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Sox place Martinez on COVID-19 related IL, Wong recalled

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The Boston Red Sox announced several roster moves before Saturday's doubleheader versus the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

The Sox have placed designated hitter J.D. Martinez on the COVID-19 related injured list. Boston called up catcher Connor Wong from Triple-A Worcester to replace Martinez on the active roster.

Martinez is hitting .284 with 21 home runs, 68 RBI and a .350 on-base percentage in 104 games for the Red Sox this year. 

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The other move the Red Sox made Saturday was appointing pitcher Tanner Houck as the 27th man for Saturday's doubleheader. 

The Red Sox placed outfielder Jarren Duran on the COVID-19 related injury list on Friday.

The Sox have lost seven of their last eight games entering Saturday. They've fallen 2.5 games behind the first-place Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East division race as a result.