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Hansen returns

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  June 19, 2006 11:17 PM

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The big news after the game was that Sox top prospect Craig Hansen is on his way back to Boston. The team announced after its 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals that it was sending reliever Jermaine Van Buren, who tossed one inning of scoreless relief against Washington, back to Pawtucket, and recalling its 2005 first-round pick.

Hansen has pitched in one game for the Sox this season, going 2/3 of an inning against Texas on June 9. He was touched for two hits and one run (earned) in a 4-3 win. In 10 appearances with Pawtucket this season, he is 1-2 with a 2.54 ERA and 20 strikeouts (against 19 walks) in 28 1/3 innings pitched.

Expect to see Van Buren back at some point.

"He's kind of on that shuttle like Youkilis was last year," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "I think we would all like to have him here, and I am very confident that he will be back and will help us. We just need to make a roster move."

For at least one night, spot starter Kyle Snyder earns a well-deserved reprieve and sticks with the big club. The 6-8 righthander far exceeded expectations in his five inning, 67-pitch stint, allowing four hits, three runs (all earned), and tying his career-high with six strikeouts, while walking none. Only fatigue from not pitching in a game in a few weeks kept him from going deeper. The only major blemishes on Snyder's record were a pair of long solo home runs he surrendered to Jose Vidro and Jose Guillen. Not bad for a guy who couldn't stick with baseball's worst team, the Kansas City Royals.

"Words can't really explain it," said Snyder, who picked up only his third major league win and just his second as a starter. "It's been a roller coaster of emotions. I can't say enough about the opportunity I have been given. Where it goes from here, we'll see."

-- Wonder how Rudy Seanez has been able to last 15 seasons in the majors as a middle reliever? Nothing bothers him, not even getting booed by the Fenway Faithful before he had even thrown a pitch. "I don't give a [expletive]. It didn't bother me at all," said Seanez with a smirk. "It's not my job to listen to that. It's my job to get people out. So, when stuff like that happens you just laugh at it. Who cares? I don't care."

-- Scene from the locker room: Sox GM Theo Epstein going up to Snyder's locker, which didn't even have his name above it, and giving him a fist bump for a job well done.

-- Snyder's last big league victory came in relief on Sept. 21 of last season against Detroit. The last time he won as a starter was June 4, 2003 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went six innings and allowed one run on three hits to beat Hideo Nomo.

-- Mike Timlin picked up the save. It was his first of the season. His last save came Sept. 30 of last year against the Yankees.

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