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Youkilis Traded To White Sox

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Kevin Youkils, Dustin Pedroia (Winslow Townson/Getty Images )

Kevin Youkils, Dustin Pedroia (Winslow Townson/Getty Images )

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BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Red Sox have traded infielder Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart.

(See recent Getty Images photos of Youkilis,  including his standing ovation at Fenway Sunday.)

Will Middlebrooks’ emergence in Boston made Youkilis expendable after a successful 81/2-year run with the Red Sox. The versatile All-Star, who can play both of the corner infield spots, is a career .286 hitter with 133 homers and 563 RBIs.

The AL Central-leading White Sox, who also receive cash in the deal, have been looking for a third baseman with Brent Morel plagued by back problems.

The 25-year-old Stewart is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games with the White Sox this season. Lillibridge, 28, is hitting .175 with two RBIs and seven stolen bases in 48 games.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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