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  • Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Makes first start since returning from WBC

    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 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.

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    Mariners' Jean Segura: Launches second homer of spring Wednesday

    Segura went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 9-8 Cactus League loss to the Angels.

    In what was his second game back from the World Baseball Classic, Segura got a hold of a Kirby Yates breaking ball in the sixth and launched it over the left-field fence to open the Mariners' scoring on the day. Factoring in Wednesday's production, the hot-hitting offseason acquisition is hitting .333 (8-for-24) with two doubles, two homers, six RBI, a walk and five runs this spring.

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    Mariners' Shawn O'Malley: Back in clubhouse Wednesday

    O'Malley (appendectomy) returned to the clubhouse Wednesday after his Tuesday surgery, The Seattle Times reports.

    O'Malley had been locked in a spirited spring battle with Taylor Motter and Mike Freeman for the utility role, but given the timing of his surgery and subsequent recovery, he's almost certain to start the season at Triple-A Tacoma. The most likely recovery timetable is 2-3 weeks, which pushes his return past Opening Day. Despite the fact he may have lost out on a roster spot for the time being, the impression he left with his play this spring was a lasting one, which could serve his chances of returning to the big league club later in the season. "He's played very well (this spring),'' manager Scott Servais said of O'Malley who has hit .278 in 36 at-bats. "Done a nice job at shortstop and wherever we've put him. We all know what Shawn brings. It's the high energy, great effort every time he's out there, whether it's a spring training 'B' game or we put him in late in a game in a big-league game."

  • Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Batting sixth in return from WBC

    Bogaerts is hitting sixth in his Grapefruit League return Thursday from the World Baseball Classic, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

    Manager John Farrell said he likes Thursday's lineup construction, which may mean Bogaerts will bat sixth most of the time in 2017. For all his skills across the board at the dish, The X-Man may not get as much out of them hitting further down the order -- especially repeating the 115 runs he scored last year -- though this lineup runs deep, which should help his opportunities. Even with a slight downgrade, Bogaerts remains a useful core player for mixed league clubs.

  • Royals' Alcides Escobar: Performs well in World Baseball Classic

    Escobar went 9-for-24 with two extra-base hits and four RBI for Team Venezuela during the World Baseball Classic.

    After a productive stint with his home country, Escobar will presumably return to Cactus League action with the Royals in the near future as he prepares for Opening Day. The Royals have been deploying Raul Mondesi or Alex Gordon as their leadoff hitter for much of the spring and did so in several games earlier in Cactus League play when Escobar was available, so it's conceivable that the shortstop may have to settle for a spot in the bottom third of the lineup to begin the season. If that's the case, Escobar's stolen-base and run-scoring opportunities could be suppressed.

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    Astros' Carlos Correa: Returning to spring lineup Saturday

    Correa is scheduled to rejoin the Astros' spring training lineup Saturday after returning from the World Baseball Classic, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Correa sizzled in WBC play for Puerto Rico, going 8-for-20 with three home runs and nine RBI. Getting some work in Grapefruit League action will affirm his value as a borderline first-round pick in many mixed fantasy leagues.

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    Rays' Tim Beckham: Set to open season as starter

    Beckham is set to open the season as the starting shortstop in the wake of Matt Duffy's (heel) continued absence, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I think he came in very motivated and has basically taken to an opportunity to make the most of it," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Beck's always been a guy who's been adamant about playing time, and he's earned some playing time, no doubt about it. We're happy for him."

    The mercurial utility man has enjoyed an excellent spring, hitting .306 with four doubles, a triple, a home run, four RBI, six walks and eight runs. Beckham has also been making plays in the field and perhaps just as important, has displayed a stellar attitude and work ethic. Both of those traits have been questioned in the past, such as the lackadaisical play Beckham exhibited in late August that earned him a demotion to Triple-A Durham for the balance of the season. Barring any unforeseen personnel moves, the 27-year-old is projected to start the season at shortstop and eventually slide into what should still be a sizable utility role when Duffy returns.

  • Rays' Daniel Robertson: Could make team as utility infielder

    Robertson has a chance to make the team as a utility infielder, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The 23-year-old shortstop prospect is hitting only .220 over 41 at-bats but Matt Duffy's extended recovery from heel surgery has potentially opened up a spot for him to start the season. Robertson's right-handed bat renders him particularly valuable in the short term and he could be competing with Michael McKenry or Nick Franklin for a roster spot as spring training heads into its stretch run.

  • Twins' Eduardo Escobar: Likely ticketed for utility role despite strong spring

    Escobar started at shortstop and went 2-for-3 in Wednesday's loss to Houston. He's hitting .306 (11-for-36) this spring.

    Despite his strong showing at the plate this spring, he looks set to begin the season in a utility role as there's been little talk that he'll overtake Jorge Polanco for the starting shortstop role. However, Escobar could move into the starting lineup at shortstop if Polanco falters or at third base if Miguel Sano struggles with his glove and becomes the DH.

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    Rays' Lucius Fox: Will begin season with Low-A Bowling Green

    Fox (foot) will report to Low-A Bowling Green to begin the season, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Fox, who was acquired as part of the Matt Moore trade last summer, didn't play at all with the Rays after being acquired from the Giants, as he was recovering from a season-ending foot injury. It appears the 19-year-old shortstop has since fully healed, as he was able to play in one game in fall instructional league and entered spring training with no limitations. The switch-hitting Fox is an excellent athlete who was a difference maker on the basepaths for Low-A Augusta last season with 25 steals in just 75 games, but he could still use further refinement at the plate after slashing .207/.305/.277.