Joe Mauer takes over active career lead in batting average

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Albert Pujols and Ichiro Suzuki are slowing down and Joe Mauer is on fire right now, which has allowed Mauer to take over the active career lead in batting average at .324.

Here’s the leaderboard:

Joe Mauer         .324
Albert Pujols     .323
Ichiro Suzuki     .321
Miguel Cabrera    .320
Todd Helton       .320
Joey Votto        .317
Ryan Braun        .313
Derek Jeter       .313
Matt Holliday     .312
Robinson Cano     .308

Not bad for a catcher.

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.