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Braves trade for ex-Cat Downs; Ex-Lafayette star Roe called up to majors

Relief pitcher Scott Downs was 2-3 with a 1.84 ERA for the Angels. He was traded to Atlanta for a prospect.
Relief pitcher Scott Downs was 2-3 with a 1.84 ERA for the Angels. He was traded to Atlanta for a prospect. AP

The Atlanta Braves have added a needed left-hander to their bullpen by acquiring Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels for minor-league righty Cory Rasmus.

The Braves have lost left-handed relievers Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty to season-ending elbow injuries. The 37-year-old Downs, a former University of Kentucky pitcher, joins Luis Avilan as lefties in Atlanta's bullpen.

Downs was 2-3 with a 1.84 ERA in 43 games with the Angels. He is 36-35 with a 3.47 ERA in 12 seasons.

Downs had 29 consecutive scoreless appearances from May 5-July 23 before giving up three hits and two runs in a 3-1 loss at Oakland in his last outing with the Angels on Saturday.

"I've been through this before," said Downs, who posted a 2.30 ERA from 2007-12. "I can't control what's going on on the other side. The only thing I can control is what I do out on the field to help this team win. That's the only thing I want to do. "

Roe returns to Diamondbacks bullpen

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled right-hander Chaz Roe from Triple-A Reno on Sunday to take the roster spot of Tyler Skaggs, who was optioned following his brief rocky start on Saturday. Roe is a former Kentucky Mr. Baseball from Lafayette High School.

Roe appeared in three games for the D-backs earlier this month against the Mets, tossing 32⁄3 innings and allowing two runs on four hits, including a homer, in his first major-league stint. Since then, he has allowed just one run in seven innings in the minors.

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