Penny to start for Giants

Brad Penny, the hard-throwing but inconsistent righthander who was let go by the Red Sox on Aug. 26, agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants last night.

Penny, who was removed from the rotation last week, asked for and was granted his release from the Red Sox, who acceded to his wishes so he could join another club before Aug. 31, when postseason rosters have to be set.

Penny is expected to pitch tomorrow against the Phillies once the Giants make a roster move.

The 31-year-old, who won just one of his final 11 starts for the Red Sox, finishing with a 7-8 record and a 5.61 ERA, is expected to replace former Boston College pitcher Joe Martinez in the Giants’ rotation.


He will make the prorated minimum salary with the Giants. He signed a one-year deal for $5 million with the Red Sox in the offseason after four seasons with the Dodgers.

Interestingly, Penny, who had an acrimonious departure from the Dodgers, now finds himself in the middle of a pennant race against his former team. San Francisco is tied with the Colorado Rockies for the National League wild card lead, six games behind Los Angeles. The Giants and Dodgers next meet Sept. 11, the opener of a three-game series.

By signing with the Giants, Penny is set up to pitch against the Dodgers, his former club in some meaningful games. The teams are next scheduled to meet for a three-game series starting Sept. 11.

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