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Detroit Tigers release outfielder Brennan Boesch

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Detroit Tigers Brennan Boesch watches the flight of his two run home run against the New York Yankees during the fifth inning of American League MLB baseball action at Yankee Stadium in New York April 3, 2011.  Boesch hit an 8th inning home run vs. Texas on August 2, 2011, to put Detroit ahead for good, 6-5. REUTERS
Detroit Tigers Brennan Boesch watches the flight of his two run home run against the New York Yankees during the fifth inning of American League MLB baseball action at Yankee Stadium in New York April 3, 2011. Boesch hit an 8th inning home run vs. Texas on August 2, 2011, to put Detroit ahead for good, 6-5. REUTERS

DETROIT (WQLR) -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch was unconditionally released from the team today after the organization announced Andy Dirks as the likely left field starter on opening day.

Boesch finished the 2012 season with a .240 batting average to go with 12 home runs and 54 RBI. He was left off of last season's playoff roster.

The team tried to trade Boesch during the offseason but could not find the right fit. The move will save the Tigers $1.9 million in salary space.

Boesch's 2011 campaign began with the hitter leading many categories by June, including hits and his .380 batting average. However, a torn ligament cut the 27 year old's season short. He suffered a tweaked oblique muscle at the beginning of Spring Training as well.

 

 

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