Watch as Dustin Pedroia lifts this Stephen Strasburg pitch over the Green Monster on Tuesday night …
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Vintage stuff from Pedroia, who already has three homers in 2015. He didn’t reach three homers until June 7 last year and finished with a career-low .712 OPS. It seems the 31-year-old is primed for a big bounceback.
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.