White Sox 1B/DH Jose Abreu was unable to get a hit in four at-bats against Indians starter Corey Kluber on Saturday night, ending his 14-game hitting streak. Abreu struck out once and grounded out three times.
During the streak, which spanned from August 19 to September 5, Abreu hit .510 (25-for-49) with two home runs and 10 RBI. On the season, he owns a .321/.382/.600 slash line with 33 home runs and 99 RBI. Abreu ranks in the top-five in the American League in all three Triple Crown categories.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.