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Britton fills lefty need for Game 2 of doubleheader

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Britton fills lefty need for Game 2 of doubleheader

BOSTON -- The Red Sox took advantage of the extra roster spot they were granted for Game 2 of Thursday's day/night doubleheader by recalling lefty reliever Drake Britton from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Britton pitched in 18 games for the Red Sox last season, going 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA.

He has been outstanding for Pawtucket, posting a 1.29 ERA in 10 appearances.

The Red Sox used two of their three lefty relievers (Chris Capuano and Andrew Miller) in the 2-1 loss in Game 1 loss making Britton a logical addition to the roster.

"He's been throwing the ball very well," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "And he's been stretched out to 40-plus pitches. He adds to our bullpen tonight."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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