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Red Sox Get Urbina From Expos

July 31, 2001

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BOSTON (AP) _ Montreal reliever Ugueth Urbina, nearly traded to the New York Yankees in June, instead got sent to the rival Boston Red Sox on Tuesday for two minor league pitchers.

The Red Sox needed bullpen help, with closer Derek Lowe struggling all season, and found it with Urbina.

Boston sent Tomo Ohka and Rich Rundles to the Expos in a deal completed shortly before the 4 p.m. EDT non-waiver trading deadline.

Urbina was 2-1 with 15 saves and a 4.24 ERA. The 27-year-old righty led the NL with 41 saves in 1999, but missed most of the last season after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery.

Montreal and the Yankees agreed in mid-June to a tentative trade that would have sent Urbina to the Yankees for minor leaguers D’Angelo Jimenez and Brandon Knight.

But after medical exams on June 18, the Yankees were concerned about Urbina’s health and the Expos weren’t happy with Knight’s medical tests, and the deal was called off.

The Red Sox began the day 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Ohka was 2-5 with 6.19 ERA for the Red Sox before being sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket. Rundles was 7-6 with a 2.43 at Class A Augusta.

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