The Baltimore Orioles today acquired right-handed reliever Al Reyes from the Milwaukee Brewers, completing the trade that sent Rocky Coppinger to the Brewers on July 16. Reyes joined the Orioles at Fenway Park for tonight's game.

Reyes, 28, was 2-0 with a 4.25 earned run average in 26 games for the Brewers this season, and opponents were batting just .206 against him, but he was sent down to Class AAA Louisville on July 3. He was 0-2 with an 8.38 ERA in six games there.

"I had options left, so they sent me down," Reyes said today. "I wasn't very happy about that because I was doing my job there [in Milwaukee]. . . . I'm happy to be here. I hope here I can have a new start."

Reyes throws a fastball, slider and change-up, and said his primary role has been middle relief. That is the role Orioles Manager Ray Miller said he envisions for Reyes.

"Hopefully, he can pitch the sixth or seventh inning," Miller said. "And maybe we'll even try him in the eighth."

Ripken Gets Restarted

Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken was back in the lineup after missing five games with a bruised right wrist. He had hit .341 (14 for 41) over his last 10 games before the injury and went 2 for 4 in his return. . . .

Miller started Jeff Reboulet at second base tonight. Rookie Jerry Hairston had started the previous 22 games.

Meantime, second baseman Delino DeShields, who has been on the disabled list since June 20, continues to make slow progress on a rehabilitation assignment for his strained right hamstring. DeShields was supposed to play second base for Class AA Bowie on Tuesday night, but felt tightness and instead played as designated hitter.

"He can run, but he can't do any explosive moves," Miller said. "I want him to get healthy. I don't want a second baseman who can't take off after a ground ball."

DeShields's slow recovery has confounded the Orioles, who placed him on the disabled list because they felt he would be out five or six days and didn't want to be short a player for such a long period of time. . . .

The Red Sox scratched Mark Portugal from his scheduled start Thursday because of a sore lower back and will start Jin Ho Cho (2-2, 4.64 ERA) instead.