BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox sent outfielder Adam Stern to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, essentially completing the trade that brought catcher Javy Lopez to Boston in August.

Stern batted .258 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 93 games at Triple-A Pawtucket. He injured his right hamstring and went on the disabled list on Aug. 16 and ended his season there.

Stern was a hero of Canada’s 8-6 victory over the United States in the World Baseball Classic, with a single, triple and inside-the-park home run to go with two great catches in center field. He opened the season with the Red Sox but hit .150 with four RBIs in 10 games before being optioned to Pawtucket on April 19.

Lopez was acquired from the Orioles on Aug. 4 when Jason Varitek went down with a knee injury. Lopez platooned at catcher with Doug Mirabelli and batted .190 with four RBIs and 16 strikeouts in 18 games with Boston.

He was released on Sept. 8 after Varitek returned.

Officially, the Red Sox owe Baltimore a player to be named or cash for Lopez. But the Orioles owe Boston a player or cash for Stern.

For procedural reasons, the deals had to be completed separately.

AP-ES-10-03-06 1820EDT


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