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Foulke set to Return Tuesday


Boston Red Sox reliever Keith Foulke pitched one scoreless inning Thursday night in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket.

"I felt pretty comfortable," said Foulke, who threw 18 pitches, 10 for strikes. "I'm still trying to slow things down, but I'm happy with the results."

Foulke, who finished all four games of Boston's 2004 World Series sweep of St. Louis, has been on the disabled list since June 13 with right elbow tendinitis. He is 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 29 appearances with the Red Sox this season.

He said he will pitch again for Pawtucket on Saturday night and then join Boston on Tuesday in Kansas City. He pitched one inning last Friday at Single-A Lowell and retired the side in order on 11 pitches.

It'd be nice to have a healthy Keith Foulke in the bullpen. Maybe that's a far-fetched wish, but I think we'd have the edge on the Yankees if Foulke returned to 2004 form.