Rays designate Burrell for assignment

Updated: May 15, 2010, 4:43 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Pat Burrell's unproductive stint in Tampa Bay is over.

The Rays designated the ex-Philadelphia slugger for assignment before Saturday's game against Seattle and selected the contract of former Texas Rangers infielder Hank Blalock from Triple-A Durham.

Burrell has struggled since signing with the Rays two months after helping the Phillies beat Tampa Bay in the 2008 World Series. He batted .221 with 14 homers and 64 RBIs in 2009, while making the transition ...

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