Breslow: 'This is home for me'

BOSTON -- It didn’t take long for newly acquired pitcher Craig Breslow to reacclimate himself on the mound at Fenway Park.

Nearly 24 hours after Boston acquired the lefty reliever in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for reliever Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik, Breslow returned to Boston as a member of the Red Sox for the first time since 2006.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine quickly put Breslow to work in relief of starter Aaron Cook with two outs in the top of the fifth inning during Boston’s 7-5 loss Wednesday night to the Detroit Tigers.

“It probably would have been nice to be able to settle in a little bit, but at the same time being able to get out there and get my feet wet is also nice,” Breslow said. “Sometimes when you have a little time to think about your surroundings it doesn't work in your favor."

Breslow worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

“Great,” Valentine said of the southpaw’s performance. “He’s a good addition. His first time in he had no ill effects from the cross-country flight and threw quality strikes. I liked what I saw.”

Breslow, a native of Connecticut and a Yale alum, said he’s pleased to be back with the Red Sox.

"It's exciting for me,” he said. "I appreciated the time that I had away, but this is home for me. Come out here and try to help the guys. We find ourselves in a pennant race and work toward chipping away. The first time I was here I was kind of just filling in at times, kind of shuffling back in forth between here and Triple A, but this time hopefully I can contribute."

There aren’t too many players remaining from the 2006 team when Breslow was last here, but he understands the team’s philosophy remains in tact.

“The commitment to winning, the competitive nature of the team, the demand for excellence is still there. That's something hopefully I can fit into,” he said.