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Dan Runzler leaves the Giants to go to Japan

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DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Relief pitcher Dan Runzler #45 of the San Francisco Giants delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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San Francisco released reliever Dan Runzler from Triple-A so that he can sign with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan, according to Andrew Baggarly of

Runzler had a 3.86 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 72 innings for the Giants spread over four seasons, but struggled with his control and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012.

At age 29 he was in his sixth season at Triple-A, so it’s understandable that Runzler would want to take the guaranteed payday in Japan and perhaps return to MLB in a couple years with a strong record over there.

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