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August 30, 2009 at 12:47 AM

McBeth gets the call, Tazawa sent to GCL

In a move designed to give the Red Sox more depth in the bullpen, Boston has called up Marcus McBeth from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned Junichi Tazawa to the GCL Red Sox. With the GCL schedule set to end Monday, Tazawa is expected to be recalled as early as Tuesday. The Japanese rookie had gone 2-3 with a 6.65 ERA in 5 major league appearances, including 4 starts, striking out 12 in 21.2 innings. In 20 minor league starts in 2009 for Portland and Pawtucket, Tazawa has pitched to a 9-7 record with a 2.55 ERA.

For McBeth, this will be his second stint in the major leagues this season, having been called up initially on July 31 when Justin Masterson was sent to Cleveland, but sent down again a day later without making an appearance. He had previously seen time in the majors with Cincinnati, going 3-2 with a 5.95 ERA in 23 appearances. Claimed off waivers from the Reds in August, 2008, McBeth has pitched to a 2-2 record with a 2.70 ERA in 42 games out of the Pawtucket bullpen, striking out 62 in 63.1 innings.