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Millwood, Morales to Red Sox Pitching Staff

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Franklin Morales (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images sport)

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BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Red Sox have made two moves that could
help fill their injury-depleted pitching staff, agreeing to terms
with Kevin Millwood on a minor league contract and acquiring
Franklin Morales from the Colorado Rockies.

The Red Sox also designated struggling left-hander Hideki
Okajima for assignment.

General manager Theo Epstein announced the moves after Boston
beat Detroit Thursday night. He says Millwood’s deal is contingent
on the right-hander passing a physical.

Millwood opted out of a minor league contract with the Yankees
on May 1. He will start out in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Red Sox will give the Rockies a player to be named or cash
for the left-handed Morales.

Starters John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka both went on the DL
this week with right elbow strains.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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