The Angels walk off against the Mariners for the second straight night

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On Tuesday night the Angels won on a walkoff homer against the Mariners. On Wednesday night they walked off once again. This time when Johnny Giavotella hit an opposite-field double to right with one on and one out in the bootom of the ninth, scoring Erick Aybar from first.

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Aybar had reached on a botched sacrifice following a four-pitch walk to David Freese. Either way, you put a leadoff runner on base in tie game in the ninth and you’re gonna have a bad time.

Speaking of bad times: this was the Mariners’ fifth one-run loss in seven games. One of my Twitter correspondents puts it thusly:

Maybe not that bad. Not even as bad as that Nicolas Cage movie about snuff films. But not good, man. Not good.

Oh, and here’s Nic Cage watching early-season Mariners film:

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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.