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Pirates Claim Hisanori Takahashi From Angels

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed left-handed reliever Hisanori Takahashi off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in an attempt to bolster their bullpen to make a push for the playoffs in the season's final weeks.

Takahashi, 37, has been underwhelming this year, giving up 23 earned runs in 42 innings, good for a 4.93 ERA. He has struck out 41 batters and has allowed fewer than a hit an inning. He's given up six runs in his seven August innings.

Takahashi will likely be used primarily against left-handers, but he's actually been more effective against righties this year, allowing a .224 batting average against as opposed to a .255 clip against southpaws. In his career, his numbers when facing lefties and righties are nearly identical.

The Pirates haven't yet determined who they will cut to make room for Takahashi, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but that's expected to come soon.

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