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James Loney had a big night at the plate Tuesday as he went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored in the win over the Cardinals.

Loney doesn't have the power that you want out of a first baseman, but he is a solid contributor in other categories. There are certainly far worse options out there.ANALYST: David Kerr

Rockies option RHP Jairo Diaz, INF Cristhian Adames and OF Kyler Parker to minor league camp.

Adames is a good glove man at middle infield, but needs to work on his offensive production, which he will be encouraged to do at Triple-A. Diaz features a 97 MPH fastball, and could see a call-up should he continue to demonstrate an elite strikeout rate. Parker was hitting .333 with five doubles in 39 AB this spring, and could find himself back in the big leagues if a utility role opens up for him. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Sam Freeman was traded to the Rangers on Saturday for cash and a player to be named later.

With Freeman being out of options, it makes sense for the Cardinals to move him to another club that needs bullpen depth, such as the Rangers. He has a tendency to provide a decent ERA but an inflated WHIP, and thus is not the type of middle reliever you want to trust to keep your ratio stats in line. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Felix Doubront was granted his unconditional release.

Doubront has yielded eight runs on 15 hits this spring over just six innings. He could still hook on with another organization, but needs to show that he can still get hitters out for any team to take a chance on him, now. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Taijuan Walker is scheduled to start again on Monday, while Roenis Elias likely is slated for a Minor League outing in his next appearance. But manager Lloyd McClendon still wasn't ready to pronounce Walker as his fifth starter.

Why doesn't McClendon like Walker? Walker is unscored upon this spring, and has struck out 19 in 18 innings of work. Hard to envision Roenis Elias beating the young right hander out for the fifth rotation slot. He should easily pay back his 254.3 ADP. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters that he'll use a blend of Jordan Schafer and Shane Robinson at center field.

The Twins sent Aaron Hicks to Triple-A removing another competitor for the CF position. If he divides time with Robinson, at least he is on the better side of the platoon, hitting from the left-side of the plate. Schafer offers speed and little power, but also provides good defense. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Jeff Locke made his case Friday for one of the final rotation spots on the Pirates.

Both Locke and Vance Worley could fill out the back end of the Pirate rotation, if Charlie Morton is put on the DL to start the season. Locke pitched into the sixth inning on Friday, allowing eight hits that resulted in two earned runs.  Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly still hasn't awarded the center field job to anyone.

If Joc Pederson is not the Opening Day centerfielder, it will be a major surprise. Ethier has to hope for a trade to another team to have an opportunity to start in the outfield this season. He is ranked as the 111th outfield in the 2015 Fantasy Alarm player rankings. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Cubs Option LHP Eric Jokisch to Triple-A Iowa.

Unlike previous years, fringe starting pitchers are not expected to get in-season call-ups by the Cubs, with their revamped roster. Jokish is nothing exciting as a pitcher, and is best ignored in fantasy circles. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Rays manager Kevin Cash said the race for the backup catcher job between Curt Casali or Bobby Wilson has been made difficult simply because the guys have performed well.

Rough problem for a manager to have, having to pick between two players who are both performing well. Casali missed part of September last season with a concussion, but has not shown any ill-effects this spring, and the smart money is on Casali to back up Rene Rivera, with John Jaso expected to see most of his at-bats at DH. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Garrett Richards is expected to throw 5 innings in a minor league game Saturday.

Good to see Richards back, throwing to live hitting in a game situation. He did say he suffered some fatigue after his last outing, so do not be planning on him immediatly once the Angels open the season. He will, it looks likely, be ready to go by mid-April should he not suffer any setbacks. He is currently ranked 48th among starting pitchers in the 2015 Fantasy Alarm Draft Guide. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Angels release veteran reliever Matt Lindstrom.

The 35-year old veteran still has a chance to catch on with another team looking for bullpen depth. He has not been very successful this spring, allowing seven earned runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Caleb Joseph is the likely starter on Opening Day. This will be the first time he's ever broken camp with a Major League team.

With Matt Wieters heading to the DL to open the season, Joseph will be the primary backstop in Baltimore to open the season. He is known more for his defense than his bat, although he has stroked six hits this spring in 18 at bats, with two doubles. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

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