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Red Sox demote Martin Perez to bullpen

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The Boston Red Sox are making some changes as they look to rebound from what's been a brutal stretch.

Martin Perez has been moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen, manager Alex Cora told reporters on Friday. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings before being pulled from Thursday's 8-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

“It’s something because of where we’re at and the people we are adding in the upcoming days, it just makes sense," Cora said about the move.

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Perez has a 4.77 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 22 starts this season. The 30-year-old allowed 19 runs over his last 23 innings pitched (six starts).

Cora adds that right-hander Tanner Houck, who is scheduled to start Saturday vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, "most likely" will take Perez's spot in the rotation. We should expect more roster changes in the coming days as ace Chris Sale is expected to be activated after his rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Worcester.

The Red Sox have lost six of their last seven games and will look to turn it around when they begin a four-game set vs. the Blue Jays on Friday night. First pitch is set for 7:07 p.m. ET with Nathan Eovaldi on the mound for Boston.