The results of the games no longer matter as the Red Sox jockey roster spots to take advantage of the final two months as found time for auditioning. The first week of the month was a time for new faces in new uniforms.
Fans became acquainted with newcomers via trade: Yoenis Cespedes, Joe Kelly, Kelly Johnson and (briefly) Allen Craig. The team also called up Allen Webster and Alex Wilson as reinforcements for a pitching staff poached by contending teams such as the Orioles, Cardinals and Giants.
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Meanwhile, older vets Stephen Drew and A.J. Pierzynski, dumped (rightfully) in favor of the youngsters, had their chance for some “revenge.”