Stat of the day: 2011’s longest home runs

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In honor of Mike Morse’s blast last night, here are this season’s 10 longest homers, courtesy of ESPN Home Run Tracker:

1. Prince Fielder: 486 ft. (Apr. 29)
2. Justin Upton: 478 ft. (Apr. 12)
3. Mitch Moreland: 472 ft. (June 20)
3. Mark Trumbo: 472 ft. (May 30)
5. Prince Fielder: 471 ft. (July 30)
5. Mark Trumbo: 471 ft. (Aug. 7)
7. Ryan Howard: 470 ft .(May 13)
8. Kelly Johnson: 466 ft. (May 24)
8. Mike Morse: 466 ft. (Aug. 9)
10. Mike Stanton: 465 ft. (May 16)
10. Ryan Howard: 465 ft. (Aug. 3)

According to Home Run Tracker data, there have been 56 homers of at least 450 feet hit this year.  Here are the guys with multiples:

4 – J. Upton
3 – Morse, Trumbo
2 – Lance Berkman, Nelson Cruz, Fielder, Howard, Torii Hunter, Matt Kemp, Moreland, Wily Mo Pena, Stanton, Jim Thome

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.