Source: Red Sox get lefty Breslow

Lefty reliever Craig Breslow is averaging almost a strikeout per inning this season. Damon Tarver/Cal Sport Media/AP Images

The Red Sox on Tuesday acquired lefty reliever Craig Breslow from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed reliever Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik, according to a major league source.

The 31-year-old Breslow was a 2.70 ERA in 43 1/3 innings for the Diamondsbacks this season, with 42 strikeouts and 13 walks. He has held hitters to a .233 average.

This will be the second go-round for Breslow with the Red Sox, who first signed the Yale product as a free agent in February 2006 after he was released from the San Deigo Padres. He made 13 appearances for the Red Sox in 2006 before the team put him on waivers the next season.