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Updated: August 30th, 2014 1:53pm
Report: Astros claim Sam Deduno off waivers from Twins

Report: Astros claim Sam Deduno off waivers from Twins

by Judd Zulgad
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There were only two American League teams with worse records than the Minnesota Twins entering Saturday. Sam Deduno is headed to one of them.

The righthander was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros, according to a tweet from Rhett Bollinger of

Deduno, best known for his troubles finding the plate with his pitches, had been in the Twins organization since 2012. He was 2-5 this season with a 4.60 earned-run average in 30 games, including eight starts.

Deduno, who most recently had pitched out of the bullpen, walked 41 in 92 innings.

Deduno has spent time with the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres, as well as the Twins, and is 16-18 with a 4.24 ERA in 69 career games and 41 starts.

The Twins entered Saturday night's game at Baltimore in last place in the AL Central with a 59-75 (.440 winning percentage). The Astros were 57-79 (.419) and the Texas Rangers were 53-81 (.396), tying them with the Colorado Rockies for the worst record in baseball.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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