Rick Santorum likes his fantasy baseball teams to be clean

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Presidential candidate — hey, don’t look at me like that; he’s still running! — Rick Santorum did a podcast with Politico and the topic of fantasy baseball came up.  Seems Santorum is an avid and, apparently, quite successful fantasy player. Who knew?

The fun part: Santorum does not approve of players who use PEDs. Not just in real life, but not even on his fantasy team. Asked about his fantasy rosters over the years, the former senator from Pennsylvania had this to say:

“Well, I mean, you know, I’m trying to think back whether I ever did guys with steroids or not,” said the former senator. “You know, I think I canned [former New York Yankee Jason] Giambi when I found out about that a few years ago. So, no, I don’t know if I’ve ever had a guy on my team like that, now that you think about it. You know, you have folks you suspect but you’re not sure whether they did them or not. But, no, I think I’ve have pretty much of a clean team, I feel pretty good about that record.”

I’m glad to hear that Santorum never “did guys with steroids.” Because that would violate two parts of his moral code.

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.