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05/15/2004 11:23 AM ET
Youkilis recalled from Pawtucket
Left-hander Malaska optioned to Triple-A
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BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today recalled infielder Kevin Youkilis from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned lefthander Mark Malaska to Pawtucket. Senior Vice-President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.

Youkilis, who will wear No. 20, will start at third base and bat eighth in his major league debut in this afternoon's game at Toronto.

The 25-year-old started this season at Triple-A and hit .258 with 10 doubles, three homers and 13 RBI in 32 games for the PawSox, including a .292 batting average (26-for-89) over his last 21 games beginning April 20. The right-handed hitter posted a .347 on-base percentage and .406 slugging percentage, scoring 20 runs in 32 games. Youkilis entered the 2004 season a career .300 hitter with a .451 on-base percentage in three minor league seasons, drawing 270 walks in 325 games.

Youkilis was selected by the Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2001 Draft and quickly climbed through the organization, advancing to Double-A by the end of 2002 and Triple-A by the end of last season. In 2003, he reached base safely via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in 71 straight games from May 19-August 4, the longest streak in professional baseball since Kevin Millar reached in 71 straight over parts of three seasons with Double-A Portland, Triple-A Charlotte and Triple-A Calgary in the Marlins chain from 1997-99. Youkilis began the run by reaching in his final 62 games at Portland, and then reached in his first nine games at Pawtucket.

A native of Cincinnati, OH, Youkilis was a two-time All-American in four seasons at the University of Cincinnati.

Malaska is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA (6 ER/12.0 IP) in 13 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season.

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