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A complete first-half analysis of the Red Sox by Steven Krasner, including . . .
-- How some spring-training questions were answered in the first half.
-- A look at first-half highlights (you can see which ones in our photo slideshow here.
-- What the strengths and weaknesses of the team were in the first half.
Also tomorrow, columnist Bill Reynolds writes about Seth Mnookin's new book "Feeding The Monster: How Money, Smarts and Nerve Took A Team To The Top."
Posted by Art at 5:34 PM | Permalink
Red Sox send Johnson way down to Single-A
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Red Sox righthander Jason Johnson, struggling in the majors and needing a place to pitch during the All-Star break, was optioned all the way to Single-A.
Also Monday, Boston hired former Kansas City Royals general manager Allard Baird as a special assignment scout. Baird spent 18 years with the Royals, serving as GM from 2000-06.
Johnson will start on Wednesday for the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League. Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland are off Tuesday and Wednesday because of their leagues' all-star breaks.
No one was immediately activated to replace Johnson on the Red Sox roster.
Johnson is 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA in two starts for Boston since being acquired from Cleveland on June 21. His combined numbers with the Indians and Red Sox are 3-8 with a 5.96 ERA in 14 starts.
In another move, the Red Sox agreed to terms with two draft picks, both righthanded pitchers: Bryce Cox (third round) and Brian Steinocher (21st round).
Posted by Art at 5:32 PM | Permalink