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10/10/2005 6:24 PM ET
Astros outright three pitchers to Round Rock
Driskill, Duckworth, Strickland removed from 40-man roster
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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros announced today that three of the club's right-handed pitchers have cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple A Round Rock: Travis Driskill, Brandon Duckworth, and Scott Strickland. The announcement was made by General Manager Tim Purpura.

Each of the three players has the option to accept the assignment, or reject it and become a free agent.

Driskill, 34, appeared in one game for the Astros this season and pitched one scoreless inning. He was 9-5 with a 4.37 ERA (49ER/101IP) and four saves for Round Rock this season.

Duckworth, 29, was 0-1 with an 11.02 ERA (20ER/16.1IP) in seven games (two starts) for Houston in 2005. He went 8-6 with a 4.62 ERA (59ER/115IP) in 20 games (19 starts) for the Express.

The 29-year-old Strickland pitched in five games for the Astros this season, recording no decisions and a 6.75 ERA (3ER/4IP) with two strikeouts. He was 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA (5ER/19IP) and five saves in 15 outings for Round Rock this year.

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