More than three years since he threw his last pitch for the Cardinals, Rick Ankiel gave up one unearned run and one hit in six innings yesterday for Class AAA Memphis in what could be his final start in the minors. Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa has said the team would consider calling up Ankiel when rosters expand in September.

Ankiel said he hasn't heard anything about his possible call-up, but thinks he would be ready if it happened.

"I'll deal with it if it comes," Ankiel said. "Right now, I've got to just worry about what I'm doing day in and day out, and that's it."

* GIAMBI REHABS: Yankees slugger Jason Giambi took batting practice for the first time yesterday since having a benign tumor diagnosed last month. Giambi took 22 swings during the session in a batting cage.

"Now, we've kind of, like, turned the corner," Giambi said. "It was a good day today."

Giambi's goal is to rejoin the Yankees before the regular season ends. . . .

RF Gary Sheffield missed yesterday's game against the Blue Jays with a sprained left ankle. He is listed as day-to-day.

* GLAUS ACTIVATED: Troy Glaus was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Angels following a five-game rehab assignment in the minors and was back in the lineup for yesterday's game against the Twins. The Angels also placed DH Tim Salmon on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 24.

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