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Yankees' Giambi has knee surgery

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Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - New York first baseman/designated hitter had arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to remove inflammatory tissue from his left knee. The star slugger was bothered by the knee all season and was forced to play the field in Games 3 and 4 of the World Series against Florida with the designated hitter option not available to the in the National League town. He was removed from the starting lineup for Game 5, but did hit a homer in a pinch-hit role.

Giambi hit .250 this past season and bashed 41 home runs with 107 RBI, leading the in both categories. He also battled through hamstring problems and an eye infection. Despite all of the injuries, Giambi never landed on the disabled list, playing in 156 games for the . He also walked 129 times, leading the American League.

Giambi, who will be entering the third season of a seven-year deal in 2004 for New York, is a lifetime .302 hitter with 269 home runs and 904 RBI.

The lost in six games to the in the 2003 World Series.

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