Scherzer racks up 14 Ks in return to big leagues

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scherzer watching homer.jpgThe Tigers made the right move in demoting Max Scherzer to Triple-A Toledo two weeks ago after he rattled off a 1-4 record, a 7.29 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP through his first eight starts in a Detroit uniform.  And it will really seem like the right move now.

Scherzer, 25, allowed just one run over two starts during his time with the Toledo Mud Hens and tallied a 17/2 K/BB ratio in 15 innings.  He was called back to the big leagues on Sunday morning and just completed 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball against the A’s, striking out a career-high 14.  The Tigers won 10-2 and Scherzer allowed only two hits.

Scherzer is a talented kid and should be an asset to the Tigers’ staff for many years to come.  He simply struggled with his confidence through the first six weeks of the regular season and had a hard time adjusting to life in the American League, where pitchers are forced to face an extra highly-paid slugger — the DH. 

The fact is he posted a 4.12 ERA and a 174/63 K/BB ratio in 170 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks last season and is plenty capable of replicating those kind of numbers in the AL Central.

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.