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Penny asks for, gets his release

Updated: August 27, 2009, 11:12 AM ET
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Struggling Boston Red Sox right-hander Brad Penny asked for and was granted his release Wednesday night. Newly acquired reliever Billy Wagner will take his spot on the roster.

"I asked for my release and I got it," Penny said, according to the Boston Herald.

Penny (7-8) was 1-6 in his past 11 starts and has a 5.61 ERA. He will be placed on waivers Thursday, according to the Herald, and will clear on Monday. He can talk to other interested teams while he is on waivers.

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