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Arizona Acquires Almost-Perfect Pitcher Galarraga From Tigers

Armando Galarraga #58 of the Detroit Tigers
Armando Galarraga #58 of the Detroit Tigers traded to the Arixona Diamondbacks. Photographer: Leon Halip/Getty Images

Armando Galarraga, who lost a perfect game on the final out due to an umpire’s blown call, was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Detroit Tigers for a pair of minor-league pitchers.

Galarraga was traded yesterday for right-hander Kevin Eichhorn and left-hander Ryan Robowski, a lefty, according to a news release on the Diamondbacks’ website.

The 29-year-old Galarraga went 4-9 with a 4.49 earned run average last season, throwing 144 1/3 innings while striking out 74 and walking 51.

The right-hander retired the first 26 batters he faced on June 2 against the Cleveland Indians. Jason Donald then hit a ground ball that was scooped up by first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who tossed it to Galarraga. The pitcher stepped on the base before the runner and began to raise his hands in celebration, only to see umpire Jim Joyce rule that Donald was safe. It would have been the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history and the third of the season.

After the game Joyce admitted to the mistake and Galarraga accepted the apology, though major-league Commissioner Bud Selig declined to overturn the outcome.

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