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White Sox's Tim Anderson: Leads off in Cactus League opener
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Anderson was the White Sox's leadoff hitter in Saturday's game against the Dodgers. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.

With Adam Eaton, who started 119 games last season as Chicago's leadoff hitter, off the Washington, Anderson is being given the first crack atop the batting order in 2017. He's not an ideal leadoff hitter, as evidenced by a 27.1 percent strikeout rate and .306 on-base percentage in 2016. He's cognizant of what's needed from a leadoff hitter -- seeing more pitches, reducing strikeouts -- but Anderson said he doesn't plan to change his approach too much. White Sox manager Rick Renteria is confident in Anderson's ability to adapt, but also indicated others will get opportunities.

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White Sox's Matt Davidson: Fill-in starter at third base Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson started at third base Saturday in place of the injured Todd Frazier (oblique). He went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a strikeout.

While Frazier continues to deal with the injury, Davidson is the first man up for at-bats at third base. Once Frazier is ready to play, Davidson will get opportunities at designated hitter, a spot in the lineup that's still up for grabs.

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White Sox's Carson Fulmer: Throws two scoreless innings Saturday
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Fulmer allowed a hit and a walk while striking out three in two scoreless innings Saturday against the Dodgers.

Fulmer got the starting nod in the White Sox's Cactus League opener and picked up where he left off last season. Both of his baserunners reached in the first inning, but he was able to pitch himself out of that jam. The right-hander was able to establish his fastball and cutter, though his curveball and changeup weren't in game shape.

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Phillies' Maikel Franco: Homers twice in spring debut
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Franco went 2-for-3 with a conventional home run and an inside-the-park home run in Saturday's spring training game against the Yankees.

This will likely be the only inside-the-park homer of Franco's career. Yankees centerfielder Tyler Wade tried to get a stoppage of the play after the ball went under the padding on the outfield wall, but the umpire allowed the play to continue. Franco will hit cleanup in what should be an improved Phillies' lineup this season, giving him an opportunity to improve on his 88 RBI from last season.

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Rockets' Eric Gordon: Registers 14 off bench Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon registered 14 points (5-13 FG, 4-10 3Pt), two assists, one rebound and two steals over 30 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.

Originally slated to start at shooting guard in place of Patrick Beverley (groin), Gordon moved to his usual bench role once the latter was determined well enough to go. Gordon still saw his usual allotment of playing time on the second unit, posting his eighth straight double-digit scoring effort. Lou Williams' introduction into the Rockets' backcourt rotation has been seamless with respect to Gordon's production over the last two games, a welcome sight for the latter's fantasy owners.

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