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Ruben Amaro, Jr. will be the Mets’ first base coach


Former Red Sox first base coach Ruben Amaro, Jr. will now occupy that same role with the Mets, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. He’ll also be the base running and outfield coach.

Amaro, 52, was the Phillies’ general manager from 2009-15. His tenure there ended after several disappointing years and a deteriorating minor league system that forced the team to go into a rebuilding mode. In a rarely seen move, he went from the front office back onto the field in a coaching role with the Red Sox starting in 2016.

Amaro replaces Tom Goodwin, who had been the Mets’ first base coach and was recently hired by the Red Sox in the same position. In a way, the two clubs swapped first base coaches.

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.