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Pirates' Cruz returning home to Dominican Republic

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The Pittsburgh Pirates placed right-handed reliever Juan Cruz on the restricted list to allow him to return home to the Dominican Republic to attend to personal business.

To replace Cruz, the Pirates called up left-hander Doug Slaten from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The veteran Cruz was 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 20 outings. Slaten was 2-0 with a 0.36 ERA and eight saves in 20 games for Indianapolis.
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