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Jays claim Russ Canzler, acquire contract of Can-Am pitcher

The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday claimed third baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler on waivers from the Cleveland Indians, the same day they purchased the contract of pitcher Tony Davis from the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League.

3B/OF hit .269 with 3 HRs, 11 RBIs in 26 games with Indians in 2012

Russ Canzler hit .269 in 26 games with the Indians in 2012, posting three home runs and 11 runs batted in. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday claimed third baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler on waivers from the Cleveland Indians, the same day they purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Tony Davis from the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League.

Canzler hit .269 in 26 games with the Indians in 2012, posting three home runs and 11 runs batted in.

Toronto added Canzler to the 40-man roster and outrighted right-handed pitcher Mickey Storey to AAA Buffalo of the International League.

The 26-year-old Canzler batted .265 with 22 homers and 79 RBIs in 130 contests with the AAA Columbus Clippers last season.

Davis, 24, went 2-0 with a 1.06 earned-run average in 20 appearances for Quebec in 2012. The Newberry, Fla., native was used mostly out of the bullpen against left-handed hitters.

Davis was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th round in 2009 but was released this spring. He joined Fargo-Moorhead of the American Association before he was traded to Quebec in July.

He had a 2.51 ERA in 44 appearances with the Twins' AA affiliate from 2009 to 2011.

Capitales manager Patrick Scalabrini said in a statement that the Jays made the move to fill a need for left-handed relievers in their organization.

Davis is the second Capitales pitcher sold to a major league club in recent weeks. Right-hander Chris Cox of St. George, Ont., a Blue Jays' 2011 draft pick, was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks in November.