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Starling Marte dealing with oblique injury

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte confirmed on Wednesday that he is dealing with an oblique injury, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Oblique injuries usually require a stint on the disabled list, but Marte thinks he’ll be able to avoid the DL.

Marte exited Tuesday’s game against the White Sox after two innings after feeling discomfort in his side. He wasn’t included in Wednesday’s starting lineup. The Pirates close out their homestand with a four-game series against the Padres beginning on Thursday, so there’s no off-day until Monday.

Marte, 29, is hitting .308/.366/.503 with six home runs, 19 RBI, 30 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 175 plate appearances this season. After Wednesday’s win, the Pirates temporarily climbed into a half-game lead in the NL Central over the Brewers.

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.