J.J. Hardy Headshot

Hardy received an MRI on his back and will undergo more tests Friday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.

Added 02/17/17 12:31 pm (EST)
This explains Hardy's absence from workouts since the O's began camp. Various injuries have contributed to him missing 95 games over the last two seasons, and his latest setback is worth watching. If he were to miss extended time again this year, Manny Machado may preserve shortstop eligibility for 2018 fantasy leagues.
Jose Berrios Headshot

Berrios gave up a run over two innings with two strikeouts and a walk in his spring debut in Sunday's win over Washington.

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Berrios and Trevor May are the primary candidates competing for the fifth starter job, though five other starters (including Tyler Duffey) are also in the mix. Berrios will pitch for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, which may delay Minnesota's decision on their fifth starter role until late in spring training. Berrios was spectacular at Triple-A last season (2.51 ERA and 10.1 K/9) but struggled so much in the majors (8.02 ERA and 5.4 BB/9) that the Twins may feel he needs to regroup in the minors at the start of the season.
Trevor May Headshot

May threw 1.2 scoreless innings allowing one hit with two walks and one strikeout in his spring debut in Sunday's win over Washington.

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May is competing for the fifth starter job after working out of the bullpen last season. May looked set to become a key factor in Minnesota's bullpen last season, but his year was sidetracked with a stress fracture in his back that helped result in a a 5.27 ERA and 1.5 HR/9. With a 12.66 K/9 and a 93.9 mph average fastball last season, he'll be an intriguing option if he's able to win a spot in the rotation.
Chris Archer Headshot

Archer, who fired two scoreless innings in Sunday's 7-3 Grapefruit League win over the Red Sox, was very pleased with his performance, Bill Chastain and Corey Long of MLB.com report. "I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

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Archer closed out his outing with a 95 mph fastball that disposed of Bryce Bentz, an exclamation point on what was a dominant outing overall. The 28-year-old ace of the Rays staff is looking to bounce back from a career-worst campaign in 2016, and the fact that he was immediately able to build on what have been impressive bullpen and batting practice sessions was certainly an encouraging sign.
Danny Valencia Headshot

Valencia went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and two runs in Sunday's 13-2 Cactus League win over the Padres.

Added Yesterday 11:38 pm (EST)
The veteran, expected to platoon with Dan Vogelbach at first this season, was on base early and often in Sunday's blowout win. Valencia has rightfully earned a reputation as a lefty masher in his career, but has become a better all-around hitter the last two seasons. The 32-year-old has compiled respective averages of .285 and .275 against right-handed pitching over the 2015 and 2016 campaigns, along with a combined 23 homers and 71 RBI.
Chris Heston Headshot

Heston allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings in Sunday's 13-2 Cactus League win over the Padres.

Added Yesterday 11:30 pm (EST)
Heston is still a long shot to make the big league club coming out of spring training, but outings like Sunday's certainly help boost whatever small chance he may have. Although his more likely destination to kick off the 2017 campaign remains Triple-A Tacoma, the Mariners are expected to give him ample opportunity to state his case for a major league spot this spring.
Mark Canha Headshot

Canha went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and walk in Sunday's 5-3 Cactus League loss to the Angels.

Added Yesterday 11:14 pm (EST)
Canha brought home Eric Young, Jr. and Alejandro De Aza in the third with a double to left, drawing the A's even with the Angels at 1-1 at the time. The right fielder, who'll platoon with offseason acquisition Matt Joyce this season, hit out of the two-hole Sunday and has looked strong this spring after missing the majority of 2016 with a hip injury.
Yadier Molina Headshot

Molina went 2-for-2 with a single and two-run double in Sunday's 7-4 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins.

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The veteran backstop, working as a DH on Sunday, drove home Eric Fryer and Aledmys Diaz in the second, giving the Cardinals a 4-0 lead at the time. The ageless Molina will eventually leave camp to play for Team Puerto Rico in the WBC, but is expected to see a solid amount of playing time prior to departing.
Mike Mayers Headshot

Mayers (1-0) fired a pair of shutout innings in Sunday's 7-4 Grapefruit League victory over the Marlins. He also recorded a strikeout.

Added Yesterday 10:47 pm (EST)
The 25-year-old righty had a disastrous cup of coffee with the Cardinals late last season, giving up 16 earned runs on 16 hits in just 5.2 innings. However, he's put together a decent body of work over his four minor league seasons, and generated a respectable 3.73 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 89.1 innings at Triple-A Memphis last season. The right-hander is vying for a bullpen spot this spring, and Sunday's effort certainly was good initial step in that direction.
Matt Boyd Headshot

Boyd went two scoreless innings in his spring training debut, giving up two hits and striking out two.

Added Yesterday 8:15 pm (EST)
Boyd, who appears to have the inside track on the No. 5 spot in the rotation, threw 32 pitches, 23 for strikes. A strong spring would help Boyd hold off the likes of Anibal Sanchez and Mike Pelfrey for that last rotation spot.
Jason Heyward Headshot

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he is impressed with Heyward's modified swing early in spring training, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Added Yesterday 7:54 pm (EST)
Heyward worked on revamping his swing during the offseason, and so far his manager likes what he is seeing, noting that Heyward's hands appear to be working better. "It's a new toy, but the toy has a lot of potential benefits," Maddon said. "I think there's a pretty good year out there for him." Heyward posted the worst offensive season of his career in 2016, finishing with just a .631 OPS, but he's a decent bounceback candidate this year.
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