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Phillies' Maikel Franco: Homers twice in spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

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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Rockets' Lou Williams: Supplies bench-leading 17 points Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams supplied 17 points (4-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-9 FT), four assists and three steals over 26 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.

The change of scenery from Los Angeles to Houston hasn't slowed down Williams a bit, as he's averaged 22 points over 26.5 minutes in his two contests in a Rockets uniform. His playing time remains right in line with what he was regularly seeing with the Lakers, even as the Rockets find ways to incorporate fellow veteran sharpshooter Eric Gordon into the mix, allaying fears for fantasy owners of both players thus far.

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Rockets' Ryan Anderson: Tallies 18 points in Saturday win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson tallied 18 points (5-15 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three assists and two rebounds over 24 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.

Anderson chucked away from long range throughout the night with modest success, but did manage to post his fifth straight double-digit scoring effort. The veteran forward can be counted on for plenty of three-point shooting, along with fairly solid returns in the rebounding category. He's now upped his scoring totals in four of the last five games, and is averaging 16.4 points during that stretch.

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Rockets' Trevor Ariza: Pours in 15 in Saturday shootout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ariza poured in 15 points (3-8 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and added three rebounds, three assists and one steal over 32 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.

All of Ariza's non-free-throw scoring came from behind the arc, helping him hit double digits in the scoring column for the first time in the last four games. The 13-year veteran has been very reliable on his long-range shooting for his offensive contributions recently, as all but one of his baskets over the last three contests have come from downtown. His overall struggles from the floor have resulted in five consecutive contests where Ariza has shot 37.5 percent or lower, although he's been able to salvage those outings from a fantasy perspective with solid contributions in rebounds, assists and steals.

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