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06/15/2006 1:41 PM ET
Red Sox acquire lefthanded pitcher Javier Lopez from Chicago White Sox for righthander David Riske
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today acquired lefthanded pitcher Javier Lopez from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for righthanded pitcher David Riske. Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.

Lopez, who is 2-1 with a 0.55 earned run average with 12 saves in 26 appearances for Triple-A Charlotte of the International League, will be in uniform for tonight's game with the Twins in Minnesota. He will wear uniform #48.

The 28-year-old lefthander, who has pitched in 171 major league games with Colorado and Arizona, is tied for fourth in the International League in saves and is tied for eighth in appearances. He has held lefthanded hitters to a .171 (6-35) batting average and has a groundball/flyball ratio of 64/25 (72%), the latter ranking second best in the International League and fourth best in all of professional baseball (MLB and minors) among pitchers with at least 30 innings pitched.

Lopez has not allowed a run in his last 9.1 innings over eight appearances with the Knights beginning May 25 and has earned saves in his last five and six of seven appearances.

Signed by the White Sox as a free agent in December 2005, Lopez is 6-4, 6.09 with three saves in his major league career with Colorado (2003-05) and Arizona (2005). In his big league career, he has allowed just 22% (26 of 118) of inherited runners to score while holding lefthanded batters to a .246 batting average.

The lefthander was 4-1 with a 3.70 ERA in a career best and club rookie record 75 appearances with the Rockies in his rookie season in 2003. He issued just two earned runs in his first 30 appearances that season. Lopez appeared in 64 games with Colorado in 2004 and last season was 1-1 in 32 contests with the Rockies and Diaamondbacks while also pitching in 27 games at Triple-A Tucson.

A fourth round selection of Arizona in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, Lopez was picked by Boston in the Rule 5 Major League Draft in December 2002. The Red Sox traded Lopez to Colorado in March 2003.

Riske is 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in eight relief appearances with the Red Sox this season. He was on the disabled list from April 12-May 22 with a lower back strain. The righthander had been acquired from Cleveland in a six-player trade on January 27, 2006.


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