See Jorge Soler’s first professional home run

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The Cubs’ prized Cuban defector Jorge Soler, who was signed to a nine-year, $30 million contract earlier this year, hit his first home run for the AZL Cubs on Sunday, and since we’re lucky enough to be living in 2012, there’s video evidence to prove it:

The 20-year-old Soler was playing in just his second game in the Arizona League, and he ended up 2-for-4 last night after going 0-for-3 in his debut.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: