Video: Darin Ruf Was Snubbed by the Bat Boy After His First Career Home Run

Video: Darin Ruf Was Snubbed by the Bat Boy After His First Career Home Run

We're sorry to report Darin "Babe" Ruf did not continue his storybook year by depositing a baseball into the flowerbeds in left field, as we suggested he might in the pregame. Had he done that, I would be busy shooting my psychic hotline commercials right now.

Instead the Eastern League MVP went ahead and continued writing the pages himself, and he decided the next chapter could do a little bit better than the flowerbeds. How 'bout 10 rows deep?

Making his first Major League start, Ruf stepped up to the plate with two out and none on in the bottom of the second. The 26 year old worked a full count before taking Ross Detwiler's 3-2 offering for a 400-foot ride to the seats in left-center.

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Ruf returned to the dugout to no reception, his teammates giving him a good-natured silent treatment for a solid five minutes. Charlie Manuel told reporters even the bat boy wouldn't acknowledge the slugger. From Sully's story:

“That was the longest silent treatment of all time,” [Ruf] said. “It was probably for all the times I suggested we do it to someone in Double A. I guess I had it coming to me.”

As for the game itself, the Phillies held off Washington 6-3. Carlos Ruiz and Domonic Brown also went yard, while Cole Hamels picked up his 16th win and Jon Papelbon earned his 37th save.

>> Ruf's homer highlights Phillies' win over Nats [CSN]

Instant Replay: Tigers 5, Phillies 4

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Instant Replay: Tigers 5, Phillies 4

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DETROIT — The Phillies opened what figures to be a very challenging six-game road trip with a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers in interleague play on Monday night.
 
The Tigers belted four home runs in the game, three off starter Vince Velasquez.
 
Tommy Joseph tied the game at 4-4 with a homer in the sixth. The Tigers pulled ahead with a run in the seventh.
 
The Phillies are 0-6 on Mondays. They are 24-20 overall. Detroit is 22-22.
 
The Phils play two more in Detroit before heading to Chicago for three against the Cubs, owners of baseball’s best record.
 
Starting pitching report
For his second straight start, Velasquez ran up a high pitch count and was out of the game early.
 
Velasquez took a 3-1 lead to the mound in the bottom of the fifth and promptly gave up a pair of homers and was gone.
 
In all, Velasquez gave up nine hits in four-plus innings. Three of the hits were homers, accounting for all of the Tigers’ scoring against him.
 
Velasquez’s command was poor once again. He threw 103 pitches in five innings in his previous start. This time, he threw 95 and failed to get an out in the fifth inning.
 
Detroit right-hander Mike Pelfrey gave up 11 hits and four runs over six innings. Two of the runs came on homers. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.
 
Bullpen report
Colton Murray took the loss. He gave up a run in the fifth and a run in the seventh.
 
Justin Wilson got the win in relief. Mark Lowe got a big out to end the top of the eighth. He struck out Tyler Goeddel with the potential tying run at second.
 
Francisco Rodriguez got the save.
 
At the plate
Odubel Herrera opened the game by working Pelfrey for 14 pitches and a base hit. Herrera singled home the Phillies’ first run in the third inning. The Phillies went up, 3-1, on a homer by Maikel Franco and a sacrifice fly by Cesar Hernandez.
 
Detroit hit three homers in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Joseph tied the game with a solo homer with one out in the sixth. Joseph hit a liner into the left-field seats. It was his second homer in seven games since coming up.
 
Joseph also had a double. Meanwhile, Ryan Howard continued to struggle. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts to fall to .156 on the season. He is 4 for 48 (.083) in the month of May.
 
The Tigers smacked four home runs, including three in the fifth inning. Miguel Cabrera belted two homers and smacked his 500th career double in the seventh inning. He then scored the go-ahead run on a hit by Victor Martinez.
 
In the field
Herrera had an interesting night in center field. He started a nice 8-6-2 relay to cut down a run at the plate to end the third inning. Shortstop Freddy Galvis made a nice play at the middle of the relay. An inning later, Herrera made his fifth error of the season, a throwing miscue, to put runners on second and third with no outs. Velasquez ended up pitching out of that jam.
 
Herrera left the game in the seventh inning. Afterward, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Herrera was taken out for a lack of hustle.
 
Joseph started at first base. In addition to his double and homer, he made a nice stop in the field in the bottom of the fifth inning.
 
Franco ended the sixth with a diving stop at third.
 
Transaction
The Phillies signed an outfielder from Cuba to provide some organizational depth (see story).
 
Up next
Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 3.99) opposes Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander (3-4, 4.58) on Tuesday night.

Draymond Green fined, not suspended for kick to groin of Steven Adams

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Draymond Green fined, not suspended for kick to groin of Steven Adams

NEW YORK -- Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 but not suspended by the NBA for kicking Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin.

The league also upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2, which would have resulted in an automatic ejection had officials given it that ruling when it happened.

But Green will be on the floor when the Warriors try to even the Western Conference finals at 2-2 on Tuesday at Oklahoma City.

Green was called for a fragrant foul 1 after he was fouled by Adams with 5:57 remaining in the second quarter and kicked his leg up into Adams' groin. Though the Thunder felt it was intentional, Green and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said they believed the flagrant would actually be rescinded by the league (see full story).

Magic: Frank Vogel formally introduced as new coach
ORLANDO, Fla. -- It hasn't been the offseason new Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel was expecting.

Just days after his Indiana Pacers were ousted from the first-round of the NBA playoffs by Toronto, Vogel was informed his contract wasn't being renewed after five-plus seasons.

But then came the brief unemployment whirlwind.

Vogel's phone was constantly ringing, leading to talks and interviews with other NBA teams. It finally ended Thursday when he was hired by the Magic, who were unexpectedly in the market for a head coach (see full story).

Raptors: Valanciunas active for Game 4 of Conference Finals
TORONTO -- Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is active for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland on Monday night, but will not start against the Cavaliers.

Valanciunas has not played since spraining his right ankle in the third quarter of Game 3 against Miami on May 7.

Valanciunas is averaging 15 points and 12.1 rebounds in 10 games this postseason.

Starting in place of Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo had a Raptors playoff-record 26 rebounds as Toronto won 99-84 in Game 3 on Saturday, snapping Cleveland's 10-game winning streak to start the playoffs.

The Cavs lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Phillies sign Cuban outfielder Osmel Aguila for depth

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Phillies sign Cuban outfielder Osmel Aguila for depth

DETROIT — The Phillies added some outfield depth to their system on Monday when they finalized a minor-league contract with Cuban outfielder Osmel Aguila.

The team began targeting the 26-year-old Aguila in spring training after Aaron Altherr’s wrist injury reduced some of the club’s outfield depth. Aguila signed for $100,000.

Aguila will work out with the extended spring training club in Clearwater and work his way through the system with an eye toward getting to Triple A and possibly the majors, depending on the team’s need and his performance.

"He's a solid all-around player," general manager Matt Klentak said. "He can play all three outfield positions, but is probably more of a corner guy. By age and experience level, he could [rise to the majors later this season], but he has to go to the minor leagues and earn it."

Aguila is listed at 5-11 and 179 pounds. He played six seasons in Cuba’s top league and hit .280 with 33 homers, 133 RBIs and a .831 OPS in 324 games.