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08/23/2010 12:21 PM ET
Giants awarded OF Cody Ross on waiver claim from Florida; INF Matt Downs designated for assignment
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The San Francisco Giants were awarded outfielder Cody Ross on a waiver claim from the Florida Marlins and have designated infielder Matt Downs for assignment, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.

Ross, 29, batted .265 (120-for-452) with 24 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 58 RBI in 120 games for Florida this season. The right-handed hitter has batted .280 (30-for-107) against left-handed pitchers, including an .864 OPS vs. southpaws. The 5-foot-10, 193-pound outfielder started 118 of Florida's 123 games this year, making the majority of his starts in centerfield (71 starts), while also logging 45 starts in right and two in left.

Ross, who posted back-to-back 20-plus home run seasons in 2008 and 2009, had a career year last season, recording career highs in nearly every offensive category, including hits (151), doubles (37), homers (24) and RBI (90). He owns a .308 (16-for-52) career average and .519 slugging percentage in 16 games at AT&T Park and has posted a career mark of .285 (124-for-435) against NL West opponents.

The seven-year veteran, who was selected by the Tigers in the fourth round of the June 1999 draft, has batted .265 (518-for-1,958) with 123 doubles, 83 home runs, 312 RBI and has gone 23-for-28 in stolen base attempts in 603 games with Detroit (2003), Los Angeles-NL (2005-06), Cincinnati (2006) and Florida (2006-10).

Downs, 26, spent the majority of the 2010 season with the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, batting .254 (50-for-197) with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 56 games.

Drafted by the Giants in the 36th round of the 2006 draft, the Alabama native appeared at the Major-League level for San Francisco in each of the last two seasons, hitting .214 (28-for-131) in 46 games.

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