As the trading deadline was approaching at 4 PM today, the Red Sox pulled off a deal for a starting pitcher, getting Erik Bedard from Seattle, in a three-team deal with the Mariners and Dodgers.
The Red Sox send AA catcher Tim Federowicz, pitchers Steven Fife (AA) and Juan Rodriguez (A) to Los Angeles, and AA outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang to Seattle. The Mariners will receive outfielder Trayvon Robinson (AAA) from L.A.
The Red Sox also receive Josh Fields, a AA pitcher, from Seattle. (Not the White Sox infielder.)
And on the field today, Andrew Miller looked decent, going 5 2/3 innings, allowed 10 hits and 3 runs, walked 1 and struck out 8. He got out of a jam in the fifth, as the White Sox had the bases loaded with one out and could not add on runs. (I also heard that Miller has had just one 1-2-3 inning all season. He didn't have one today Could that really be true?)
He left behind, 3-2, but Alfredo Aceves came on and got the win when the Red Sox scored two in the seventh when Dustin Pedroia drove in two with a double. Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI in the ninth. The Sox scored their first two runs on Jason Varitek's two-run shot in the second.
Jonathan Papelbon dominated in the ninth, striking out the side for the save.
New York's win over Baltimore keeps the Red Sox lead at 2 games, as the Red Sox return to Boston to face the Indians for four games starting tomorrow night.