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Rangers Bring Back Carlos Pena 13 Years Later

Carlos Pena #12 of the Houston Astros celebrates after his three-run home run in the 10th inning to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 at Minute Maid Park on June 20, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Carlos Pena #12 of the Houston Astros celebrates after his three-run home run in the 10th inning to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 at Minute Maid Park on June 20, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Texas Rangers have purchased the contract Carlos Pena from Triple-A Round Rock, and the first baseman was set to play his first game for his original team since 2001.

First baseman Brad Snyder was designated for assignment Tuesday. Pena was listed batting sixth and playing first base for a series opener at home against Detroit.

Pena made his major league debut for the Rangers in 2001, and he was traded to Oakland the following winter. The 36-year-old Pena has played for eight teams in his career.

Released by the Los Angeles Angels during spring training, Pena signed a minor league deal with Texas last week.

The team said first baseman Mitch Moreland has returned home to Mississippi after ligament reconstructive surgery and bone realignment in his left ankle Monday.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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