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Dee Gordon went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases against the Brewers on Friday.

While the preseason hype machine had Billy Hamilton earmarked for the stolen base crown, it's been Dee Gordon who has stolen the show. His batting average, as expected, dropped form where it was early on in the season, but he's slashing .293/.339/.387 on the season and these two stolen bases give him a major-league leading 56 stolen bases on the year. We're not saying Billy Hamilton won't eventually become the stolen base king, but Gordon has been so much more valuable this season, especially when you consider where he was drafted this season.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Manager Lloyd McClendon says Seth Smith, Justin Ruggiano and Rickie Weeks are all capable of hitting second. He also says whoever is at shortstop will likely bat ninth.

It doesn't sound like we're hearing anything we don;t already know. Batting second will certainly help the values of Smith and Ruggiano. As for Weeks, who knows? The potential multi-position eligibility is nice, but he still needs to prove capable at the plate, something with which he's struggled over the last few seasons. Analysis: Howard Bender

Daniel Nava is planning to only hit from the left side during this spring.

Not that cutting back on the switch-hitting is going to affect his standing with the team at all. The problem is that Nava is seen as nothing more than a fourth outfielder type guy an the Red Sox are just too stacked right now for him to warrant much consideration. His best bet is to land with a different team and try from there. The Red Sox depth chart is going to be extremely difficult even for him to climb. Analysis: Howard Bender

Minor league C Maxx Tissenbaum joined the Rays for workouts Saturday.

He showed some nice potential at High-A last season but has a very long way to go before even being considered for a promotion beyond Double-A this year. The Rays just want to get him some big league exposure. Analysis: Howard Bender

Larry Drew, who has played a few games with the Sixers this season is close to signing a contract in Greece with AEK Athens.

Drew was never on the fantasy radar and now that he's heading to Greece, he's going to be even more of a forgotten man. Move long. Nothing left to see here. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rays hope Alex Colome, who is having visa issues, can be in camp by next week.

The righthander posted a 2.62 ERA over 28.1 innings for the Rays last year, though his strikeout rate took a serious hit with his jump to the majors. He is going to have to prove himself capable of maintaining some of his minor league totals before the Rays fully commit a roster spot to him. Of course, this delay with the visa issue isn;t helping his standing with the team right now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Joe Kelly will pitch the Grapefruit League opener Thursday.

Kelly is currently penciled in as the Red Sox' No. 4 starter and will continue to throw with that game plan in place. He threw 96.1 innings between his time with the Cardinals and the Sox and while his command could have been a little stronger, he maintained passable ratios and a strong groundball rate. He's a tough one to trust but could be an interesting waiver option in deep mixed leagues. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Ronald Belisario (shoulder) was injured getting out of a swimming pool several weeks ago. He won't be ready to start season.

The fact that we are just hearing about this injury now in relation to when it actually happened is disappointing, but as stated in an earlier report, he is not someone you want anywhere near your fantasy team. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kevin Gausman will start the second game of the Grapefruit League season on Wednesday. Ubaldo Jimenez will start the opener on Tuesday.

The young right-hander is looking to recover some of that minor-league strikeout rate he lost when he pitched in the bigs last year, but more importantly, is going to try and continue improving his command. He's got some real nice potential as the Orioles' No. 3 starter and could be a decent late-round flier. Analysis: Howard Bender

Manager Brad Ausmus named Tim Melville the starter for Monday's exhibition game against Florida Southern. Kyle Lobstein will start against the Orioles on Tuesday.

The order in which these guys pitch is negligible here. The Tigers are just trying to get a look here as Lobstein and Melville are competing for the fifth starter spot along with former Yankee Shane Green. Lobstein is a long shot for the rotation but does have a chance to pick up a long-relief job in the bullpen. Analysis: Howard Bender

Arthur Moats is hopeful to re-sign a deal with the Steelers. "I love this organization," said Moats. "Even though I was only here for one year, from top to bottom it’s been a great experience."

Moats worked just part-time for the Steelers last year, but managed four sacks and two forced fumbles to go along with his 23 tackles. It's going to be about money here, so if he really wants to stay, he's likely to have to take less money. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ryan Pressly is competing for a spot in the bullpen after not breaking camp with the Twins last season. Pressly will be thrown into live batting practice Saturday against Torii Hunter, Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia.

The big right-hander posted a 2.98 ERA with a 9.40 K/9 over 60.1 innings for Triple-A Rochester last season. During his brief 28.1-inning call-up last season, he posted just a 2.98 ERA, but his strikeout rate was cut in half. He did show some nice groundball-inducing promise, but he'll need to recover most of that strikeout rate to stick in the majors. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Adam Wainwright (abdominal strain) will play flat-ground catch over the weekend. He is then to be re-evaluated on Monday, when he will seek clearance to resume throwing off the mound.

The Cardinals just want Wainwright to ease back in to ensure that he doesn't re-aggravate the injury or cause it to linger in any way. They want him back on the mound as much as he wants to be back out there but no one is willing to risk a more serious injury with the team's ace. Analysis: Howard Bender
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