Red Sox prospect made a nice diving grab in center field to begin Friday night’s Grapefruit League game against the Yankees. Starter Rick Porcello had gotten ahead of outfielder Ramon Flores 0-1 before Flores laced a line drive to shallow left-center. Betts ranged over and made a diving snag for the first out of the game.
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Betts, 22, entered the game batting .400 in 15 spring at-bats. He’s expected to serve as the starting center fielder for the Red Sox during the regular season. Rusney Castillo is still sidelined with a strained oblique and may not begin the season in the majors.
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.