• Right-hander Mark Appel, the No. 1 pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft, will pitch in a game for the first time Friday when he takes the mound in a Minor League contest. He's been slowed this spring after undergoing an appendectomy in January.
• Right-hander Brad Peacock, who's one of four pitchers competing for the final two spots in the starting rotation, will pitch in a Minor League game on Friday.
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