Johnson makes debut playing first base

Johnson makes debut playing first base

ANAHEIM -- Kelly Johnson made his Red Sox debut in Sunday's series finale against the Angels, batting fifth and playing first base.

The Red Sox acquired Johnson from the Yankees right before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31 in exchange for shortstop Stephen Drew. Johnson hit .219 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 77 games for New York.

"It is about using your bench. It is a day game after a night game and the number of innings played," manager John Farrell said. "He played first base a number of times. We're looking forward to seeing him in our uniform."

It marked Johnson's first start since July 22. He was activated on Thursday from the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin.

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.