short hops

OUT LOUD

"His power is just ridiculous. He's so young, he's so raw. He's got a long ways to go, and he's pretty good now."

— Cubs pitcher Jon Lester on Jorge Soler, who hit two two-run homers in Chicago's 7-6 win over Cincinnati on Monday.

GAME OF NUMBERS

9

Wins in a row over a 10-game stretch for the Angels' Matt Shoemaker, who beat Texas 6-3 on Monday.

200

Career homers for Seattle's Nelson Cruz after he hit two in a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers on Monday in 10 innings.

MULTIPLE TOOLS

MOOKIE BETTS

CF, Red Sox

The 22-year-old jumped above the bullpen fence at Fenway Park on Monday to rob Bryce Harper of a two-run homer, stole two bases on the same play in the bottom of the first inning when he saw third base uncovered and hit a three-run homer in the second as Boston beat Washington 9-4 in its home opener. "He took the game over," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He's a talented, exciting player."