Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski joined the 2,000 hit club on Wednesday night, driving an opposite-field single off of Red Sox starter Steven Wright in the top of the seventh inning. Pierzynski is the 280th player in baseball history to join the 2,000 hit club and the ninth catcher to do so, according to Baseball Reference.
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Unlike last year, Pierzynski has been slow to start the 2016 season. The 39-year-old entered play Wednesday hitting .213/.275/.234 with only one extra-base hit and four RBI in 51 plate appearances.
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.