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San Francisco just shook things up. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Gate reports the team optioned Emmanuel Burriss to Triple A Fresno and purchased the contract of Matt Downs, a 25-year old infielder. Burriss had been without a hit since June 4. Schulman writes,
"We feel now's the time Manny needs to go down and work on some things," [manager Bruce] Bochy said. "It's fair to say he's had his struggles." Bochy called this a "little hiccup" in Burriss' career and said, "He'll be back." Specifically, the Giants want Burriss to work on leadoff-type at-bats: bunting, using the whole field, etc..."
Catcher Steve Holm was DFA'd to make space for Downs on the 40-man.