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Marlins designate reliever Maine for assignment

Friday - 4/19/2013, 5:51pm  ET

Cincinnati Reds' Devin Mesoraco, foreground, runs home after Miami Marlins relief pitcher John Maine, center, walked a batter with the bases loaded in the fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Cincinnati. Reds' Shin-Soo Choo, background right, runs to second. Cincinnati won 11-1. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

AP Baseball Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Miami designated reliever John Maine for assignment to the minors before the second game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Marlins called up right-hander Tom Koehler from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday. Manager Mike Redmond said he'll fill Maine's long-relief role. Koehler made three starts for New Orleans and had a 1.06 ERA.

Maine pitched two innings during an 11-1 loss to the Reds on Thursday night. He gave up five hits, five walks and six runs. In four appearances covering 7 1-3 innings this season, Maine had allowed 15 hits, five walks and 10 runs.

Miami's bullpen is 1-4 with a 5.57 ERA, third-worst the National League. It's the only bullpen in the majors without a save.


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