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Struggling Giants drop two veterans

SAN FRANCISCO — With his club falling further out of playoff contention by the day, Giants GM Brian Sabean started making sweeping changes Wednesday.

OF Aaron Rowand and INF Miguel Tejada were designated for assignment by the defending World Series champions, who began the day trailing the first-place Diamondbacks by a season-high six games in the NL West.

"We're at a spot in the season where we have to do some damage control with the roster. A couple things played into it. In both cases, there was diminished playing time, diminished roles," Sabean said. "If this stays ugly, we've got to turn the page, look at some other people and get ready for next year, and try to win and develop at the same time."

San Francisco is absorbing more than $15 million in the two players' combined contracts.

Rowand, the team's second-highest paid player behind LHP Barry Zito, is making $12 million this season and was due the same for 2012, but Sabean said money didn't affect the decision. Rowand, 34, was batting .233 with a .274 on-base percentage and a .347 slugging percentage in 108 games.

Tejada, 37, received a $6.5 million, one-year deal in December to join the Giants. He was batting .239 with a .270 OBP and a .326 SLG in 91 games.

FAN OKAY AFTER FALL: A 24-year-old man was in fair condition at a Dallas hospital four days after he fell 21 feet from a stairwell while leaving a game at Rangers Ballpark. Charles Thomas Conner of San Antonio, Texas, was knocked unconscious by the fall onto a concrete floor underneath the stands.

TEXAS UPGRADE: The Rangers acquired LH reliever Mike Gonzalez from the Orioles for a player to be named — reportedly RHP Pedro Strop — and reacquired C Matt Treanor from the Royals for a player to be named or cash. Also, 3B Adrian Beltre is expected to return from the disabled list today.

BRAVES moves: OF Matt Diaz returned to Atlanta in a trade with the Pirates for a player to be named and cash considerations. The Braves also acquired SS Jack Wilson from the Mariners for a player to be named.

PHILS boost BENCH: The Phillies acquired RF John Bowker from the Pirates for a player to be named or cash, adding a left-handed hitter to their bench.

BONDS CASE: As expected, Federal prosecutors decided not to retry Barry Bonds on three perjury counts that a jury failed to reach a verdict on. Bonds is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 16 for obstruction of justice.

SUSPENSIONS: Cubs OF prospect Matt Camp and free agent RHP Adam Osteen were suspended 50 games for violating the minor-league drug policy.

A'S: LH reliever Brian Fuentes was placed on the bereavement list, and LHP Jerry Blevins was recalled from Triple A.

BLUE JAYS: RHP Carlos Villanueva was activated from the 15-day DL, and LH reliever Brian Tallet was designated for assignment.

INDIANS: DH Travis Hafner said he received "encouraging" news from doctors about his foot injury and could soon return.

Padres: OF Jeremy Hermida was claimed on outright waivers from the Reds.

RED SOX: Former Rays LH reliever Trever Miller signed a minor-league contract and was assigned to Triple A.

ROYALS: RHP Felipe Paulino missed his start against the Tigers with back spasms.

YANKEES: C Jesus Montero, 21, the team's top hitting prospect, is expected to be recalled today from Triple-A Scranton.

Struggling Giants drop two veterans 08/31/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 11:48pm]
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