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Qualls To Help Aid Yankees’ Bullpen

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Chad Qualls #50 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on June 27, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pirates won 11-7. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 27: Chad Qualls #50 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on June 27, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pirates won 11-7. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Yankees have acquired right-handed
reliever Chad Qualls from the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to
be named or cash.

The Yankees made the deal Sunday during their 4-2 win over the
Chicago White Sox. The Phillies designated the right-hander for
assignment Wednesday.

Qualls was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in a team-high 35 appearances for
the Phillies. Righty batters are hitting .250 (19 for 76) against
him this year.

“He’s kind of a guy that can get up to 95 mph, somewhat of a
power guy, a sinker guy,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Very
tough on right-handers.”

The Yankees could be looking to add a veteran arm to a relief
corps that has been hit hard by injuries. Closer Mariano Rivera is
out for the season with a torn ligament in his knee and
eighth-inning setup man David Robertson recently returned from a
stint on the disabled list and faltered in the second of
back-to-back outings.

Cory Wade has also struggled in his last several appearances.

“We mix and match a little bit here so we hope he’s really
effective for us,” Girardi said.

To make room for Qualls on the 40-man roster, the Yankees
designated minor league infielder Matt Antonelli for assignment.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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