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Red Sox Recall Reliever Atchison, Option Bowden

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Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison pitches in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)

Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison pitches in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)

BOSTON (CBS) – Heading into their weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Boston Red Sox have recalled righty reliever Scott Atchison from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Michael Bowden has been optioned back to the minors.

This will be Atchison’s third call-up of the season. The 35-year-old has appeared in seven games with Boston in 2011, posting a 4.73 ERAwith nine strikeouts and just two walks.  He pitched in 17 games with Pawtucket, including one start, going 2-1 with a 1.39 ERA, 37 strikeouts, three walks and two saves. 

Atchison picked up the first major league save of his career with three perfect innings in Boston’s 15-5 win over the Cubs on May 20.

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