Cliff Lee is the fourth pitcher since 1995 to throw 90 strikes in a playoff game

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It’s been, like, an hour since I posted an amazing Cliff Lee stat, so …
Lee threw 90 of his 120 pitches for strikes in last night’s complete-game win over the Rays, becoming the first pitcher since Orlando Hernandez in 2000 to throw 90 or more strikes in a playoff game.
El Duque threw 91 strikes in Game 3 of the World Series that year, taking a loss against the Mets while throwing 134 total pitches. Since the playoffs expanded in 1995 the only other pitchers to throw 90 or more strikes in a postseason game are David Wells in 1998 and Randy Johnson in 1997.
Also of note: Between the regular season and playoffs there have been three instances of someone throwing 90 or more strikes in a game this year. Cliff Lee has two of them and Brandon Morrow has the other.

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.