Britton called up for second half of doubleheader

Britton called up for second half of doubleheader
May 1, 2014, 6:45 pm
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BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell announced that the Red Sox had called up lefty reliever Drake Britton for the second game of a day-night doubleheader against the Rays on Thursday.

As part of a new rule this season, teams playing in doubleheaders that have been scheduled with less than 48 hours notice are allowed to expand their rosters to 26 players for the second game. While the Red Sox have added Britton from Triple-A Pawtucket, the Rays have brought minor league righty reliever Brad Boxberger up from Triple-A Durham.

Britton was the choice because he "has been throwing the ball very well," Farrell said. "And he's been stretched out to 40-plus pitches. He adds to our bullpen tonight."

During the afternoon game, a 2-1 loss for Boston, the Red Sox used three relievers who will likely be unavailable for the night cap: Chris Capuano (.2 innings), Burke Badenhop (1 inning) and Andrew Miller (1 inning).

Britton has a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings this season for the PawSox. He has struck out 12, walked 11 and allowed 13 hits in 10 appearances.