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July 31, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Ramon Ramirez traded to Giants for Turpen, Richardson recalled from Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox have traded reliever Ramon Ramirez to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for reliever Daniel Turpen. Taking Ramirez's spot in the bullpen will be Dustin Richardson, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Ramirez, 28, was originally acquired from the Kansas City Royals in November 2008 in exchange for outfielder Coco Crisp. His first season in Boston was stellar, as he posted a 2.84 ERA in 70 games out of the Boston bullpen. In 2010, Ramirez has been unable to duplicate his success from 2009, posting a 4.46 ERA in 44 games in relief.

Turpen, who will turn 24 next month, was originally drafted by the Giants in the eighth round of the 2007 amateur draft. This season pitching for Double-A Richmond, the right-handed Turpen has compiled a 5-5 record with a 4.09 ERA in 37 games of relief.

Richardson, 26, returns to Boston after appearing in 13 games for the Red Sox earlier this season, posting a 2.57 ERA in 7.0 innings of relief. In 26 games this season with Triple-A Pawtucket, the left-hander has posted a 3-0 record with a 3.19 ERA in 26 games out of the bullpen.