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Tigers promote Ruffin to Majors

Tigers promote Ruffin to Majors

Tigers promote Ruffin to Majors
MINNEAPOLIS -- After Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Twins, the Tigers announced they are promoting right-handed pitcher Chance Ruffin to the big club and will send Lester Oliveros to Triple-A Toledo.

Ruffin posted a combined 3-3 record with a 2.09 ERA in 31 games with Double-A Erie and eight games with Triple-A Toledo.

Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said he knew little about his new reliever, who will be joining the team for its next series in Chicago.

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"I know nothing about him," Leyland said, "other than he's tough, he's good and he's from Texas."

The 6-foot, 185-pound right-hander is just 22 years old. He was drafted in the supplemental first round (48th overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Ruffin is the son of former Major League pitcher Bruce Ruffin, who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies from 1986-1997.

Oliveros pitched in nine games for the Tigers this season, posting a 0-0 record with an ERA of 5.63 in eight innings of work.

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