Royals outfielder Jorge Soler likely out to start season

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler likely will begin his first season in Kansas City on the disabled list after straining his oblique in a minor league game.

Soler, acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December for closer Wade Davis, hurt himself on a swing Sunday. Soler went for an MRI on Monday, which revealed a Grade 1 strain. He'll rest for five to seven days before slowly resuming baseball activities, meaning he'll miss the Royals' opener next Monday at Minnesota.

Royals manager Ned Yost also said Raul Mondesi would open the season as the starting second baseman. Mondesi won the job over Whit Merrifield, Christian Colon and Cheslor Cuthbert.

AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES

RED SOX 11, ORIOLES 9

The Red Sox scratched Tyler Thornburg and indicated the righty reliever will start the season on the disabled list. Eduardo Rodriguez got the start and worked six innings, allowing four earned runs. Steve Selsky homered for the fourth time this spring and Sandy Leon went deep twice, including a grand slam.

METS (ss) 5, MARLINS 0

Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler, out the last two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery, pitched five innings of two-hit ball.

NATIONALS 6, METS (ss) 0

Washington star Max Scherzer struck out seven in five innings. Bryce Harper and Trea Turner each homered twice.

WHITE SOX 5, DODGERS 2

Derek Holland pitched six effective innings for the White Sox, allowing two runs and five hits. Melky Cabrera, Yolmer Sanchez and Todd Frazier homered.

South Korea's Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was named to the Dodgers' rotation, worked five innings. He yielded three runs and five hits, including a pair of home runs. Franklin Gutierrez doubled for the Dodgers' only extra-base hit.

GIANTS 14, REDS 2

San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner pitched seven innings of two-run ball, and Mark Melancon worked a hitless ninth. Gorkys Hernandez hit three home runs, two off starter Cody Reed. Hunter Pence and Buster Posey also went deep.

RANGERS 6, ROCKIES 5

Mike Napoli doubled and homered for the third time this spring, and Allen Webster went 4 1/3 innings for the Rangers, allowing two runs.

ROYALS 10, A'S 3

Jason Vargas pitched seven solid innings for Kansas City, and Mike Moustakas went deep for the fifth time this spring. Alcides Escobar, Paulo Orlando and Brandon Moss also homered.

ANGELS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2

Jesse Chavez worked six scoreless innings to earn his second win of the spring, allowing just three hits.

PADRES 12, MARINERS 2

Wil Myers, Ryan Schimpf, Jabari Blash and Luis Sardinas each hit a two-run homer for the Padres. Matt Magill gave up two hits and struck out four in 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

PIRATES 4, TWINS 1

Andrew McCutchen launched a two-run homer, his first of the spring, and Adam Frazier added a solo shot as part of a three-run first for Pittsburgh. Frazier finished with two hits and two RBIs.

BRAVES 11, TIGERS 3

Matt Kemp doubled, tripled, and finished with two RBIs and two runs scored for Atlanta. Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson had three hits apiece.

Miguel Cabrera and Omar Infante each had two hits for Detroit. Tigers starter Daniel Norris was rocked for nine runs in three innings. Norris, who is expected to join the Tigers' rotation full-time in 2017, cited a case of "dead arm."

CARDINALS 3, ASTROS 2

Kolten Wong smacked an RBI triple and Carlos Martinez moved to 3-0 for St. Louis. Martinez allowed two runs in five innings, and has a 1.38 ERA this spring.

PHILLIES 7, BLUE JAYS 1

Tommy Joseph belted a two-run homer and finished with four hits for the Phillies. Joseph is taking over full time for Ryan Howard at first base.

INDIANS 4, CUBS 3

Abraham Almonte homered for Cleveland, and Danny Salazar struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings. Edwin Encarnacion doubled and scored.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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