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End of the road for Anderson?

Outfielder Garret Anderson was designated for assignment on Sunday by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who purchased the contract of outfielder-first baseman Jay Gibbons from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Anderson, 38, batted .181 in 80 games with two homers and 12 RBI after signing with the club as a free agent in March. The three-time All-Star, who was used primarily as a backup outfielder and left-handed pinch-hitter, was in his 17th big league season. He spent last season with Atlanta after the Angels chose not to re-sign him.

Anderson played his first 2,013 games with the Angels and holds franchise records in every major offensive category except home runs. He had the biggest hit in Angels history, a tiebreaking three-run double in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series against San Francisco.

“Gibbons probably all year long has been … producing down there, and Garret has been inconsistent here,” manager Joe Torre said. “As tough as this was to do for me, because of how I respect this guy’s career and respect him as a person, we just felt we wanted to try something different. He took it obviously with a great deal of class. He said: ‘Thanks for the opportunity,’ and with that just slid away. I just wished him well.”

COGHLAN DONE?

Florida Marlins left fielder Chris Coghlan will undergo left knee surgery Wednesday and may miss the rest of the season after being hurt during a victory celebration.

The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year said recovery time following surgery is four to eight weeks.

Coghlan had hoped to delay surgery until after the season and return soon, but he decided the knee isn’t getting any better.

PIRATES AX COACHES

The Pirates fired pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and bench coach Gary Varsho, saying they are no longer right for the staff.

The firings came as the last-place Pirates close in on a record-extending 18th consecutive losing season.

Kerrigan is a former Red Sox, Phillies and Expos pitching coach. He was replaced by his assistant, former major league pitcher Ray Searage. Varsho, a former outfielder with the Pirates, Phillies, Reds and Cubs, was replaced by minor league field coordinator Jeff Banister.

Manager John Russell said it was a “get-wrenching decision” to let go two men he respects, but that it was necessary for the Pirates to accomplish something this year before heading into next season.

SHORT HOPS

Manager Lou Piniella was headed to Florida to tend to his ailing mother and was not accompanying the Chicago Cubs on their trip to San Francisco. … The Colorado Rockies optioned infielder Chris Nelson to Triple-A Colorado Springs, clearing roster space for right-hander Esmil Rogers to be recalled to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. … Tampa Bay right-handers Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis left the team and returned to Florida to have their sore shoulders examined by Rays team doctors. … Athletics outfielder Matt Watson was taken to a hospital before their game after complaining of pain in his side and back. … A.J. Burnett was forced to miss a start Sunday because of a bad back. Burnett tweaked his back Saturday while working out on flat ground, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the right-hander was feeling much better after getting treatment.

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