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The San Diego Padres have exercised the 2006 contractual option for right-hander Akinori Otsuka, Padres general manager Kevin Towers said Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Otsuka made 66 relief appearances for the Padres this past season and went 2-8 with one save. He pitched 62 2/3 innings and had a 3.59 ERA.

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