MLB Network to broadcast several Arizona Fall League Games — with instant replay

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If you’re curious about Arizona Fall League ball, or if you want to see how the testing of Major League Baseball’s new instant replay system is going, you probably want to watch MLB Network a fair amount in November.

That’s because MLB Network will televise six Arizona Fall League games this month,  including the five games from November 5-9 that will feature testing of Major League Baseball’s new review procedures for expanded instant replay. The games:

  • Tuesday, November 5, 9:00 p.m. ET: Mesa Solar Sox at Salt River Rafters
  • Wednesday, November 6, 9:00 p.m. ET: Salt River Rafters at Scottsdale Scorpions
  • Thursday, November 7, 9:00 p.m. ET: Scottsdale Scorpions at Salt River Rafters
  • Friday, November 8, 9:00 p.m. ET: Glendale Desert Dogs at Scottsdale Scorpions
  • Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m. ET: Peoria Javelinas at Salt River Rafters
  • Saturday, November 16, 3:00 p.m. ET: Arizona Fall League Championship Game

Even if they bollocks-up the replay, AFL games are cool, so they’re worth watching regardless.

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.