Adam Wainwright Headshot

Mike Matheny's contract was extended for three years by the Cardinals.

Added 11/04/16 10:07 am (EST)   Source
The Cardinals missed the playoffs for the first time during his five years as their manager. He has the most wins of any manager since 2012, and will now be with the Cardinals through 2020.
Dustin Pedroia Headshot

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

Added Yesterday 11:06 pm (EST)
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.
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.

Added Yesterday 10:55 pm (EST)
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.
Xander Bogaerts Headshot

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

Added Yesterday 10:43 pm (EST)
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.
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.

Added Yesterday 10:27 pm (EST)
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.
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.

Added Yesterday 9:15 pm (EST)
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.
Chris Archer Headshot

Archer was named the Rays' Opening Day starter Thursday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Added Yesterday 9:05 pm (EST)
For the third consecutive year, Archer will take the mound on Opening Day as Tampa Bay's ace. Archer got off to a rocky start last season, notching a 4.66 ERA with 18 home runs allowed in the first half of the year before settling down with a 3.25 ERA and 1.01 WHIP after the All-Star break. He has looked sharp this spring, striking out 13 batters over 10.2 innings. Archer and the Rays will host the Yankees to start the season.
Yasmany Tomas Headshot

Tomas (oblique) hit in a cage Thursday and is expected to increase his activity level Friday. "I feel very comfortable in saying that if he has another good day [Friday] that he's going to be ready for Opening Day," said manager Torey Lovullo on Thursday.

Added Yesterday 8:32 pm (EST)
Friday is a significant day for the Diamondbacks with Opening Day approaching as A.J. Pollock is set to return to the lineup and Tomas will log another day of baseball activity. Tovullo's comments Thursday suggest that Tomas' cage session went off without a hitch, so another strong showing Friday will further help his chances at being ready for Opening Day. Tomas, who has been hampered by an oblique strain since early March, should be in line to be Arizona's primary left fielder in 2017.
A.J. Pollock Headshot

Pollock (groin) is expected to return to the Diamondbacks' lineup Friday. "He was potentially available today, but because of the wet grounds, we decided to hold him back one more day," said manager Torey Lovullo on Thursday.

Added Yesterday 8:24 pm (EST)
The star outfielder will be clearing a major hurdle Friday as it will be his first time back in a major league lineup since March 12. He has played in minor league games this week, however. Assuming that the field is in good condition Friday, Pollock should be ready to draw back into the lineup.
James Paxton Headshot

Paxton (illness) will have his scheduled start Friday skipped due to a head cold, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Added Yesterday 7:36 pm (EST)
Hisashi Iwakuma will take Paxton's spot on the mound for Friday's game against the Royals. Fortunately, Johns is reporting that Paxton is just dealing with a case of the cold, so there's little reason for concern regarding the hard-throwing lefty's status heading into the season. Although Paxton has given up four earned runs over 9.0 innings this spring, he's sporting a strong 11:1 K:BB over that stretch.
Eduardo Nunez Headshot

Nunez (shoulder) may serve as the Giants' designated hitter over the weekend and is unsure when he'll be ready to return to his post in the infield, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "I think we're good for Opening Day," Nunez added Thursday.

Added Yesterday 7:24 pm (EST)
The versatile infielder received two different cortisone shots in his ailing shoulder Wednesday and is set to be rested over the next few days. He could be ready to log more at-bats over the weekend, however. Baggarly noted that Nunez feels he's had enough at-bats and innings in the field this spring to where he should be ready for Opening Day even if he's limited over the latter portion of spring training.
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