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Rangers Designate LHP Saunders For Assignment

Starting pitcher Joe Saunders #47 of the Texas Rangers walks to the dugout after being relieved in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 20, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Starting pitcher Joe Saunders #47 of the Texas Rangers walks to the dugout after being relieved in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 20, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Joe Saunders has been designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers, who cut ties with the 33-year-old lefty after he went winless in eight starts.

Saunders gave up four homers and seven runs in five innings on Monday night in a 7-1 loss to the Orioles. That left him 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA.

The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Saunders to the minor leagues.

Assistant General Manager Thad Levine said Tuesday, “I just don’t think it’s worked out to his liking and we just wanted to try something new and different at this point.”

The Rangers recalled 25-year-old Miles Mikolas from Triple-A Round Rock. Levine said and the right-hander will start Wednesday at Baltimore and will be “going into the rotation” for the struggling Rangers.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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