ARLINGTON (AP)  Backup infielder Andres Blanco is among five players that the American League champion Texas Rangers outrighted off their 40-man roster after each cleared waivers.

The Rangers also outrighted infielder Esteban German and right-handers Omar Beltre, Eric Hurley and Merkin Valdez on Wednesday.

Blanco wasn’t on the postseason roster after missing six weeks during the season because of two stints on the disabled list with back problems.

Right-hander Darren O’Day was claimed on waivers by the Baltimore Orioles, who put the pitcher on their roster.
With the moves, Texas has 32 players on its 40-man roster.

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