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Mets Release Duncan

Veteran infielder Mariano Duncan, who has played on two World Series champions, was given his unconditional release by the New York Mets Saturday.

The 36-year-old Duncan asked for his release when it became evident he wasn't going to make the team.

This spring, Duncan was hitting .260 with two RBIs in 20 games.

Duncan, who played on championship teams with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990 and the New York Yankees in 1996, has spent 12 seasons in the majors, also playing with the Los Angles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays. His career batting average is .267, with 87 home runs and 491 RBIs.

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Last year, Duncan played in Japan.

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