Ryan Braun as 'The Bachelor' not gonna happen

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Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun says he has been contacted by “The Bachelor” and asked to be on the show.

Apparently not worried about needing help finding love, or simply eager
to maintain some self-respect, Braun said thanks, but no thanks to the
show.

The conversation with ABC executives probably didn’t go like this, but I sure wish it had.

Maybe Braun is holding out for a better show, like “Survivor.” Or
maybe he wants some name branding: “Ryan of Love?” “The Hills of
Milwaukee?”

This whole story got me to thinking about some shows I might watch
if they featured baseball players. And no, I didn’t catch Jose Canseco
in “The Surreal Life.” Here are a few …

“The Biggest Loser”, featuring CC Sabathia, Carlos Silva and David Wells.

“My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss,” with Joe Girardi.

And “Fear Factor,” starring this Japanese pitcher.

What do you think?

Hyun-Jin Ryu will open season in Dodgers’ rotation

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.

Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.

With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.

Jorge Soler diagnosed with strained oblique, Opening Day in doubt

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Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.

When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.