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Giants acquire outfielder Davis and player to be named later from Pirates for Morris07/31/2007 4:35 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have acquired 26-year-old center fielder Rajai Davis and a player to be named later from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Morris, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.
Davis, 5-11 and 195 pounds, is hitting .271 (13-for-48) with two doubles, two RBI and five stolen bases in 24 games for the Pirates. The right-handed hitting speedster was recalled from triple-A Indianapolis June 5, and made 12 starts in center field for Pittsburgh. The University of Connecticut at Avery Point product posted a .409 average (9-for-22) with two runs, two doubles and two stolen bases in his final 13 contests in a Pirates uniform.
Originally the Pirates' 38th round selection in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Davis has stolen more than 40 bases in each of his last four full minor league campaigns. The Norwich, CT native paced the Carolina League with 57 thefts for single-A Lynchburg in 2004, while sharing Eastern League stolen base title in 2005 with 43 for double-A Altoona.
Prior to his recall to the Pirates this season, he hit .318 with 31 runs, 12 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 30 RBI in 53 games for Indianapolis. In fact, Davis finished his triple-A stint with 21-game hitting streak.
Morris, who made his final start in a Giants uniform Sunday vs. the Marlins, has composed a 118-84 lifetime ledger with a 3.83 ERA over 291 big league games (260 starts). The 10-year veteran owns a 7-7 mark with a 4.35 ERA (66er, 136.2ip) in 21 starts for the Giants this season. During his one-and-a-half seasons in San Francisco, the Middletown, NY native posted a 17-22 record with a 4.73 ERA (181er, 344.1ip) in 54 opening assignments.
Rajai is pronounced RAHJ-ay.
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