Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez explains how he would pitch to Mike Trout

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Mike Trout hit another home run on Saturday afternoon, driving a Tim Hudson pitch out to left-center at AT&T Park with the bases empty. Trout now has six home runs on the season along with 15 RBI, six stolen base, and a .325/.436/.614 triple-slash line.

The 2012 AL Rookie of the Year and 2014 AL MVP is a nightmare for most pitchers in baseball. Of the 13 pitchers he’s faced 20 or more times, only Hisashi Iwakuma, Dallas Keuchel, and Sonny Gray have held him to an OPS below .800.

Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez was wrapping his final year in baseball, with the Phillies, at the time Trout was drafted in 2009 so the two never faced each other. Martinez explained on Twitter earlier how he’d approach Trout if was asked to:

The high fastball was famously identified as a problem for Trout last season, when he struck out at a career-high rate of 26 percent. Trout made adjustments, though, so it’s not surprising Martinez is thinking one step ahead.

Martinez vs. Trout would have been a terrific match-up to watch. Though Trout arguably deserves two more MVP awards, Martinez probably would have the edge considering what he did to a murder’s row of hitters in the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park.

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.