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Red Sox bring in Layne as 26th man for nightcap

Red Sox bring in Layne as 26th man for nightcap

BOSTON -- Afforded an extra roster spot for Game 2 of Saturday's day-night doubleheader, the Red Sox added lefty reliever Tommy Layne from Triple-A Pawtucket.

A non-roster invitee to Spring Training, Layne pitched in 40 Major League games for the San Diego Padres, going 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA.

Layne, a 29-year-old veteran of the Minors, has been dominant for Pawtucket, going 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA, while striking out 46 over 41 2/3 innings.

"He's continued what he did in Spring Training, -- and that is that he's very successful against left-handers," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He's had decent ability to get good right-handed hitters out, so he's not solely a situational type of lefty reliever. The performance has been very consistent."

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

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