John Farrell leaning towards batting Hanley Ramirez fourth

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In a radio interview with WEEI on Friday, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he is leaning towards batting Hanley Ramriez fourth in the lineup, per MLB.com’s Ian Browne. The middle of the order is likely to see David Ortiz third, Ramirez fourth, Pablo Sandoval fifth, and Mike Napoli sixth.

With the off-season additions of Ramirez and Sandoval, plus Rusney Castillo and Christian Vazquez playing everyday, the Red Sox lineup will look quite different than it did in 2014. The Red Sox averaged 3.91 runs per game this past season, below the American League average of 4.18, so they’ll be looking to make some big strides in that area.

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.