SF gets Garko

Published 2:22 am Tuesday, July 28, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants acquired first baseman Ryan Garko from the Cleveland Indians on Monday, filling a big need in the infield and adding a key right-handed bat.

Garko was a late lineup scratch for the Indians before they opened a road series against the Los Angeles Angels. He was batting .285 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs in 78 games for Cleveland, including .343 this month.