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Vasquez claimed off waivers

The Pirates today claimed pitcher Virgil Vasquez off waivers from the San Diego Padres.

The 26-year-old right-hander spent all of last season with Toledo, the Detroit Tiger’s Triple-A club. He went 12-12 with a 4.81 ERA, 115 strikeouts and 37 walks in 27 starts. He was the Tigers’ seventh-round pick in the 2003 draft.

Vasquez was claimed off waivers Oct. 28 by Boston, then claimed again Jan. 9 by San Diego.

Vasquez pitched in five games (three starts) for the Tigers in 2007, going 0-1 with a 8.64 ERA.

The addition of Vasquez fills the Pirates’ 40-man roster. The team also will have 17 non-roster invitees to sping training, which begins Feb. 13 in Bradenton, Fla.

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