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Mirabelli returning

Posted by Chris Snow, Globe Staff  May 1, 2006 12:15 PM

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Johnny Damon won't be the only player making his return to Fenway tonight.

The Red Sox today re-acquired Doug Mirabelli from the Padres in exchange for catcher Josh Bard, minor-league pitcher Cla Meredith, and either a player to be named later or cash (which figures to be in the six-figure range). The Yankees were also trying to acquire Mirabelli.

Mirabelli, who is flying to Boston from the West Coast, is expected to be in the starting lineup (and catch Tim Wakefield) for tonight’s Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway.

The Sox had dealt Mirabelli to San Diego for second baseman Mark Loretta in December.

Bard had filled Mirabelli’s role as Tim Wakefield’s personal catcher, but had struggled catching the knuckleball. He leads the majors with 10 passed balls.

The 35-year-old Mirabelli batted .182 (4 for 22) in 14 games with San Diego this season in five starts.

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