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Ruggiano designated for assignment

OF Justin Ruggiano was the odd man out - again - as the Rays designated him for assignment Tuesday to clear space on the 40-man roster for 1B Carlos Pena.

Ruggiano was similarly dropped from the 40-man last spring when the Rays signed Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon.

Ruggiano, 29, started last season at Triple-A Durham, then was called up to the Rays in late May and spent the rest of the season with them, though with three weeks on the DL. He hit .248 in 46 games, with 4 homers and 13 RBIs.

Posted by Marc Topkin at 6:04:23 pm on January 24, 2012

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