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Baseball notes: Giants call up Dan Uggla, start him at second base

Baseball notes: Giants call up Dan Uggla, start him at second base
Dan Uggla was called up to start at second base for the San Francisco Giants on Friday just four days after signing a minor league contract with the team following his release by the Atlanta Braves. (David Goldman / Associated Press)

A week after being released by the Atlanta Braves and four days after signing a minor league deal with San Francisco, Dan Uggla was in the Giants' lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers on Friday night.

The Giants purchased Uggla's contract from triple-A Fresno and started him at second base, a position where they have gotten little production this season. Marco Scutaro, who has missed all but five games because of back issues, was put on the 15-day disabled list, as was Ehire Adrianza, who has a hamstring strain.

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Uggla averaged 29 home runs a year in his first eight major league seasons before hitting only two this year for the Braves, who released him July 18. The Giants signed him three days later.

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Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to New York to have his right elbow examined, after experiencing discomfort while pitching Friday in Milwaukee.

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The New York Yankees said left-hander Chris Capuano, acquired from Colorado on Thursday, will join the rotation Saturday, with Chase Whitley moving to the bullpen.

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Oakland acquired minor league right-hander Deck McGuire from Toronto for cash.

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