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Arbitration for reliever avoided

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox and right-handed reliever Scott
Williamson agreed to terms on a one-year contract Saturday,
avoiding arbitration.

The Red Sox acquired Williamson from Cincinnati in July. He went
0-1 with a 6.20 ERA in 24 relief appearances following the trade.
He played a key role in the playoffs, going 2-0 with three saves
and a 1.12 ERA in eight appearances, striking out 14 in eight
innings.

The 27-year-old Williamson appeared in all five games of the AL
division series against the Oakland Athletics and won the third and
fourth games.

He earned saves in all three of Boston's wins over the New York
Yankees in the AL championship series, allowing a run on one hit
and striking out six in three innings.

Williamson, who earned $1.6 million last season, is 25-23 with
54 saves and a 3.13 ERA in 241 career appearances.

He was 5-4 with 21 saves and a 4.16 ERA in a career-high 66
relief appearances combined for the Reds and Red Sox in 2003.