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Boston Acquires Jose Cruz, Jr.

The Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night in exchange for minor league infielder Kenny Perez and minor league right-hander Kyle Bono.

The Red Sox, who were going into Sunday's trade deadline trying to deal outfielder Manny Ramirez also received cash in the deal, the team said.

Cruz is a career .248 hitter and Gold Glove-winner in nine seasons with the Mariners, Blue Jays, Giants, Devil Rays and Diamondbacks. He had back-to-back 30-homer seasons in 2000-01, joining the 30-30 club with 34 homers and 32 steals for Toronto in '01.

He was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Thursday after hitting .213 with 12 home runs and 28 RBI in 64 games.


Matt Williams To Become D-Backs GM

The Diamondbacks will name Matt Williams, their former third baseman, as GM, replacing long-time GM Joe Garagiola Jr. Garagiola and Mike Port of the Red Sox have both resigned, as expected, to take over the responsibilities once held by current Padres president Sandy Alderson.

Williams has a long-time association with D'backs president and former agent Jeff Moorad.

Via BaseballProspectus

Cruz Jr. Designated For Assignment

Outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks following Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Cruz was batting .213 with nine doubles and 12 home runs.

The Diamondbacks purchased the contract of first baseman Conor Jackson from Triple-A Tucson.


Lyon Gets Closer To Coming Off DL

Injured closer Brandon Lyon threw from about 150 feet for eight minutes before Saturday's game, then stepped on the mound for the first time in a month and a half and threw 20 fastballs, The Arizona Republic reported.

"Everything went well and it nice to get that first bullpen [session] in," Lyon told the paper. "Mechanically, everything in my arm felt good. My release point felt good. No problems."

Asked how close he is to full strength, Lyon told The Republic: "Probably closer to 75 [percent]. Obviously, you don't want to [have a setback]. I just took it easy and tried to throw the ball down the middle."


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