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Sox looking for relief

Red Sox scouts have been scouring the big leagues looking for a possible match to add to their bullpen, according to major league sources, but don’t be surprised if they now look within, with news they are moving Pawtucket starter Michael Bowden to the bullpen.

The Sox have had some interest in Toronto lefty Scott Downs and have discussed Cleveland closer Kerry Wood internally according to a major league source . But the price tag, either in salary, or in prospects that would have to be given up, has been pretty high.

The Sox are trying to find their 2010 Billy Wagner, but that may not exist this year.


Bowden has been impressive this season and the Sox feel they have corrected some mechanical issues since spring training which has added some velocity to his fastball. Bowden also has the best makeup for a reliever – a hard-nosed kid who pitches on adrenaline. A perfect formula for a good reliever. With Manny Delcarmen out and Hideki Okajima experiencing back issues, the Sox would love to add a lefty reliever to the mix. Downs, or possibly Baltimore’s Will Ohman could be possibilities.

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