Ball Pops Out of Darin Ruf's Glove and Goes Over Fence for a Home Run

Ball Pops Out of Darin Ruf's Glove and Goes Over Fence for a Home Run

Darin Ruf's adventures in outfielding saw another ugly episode on Monday when a Freddie Freeman flyball took the Phillies left fielder close to the wall. It didn't really appear like the ball was going to be a home run, but that was before Ruf got his glove on the ball and it proceeded to pop out and head over the fence for a dinger.

Here's how Sully described it:

In the field, he had an adventure when he tracked down Freddie Freeman’s
drive to the wall in left. The ball, however, ricocheted off of Ruf’s
glove and over the wall for a homer.

He did at least have two doubles at the plate.

But coming into Monday he hasn't been having the best spring. From NBC's Dash Treyhorn (probably not his real name):

In 15 games coming into Monday's game, Ruf had a line
of .205/.300/.341, with one homer, three doubles and seven RBIs. Again,
March stats are for the birds, but he hasn't done himself any favors
with the bat, especially considering his reputation as a slugger.

Ruf probably just wants his rocky, shaggy, nappy, rugged, and bumpy spring to end.

[watch the ugly Darin Ruf botched flyball / home run here]

via LBS

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have signed former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier were traded by the Flyers to the Kings last January in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick in last month's entry draft.

In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. In three-plus seasons with the Flyers, Schenn scored 12 goals and added 30 assists.

Schenn was the first-round draft pick - fifth selection overall - by the Maple Leafs in 2008.

Coyotes general manager John Chayka called Schenn "a good, young defenseman" who will be "a solid addition" to the Arizona blue line.

- CSNPhilly.com contributed to this story.

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

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Associated Press

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

Updated - 5:55 p.m.

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.

Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.

The Phillies later announced Rupp was removed from the game as a precaution and that he showed no symptoms of a concussion.

Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).

In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.