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04/05/12 1:43 PM ET

Yankees claim reliever Eppley from Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The New York Yankees acquired right-handed relief pitcher Cody Eppley off waivers, Rangers officials confirmed Thursday.

The Rangers designated Eppley for assignment on Wednesday to make room on their 40-man roster. Texas needed to add infielder Alberto Gonzalez and pitcher Robbie Ross to the Opening Day roster.

Eppley, 26, was a 43rd-round pick by the Rangers in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Virginia Commonwealth. He was the Rangers' Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2008 when he went 5-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 16 saves.

He was 1-1 with an 8.00 ERA in 10 games for the Rangers last season, spending the rest of the year with Triple-A Round Rock. He was 4-2 with a 3.90 ERA and 10 saves in 42 games for Round Rock. His Triple-A ERA was 0.89 as late as June 18 and he was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.