He now gets the chance to play for his hometown team, as the Padres acquired him from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday for left-handed starter Oliver Perez, minor league outfielder Jason Bay and a player to be named.
Giles will make his Padres debut in the finale of a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark.
“We acquired Brian Giles because Brian Giles is a baseball player—what he does and the numbers that he’s put up,” Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. “Having local ties obviously played into it. He grew up here and we haven’t had that since Tony Gwynn: someone with local ties who has star quality.”
Giles has averaged 35 homers and 100-plus RBIs since 1999. He is batting .299 with 16 homers and 70 RBIs this season.
“There’s a lot of disappointment—and satisfaction,” Giles said. “It’s disappointing because when I signed (with Pittsburgh), I wanted to play for a championship club here, but it just didn’t work out. … But I’m excited to go back and play in my hometown.”
The Diamondbacks, who have alternated wins and losses for 10 consecutive games, failed to gain ground on the Phillies and Marlins in the NL wild-card race.
Arizona is 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia and Florida, but eight teams are within 2 1/2 games of the top spot.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 28 1/2 GB, NL West. Diamondbacks - 2nd place, 11 GB, NL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Lawrence (6-14, 4.54 ERA). Lawrence has allowed no more than three earned runs in four consecutive starts, going 1-1 with a 2.58 ERA in that span. He pitched six innings on Friday, giving up three runs and six hits, but he did not get a decision in the Padres’ 5-3 win over the Montreal Expos. He is 2-2 with a 3.24 ERA in seven career games against the Diamondbacks.
DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Curt Schilling (7-7, 2.60 ERA). Schilling matched a season high with 14 strikeouts on Friday, but it was not enough in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He allowed four runs and six hits in eight innings. Schilling has struck out 37 in his last three outings. He is 15-8 with a 2.56 ERA in 34 career games against the Padres.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Mark Loretta, .317 avg.; Klesko, 20 HRs; Giles, 70 RBIs and 70 runs; Ramon Vazquez and Gary Matthews Jr., 10 SBs. Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .305 avg, 22 HRs, 84 RBIs and 81 runs; Steve Finley, 10 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Diamondbacks, 9-7.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - 1B Klesko is batting .173 (9-for-52) with 19 strikeouts in his career against RHP Schilling. … The Padres recalled RHP Ben Howard from Triple-A Portland to replace LHP Perez on the roster. He allowed four runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings as an emergency starter Tuesday. … 3B Sean Burroughs is batting .448 (13-for-29) during an eight-game hitting streak. Diamondbacks - LF Gonzalez is batting .130 (3-for-23) in his career against RHP Lawrence. … RF Raul Mondesi’s third-inning double on Tuesday was the 300th of his career. … CF Finley is 1-for-20 (.050) in his last six games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 24-43 on the road; Diamondbacks - 39-27 at home.