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Giles retires after 15 seasons

Updated: March 11, 2010, 3:26 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The battle for the Dodgers' left-handed pinch-hitting spot was reduced to two players on Thursday after non-roster outfielder Brian Giles, a 15-year veteran and two-time All-Star, retired from baseball.

Giles was with the Padres last season but has not played since June 18. He came to Dodgers camp with doubts as to how the knee would respond, and said the day he reported he would know what he was capable of fairly quickly.

After several days of workouts last week, ...

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