Within 24 hours, Craig Breslow flew from Los Angeles to Boston, with a pit stop in Phoenix for clean clothes. He landed at Logan Airport shortly after 5 p.m., and arrived at Fenway with 10 minutes to spare before the start of Tuesday’s series finale against Detroit.
Breslow, who was traded from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik just before Tuesday’s deadline, relieved starter Aaron Cook in the fifth after back-to-back homers from Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.
He pitched 1.1 innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts in a game the Tigers won, 7-5.
“Probably would have been nice to settle in a little bit, but at the same time getting out there and getting my feet wet is also nice,” said Breslow, who got Albers’s old locker and wore his predecessor’s No. 32 jersey. “Sometimes when you have a little bit of time to think about your surroundings, it doesn’t work in your favor.”
Breslow spent two seasons with Pawtucket in 2006 and 2007, and appeared in 13 games with the Sox. He also earned a World Series ring in ’07 as a postseason call-up, despite not pitching at all.
“It’s exciting for me,” said Breslow, a Trumbull, Conn., native. “I appreciate the time I had away, but this is home for me. The first time I was here, I was just a fill-in, shuffling back and forth between here and Triple A, but this time I hope I can contribute.”
And, of course, there’s his collegiate pedigree, which has followed him everywhere. Breslow is a Yale graduate with a dual degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He put his medical school aspirations on hold to pursue a career on the mound.
Breslow arrived at Fenway alongside catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who was recalled from Pawtucket when Daniel Nava’s injured wrist put him on the disabled list. Breslow and Lavarnway are the only two former Yale players in the majors.
“It’s nice to have some company,” Breslow said. “I’m sure I can deflect some ribbing now that he’s another Yale guy, and a younger guy.”