Cardinals announce two-year, $21 million contract extension with Chris Carpenter

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Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported late Sunday night that Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals had agreed to a two-year, $21 million contract extension and now it’s official.

General manager John Mozeliak has called a press conference to announce the deal, which takes the place of Carpenter’s $15 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2012 and will keep the former Cy Young winner in St. Louis through his age-38 season.

Carpenter’s current 3.75 ERA is his highest since joining the Cardinals in 2003, but he ranks fourth among NL pitchers with 206 innings and has the league’s ninth-best FIP at 3.13. Making multi-year commitments to any pitcher Carpenter’s age is a risk, but this is a no-brainer move for the Cardinals as they enter an offseason full of crucial decisions.

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.