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Robinson dealt at trade deadline
In a deal completed just minutes before the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline, Albuquerque Isotopes All-Star outfielder Trayvon Robinson was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Boston Red Sox, who then immediately sent him to the Seattle Mariners for left-handed starting pitcher Erik Bedard.
In return, the Dodgers have received three minor league players from the Red Sox, including catcher Tim Federowicz.
Robinson was enjoying a stellar season for the Isotopes, batting .293 with a career-high 26 home runs, tied for third most in the Pacific Coast League, and a team-high 71 RBI. He twice had team-high hitting streaks of 16 games and was the starting left fielder for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game as well as a participant in the All-Star Home Run Derby.
Federowicz, who turns 24 this Friday, was playing for Boston’s Double-A affiliate in Portland, Maine, where he was batting .277, with 46 runs, 20 doubles, eight homers, and 52 RBI in 90 games.
In addition to Federowicz, the Dodgers received a pair of young pitchers, right-hander Juan Rodriguez, who is slated to join Single-A Great Lakes, and righty Stephen Fife, who will report to Double-A Chattanooga.
The Mariners sent Bedard and minor league reliever Josh Fields to the Red Sox in exchange for Robinson and Boston Double-A outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang.
There is a chance Isotopes fans will get one last opportunity to see Robinson, as the Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A affiliate of the Mariners, are scheduled to begin a four-game series against the Isotopes in Albuquerque this Wednesday. Robinson is currently assigned to Tacoma, where he went 1-for-3 in his Rainiers debut Monday.
The Isotopes will be back in Albuquerque Wednesday for an eight-game homestand against the Rainiers and the Salt Lake Bees, top affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.
On tap for the eight games are an Orbit Bank giveaway, Isotopes hat night and a fireworks display.
For tickets, visit albuquerquebaseball.com.
Eveland named Pitcher of Week
Albuquerque Isotopes left-handed starter Dana Eveland has been named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Week for games beginning on July 25 and continuing through July 31.
Last week, Eveland tossed a three-hit shutout on the road against the Omaha Storm Chasers. Eveland had a dominant performance against the Storm Chasers July 23, allowing just three singles in nine shutout innings while earning his fourth straight win and his PCL-leading 11th victory of the season.
The complete game shutout is the first of his nine-year professional career. He became just the seventh pitcher to toss a nine-inning shutout in Isotopes history.
Eveland becomes the third Isotopes pitcher to earn PCL Pitcher of the Week accolades in 2011, joining John Ely and Randy Keisler, the most of any PCL pitching and the most to garner the accolade in any one season in franchise history.