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Former Belleville East hurler Randy Wells calls it quits

Former Belleville East and Southwestern Illinois College pitcher Randy Wells has retired, the Texas Rangers have announced.

Wells, who made 97 of his 98 MLB appearances with the Chicago Cubs -- the other was with the Toronto Blue Jays -- signed a minor league deal over the offseason with the Rangers.

He made five starts in Class AAA Round Rock where he was 0-4 with a 6.08 ERA. He struck out 20 in 23 2/3 innings. But Wells allowed 32 hits and 12 walks.

Barring a comeback, the 29-year-old wells will end his career with a 28-32 record and a 4.08 ERA.