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Blue Jays sign Luke Scott after stints in Korea and Mexico

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Luke Scott, last seen in the majors with the Rays in 2013, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays according to Chris Cotillo of SBNation.

Scott slugged 20-plus homers in three straight seasons for the Orioles from 2008-2010, but now he’s 37 years old and spent last season playing in Korea. He did well there, posting a .900 OPS with power, but got kicked off the team for having an altercation with a coach.

Scott had been playing in the Mexican League before signing with the Blue Jays. He’d probably be limited to platooning at designated hitter, but Scott might have a little gas left in the tank. More likely is that he’ll simply help beef up the Triple-A lineup.

Red Sox get a pair of two-homer games in beating Phillies

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The Red Sox became the seventh team in 100 years to receive a pair of two-homer games on Opening Day in beating the Phillies on Monday.

Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez pulled off the feat, with Ramirez hitting a grand slam in the ninth to punctuate the 8-0 victory. Clay Buchholz pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, in his new role as Boston’s nominal ace.

The Red Sox also got a homer from Mookie Betts. Cole Hamels gave up four of the five bombs, with Hanley’s slam coming off Jake Diekman.

The 2009 Diamondbacks were the last two to have two players homer on Opening Day, with Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark going deep against the Rockies. In 2000, two teams did it: the Rangers with Gabe Kapler and Ivan Rodriguez and the Blue Jays with Shannon Stewart and Tony Batista.

Pedroia now has four Opening Day homers, tied for the most of any active player. Others with four include David Ortiz and Albert Pujols. Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Robinson have the most ever Opening Day homers with eight.

Don’t expect to see $62.5 million pickup Hector Olivera with the Dodgers anytime soon

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Cuban infielder Hector Olivera signed a $62.5 million deal with the Dodgers last week, but don’t expect to see him in the majors anytime soon. In fact, he’s not even in America yet.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Olivera remains in the Dominican Republic “waiting for a visa.” Once that happens he’ll travel to Los Angeles for a physical exam, which is a bigger issue than usual due to concerns about the health of his elbow and worries that he may need Tommy John surgery.

If he’s deemed healthy enough to play Olivera will begin his American career in the minors, but it’s not clear which level yet. Howie Kendrick and Juan Uribe are manning third base and second base for the Dodgers, so there’s no sense that Olivera will be on the fast track to Los Angeles.