Pirates OF Brian Giles will miss the final 11 games of the season after breaking the middle finger on his right hand Tuesday. Giles was hurt sliding into second base during the ninth inning of a 6-3 loss to the Astros at Three Rivers Stadium. Giles, 28, hit .315 with 39 home runs and 115 RBI.

He has the most homers by a Pirates player since Willie Stargell hit 44 in 1973 and the most RBI since Barry Bonds's 116 in 1991. He came within one homer of joining Ralph Kiner and Stargell as the only Pirates ever to hit 40 home runs.

MORANDINI SUSPENDED: Cubs 2B Mickey Morandini was suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount by the NL for making contact with an umpire during Friday's game against Milwaukee.

The incident occurred during the seventh inning of the Cubs' 6-5 victory, when Morandini was ejected by first base umpire Greg Gibson for arguing a close play at first base. Morandini came into contact with Gibson during an argument and also displayed "overly aggressive behavior," according to the league.

WAGNER DAY-TO-DAY: Astros reliever Billy Wagner has a slightly strained ligament in his left elbow and is listed as day-to-day. The left-hander, who has 37 saves, felt a twinge in the elbow while getting the final two outs in the eighth inning of the Astros' 6-3 victory Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

BROOKLYN BOUND: The Mets bought a Class A minor league team yesterday and plan to relocate the club to Brooklyn for next season.

The Mets purchased the St. Catharines, Ontario, franchise of the New York-Penn League. St. Catharines has an affiliation agreement with the Blue Jays through the 2000 season, and the new team will field Blue Jays minor leaguers for its first season.

The team would be the first to play in Brooklyn since the Dodgers left following the 1957 season.