Lowe Joins Other Members Of 2004 Red Sox To Wear Pinstripes

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York Yankees officially announced the signing of Derek Lowe this afternoon.  Lowe has been placed on the Yankees’ 25-man roster and Ryota Igarashi has been demoted.

The Yankeees announced that Igarashi has been sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Before joining the Yankees, Lowe had a terrible 2012.  Used as a starter by the Cleveland Indians, Lowe struggled mightily this season.  Through 21 starts, Lowe compiled an 8-10 record with an ERA of 5.512.

The Yankees are expected to use Lowe out of the bullpen.  He hasn’t been used primarily as a reliever since 2001, before the Boston Red Sox converted him to a full-time start in 2002.

Lowe is the latest member of the 2004 curse-breaking Red Sox team to pull on the pinstripes.  Johnny Damon enjoyed a successful four-year stay in the Bronx.

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Second baseman Mark Bellhorn and lefty reliever Alan Embree were signed by the Yankees after being released by the Red Sox in 2005.  Reliever Ramiro Mendoza briefly re-joined the Yankees in 2005.

Lefty specialist Mike Myers spent two years (2006-07) with the Yankees.  First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was a member of the 2007 Yankees.  Reliever Scott Williamson signed for the Yankees in 2007, but never made an appearance as a Yankee.

The Yankees are hoping Lowe can recapture his youth and be useful contributor out of the ‘pen.

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Will Lowe be a success in pinstripes?  Let us know…