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Jason Giambi


Giambi was back in the lineup on Thursday after missing Wednesday's game because he was hit in the elbow by a pitch the previous night.


Yankees manager Joe Torre said Giambi was fine after getting hit by a pitch on the elbow Tuesday night. Giambi was out of the lineup Wednesday and is day-to-day. X-rays were negative.


Giambi left the New York Yankees game against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning on Tuesday after being hit by a pitch. He was not in the starting lineup on Wednesday.


Giambi hit his 32nd homer Sunday, matching his total for 2005. Giambi, who went 3-for-3, entered the game with four hits in his last 29 at bats.


Giambi was out of the New York Yankees starting lineup Sunday with left hand and wrist problems. Yankees manager Joe Torre said he hopes Giambi can return to the lineup Tuesday but said the first baseman is experiencing puffiness around the injured area.


Giambi sat out New York's 14-13 come-from-behind win over Texas Tuesday with a neck strain. The Yankees' first baseman suffered a bit of whiplash making a diving stop on a groundball in Monday's game, according to New York's Web site. Giambi is listed as day-to-day.


Despite a flareup of back spasms on Sunday, Giambi didn't miss a start for the Yankees. The first baseman was 0-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch in New York's 3-2 win over Baltimore. He is hitting .278 with 30 homers and 80 RBI on the season.


Giambi left the Yankees' 6-5 loss to Toronto Sunday, departing after the top of the fourth inning with back spasms. Andy Phillips replaced him.


For a second straight day on Monday, Giambi powered two homers in a New York Yankees victory. The Yankees' designated hitter drove in four runs in New York's 7-4 win over Seattle, giving him four dingers and 11 RBI over the last two days. For the season, Giambi is batting .277 with 25 longballs and 64 RBI.


Giambi tied a career high with seven RBI in a game on Sunday against Kansas City. The Yankees' slugger had two home runs and a single, which helped him pass two milestones in his career. The 11-year veteran now has more than 1,500 hits and 1,000 RBI in his career with the A's and Yankees.


Giambi left in the sixth inning of Saturday's win over the Chicgo White sox with a bruised right calf.


The home-run tear continues for Giambi, who homered twice in the Yankees' win over the Angels on Sunday. It was the third two-homer game of the second half for the Yankees' designated hitter, who has batted .320 (16-for-50) with nine home runs, 14 runs scored and 14 RBI in 17 games since the All-Star break.


Going into the Yankees' series against Minnesota Tuesday, Giambi has five home runs in his last five games. His other hit is a double, as the Yankees' designated hitter is 6-for-16 (.375) with seven RBI in those five games.


Giambi left Friday night's game against the Indians with stiffness in his left hip. The Yankee first baseman believes that the injury should not keep him out of further action. Expect to see him in the lineup for Saturday's game.


Before the Baltimore Orioles arrived in the Bronx on Monday, Giambi had just one extra-base hit for the Yankees in his last 13 games dating back to June 17. The Yankees' designated hitter has lit up Orioles pitching the last two days, homering twice in Monday's 13-8 victory, then doubling twice and homering again in Tuesday's 12-3 win.


Giambi and the Yankees' other DH options will be squeezed for playing time this week, when New York plays interleague series in Milwaukee and St. Louis. Giambi is batting .237 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 43 games this season.


In New York's Tuesday night win over Seattle, Giambi homered for the first time since April 19 -- his fourth dinger of the season -- and he went 3-for-4 with three RBI to give him a five-game hitting streak. In his modest five-game run, the Yankees' designated hitter is 7-for-20 (.350) with a double, homer, three runs scored and four RBI.

Presenting a Giambi home run as good news after an 18-game drought shows how far the slugger has fallen. Perhaps he will not regain the power that generated 163 home runs over the four period of 2000-2003, but getting his swing and head straightened out could make for a far more productive Giambi than what Yankees fans have seen so far in 2005.


With Giambi on an 0-for-15 slide with 10 strikeouts -- and projecting to collect all of 19 extra-base hits and 29 RBI this season -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and skipper Joe Torre sat down with New York's designated hitter to discuss his plight. Reportedly it was suggested that Giambi consider a minor league stint to recapture his stroke and confidence, but the veteran doesn't seem receptive to the idea.

While Giambi has maintained his batting eye and still draws walks, his swing is a mess and he rarely hits the ball hard. With the Yankees struggling to stay close to the contenders in the American League East, they can't afford to play Giambi when he's in such a funk. Spending some time at Triple-A Columbus seems like the best option for Giambi, unless he's prepared to discuss a buyout of his contract with the Yankees.


Giambi's hitless streak has reached 0-for-15 with 10 strikeouts, and for the season, the Yankees' designated hitter is batting .195 with three home runs and just six RBI in 27 games.

Manager Joe Torre made a point of saying he still believes in Giambi as a hitter and would stick with him in the Yankees' lineup. The skipper suggested there were mental issues to Giambi's struggles, rather than physical issues. Yet, would Torre have someone else in the DH spot if someone on the Yankees' bench was productive right now?


After missing four games as a result of being hit in the head with a pitch, Giambi was back in the Yankees' lineup on Sunday. Giambi served as the team's designated hitter and batted eighth.

Giambi went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in New York's win over Oakland Sunday. Since getting two hits against the Angels on April 28, Giambi has gone 0-for-12 with nine strikeouts. Over that stretch of games, he also has collected five walks and a hit-by-pitch.


Giambi left Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, due to a cramp in his right forearm. The Yankees' first baseman/designated hitter, who said the ailment was the result of too much batting practice, is not expected to miss much time. He might take Sunday off as a precautionary measure, but should be back in action within the next couple of days.

In 23 games this season, Giambi is batting .224 with three home runs and six RBI, and he's struck out 23 times in 67 at-bats. Consider him as day-to-day.