Bryce Harper hit his first homer last night … and his second homer this afternoon

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It took 15 games for Bryce Harper to hit his first homer and less than 24 hours to go deep again, as the 19-year-old phenom homered off Padres starter Anthony Bass this afternoon.

Harper now has two homers and six doubles in 58 at-bats, which is a pretty remarkable pace for extra-base hits. That works out to about 80 total extra-base hits per 160 games and to put that in some context last season only Jacoby Ellsbury (83) and Robinson Cano (81) topped that mark among all MLB batters.

Obviously he’s unlikely to maintain that pace for an entire season as a teenager and Harper is only hitting .241 with a .318 on-base percentage, but the jaw-dropping power potential that everyone raved about in the minors is already here.

UPDATE: According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com the last teenager to homer on back-to-back days was Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989.

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.