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Spring Training Boxscores: Fantasy Notes

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  • Jeff Keppinger started at SS for the Reds with Brandon Phillips starting to his left and Edwin Encarnacion to his right.  Would the Reds start a more established glove at 1B in Scott Hatteberg if Keppinger saw the bulk of time at SS early in the season?
  • Brandon Inge started at catcher for the Tigers.  He went 0-2, but I only want catcher-eligibility for the regular season because his AVG is a killer.  However, in a weak catcher pool, his HR could make that much easier to withstand.
  • Scott Olson threw three shutout innings against the Cardinals' A team (read: Albert Pujols at 1B).  He has now thrown 5 shutout innings.  Could he be a post-hype sleeper after failing to live-up to his 2007 sleeper status following a 166-K 2006 campaign?
  • Matt Kemp was in the eight hole again.  I know it is early in Spring Training but seeing Kemp hitting eighth is still disconcerting.
  • Ryan Doumit hit clean-up again.  I am warming to him being a major sleeper at catcher in 2008.
  • Andy Pettitte threw two scoreless innings in his Spring debut.  Good news for Yankees' fans.  Bad news for the rest of the baseball world that hopes he contributes to a Yankees collapse.
  • Eugenio Velez stole three bases today and now has 5 for the Spring.  Expect to see his name popping up with more frequnecy as a source fo cheap steals.  In the same game, the Cubs played Eric Patterson at 2B and hit him lead-off.  Is this just reps or is he being showcased ahead of a Brian Roberts trade?