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Red Sox sign pitcher Rich Hill

06.30.10 at 8:18 pm ET
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The Red Sox have signed left-handed pitcher Rich Hill, according to a team source. The left-hander, who hails from Milton, Mass., will join Triple-A Pawtucket.

Hill, 30, last pitched in the majors in 2009 with the Orioles. He has a 21-20 record and 4.87 ERA in parts of five big league seasons. His best year came as a starter with the Cubs in 2007, when he went 11-8 with a 3.92 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 195 innings.

But since then, Hill has struggled with his command, walking 58 in 77 innings while moving from the Cubs to the Orioles to the Cardinals and now the Red Sox. He has spent all of this season pitching for Triple-A Memphis (the Cardinals affiliate), primarily in relief. He had a 4-3 record and 4.30 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 46 innings, but with 30 walks.

News of Hill’s signing was first reported by PawSox broadcaster Dan Hoard (via twitter).

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