Huff to begin rehab assignment for San Jose

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Huff to begin rehab assignment for San Jose

SAN FRANCISCO Aubrey Huffs desire and dedication haventalways been on display this season, so Giants officials were pleased when the35-year-old veteran agreed to give up his All-Star break and begin a minorleague rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose.

Huff, who has spent most of the season on the disabled list,will begin the assignment on Wednesday.

A great sign, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. He knowshe needs to get some playing time. Even before he got hurt this last time, hehadnt been out there a lot. He needs to see pitches, get his timing, play somefirst base.

Huff went on the DL in late April after abruptly leaving theclub prior to an April 23 doubleheader at New York. He and the team laterdescribed his absence as an anxiety disorder. Upon returning in May he startedjust four games while being used mostly off the bench as a pinch hitter; he wasjust 3 for 25 over that 20-game span but had drawn six walks.

Huff landed on the DL again when he fell hard on his kneewhile trying to jump over the railing to celebrate Matt Cains perfect game onJune 13. He missed an opportunity to get at bats as a designated hitter on theteams nine-game road trip to Seattle, Anaheim and Oakland.

Huff hasnt played in the minors since 2006, when he appearedin two games for Single-A Visalia while on a rehab assignment with the TampaBay Devil Rays.

Bochy said he couldnt say how long Huffs minor league stintwould last.

The best way to answer that is, until he thinks hes ready,Bochy said. Definitely not till after the (All-Star) break.

Bochy took Huffs acceptance of the assignment as a goodsign. There have been times that veteran players refused managements wishes toget at-bats in the minors; for example, Edgar Renteria declined when askedseveral times in 2010.

Sometimes these guys dont want to go down, Bochy said. Theywant to come back and theyre just not ready. So thats our hope: That he willgo down there and get his stroke so he can come back and help us.

Giants lineup: Gomez gets the start at second in series finale vs Padres

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Giants lineup: Gomez gets the start at second in series finale vs Padres

Looking to split a four-game series at home with the Padres, Bruce Bochy is going with a Giants rookie at second base on Sunday.

San Diego Padres (42-55)

1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Carlos Asuaje (L) 2B
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
5. Jabari Blash (R) LF
6. Hector Sanchez (S) C
7. Cory Spangenberg (L) 3B
8. Allen Cordoba (R) SS
9. Dinelson Lamet (R) P

San Francisco Giants (38-61)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Miguel Gomez (S) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Ty Blach (R) P

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Sergio Romo is headed to the American League.

After being designated for assignment on Thursday, the veteran reliever was traded by the Dodgers along with cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening.

The Dodgers will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Romo's first season with the team he grew up rooting for didn't go as planned. In 30 games, Romo posted a 6.12 ERA.

The Brawley-native was drafted by the Giants in 2005 and spent nine seasons pitching for San Francisco.

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