Andrew McCutchen leaves Pirates for “personal matter”

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Andrew McCutchen missed last night’s game after leaving the Pirates to attend to what the team is calling a “personal matter.”

No other details have been offered, with manager Clint Hurdle saying only that McCutchen “went home today to deal with a personal matter” and “we’re respecting his privacy.”

Left fielder Jose Tabata shifted to center field in McCutchen’s absence and Matt Diaz started in left field, going 2-for-4 as the Pirates were shut out by Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins.

There’s no indication when he might return to the lineup, but the Pirates are seemingly expecting to be without McCutchen for multiple games.

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.