Nationals expected to bring Jim Riggleman back next season

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They have yet to make it official, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that “there are strong indications emerging from the organization” that Jim Riggleman will return as Nationals manager next season.

“We haven’t announced a final call, but we’ve made a definite decision,”
General Manager Mike Rizzo said tonight. “We haven’t made an
announcement to him or to the public.”

The interim tag was removed when Riggleman signed a two-year contract last November, but the Nationals have the option to buy out the remainder of his contract for $100,000.

Entering Saturday’s action, Riggleman has led the Nationals to a 95-127 record (.427) since taking over for Manny Acta last July. There are going to be many managerial openings within the next few weeks, but don’t expect Washington to be one of the musical chairs.

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.