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Rasmus traded to Angels

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ATLANTA -

Former Russell County star and member of the Atlanta Braves organization Cory Rasmus has been traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The Braves announced the move with a news release Monday morning.

Atlanta received veteran left-handed reliever Scott Downs in exchange for the 2006 first-round draft pick. Left-handed relief was a point of concern for the Braves with both Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty out for the season.

Downs was 2-3 with a 1.84 ERA with the Angels, and is a free agent after this season. He signed a three-year, $15 million contract prior to the 2011 season.

Rasmus made three appearances with the Braves, striking out six in 6.2 innings while posting an 8.10 ERA. He was optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnett on June 18, and will report to the Angels' Triple-A team in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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