Lorenzo Cain believes Jeff Samardzija intentionally hit him with a pitch

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Things got a little tense in Monday’s Opening Day matchup between the White Sox and Royals. After Jeff Samardzija gave up a solo homer to Mike Moustakas in the bottom of the fifth inning, he hit Lorenzo Cain with the very next pitch. You can watch the play here.

Some words were exchanged between Cain and Samardzija, but order was quickly restored. According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, Cain told reporters after the game that he thought it was intentional:

“I gave him a look,” Cain told Kansas City reporters. “I wasn’t sure if he hit me on purpose or not. But once he told me to get down, I was sure he hit me on purpose. It’s straight to the point. He hit me on purpose. But beating him the way we did today, it definitely makes up for that.”

Samardzija denied that it was intentional, but it’s not like he would come clean if it was. As Cain said, it didn’t matter much anyway, as the Royals did their talking with the bat and won 10-1.

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.