Giambi escapes punishment from baseball |

Giambi escapes punishment from baseball

Mark Duncan/APNew York Yankees' Jason Giambi watches his two-run home run off Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook in the fourth inning Sunday in Cleveland.

TORONTO ” Jason Giambi escaped punishment from commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday because of the Yankee slugger’s charitable work and cooperation with baseball’s steroids investigator.

Selig, speaking on the second and final day of an owners meeting, called this an “appropriate decision.”

Giambi has acknowledged a “personal history regarding steroids.” He agreed to speak with former Sen. George last month after Selig threatened to discipline him if he refused to cooperate.

“He’s doing a lot of public-service work, and I think that’s terribly important,” Selig said. “He was, I thought, very frank and candid with Sen. Mitchell, at least that was the senator’s conclusion. Given everything, this is an appropriate decision.”

A former American League MVP, Giambi missed more than two months this season with New York because of torn tissue in his left foot. He’s batting .270 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 51 games.

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