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Sheffield released by Tigers

Updated: April 1, 2009, 1:44 AM ET
Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Gary Sheffield's next home run will be his 500th in the major leagues.

The question is: What uniform will he be wearing when he hits it?

The Detroit Tigers released the nine-time All-Star on Tuesday, leaving him without a team as he closes in on becoming the 25th player to reach the milestone. The World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies, however, quickly called the slugger to see if there was a fit.

Sheffield left Tigers camp as the rest of his former ...

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