A’s activate Nick Punto from the disabled list

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Surely this will turn things around for the free-falling A’s: Nick Punto is off the disabled list after missing the past month with a strained hamstring.

Punto hit just .207 with two homers and a .580 OPS in 64 games before the injury, but he remains a versatile, standout defender at age 36 and if nothing else the rest of the A’s seemed to like having him around.

He figures to see most of his action at second base, in place of the similarly light-hitting Eric Sogard.

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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