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“I wish things would have turned out differently,” Rowand said in a text message. “I thank the Giants for the opportunity. And, more than anything else, I’m going to miss my teammates and wish each and every one of them the best.”

Also Wednesday, San Francisco recalled outfielder Pat Burrell from a rehab assignment and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list after he missed 43 games with a mid-right foot strain. The club also purchased the contract of infielder Brett Pill from Triple-A Fresno.

Burrell and Rowand are longtime friends. They played together with the Phillies.

The news was tough for Burrell to take, but he understood, too.

“Some moves had to be made for us to get back on track, hopefully,” he said. “This team needed some changes.”

Wednesday’s win was only the sixth victory in 16 games for San Francisco, which finished up August at 11-18 with 78 runs _ the lowest monthly runs total since the Giants scored 77 in April 2009.

“We still believe we can climb back in this thing,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’ve dug ourselves a pretty good hole here but it’s a gritty group, and we’ll keep fighting until the end.”

The Giants still hope to get struggling $126 million lefty Zito back from foot and ankle injuries by mid-September for the stretch run. He was left off the postseason roster for all three rounds last fall.

Sabean wouldn’t say whether the Giants might be willing to also part ways with the pitcher, in the fifth season of his seven-year deal, and take on his huge contract at some point.

“I have no idea,” Sabean said when asked if Zito is in the plans for 2012.