World Series Reset: Game 7: For all of the marbles


The Game: World Series Game 7. Series tied 3-3
The Time: 8:07 PM Eastern
The Place: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
The Channel: Fox
The Starters: Tim Hudson vs. Jeremy Guthrie
The Upshot: If you think this is really going to be decided by Hudson and Guthrie, you’re crazy. It’s Johnny Wholestaff vs. Everyone, and given that Herrera, Davis and Holland didn’t pitch yesterday, assume that each of them will pitch two innings if need be. Same with everyone on the Giants staff. We’re past the point of predictions. Past the point of analysis. It’s now all down to one damn game. And whoever executes best is the winner. Baseball in its purest form.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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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.