Settling the Scores: Saturday’s results

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Cole Hamels made his Rangers debut. It was decidedly “meh.” He gave up five runs on eight hits in seven and two-thirds, got the no-decision and his club lost. Oh well, like everyone said, this was a pickup for 2016 and beyond, not this year. Not that he’s likely happy with it or anything.

In other action Clayton Kershaw continued his ridiculousness, extending his scoreless innings streak to 37 and the Mets beat the Nationals again in a come-from-behind performance. They keep doing this and we’re gonna have to retire “LOLMets.”

The rest of Saturday’s results [box scores here]

Royals 7, Blue Jays 6
Red Sox 11, Rays 7
Dodgers 3, Angels 1
Orioles 6, Tigers 2
Phillies 12, Braves 2
White Sox 8, Yankees 2
Cubs 4, Brewers 2
Twins 3, Mariners 2
Reds 4, Pirates 3
Astros 9, Diamondbacks 2
Mets 3, Nationals 2
Padres 5, Marlins 3
Rockies 6, Cardinals 2
Giants 9, Rangers 7
Athletics 5, Indians 1

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

Jorge Soler
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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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