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Iglesias down, Cook up

Crawford moved to 60-day DL

By Michael Vega
Globe Staff / May 4, 2012
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When he walked into the Red Sox clubhouse Tuesday afternoon after being summoned from Pawtucket, there was every expectation that Jose Iglesias would at least spend the weekend with the big club.

As it turned out, the 22-year-old shortstop didn’t last long enough to dress for Friday night’s opener of a three-game series against the Orioles at Fenway.

Instead, Iglesias was shipped back to the minors Thursday.

Iglesias, who is hitting .216 in 23 games with the PawSox, did not appear in the two games against the A’s for which he was active, and was demoted to make room for righthander Aaron Cook, who will start for Boston in place of Josh Beckett Saturday. Cook was added to the 25-man roster and Carl Crawford (left wrist, left elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to March.

Cook, 33, a nonroster invitee to spring training, went 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts at Pawtucket, holding opponents to a .217 batting average over 33 1/3 innings.

When Beckett experienced right lat soreness after throwing 126 pitches in his last start Sunday at Minnesota, the Sox decided to skip him in the rotation, providing an opening for Cook to be added to the 25-man roster.

Perfect choice

Jon Lester (1-2, 4.65 ERA) will start Friday night against Baltimore, opposite lefthander Wei-Yin Chen (2-0, 2.22), looking to extend his 14-0 record in 18 career starts against the Orioles. It is the longest streak of dominance by an opposing pitcher in Orioles franchise history. Lester, who earned his first win of 2012 in a 1-0 decision at Chicago last Saturday, went 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts against Baltimore last season. He faced the Orioles in Boston’s final game of 2011 at Camden Yards but did not factor in the decision as Baltimore took a 4-3 walkoff victory. Lester allowed two runs over six innings, pitching on three days’ rest.

Word on Byrd

On Monday, Bobby Valentine was asked for his early impressions of outfielder Marlon Byrd, who was acquired from the Cubs April 21 for righthander Michael Bowden and a player to be named later. “I’m glad he’s a Red Sox,’’ Valentine said. Byrd certainly would have seconded that sentiment, especially after getting a new lease at the plate, where in 10 games with the Sox he has hit .297 (11 for 37). It is a marked improvement over his first 13 games of the season with the Cubs, in which he hit .070 (3 for 43). “Dave Magadan has worked with him so that he’s more comfortable at the plate than he was before he got here, and I think that will continue,’’ Valentine said. “He’s had some pretty good at-bats and played some pretty good center field.’’

Next step

Daisuke Matsuzaka is tentatively scheduled to make his third rehab start Monday night for Pawtucket against Rochester at McCoy Stadium . . . The Baltimore series marks the return to Fenway Park of Dan Duquette, the Dalton native who was Red Sox general manager from 1994-2002 and is now in that post with the Orioles. Duquette was the architect of quick turnarounds with the Expos and Red Sox, and appears to be fashioning another with the Orioles, who are 1 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East . . . Because of a WEEI scheduling conflict with Game 3 of the Celtics’ playoff series against the Hawks, Friday’s Red Sox broadcast will be on WRKO (680).

Michael Vega can be reached at vega@globe.com.

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