Bill Lee starts and wins independent league game at age 63

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Two weeks ago Bill Lee signed with the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League and yesterday the 63-year-old former Red Sox and Expos star made his debut … and picked up his first professional victory since 1982.
Rox manager Chris Carminucci said he was prepared for a quick hook if Lee struggled, but instead he held the Worcester Tornadoes–who’re managed by former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman–to two runs over 5.2 innings in a 7-3 win.
“He got people out today with his mind and hitting spots and knowing how to pitch,” Carminucci told Jim Fenton of the Quincy Patriot Ledger. “He threw a changeup that was like eephus and then he threw a fastball that looked like it was 105. It was amazing. It was cool stuff.”
NESN.com has some video of The Spaceman in action.

Red Sox trade Roenis Elias back to the Mariners

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The Boston Red Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve traded lefty Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash.

Boston had acquired Elias in the same trade that netted them reliever Carson Smith in exchange for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro back in December of 2015. Since that time Elias has not been a part of the Red Sox’ plans, pitching in just four big league games — eight innings total — in all of 2016 and 2017 and not making an appearance for the big club this season. He was pretty solid for Pawtucket in 2016 but 2017 was largely lost to injuries.

Now he’s headed back to Seattle where, once upon a time, Elias posted a 3.85 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie for the Mariners.