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Red Sox send down Hideki Okajima

Updated: March 29, 2011, 10:26 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This could not have been an easy day for Hideki Okajima. After four seasons as Boston's No. 1 left-handed option out of the bullpen, the one-time "hero in the shadows" was optioned Monday to Triple-A Pawtucket as the Red Sox made their final roster decisions.

The Red Sox announced that Alfredo Aceves also was optioned to Pawtucket, with Dennys Reyes retained as the bullpen's only left-hander and former Oriole Matt Albers kept as a right-handed long reliever.

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