Red Sox trade for former Gonzaga star Mortensen

Red Sox trade for former Gonzaga star Mortensen

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Red Sox trade for former Gonzaga star Mortensen

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by Tim Lewis

KREM.com

Posted on January 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox acquired former Gonzaga University right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen from the Colorado Rockies on Saturday in exchange for infielder Marco Scutaro.

Mortensen, the 36th overall selection in the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, made six starts in 16 appearances for the Rockies last season, going 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA. In three seasons in the major leagues, he is 4-8 with a 5.12 ERA in 13 starts.

The Red Sox finished the 2011 season 90-72, seven games behind the American League East champion New York Yankees and one game behind the AL Wild Card winner Tampa Bay Rays.

Mortensen becomes the second Zag to wear a Red Sox uniform since 2008. Outfielder Jason Bay played two seasons with the Red Sox before signing with the New York Mets.

Mortensen played for the Zags from 2006-07. He made 30 starts in 33 appearances, going 15-10 with a 4.72 ERA. He also struck out 176 batters, 122 in 2007, which placed him in a tie with Mike Davey for third in the program’s single season list. He garnered All-West Coast Conference first team and WCC Pitcher of the Year that year.

Mortensen and the rest of the Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 21.

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