There were two inside-the-park homers in the Royals-Rays game last night

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An inside-the-park homer is rare. Two inside-the-park homers is crazy. Indeed, before last night it hadn’t happened since 1997. Logan Forsythe of the Rays and Jarrod Dyson of the Royals each did it last night.

Forsythe’s is nothing to celebrate, of course, as it came on the play where Alex Gordon was injured. He could be out months and it could greatly affect the playoff race. I imagine even Forsythe isn’t terribly happy to have his homer under such circumstances.

Dyson’s, in its own way, was made possible by the Gordon injury inasmuch as he wasn’t in the game until he came in to replace him in left field. His inside-the-parker was a function of a couple of misguided plays on defense that did not quite rise to the level of errors, which is often the case. A dive that maybe shouldn’t have been dove/diven/dived, chief among them.

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Still, the box score rules all, and in the box score these were both inside-the-parkers.

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.