Royals sign Downs

Cleveland, OH ( - The Kansas City Royals signed veteran reliever Scott Downs on Sunday.

Downs was released by the White Sox on Thursday after going 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA in 38 games.

The left-hander has a 38-38 career record and a 3.57 ERA in 602 games (50 starts) with the Cubs, Expos, Blue Jays, Angels, Braves and White Sox.

To make room for Downs, the Royals optioned right-hander Casey Coleman to Triple-A Omaha. He gave up a run, two hits and a walk in one inning of action during Saturday night's 7-3 loss to the Indians.

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