Former Dodgers Infielder Julio Lugo Passes Away At 45
Julio Lugo
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Former Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Julio Lugo, who made his biggest mark with the 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox, tragically passed away at 45 years old.

Selected by the Houston Astros in the 43rd round of the 1994 MLB Draft, Lugo went on to spend 12 seasons in the Majors. In addition to the Astros (2000-2003), he played for the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2003-2006), Dodgers (2006), Red Sox (2007-2009), St. Louis Cardinals (2009), Baltimore Orioles (2010) and Atlanta Braves (2011).

The Dodgers acquired Lugo during the 2006 season, when they traded Joel Guzman and Sergio Pedroza to the Rays at the deadline. He only appeared in 49 games for L.A., filling a utility role at second base, shortstop, third base, left field and right field.

Lugo became a free agent that winter and went on to sign with the Red Sox. He was a productive Major Leaguer throughout his career and proved to be particularly effective for the Red Sox in the 2007 World Series by going 5-for-13 with one RBI and three walks to help them sweep the Colorado Rockies.

Lugo batted .271/.340/.333 with three doubles, three RBI and five walks over 14 games during the 2007 postseason.

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