Ailing Yankees 1B Jason Giambi was diagnosed with an intestinal parasite and was out of the starting lineup last night when New York played Boston.

The Yankees didn't specify the parasite Giambi had, and he said he couldn't remember the name the doctor told him.

"I don't have a Ph.D. and I'm not world renowned," Giambi said.

The former AL MVP said he'd been feeling exhausted for about three weeks. He began taking a new set of antibiotics Tuesday and said a doctor told him he should feel better within a couple of days.

"There should be no reason for being this exhausted. I'm 33, not 50," Giambi said.

Giambi has one hit in his last 14 at-bats and is in a 13-for-65 rut. He hasn't homered since hitting his 11th of the season on June 20, and his average has dropped from .271 on June 7 to .237.

* MOVES: The White Sox designated LHP Vic Darensbourg for assignment, clearing room on the roster for recent acquisitions Freddy Garcia and Ben Davis. . . .

Giants RHP Jerome Williams missed his scheduled start against the Dodgers because of mild tendinitis in his shoulder. . . .

The Indians purchased the contract of reliever Bob Howry from Class AAA Buffalo and optioned LHP Cliff Bartosh to the minor leagues.

-- From News Services