"I think I have a good chance to start, to stay in the starting rotation," said Vargas, whose lead grew to 4-1 in the sixth when Prince Fielder hit his first spring homer. "But we'll see. I want to keep working and doing the same thing."Yost said Vargas "stepped up again." Is that possible when it's what he has done all spring? "He's holding his own," Yost said. "I don't know if it's 'stepping up,' but he's done real, real nice. He's commanding three pitches." For the four players cut on Friday, the work will continue in Minor League camp. Either Yost, general manager Doug Melvin or assistant GM Gord Ash chatted individually with Iribarren, Jackson, Nelson and Pena to discuss the road ahead. Pena was extremely impressive in Spring Training, working a scoreless inning in each of his six appearances, and he could emerge as Nashville's closer. Jackson was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three Cactus League games and will be in Nashville's starting rotation. Iribarren hit .300 in spring games and has batted .324 in six Minor League seasons mostly as a second baseman, but now he will get an extended look in center field. Nelson batted just .154 in 10 spring games and will play first base, third base and outfield for the Sounds. Yost does not take cuts, even these in the early going, lightly. "You'd better not just tell somebody, 'You're going down to go down,'" Yost said. "It's, 'This is why you're going down. This is what you need to do to get back.' You'd better have your ducks in a row, and you'd better have answers for them."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.