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Thursday, July 5, 2007


MEDFORD � Randy Newsom, who pitched at Tufts from 2001-04, is continuing his outstanding progress in the minor leagues this summer. A relief pitcher playing for the Cleveland Indians Double A affiliate in Akron, he was recently named to the Eastern League All-Star team.

Newsom is currently ranked sixth in the Eastern League with 13 saves. He's pitched in 24 games and has a 3-0 record with a 2.16 earned run average. Newsom has been especially effective over his last 10 games. In that span, dating back to June 16, he has nine saves and a microscopic 0.87 era.

He was one of five members of the Akron Aeros named to the team, the highest number in the league. The Aeros currently lead the Eastern League's Southern Division with a 52-32 record.

At Tufts, Newsom compiled an 18-7 record for a .720 winning percentage. He pitched in more games during his career at Tufts (48) than all but one other Jumbo. With 165 strike outs in 209.1 innings pitched, Newsom is in the top five for both categories.

Originally from Cincinnati, He was signed as a free agent by the Red Sox after graduating from Tufts. Then in July 2006, he was the player to be named later in the trade that brought centerfielder Coco Crisp to Boston in January 2006.

Newsom is now one of the top relief pitching prospects in Double A. The Eastern League All-Star Game, with Newsom's Southern Division squaring off against the Northern Division, is on Wednesday, July 11.