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Stunning reports in Darren Ford case

Wednesday, July 7

MILWAUKEE — Darren Ford could face big trouble.

According to published reports, the Giants’ center-field prospect was charged in his hometown of Vineland, N.J., with making false reports and a form of theft in connection with his claim in Nov. 2009 that he was robbed of a bank deposit bag belonging to his employer.

The 24-year-old Vineland native turned himself in at police headquarters on the afternoon of July 2. Ford was charged with making false reports to law enforcement, obstruction of the administration of law, conspiracy and theft by failure to make proper disposition of property received.

He was processed and released on a summons.

Last Nov. 18, Ford told police that a black or Hispanic male pointed a double barrel shotgun at him and demanded his belongings at a Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. Ford was carrying a deposit bag to a bank for his employer, RK Chevrolet.

He told police he’d given the robber the deposit bag, his cell phone and $300 in cash.

Ford, 24, impressed the Giants with his speed, hustle and diligence during Spring Training, earning himself the Harry S. Jordan Award as the most outstanding first-year invitee to camp. He has spent this season playing at Double-A Ricmond.

Ford’s not guilty of anything yet, but he joins dubious company. Would-be slugger Angel Villalona remains in the Dominican Republic awaiting trail after being charged with murder last November in a barroom shooting.

Villalona injured; Molina praises Sandoval; fun facts

SAN FRANCISCO — First baseman Angel Villalona, one of the Giants’ leading prospects, is expected to miss at least four weeks with a strained left quadriceps.<p/>

Villalona injured himself Tuesday while playing for the Giants’ Class A San Jose affiliate. His injury will prevent him from participating in Sunday’s Futures Game with the World team. In 74 games, Villalona, who hit .267 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs in 74 games, played in last year’s Futures Game at Yankee Stadium.

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Bengie Molina delivered a high compliment to Pablo Sandoval after Thursday’s 9-3 vvictory over Florida.

“I really really hope that pablo can hit 30 home runs and get 150 RBIs,” said Molina, who’s tied with Sandoval for the team lead in RBIs with 50. “I wish and hope he beats me in RBIs, homers and average … I love that kid. After Roberto Clemente, he’s my favorite player. And he should have gone to the All-Star Game.”

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Tim Lincecum became the third Giants starter to lose a no-hitter upon facing the first batter of the seventh inning. It also happened to Randy Johnson on April 19 against Arizona and Barry Zito on June 21 against Texas.

– Chris Haft

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