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Odubel Herrera Headshot

Herrera (cramps) went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Twins.

Herrera missed Wednesdays game due to cramping from dehydration. He is expected to hit third for the Phillies, giving him a solid spot in the lineup to increase his counting stats this season.
5:44 am (EST)
Michael Saunders Headshot

Saunders is hitting .200/.308/.289 with a home run in 45 at-bats this spring.

Spring stats do not matter for Saunders, who is locked in as the Phillies' starting right fielder, but it would be nice to see him start producing a bit more with the regular season around the corner. Saunders hit fifth Thursday in what was a likely preview of the lineup manager Pete Mackanin will typically roll out against right handed pitchers this season.
5:41 am (EST)
Will Smith Headshot

Smith (elbow) is considering undergoing Tommy John surgery after going for a second opinion on his pitching arm this week, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

According to Schulman, Smith will meet with his agent Friday before making a final decision on his course of action. An MRI earlier in the week revealed that Smith had a sprained UCL in his left elbow and now it appears that a Tommy John procedure could be imminent. Smith was acquired by the Giants at the trade deadline and was strong down the stretch with a 1.78 FIP and 26 strikeouts over 18.1 innings. If the Giants lose Smith for a significant amount of time, they'd be missing a significant piece of their bullpen puzzle. More information on Smith's course of action should be made available over the weekend.
12:45 am (EST)
Matt Joyce Headshot

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.
12:31 am (EST)
Khris Davis Headshot

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.
12:26 am (EST)
Dustin Pedroia Headshot

Pedroia went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and two runs scored in Thursday's game against the Pirates.

Pedroia batted leadoff in a lineup that looked pretty much like how it will look when these two teams square off Opening Day in Boston. He thrived atop the order last season, slashing .362/.394/.457/.852 in 47 games, and is 13-of-26 this spring.
Yesterday 11:06 pm (EST)
Steven Wright Headshot

Wright allowed two hits and one walk while striking out three over 4.1 scoreless innings Thursday against the Pirates. He threw 62 pitches.

The Red Sox have to worry about David Price's elbow and Drew Pomeranz's triceps, but Wright's shoulder, the one that ended his 2016 season prematurely, has not been a problem. He remains as constant as ever and represents a stabilizing element in a rotation that faces some uncertainty. The knuckle-baller has yet to give up a run over 9.1 spring innings, allowing just four base-runners.
Yesterday 10:55 pm (EST)
Xander Bogaerts Headshot

Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's game against the Pirates.

Bogaerts batted sixth on a day the Red Sox fielded a lineup representative of one they could use in the regular season. The shortstop hit primarily out of the second and third spots in last season when he was third in MLB with 652 at-bats. Opportunities will be fewer batting this low in the order where protection could also become an issue.
Yesterday 10:43 pm (EST)
Rick Porcello Headshot

Porcello allowed one run on two and one walk while striking out nine over six innings in a minor league game Thursday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Porcello is cruising toward his Opening Day start April 3 against the Pirates. He'll dial it back to about 60-75 pitches in his final spring start next Wednesday against the Nationals.
Yesterday 10:27 pm (EST)
Jose Quintana Headshot

Quintana allowed two hits without a walk and struck out three over seven innings Thursday against the Reds, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

With more than a dozen scouts looking on, Quintana filled their notebooks as he retired the first 17 batters faced and needed just 79 pitches. He tossed a few more in the bullpen to get up around 90. He's ahead of most pitchers because he prepared himself to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. With one final outing next week before the start of the regular season, Quintana still hasn't been named the White Sox's starter for Opening Day, though he's on schedule for that honor. By not naming him, the team leaves open the possibility of trading him.
Yesterday 9:15 pm (EST)
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