Breslow, 31, has gone 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA (13 ER/43.1 IP) in 40 relief outings for the Diamondbacks in 2012. His 42 strikeouts are eighth among National League lefty relievers and he has recorded 17 K’s in 13.0 frames over his last 11 appearances. Breslow has held opponents scoreless in seven of eight games in July, tallying a 1.08 ERA (1 ER/8.1 IP) in the month. He spent the 2006 season in the Red Sox organization after signing as a minor league free agent and made 13 appearances with Boston that year, posting a 3.75 ERA (5 ER/12.0 IP). Originally selected by the Brewers in the 26th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, he has made 335 career Major League relief appearances over parts of seven seasons with the Padres (2005), Red Sox (2006), Indians (2008), Twins (2008-09), A’s (2009-11) and Diamondbacks (2012). His 3.02 career ERA (108 ER/322.1 IP) is the third-best mark in relief among active left-handers with at least 300.0 innings pitch, and he has recorded 277 strikeouts while going 14-17 with six saves. Born in New Haven, CT and a Yale graduate, Breslow founded the “Strike 3 Foundation” in 2008 to heighten awareness, mobilize support, and raise funding for childhood cancer research.
The 29-year-old Albers has made 40 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season, going 2-0 with seven holds, a 2.29 ERA (10 ER/39.1 IP) and 25 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .216 average (30-for-139). He has tossed at least 1.0 inning in 23 of his outings this year and induced seven double plays, tied for third-most among American League relievers. Signed by the Red Sox as a free agent prior to the 2011 season, the right-hander has posted a 3.81 ERA (44 ER/104.0 IP) in 96 games out of the bullpen with Boston while going 6-4. Originally selected by Houston in the 23rd round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Albers is 21-29 with a 4.78 ERA (224 ER/421.1 IP), 299 strikeouts and 195 walks in 277 Major League games (23 starts) over parts of seven seasons with the Astros (2006-07), Orioles (2008-10) and Red Sox (2011-12).
Podsednik, 36, played in 19 games with Boston this season from May 22-June 17, hitting .387 (24-for-62) with three doubles, a home run, seven RBI, nine runs, two walks, six stolen bases and four sacrifice hits. He has also hit .281 (25-for-89) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, 11 RBI, 10 runs and four stolen bases in 25 games for the PawSox this season, including four rehab games, after beginning the year with 23 games for Philadelphia’s Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley. Podsednik owns a career .281 average (1,060-for-3,769) with 174 doubles, 41 triples, 42 home runs, 553 runs, 329 walks and 307 stolen bases in 1,035 Major League games with the Mariners (2001-02), Brewers (2003-04), White Sox (2005-07, 2009), Rockies (2008), Royals (2010), Dodgers (2010) and Red Sox (2012). An All-Star with the White Sox in 2005, he has played 551 games in left field (489 starts), 394 in center (367 starts) and 20 in right (11 starts).