Attended Santiago public schools in the Dominican Republic...attended 2006 Christmas at Fenway
and participated in the 2006 Holiday Goodwill Tour.
Went 6-11 with a 5.22 ERA (70 ER/120.2 IP) in 23 starts and 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA (7
ER/14.0 IP) in 11 relief outings...Had 77 strikeouts overall, the 2nd highest total of his career to
107 K's with the Cubs in 2001...Made his first 18 appearances of the season as a starter before
officially moving to the bullpen on July 22...Was still used as a spot starter 5 times after switching
roles, including 3 straight starts from August 19-31.
SUMMARY: Went 5-4 with one save and a 4.47 ERA in his 58 appearances, 6 as a starter...went 2-4
with one save and a 4.71 ERA (34 ER/65.0 IP) in 52 relief outings and was unbeaten in his 6 starts,
going 3-0 with a 4.01 ERA (34 ER/65.0 IP).
THAT'S A RELIEF: After beginning the season serving a 10-game suspension due to unsportsmanlike
actions in a Grapefruit League game March 27 vs. Tampa Bay, made his Red Sox debut April 13
vs. Toronto, allowing one run on 3 hits in 2.0 innings...pitched 2.0 innings or more in 10 outings,
boasting a 2.25 ERA (6 ER/24.0 IP) and a .210 batting average against in those appearances...was
one of 4 Red Sox relievers to make at least 50 appearances, joining Mike Timlin (68), Jonathan Papelbon
(59) and Manny Delcarmen (50)...turned in his best month in May, when he went 1-0 with
one save and a 3.68 ERA (6 ER/14.2) in 13 appearances...his last relief appearance came on August
27 in Seattle, when he worked 2.0 scoreless innings in Boston's 6-3 loss...went 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA
(3 ER/12.1 IP) in his last 11 relief outings beginning July 25...boasted a 3.29 ERA (10 ER/27.1 IP)
in his last 15 contests out of the pen...logged a season-high 4.0 scoreless innings in Boston's 6-5,
19-inning loss at Chicago on July 9...allowed just a hit and a walk while striking out 2...threw 40
pitches or more in a relief outing 3 times, including a season-high 49 pitches in that July 9 game.
START ME UP: Made his debut in the rotation August 31 vs. Toronto, his first start since September
17, 2002 with Florida vs. Montreal...took a no-decision, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks
in 3.0 innings, striking out 3 in Boston's 6-4 win...his next time out tossed 6.1 innings September 4
and held the White Sox to 2 runs on 6 hits with no walks, fanning 5...did not allow a run until Jim
Thome's one-out homer in the 7th...recorded 14 outs via ground balls and the other 5 via strikeouts,
with no fly ball outs...until Thome's blast in the 7th, had not allowed a run to the White
Sox since July 14, 2001 in the 4th inning with the Cubs, covering 13.0 innings...had a 3-pitch 6th
inning, retiring Juan Uribe on a groundout to short, allowing a bunt single to Scott Podsednik
and inducing an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play to Tadahito Iguchi...collected career win No.
75 September 10 vs. Kansas City, taking a perfect game into the 4th inning en route to a 9-3
win...limited the Royals to 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 5.1 innings, fanning 5...was his first win
as a starter since August 30, 2002 with Florida vs. Pittsburgh...in his final outing of the season and
the 700th of his career, notched a 4-3 win vs. the Orioles at Fenway, limiting Baltimore to 2 runs
on 6 hits and 5 walks in 5.0 innings...made 3 playoff starts for Aguilas of the Dominican Winter
League, going 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA (5 ER/14.2 IP), and one start for the Dominican Republic in the
Caribbean Series, allowing 3 hits and one run in 5.1 innings in a 7-1 victory over Venezuela.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Limited lefthanders to a .248 batting average (40-for-161) and 5 home
runs while righties batted .327 (70-for-214) with 5 homers...foes batted .291 (32-for-110) with
runners in scoring position, but only .241 (13-for-54) with RISP and 2 outs...held batters to a .222
average (36-for-162) with 2 strikes and a .250 mark (29-for-116) with 2 outs.
SUMMARY: Tied for the N.L. league lead with a Cardinals club-record 32 holds...went 2-3 with a 3.43 ERA (25 ER/65.2 IP) in 74 relief appearances
for St. Louis, posting back-to-back campaigns with at least 70 outings for the first time in his career...his 32 holds trailed only Tom Gordon and
Scot Shields (33 apiece) for most in the majors, while his 14 double plays induced tied for 3rd among all big league relievers...took a 2.75 ERA (17 ER/55.2 IP) in 61 outings into September before posting a 7.20 ERA (8 ER/10.0 IP) in his final 13 appearances...saw action in 3 post-season
games with the Cardinals, posting no record and a 5.40 ERA (2 ER/3.1 IP).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Held first batters faced to a .235 (16-for-68) average, and allowed only 11 of 42 (26 percent) inherited runners to score...pitched to a 3.00 ERA (9
ER/27.0 IP) in 34 games on the road and a 3.72 ERA (16 ER/38.2 IP) in 40 outings at Busch Stadium...after a slow start in April (0-1, 4.38 ERA), enjoyed success in May and
June, when he recorded ERAs of 1.20 (2 ER/15.0 IP) and 2.16 (2 ER/8.1 IP),
respectively...also pitched well in August, going 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) in 13
games...despite allowing a .278 opponents batting average, limited foes to a .186 (13-for-70) mark with runners in scoring position...had his best success when pitching on one day of rest, compiling a 1.74 ERA (4 ER/20.2 IP) in 21 appearances.
MORE 2005 HIGHLIGHTS: Did not allow an earned run from April 24-May 18, a span of 11
outings and 12.0 innings pitched...posted a 9.2-inning scoreless streak covering 11
appearances from June 17-July 15...did not issue a walk from April 24-June 1, a stretch
of 19.2 innings...notched his first win with 1.2 scoreless innings May 14 at New
York...picked up his first 2 saves in the span of 3 outings, April 27 vs. Milwaukee and May
Cincinnati (1.2 IP) and April 27 vs. Milwaukee (struck out the side)...led the Cardinals
staff with 12 spring appearances, going 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA (4 ER/12.1 IP).
SUMMARY: In 77 relief outings for the National League champion Cardinals, established
a career-low ERA of 2.38, including a 1.44 ERA (5 ER/31.1 IP) over his final 38 appearances beginning July 7...stranded 74 percent (32 of 43) of his inherited runners, the
14th-best mark in the N.L....also finished 27 games for St. Louis, 2 shy of his 2003
career high and 2nd on the team to closer Jason Isringhausen...closed the season with a
win, hold or save in 16 of his final 31 games...surrendered as many as 2 runs in an outing
only twice, April 11 at Arizona and June 23 vs. Chicago...yielded only one long ball on the
season (64.1 IP).
2004 POSTSEASON: Went 2-2 with a
2.61 ERA (3 ER/10.1 IP) in 9 post-season games with the Cardinals, including
an 0-1 record and 4.50 ERA (1 ER/2.0
IP) in 2 World Series games vs.
Boston...surrendered a 2-run homer to
Mark Bellhorn in the 8th inning to take
the loss in Game One of the World Series October 23 at Boston...was not scored upon in 2 Division Series appearances (2.1 IP) vs. Los
Angeles...pitched in 5 of the 7 NLCS
games vs. Houston, collecting 2 wins
despite suffering breaks in his left ring
finger and fifth metacarpal after exiting
Game 4 at Houston...pitched the rest of
the postseason with a protective wrap
on his glove hand...overall, held the opposition to a .162 (6-for-37) batting average in the playoffs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Went 3-0 with 2
saves and a 1.69 ERA (6 ER/32.0 IP)
in 38 games at Busch Stadium and 4-4
with 2 saves and a 3.06 ERA (11 ER/32.1 IP) in 39 road appearances...opposing batters hit just
.238, including a .231 mark by righties
and a .253 mark by lefties...his batting
average against dropped to .219 with runners in scoring position...had success when
working on little rest, recording a 2.92 ERA (8 ER/24.2 IP) in 29 games without a day of
rest and a 0.48 ERA (1 ER/18.2 IP) in 19 games when pitching with one day's rest...posted
his best monthly ERA in May, when he logged a 0.90 (1 ER/10.0 IP) ERA in 11
appearances...excelled against NL East opponents, going 3-0 with a 0.51 ERA (1 ER/
17.2 IP) in 18 games.
MORE 2004 HIGHLIGHTS: Posted an 11.1-inning scoreless streak spanning 12 games
from April 27-May 22...also pitched scoreless ball from July 22-August 13, a span of 10
games and 10.0 innings, going 3-0 with one save and 3 holds during that time...struck
out the side (season-high 3 K's) in the 10th inning to earn his first win, June 18 vs.
Cincinnati...made his Cardinals debut with 1.0 perfect inning April 5 vs. Milwaukee...earned
his first save with the Redbirds April 22 at Houston, inducing Brad Ausmus into a 12th-inning, game-ending double play...retired all 8 batters in a season-high 2.2 innings to
earn his 5th win August 10 at Florida...surpassed the 1,000-inning mark for his career in
his outing August 24 at Cincinnati...picked up his 7th win of the season and 70th career
victory September 20 at Milwaukee, the day the Cardinals clinched the N.L. Central...his
home run allowed to Texas' Gary Matthews June 13 was his first long ball surrendered
since July 7, 2003, a span of 73.0 innings...was ejected in Game 1 of a doubleheader
August 20 vs. Pittsburgh for accusation of a "foreign substance" on his hat...served an 8-game suspension from September 24-October 1...participated in the Dominican Winter
League and Caribbean World Series following the Cardinals season.
Pitched exclusively in relief for the first time since 1999 with the Giants, notching a career-high 11 saves and ranking 8th among N.L. relievers with 83.2 innings pitched...compiled a 3.66 ERA in 64 games for the Pirates, converting 11 of his 14 save chances and stranding 26 of 35 inherited runners (74 percent)...collected 8 saves
without allowing a run in 11 September games (14.1 IP) after posting a 4.57 ERA (11 ER/21.2 IP) in August and a 5.54 ERA (8 ER/13.0 IP) in July...logged a 2.37 ERA (13 ER/49.1 IP) in 33 home games and a 5.50 ERA (21 ER/34.1 IP) in 31 outings on the road...pitched to a 1.93 ERA (2 ER/9.1 IP) in 4 Interleague contests...pitched on back-to-back days 17 times, going 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA (7 ER/28.2 IP) on the back end of
those appearances...opponents went just 4-for-40 (.100) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs...allowed just one home run all season, a 2-run shot to Jose Guillen July 1 vs. Cincinnati...tossed a season-high 5.0 innings without allowing a hit June 21 vs.
Cleveland...came in the midst of an 8.1-inning hitless streak from June 19-28.
Went to Spring Training with the Cubs but spent the entire regular season with the
Florida Marlins following his March 27 trade...ranked 2nd on the staff with 27 starts, and went 10-12 with a 5.39 ERA in 29 games overall...started the season slowly, posting a
9.09 ERA (35 ER/34.2 IP) in 7 starts in April and May, a stretch that included a D.L. stint
from April 17-May 9 due to a right shoulder strain...rebounded to have his best month in
June, going 4-1 with a 2.58 ERA (11 ER/38.1 IP) in 6 starts...won a season-high 4 straight decisions covering 6 starts from May 23-June 19, registering a 3.00 ERA (13 ER/39.0 IP)...tossed 6.0 innings or more in 6 straight starts from August 2-30, going 3-2 with a 3.08 ERA (13 ER/38.0 IP)...worked a season-high 8.0 innings June 14 vs.
Tampa Bay, receiving a no-decision despite allowing only one run on 4 hits...made his
final 2 appearances of the season out of the bullpen, September 22 at Atlanta and
September 28 vs. Philadelphia.
In his lone season with the Cubs, went 10-9 with a 4.52 ERA in 34 games (all but
6 as a starter)...established career highs with 161.1 innings pitched and 107
strikeouts...allowed just 13 home runs, an average of one every 12.4 innings pitched...was
the starting pitcher in each of his first 27 games, going 9-9 with a 4.36 ERA before
making his next 6 appearances as a reliever...capped the season with a start October 6 vs. Pittsburgh, earning the win after allowing just one hit and 2 runs over 7.1 innings,
striking out a career-high 9 batters...started hot out of the gates, going 2-1 with a 1.53
ERA (5 ER/29.1 IP) in 5 April starts...tossed at least 7.0 innings in all 4 starts from June
9-25, going 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA (8 ER/28.2 IP)...collected his first big league multi-hit
game July 24 vs. Pittsburgh, when he went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
Collected a career-high 11 wins in 51 games (12 starts) for the Rockies, including
a Colorado-record 9 straight winning decisions from May 16-September 5...the 9-game
winning streak covered 31 outings and tied for the longest of the season in the major
leagues...posted a 3.22 ERA (31 ER/86.2 IP) during the streak...went 5-3 with a 3.80
ERA (29 ER/68.2 IP) as a starter and 6-2 with a 5.26 ERA (30 ER/51.1 IP) as a
reliever....made his first start of the season July 29 at Milwaukee, his first start since July
20, 1996 with Cleveland vs. Minnesota...twirled his only big league complete game
September 5 vs. the Cubs, allowing 4 hits and 2 unearned runs over 9.0 innings to earn
the win...made 12 straight starts from July 29-September 27 before making his final
outing of the season from the bullpen October 1 at Atlanta.
Appeared in 47 games out of the bullpen for the Giants, going 2-0 with a 5.93 ERA despite missing the whole month of May with pneumonia...rehabbed with Triple-A Fresno and Single-A San Jose...enjoyed his best stretch of the season after returning to San Francisco, posting a 2.22 ERA (7 ER/28.1 IP) in 22 games from June 1-July 26.
Logged more than 80.0 innings pitched for the 4th straight season since converting to a full-time reliever in 1995, going 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 60 appearances for the San Francisco Giants...excelled early in the season, recording a 2.71 ERA (19 ER/63.0 IP) in 39 games from March 31-July 12 before going on the D.L. July 13 with a strained right latissimus muscle...made one rehab appearance with Triple-A Fresno before returning to San Francisco August 7...struggled after his return, posting a 6.85 ERA (17 ER/22.1 IP) over his final 21 outings...tossed 3.0 shutout innings for his first career save May 14 vs. Montreal, a 6-1 Giants win.
Led the National League with a San Francisco franchise-record 89 appearances...pitched to a 6-4 record and 3.87 ERA, including a 24-game scoreless
stretch (23.0 IP) from May 25-July 5...notched 2 wins and 9 holds in that span...allowed 2 runs July 11 at Los Angeles to snap the streak, but then pitched scoreless ball in his next 8 outings (8.0 IP) through July 25...appeared in all 3 NLDS games vs. Atlanta.
In his final season with the Indians, went 4-7 with a 5.36 ERA in 51 games (all but 4 as a reliever)...Cleveland went 32-19 in games in which he pitched...issued just 22 walks in 80.2 innings, an average of 2.5 free passes per 9 innings.
Was named by Sporting News
as the American League Rookie Pitcher of the Year after going 10-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 57 relief appearances for the Indians...led AL relievers in wins, tied for 3rd in innings pitched (85.0) and ranked 5th in ERA...appeared in 12 of Cleveland's 15 post-season contests, including 5 World Series games vs.
Atlanta...was not scored upon in his 5 World Series outings (4.1 IP) and posted a 2.61
ERA (3 ER/10.1 IP) overall in the postseason.
Spent all but one game with Charlotte (Indians' AAA)...Led International League hurlers in victories...Was recalled by Cleveland on 5/26 and started that night @Boston (1.2ip/8r/4er)...Was optioned back to Triple-A on 6/1, where he spent the remainder of the season.
Advanced all the way to Cleveland after beginning the season with Single-A Kinston, where he went 11-5 with a 2.42 ERA in 18 starts...earned a July 19 promotion to Double-A Akron, where he posted a 2-1 record and 0.95 ERA in 3 games (2 starts)...had his contract purchased by the Indians August 7 and made his big league debut that night in Baltimore, allowing 5 runs in 3.0 innings to take the loss...picked up wins his next 2 times out, August 14 vs. Texas and August 19 at Boston.
Pitched in the United States for the first time in his pro career after spending the previous 2 seasons in the Dominican Summer League...went 6-3 with a 2.68 ERA for Rookie-Level Burlington of the Appalachian League, tying for the league lead with 14 games started.
Went 8-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 19 games (all but one as a starter) for the DSL Indians, striking out 75 batters in 121.1 innings and limiting foes to a .213 average.
Began his professional career with 2 appearances (one start) for the DSL Indians, going 0-1 with a 11.57 ERA (6 ER/4.2 IP).