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July 20, 2005 at 9:13 AM

Sox shake up roster


After falling out of first place on Monday, the Red Sox made two trades today to bolster their roster depth. Seeking a replacement for the injured Mark Bellhorn, Boston acquired Tony Graffanino from Kansas City in exchange for Pawtucket outfielder Chip Ambres and Wilmington pitcher Juan Cedeno. Ambres has performed very well at AAA in 2005, earning a spot on the International League All Star Team. He likely will be added to the Royals roster. Juan Cedeno has struggled so far thus season, but still projects well as a power lefty out of the pen down the line. For Boston, Graffanino will likely start at second base for the time being.
In another trade, Boston sent Pawtucket pitcher Scott Cassidy to San Diego in exchange for Padres outfielder Adam Hyzdu. Hyzdu previously had been traded to San Diego this season for Blaine Neal, who has since been released. Hyzdu will report directly to Boston, and may stay based on Gabe Kapler's rehab schedule.
To make room on the roster, Boston designated Alan Embree for assignment.