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Johnson designated for assignment

In this photo from Monday, May 12, 2014, Oakland Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson, right, waits to speak with catcher Derek Norris during a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Oakland, Calif. Johnson was released by the Athletics on Thursday, July Photo:

In this photo from Monday, May 12, 2014, Oakland Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson, right, waits to speak with catcher Derek Norris during a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Oakland, Calif. Johnson was released by the Athletics on Thursday, July

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before Thursday's game against the Houston Astros.

Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A's.

Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team's closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing his job.

He allowed four runs on three hits without retiring a batter in Wednesday night's 9-7 victory over the Astros.

Johnson led the AL in saves in each of the past two seasons, with 50 last year and 51 in 2012.

Evan Scribner was recalled to replace Johnson on the 25-man roster.

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