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Rangers acquire Garko off waivers

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired first baseman Ryan Garko off waivers from Seattle.

Garko fills a need for the Rangers, who had been looking for a right-handed hitter to come off the bench. Chris Davis is their starting first baseman.

Texas optioned catcher Max Ramirez to Triple-A Oklahoma.

Garko is a .279 career hitter over five major league seasons with Cleveland (2005-09) and San Francisco (2009). He went to spring training with Seattle after signing a $550,000 contract, and hit .220 with a home run and four RBIs in 15 games.