Yankees slugger Jason Giambi will receive test results today that might explain why he's been feeling weak for months.

Giambi, sidelined earlier this season with an intestinal parasite, played down a report yesterday that he was being checked for a parasite that can cause a potentially fatal condition.

Bob Alejo, Giambi's trainer, told the Newark Star-Ledger that the all-star is being tested for a dangerous parasite called entamoeba histolytica. Giambi is scheduled to meet with Scott Hammer, an infectious disease specialist in New York.

"I want to see what this guy says before we make any decisions," Giambi said. "All these tests have been run and he's going to look them over."

* MCGRIFF RELEASED: 1B Fred McGriff was released by the Devil Rays, ending his bid to reach 500 career home runs with his hometown team.

The 40-year-old was batting .181 with two homers and seven RBI. He has 493 career home runs.

* GRIFFEY NOT CLOSE: Reds CF Ken Griffey Jr. isn't close to coming back. He took batting practice before the game yesterday, but had to scuttle plans to work out in the outfield after rain showers left the grass wet.

Griffey tore his right hamstring while chasing a fly ball on July 10, forcing him to sit out the All-Star Game.

"Nothing's changed," Griffey said. "We're still on the same plan."

-- From News Services