was breath-taking, with the forward orchestrating three rushes from the neutral zone on the same shift. He's stuggling to put the puck in the net but he does have nine assists over his goal-scoring slump
11:27 am (EST)
Julio Teheran Headshot

Teheran gave up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning by striking out Jose Iglesias and Tyler Collins and for the most part Teheran looked ready for the regular season, throwing 59 of his 88 pitches for strikes. The 26-year-old will make one more spring start against minor leaguers before his Opening Day assignment for the Braves.
11:25 am (EST)
Devon Travis Headshot

Travis (knee) played five innings at second base and went 1-for-2 with an RBI double in his Grapefruit League debut Friday against Boston.

The bone bruise on Travis' right knee was test on the second pitch of the game when Brock Holt forced the second baseman to his left to field a grounder and make the throw to first base for the out. "Crazy that this game, man, that ball will find you every time," Travis said. "It's almost like I knew it was coming to me. So yeah, that was nice to get that first ground ball out of the way, and I felt good. So everything went good." Toronto opens the season Apr. 3 and the 26-year-old's status for Opening Day remains uncertain at this point, but Friday was a huge step in the right direction for Travis.
11:24 am (EST)
Jake Allen Headshot

Allen will start in goal Saturday evening, fielding shots from the Flames at home, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Allen is certifiably hot with wins in each of his last three games to complement a 1.00 GAA, .966 save percentage and a shutout over that span. There's a chance that he'll be countered by former teammate Brian Elliott in this next one.
11:21 am (EST)
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