Opening Day was supposed to feature all 30 teams in action, but Mother Nature has overruled Major League Baseball on that score. In addition to the Nationals-Reds game in Cincinnati being postponed, the Pirates-Tigers tilt in Detroit has been washed out as well.
The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow, which was an off day, precisely in case today’s game was banged. First pitch set for 1:10 PM with, presumably, Ivan Nova facing off against Jordan Zimmermann, as was expected today.
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.