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Another new face

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  September 19, 2006 06:11 PM

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The Red Sox today purchased the contract of righthander Devern Hansack from Double-A Portland of the Eastern League.

To make room for Hansack on the 40-man roster, lefthanded pitcher Abe Alvarez has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

Some notes on Hansack courtesy of the Red Sox:

Hansack, 28, will wear No. 68 and will be making his major league debut. He was 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his two starts in the Eastern League Championship Series against Akron, pitching seven shutout innings in Game 1 and allowing three runs in seven frames with eight strikeouts as the Sea Dogs were 8-5 winners in the fifth and deciding game on Sunday. It marks the first time that the Portland franchise has ever won the Eastern League championship.

Hansack spent the entire 2006 season at Portland, going 8-7 with a 3.26 ERA and one save in 31 games/18 starts. He led the Sea Dogs in innings (132.1) and strikeouts (124) and had the lowest ERA on the staff. Hansack concluded the regular season with a string of 17 consecutive scoreless innings. In his final game on August 31 versus Binghamton, he pitched seven shutout innings, allowing one hit with 12 strikeouts. He was the starter and loser in the opener of the EL Northern Division Series versus Trenton, allowing two runs in five innings.

Alvarez, who was on option to Pawtucket, was placed on the PawSox’ disabled list on August 14 with a broken right ankle.

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For tonight's game against the Twins, Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup, playing left field, and batting cleanup.

Sox slugger Manny Ramirez is getting his troublesome knee looked at again by the Red Sox medical staff.

According to the National Weather Service, there's a chance of showers at Fenway tonight with more rain likely after midnight.

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In other news, Red Sox DH David Ortiz will take photos with fans before tomorrow night’s game at Fenway Park in exchange for a donation of $100 to raise funds for a particular patient’s care at Children’s Hospital Boston.

According to the Red Sox, fans with tickets to the game can meet Ortiz and have their photo taken at Autograph Alley inside Gate A from 5:30-6:00 p.m. on a first-come, first served basis. Ortiz will not be signing autographs.

All of the proceeds will go directly to the Alisha Fund at Children’s Hospital to pay for the unusual care needed by a little girl. The fund, however, is not a 501(c)3; therefore, contributions are not tax deductible.

The Red Sox’ photographers will take the photographs and send them (prints and/or email) to the addresses fans provide. The Red Sox neither charge nor receive any funds from this process.

“David came to us with this initiative that touched his remarkable heart,” said Dr. Charles A. Steinberg, the club’s Executive Vice President for Public Affairs. “How fortunate are we to have players who feel such compassion and commitment. We are honored to help him with this effort.”

As a courtesy to the family, the Red Sox are not disclosing information regarding the child or her illness.

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