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Red Sox Sign Lefty Reliever Breslow To 2-Year Deal

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Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox signed lefty reliever Craig Breslow to a two-year contract on Thursday, with a club option for 2015.

The 32-year-old Breslow was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the 2012 trade deadline, and made 23 appearances for the Red Sox. He held opponents to a .206 average over 20 innings of work. He held opponents scoreless in 20 of his 23 appearances, allowing six earned runs over his 20 innings pitched.

2012 was Breslow’s second stint in the Red Sox organization. He also pitched for Boston in 2006 and for Triple-A Pawtucket in both 2006 and 2007.

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A native of New Haven, CT and a Yale graduate, Breslow has made 60 or more appearances in each of the last four seasons — ranking fourth-most among all major league relievers since 2009. Among active major league left-handers with 300 innings pitched, Breslow ranks third in opponents batting average (.225) and fourth in ERA (3.00).

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Breslow has a 15-17 record with a 3.00 ERA in 358 career games in the majors with the Padres (2005), Red Sox (2006, 2012), Indians (2008), Twins (2008-09), Athletics (2009-11), and Diamondbacks (2012).  For his Red Sox career, he is 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 36 appearances.

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