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Blue Jays claim Gomez off waivers from Boston

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The Blue Jays claimed first baseman Mauro Gomez off waivers from the Red Sox on Monday and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo. In a corresponding move, Toronto designated right-hander David Bush for assignment to make room for Gomez on the 40-man roster.

Gomez made his Major League debut with Boston last season, hitting .275 with a pair of home runs and 17 RBIs in 37 games. Aside from his brief stint with the Red Sox last season, Gomez has spent the majority of the past two seasons at Triple-A, where he hit a combined .307 with 48 homers and 164 RBIs in 235 games between the Braves and Red Sox organizations.

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In nine Minor League seasons, the 28-year-old Dominican native has a .281 lifetime average to go along with 130 homers and 512 RBIs.

The 33-year-old Bush pitched once for the Blue Jays this season, allowing five runs in three innings Sunday in a 13-0 loss to the Red Sox.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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