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12/07/2007 3:18 PM ET
Red Sox agree to terms with pitcher Mike Timlin on one-year contract
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today agreed to terms with righthanded pitcher Mike Timlin on a one-year contract for the 2008 season. No further terms were disclosed.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Timlin, who had been eligible for free agency, will return to Boston for his sixth season in 2008. The 41-year-old righthander was 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA and one save in 50 appearances for the Red Sox this season. He was on the disabled list from the start of the season until April 10 with a strained left oblique muscle and from May 3-June 9 with right shoulder tendonitis. Timlin posted a 2.09 ERA in his final 34 games, including a career best 16.0 inning scoreless streak from June 26-July 23.

He posted a 3.17 ERA in six games in the 2007 post-season and ranks fourth all-time with 44 playoff appearances.

It was the 12th consecutive season that Timlin has made at least 50 appearances. He became just the 13th pitcher in major league history to work in 1,000 games with his August 31 outing against Baltimore and ranks 10th all-time with 1,011 appearances.

Timlin is 71-69 with a 3.55 ERA and 140 saves with Toronto (1991-97), Seattle (1997-98), Baltimore (1999-2000), St. Louis (2000-02), Philadelphia (2002), and Boston (2003-07). He ranks second in Red Sox history with 347 relief appearances.

With today's signing, Boston has 38 players on its major league roster.

RED SOX ACQUIRE JUAN APODACA FROM CINCINNATI: The Red Sox acquired catcher Juan Apodaca from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for cash considerations on Thursday. Apodaca had been selected by Cincinnati from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the AAA phase of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. The 21-year-old Apodaca spent most of 2007 at Single-A Great Lakes, batting .259 in 58 games. He also had a brief stint at Double-A Jacksonville. Apodaca was assigned to the Triple-A Pawtucket roster.

2008 TICKETS ON-SALE SATURDAY: Fans have the opportunity to purchase 2008 Sox Pax as well as single-game tickets to 18 selected April and May games, beginning at 10:00 a.m., TOMORROW, Saturday, December 8. Single-game ticket sales will primarily be handled online at or by calling 24-hour touch-tone ticketing at (617) 482-4SOX. Fans purchasing Sox Pax may do so online at For accessible seating, call (877) RED-SOX9 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on December 8 (while supplies last). The Red Sox' TTY number for hearing-impaired fans is (617) 226-6644. The club is also hosting the annual Christmas at Fenway event on Saturday. Those attendees were randomly selected from on-line registration and have been notified and received information via e-mail. Only those individuals who were selected to attend the Christmas at Fenway event will be able to purchase tickets at the Fenway Park ticket office on Saturday.

Single game tickets go on sale Saturday for the following 18 April/May games: April 9-10 vs. Detroit Tigers; April 18-20 vs. Texas Rangers; April 22-24 vs. Los Angeles Angels; April 29-30 and May 1 vs. Toronto Blue Jays; May 2-4 vs. Tampa Bay Rays; and May 19-22 vs. Kansas City Royals. Fans may purchase up to eight single-game tickets and up to two Sox Pax at a maximum of four tickets per package.

Nine different Sox Pax will be available for purchase. Each Sox Pax includes a ticket to four pre-selected games. Among those games available in Sox Pax are Opening Day (April 8 vs. the Tigers), selected Yankees games, some interleague games against the Cardinals, Brewers and Diamondbacks, as well as assorted weekend contests throughout the season.

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