Valentine hopes Gomez can bring hot back to Red Sox

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Valentine hopes Gomez can bring hot back to Red Sox

Short of righthanded bats with Will Middlebrooks battling a strained hamstring, the Red Sox called up Mauro Gomez from Pawtucket Tuesday, taking the place of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained trapezius muscle.

Gomez was with the Sox for two weeks in May, but got just two at-bats in that time.

He was hitting well at Pawtucket and was named the starting DH in the International League All-Star game. He was leading Triple-A hitters in extra-base hits (46) and was among the International League leaders in average (3rd at .311), doubles (tied for first at 26), homers (tied for third at 19), RBI (tied for third at 55) and slugging (2nd at .614).

"Mauro's been swinging the bat well and we'll see if he can be there if we need him," said Bobby Valentine. "He's a good righthanded bat. We'd like to see him in the game, if needed."

Gomez has played first and DH for Pawtucket, but might be able to help out at third if need be.

"He plays third, we think," said Valentine. "He was signed as a third baseman. He played a lot of third growing up and has been taking grounders at third all year."