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By The Associated Press
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 6:48 p.m.

The Baseball Hall of Fame reduced the number of years a player can remain eligible to be voted in by the writers to 10 years from 15, giving Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens less time to be considered.

The Hall of Fame announced the changes Saturday. They are effective immediately and will be reflected in 2015 Hall of Fame voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Bonds and Clemens, record-breaking stars whose careers have been tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use, have been on the ballot the last two years.

The BBWAA will allow Don Mattingly, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell, who have been on the ballot between 10-15 years, to complete a 15-year stay.

Giants pick up Peavy

The Giants acquired right-hander Jake Peavy from the Red Sox for a pair of minor league pitchers. He will start Sunday night's series finale against the Dodgers.

San Francisco sent right-hander Heath Hembree and lefty Edwin Escobar to the World Series champion Red Sox in the swap.

Peavy is 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA this season.

Pierzynski joins Cardinals

The Cardinals signed veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, 37, who played 72 games this year with the Red Sox, hitting .254 with four home runs before being released July 16. He has a career average of .282 over 17 seasons with six teams.

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