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Cardinals sign Miles Mikolas

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The St. Louis Cardinals signed righty Miles Mikolas to a two-year, $15.5 million contract.

Mikolas, who pitched for the Padres and Rangers from 2012-14 has spent the past three seasons in Japan, where he’s done pretty darn well for himself, posting a 2.18 ERA and 378/69 K/BB ratio in 424.2 innings for the Yomiuri Giants.

He’ll be a starter in St. Louis, as he was in Japan. In his first go-around in MLB he pitched in 37 games, starting only 10 to pretty poor results. One would guess his time and improvement across the Pacific will produce better results than before.

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.