Kevin Youkilis changes Sox after trade from Boston | Baseball Notebook
Youkilis, who helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 and 2007, was traded in a deal that sends former UW player Brent Lillibridge to Boston.
BOSTON — Kevin Youkilis took off his batting helmet, waved to the crowd and blew a kiss to adoring fans. A Fenway Park favorite, he wanted a final chance to say so long.
The Boston Red Sox traded away the hard-nosed Youkilis on Sunday, sending the three-time All-Star infielder and cash to the Chicago White Sox for utility man Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart. Lillibridge, 28, is a former University of Washington player from Jackson High School of Mill Creek.
The 33-year-old Youkilis helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 and 2007. Youkilis, who can play both corner infield spots, is a career .286 hitter with 133 homers and 563 runs batted in.
His playing time has been drastically cut this season with the emergence of rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who is hitting .326.
In April, Youkilis and first-year Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine got off to a rocky start when Valentine questioned Youkilis' commitment to the game before later apologizing.
Youkilis at least had a rousing finish to his Red Sox career. After hitting an RBI triple in the seventh inning of a 9-4 win over Atlanta, he was lifted for a pinch-runner and rewarded with a standing ovation.
"Bobby wanted him to have that moment of walking off the field," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said.
• Oakland RHP Brandon McCarthy, Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz, Padres RHP Anthony Bass and Mets closer Frank Francisco were among players put on the 15-day disabled list.
• Jim Thome of the Phillies tied Mickey Mantle for seventh place on the career list with 1,733 walks.