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Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

The Red Sox added injury to insult after their Tuesday night ninth inning meltdown against the Cleveland Indians, placing first baseman Mitch Moreland on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a low back strain.

The move is retroactive to May 26.

The news comes as a blow to the Red Sox offense. Moreland leads the team in home runs with 13 and also has a club-best .550 slugging percentage. He is second on the Red Sox with 34 RBI.

The team also made a number of moves to bolster their taxed bullpen.

Right-hander Travis Lakins was optioned to Pawtucket after being tagged with two runs and the loss Tuesday night. The Red Sox recalled right-hander Colten Brewer and left-hander Josh Taylor from Triple-A in corresponding moves.

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