Giants claim Joey Rickard, add former Orioles outfielder to Triple-A


LOS ANGELES -- As they have done so often over the past six months, the Giants added an outfielder who was let go elsewhere. 

This time it's Joey Rickard, a 28-year-old who was designated for assignment by the Orioles earlier in the week. Rickard hit .203 in Baltimore with two homers, two triples and seven doubles, seeing time in 42 games. He has four seasons of big-league experience and hit eight homers last year while posting a .713 OPS. 

Rickard was placed on the 40-man roster and immediately optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Like others the Giants have taken a flyer on, Rickard, a right-handed hitter, can play all three outfield spots. He has primarily seen time in center field and right field this season. 

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The Giants have continually looked to add depth at the upper levels of the minors and recently took a similar chance on former Padre Alex Dickerson, who is 3-for-17 since joining the River Cats. 

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the Giants moved right-hander Nick Vincent (pectoral strain) to the 60-day DL.

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