Bowden to start tonight

In a last minute change, the Red Sox have pushed David Pauley out to the bullpen and called up Michael Bowden to make his Major League debut tonight against the Chicago White Sox. Just 21 years old, Bowden has made a rapid ascent this season, and finally joins his good friend Justin Masterson on the big league club. I expect him to give us 5 decent innings, and if he can hold them to three runs or less, I’ll be happy.

Some of the roster moves that preceded this decision: Josh Beckett was placed on the 15-day DL to give him some extra rest, and he may be available as early as next Friday. Also going to the DL was Sean Casey, who is dealing with a neck issue. Catcher David Ross was called up to join the roster by the August 31 deadline, making him playoff eligible (without Jason Varitek or Kevin Cash becoming injured) if the Sox need him.


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