Video: a position player pitched to a pitcher in an American League game

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Ike Davis pitched once earlier this year. It was back in April and he actually looked pretty darn good! His services were needed again yesterday, as the A’s were in the process of losing 18-2 to the Orioles. This time, however, the position player pitching came with a twist: the batter was a pitcher. A relief pitcher, no less. In an AL game:

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Given the blowout the Orioles had willingly forfeited their DH so Jason Garcia hit for himself. Though, as you can see above, he didn’t really “hit.” Indeed, he was walked on four pitches. He was specifically instructed by manager Buck Showalter to not swing the bat. Not that he didn’t want to at least look like a pro:

“I thought Garcia presented himself well,” Showalter said. “He wasn’t supposed to swing there, but he put his batting gloves on for the photo op. Then I watch him on deck and he was pine tarring his bat. I said, ‘Why are you putting pine tar on?’ He goes, ‘Oh yeah.'”

Garcia:

“Got to look the part,” he said. “I wanted to swing, but …”

For Davis’ part, he got out of the inning with no one scoring. Even struck out a dude.

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.