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Sources: Giants Make Claim On Cody Ross

   The San Francisco Giants have won a claim for Cody Ross, according to two major league sources, but it remains to be seen whether the popular outfielder for the Marlins leaves or stays. It is believed that the Giants put in the claim purely to block the San Diego Padres, their NL West rivals, from doing so.

    The Marlins have until Monday to either work out a deal, award Ross and his remaining (about $1 million) to the Giants, or pull him back off waivers. Assuming the Giants have no interest in working out a trade for Ross, it's uncertain whether the Marlins would hold on to Ross, or cut ties with the outfielder in order to dump the rest of his salary and create playing time for Cameron Maybin.

 Ross was in the lineup on Friday and said he would love to play for a playoff contender.

"Anytime a team that is in contention to to go the playoffs wants you, there's something to be said about that," Ross said. "It's awesome. I've heard rumors, from the Giants to the Padres, to whoever. Obviously, that would be awesome because it's out west. It's where I live. I made it clear to these guys (the Marlins) I want to stay here."