Masahiro Tanaka is not having a great day


Let us not freak out a mere hour into the season, but it’s at least notable that Masahiro Tanaka is being beaten up like Loki at the end of the first Avengers movie.

He was doing OK in the first and second inning but in the third he gave up three hits, all of them hard, including a homer by Edwin Encarnacion that looked practically grooved and was smashed. Even a couple of the outs were on hard-hit balls. While I won’t fetish velocity the way a lot of Yankees watchers do, it’s worth noting that Tanaka is sitting 89-90 right now which is not typical for him. He and the Bombers are down 5-0 in the fourth inning.

Oh, and Alex Rodriguez had his first plate appearance of the year. He walked. Typical A-Rod, padding his OBP when his team is down rather than hitting a five-run homer to put his team back in the game.

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.