Pittsburgh gets L.A.'s Gonzalez


Outfielder Jose Gonzalez, 0-for-28 this season, was traded yesterday by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Mitch Webster.

Gonzales, 26, is the only position player on an Opening Day roster without a hit. He's 0-for-13 as pinch hitter.

Webster, 32, is a switch hitter. He was acquired by the Pirates on May 16 from the Cleveland Indians for pitcher Mike York. Webster appeared in 36 games for the Pirates and batted .175 with one home run and nine RBI.

* BREWERS: First baseman Greg Brock, a nine-year veteran who last season asked to be traded when he did not start regularly, was waived.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin State Assembly approved a bill containing about $35 million in state loans to help the club build a ballpark. The Assembly approved the bill, 59-39, and sent it to the Senate after debating the merits of subsidizing the project.

* PADRES: Benito Santiago threw his batting helmet in anger after grounding out Tuesday night, and it hit manager Greg Riddoch, knocking him groggy.

"It was a freak thing," Santiago said. "But on TV they're already saying that I tried to hit him, that I did it on purpose. I threw it down and it bounced wild. I apologized to Greg."

Riddoch, who seemed to be in good spirits, said he was looking away when the helmet hit him.

"I had my head turned. I saw it somehow out of the corner of my eye, but I got dinged, hit in the temple."

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