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Tigers Release Ryan Raburn

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Robert Andino #11 of the Baltimore Orioles bobbles the cut off throw as Ryan Raburn #25 of the Detroit Tigers slides safely into second base with an RBI double during the fourth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 13, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Robert Andino #11 of the Baltimore Orioles bobbles the cut off throw as Ryan Raburn #25 of the Detroit Tigers slides safely into second base with an RBI double during the fourth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 13, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has purchased the contracts of righthanded pitchers Melvin Mercedes and Bruce Rondon and shortstop Dixon Machado from Triple A Toledo. Additionally, the club today has released outfielder Ryan Raburn and outrighted the contract of righthanded pitcher Tyler Stohr to Triple A Toledo.

Mercedes, 22, spent the majority of the 2012 season with Single A West Michigan and he compiled a 0-3 record, 2.80 ERA (64.1IP/20ER), nine saves and 43 strikeouts. He limited opponents in the Midwest League to a .230 batting average (54×235) during the season. Mercedes appeared in one game with Single A Lakeland during the 2012 season, tossing a scoreless inning.

Rondon, 21, was tabbed the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 as he finished 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA (53.0IP/9ER), 29 saves and 66 strikeouts in 52 appearances between Single A Lakeland, Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo. He limited opponents to a .172 batting average (32×186) between three levels in 2012. Rondon earned a spot on the World Team for the Futures Game held prior to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in Kansas City this season.

Machado, 20, batted .195 (82×421) with 59 runs scored, 16 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 37 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 119 games with Single A Lakeland during the 2012 season. He topped all Florida State League shortstops with a .966 fielding percentage this season.

Raburn, 31, hit .171 (35×205) with 14 doubles, a home run and 12 RBI in 66 games with the Tigers during the 2012 season.

Stohr, 26, finished 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA (24.2IP/6ER) in 23 appearances with Double A Erie in 2012.

Detroit’s roster now stands at 39 and will be submitted to the Commissioner’s Office to meet today’s deadline.

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