UPDATE: 2 + 2 once again equals four in Johnny Damon land

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UPDATE:  After the whopper below, Damon said later that the Tigers were his first choice after it was clear he would not resign with the Yankees.  Which makes more sense. We can now return to Boras/Damon B.S. Defcon 4, during with normal, increased scrutiny of statements and the heightening of anti-baloney security measures is appropriate.

2:26 P.M: Johnny Damon, at his press conference, moments ago, referring to his choice to sign with Detroit and his assessment of how well Scott Boras did his job:

“This is where I wanted to be from day one . . . I think he did a great job.”

Which could be true if “Day One” is defined as “this past Friday at around 5PM.”

All of this takes me back to my days practicing law. After 11 years, I came to understand the art of lying. 
I can’t say I ever got good at it — on some level you either have the
knack for it or you don’t — but I did learn that getting away with a
lie has nothing to do with how big or how small the lie is. In fact,
the bigger, more audacious the lie, the better off you are, because
people really can’t counter what you say if their jaws are on the
ground.

This is one of them deals.

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.