MLB says no doubleheader during the ALDS

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After last night’s game between the Tigers and Yankees was suspended due to rain, Joe Girardi and Joe Torre both mentioned the possibility of a day-night doubleheader for Sunday should tonight’s game also be washed out. However, it turns out a doubleheader is not a realistic option.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, the commissioner’s office said there are no circumstances under which a doubleheader will be played during the ALDS. And so, if there’s another rainout tonight, which looks like a real possibility judging by the forecast, that means the two teams will play (if necessary) five consecutive days with no off-days during the series.

By the way, when we last left you, it looked like CC Sabathia would start Game 3 on Monday in Detroit, but he’s now lobbying to come back to start Game 2 on Sunday. If that happens, it’s still possible he could come back to pitch on short rest in a potential Game 5. As for the Tigers, Jim Leyland appears pretty firm on using Justin Verlander in Game 3.

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.