QUEBEC (AP) Pitcher Eric Gagne is coming back to pitch in his home province.

The former NL Cy Young Award winner has accepted a deal with the Quebec Capitales of the independent Can-Am League.

A reliever throughout most of his major league career, Gagne will pitch as a starter for the independent league team, the club said Wednesday.

The 33-year-old native of Mascouche has a 33-26 major league record with 187 saves, winning the Cy Young in 2003.

He made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1999 and has also pitched for Texas, Boston and Milwaukee, which released him from a minor league contract on March 8.

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