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April 26, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Bowden called up to bolster bullpen

The Red Sox have called pitcher Michael Bowden up to Boston to reinforce the bullpen for tonight's contest against the Yankees. This will be his second stint with Boston in his young career, as he earned his first major league win in a 5-3 victory over the White Sox on August 30, 2008. To make room for Bowden on the active roster, infielder Gil Velazquez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. The move is expected to be temporary; with shortstop Julio Lugo slated to come off the disabled list and return to the Boston lineup tomorrow, Bowden will likely be headed back to Pawtucket. Bowden has been dominant so far at the Triple-A level this season, going 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 14.0 innings pitched in his first 3 starts.