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Giavotella set to take over at second base

The Sports Xchange

The call to second baseman Johnny Giavotella was made Thursday night. The time is now.

After a 9-4 victory over the Orioles, the Royals announced they had purchased Giavotella's contract from Class AAA Omaha. He will join the club Friday for the start of a weekend series with the first-place Tigers.

The Royals plan to get Giavotella around 150 at-bats the remainder of the season, so he will be playing the majority of the time at second base.

The team will announce a corresponding move Friday upon Giavotella's arrival.

Giavotella, who turned 24 last month, was hitting .338 for Omaha. He hit .398 in June and .383 in July in the Pacific Coast League. He was a second-round pick in 2008 out of the University of New Orleans, the same year the Royals picked first baseman Eric Hosmer in the first round.

Giavotella's numbers with Omaha included a .481 slugging percentage, 34 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 72 RBI, 67 runs and nine stolen bases.

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