Sources: Millwood leaves Red Sox organization

Sources: Millwood leaves Red Sox organization
August 7, 2011, 4:23 am
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By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- Right-hander Kevin Millwood, whom the Red Sox signed to a minor league contract May 19, has left the organization, according to several sources.

Millwood made 13 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, posting a record of 5-1 with a 4.28 ERA. In his last start, Friday against Buffalo, he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts and a home run. In his previous start, July 30 against Louisville, he struck out a season high 10. The PawSox were 11-2 in his starts.

Millwoods locker was cleared out after Saturdays PawSox win over Buffalo.

He had an opt-out date in his contract for June 20, but chose to stay with the organization. He also had an opt-out date in a minor-league contract with the Yankees earlier in the season, which he did use, eventually signing with the Sox.

Millwood, who turned 36 in December, is a veteran of 14 major league seasons. He was drafted by the Braves in the 11th round in 1993, making his big league debut with Atlanta in 1997. He has a career record of 159-137 with a 4.11 ERA in 414 games (406 starts) for Atlanta, Texas, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Baltimore. Last season with the Orioles, he posted a record of 4-16, a career-high in losses, with a 5.10 ERA in 31 starts. He signed as a free agent with the Yankees in March, but was granted free agency on May 1 without ever appearing in a major league game.

After signing with the Sox in May, Millwood, who pitched a scoreless inning for the National League in the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park and threw a no-hitter for the Phillies against the Giants in 2003, was asked his best-case scenario.

Obviously, in the long haul, itd be up in Boston and pitching well, he said. Every outing I have here with Pawtucket is going to help me in my way back.

General manager Theo Epstein could not be reached for comment.

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