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Giants bring up Uggla

SAN FRANCISCO — Seven days after being released by the Braves and four after signing a minor-league deal, 2B Dan Uggla was called up by the Giants and started Friday.

Since 2012, Uggla has hit .196 with 43 homers and 143 RBIs. He said he's working on "staying short" in his swing instead of trying for homers.

"I know what I bring to a clubhouse. I know what I can bring on the field," said Uggla, who played two games at Triple A. "No added pressure. I've been in some dark places and battled my own struggles the last year and a half. But that's over now. I'm here to have fun."

The Giants needed a second baseman after Marco Scutaro and Ehire Adrianza went on the DL. Scutaro has missed all but five games with a strained lower back. Adrianza aggravated a sore right hamstring Thursday.

Kemp trade? Five teams have interest in Dodgers OF Matt Kemp, reported. They weren't reported. Kemp, owed $117 mil­lion through 2019, wants to play centerfield. But Los Angeles has four other outfielders: CF Andre Either, LF Carl Crawford, RF Yasiel Puig and CF/LF Scott Van Slyke.

Angels: LF Josh Hamilton left in the fourth with a sore left knee. His status is unknown.

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt, on the concussion DL after being hit in the face by a ball during batting practice July 19, is still feeling the effects. There is no timetable for his return.

Mets: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, 33, will return to New York to have his right elbow examined. He felt sore after allowing three runs over two innings Thursday.

Phillies: 1B Ryan Howard, who is hitting .224 for the season and has five extra-base hits since June 1, did not start for the third straight game. GM Ruben Amaro denied reports the team is considering releasing him: "I don't know where that's coming from."

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson was scratched from today's start because of a sore lower back. He also was scratched Wednesday, but the team said it hopes he can go Tuesday. LHP Logan Darnell will be called up from Triple A to start.

Yankees: LHP Chris Capu­ano will start today, two days after being acquired from the Rockies. RHP Shane Greene was moved to Sunday. Also, 1B Mark Teixeira, out since Sunday with a strained back, said he hopes to play within a few days and avoid the DL.

Giants bring up Uggla 07/25/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 25, 2014 11:44pm]
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