Video: Ike Davis pitched last night. And he looked pretty darn good!

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The A’s got their butts handed to them in a carry-out carton last night. But the silver lining of any decisive butt-handing-back is that it often means we get to see a position player pitch. Last night that position player was Ike Davis.

And my word, he looked OK! Kept the ball low in the zone. Had a bit of zip on it. Induced ground balls. Retired the side 1-2-3. Watch:

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Keith Law tweeted a bit ago that he saw Davis pitch a game in the Cape Cod League several years ago and that he had low-to-mid 90s velocity and a good slider. If this hitting thing doesn’t work out for him, he should reinvent himself.

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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