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18 Darin Ruf 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/248 | Birthdate: 7/28/1986 | Birthplace: Omaha, NE | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Philadelphia | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Phillies rest Ryan Howard, Chase Utley against left-hander


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley are out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game. 

Both starters were rested against a left-handed pitcher. Howard is replaced in the lineup by Darin Ruf, who gets his seventh start at the position. He'll bat third. 

Utley is replaced by Cesar Hernandez, who starts at second for the first time in 15 games. He'll bat sixth. 

Carlos Ruiz also gets Sunday off. Replacing him at catcher is Cameron Rupp, who gets his 14th start of the year. He'll bat eighth.


Phillies OF Ben Revere gets a breather on Thursday vs. Rockies


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere is getting just his second day off this month, as he is being held out of the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Rockies. Revere has been hitting fairly well lately, batting .268 with three RBI and three stolen bases over his last 10 games.

Darin Ruf will handle left field and bat third, while shortstop Freddy Galvis will hit lead-off for the first time this year. 


Phillies 1B Darin Ruf cracks third home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf went 2 for 3 at the plate in Philadelphia's 6-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Ruf did his damage in the fourth inning when he crushed the first pitch he saw from Josh Collmenter over the center field wall, his third of the season. Ruf is now hitting .208 with seven RBI in 77 at-bats this season.


Phillies' Chase Utley, Ryan Howard out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and first baseman Ryan Howard are not in the lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Diamondbacks.

Utley is 3 for 6 with a walk, two doubles and two RBI in two games since being moved from third to sixth in the lineup, but he'll get a break Sunday, with Andres Blanco filling in at second base and batting second.

Howard had started seven straight games coming into Sunday's contest, hitting .259/.310/.444 with one home run and three RBI in 27 at-bats during that stretch. Darin Ruf is drawing the start at first base.

The Phillies are home underdogs (+115) against the Diamondbacks Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


With lefty on the mound, Phillies' Darin Ruf returns to lineup


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Phillies' Darin Ruf is starting in left field and batting cleanup on Wednesday against the Pirates. Ruf was out of the lineup each of the last two games with a right-hander on the mound. Ruf is batting just .137 against righties this year. 

But with left-hander Francisco Liriano on the bump Wednesday, Ruf will look to break out of a 6-for-30 slump over his last 10 games. 

Ben Revere will slide over and play center field and Ryan Howard moves down to fifth in the batting order on Wednesday. 


Phillies' Darin Ruf out of lineup Monday vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates.

Ruf has made seven straight starts while seeing time at first base and left field. With Ruf out of the lineup Ben Revere is shifting to left and Grady Sizemore is getting the start in right field for the second straight game.

The Phillies are home underdogs (+155) against the Pirates Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Ryan Howard out of Phillies lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup for Saturday's game. The first baseman will be rested for the fifth time this year. 

Replacing him at first is Darin Ruf, who started the last three games in left field. Ben Revere, who had been starting in right for the last three, switches back to left, where he started 19 games. Jeff Francoeur returns to right.  


Phillies 1B Darin Ruf collects three hits vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf made just his second start in the cleanup slot Monday and rewarded manager Ryne Sandberg's decision by going 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored in his team's 5-2 win over the Braves.

Ruf, who's other start as a cleanup hitter came in the first week of the season, saw himself bumped to the No. 3 spot over the weekend, and after going 3 for 7 with a walk and a home run in two games in that role, he was in the No. 4 slot Monday.

Ruf had just a .139 batting average and .506 OPS heading into the weekend but is now hitting .229/.296/.438 with two home runs and five RBI in 48 at-bats.


Phillies 1B Darin Ruf hits second home run of season Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Phillies left fielder Darin Ruf smacked his second home run of the season during Thursday's 9-3 loss to the Cardinals.

Ruf connected off pitcher Tim Cooney in the third inning for a solo home run. He finished the game 2 for 3 with one walk and one strike out.


Ice-cold Chase Utley gets a bretaher; Darin Ruf bats third for Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Phillies second baseman Chase Utley received a day of rest Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals. Utley has gotten off to an ice-cold start this season, hitting .114 (8 for 70) with two homers, 11 RBI and one stolen base in 21 games.

The team will have Darin Ruf bat third for only the second time in his career, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ruf has not been in the starting lineup since April 23. He is hitting .139 (5 for 36) to start the season.

Philadelphia is considered an underdog (+160) at St. Louis, per VegasInsider.com.


Howard, Utley, Galvis, Ruiz absent from Phillies lineup Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg chose to rest four of his starters for Thursday's day game against the Marlins.

First baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley, shortstop Freddy Galvis and catcher Carlos Ruiz were all held out of the starting lineup. Darin Ruf started at first base, Cesar Hernandez started at second base, Andres Blanco started at shortstop and Cameron Rupp started at catcher.

Ruiz (.184), Howard (.196) and Utley (.120) are all batting below the Mendoza Line (.200). Galvis is batting .300 (15 for 50) with one double, one triple, one home run and eight RBI through 14 games.


Carlos Ruiz, Ben Revere out of Phillies' lineup on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and left fielderBen Revere were not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game at Washington. 

Cameron Rupp got the start at catcher, batting eighth. Darin Ruf got the call in left, batting sixth. 


Phillies' Darin Ruf hits pinch-hit homer in loss to Nationals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Darin Ruf could be in for some more playing time if he continues to have at-bats like Sunday's. 

Pinch-hitting for Ryan Howard in the seventh inning, Ruf hit a deep solo home run to left field in the Phillies' 4-3 loss to the Nationals. Ruf's homer tied the game in the moment. 

Ruf went without a hit in his first 11 at-bats this season. His home run could give him some confidence at the plate moving forward. 

"You want to be the best player you can be in any role you are in," Ruf said, via MLB.com. "You play yourself into roles, and that role can change through the course of the year. I'm looking to stay positive and keep working hard."


Darin Ruf replaces Ryan Howard in Phils' lineup Friday vs. LHP


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was left out of the starting lineup Friday against the Nationals for the first time in four games this season. Darin Ruf drew the start at first base with left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the hill.

Howard, who is batting .083 (1 for 12) through three games, is a career .224 hitter against lefties. 

Ruf, who made a third straight start Friday (started in left field previous two days), has no hits in seven at-bats this season.


Phillies adjust outfield alignment in second game of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has decided to adjust his outfield for Philadelphia's second game against the Red Sox, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sandberg is going with Ben Revere in center field, Darin Ruf in left field, and Jeff Francoeur in right field, pushing Grady Sizemore and Odubel Herrera to the bench. Ruf will make his season debut after hitting .235 with three home runs and eight RBI in 102 at-bats in 2014.


Phillies' Amaro: Darin Ruf is not a lock to make roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday outfielder Darin Ruf is not a lock to make the Opening Day roster, per The News Journal. Amaro added sending Ruf to Triple-A to play every day is not ideal, but it is possible.

Ruf is batting .220 (11 for 50) with two doubles, two home runs, two RBI, two walks, five runs and 11 strikeouts in 18 spring games.


Phillies' Ruf will be under the microscope in left field this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf will be competing with Grady Sizemore, Odubel Herrera and Jordan Danks for playing time -- and potentially the starting job -- in left field this spring. The Phillies hope Ruf will be up to the challenge and make the decision difficult as to who to keep on the roster, per The Philadelphia Daily News.

"It all depends on him," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of Ruf, who has played parts of the last three seasons with the Phillies. "He's going to get opportunities to play. Sizemore looks very good. The decisions that we make will be based on performance here in spring, whether we think they can help us on a regular basis during the season. And once we break with the team, it's going to be about [manager Ryne Sandberg] trying to put the best team out there to win baseball games."

Ruf is a natural first baseman, but he has been learning to play in left field since 2012. Still, the Phillies have to see if they can trust him on a regular basis playing the position.

"I don't know," Amaro said. "He could. He could. We'll find out. We'll find out a little more about him. He's not an outfielder per se, but he seems to move fine out there and he doesn't seem to make mistakes. It's still a learning process for him . . . You can't lose sight of the defense. And we have to be aware of that. We have to win games playing all phases of the games. Defense and pitching are important. Guys have to be good enough defensively not to be liabilities out there, so they can help us win games."


Phillies' Darin Ruf: 'I feel healthy'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Phillies infielder Darin Ruf dealt with multiple injuries in 2014 and struggled during winter ball, but he's ready to put his disappointing season behind him and focus on continuing his transition to the outfield, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"I feel healthy," Ruf said Friday. "I did some things this offseason to increase mobility and take some of the muscular injuries out of the game."

Ruf checked in early for spring camp, citing his continued transition to the outfield as the main reason for his early arrival.

"Having two to three years experience out there, it's nothing new to me," Ruf said. "I know the drills, I know what to do. I know what to expect out there. I know what balls I can and can't get to. It makes me a lot more comfortable."

Ruf hit .235/.310/.402 with three home runs in 102 at-bats over 52 games in 2014.


Darin Ruf slugs fourth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf went 1 for 2 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 5-3 loss to the Mets Monday.

The Mets took a lead in the top of the fourth inning, but Ruf was able to put his team in front with his shot in the bottom half of the inning, though the Phillies would go on to lose. Ruf has hit ..152/.293/.364 with two home runs and four RBI in 33 at-bats.


Phillies manager eyeing platoon with Ryan Howard


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was out of the lineup for the second game in a row Thursday against the Giants in favor of Darin Ruf, and manager Ryan Sandberg told MLB.com this might become a recurring theme.

"The way I see things," Sandberg said. "I basically wanted to give Ruf two days in a row, just to get his feet wet, see him against a right-handed pitcher, then go from there. But in all likelihood, at least after today it will be a scenario of ... I'd be considering a platoon system at first base."

Howard was actually out of the lineup against a right-handed pitcher Thursday, but Sandberg said he wanted to give Darin Ruf two consecutive starts after his callup. The Phillies face two left-handed pitchers during a three-game series against the Diamondbacks beginning Friday, so Sandberg may also get him some time off then.

Howard is struggling against both right and left-handed pitchers this season, but has 10 of his 15 home runs against righties. He is hitting .229/.314/.368 against righties, compared to .209/.275/.407 vs. the opposite hand. 


Phillies recall Darin Ruf from Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Phillies have recalled outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ruf, who has missed most of the season due to knee and wrist injuries, is batting .265 with no home runs, three doubles and eight RBI in 13 July games.

Darin Ruf expected to be activated from minor-league DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf is expected to be activated from the minor-league disabled list as early as Sunday or Monday, MLB.com reports. Ruf was on the shelf due to wrist and knee issues and received just 10 at-bats in the majors this season.

Darin Ruf diagnosed with slight wrist fracture


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) A week after claiming minor league outfielder Darin Ruf avoided any breaks or fractures in his right knee or left wrist following an outfield collision on June 2, the Phillies have announced that he indeed has a small fracture in the wrist.

General manager Ruben Amaro, however, told the Philadelphia Daily News that the diagnosis does not change the timetable of Ruf's eventual return to baseball activities. The team has yet to pinpoint a return date.


Darin Ruf to be re-evaluated Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf will not begin baseball activities until early next week, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Ruf is dealing with wrist and knee issues, and still has some swelling in his leg. Ruf was placed on the Triple-A disabled list Thursday. He's received just 10 at-bats in the majors this season.


Darin Ruf on minor-league DL with wrist, knee injuries


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in recent days, after he suffered wrist and knee injuries.

Ruf bruised his right knee and sprained his left wrist after running into a wall Tuesday. According to MLB.com, it is not yet known how long he is expected to be out, but he did need stitches for the knee injury.