Play of the Day: Freddy Galvis makes a no-look behind-the-back flip for the out

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Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis made a terrific play for one out that very nearly could have been an inning-ending double play. With a runner on first base and one out in the seventh inning, Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon hit a Jake Diekman offering sharply up the middle, which was corralled by a sliding Galvis. Without looking, Galvis flipped the ball behind his back, leading second baseman Chase Utley perfectly to the bag for the second out of the inning. Utley fired to first base, but Blackmon just barely beat the throw to keep the inning alive.

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Though Galvis has cooled off at the plate recently, he’s still hitting .289/.342/.335. He’s been better than Jimmy Rollins, traded to the Dodgers during the off-season, on both offense and defense this season.

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.