Red Sox release RHP Mark Portugal

Updated: September 25, 1999, 1:23 AM ET

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Mark Portugal, a member of the rotation of the Boston Red Sox for much of this season, surprisingly was released by the club following tonight's 1-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Portugal, who contemplated retirement earlier this season and left the team for a brief time, was 7-12 with a 5.51 ERA in 31 games. He made 27 starts, allowing 179 hits, 41 walks and 92 runs in 150 1/3 innings. He struck out 79.

The 36-year-old righthander made his last start on September ...

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