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What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday’s action

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There are a handful of games being played this evening, but everyone’s eyes will be on the MLB Draft, which starts at 7 PM EDT. We’ll have a post on that with rolling updates so make sure you check that out. The Phillies pick first, but there is no absolute No. 1 pick, so it will be interesting to see how the first five picks or so pan out.

The rest of Thursday’s action…

Pittsburgh Pirates (Jeff Locke) @ Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis), 5:10 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels (Jhoulys Chacin) @ New York Yankees (Ivan Nova), 7:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Tyler Wilson) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman), 7:07 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) @ Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Finnegan), 7:10 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler) @ Minnesota Twins (Ervin Santana), 8:10 PM EDT

New York Mets (Bartolo Colon) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson), 8:10 PM EDT

Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) @ Chicago White Sox (Miguel Gonzalez), 8:10 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Seattle Mariners (Nathan Karns), 10:10 PM EDT

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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