Tazawa, 4 others called up by Sox

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday,  Sept. 1, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Boston Red Sox batter Dustin Pedroia gets brushed back by Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday Sept. 1, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Boston Red Sox batter Dustin Pedroia gets brushed back by Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday Sept. 1, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Posted Sept. 02, 2009, at 12:47 a.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Boston pitcher Junichi Tazawa has rejoined the Red Sox after a few days in the minors.

Tazawa was one of five players called up Tuesday when teams could expand their rosters.

Tazawa was sent down over the weekend. The 23-year-old righty made his major league debut last month and went 2-3 with a 6.65 ERA for Boston. He is set to start Saturday against the Chicago White Sox.

The Red Sox also purchased the contracts of outfielder Joey Gathright and infielder Chris Woodward, and recalled outfielder Brian Anderson from Triple-A Pawtucket. Catcher George Kottaras (lower back strain) was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

First baseman-outfielder Jeff Bailey was designated for assignment.

Also, right-hander Tim Wakefield had a light workout one day after receiving a cortisone shot for his ailing back on Monday.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, out since June 20 with a right shoulder injury, is scheduled to make his third minor league rehab start Friday for Pawtucket.

Manager Terry Francona said Paul Byrd, who made his 2009 debut by throwing six scoreless innings Sunday in a 7-0 victory over Toronto, will start Friday against the White Sox.

Sept. 27 game moved to 1 p.m.

WASHINGTON — ESPN and Major League Baseball have agreed to switch the starting time of a Yankees-Red Sox game to avoid conflicting with Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

ESPN told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Sept. 27 game was returning to its original start time of 1 p.m. EDT. It had been changed to 8 p.m. to accommodate ESPN’s schedule; Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and atonement, begins at sundown that evening.

“I am pleased we were able to resolve this sensitive issue that impacted many baseball fans and are able to move the game at Yankee Stadium to 1 p.m.,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement, crediting ESPN for helping to “solve this conflict.” ESPN will still televise the game.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., had sent a letter to Selig and ESPN President George Bodenheimer urging the game be returned to its original afternoon start time.

“There’s no reason why the largest Jewish community in the country should be punished for a last-minute scheduling swap,” Weiner wrote in the letter.

Weiner told the AP that he had spoken with Selig earlier in the day. “He said he agreed, and that he had heard from his own rabbi, that this was a problem,” Weiner said. “He said he was riding ESPN to change their position.”

“It was a basic thing that they can do to be sensitive, and the right thing was done,” he added.

The congressman said that ESPN had the contractual right to change the starting time. “There is the contract, there is the major league rule book, but then there is a higher authority that was dictating a lot of this for fans,” he said.

Earlier this year, the NFL agreed to move the start time of the New York Jets’ home game against the Tennessee Titans on the same day from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. That change was made after Jets owner Woody Johnson sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell suggesting the switch, so that fans could arrive home before sundown.

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