Settling the score: Friday’s results

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Joe Mauer went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his return from the disabled list last night as the Twins won their fifth consecutive game. They have very quietly won 12 out of their last 14 games to move within 10 games of the .500 mark. Ron Gardenhire’s squad obviously has plenty of work to do still, but I wouldn’t count them out considering they are only eight games back in the very mediocre American League Central.

Your Friday box scores:

Yankees 1, Cubs 3

Orioles 4, Nationals 8 

Pirates 1, Indians 5

Brewers 4, Red Sox 10

Angels 4, Mets 3

Marlins 1, Rays 5

Blue Jays 3, Reds 2

Rangers 6, Braves 2

Padres 5, Twins 6

Royals 5, Cardinals 4

Tigers 6, Rockies 13

White Sox 1, Diamondbacks 4

Giants 2, Athletics 5

Phillies 2, Mariners 4

Astros 7, Dodgers 3

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.