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Astros sign perfect game pitcher Humber

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Associated Press
11/30/2012 7:28:24 PM
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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have claimed Philip Humber off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and agreed to a one-year contract with the pitcher who threw a perfect game last season.

Humber gets an $800,000 salary next year. There is a club option for $3 million in 2014 with a $50,000 buyout.

The 29-year-old Humber pitched a perfect game in a 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners last April 21. It was the highlight of a 5-5 season in which the right-hander made 26 appearances, 16 of them starts.

Humber, who won a national championship in 2003 at Rice, was 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA in 26 starts for the White Sox in 2011. Humber would be familiar with many of the hitters he might face in the upcoming season -- the Astros are switching to the American League next year.

He was a first-round pick in 2004 by the Mets and has also been with the Twins and Royals.

Philip Humber (Photo: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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