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Published: 2/10/2005

Tigers get reliever Farnsworth

FROM BLADE STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs traded right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth and a player to be named to the Detroit Tigers yesterday for pitcher Roberto Novoa and two minor leaguers.

Farnsworth, whose fastball has been clocked at 100 mph, was 4-5 with a 4.73 ERA last season for Chicago. He struck out 78 batters in 662/3 innings.

"Kyle Farnsworth is an established major league relief pitcher," Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. "He can pitch in many roles out of our bullpen and is a quality addition to our pitching staff."

In six seasons with the Cubs, the 28-year-old Farnsworth went 22-37 with a 4.78 ERA.

Last month Farnsworth avoided arbitration and signed a one year contract for $1.975 million, a raise from $1.4 million a year ago.

Farnsworth was also the target of Wrigley Field boo birds last season when he struggled, and his frustrations boiled over after a 15-7 loss to Houston in late August when he gave up six runs in the ninth inning.

He threw his glove in the stands as he departed and then kicked an electric fan in the runway between the dugout and clubhouse. The next day he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained and bruised right knee.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said that a change of scenery might help Farnsworth.

"He certainly had his moments when he could pitch very well. Maybe the consistency will be better for him in another location," Hendry said.

Novoa split time between Detroit and Double-A Erie in 2004. In 16 games with the Tigers, the right-hander was 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA.

Chicago also picked up third baseman Scott Moore and outfielder Bo Flowers in the trade.

Moore hit .223 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 118 games at Class A Lakeland last season. Flowers played the majority of the season at Class A Oneonta, hitting .280 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 66 games.

The Tigers also have signed right-handed pitcher Jason Grilli, 28, to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp at spring training.

A seven-year professional, Grilli pitched with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights and the Chicago White Sox last season.

His father, Steve Grilli, pitched 70 games in the majors for the Detroit Tigers (1975-77) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1979). He was 5-5 in 21 games for the Toledo Mud Hens during the 1972 and '73 seasons.

2007 ALL-STAR GAME: Baseball's All-Star game will return to San Francisco in 2007 for the first time in more than two decades, giving the Giants a big draw for season-ticket holders the year after Barry Bonds' contract expires.

Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement yesterday.

The club has topped 3 million in attendance all five seasons since the ballpark opened - thanks in large part to Bonds' popularity.

This will be the city's first time staging baseball's midsummer classic since it was at Candlestick Park in 1984 and the third time overall.

This will be the first time in more than 40 years that the All-Star game won't alternate between the American and National Leagues. Detroit hosts this summer's game, then Pittsburgh has the 2006 event - meaning the NL will host two straight games.



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