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Published: Tuesday, 10/28/2008

Vasquez claimed off waivers from Boston Red Sox

BY JOE VARDON
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Tigers pitcher Virgil Vasquez was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox, ending his tenure as a popular righthander with the Toledo Mud Hens.

Vasquez, 26, was the Hens' opening day starter this year but endured an inconsistent 2008 campaign, going 12-12 with a 4.81 ERA in 159 innings. The Tigers' seventh-round draft pick in 2003, Vasquez stood out during his first season in Toledo in 2007, posting a 12-5 record with a career-low 3.48 ERA.

His lone appearances with Detroit also came in 2007. Vasquez was 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA in five games for the Tigers, and was passed over time and again this season while Detroit repeatedly raided the Hens' pitching staff for help.



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