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Thome, Garland heading to the Dodgers

THE National League-leading Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired veteran slugger Jim Thome and pitcher Jon Garland, the team said on Monday.

Both Thome, of the Chicago White Sox, and Garland, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, cleared waivers and will be eligible to play for Los Angeles in the postseason, the Dodgers said on their Website.

The Dodgers will receive them in exchange for players to be named later.

Thome, 39, will bring the team extra power from the left side of the plate. The five-time All-Star has 23 home runs and 74 RBIs this season. He is 12th on the all-time home run list with 564.

Garland is 8-11 with a 4.29 ERA this year, but could provide the Dodgers with a reliable fifth starter. Los Angeles's starting pitching has been inconsistent this year, and the rotation was further weakened with the loss of Hiroki Kuroda, who was struck in the head by a line drive on August 15.

Elsewhere, the San Francisco Giants acquired pitcher Brad Penny for the rest of the season after he cleared waivers with the Boston Red Sox.

The Giants will pay a prorated portion of the league minimum salary to Penny, who could make his first start today in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Chronicle said on its Website.

Penny is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA this year after being brought on by the Red Sox at the start of the season.

"He's still bringing it good," Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans told the paper. "He's a veteran - he's been an All Star.


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