Red Sox ink Okajima

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, Last Updated: 3:23 PM ET

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox made it official on Monday and signed reliever Hideki Okajima to a one-year contract.

Okajima has spent his entire four-year big league career with the Red Sox. He was 4-4 with a 4.50 earned run average in 56 appearances last season, giving up 23 earned runs over 46 innings.

The 35-year-old lefty owns a career mark of 16-8 with a 3.06 ERA in 254 games since leaving the Japanese League to join the Red Sox for the 2007 campaign. He was an All-Star in his first year and helped Boston to the World Series title that season.


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