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Giants' Johnson nearing return

Updated: September 14, 2009, 10:23 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- He hasn't thrown a pitch in relief since a fairly memorable ninth-inning cameo appearance in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. But Randy Johnson could be headed for the bullpen in San Francisco as soon as the end of this week. The Big Unit threw a simulated game before the Giants' regularly scheduled game with Colorado on Monday, then announced: "I feel I'm ready to go."

Johnson hasn't pitched since July 5 with what is still being described ...

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