Red Sox offering discounted concessions, beer for April games

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Fenway Park has historically had sellouts and expensive beer. Perhaps because they’re worrying about the former, the Sox are about to do away with the latter, at least for a limited time:

Two-for-one hot dog deals, discounted hot chocolate and a free kids meal are a few of the deals Boston’s baseball team is offering in hopes of attracting more fans to Fenway. But the $2.50 off beer is probably the most effective ploy to get fans back following a 83-loss season in 2012.

Cold weather and a lot of less-than-exciting April home games (the Royals, A’s and Astros are coming to town) is the likely reason for this. So thanks to the Astros, Sox fans will get $5 12 ounce beers.

I suppose there will be some sneering at this, with people saying the Red Sox are desperate or whatever. If that’s your inclination, maybe you need to examine why in the heck you care about the Red Sox’ sellout streak and things like that and examine why you’d do anything about low beer prices other than embrace them wholeheartedly.

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.