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Spring Training Boxscores: Fantasy Notes

  • Carlos Gomez started in CF for the Twins and went 1-2.  He was replaced by Jason Pridie who also went 1-2.  If this keeps up, I wonder what the tie breaker will be.
  • Ben Franciso started in leftfield for the Indians and went 2-4 with a HR.  Default playing time assumptions have Dave Dellucci in LF and Franklin Gutierrez in RF with Jason Michaels and Francisco backing-up.  I wonder how set in stone those default settings are.
  • A day after announcing SS Alex Gonzalez has a broken knee cap, the Reds had Juan Castro at SS. Last year's fill-in, Jeff Keppinger, did not make an appearance there.  He did play 1B, though.  I wonder why Keppinger was good enough last year but not this one.
  • Marlon Anderson started at 1B for Mets after Carlos Delgado flew to NY to get a hip problem checked.  I wonder if this means the Mets will recognize that carrying Damion Easley and Marlon Anderson as back-ups at 1B is inadequate for a World Series wannabe.
  • Billy Butler started at 1B again.  I wonder if this is a serious effort at making him the 2008 1B or if it is half-hearted and will leave fantasy players waiting all season for the never-to-come 1B-eligibility.
  • Chase Headley went 2-3 with HR while starting in LF, and Matt Antonelli 1-2 at second base.  I wonder if Tadahito Iguchi minds being the utiltyman if Antonelli wins the job and if a play-off contender wants to break-in two rookies on offense from Day One.
  •  The A's whooped their cross bay rivals 23-5.  When I saw the score, I figured the Giants sent a split squad.  Here was the starting lineup: Dave Roberts, Rajai Davis, Randy Winn, Ray Durham, Rich Aurilia, Dan Ortmeier. Kevin Frandsen, Guillermo Rodriguez and Eugenio Velez.  Outside of Aaron Rowand, this could be a frequent starting line-up.  If only Albert Pujols would have surgery, then the Giants could get some company for the worst line-up in the NL.