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Baseball notebook - June 24

Associated Press Kevin Youkilis took off his batting helmet, waved to the crowd and blew a kiss to his fans. A longtime favorite at Fenway Park, he wanted a chance to say goodbye. The Boston Red Sox traded away Youkilis on Sunday, sending the three-time All-Star infielder and cash to the Chicago White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart. “[Manager Bobby Valentine] wanted him to have that moment of walking off the field,” Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington said. A member of Boston teams that won the World Series in 2004 and 2007, the 33-year-old Youkilis had seen his playing time drastically cut lately. He now joins the AL Central-leading White Sox, who wanted a regular third baseman. After hitting an RBI triple in the seventh inning of a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves, Youkilis was lifted for a pinch runner. Longtime pal Nick Punto came out to replace him and the pair hugged.

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