VIDEO: Matt den Dekker robs Ryan Howard of a home run

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The Mets placed skilled defender Juan Lagares on the disabled list today with a right intercostal strain, but it looks like they are going to be OK in center field while he’s on the shelf. Check out this leaping catch from his replacement, Matt den Dekker, which took a home run away from Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard:

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The 26-year-old threw out a runner at home plate in the third inning and singled (his first hit of the season) and scored in the sixth, so he’s having himself a pretty nice night.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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