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SANFRANCISCO (AP) The champion San Francisco Giants declined to exercisetheir 9.5 million option on World Series MVP Edgar Renteria onThursday, instead paying him a 500,000 buyout.It's no surprise because the 34-year-old Renteria is consideringretirement after an injury-plagued season. Still, the Giants had tomake the decision only three days after Renteria's tiebreakingthree-run homer off Cliff Lee in the seventh inning Monday night helpedSan Francisco win the franchise's first title since moving West in 1958."He was obviously a big reason we won, not just the last game butthe whole playoff run,'' said Bobby Evans, the Giants' vice presidentof baseball operations. Edgar played a huge role, whether in theclubhouse, on the field, or his leadership and his professionalism andhis ability to string together some very good games and big hits forus.''The shortstop said Wednesday he will rest for a while before determining his future."It's always hard to think about retiring,'' Renteria said afterthe team's victory parade. "I want to rest. Whew, I feel great.''A five-time All-Star, Renteria batted .412 (7 for 17) with twohomers and six RBIs in the Series. He had all of three home runs and 22RBIs during an injury-filled regular season that included three stintson the disabled list.At the end, he played through a torn biceps muscle. He rarely was pain-free this year when he was on the field.Renteria's trips to the disabled list were because of a strainedright groin (May 6-22 and May 25-June 16) and a strained left biceps(Aug. 11-Sept. 1). His 72 games were the fewest of his 15-year bigleague career. In fact, he had never been below 106 games before.Renteria might just decide to go out on top - often somethingplayers hope for when leaving the game. He is a career .287 hitter with135 home runs and 887 RBIs for the Marlins, Cardinals, Red Sox, Braves,Tigers and Giants.In 1997, his 11th-inning single led Florida past Cleveland for thetitle. Renteria made the final out for St. Louis in Boston's 2004 WorldSeries win."He's a guy we're glad we brought here. Despite the injuries thisyear, he still found a way and he stuck it out to contribute,'' Evanssaid. "He fought through it. He's a great baseball man and aconsummate professional. A World Series MVP says it all.''
ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.
The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.
At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.
"It was news no player wants to hear," Eppler said. "He's been put in a tough spot and it's something he's still digesting."
The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.
Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night's game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.
Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he's been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.
A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.
"It's really hard to quantify (his loss)," Eppler said. "We're going to feel that impact and it's going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he's in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb."
Before the right hooks and haymakers, there was the helmet toss.
A very bad helmet toss.
As he made his way to the mound after getting hit by a pitch on Monday afternoon, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper attempted to throw his helmet at Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. He missed by a wide margin.
Observers took notice, including Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.
"What was worse, Harper's helmet throw or 50 Cents first pitch? Heads up in the
#McCoveyCove," Turner tweeted shortly after the brawl between the Giants and Nationals.
Turner is referring to a ceremonial first pitch thrown by rapper 50 Cent prior to a Mets game in 2014.
Harper mentioned the helmet when addressing the situation after the game.
"I was trying to go after him, with the helmet or with myself, just doing what I needed to do keep it going, I guess," Harper told reporters.