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Tigers call up reliever Jim Johnson

Updated: August 17, 2014, 12:04 AM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers purchased the contract of former All-Star pitcher Jim Johnson and optioned reliever Melvin Mercedes to Triple-A Toledo after their 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus avoided questions about Johnson before the game, but made the announcement of his promotion at the end of his postgame news conference.

The 31-year-old Johnson made four appearances for Toledo, since signing with Detroit, and allowed two earned ...

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