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November 28, 2012

Pirates make trades with Royals, Red Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals traded right-hander Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico.

Mazzaro was 4-3 with a 5.73 ERA for the Royals while filling in as a spot starter because of injuries last season. Robinson struck out twice in his first four major league at-bats.

Both were designated for assignment on Nov. 20.

The 21-year-old Santos pitched for both Dominican Pirates clubs last season, combining for a 6-3 record and a 2.44 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts. In 6 2⁄3 innings, he allowed 42 hits, walked 20 and struck out 74 while holding opponents to a .184 average.  

Rico, who turns 19 on Thursday, was 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA for the Dominican Pirates.

The trade with Kansas City was one of two made on the day by the Pirates.

The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander Zach Stewart to the Pirates for a player to be named.

The deal came eight days after the Red Sox designated Stewart for assignment. In two starts with Boston last season, he was 0-2 with a 22.24 ERA in 52⁄3 innings.

The 26-year-old Stewart had been acquired from the White Sox for infielder Kevin Youkilis on June 24.

With Chicago last season, he was 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA.

Stewart made 11 starts for Boston’s Triple-A team at Pawtucket, going 3-5 with a  3.94 ERA.

In 33 major league games with Toronto, Chicago and Boston, Stewart is 3-10 with a 6.82 ERA.

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