Marlins complete sweep as Giants lose 1-0 in first game post-Posey

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Anibal Sanchez pitched his third career shutout Thursday as the Marlins beat the Giants 1-0 to complete their first sweep in San Francisco since 1995.

With Buster Posey absent from the middle of the lineup, the Giants managed just five hits today and never put together much of a threat.  Only in the first inning did they have multiple hitters reach base.

Posey’s replacement, Eli Whiteside, went 0-for-2 before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

Ryan Vogelsong was the hard-luck loser for San Francisco, dropping his first decision despite going a season-high eight innings.  He lowered his ERA to 1.77 and demonstrated one more time why it’s going to be impossible to shift him to the bullpen once the injured Barry Zito is ready to return.

Sanchez went the distance for the second time this season.  He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of a 4-1 win over the Rockies on April 22.  He became the first Marlins starter to pitch a shutout in a 1-0 game since A.J. Burnett in 2005.

The Marlins are now 29-19.  They’re even with the NL East-leading Phillies in the loss column, though they have two fewer wins.  No other NL team has a better record.

The Giants fell to 27-22 with the loss.  Even after the sweep, they remain two games up on the Rockies in the NL West.

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.