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Pirates acquire former Cardinal Luna

The Cardinals will battle another familiar face as they try to make the playoffs.

The Pirates have signed former St. Louis utility infielder Hector Luna after he was cut loose by the Phillies.

Luna was a rule five selection for the Cardinals way back in 2004 and he performed well considering the circumstances with a .249 batting average and three homers in 173 at bats. The next season he batted .285 in 153 plate appearances. But it seemed that former manager Tony La Russa lost patience with Luna's apparent lack of focus and he was traded back to Cleveland -- the club from which the Redbirds swiped him -- for veteran second sacker Ronnie Belliard during the stretch run in 2006.

Luna has out together a .262 batting average over parts of seven major leagues seasons with 15 homers and 96 RBIs. He's spent time in the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Marlins and Phillies organization since Cleveland let him go after a 37 game encore.