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Billy Hamilton scores from second on sacrifice fly

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We all know Royals outfielder Billy Hamilton is fast. As a member of the Reds, he stole 277 bases across parts of six seasons and regularly made spectacular catches. Now a Royal, Hamilton continues to show off his speed. On Tuesday against the Mariners, he scored from second base on a sacrifice fly.

Hamilton led off the inning, reaching second base thanks to a fielding error by left fielder Domingo Santana. After Whit Merrifield grounded out, failing to advance Hamilton, Adalberto Mondesi lifted a fly ball to deep center field. Mallex Smith tracked the ball to the warning track and stumbled at the last moment, dropping to a knee as he caught the ball. Smith was slow to get up and Hamilton never stopped running. Third base coach Mike Jirschele waved Hamilton home and it turned out to be the right call as Hamilton slid head-first into home plate just ahead of the relay throw to score the game-tying run, knotting the game up at 2-2.

As expected, Hamilton hasn’t done much with the bat. He entered Tuesday’s action batting .281/.303/.281 in 33 plate appearances. When he does get on base, though, he’s electric.

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.