Juan Uribe gets a warm welcome from Giants and their fans

Reporting from San Francisco

When Juan Uribe walked from the visiting dugout toward the mound to receive his World Series ring, the fans at AT&T Park stood and applauded.

Then again, had they booed him, they would have also had to boo the home team. Waiting for Uribe in front of the mound were his former San Francisco Giants teammates.

The Giants originally had planned to hand Uribe his ring in a private meeting but changed course Monday after Manager Bruce Bochy, General Manager Brian Sabean, Managing General Partner Bill Neukom and some players discussed the matter.

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Bochy said the decision was inspired in part by the theme of nonviolence the Giants and Dodgers were trying to spread.

"We hope it does help send the message that there is competition in baseball, but it is baseball," Bochy said.

Uribe, who left the Giants to a sign a three-year, $21-million contract with the Dodgers, said he didn't care how he received his ring.

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Uribe said he was looking forward to seeing the San Francisco fans again, no matter how they received him.

"I want to say thank you for supporting me and my family," he said, referring to his cousin, Jose Uribe, a former Giants shortstop.

Asked whether he could distinguish between boos and the "Uuuu" in the "Uuuu-Ree-Bay" chant that was popular in San Francisco, Uribe laughed and said he couldn't.

Uribe returned to the Bay Area amid some controversy, as the San Francisco Chronicle reported that he was being sued by his former landlord.

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Uribe had a late-night fish fry that resulted in a grease fire that set off the sprinkler system, flooding his condominium and sending water to two condominiums below, according to the landlord. Damage totaled $145,000.

"I don't want to talk about that," Uribe said. "I'm here to play."

Garland scheduled to return

Based on how Jon Garland said he felt coming out of his rehabilitation start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, the Dodgers decided to insert the off-season addition into their rotation.

Garland, who was sidelined because of a strained side muscle, will start Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium.

John Ely, who pitched ineffectively in Garland's place Sunday, was sent to triple-A Albuquerque. Outfielder Jamie Hoffmann was recalled from Albuquerque to provide an extra bat off the bench until Garland is activated.

Garland threw 81 pitches for Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, plus 10 more in the bullpen. He declared himself "absolutely" ready to go.

"Why protect me now?" the 31-year-old Garland said. "Protect [Clayton] Kershaw, protect [Chad] Billingsley. You don't have to protect me."

Garland gave up three runs and six hits in 42/3 innings for Rancho Cucamonga.

"If I could go out and start there, I could go out and start anywhere, right?" Garland said. "I'm not saying I'm going to be great, but . . . it's a baseball game. I'm still trying to make pitches and get outs."

Blake sits out game

Casey Blake missed his second consecutive game, still feeling the effects of a basepath collision with Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

"He's kind of day to day," Manager Don Mattingly said.

With two out and the bases loaded Saturday, Cameron Maybin hit a slow roller to third base. Blake was run into by Headley as he tried to barehand the ball.

Headley was called for interference, resulting in the last out in the Dodgers' 4-0 victory, but Blake suffered a bruised left thigh.


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