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Michael Roth gets called up to the big leagues again

Michael Roth with the Angels in April 2013
Michael Roth with the Angels in April 2013 AP

Former South Carolina left-hander Michael Roth has returned to the major leagues for the third time this season.

Roth was recalled by the Los Angeles Angels from Double-A Arkansas before Thursday’s game to take the roster spot of Tommy Hanson, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right forearm tightness, according to the Los Angeles Times.

His first call to the major league team came in mid-April, when he made seven appearances – which included one start -- before being returned to Arkansas. He came back up in mid-May and made two more appearances. He has compiled a 1-1 record with an ERA of 9.00 over 14 innings.

In his time at Arkansas this season, Roth, a ninth-round pick of the Angels in the 2012 MLB draft after a stellar four-year career at USC, has posted a 2-2 mark with a 3.61 ERA over 47 1/3 innings in 10 appearances, eight of them starts.

Earlier Thursday, Roth tweeted out, “Third times a charm right?!?!?”

Making the start Wednesday in place of Hanson was right-hander Billy Buckner, another former USC pitcher. Buckner, who played for the Gamecocks in 2004, gave up three runs on seven hits in three innings in a win over Detroit.