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Red Sox acquire reliever Thornton in trade with White Sox

The Boston Red Sox picked up some left-handed relief help, trading minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs to the Chicago White Sox yesterday for Matt Thornton and cash considerations.

To make room for Thornton on the 40-man roster, left-hander Andrew Miller (left foot sprain) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

An All-Star in 2010, Thornton, 36, is 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 40 appearances for the White Sox this season. He has recorded 18 holds this year, tied for fourth most among all AL relievers. Thornton, a 10-year major league veteran, is the White Sox all-time leader in relief appearances (512) and holds (164), and ranks second in strikeouts (486).

Since 2008, he leads all major league left-handed relievers in strikeouts (382). Since the start of the 2006 season, he leads all AL relievers in games (512) and innings pitched (463.1), and is second in strikeouts (486).

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