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Sox pick up Harville

The Red Sox today claimed righthanded relief pitcher Chad Harville off waivers from the Houston Astros.

Harville is 4-6 with one save and a 4.94 ERA in 135 games over all or part of five big league seasons with the Oakland A's (1999, 2001, 2003-04) and Houston Astros (2004-05). The former second-round pick of the A's in 1997 has 114 strikeouts in 133.0 innings, an average of 7.7 per nine innings pitched.

The 28-year-old has posted an 0-2 record and a 4.46 ERA in 37 games for the Astros this season. In his last 13 appearances dating to July 17, Harville has allowed just two runs in 15.1 innings for a 1.17 ERA. During that span, he has struck out 12 batters while giving up only seven hits.

The Tennessee native, who played his college ball at the University of Memphis, made a career-high 59 appearances and worked a career-best 55.2 innings between Oakland and Houston in 2004, his first full year in the majors. Harville was acquired by the Astros April 16, 2004 in exchange for righthander Kirk Saarloos. He last year appeared in three games of the Astros' National League Championship Series against the Cardinals, and made one appearance in the Division Series against Atlanta.

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