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Red Sox move struggling LHP Drew Pomeranz to bullpen

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz drops to the mound after giving up two-run home run to Toronto Blue Jays' Devon Travis during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill / AP)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz drops to the mound after giving up two-run home run to Toronto Blue Jays' Devon Travis during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill / AP)

TORONTO – The Boston Red Sox moved struggling left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the bullpen and will keep right-hander Brian Johnson as a starter after ace lefty Chris Sale returns from the disabled list.

Pomeranz, 1-5 with a 6.31 ERA, is winless in eight starts since a May 2 victory over Kansas City. Pomeranz matched a season-worst with five walks in Tuesday’s start at Toronto, leaving after 4 2-3 innings. He has completed more than five innings twice in 11 starts.

Johnson won his second straight start in Wednesday’s victory over Toronto. He’s 3-3 with a 4.00 ERA in 29 games, eight starts.

Sale (mild left shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session Thursday and is expected to return Sunday against Baltimore.

Boston has the best record in baseball at 81-34. The Red Sox have won six straight, 10 of 11, and 25 of 30.


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