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Devon Travis exits ALCS with apparent knee injury

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Blue Jays’ second baseman Devon Travis was pulled from Game 1 of the Indians-Blue Jays ALCS on Friday night with an apparent re-injury of his right knee.

Travis scooped a ground ball from Cleveland batter Tyler Naquin in the fifth inning, then walked away from the bag in discomfort before John Gibbons replaced him with backup infielder Ryan Goins. This was Travis’ first postseason appearance since Game 1 of the ALDS, after which the 25-year-old infielder was sidelined with a deep bone bruise in his right knee.

Goins swapped in for Toronto first baseman Justin Smoak prior to the beginning of the ALCS. According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, his presence as Travis’ backup — not to mention another left-handed bat in the lineup — was intended for precisely this kind of situation.

The Blue Jays currently trail the Indians, 2-0, in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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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