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Video: Paul DeJong’s trick shot single


Every now and then, we see a billiards-style hit in which a batter makes poor contact with a pitch, beating it into the ground but putting just enough english on it that it stays fair. Derek Dietrich did this last year when he was with the Marlins. The Tigers’ Nick Buss had spin working in his favor several years ago, turning a foul ball into a double. What we have never seen — at least to the best of my memory — is a hit with the amount of english on Paul DeJong‘s foul ball-turned-single yesterday against the Giants.

The Cardinals were threatening with runners on first and second with two outs against Giants starter Dereck Rodríguez in the first inning. With a 2-2 count, DeJong nearly swung and missed at a change-up. Instead, it glanced off of his bat something like five feet into foul territory before spinning back into fair territory about two-thirds of the way down the first base line. Rodríguez, who understandably assumed it was a foul ball and did not charge after it, had no chance and first baseman Brandon Belt had to charge in, allowing DeJong to reach safely and load the bases.

The Cardinals were not able to capitalize on the stroke of good fortune as Yadier Molina flied out to end the inning. They still went on to win 1-0 thanks to a superbly pitched game by Jack Flaherty and a solo homer from Marcell Ozuna. His homer went into “Big Ac Land” — the M in the sign was broken last month by DeJong.

Giants sign Pablo Sandoval to minor league deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have signed infielder Pablo Sandoval to a minor league contract. If he makes the major league roster, he will earn a $2 million salary with an additional $750,000 available via incentives.

Sandoval, 33, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow back in September and was initially expected to miss the start of the 2020 regular season. However, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes that Sandoval is believed to be “way ahead of schedule” in his recovery.

Last season, Sandoval hit .268/.313/.507 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI over 296 plate appearances with the Giants. He faced mostly right-handed pitching, which would figure to be the case for him once again coming off the bench.