San Fran­cisco Giants

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Cru­cial to the July 8 trade with the Texas Rangers will be

ap­ply­ing hitting lessons from re­cent months at Class AAA Sacra­mento (Calif.).

“It was good for me to go to Sacra­mento be­cause I def­i­nitely failed down there,” Dug­gar told The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle.

Con­sid­ered the Giants’ cen­ter fielder and lead­off hit­ter of the fu­ture, Dug­gar hit .272 with a .354 on-base per­cent­age in 78 mi­nor league games. Deal­ing Austin Jack­son to Texas opened up play­ing time for Dug­gar and cleared $2 mil­lion in salary space.

The Giants also sent re­liever Cory Gear­rin and pitch­ing prospect Ja­son Bahr to the Rangers and will re­ceive a player to be named or cash con­sid­er­a­tions.

❚ Catcher sore right hip will keep him out of the All-Star Game be­cause the Giants want to try to make sure that’s the only game he misses. Man­ager an­nounced on July 9 that Posey will get a cor­ti­sone shot in the hip af­ter the fi­nal game be­fore the break.

Steven Dug­gar Buster Posey’s Bruce Bochy

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