Royals and Angels deadlocked through five innings in Game 1 of ALDS

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The Royals and Angels are deadlocked through five innings tonight in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Alcides Escobar got the Royals on the board first with a two-out RBI double off Jered Weaver in the top of the third inning. You can watch video of the hit here. The lead didn’t last long, as Chris Iannetta launched a solo homer off Jason Vargas in the bottom of the third to draw even. Here’s video of the blast. Mike Trout lost a ball in the lights in the top of the fifth inning, resulting in a double for Alex Gordon, who eventually came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Omar Infante. However, the Angels fought right back in the bottom of the frame with a leadoff homer from David Freese to tie the game at 2-2. That’s where we stand now.

Of course, postseason heroics are nothing new for Freese. He now has eight career playoff home runs.

To the top of the sixth we go in Anaheim.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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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.