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Athletics break up the Giambi brothers

Published Sep. 27, 2005

The latest version of the Bash Brothers has been put on hold.

As part of a roster shake-up Monday, the Athletics broke up the pairing of slugging first baseman Jason Giambi with his younger brother, outfielder-designated hitter Jeremy Giambi.

Jeremy, who has been struggling to hit and to get playing time, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. The A's also placed ailing designated hitter John Jaha on the 15-day disabled list. Centerfielder Terrence Long and third baseman-DH Adam Piatt were recalled from Sacramento.

"It was a surprise, but the team isn't doing well and they wanted to make a couple moves. I happened to be the odd man out," Jeremy Giambi said.

Jason Giambi, leading the team in batting, homers and RBI, took Jeremy's demotion harder than his younger brother, who was acquired in a trade with Kansas City in mid-February. The two became the sixth set of brothers to play for Oakland but just the second to play at the same time.

"Of course, he's going to be hurt initially," manager Art Howe said. "But Jason is a professional. When the bell rings, he's going to give us a professional game."

ANGELS: Shortstop Gary DiSarcina was activated. Infielder Keith Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Edmonton. Right-hander Tim Belcher is scheduled to start for Vancouver tonight against Calgary.

TWINS: Reliever Hector Carrasco has a string of five consecutive scoreless appearances.

YANKEES: Reliever Allen Watson was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle. Ed Yarnall was recalled from Triple-A Columbus. Infielder D'Angelo Jimenez, who broke a bone in his neck during a January car crash, has started throwing and said he might start swinging a bat in the next 1-2 months. Michigan quarterback and third-base prospect Drew Henson reported to the team's training complex in Tampa. Chuck Knoblauch had an MRI, CAT scan and X-ray examinations on his wrist injury and is expected to miss a couple of games.

RANGERS: LHP Justin Thompson, recovering from shoulder surgery, will start tonight for Triple-A Oklahoma.

WHITE SOX: Centerfielder Chris Singleton was named co-player of the week in the AL along with Toronto's Carlos Delgado. Singleton battled .600. Right-hander Aaron Myette, who broke his hand after punching a door during spring training, is scheduled to make a start in extended spring training this week.

_ TIMES WIRES