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Astros pick up lefty Downs off waivers from Tigers

Astros pick up lefty Downs off waivers from Tigers

Astros pick up lefty Downs off waivers from Tigers

The Astros have claimed left-handed reliever Darin Downs off waivers from the Tigers.

The 28-year-old posted a 4.84 ERA in 29 games this year (19 earned runs in 35 1/3 innings) across two Major League stints with Detroit. He struck out 37 hitters, limiting lefties to a .219 average.

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Between Triple-A Toledo and Class A West Michigan, Downs had a 2.16 ERA over 16 2/3 innings. He owns a career record of 2-3 and has struck out 57 hitters in 56 Major League innings.

With the addition of Downs to the 40-man roster and the removal of Erik Bedard, who filed for free agency on Thursday, Houston's 40-man roster remains at 36 players.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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