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Rangers Release Pitcher Dave Burba

July 29, 2002

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ The Texas Rangers released pitcher Dave Burba on Monday, a day after he had a late-game meltdown, and recalled right-hander Joaquin Benoit from Triple-A Oklahoma.

Burba allowed seven runs and seven hits in one-third of an inning in the Rangers’ 12-2 loss to Oakland on Sunday.

``I’m shocked a little bit,″ Burba said as he cleaned out his locker. ``I feel like I’m in the twilight zone and I’m trying to find my way out. But I still feel I can pitch.″

He was 4-5 in 23 games with the Rangers, and since moving to the bullpen July 16, he allowed eight runs in 5 1-3 innings.

``Everything I threw out there was flat,″ Burba said after the Sunday outing that had his ERA rise from 4.86 to 5.42. ``It was one of those nights. Batting practice was basically what it was.″

Texas must pay the remainder of his $2 million salary, which comes to $688,524.

Benoit was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four games with the Rangers earlier this season. He will be in uniform for Texas’ home game Monday night against the New York Yankees.

Rangers manager Jerry Narron said Burba’s departure will allow Texas to give more innings to right-handers Benoit, Aaron Myette and Rob Bell.

``We want to get Benoit up here and pitching,″ Narron said. ``We’ve got to make some decisions on these young guys. All three of those guys are out of options so they need to be up here and pitching.″

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