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Red Sox get Remlinger, cash for Astacio

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox tried to bolster their bullpen with yet another left-hander, getting Mike Remlinger and cash from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday for minor-league pitcher Olivo Astacio.

Remlinger made his Red Sox debut in Tuesday night's game against
Texas but failed to record an out, starting the seventh inning and
facing four batters before leaving with the bases loaded.

Right-hander Wade Miller was placed on the 15-day disabled list
with right shoulder stiffness to make room on the roster for
Remlinger. Miller, 4-4 with a 4.95 ERA, also missed the first 30
games of the season while recovering from a strained right
shoulder.

Also Tuesday, the Red Sox traded outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. to the
Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named. Cruz was acquired
from Arizona on July 30 and went 3-for-12 in four games for Boston
before he was designated for assignment on Monday.

The AL East-leading Red Sox cut lefties Alan Embree and John Halama last month, and Remlinger was designated for assignment by
the Cubs last Friday. Remlinger was expected to join the Red Sox
for their home game Tuesday night against Texas.

The 39-year-old Remlinger was 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 35 games
with Chicago. While lefties have traditionally had better luck
against left-handed hitters, Remlinger's season has been a
different story. Batters were hitting .326 from the left side
against him, while right-handed batters had a .210 average.

Remlinger had been one of the more reliable and durable lefty
setup men in recent years. He was an NL All-Star in 2002 with
Atlanta, which came during a stretch in which he made at least 70
appearances in five straight seasons.

Last year, he was 1-2 with two saves and a 3.44 ERA in 48 games
for the Cubs, and twice was on the disabled list.

Remlinger also has pitched for San Francisco, the New York Mets
and Cincinnati. He is 51-51 with 18 saves and a 3.81 ERA in 595
career games.

Remlinger has roots in New England. He went to high school in
Plymouth, Mass., and attended Dartmouth.

Astacio, a 21-year-old righty, is 7-11 with a 4.33 ERA in 38
career games in the Boston system, spending much of his time in the
rookie Gulf Coast League. He was pitching in extended spring
training this year.

In another roster move, the Cubs recalled outfielder Corey Patterson from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder Ronny Cedeno to
Iowa.

Patterson, an everyday starter when he was healthy the past
three seasons, was sent down on July 8 while hitting .232.

The 25-year-old outfielder went 3-for-3 with two home runs and
four RBI in his last game in Iowa on Monday, finishing his stint
there on a six-game hitting streak in which he went 12-for-22
(.545). He started off slow but hit .297 in 24 games with five
homers, four doubles and 12 RBI.

"I know what's there," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "We've
seen very good, good, fair and not-so-good. We just hope his brief
hiatus in Triple-A Iowa helped him. I just urged him to start his
season over again."

With Jerry Hairston, who has played center field in Patterson's
absence, on the disabled list, a consistent Patterson could prove
vital for the struggling Cubs, who had lost six straight going into
Tuesday and were fading in the NL wild-card race.

"The general plan is he's going to play the majority of the
time," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "Let's just play it
out and see if we can climb our way back into this the next few
weeks."

Patterson said he worked on improving a couple of things during
his stay, but mostly declined to speak about anything specific.

"I didn't look at numbers," Patterson said. "I just got my
approach and stuck with it."

Cedeno hit .259 in two stints with the Cubs this season.