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IL loses its starter at 2B for Triple-A All-Star Game as Red Sox call up Ciriaco to replace Pedroia

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is heading to the disabled list because of a bad thumb and that's going to cause a big hole in the infield for the International League at next week's Triple-A All-Star Game here.

CiriacoThe Boston Globe is reporting the Red Sox are calling up Pawtucket infield star Pedro Ciriaco (left) for tonight's series opener against the Yankees and he may even be thrust into the starting lineup. Ciriaco is batting .301 for the PawSox and was scheduled to start at second base for the IL here Wednesday night. He has split time this year between second and short.

Ciriaco hit .419 for the Red Sox in spring training and has kept hitting all year in Triple-A. He has absolutely killed the Bisons, posting a .448 average (13 for 29) and scoring eight runs in six games. He went 4 for 5 against Buffalo on Opening Day in McCoy Stadium and was 9 for 20 with seven runs in Pawtucket's four-game sweep of the Herd here last month.

The IL has not named a replacement for Ciriaco on the roster.

---Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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