Wednesday January 05, 2011 | 04:16 PM

Roberto Alomar (90 percent of the vote) and Bert Blylevan (79.7 percent) were both elected to the Hall of Fame today. Seventy-five percent of the vote was needed. Barry Larkin (62.1) and Jack Morris (53.5) placed third and fourth.

You can see the complete voting at

Also, Jayson Stark of ESPN and others are reporting that the Red Sox have signed Tony Pena Jr. to a minor league contract. My first reaction: Why do they need another infielder?

I forgot that Pena, son of former major league catcher Tony Pena, converted to pitching in 2009.

After four years as a shortstop for the Royals (.228 average), Pena went to the mound and pitched for the Giants organization. He had a 2.53 ERA for the Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League, but his ERA shot up to 6.60 in Triple-A.

Maybe he will end up in Portland?

One other transaction of note: Infielder Gil Velazquez, who enjoyed a few trips on the Pawtucket-Fenway shuffle, has signed with the Angels.

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