The Durham Bulls tossed a tandem no-hitter this afternoon against the Pawtucket Red Sox behind starter Jake Odorizzi, who threw seven hitless, shut-out innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked four. Relievers Frank De Los Santos, Kirby Yates and Jeff Beliveau held the Sox hitless over the final two innings as the Bulls went on to win 2-1.
Odorizzi, rated among the top-50 prospects by MLB.com going into each of the past two seasons, was acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays along with Wil Myers, Patrick Leonard, and Mike Montgomery in the trade that sent James Shields, Wade Davis, and Elliot Johnson to the Kansas City Royals. The 23-year-old Odorizzi entered the afternoon with a 3.33 ERA and a 36/9 K/BB in 27 innings.
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.
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.