Derek Jeter goes 5-for-5 as Yankees edge Rays 5-4

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Derek Jeter didn’t stop at 3,000.  Or 3,001.  Or 3,002.

Jeter singled in the go-ahead run through a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the eighth as the Yankees topped the Rays 5-4 on Saturday.

Jeter singled in the first, homered in the third for his 3,000th career hit, doubled in the fifth, singled in the sixth and singled again in the eighth.  He finished the day with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.  After his last hit, he was caught stealing to end the eighth.

It was Jeter’s third career five-hit game and second versus Tampa Bay.  All three have featured a solo homer.  He went 5-for-5 against the Red Sox in a 7-3 win on May 23, 2001 and 5-for-6 against the Rays in a 20-11 victory on June 21, 2005.

Jeter’s first three hits today came off David Price.  The Rays left-hander gave up four runs in five innings in a no-decision.

A.J. Burnett also failed to factor into the decision.  He left with a one-run lead after allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings, but David Robertson gave up the tying run after Johnny Damon tripled and Ben Zobrist singled in the eighth.

After Jeter’s single put the Yankees back on top, Mariano Rivera closed it out for his 22nd save.  He still hasn’t allowed a run in 21 appearances at Yankee Stadium this season.

With 3,003 career hits, Jeter is four behind Al Kaline for 26th place on the all-time list.  He passed Roberto Clemente, who died with exactly 3,000 hits.

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.