Nationals add Mark Teahen on minor-league deal

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Released by the Blue Jays three weeks ago, Mark Teahen has landed with the Nationals on a minor-league contract.

Toronto is on the hook for his $5.5 million salary for 2012, so Teahen is a no-risk signing for Washington and will compete for a bench job in spring training.

Teahen offers defensive versatility in the sense that he has experience as a third baseman, first baseman, and corner outfielder, but he’s pretty brutal at third base and doesn’t hit enough to be an asset elsewhere.

He batted a career-worst .200 with a .573 OPS in 78 games for the White Sox and Blue Jays last season and hasn’t topped a .410 slugging percentage since 2006.

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.