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Indians release Austin Kearns

The Cleveland Indians have released outfielder Austin Kearns.

In 57 games for the Indians this season, Kearns was hitting .200 with two homers and seven RBI. He was designated for assignment last week when Shin-Soo Choo was activated off the disabled list.

Kearns spent the first four months of the 2010 season with the Indians before being dealt to the New York Yankees on July 30. He batted .263 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 120 combined games.

Originally drafted seventh overall by Cincinnati in 1998, Kearns is a .254 hitter with 117 home runs and 478 RBI in 1,019 career games with the Reds, Nationals, Indians and Yankees.