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07/31/2006 10:41 AM ET
Tigers acquire Sean Casey from Pittsburgh
Shelton optioned to Triple-A Toledo
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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers announced today the club has acquired first baseman Sean Casey from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for righthanded pitcher Brian Rogers. Additionally, the club has optioned the contract of first baseman Chris Shelton to Triple-A Toledo.

Casey hit .296 (63x213) with 30 runs scored, 15 doubles, three home runs and 29 RBI in 59 games this season for the Pirates. Since June 25, he has batted .315 (26x92) with 15 RBI in 26 games for Pittsburgh.

The 32-year old is hitting .304 (1288x4230) in 1,140 games during his 10 year major league career with Cleveland (1997), Cincinnati (1998-2005) and Pittsburgh (2006). Casey is 14th among all active major league players with his .304 batting average and has finished in the top 10 in hitting in the National League three times during his career, including fifth in 2005 (.312), seventh in 2004 (.324) and fourth in 1999 (.332). He has collected 271 doubles, 121 home runs and 634 RBI during his career.

A three-time National League all-star selection (1999, 2001 and 2004), Casey has not committed an error in 491 total chances at first base this season. He has posted a .995 fielding percentage at first base during his career.

Shelton saw action in 102 games for the Tigers this season, batting .277 (98x354) with 16 home runs and 45 RBI.

Rogers appeared in 37 games for Double A Erie and posted a 3-2 record and 2.39 ERA (64.0IP/17ER). His contract will be assigned to Double A Altoona in the Eastern League.

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