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First baseman Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates in order to make room on the 40-man roster on Wednesday.

Signed to a $4 million contract this offseason, the 30-year-old former NPB slugger has struggled in 2022, his third season in MLB, hitting .171 in 50 games with two homers, 19 RBIs and a .249 on-base percentage.

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