The San Francisco Giants placed first baseman J.T. Snow and second baseman Ray Durham on the 15-day disabled list yesterday, depleting their already thin infield.

Snow has an injured left knee that will require arthroscopic surgery today. His move is retroactive to May 21, but Snow isn't expected back for a minimum of six weeks.

Durham, who's already spent one stint on the DL this year after going on twice in 2003, has a left hamstring strain. The retroactive date on his move is May 22. . . .

Long Beach State pitcher Jered Weaver and Texas closer Huston Street were among five finalists announced for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top amateur player.

Rice pitcher Wade Townsend, Arizona State infielder Dustin Pedroia and Mississippi pitcher-infielder Stephen Head are the other finalists.

Head is a sophomore, the others are juniors. The winner of the award, presented by the U.S. Baseball Federation in partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Association, will be announced July 13.

Weaver, a right-hander, is 14-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 122 innings. He is the younger brother of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver.


Retired New York Giants defensive lineman Keith Hamilton has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession.

Hamilton pleaded guilty to possession of about one gram of the drug, which police said they found inside a folded dollar bill during a traffic stop in Harding Township, N.J., in May 2003. He could face up to six months in jail.

Hamilton, 33, retired in February after 12 NFL seasons.