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Red Sox decide to go with 13 pitchers

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Red Sox decide to go with 13 pitchers

DETROIT -- The Red Sox settled on their final 25-man roster Wednesday, a day before the season opens.
The Sox opted to begin the year with a 13-man pitching staff featuring five starters (Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront) and an eight-man bullpen (Alfredo Aceves, Mark Melancon, Matt Albers, Franklin Morales, Michael Bowden, Vicente Padilla, Justin Thomas and Scott Atchison).
"Just in case,'' said manager Bobby Valentine of the 13-man staff. "Obviously, what we're doing here without Andrew Bailey has not been totally planned for. So we're going to try to protect other members of the bullpen as we iron out this entire situation. I don't expect to be 13 for the entire season - or possibly, even by the homestand (which begins April 13).
"But it could be.''The 13-man staff leaves the Sox with just three bench players (Kelly Shoppach, Nick Punto and Darnell McDonald) in addition to the starting nine of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, seconed baseman Dustin Pedroia, shortstop Mike Aviles, third baseman Kevin Youkilis, DH David Ortiz and outfielders Ryan Sweeney, Jacoby Ellsbury and Cody Ross.
The Sox will have to make some additional roster moves since Padilla, Thomas and Atchison were all on minor league deals with invites to major-league spring training.
The most likely move will involve putting some injured players (Daisuke Matsuzaka, Rich Hill) on the 60-day disabled list.

Report: Red Sox in the mix for Orioles reliever Zach Britton

Report: Red Sox in the mix for Orioles reliever Zach Britton

As the July 31 trade deadline inches closer, the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox are exploring the market for bullpen help. According to FanCred Sports' Jon Heyman, Boston is one of several suitors lining up for talented Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton.

"He looks like the Britton of old," a scout told Heyman, who reports that the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves are also inquiring about a deal for him.

Britton made his 2018 debut last month after recovering from an Achilles injury, and has a 3.68 ERA with four saves in 15 appearances. He hasn't allowed an earned run in seven straight appearances, dating back to a blown save in a June 27 loss to the Seattle Mariners. 

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that Orioles scouts have been checking in with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, with particular interest in prospect Michael Chavis.

Baseball America ranks Chavis as the No. 2 prospect in the Red Sox system, but does not have him in its most recent Top 100 prospect rankings. In 10 games split between Portland and Low-A Lowell this season, Chavis is hitting .222/.364/.500 with two home runs and six RBIs.