Jason Giambi's four-single day a true oddity

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Apparently, now that he’s filling in for an injured Todd Helton, Jason Giambi felt the need to be a little more Helton-like at the plate.
Giambi went 4-for-4 with two RBI as the Rockies beat the Cardinals 4-2 on Thursday. It’s a line that wouldn’t garner too much attention in most cases, but Giambi hadn’t had a four-hit game since Sept. 12, 2003.
Making it even more exceptional is that all four hits were singles. Giambi had singled four times in a game only twice before. The first time was on May 7, 1996, when he was a third baseman in his first full season in the majors. The second time was on July 7, 1999.
Giambi raised his average from .234 to .265 with the performance.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.