Game 1 to feature Jay-Z, Alicia Keys duet

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Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game
S***, I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can

– Jay-Z, “Empire State of Mind”
Alicia Keys is slated to sing the National Anthem before Game 1 of the World Series tomorrow night, but before that she’ll team with Jay-Z for an on-field, pregame rendition of “Empire State of Mind.”
Not only has Derek Jeter used the song as his walk-up music prior to postseason at-bats, Jay-Z is a native New Yorker and Yankees fan who has been spotted at various playoff games wearing ridiculous glasses and sitting next to Alex Rodriguez’s girlfriend, Kate Hudson.
“I’m honored to perform a song that celebrates the greatness of New York in one of our city’s most important landmarks, Yankee Stadium,” Jay-Z said. Game 1 of the World Series is interesting and all, but I’m mostly looking forward to Tim McCarver’s analysis of Hova’s performance.

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.