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March 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Lyle Overbay released

The Red Sox announced today they have released first baseman Lyle Overbay.

Overbay, 36, signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training in January. The twelve-year major league veteran came to camp to compete for a role as the backup first baseman and left-handed pinch hitter role. In  19 Grapefruit League appearances, Overbay was 9 for 41 with a double in two triples.

Overbay had an opt-out clause that would have allowed him to elect free agency if he did not make the major league roster.

The move leaves Boston with 38 players in major league camp.

Photo credit: Lyle Overbay by Kelly O'Connor