- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 26, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox have picked up club options on All-Star left-handed reliever Matt Thornton and backup catcher Ramon Castro.

The team also released right-hander Carlos Torres on Tuesday.

Thornton, who will have a base salary of $3 million next season, went 5-4 with a 2.67 ERA with eight saves and 81 strikeouts in 61 relief appearances year ago, when he made his first AL All-Star team. He limited left-handed hitters to a .175 average.

Thornton is 26-23 with a 3.68 ERA over seven major-league seasons with Seattle and the White Sox.

Castro, who will get a base of $1.2 million, batted .278 with eight homers and 21 RBIs in 37 games. He started 31 games, serving as the backup to A.J. Pierzynski, who is a free agent.

Torres spent most of the 2010 season with Class AAA Charlotte.

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