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08/17/2006 1:09 PM ET
Red Sox acquire infielder-outfielder Eric Hinske from Toronto Blue Jays
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today acquired infielder-outfielder Eric Hinske and cash from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.

Hinske is expected to join the Red Sox for Friday's day-night doubleheader with the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. He will wear uniform #12.

Boston will make a corresponding roster move to accommodate Hinske once he reports.

Hinske, 29, is batting .264 with 12 home runs and 29 RBI in 78 games for the Blue Jays this season. The lefthanded batter has started 28 games in right field, 19 as the designated hitter, five at third base, and one at first base. This is the first season in which he has played in the outfield in his major league career.

Hinske started 2006 with a .351 (13-for-37) average in his first 17 games through May 4. He had his most productive month in July, batting .284 with seven homers and 15 RBI in 22 games. Hinske, who is batting .294 (47-for-160) with 11 home runs against righthanded pitchers, had a pair of homers on July 24 at Seattle.

At Fenway Park, Hinske is 5-for-12 (.417) with a homer and two RBI in 2006. Over the last four seasons (2003-06), he is hitting .314 (38-for-121) with 17 doubles, four home runs, and 19 RBI in 31 games at Fenway Park.

Acquired by Toronto from the Oakland A's in December 2001, Hinske has a career major league average of .259 with 78 homers and 313 RBI in 655 games, all with the Blue Jays. He was selected as the BBWAA American League Rookie of the Year in 2002, when he established major league highs with a .279 average, 24 homers and 84 RBI in 151 games. Hinske led all major league rookies in homers, RBI, runs (99), hits (158), and doubles (38). He followed that by finishing fifth in the A.L. with 45 doubles in 2003.

Toronto's starting third baseman from 2002-04, Hinske moved to first base on a regular basis in 2005 before seeing action in both the infield and outfield this season. He was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 1998 MLB First Year Player Draft before being traded to Oakland in March 2001.
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