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Ruffin shuffled into Seattle from Buffalo

The Sports Xchange

Today's winner in baseball's frequent flier race is new Seattle reliever Chance Ruffin.

Ruffin spent Wednesday flying from Buffalo, where he was situated when he learned he was the player to be named in a trade deadline deal that sent pitchers Doug Fister and David Pauley from Seattle to Detroit.

Ruffin threw a perfect eighth inning of relief in his Mariner debut Wednesday, then packed everything up again. The Mariners flew Thursday morning to St. Petersburg, Fla., where they open a weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays Friday.

"It's been a crazy two days," Ruffin said Thursday night as his packed up his bag, again. ``But it feels great to be here. It feels like I've got a clean slate."

A closer at the University of Texas where he was a supplemental first round draft pick of the Tigers (48th overall) in 2010, Ruffin is one of the first of the class of 2010 to make it to the big leagues.

Seattle manager Eric Wedge said he'll use Ruffin, who pitched twice in relief for the Tigers in July, in relief roles as the Seattle bullpen gets restructured.

In the first three weeks of August, the Mariner bullpen already has lost David Pauley (traded), Aaron Laffey (designated for assignment) and Chris Ray (released), so there are plenty of jobs open.

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