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Rangers sign Mike Minor, plan to make him a starter

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to a multi-year contract with lefty Mike Minor. It’s not final yet, as it’s pending a physical. Terms are not known.

Minor was fantastic out of the Royals’ bullpen in 2017, pitching 65 games and posting a 2.55 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 88/22 in 77.2 innings. The Rangers, however, are reportedly planning on using him as a starter, which is all he ever was prior to 2017. His health is what knocked him out of that role to begin with — he missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to labrum surgery, but he seemed sound this past year. If there is concern about his durability, he can always return to the pen, of course.

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.