Who wants some?

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As mentioned a few weeks ago, I participate in a fantasy contest over at ESPN, named Baseball Challenge.
The game gets broken up into first- and second-half segments, so if you
want to join in the fun, I’ve created a public group called “Circling
the Bases.” You can join the group anytime, but if you aren’t signed up
for the game, you’ll want to do so tonight or risk quickly falling
behind. It’s a daily-change game*, so unless you have 15 minutes or so
to burn every night, don’t bother.

(There is a weekly version of the game. For sissies. Yeah, I said it.)

Of course, you’ll have your work cut out for you if you want to beat
the first-half champion and only two-time winner of the contest. But
second-place bragging rights will be up for grabs, at least.

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.