Torii Hunter says the Blue Jays’ hits “sound like car crashes”

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Torii Hunter was quite descriptive in describing the Blue Jays’ offense after his Twins were dismantled in a four-game series sweep. The Twins scored 12 runs but allowed 26 runs to the Blue Jays, baseball’s best offense. Much of the offense was driven by eight Toronto home runs.

What was it like, according to Hunter? “The way they hit the ball is just unbelievable,” he said, per Sportsnet. “I mean, they hit the ball, sound like car crashes.”

The second half hasn’t been kind to Hunter’s Twins, as they headed into Friday’s action with a 5-14 record since the All-Star break. They lost 5.5 games in that span of time and sat 9.5 games behind the Royals, in second place in the AL Central with a 54-54 record.

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.