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MIAMI -- Some left-handed pitching with big league experience is joining the Marlins' organization.

On Thursday, Miami claimed lefty Duane Below off waivers from the Tigers and optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans, where he will join the rotation.

Detroit designated Below on Wednesday to make roster room for Jose Valverde.

Below, 27, threw 46 1/3 innings in 27 games with one start for the Tigers last year.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was 1-2 with a 2.10 ERA in four starts at Triple-A this season. In 25 2/3 innings, he has 15 strikeouts and four walks.

Below spent parts of 2011-12 in the big leagues, logging a total of 75 1/3 innings with a 4.06 ERA.

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