VIDEO: Hunter Pence hits an awkward upper-deck blast

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As only Hunter Pence can do. MLB.com has the highlight

Pence looked off balance as the pitch came in, but he righted himself quickly for a 440-foot bomb.

The 31-year-old right fielder is batting .299/.367/.483 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 75 games this season for the Giants, who have a four-game lead over the Dodgers in the National League West standings.

Royals to sign Billy Hamilton

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LAS VEGAS — Jim Bowden reports that the Kansas City Royals are close to agreement with outfielder Billy Hamilton. He says they are “just working through bonuses and pending physical.” Hamilton was non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds a couple of weeks ago following six seasons with the club, making him a free agent.

Hamilton is one of the fastest men to ever play the game, but he has never come around as a hitter. In his six seasons with the Reds he put up a line of .245/.298/.333 (OPS+ 70). While he has stolen 277 bases over that period, getting caught 63 times, he has never once led the league in steals, primarily because he just doesn’t get on base enough. He is an excellent center fielder, but the bat is so sub-par that even the glove and the wheels are not good enough to justify going to arbitration with him.

Perhaps a change of scenery will do him good. He will certainly bring some excitement to Kansas City. He’s a fun guy to watch play.