Ruf will serve as the Giants' designated hitter and No. 7 batter in Sunday's game against the White Sox, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Since both Brandon Belt and LaMonte Wade returned from the injured list in June, Ruf has faded into a short-side platoon role, but he'll get a look in the lineup versus a right-handed starting pitcher (Lucas Giolito) in the series finale. Ruf will be filling in as the Giants' DH in place of the lefty-hitting Tommy La Stella, who looks to be receiving some routine maintenance.
Ruf will serve as the Giants' designated hitter and No. 7 batter in Sunday's game against the Reds, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports. With Brandon Crawford (knee) joining LaMonte Wade (knee) and Luis Gonzalez (back) on the injured list Sunday, Ruf appears to be one of the beneficiaries of added playing time. He'll pick up his fifth consecutive start Sunday after going 4-for-16 with a home run, three runs and two RBI across his previous four contests.
Ruf went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and an additional run in a loss to Atlanta on Wednesday. Ruf gave the Giants an early 2-0 lead with his fourth-inning solo shot, and he scored another run after reaching on a hit by pitch in the ninth. The veteran has mostly struggled this season, posting a .225/.345/.358 slash line through 223 plate appearances. He's hitting .262 against lefty pitchers but only .205 against right-handers.
Ruf is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Ruf had started each of the Giants' last seven games at first base and went 6-for-25 with two home runs and two doubles over that stretch, but he'll retreat to the bench Wednesday with Brandon Belt making his return to the lineup after being activated from the 10-day injured list earlier this week. Belt is serving as a designated hitter Wednesday but should eventually settle back in as a full-time first baseman, which will likely result in the righty-hitting Ruf seeing most of his starts against left-handed pitching moving forward.
Ruf went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Friday's 7-2 win over the Dodgers. Ruf's contributions Friday were enough to lift the Giants to the win. He took starter Walker Buehler deep in the fourth inning and tacked on another homer in the eighth off David Price. Ruf is now 4-for-15 in four games since returning from the bereavement list. The 35-year-old is up to a .226/.344/.354 slash line with five homers, 20 RBI, 29 runs scored and a pair of stolen bases in 50 contests. He's made three straight starts at first base, so Ruf should be in line for a regular role until Brandon Belt (knee) returns from the injured list.
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