Lotte acquires pitchers Mathis, Ledezma

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TOKYO, July 27 (19:03) Kyodo

The Pacific League-leading Lotte Marines bolstered their
depleted pitching staff on Friday, when they acquired right-hander
Doug Mathis and lefty Wil Ledezma.

Mathis, 29, was 7-6 with Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox
organization this season with a 4.07 ERA in 101-2/3 innings. He has
pitched in 45 major league games, all but six in relief, for the
Texas Rangers. The Marines will pay him $150,000 this season.

Ledezma, 31, was 3-3 with three saves for Triple-A Albuquerque
in the Dodgers organization with a 6.99 ERA in 37-1/3 innings.
Ledezma has a 15-25 record in a major league career spent mostly with
Detroit. His deal is worth $400,000.

The Marines are currently without right-hander Yuki Karakawa,
who was sent down to the minors on July 14 due to pain in his elbow
and right-hander Hayden Penn has missed most of the season, also
because of elbow pain.

Rookie lefty Takahiro Fujioka, who was 4-1 at the end of May,
was deactivated on July 2 after going 0-4 in June.

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