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Rangers Bring Back 1B Carlos Pena 13 Years Later

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SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Carlos Pena #22 of the Chicago Cubs steals second base during the fifth inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 26, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Carlos Pena #22 of the Chicago Cubs steals second base during the fifth inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 26, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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