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Red Sox demote Jackie Bradley Jr.

Updated: August 19, 2014, 9:20 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- In a move startling only for its timing, the Red Sox have optioned center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled outfielder-infielder Mookie Betts, who will join Boston for the third time this season.

Betts started in center field for the Red Sox on Monday night and singled, walked and scored a run in four plate appearances in a 4-2 loss to the Angels. Bradley played center field and went hitless in five at-bats for Pawtucket.

Manager John Farrell ...

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