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Sox's Japan roster Announced

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Extra Bases has the low-down on which Red Sox players are heading to Japan:

PITCHERS (13): David Aardsma, Clay Buchholz, Bryan Corey, Manny Delcarmen, Jon Lester, Javier Lopez, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, Jonathan Papelbon, Kyle Snyder, Julian Tavarez, Mike Timlin, Tim Wakefield.

CATCHERS (3): Dusty Brown, Kevin Cash*, Jason Varitek.

INFIELDERS (8): Sean Casey, Alex Cora, Mike Lowell, Jed Lowrie*, Julio Lugo, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis.

OUFIELDERS (6): Coco Crisp, J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Bobby Kielty*, Brandon Moss, Manny Ramirez.

60-DAY DISABLED LIST (1): Curt Schilling.

*Non-Roster Invitee

No real surprises. It's nice to see Bryan Corey make the trip. The Sox bringing 3 catchers isn't a real surprise, but bringing Dusty Brown over George Kottaras is kind of a head-scratcher. The Sox front office is showing how much they really like Brown.

In related news, Kottaras, Chris Carter, Lincoln Holdzkom and Craig Hansen were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Oh Hansen, how we hardly knew ye'...