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Albers joins D-backs' bullpen in Philly

Albers joins D-backs' bullpen in Philly

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Albers joins D-backs' bullpen in Philly
PHILADELPHIA -- After being traded just before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, reliever Matt Albers donned a D-backs jersey for the first time on Friday night.

Albers, acquired from the Red Sox along with Scott Podsednik (who was eventually given his release) in exchange for reliever Craig Breslow, gives Arizona another late-inning option in the bullpen. The right-hander has "a power arm," according to manager Kirk Gibson.

In 40 games with Boston, Albers went 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA. The bulk of his work came in the sixth through eighth innings. He will likely be used in a similar role with Arizona, though he said on Friday that he has no preference on when he pitches.

"I was happy to come to Arizona," Albers said before Friday's series opener against the Phillies. "I've heard a lot of good things about this place. Obviously, [it's] a team that's doing well and right in the race, which is really key, too. I'm excited for it. The last couple months of the season kind of get a fresh start, which is nice."

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