Moss, who tied Red Sox's opener with homer in ninth, sent to Triple-A

Updated: March 26, 2008, 2:25 PM ET
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TOKYO -- Red Sox outfielder Brandon Moss was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after Boston's 5-1 loss to Oakland on Wednesday.

Moss played right field in Boston's first two regular season games in Japan in place of the injured J.D. Drew. Moss' ninth-inning home run tied Wednesday's opener, which the Red Sox went on to win 6-5 in 10 innings.

Drew is expected to be ready to play by next Tuesday, when the Red Sox open their U.S. schedule in Oakland.

"Absolutely, right now that's my goal," Drew said, according to MLB.com. "I'd like to at some point get some at-bats in L.A. just to stay fresh and be ready to go, but if I'm not able to ... I'm not going to do anything stupid just to get some exhibition at-bats."

The Red Sox face the Dodgers this weekend in three exhibition games.

Moss went 2-for-8 with two RBIs in the series. He hit .282 with a team-best 16 homers for Pawtucket last season and .280 in 15 games with Boston.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.